Closing concert of Acadian Festival

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ABRAM-VILLAGE — A tribute to the late Island singer/songwriter, Angèle Arsenault, will mark the end of the Evangeline area’s annual Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival.

Emmanuelle LeBlanc (left), Pascal Miousse and Pastelle LeBlanc make up the group Vishtèn. The group is currently in Europe and has played dates in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland.

The closing concert, Chapeau Angèle, takes place Sunday, Aug. 31. Arsenault’s latest album, “Vivre,” will also be launched at that time.

Arsenault was originally from Abram-Village and grew up a few houses away from the festival grounds, which is why the annual exhibition and festival is the ideal place to launch her new album, said Arsenault’s manager, Lorraine Dégagné.

“During the first part of the show, the spectators will be the very first to hear the 12 brand new songs on the album ‘Vivre!’ that Angèle recorded before her passing,” said Christian Gallant, artistic director of the show. “Since the end of May, I’ve been listening to this new album daily and I’m confident that I’ve selected the very best artists to perform these new songs.  I have no doubt that Angèle would be pleased to hear this new generation of artists performing her works.”

The second part of the show will continue to pay tribute to Arsenault and will feature some of her greatest hits.

“You will get to hear ‘Les gens de par chez-nous’, ‘Moi j’mange’, ‘De temps en temps moi j’ai les bleus’, ‘Evangeline Acadian Queen’, ‘Je veux toute toute toute la vivre ma vie’, ‘Femme d’aujourd’hui’, ‘Chantez’, ‘La grande vie’ and ‘Grand-Pré’, to name but a few,” said Gallant.  

During the evening, numerous artists will take the stage and pay tribute to the exceptional artist, including Sandra Le Couteur, Marcella Richard, Kaylee Arsenault, Patricia Richard, Caroline Bernard, Debbie Rousselle-Montgomery, Jeannita Bernard, Pastelle LeBlanc, Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse.

“Each year, the closing concert of the Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival of the Evangeline area highlights the people and artists of our region,” said Éric Richard, the festival’s president. 

“This year, we will pay tribute to an artist who has done so much for the Evangeline area and who has, over the years, helped Acadian and francophone artists from all over advance in their careers — our dear Angèle Arsenault.”

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at the Evangeline Recreation Centre.  

The evening will include the awarding of several prizes, including the Acadian of the Year and Young Acadian of the Year.  

A full list of activities is available at at



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