The revival of the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée

The rebirth of the Festival in song from Petite-Valée


After editions marked by the fires of the Théâtre de la Vieille Forge, the Maison LeBreux and then the pandemic constraints, the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée returned to a semblance of normality, with the 20,000 festival-goers expected at more than 60 shows.

For the second evening of the 39th edition, the event received, for one of its rare visits to Quebec, the Louisianan Zachary Richard, one of the big favorites of the crowd.

Quickly, the musician conquered the public, who even applauded before the end of “Au bord du lac Bijou”. “It's premature applause, it can be cured,” he said, provoking a wave of laughter from the crowd. Laughter gave way to attentive listening with “Au bal du Bataclan”, a piece he composed after meeting a couple who met in therapy after both experienced the tragedy in November 2015. A child was born of the union.

Franco-Louisiana culture, far from being dead

For Zachary Richard, the French culture of Louisiana is far from dead. “Every time someone wants to put the last nail in the coffin of Franco-Louisiana culture, she gets up and asks for a beer,” he joked. Well surrounded by experienced musicians Rick Haworth on guitar, Francis Covan on violin, Mario Légaré on double bass and Paul Picard on percussion, the quintet developed a real communion with the public during the evening.

< p>A skilful storyteller, the Louisianan beautifully presented each of his ritornellos, the public hanging on his lips, as with “The song of the migrants”, a song that evokes the ephemeral nature of life that he presented to his arts teacher. martial, because he had forgotten to give her a present. He presented “Irving Whale” shortly after, a song he “learned at Star Académie”. But it was really with “The tree is in its leaves”, a song that does not require an introduction, that he really got the party started, with the audience doing the chorus of the song. Another immortal, “La ballade de Jean Batailleur” followed.

Obviously, the audience didn't take care of themselves, because they clapped again before the end of the song, and didn't not stopped.

Tribute to a looter of the festival

Just before the performance, the Member of Parliament for Gaspé, Méganne Perry Melançon, presented the medal of the National Assembly to Denise Lebreux, “an outstanding innkeeper who has gone through all sorts of hardships,” said the elected PQ member. Pillar of the Festival en chanson, she founded the first edition as the Festival de la kinship, then passed the torch a few years later to her son Alan Côté.