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Festival du Bois 2016
March 4, 2016 - March 6, 2016
The 2016 list of music artists includes:
Le Bruit court dans la ville: three legends of Québec’s traditional music scene, Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand.
RéVeillons!: playing jigs, reels, French songs and step dances, Réveillons gathers up choice tunes from varied eras of Québécois music, and delivers them with an heady joie de vivre.
MAZ: hop on a wild flying canoe to a world of original compositions, starting with traditional Québécois tunes, then traveling through the depths of modal jazz into trance-inducing modern grooves.
Sonerion & Les Bretons de Québec: the premier exponents of one of the most popular traditional music scenes in western Europe – Fest Noz or Night Party music from Brittany, France.
Danny Boudreau (Danny Party): among New Brunswick’s biggest stars, Acadian singer-songwriter Boudreau plays everything from folk to country, both contemporary sounds & a touch of the traditional.
Yoro Noukoussi: North Benin-born percussionist/musician draws you in to the sights, sounds, and rhythms of West Africa.
Gabriel Dubreuil / Gabriel Dubreuil Trio: with a musical wisdom far beyond his youthful years, Dubreuil’s diverse pallet draws from Irish, Scottish and North American traditions, as well as jazz.
Annette Campagne: prairie folk/rock singer-songwriter Campagne (Folle Avoine, Hart Rouge) gathers up music and lyrics that touch the soul and jumpstart the heart.
And that’s not all! Winnipeg songstress and violinist Raine Hamilton, along with Annette Campagne, open the festival on March 4 at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Avenue). Other musical groups and performers at the festival include B.C.’s Vazzy and Jean Pierre Makosso, and Alberta’s Le Bûcheron (Gilbert Parent). Audiences can also find engaging performers roving the festival site, including Sand Northrup’s One Woman Circus, Isabelle Kirouac, Émilie Leclerc (aka Gretta), Marcel Lebrun (also known as Tourbillon le Bouffon Bûcheron!), and Lexi Calbery.
The Atrium Gallery at Place des Arts hosts ILLUMINIMO – New Works in Light Sculpture, an exhibit by artist Sylvie Roussel-Janssens from February 19th (opening reception) to March 12. Admission is free.
Festival du Bois is a dynamic blend of a world-calibre music festival with an entertaining and affordable family-friendly community celebration. On-site in Mackin Park, festival-goers can learn about Maillardville’s history at the “Post Office” or from joining Maillardville Geocaching, participate in fun activities, shop, and fill up on delicious tourtière, maple taffy on snow, crusty French bread, authentic Québécois poutine, and other fare. Under the massive Grand Chapiteau (Main Tent), Zone Jeunesse (Youth Zone), or popular Tente des ateliers (Workshop Tent), they can experience great music, dance and improv. The festival welcomes all ages and cultures to share in the friendly ambiance and exciting entertainment on offer.