Gearing up for Festival du Bois


Festival du Bois Maillardville Coquitlam 2015

Coquitlam’s Maillardville neighbourhood is once again gearing up to celebrate its francophone heritage with the 2015 Festival du Bois. Mark your calendars, because it’s all happening from February 26-March 1, 2015 in the big heated tents in Mackin Park. With roots in the French-Canadian heritage, history, and community of Maillardville and the surrounding area, Festival du Bois has grown to become BC’s largest and most popular celebration of francophone music, dance, craft, food, and culture.

Festival du Bois successfully combines a world-calibre music festival with an entertaining and affordable family-friendly community celebration. Festival-goers can wander the expansive park-site to learn about Maillardville and its history, participate in fun activities, shop, and indulge their taste buds with delicious tourtière, maple taffy on snow, homemade poutine and other fare. Under the roofs of the massive Grand Chapiteau (Main Tent), Tente des enfants (Children’s Tent) or popular Tente des ateliers (Workshop Tent), they can experience great music and dance inspires, informs, and even incites folks to kick up their heels. All ages and cultures are welcome to come and share in some old-fashioned joie de vivre!

It all kicks off with the opening concert on February 26, 2015 from 7:00-9:00pm at Place des Arts. The program features Manitoban singer-songwriter Genevieve Toupin, and is sure to delight. There is also a benefit concert on Friday, Feburary 27, 2015 featuring the Fusion Gospel Choir.

The rest of this year’s roster offers a program rich with visual arts exhibition, community and kids music and activities and some surprises, plus the finest Québécois, francophone, folk, world and roots music artists performing today. In addition to folk music from Québec you’ll hear First Nations, Celtic and Afro-Latin dance music, among a host of other genres. Plus your kids will enjoy the legendary Charlotte Diamond and the fabulous Will Stroet, both of whom sing in English and French.

To help you get in the mood for the big event, the 2015 Dîner en Plaid is coming up on February 17, 2015 from 6:3 pm to late. The location is secret, so you’ll only find out when you receive your ticket. However, what we do know is that there will be great French-Canadian food and craft beer, plus music and entertainment, that you won’t soon forget. And the dress code? Plaid.

Festival du Bois has always had a visual arts component as well. This year’s exhibition Le théâtre de la vie publique by the talented Leanne Christie, runs from February 19-March 8, 2015 at Place des Arts. The Opening Reception is happening on February 19, 2015 in the Atrium of Place des Arts from 7:00-9:00pm. And best of all? It’s free.

Tickets for Dîner en Plaid are $25 each. Daily admission to Festival du Bois is $12 for adults and $5 for children, or $30 per family. Weekend admission is $20 per person or $50 per family. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit festivaldubois.ca.

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