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, …



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

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



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

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,

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



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

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

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,

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/

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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


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

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