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
BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS
PASTICHE Pastiche artfully blends original material with traditional folk songs and tunes from France and Quebec. Much of the repertoire makes use of irregular rhythms, modern chording and complex arrangements. The result is a pastiche of influences, both contemporary and past, which can best be described as "folk-nouveau". Allan, Boris and Cameron are also members of the Celtic-Funk band 'Mad Pudding', with whom they've recorded several CDs, and toured throughout Canada, the US and Europe since 1994. All three perform independently too with other musical projects based out of Vancouver.
FOLKLOFOLIE André Varin : Guitarist, Voice Marie-Claude Gagnon : violonist
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.
André Thériault André Thériault presents, in the manner of fanciful artists of the past, a guitar-vocal, harmonica and podorythmie show in which he offers an authentic and audacious interactive performance in a most festive atmosphere. Through a unifying repertoire, it brings to life all the conviviality and humor of the beautiful songs from the French speaking tradition. For André Thériault, "to sing the oral tradition" is an act of memory and especially of attachment to the French language. It is a living pride that must, according to him, spread to all corners of the francophone cultural space. André has been present at all stages of maple syrup production for nearly 15 years at La Cabane à Sugar Lalande, Quebec. With his experience as an entertainer, storyteller, singer and musician, he has presented shows for young children, visiting clients and groups of visitors from all over. The Temps des sucres by Monsieur André is presented during the beautiful sugar season and allows young and old alike to experience a moment of pure tradition. It's with songs, Notch demonstrations and stories about the discovery of maple water that brings us to the heart of this tradition that continues season after season!
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. Saturday, Celebration tent
L'Équipage A collective of longtime Calgarians friends, musiciens and francophone , their group will present two distinct shows under the direction of Étienne Grangé-Praderas. "L’équipage" is a street performance of traditional musics from the Francophone Canadian culture. Expect accordion, fiddle, energy and “bonne humeur”... Their show "Alendaï" on the main stage will reflect the cultural diversity of the francophone community in Calgary through very original high energy songs.
FrancoFun FrancoFun is the newest francophone band in Calgary, Alberta! They will take you heart away with call-and-response songs form Québec and Brittany, and will make you dance away with Métis and Québecer fiddle tunes. In trio, the band consists of two Rotary Park members Alex Ginella (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, voice), and Liam Testa (guitar, voice), as well as French fiddler Jeremy Gignoux.
To see at HBC's Fort 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 and the Red 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 “Sing happiness”, a puppet show telling the story of a king and his playful jester. One day, he had a great idea to find out who really cared about other poeple… 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!
Take one of ten children from a French-speaking Alberta family, add musical talent, an understanding of what encourages children to participate – and you’ve discovered award-winning Alex Mahé! Talented and charismatic, this children’s entertainer’s siblings allowed him to explore his passion for singing, song writing and storytelling since he himself was a child.
He is now bearer of 7 children albums (in French and in English). Alex places emphasis on the participation of his audience and with his love of music, children and of performing turned his hobby into a full-time obsession – one that on stage becomes contagious.
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 of Cree8 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 Circle tradition with Tristan Wolfgang. 1 hour (2) times each day at the HBC trading Fort, as well as first nation cultural traditions as for opening and closing ceremonies with prayers.
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.