Festival Artists 2017

Festival du Bois is pleased to present a variety of amazing artists from near and far to entertain you over the Festival weekend. Whether it’s under the Big Tent (Grand chapiteau), the Children’s Tent (Petit chapiteau) or the Workshop Tent, there is something for everyone, large and small. For an even more intimate setting, join some of our Festival artists in Mackin House. Feel free to dance, stomp your feet or sing along  . . . it’s all good!

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Popular Québécois singer Mélisande and her accomplice, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, re-interpret songs from Québec’s musical history with a fresh approach that's contemporary, edgy, and powerful. They combine key elements of traditional Québécois music and beautiful melodies from old-world France with great songwriting chops, electronic beats, the cutting edge sounds of modern Montréal, and a feminist perspective. These are songs where the women of Québec’s past struggled against the heel of traditional culture, finding clever ways to assert their own identity.

Samedi 19h30 / Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche 14h / Sunday 2:30 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs


Come hear brilliant, traditionally-anchored music infused with criss-crossing influences. Nicolas Pellerin (fiddle) and his fellow “great howlers” Stéphane Tellier (guitar) and Simon Lepage (bass) play original, open-minded music that flirts with classical, manouche, electronica, and folk – while respecting its Québécois roots. This is inspired, “outside the box", and award-winning tune-craft (ADISQ Best Traditional Recording 2016). Experience them live, where you can feel their on-stage energy and get blown away by their musical prowess.

Samedi 13h15 / Saturday 1:15 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Samedi 18h / Saturday 6 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche 15h45 / Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage



The members of Suroît hail from Îles-de-la-Madeleine (the Magdalen Islands) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where Acadian families settled after deportation from the Maritimes in 1755. This renowned band’s Acadian roots are strong, with an infectious sound that embraces influences from Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass and even rock. This year the group celebrates forty years on the road, four decades of musically invoking the warmth and energy of the suroît, the wind that brings good weather.

Mercredi 19h / Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Dîner en Plaid


Samedi 14h15 / Saturday 2:15 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Samedi 16h30 / Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Jeremiah McLane & Ruthie Dornfeld

Vermont accordionist Jeremiah McLane and Seattle fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld have performed together for over twenty five years, and their innovative spirits and warm rapport have delighted audiences throughout North American and Europe. Their repertoire includes traditional music from Central France, Vermont and Quebec, as well as their original compositions. Their CD Hummingbird won the BRAVO award from the French magazine Trad-Mag. Victory Music says “Jeremiah McLane and Ruthie Dornfeld are an incredible blend of energy, musicianship, and writing talent.”

Samedi 13h30 / Saturday 1:30 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage


Samedi 15h15 / Saturday 3:15 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Dimanche midi / Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Zal Sissokho and Buntalo


There are three major West African lineages that continue to hand down the memory of the Mandingo peoples: Kouyaté, Diabaté and Sissokho. Zal Sissokho not only carries one of these names but also his family's rich musical heritage forward. With an incredible talent for improvisation, Zal plays the 21-string kora and sings melodies in Malinke and Wolof. Together with his group, Buntalo, he plays Mandingo classics and original compositions to create an electrifying sound that's both ancient and new.

Samedi 15h/ Saturday 3:00 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche 13h15 / Sunday 1:15 p.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche 15h / Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent



The word podorhythmie is Québécois for foot rhythms, the galvanizing percussive accompaniment to music that's made by tapping and stomping feet. Now it also refers to an amazing five-member group hailing from Canada, the US, and France known for their dynamic, good time performance of Québécois and Cape Breton music and dance. Fiddle, accordion, song, and lots of hard shoe step dancing interspersed with crankie (moving panorama) shows makes for a unique experience full of energy, rhythm, and surprise.

Dimanche 11h / Sunday 11 a.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche 14h / Sunday 2 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Jocelyn Pettit


Ready for some dynamic and lively, traditional and contemporary, upbeat and brilliantly fun music? Playing everything from high-spirited jigs and reels to sweet melodies and romantic waltzes, Celtic to Quebecois, music from Ireland and beyond, Jocelyn Pettit is a musical powerhouse. On fiddle, step dance, podorhythmie and vocals, this young BC-based musical phenomenon draws on an incredible range of influences and styles in her music. Come hear her original compositions and sparkling arrangements of your favourite modern and time-honoured tunes.tunes.

Samedi 11h30 / Saturday 11:30 a.m.
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Les Échos du Pacifique


Since 1973, Les Échos du Pacifique has been sharing the songs of the francophonie in concert, at festivals and in competitions around the Lower Mainland and beyond. Their eclectic repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary songs and arrangements. Since 2013, this acclaimed Maillardville-based choir has been performing under the artistic direction of Marla Mayson.

