New music will fill the halls of Theriault this 7 days

About 200 people today from throughout the province will be in town for the return of an yearly festival

Songs pupils from École secondaire catholique Thériault will be joined by francophone musicians from all around the province this weekend.

The provincial competition Quand ça nous chante is returning just after a two-yr hiatus due to COVID-19. The Timmins substantial faculty is internet hosting the occasion from Feb. 23-26.

The competition, which is structured by Affiliation des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), provides with it a number of francophone acts, as perfectly as tunes learners from 11 francophone educational facilities throughout Ontario. To help endorse the party, a trio of Theriault students performed O Canada for council at its meeting previous 7 days. 

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Several of the pupils using aspect are fired up to learn from the highlighted artists.

Kaitlyn Bangs, a Quality 9 pupil who has been playing piano for 9 yrs, is seeking ahead to finding extra facts on what the music industry includes.

“I believe they’ll have a great deal of tips for me,” mentioned Bangs about the musicians at the festival. “They are experts and they’ve been performing this for a lengthy time.”

She is by now teaching more youthful young children to play piano and she has aspirations to develop into a tunes teacher.

For many of the college students, this will be their first time attending the function.

The celebration will open with a welcoming music from Mary-Jaye Ethier, an Indigenous university student from New Liskeard. She bought involved with the pageant following playing the Indigenous drum as her expertise through a pageant in the space.

She reported the local performance is a way to give many thanks and share her society.

“Sometimes it can be hard since they never know anything at all about your tradition so we’re seeking to introduce them to it,” she said. 

Drumming is a family affair for Ethier.

“My grandmother and my aunts, they all appreciate to drum and I enjoy staying a part of that circle of females,” she mentioned.

Liam Tremblay, a Grade 12 scholar who performs guitar, has learned a great deal about how to equilibrium his everyday living and commitments through his a long time in Theriault’s band method.

“There’s an element of get the job done tough, engage in tough, and it certainly builds a operate ethic,” he explained.

With programs to research electrical engineering, he designs to utilize these classes going ahead.

“If you are undertaking just about anything musically, it will aid you concentrate and de-anxiety, but it does just take a great deal of time,” stated Tremblay.

This week’s festival will contain workshops for the college students on a range of subject areas like lyric composition, musical theatre and an introduction to the company facet of new music.

This is the 3rd time that Theriault has hosted the pageant — the earlier periods ended up in 2016 and 2017.

When the pageant is scaled-down than it has been in the past, organizer Valérie Vachon said that there will be around 200 people today visiting the city for it.

“In 2016 we had 440 college students from all over Ontario, but considering that COVID-19 shut down every little thing, it really is been newborn steps this yr,” claimed Vachon. “To come right here from Toronto or Ottawa or Thunder Bay, it’s a good deal to request, so it’s a lesser version, but it is heading to be additional intimate.”

Points will kick off for the pupils on Thursday evening, with a supper and a live performance prior to a jam session for the college students and artists to get to know each individual other.

“We have three rooms that will be open for jams, so they go where they want, they just take their instrument and they jam jointly,” explained Vachon. “It’s remarkable, they appear up with the conquer and tunes and they just mix it all collectively.”

Friday night’s live performance is open up to the general public and options Céleste Lévis, a Timmins singer-songwriter, and Stef Paquette, an writer and composer from Sudbury, along with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, directed by Josh Wood at the school’s auditorium.

Tickets are $20 at the doorway for the general public. The doorways open at 6:45 p.m.

The festival’s most important focus is on students and increasing their like of music.

The tunes program at École secondaire catholique Thériault has been likely for 20 a long time.

Juliane Breton is one particular of those college students who’s returned to give back again. She will work on the tech aspect of the school’s band system and said the college students are always thrilled about the different varieties of new music they get to participate in.

“They get to choose the tunes they want to do all in French and they investigation as a great deal as they can, and if they listen to a French music that they like, they talk to if we can do it,” she mentioned. “The remedy is largely indeed.”

The festival provides the kids included a opportunity to satisfy additional musically inclined persons, the two other students and industry experts, but the pleasure they get from the experience make the operate that goes into it really worth it, suggests Vachon.

“When I see the smiles on the kids’ faces following all this operate, it would make anything worth the sleepless evenings,” she claimed. “They’re likely to be exchanging their enthusiasm for songs, and it’s so exciting.”