Waskapitan : “let’s come closer together”
We are pleased to partner up with the show Waskapitan, an event that advocates for respect, kindness and dialogue. The tragic death of Joyce Echaquan this past September in Joliette shook all of Quebec. Headed by the Lanaudière Native Friendship Centre, several organizations in the region have collaborated to create this show that is unifying, inclusive … and free!
Online free of charge, beginning Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Before, during or after the concert, everyone is invited to donate generously!
“Autumn Notes”: A Tour de Force
As soon as it was announced in early August that venues could reopen with a maximum of 250 audience members per concert, the Festival de Lanaudière felt it had to move forward! The Festival’s management decided to present a fall season that would send a strong and clear message: live concerts are safe and offer comfort to communities affected by the pandemic.It was no small task: quarantine had to be planned for artists fromoutside Canada and sanitary measures had to be established for artists, technicians, and the audience.
“We remain in solidarity with public health authorities, whose goal is to protect the population. However, we are stunned by thesetback imposed this week on the entire cultural community, particularlyin Montreal and Quebec City. Overcoming anxiety and fear is becoming aperilous and very demanding exercise for all organizations. We have just demonstrated that performing artists can practice their profession and reconnect with their audiences safely. The current situation is incomprehensible,”
“The audience’s emotion was palpable as soon as they set foot in the concert hall once again, and many testimonials flooded in to confirm that these concerts had brought peace to our community. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have been able to present these concerts,and we fully empathize with our colleagues who have been robbed of this privilege in the next month. Cultural organizations should not have to work in such conditions of uncertainty, especially given their diligence in meeting health standards and the absence of any cases of COVID-19 related to their activities. The decision to reconfine the arts community is putting a severe strain on our cultural system, weakening the overall economy, and preventing citizens from escaping, even for a moment, in the company of artists who are so dear to them,”
A Bold First Fall Edition
Festival de Lanaudière’s “Autumn Notes,” which took place from September 18 to 27, rose to the challenge of offering concerts and recitals of international calibre while complying with current public health measures.This fall edition featured six major concerts involving the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Les Violons du Roy, violinist James Ehnes, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as free outdoor musical performances in the greater Joliette area by the Choros wind quintet and the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Joliette.