Acadanse is the first Acadian francophone dance troop in Calgary. The dance troop was created in October 2015, and consists of 12 dancers with ages ranging between 10 to 12 years old. This troop will present choreography and dance steps of Acadian, Irish and Scottish decent. As of now, the dancers will be presenting 3 danse performances with fairly complex steps. Sunday at the Celebration tent
GROUPE "LE ZÉPHYR" ASSOCIATION DE DANSE LA GIRANDOLE Founded in August 2002, Zéphyr is the performance troupe of l’Association la Girandole and is based in Edmonton. This performing ensemble offers many opportunities for talented artists of the community to develop their potential by performing on stages of various sizes across the city, the province, the country and even internationally. Calling all dancers ages 16 and up, Zéphyr takes pride in their pursuit for high level and quality in traditional French Canadian step dance.
Zéphyr presents a dynamic image of the Franco-Albertan culture to highlight the Association's vitality, and contribute to the development and visibility of the French-speaking community in Edmonton, in Alberta, and throughout all of Western Canada. Combining traditional and modern elements, Zéphyr will amaze you with their energy and professionalism.
VOIX DES ROCHEUSES "Voix Des Rocheuses” is Calgary's Francophone community choir. They have been promoting francophone music in all styles and rythms for more than 35 years. Under the musical direction of professional musicians, Voix Des Rocheuses is made up of singers of all levels. Through music and high quality performances, we contribute to the arts, culture and francophone community life of Calgary.
ALOUEST Alouest is a dynamic musical group from the French Canadian community of Maillardville, British Columbia. Taking inspiration from groups like La Bottine Souriante and Great Big Sea, Alouest prides itself in reviving the traditional songs of North America’s francophone cultures by adapting new arrangements and musical styles. Alouest employs powerful vocal harmonies combined with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and an array of folk percussion instruments to reinterpret the songs of their upbringing from a decidedly west coast perspective. Saturday and Sunday: Celebration tent and the Wainwright hotel
Luc and Aidan Wrigley are 12 year old identical twin fiddlers. They are backed by their dad on guitar and perform traditional Metis Fiddle music along with some of their favorite contemporary songs by groups such as the Duhks, Bedouin Soundclash and Mumford and Sons, just to name a few.
These bilingual fiddlers have had great opportunities performing at various venues and on July 2nd they celebrated their first full recording which is titled “Keep Calm and Fiddle on”. Last summer they enjoyed their first 7 date tour from Winnipeg to Jasper and Banff with shows along the way. Double the Trouble have been playing fiddle for 9 years and performing for 8.
This new combination of these two well-known artists to the general public and schools makes the happiness of all. Marie-Claude Gagnon violinist and pianist of the duo Melodia and André Varin, formerly from the Group black and white and Châkidor, present their new interactive show, under the theme of French-Canadian folklore. The duo has formalized its release in December 2015, by launching on the market two very well received albums to the public: “I can’t wait for Christmas” and “FolkloFolie”. Their joyous and rhythmic tone albums have the same electrifying energy generated by this sympathetic and talented duo.
They are a group of amateur musicians with an interest in old-time fiddle music. As well as our fiddlers, some members play guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, piano and other acoustic instruments. Sunday, Celebration tent
Justin Hazel-Guitare / Bobby Wiens-Drums / Ben Put - Basse / Rob Lennard - Guitare and voice
Rob Lennard Band Rob Lennard, known throughout the province as The History Wrangler, is one of Alberta's most enthusiastic and entertaining historians! Apart from his role as the Historian and Director of Education & Outreach at the Historic Bow Valley Ranche, located in Fish Creek Provincial Park, he teaches grades 2,4,5 and 7 educational programs in both French and English at the historic ranch, which was first established in 1873 by John Glenn and his French speaking Métis wife Adelaide Belcourt. The History Wrangler is also the Ambassador of The Cowboy Trail, Coordinator of the Calgary & area History School Fair, as well as an award winning historical fiction writer and singer/song writer Saturday and Sunday: Celebration tent; Wainwirght hotel; Canmore Opera House
Théâtre à Pic This theater company from Calgary will present us a reading of the play All Aboard written by Théâtre à Pic director's Inouk Touzin.
A Polish immigrant is troubled by her dreams. Her nights are haunted by a past that leaves her without rest. She starts to consult a psychiatrist, with whom she explores the meaning of her nocturnal journeys. She finds connections between her adopted home, Calgary, historical figures, other migrants and her present. The more she learns about the past, the more she understands how her decisions will affect her own future. This play opens a dialogue on multiple identities in an urban world, where the successive historical layers touch both our linguistic choices and interculturality. This play is multilingual with surtitles.