Dimanche / Sunday 10:00am
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Jocelyne Baribeau

She's the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards "Francophone Artist of the Year"! Jocelyne Baribeau's pure vocals, honest songwriting, subtle blending of folk and pop-country, and dynamic stage presence will carry you away. See this up-and-coming talent in concert! 

Samedi midi/ Saturday 12:45 p.m.

Tente des Ateliers / Workshop Tent 

(Concert Cap sur l'Ouest) 

Madame Diva

Samedi 14h45/ Saturday 2:45 p.m.

Petit Chapiteau / Children's Tent


A fan of traditional French-Canadian music, Madame Diva shares her love for toe-tapping melodies re-worked into a magical medley for children to discover. Together with her original songs, often composed with children as her assistants, this show is chock full of engaging music for the young and young-at-heart alike.

Ghislain Jutras

Dimanche 14h/ Sunday 2 p.m.

Tente des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Ghislain got hooked on dance calling in his teens at holiday-time shindigs in the Eastern Townships, and called his first square dance at the turn of the millennium. See Ghislain at various times throughout the festival.

Dejah Léger

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dejah Léger brings traditional French-Canadian and Appalachian songs and stories to new life with her "crankies", a unique folk art tradition. Using intricate self-hand-cut silhouettes from construction paper scrolled across a backlit screen to tell stories, she creates a little low-tech magic in image and song.

Boris Sichon

Come join Boris on a musical adventure around the world! With more than 400 instruments collected on his global travels, time with Boris is a eye-popping journey of discovery. You could see Chinese gongs and buffalo drums, Indonesian mouth harps and Bulgarian bagpipes or hear sounds made with rocks or veggies!

Samedi 13h30 / Saturday 1:30 a.m.
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau


Dimanche 11h30 / Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche 13h / Sunday 1 p.m.
Tente Des Ateliers / Workshop Tent

Sue Truman

Seattle-based fiddler, guitarist and step dancer Sue Truman knew she’d found "it" when she discovered crankies. A crankie is an old storytelling artform: an illustrated scroll wound onto spools and hand-cranked onto a viewing screen while accompanied by a narrative, song, or tune. Come experience the magic Sue creates with crankies.

Samedi 15h30/ Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Petit Chapiteau / Children’s Tent 

André Thériault

A lover of francophone song traditions, André Thériault is a lively and interactive entertainer and comedian who sings, plays guitar – and invites you to experience and enjoy the tunes of the great Québec singers: Felix Leclerc, Pierre Daigneault, Oscar Thiffault, La Bolduc and others. Come join it – hum and sing along!

Samedi 11h30 / Saturday 11:30 p.m.
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche 12h45 / Sunday 12:45 p.m.
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Toute la Gang

While some members of Toute la Gang regularly perform together via Skype, the gang's all here, live at the festival, to share their love of traditional Québécois music along with more contemporary styles, like the music played by De Temps Antan. La Gang includes Phillipe and André Yu and Max and Zach Weisenbloom (fiddles), Suzanne de Montigny (piano), John Krieger (accordion), and Irving Dardik (bones).

Dimanche midi / Sunday 12 p.m.
Workshop Tent / Tente des Ateliers

Dimanche 14h / Sunday 2 p.m.
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Will Stroet

Inspiring kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged, award-winning children’s musician and Kids’ CBC personality Will Stroet performs a high-energy show full of fun actions, jokes and sing-along choruses in both English and French. Kids will be cheering for libraries, loving their bikes, rallying for vegetables – and dancing away!

Samedi / Saturday 1:15pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau


Gina Lam, a.k.a. Ginalina, is a 2016 JUNO Children’s Album of the Year nominee for her collection of bilingual “family folk music” inspired by weekly walks with her four kids in Pacific Spirit Park. She makes a genuine connection with audiences, singing and telling stories that are gentle, magical, inspirational and fun!

Dimanche 15h/ Sunday 3 p.m.
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Roving Performers

Émilie Leclerc [aka Gretta]
With her ukulele and imagination, gifted clown and jester Emilie [aka Gretta] puts smiles on the faces of kids and grown ups too!

Lise Paquette (aka) Clochette Rigolo
A modern-day troubadour, singer-songwriter and clown, Lison creates a fun circus ambience that invites hearts of every age to sing, dance and laugh.

Danielle & Michèle
Howdy pardner! Taking a day off from her ranch chores, "Lucy" and cowboy "Doggy" welcome you to join a two-steppin' dance or to howl a tune.

Isabelle Kirouac
An astonishing acrobatic stilt-walker, dancer and accordionist, Isabelle combines music and physicality to create one-of-a-kind performances.