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About Festival de Lanaudière

History and mission

Background

Around 1975, Joliette claimed to have a good number of active music organizations: a cultural centre that supported the city’s concert activity, several music schools, three youth orchestras, a summer music camp, a regional music competition, and various choirs. In other words, it was a musical setting waiting for something greater.

The opportunity for this “something greater” arose in 1977, when Father Fernand Lindsay, Cleric of St-Viateur and Director of the Cultural Centre, took a leap of faith and invited the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to give three concerts at the Cathédrale de Joliette. They were well received by the people of Joliette. The time had therefore come to take a step further. Recalling the European festivals he had visited some years earlier, Father Lindsay knew the time had come to make his dream come.

An outstanding
amphitheatre

The Festival had become a true engine for tourism and economic development for the entire Lanaudière region, but lacked one essential ingredient to completely fulfil its mission: an outdoor amphitheatre. “Its construction,”  said René Charette, Board Chair, “represents a golden opportunity to expand our cultural market by creating a centre for excellence.”

The Festival thus came to a critical turning point in 1989 with this new amphitheatre, which seats 2,000 listeners under its roof and 6,000 more on the lawn. Many musicians and music critics who have experienced similar venues in the United States are unstinting in their praise for Lanaudière’s amphitheatre, particularly with respect to its impressive acoustics.

Architect Michel Gallienne and his colleagues, set designer Yvon Sanche and acoustician Lionel J. Lortie—all from Quebec City—created a gem, and everyone agrees the setting is magical. “Music has built a nest in Lanaudière, and this will lead to great things,” said Father Lindsay on the night the structure was inaugurated.

A story of success
and loyalty

With the appointment of a co-artistic director, Louise Forand-Samson, and new general manager, François Bédard, the 1990s saw further developments built on past achievements. The quality of performances remained high and attendance increased, as did the Festival’s reputation and the enthusiasm it generated among critics and music lovers. The Festival de Lanaudière had carved an enviable and unique niche for itself as one of the top musical events.

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Quality policy

Festival International de Lanaudière is committed to welcoming visitors in a professional and friendly manner to ensure an enjoyable experience. Visitors will be kept in the loop about our activities and services and about any changes that might occur. We ensure our visitors a safe and secure Festival visit, and make every effort to accommodate those in need of adapted services. Your satisfaction is important to us, and will respond to any feedback you have in a timely manner.

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Board of directors

Executive committee

Chair

Dr. Denis-Richard Roy
Consultant

Vice-Chair

Pierre R. Desmarais, President
Fondation Pierre Desmarais Belvédère

Secretary/Treasurer

Vivienne Cadorette
Pharmacienne propriétaire – Pharmacie Jean Coutu

Marlène Larue, Director
Training and Development Director
Vice-president – Human Resources
Hydro-Québec

Galal Behna, Associate
Behna, Cormier, Gougeon, Ouellette, SENCRL

Vivienne Cadorette, Owner
Jean-Coutu Pharmacy

Julie Gauthier, Regional Director of Government Affairs and Health Policy
Amgen Canada

Dr. Claude Godin, Orthopedist
Clinique d’orthopédie Saint-Urbain

On July 4th 2019, Mr René Charrette, aged 86, passed away. He was a founder and member emeritus of the board for 42 years.

Festival staff

Executive Office

François Bédard
General Manager
fbedard@lanaudiere.org

Sylvie Gagné
Administration Director
sgagne@lanaudiere.org

Mychèle Arbour
Donations
and Sponsorship Coordinator
marbour@lanaudiere.org

Emma-Geneviève Murray St-Louis
Executive Assistant
egmurray@lanaudiere.org

Émilie Brideau
Bookkeeper
ebrideau@lanaudiere.org

Paul Lafortune
IT Services Manager
plafortune@lanaudiere.org

Artistic Direction

Renaud Loranger
Artistic Director
rloranger@lanaudiere.org

Pierre-Luc Moreau
Artistic coordinator
rloranger@lanaudiere.org

Marketing

Chantal Neveu
Marketing Director
cneveu@lanaudiere.org

Andrée-Anne Comeau
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
aacomeau@lanaudiere.org

Normand Paquette
Tourism Consultant
npaquette@lanaudiere.org

Production

Louis Carpentier
Technical Director