Festival Artists 2019

Welcome to the 30th Festival du Bois!

Join us in Coquitlam’s Mackin Park from March 22 – 24 to experience brilliant francophone, folk and world music from some of Canada’s finest artists plus fabulous food, fascinating workshops, fun on-site activities and entertainment – and more!

The community of Maillairdville invites you and your friends and family to share a wonderful weekend with us. Everyone is welcome!

Here’s who’s performing…

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Vishtèn

Prince Edward Island and the windswept Magdalen Islands, this is where the trio Vishtèn comes from, and their music is both a celebration of their Acadian roots and an embracing of Celtic and other Maritime folk traditions - traditions that find connections stretching south to Cajun Louisiana and across the Atlantic to the Shetlands. There’s accordion, fiddle, flutes and vocals. There’s foot percussion, bodhran and step-dancing. With a wealth of traditional and original tunes in hand, expect some musical magic.

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Samedi / Saturday 7:10pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 12:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

Dimanche / Sunday 3:45pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Comté de Clare

Here is a recently formed trio performing a new kind of tradition-based Acadian music. From Baie Sainte-Marie (Clare), an Acadian region in south-western Nova Scotia, three music veterans got together to employ the organic sound of live instruments (violin, keyboard, bass) as well as pre-recorded and live-mix sequences to merge traditional Nova Scotian and electronic music. Their mission: to offer you dance rhythms that reflect the vitality and energy of this music in an original and exciting way.

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Samedi / Saturday 1:15pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Samedi / Saturday 3:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

Dimanche / Sunday 2:30pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Les Tireux d’Roches

With roots in Quebec’s Mauricie region, this celebrated international touring quintet perform a dynamic mix of original compositions and re-workings from the traditional French and Québécois repertoire. On accordion, guitar, bouzouki, percussion, wind instruments and podorythmie, they’ve been delighting folk and trad music fans around the globe for over 20 years. With their stunning musicianship,  glorious harmonies, friendly camaraderie and on-stage charisma, ‘TDR’ has been described as “a gregarious gang of lovable misfits creating a festive atmosphere wherever they go”.

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Samedi / Saturday 2:20pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 12:30pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 2:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

Shauit

Originally from Maliotenam in north-eastern Québec, Shauit Kashinemu is a remarkable singer-songwriter making a name for himself in the aboriginal community internationally, as well as in the greater music world, TV and film. Singing in Creole, French, English, but predominantly in his native Innu, his songs are honest, sometimes political, reflections of his life, his culture and his worldview. This one-of-a-kind artist ingeniously mixes Innu traditional music, indigenous folk and other popular genres – often with a reggae, pop and dancehall flavour.

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Samedi / Saturday 4:20pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 1:30pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 3:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

Seconde Nation

Meet a dynamic Acadian folk quartet from New Brunswick! With music steeped in the tradition, from 2016 to 2017, this group of happy musicians was at the heart of the acclaimed show L'Acadie, a country that tells itself in Moncton, NB and France, where they performed 80 shows.  Seconde Nation plays music from the rich Acadian repertoire along with their own compositions. Their entertaining and energetic shows combine storytelling, tradition, comedy and outstanding musicianship, making it impossible to stay in your seat.

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Samedi  / Saturday 3:20pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 11:30am
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 1:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

Alpha Yaya Diallo

Originally from West Africa, BC-based guitarist, singer and three-time Juno-winner, Alpha Yaya Diallo has earned a global reputation for the excellence of his musicianship and for successfully uniting the traditional and the contemporary. Growing up, Diallo was exposed to a variety of cultures, absorbing musical traditions and influences from the Malenke, Sousou, his own Foulani people and others. Now a musician of global renown, he’s considered one of the greats of African music – simultaneously innovative and grounded in his rich cultural roots.

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Samedi / Saturday 2:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

Samedi  / Saturday 5:45pm
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Jou Tou

BC is home to a wealth of superb and eclectic musical talent, and Jou Tou is a prime example. World music veterans Qiu Xia He and André Thibault’s aim their formidable chops at French music from around the world — adding their own global twist! You’ll hear everything from French and North African music to Gypsy, French Caribbean and Québécois songs plus originals based on an array of influences. The French “joue tout” means play everything – and they do that, and very very well!

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Samedi / Saturday 11:45am
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Samedi / Saturday 1:00pm
Ateliers / Workshop Mackin House

André Thériault

André’s mission is to keep the grand legacy of French Canadian traditional music’s greatest singers and songs alive for the next generation to enjoy. Sing along with him to Alouette, hear Félix Leclerc's The North Train, along with songs by Pierre Daigneault, Oscar Thiffault, La Bolduc and many others. With just his voice, a guitar and harmonica, André shares the beautiful songs of the francophone oral tradition with humour, panache and a good heart. Come join in!

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Samedi / Saturday 3:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche / Sunday 10:30am
Grand Chapiteau / Main Stage

Dimanche / Sunday 2:40pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

La Boussole

La Boussole presents a new puppet theater show. Come discover the creative results of the puppet making workshops held by the members of La Boussole Francophone Centre as they express their voice, experience, and artistic talents. La Boussole (The Compass) is a Vancouver non-profit community and social center serving Francophones in need.

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Samedi / Saturday 12:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche / Sunday 12:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Podorythmie

Podorythmie is Québécois for "foot rhythms". It’s also a five member all-gal group known for their high energy and good time performances of French Canadian music and dance.  With fiddle, accordion, songs and lots of hard shoe step dancing interspersed with crankie (moving panorama) shows, Podorythmie performances are exciting, unique and fun for the whole family.

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Samedi / Saturday 4:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche / Sunday 1:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Jean-Pierre Makosso

Born in a traditional community in Pointe-Noire in Congo Brazzavile, Jean-Pierre Makosso now invites you to share his experience with Makosso Village – a place of stories that will capture your heart. There is music and dancing and you'll laugh, cry and move your body. You'll roar with the lion and dance with the monkeys. Your spirit will soar high above the Congo jungles.

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Samedi / Saturday 1:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche / Sunday 3:30pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Will Stroet

Will is a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter, CBC Kids TV star, educator and dad whose multilingual music ignites imagination and motivates movement in the young and young-at-heart. Drawing from his own experiences, Will creates songs and stories that entertain the whole family. Through witty wordplay and catchy choruses, Will inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world.

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Samedi / Saturday 2:00pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau

Dimanche / Sunday 1:50pm
Children’s Tent / Petit Chapiteau