MONT-CARMEL – After another successful summer with its concert series, the Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel is presenting the fourth edition of its autumn festival, the Grand Ruisseau Song Festival.
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Caroline Bernard, Patricia Richard, and Marcella Richard, a new group from the Evangeline area, will perform with their mothers during the closing concert of Grand Ruisseau Song Festival.
This three-day event will take place from Sept. 27 to 29. Activities will take place at the senior citizen’s home, Le Chez-Nous, at l’École-sur-Mer, at the Evangeline School and at the Mont-Carmel Parish Centre.
The Board of Directors of this co-operative launched the festival in 2010 to follow up on the success of its summer concert series and to lengthen the tourism season, offering concerts that are open to the general public as well as a workshop component for artists.
This year, residents of Le Chez-Nous as well as other seniors from the area will have the occasion to participate in an event of songs hosted by Marguerite Gallant and Léona Cheney during the afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday.
The official opening of the Grand Ruisseau Song Festival will take place on Friday evening at 7:30 and will feature young artists such as: Kendall Paugh, Alecia Arsenault, Rylee Lynch, Cholé Arsenault, Katelyn Milligan, Zakk Cormier, Kaylee Arsenault, l’École-sur-Mer choir and students from Evangeline School.
Immediately following this first concert, starting at 9 p.m., this stage will feature adult artists including: Jonathan Arsenault, Jacinthe Laforest, Gary Gallant, Harmony (Debbie Rousselle-Montgomery, Keelin Wedge and Tracy Gallant), Marcel Caissie, Adrienne Gallant and Ashley LeClair and many more.
There will be a 50/50 and the canteen will be open. There is no entry fee for these concerts.
On Saturday, there will be a dance for those 19 years and over, starting at 9 p.m. This evening will feature a new group named 4 Cord Boys composed of Allan Gallant, Pierre Poirier, Peter Arsenault and Paul Arsenault. This group will share the stage with another group of local musicians called Mona Albert & Friends, which is composed of Mona Arsenault, Albert Arsenault, Louise Arsenault and Robert Doucette.
Guests can purchase a light snack during intermission, as well as 50/50 tickets.
On Sunday, the Grand Ruisseau Song Festival will wrap up with their closing concert starting at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a new group from the Evangeline area composed of Patricia Richard, Marcella Richard and Caroline Bernard. Their mothers Léonie Richard and Jeannita Bernard as well as Roland Beaulieu will join these ladies on stage.
This closing concert will also feature Meaghan Blanchard, an adult choir as well as workshop instructor Catherine-Élisabeth Loiselle. During the festival weekend Loiselle will be giving workshops to the students of l’École-sur-Mer and the Evangeline School on Thursday and Friday as well as to the general public on Saturday and Sunday.
As a soloist, Loiselle, originally from Quebec, performs in Quebec and France as well as with numerous ensembles including Anonymus since 2006. She specializes in recital, religious music, ancient as well as contemporary music. She was honoured with the Muse-Artiste de l’année award from l’Université Laval for her performance in the opera “Gioccosa.” She currently directs the choirs: Echo d’Arcadie, Chœur du Musée de la civilisation, la chorale St-Benoît Abbé and the vocal ensemble Baroquo-Negro.
There will be a 50/50 draw and the canteen will be open.
All concerts and activities (except for the event taking place at Le Chez-Nous) will take place at the Mont-Carmel Parish Centre. Tickets for each of these events will be available at the door prior to the event.