Community assesses renovated performance facility

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Acadian festival and music centre nearing completion of renovations

ABRAM VILLAGE - The public got its first experience with the renovated Expo-Festival Centre here, on Saturday evening, enjoying performances from a trio of musical talents before an adult dance that made good use of the expanded space.

Performers in the renovated concert venue at the Festival Expo Center in Abram Village have a much larger audience to entertain, and better sound control with which to do so.

The evening offered a first look at the new facilities, which include a reception area with washrooms that easily directs visitors to the various venues, separated concert space and restaurant, outdoor performance venues, a hall of fame and workshop space, as well as a building for artistic presentations.

The expanded space for musical and theatre performances is well received. Nick Arsenault, a musician who had played the previous hall space, recognized the improvement in sound from the start of the first performance, by guitarist Zakk Cormier and fiddler Trevor Profitt, and complimented the expanded stage and enlarged venue.

"We're going to be proud to this," he predicted.

Dinner theatre performer Debbie Montgomery assessed it as a wonderful achievement.

"The sound and light for the stage is much more professional," she complimented, noting that the sound in the former hall space had quality issues.

We're going to be proud of this! Nick Arsenault - community member and musician

Albert Arsenault, sound man for the evening, agreed that the quality is better but cautioned that tweaking is still needed and would be accomplished over time.

To 10-year-old Gilbert Arsenault, the performance by well-regarded Acadian band Vishten sounded good enough to incite him to buy his first album of their music. He admitted that part of the attraction was that he played fiddle with them when they visited his school, but he is also learning to dance and wanted thier music to work with.

General manager Brian Gallant is energized by the prospects that will follow this 2014 Kick-Off event, when the faciility can demonstrate its value to the artistic community of the region.



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