For the past three years, I have been playing as a duet with my son Antoine, under the name “Bourque émissaires” (a pun with the name Bourque that sounds almost identical to “bouc émissaire” in French, meaning “scapegoat”). It’s a joy to have the opportunity to play with my son.
The ninth annual celebration of the Canadian Folk Music Awards was held in Calgary from November 7th to 10th 2013. Once again, I had the great honnor and pleasure to co-host the gala with the unique Shelagh Rogers. Next November, the 10th annual CFMA will be held in Ottawa.
Stay tuned at www.folkwards.ca
I had the chance to take part in Celtic Harmonies, a lovely festival taking place in October in different towns of the lovely Eastern Townships. Stay tuned for next year.
On Labor Day weekend 2013, it was the 25th year of the Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon de Montmagny. To celebrate this event, the artistic director, Raynald Ouellet, invited artists who had already come to the festival during the first 24 years. Wow, the ambiance was magical, the artists were so generous and, on top of that, the weather was just perfect – how lucky were are !
The 26th edition of the Carrfour mondial de l’accordéon wll be from August 28th to September 1st 2014.
Photo : Julien Simard, Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon.
This coming Sunday Aug. 11th, I will play in Verchères in a duet format “Bourque Émissaires” (father and son with Antoine Pigeon-Bourque, my son of course) for the charming festival Musique sur le fleuve.
It’s in Parc des Pionniers, in the heart of Verchères, close to the St-Lauwrence river, at noon, and it is free !
Also, from 9:30 to 11:15, at restaurant L-Cafétal (617 Marie-Victorin), Thierry & Mortimer (traditional and medieval music) will uplift your breakfast with music.
Yesterday, we went to the press conference for the program launch of the 5th edition of Musique sur le fleuve – concert every Sunday of August in Verchères, near the statue of Madeleine de Verchères, at noon.
World music and jazz. You can also hear new emerging musicians at L-Cafétal restaurant on Sunday mornings.
Once again this year, I was invited to the New-Bedford Folk Festival (formerly named Greater New-Bedford Summerfest) as a duet with my son Antoine (piano accordion). Again, it was a great festival with great musicians such as John Whelan, Kevin Burke, Visthen trio, The Kennedeys, Beppe Gambetta and many more. New this year : concerts at The Zeiterion, a gorgeous theatre with 1,200 seating places. I’m already looking forward to next year.
Thanks to the organisers Helene and Alan Korolenko, and to the whole team !
On Saturday Nov. 17th, I will emcee the gala of the 8th annual celebration of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) which will be at Imperiela Theatre in Saint-John (New-Brunswick).
Gravelbourg, “Sakatchewan’s cultural gem”. I’ll be there mid-April for dance workshops with the folk dance troup “Les danseurs de la rivière la vieille” with my colleague France Bourque (no, she is not my sister nor my wife).
It’s always with great pleasure that I got back to Gravelbourg !
My oldest daughter had the idea of putting side by side a photo of her and a photo of me ; amazing !