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Are you an artist?

Are you a talented dancer, juggler, singer, musician, visual artist, photographer, artisan, comedian...in short: Are you an ARTIST? If so, Nanaimo's Francophone Association wants to know you! Send us your portfolio, demo, resumé and we will add your name to our Local Artist Data Bank. When we require artists for various events, we'll think of you first!

RéVeillons!

Simmered in the rich stew of Québec tradition, this quartet's music will wake you up and feed your spirit! Playing jigs, reels, french songs and step dances, every RéVeillons concert gathers up choice tunes from varied eras and delivers them with an heady joie de vivre. Band members are virtuoso musicians, singers, callers, and dancers: Jean-François Berthiaume (vocals, step dance, foot rhythms, percussion), brother David Berthiaume (voice, guimbarde, concertina), Richard Forest on fiddle, and André Gagné (guitar, banjo, vocals).

 

 

Danny Party

One of New Brunswick's biggest stars, Petit Rocher's Danny Boudreau's 40-year career has garnered a long list of awards and accolades. This prolific Acadian singer-songwriter has toured Europe, Africa, and Québec, capturing audiences with his rich voice and well-crafted songs. He brings us his Danny Party, playing everything from folk to country, with a touch of the traditional. Catch the magical fiddle playing of Justin Doucet, with John Boulay (guitar), Jesse Mea (piano, accordion), Luc Roy (drums), and Sylvain Doucet (bass).

View Danny Party's live performance of "Le Vieux Matelot"

Swing

Recognized throughout Canada as traditional music scammers Swing is a Juno-nominated, one-of-a-kind group that transforms French Canadian folk song by infusing elements of urban music such as hip-hop and techno, creating what they call Technotrad. With an illustruous ten year career, more than 1,000 performances across Canada and abroad in front of over 500,000 spectators, winners of 13 Trille Or Awards and more than 175,000 YouTube views, critics are unanimous: one must see Swing live to fully understand the phenomenon. To experience but a single moment or an entire show with Swing is pure madness!

 

Dallas Arcand and Tracy Bones

Dallas Arcand is a high-energy Aboriginal Entertainer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Cree Nation, located near Edmonton. He is best known as a champion hoop dancer as well as a motivational speaker and musician. Dallas' Aboriginal name is "Dancing Buffalo Man' (Nimihto Paskwa Mostôs Napew). Aboriginal names are chosen at birth, and for many years he had no idea that dancing would become a major influence in his life and now he delights in sharing his culture through this athletic and creative art form. Dallas graduated in 2005 from Mount Royal College in Calgary with a General Studies Diploma majoring in Behavioural Sciences.

View Arcand's TedxYYC presentation

Tracy Bones' primary instrument is her heartfelt vocals. Tracy’s signature vocals mix, the tugging heartstrings of a Patsy Cline love song, the spirit of Carol King, with the modern country feel of Martina McBride and Alanis Morrissette and Melissa Etheridge. Her debut album No Lies (2008) garnered national recognition with multiple wins and nominations including a 2009 Juno Award nomination and “Songwriter Of The Year” credits at the 2009 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.  Additional highlights include a 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards performance after her win for Aboriginal Recording of the Year.

 

 

Jean Pierre Makosso

Jean Pierre welcomes you to Makosso Village, a place of mystery and intrigue, hopes, dreams, music, dancing - and stories that will capture your spirit. Fly with the eagles above the jungles of the Congo, where Jean Pierre was born. Roar with the lion, run with the giraffe, and dance with the monkeys. Move to the rhythm of the drums. Jean Pierre will tell you about his home and his people, make you laugh, cry - and show you how to soar!

Presented in recognition
of Black History Month.

 

Gabriel Dubreuil Trio

Gabriel Dubreuil is based both in Boston, where he is studying performance at the renowned Berklee College of Music, and in Vancouver. With a musical wisdom far beyond his youthful years, he has a diverse pallet that draws from Irish, Scottish and North American traditions, as well as from jazz. With numerous recording projects and live performances to his credit, come see this new star on the rise! Gabriel is accompanied by Jay Knutson and William Ross.

