Celebrate Francophone and Acadian culture with the Festival du Bois!

It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s coming to your hometown. It’s the 2021 Festival du Bois

This year’s (online) festival features a variety of music and entertainment, ranging from the Québécois podorythmie of Genticorum to the electrifying zydeco of Montreal’s Le Winston Band. 

Organized by the Société francophone de Maillardville with support from l’Association Francophone de Kamloops, l’Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest, and l’Association franco-yukonnaise, the Festival du Bois runs from April 16 to 30.

Enjoy the talents of renowned Innu singer/songwriter Florent Vollent, once a member of Kashtin. Vollent’s new album, Mitsha Meshkenu (The High Road), features a mix of country-folk and tex-mex flavoured tunes. 

Acadian musicians Lennie Gallant and Patricia Richard will perform as their new project, Sirène & Matelot. Each well known in their own right, Gallant and Richard have brought together a body of work that reflects both their roots and influences and their concerns about the current state of the world. 

Montreal’s Le Winston Band, featuring Antoine Larocque, Vincent Fillion, Antoine Fallu, Andrew Duquette-Boyte, and Gregory Fitzgerald, intersperses Cajun and rock music with other French-Canadian sounds.

Québécois music ‘power trio’ Genticorum weaves fiddle, flute, and accordion with gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast.  

Also don’t miss: fiddler and stepdancer Jocelyn Pettit, indie musician Loig Morin, Jocelyne Baribeau’s beautiful blend of folk and pop-country, Joseph Edgar’s eclectic creative flair, and fiddle-guitar team Andy Hillhouse and Pierre Schryer

Kids of all ages will appreciate performances by comedian Monsieur André, storyteller Roger Dallaire, magician Isabelle la Wonderful, and festival favourite Frenchie the Clown.

Catherine Fisher, blogger