Jeremy Gignoux Jeremy Gignoux grew up in France, where he learned classical violin and piano, while getting his first exposure to playing jazz, rock, Irish traditional music, organic improvisation and composition. After moving to Canada in 2011, first to Calgary then to Montreal, he solidified his inclination towards jazz but also started playing bluegrass/country, traditional North American and Eastern European music. He studied composition at the University of Montréal. His compositions and arrangements mix folklore and improvisation to bring the listener on an acoustic journey. Now back in Calgary, he is active in the jazz and traditional scenes. In 2016 and 2017, he was part of two Decidedly Jazz Danceworks productions with William Parker and Nick Fraser.
James Thurgood Originally from the north shore of Nova Scotia, James Thurgood has lived, worked and played his fiddle all over the country. As well as being a musician, he has worked as a farm hand, warehouse labourer, construction worker, waiter, and for many years as a teacher, in a restless life that has seen him set up housekeeping in: Wallace, Nova Scotia; Windsor, Ontario; Peterborough, ON; Halifax, NS; Ebb & Flow, Manitoba; Kangirsuk, Quebec; Edmonton, Tallcree, Wabasca &Westlock, Alberta; and, finally, Calgary – for now. While he fiddles in basically an old-fashioned Cape Breton style, he has in his travels picked up many tunes and tips from the Elderly Acadian, Metis and First Nations fiddlers with whom he spent many a splendid hour. He wants to share with you fiddle tunes the way you would hear them in the Down East kitchen, on the dockside of an Atlantic seaport, or beside a campfire in the northern bush – all his favourite venues. And nothing gives him greater satisfaction than when he sees your feet start to move with the beat … To see at HBC's Fort and the Wainwright Hotel and mobile around the historical village site
CHILDREN ENTERTAINMENT ARTISTS
Cirque Nova Circus Cirque Nova Circus is a troupe of three talented young francophones with contagious charisma. They will present an exhilarating spectacular show at the Canmore Opera House for family entertainment. Those colorful acrobats will also be initiating youth and curious children to the art of circus at the Talisman Historical Education Centre - Burns Barn. The troupe, that has recently moved to Calgary, brings with them years of experience of performing and teaching in French and in English. Saturday and Sunday: Celebration tent; Canmore Opera House and the Burns Barn
Mario Gagné Mario Gagné is an hilarious clown, balloon artist and talented puppeteer whose presence will brighten up the Maple Festival young festival goers. Children will not want to miss “The Rock on the Road”, a puppet show where a king in trouble ask his playful jester for help… A must see at Canmore Opera House!
With a clown career of over 20 years, Isabelle Cliché has been making a ton of people laugh with her funny jokes while impressing others with her wonderful balloon twisting creations all over Alberta. Also known as a magician, she will be presenting at the Canmore Opera House a show that will mystify the whole family. The aspiring magicians are invited to join Isabelle at the Talisman Center to learn a few tricks!
The Calgary Métis Cultural Dancers The Métis people established the dance “The Red River Jig” which has been the centerpiece in Métis music for hundreds of years. The dance in itself is unique, even though it's similar to the Irish step dance, as it involves complicated footwork that may include First Nation’s dance steps mixed with European music and a main instrument such as the fiddle is used. In the past, the Métis peoples made their own fiddles out of maple wood birch bark as the instruments were difficult to obtain and expensive to purchase. Jigging is a type of dance would occur from dusk lasting to dawn. Other traditional Métis dances include the Waltz, the Quadrille, and the Square dance, Drops of Brandy, the Duck dance and La Double Gigue.
Sisters From Another Mother are a diverse group of women, Drumming, Singing and Working together to build bridges of understanding and sharing within the community. Chantal Chagnon has been blessed to have such incredible women and girls to join together with her and her mother, Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes. Together they work diligently to bring Traditional Aboriginal Songs, Stories, Culture and Understanding to the Calgary Community.
Chantal Chagnon, Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, and Sisters From Another Mother have been featured on stages including the Jubilee Auditorium, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Genesis Centre, MacEwan Hall Stage (University of Calgary), and many other venues. They offer Traditional Openings, Welcoming to Treaty 7 Territory, Drumming, Singing, Storytelling, Dance, Emceeing and Inspiring Public Speaking.
You will discover Drum Cicrcle tradition with Chantal Chagnon and Tristan Wolfgang. 1 hour (2) times each day in the HBC trading Fort courtyard. You will also meet the Cree8 group at the HBC's Fort, they will tell stories and show you traditionnal drums and dream catchers.
Thundering Nations International performs numerous cultural awareness dance presentations at schools, community events, corporate functions, festivals. Thundering Nations is formed of professional pow wow dancers of all styles including Hoop Dancers.