 

Celtic Chaos

Celtic Chaos is a traditional band from the Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo area of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The group consists of Dave Barta on accordion and vocals, Joyce Beaton on fiddle and the patter, John Beaton on poetry, Gordon Lafleur on Irish wooden flute and penny whistle, and Joe Spinelli on double bass. They perform songs, tunes, and poems from all over the Celtic world, including Scotland, Ireland, Quebec, Cape Breton, Sweden, and Appalachia.

 

Fiddlin' Frenzy

Fiddlin' Frenzy are a pair of British Columbia sibling phenoms who have taken the Western competitive fiddle scene by storm. They have played fiddle since they were very young children. In 2015, both Kai and Lia were invited to compete in the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Championship. And in 2014, Kai won his first BC Provincial Championship. Fiddlin' Frenzy have released 3 CDs. They are number 1 on the ReverbNation Celtic chart for Abbotsford and have ranked 177 on the National Radio Chart. They have made a TedxKids@BC presentation at Telus Science World in Vancouver. They have both been teaching music since 2014.

View Kai and Lia's TedxKids@BC Presentation

 

Le Bûcheron

Explore traditional French-Canadian culture – the fun way! Le Bûcheron (The Lumberjack), Gilbert Parent, plays the guitar, accordion, musical saw, spoons, and various percussive instruments as he shares the songs and stories that illuminate French Canada’s culture, history, and folklore. And you can join in too! Come dance to a tune played on a saw, learn how maple sugar was discovered, find out how to play spoons, hear stories of the adventurous voyageurs, and make small wooden men dance.

 

Gretta

Originally from Québec, follow Gretta (Émilie Leclerc) in her new fantastic adventures in search of her friend Kiki! Will we be able to find her? Has she been hiding from us all this time? Using her ukulele and twists of imagination, Gretta will put a smile on kid's faces, along with all those who are young at heart.

Sand Northrup

A long-time favourite at the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Érable, juggler, unicyclist, stilter, clown and entertainer-extraordinaire, Sand Northrup is not only bilingual in English and French, but 100% fluent in the international language of laughter. Her One Woman Circus is a wonder to behold, having toured to countless children's festivals and other events since 1984. Whether transforming into one of her delightfully foolish characters, telling a story, or just having some silly fun – Sand is sure to captivate, charm, and tickle your funny bone.

 

 

Ti-Guy and Dennis

Feeling nostalgic about the 1960s? Great memories of Valiquette, Pag and Offenbach? Then join Ti-Guy and Dennis for a good time. They will bring back to an era filled with wonderful memories with a performance that you will remember for a long time.

 

Les Cornouillers

The dance troupe known as Les Cornouillers is based in Victoria and comprises a team whose members are passionate about Fench Canadian folk danse. In May 1976, the troupe danced its first steps at a conference of la Fédération des Franco-Colombiens. Since then more than 100 members of all ages have performed at numerous festivals, celebrations and various other events throughout the province. The current line-up performs at French schools throughout the province that are part of the School District No. 93, as well as French immersion schools, at pageants and cultural events. Come dance with them!

 

école Océane Choir

L'école Océane is proud to present their choir under the direction of Jacinthe Laramée. They will sing a variety of different styles chosen from French Canadian to International repertoire with a flair of their own.

Tickles and Family

Tickles, Yowza and the Clown kids Poco and Dots-a-Lot have been clowning around BC for over 25 years. Both Tickles and Yowza are graduates of Clown College at the University of Wisconsin and are members of ACTRA and The Canadian Clown Association. Join them at the Festival for an outstanding Clown Show including buffoon skits, magic, and music with an emphasis on all ages audience participation.

 

Yves Aquin - MC

Yves Aquin is a traditional folk singer who performs songs in styles old and new. With his guitar and her extended repertoire of Québécois, Acadian, and French songs, Yves will put you in the mood to sing along and join in the party!

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