NOTE: In light of the efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus), all public events scheduled for this project are postponed until further notice. We are working to reconceptualize how and when we deliver live events in light of restrictions on public gatherings for the time being. We will be trying to transition events to online format using popular platforms like Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. You can also expect much more content will be available here, on our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel. We are still committed to celebrating, documenting, and sharing the sounds and stories of our musical culture throughout these difficult times and rest assured we will comply with all public health directives and precautions to protect the well-being of everyone involved in this project, and that includes you, our audience, most of all.
May 28, 2020 – Facebook Live – “Irish Heritage in Quebec: History, Music, and Dance”
A co-production with QAHN’s Heritage Talks series. An afternoon filled with some of Irish-Montreal’s finest in history, story-telling, music and dance. This event will be accessible by live stream from the QAHN and Different Tune Facebook pages. Fergus Keyes, will speak about the history of the Black Rock site and bring us up to date on the most recent developments in the building of a monument park; musical performances by Roy McLaren and David Gossage; an Irish-Montreal ghost-story by Donovan King; and an interview with Irish dance instructor Bernadette Short and researcher Rachel Hoffman about Irish dance in Quebec since the 1970s. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind event! Please see the detailed schedule at the following link:
April 25, 2020 – Online using Zoom – “The Next Tune: Passing on the Valley’s Fiddle Traditions”
Free online beginner fiddle workshop (2 – 4 pm) workshops with Laura Risk. If you have a fiddle in playable condition, have a basic sense of how to hold the instrument, and can play a few simple tunes, then this workshop is for you! Musical intermission and snack break featuring local fiddler John Wilson and pianist Connie McClintock (3:00 – 3:15 pm).
May 9, 2020 – Hemmingford (Archives Hemmingford – 517 ave Champlain): Dance Bands of the Chateauguay Valley: Rufus Fisher’s Orchestra and Wilson’s Westernaires. POSTPONED
Presentation by project director and researcher Glenn Patterson featuring live music by John Wilson (fiddle), Connie McClintock (piano), and friends (1 – 3 pm); followed by an open jam for local musicians (3 – 4 pm).
May 30, 2020– Valcartier: A celebration of the musical heritage of Valcartier, Shannon, and Stoneham – Live music, set dancing, singing, and stories. POSTPONED
Many more events coming across the province …. check back soon.