Acadanse is the first Acadian francophone dance troupe in Calgary. The dance troupe was created in October 2015, and consists of 12 dancers with ages ranging between 10 and 12 years old. This troupe will present choreography and dance steps of Acadian, Irish and Scottish decent. Currently, the dancers are presenting 3 dance performances with fairly complex steps. Sunday at the Celebration tent
BRITISH COLUMBIAN 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 also perform independently with other musical projects based out of Vancouver.
FOLKLOFOLIE André Varin : Guitarist, Voice Marie-Claude Gagnon : Violonist
This new combination of these two artists, well-known individually to the general public and to schools, makes the happiness of union of them 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 two albums very well received by the public: “I can’t wait for Christmas” and “FolkloFolie”. Their joyous and rhythmically-toned 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, top-notch demonstrations and stories about the discovery of maple water that brings us to the heart of this tradition that continues season after season!
The Prairie Mountain Fiddlers 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 Calgarian friends, musicians and francophones, their group will present two distinct shows under the direction of Étienne Grangé-Praderas. "L’équipage" is a street performance of traditional music from Francophone Canadian culture. Expect accordion-playing, fiddling, high-energy and a dose of “bonne humeur”... Their show "Alendaï" on the main stage will reflect the cultural diversity of the francophone community in Calgary through original, high energy songs.
FrancoFun FrancoFun is the newest francophone band in Calgary, Alberta! They will take your heart away with call-and-response songs from Québec and Brittany, and will get you dancing with Métis and Québecois fiddle tunes. The trio consists of two Rotary Park members Alex Ginella (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, voice), and Liam Testa (guitar, voice), as well as French fiddler Jeremy Gignoux.
See them at HBC's Fortand as they roam around the historical village site!
CHILDREN'S 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 that is entertaining for the whole family. These colorful acrobats will also be initiating youth and curious children in the art of the circus at the Talisman Historical Education Centre - Burns Barn. The troupe (having recently moved to Calgary) brings with them years of experience of performing and teaching in French and in English.
Mario Gagné Mario Gagné is a hilarious clown, balloon artist and talented puppeteer whose presence will immediately brighten the mood of young Maple 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 people… A must see at the 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 performing as a magician, she will be presenting a show at the Canmore Opera House that will mystify the whole family. Young 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 Albertan 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, songwriting and storytelling since he himself was a child.
He is now the creator of 7 children's 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 becomes contagious on stage. Saturday and Sunday: Canmore Opera House
MÉTIS MUSIC AND DANCE
The Calgary Métis Cultural Dancers The Métis people established the “The Red River Jig” dance which has been the centerpiece of Métis music for hundreds of years. The dance itself is unique - even though it's similar to the Irish step dance - as it involves complicated footwork that includes traditional First Nations dance steps set to European music, and a main instrument such as the fiddle is used. In the past, the Métis people 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 that would occur from dusk lasting to dawn. Other traditional Métis dances include the Waltz, the Quadrille, 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, dancing, emceeing and inspirational public speaking.
You will discover the Drum Circle tradition with Tristan Wolfgang, occurring for 1 hour twice a day at the HBC Trading Fort, as well as First Nation cultural traditions demonstrated as he marks the opening and closing ceremonies with prayers.
Chantal Chagnon, Tristan Wolfgang and Cheryle Chagnon
Kelly and Daphne GoodEagle
Tristan Wolfgang and Cheryle Chagnon
Thundering Nations International Dance Co.
Thundering Nations International Dance Co. performs numerous cultural awareness dance presentations at schools, community events, corporate functions, and festivals. Thundering Nations is formed of professional pow wow dancers of all styles including Hoop Dancers At the Celebration Tent every day starting at 11:10am