Last recordings of Angèle Arsenault set for release

Colin MacLean
Published on August 1, 2014

P.E.I. Acadian songbird Angèle Arsenault

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MONCTON – Before her passing earlier this year, acclaimed Island musician Angèle Arsenault recorded a final album.

Called “Vivre!” in French and “Home” in English, the album features both English and French songs. It is scheduled for release on Aug. 31, during the Acadian Festival in Abram Village, Arsenault’s hometome.

According to the promotional material, Arsenault “wanted to share her beliefs, based on her great hope in humanity,” through this album.

“The 12 (French) songs are an ode to life, filled with humour, lightness and serenity,” they said.

The 16 English songs are all originals and include an English version of her French hit Grand-Pré.

The album will also feature a 32-page booklet of Arsenault’s own drawings.

Also participating on this album Vishtèn, Anna McGarrigle, Quatuor Orphée, Antoine Gratton, Marcella and Patricia Richard. The double album will be distributed by  Éloi Painchaud produced the album

Arsenault recorded “Vivre!” and “Home” in 2012 and 2013. She passed away Feb. 25, 2014.