One of the first tributes Wednesday to Canadian and Acadian music icon, Angèle Arsenault, who died Tuesday in Quebec, came from students at Ecole-sur-Mer, Summerside’s French School. They got together Wednesday morning to sing the school’s theme song.
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The singer-musician, known all across Canada and internationally, had participated in an ArtsSmarts project at the school and helped the students pen the song, “Oh Ecole-sur-Mer.”
Fiddler Anastasia DesRoches was among the community members who sat in on the performance. “It was amazing,” she reported.
DesRoches learned that Arsenault had exchanged her personal email address with the students of the school and that Arsenault had been keeping in contact with them following the completion of the project. “I thought that was a really good demonstration of her humbleness and compassion.”
Tributes were received from various sources throughout the day.
“Islanders were saddened to learn of the passing of Island born singer, songwriter and actress Angèle Arsenault yesterday in Quebec,” Premier Robert Ghiz said.
“Angèle was an incredible talent that left an indelible mark on Prince Edward Island, and especially on the Island’s Acadian and Francophone community,” he said in extending the Government of P.E.I.’s sympathies to her family and friends.
“Prince Edward Island has just lost one its greatest stars with the passing of our national Francophone singing sensation Angèle Arsenault,” said Federal Fisheries Minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea. “Angèle was so proud of her Island Acadian roots and we are so proud of everything she accomplished during her lifetime.”
NDP leader Mike Redmond acknowledged Arsenault for her tremendous contributions to arts and culture and for being an inspiring role model for a generation of Island Acadian artists.