Coquitlam’s Festival du Bois has been a beacon of Spring for more than three decades, ringing in the season with a popular, vibrant, and music-filled outdoor celebration.
This year, BC’s largest festival of French Canadian and francophone music and culture moves online. Opening next Friday at 5pm, be prepared for 15 days filled with great music by artists from across Canada, performances for children of all ages – plus exciting features and some great surprises, all for free.
Festival du Bois welcomes a diverse range of talented performers from here in B.C. and around the country. Visit festivaldubois.ca from April 16th to April 30th to watch exclusive Festival du Bois concerts from the following artists:
Florent Vollant (QC): compelling folk-country from Innu singer, composer, activist and co-founder of the celebrated duo, Kashtin.
Le Winston Band (QC): a one-of-a-kind Montréal Zydeco group that mixes its French-Canadian musical roots with rock and Cajun.
Genticorum (QC): this traditional music ‘power trio’ incorporates fiddle, flute, accordion, harmonies and foot percussion into a jubilant musical feast rooted in Québécois tradition.
Sirène et Matelot (PEI): singer/songwriters and musicians Patricia Richard and Lennie Gallant, both Acadians from Prince Edward Island, perform an intriguing mix of folk and country influenced by the musical and cultural currents of PEI and the Maritimes.
Jocelyne Baribeau (MB): this award-winning Franco-Manitoban artist’s blend of folk and pop-country is marked by her pure vocals, sparkling ditties and tender ballads.
Joseph Edgar (QC): now a Montréaler, this transplanted native of New Brunswick is an influential Acadian artist who’s inspired by music from his roots as well as his current urban, cosmopolitan home.
Loig Morin (BC): originally from Brittany, France, Morin’s music draws together popular influences from both sides of the Atlantic, seducing both French and non-French listeners alike.
Pierre Schryer and Andy Hillhouse (BC): a true dynamic duo featuring fiddle master Schryer and renowned guitarist/vocalist, Hillhouse. They perform everything from old time to Irish traditional to Québécois tunes and beyond.
Jocelyn Pettit (BC): delivering a fresh take on tradition, Pettit is a vibrant young musical prodigy – a fiddler, step dancer, singer and composer.
Throughout the festival kids and families will find a happy place online with a range of child-focused performances from artists such as André Thériault in the sugar shack, Roger Dallaire and his accordion, Isabelle la Wonderful, and Frenchie the Clown – who will read stories for little ones from Peter H. Reynolds’ book, “Be You”.
The Festival du Bois’ website will also offer interviews, fun and engaging videos and more to keep you entertained throughout the Festival!
Watch Festival du Bois performances for free from April 16 to April 30, 2021 online at festivaldubois.ca