NOTE: In light of the efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus), we are postponing public events previously scheduled for this project and are transitioning to online events using Zoom and Facebook Live. 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.
Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place on this project’s Facebook page.
August 8, 2020 – Facebook Live – Gaspé Fiddle Project 10th Anniversary
Join an afternoon celebrating the work of a collective of fiddlers, collectors, and researchers who, collectively have been working to preserve the fiddle traditions of the Eastern Gaspé Peninsula. We’ll be playing music and talking about what we’ve been up to in getting this music back in circulation again. Featuring Laura Risk (Montreal); Lisa Ornstein (Washington State); Guy Bouchard (Douglastown); Matthieu Fournier (Gaspé); Paul Fackler (North Carolina); Norma McDonald (Douglastown); Pascal Gemme (Eastern Townships); France Dupuis (Quebec City); Robin Servant (Rimouski); Stéphanie Lepine (Lanaudière); Martin Aucoin (Beresford, NB/Lévis, QC); Pria Schwall-Kearney (Australia); André Brunet (Lacolle, QC); Brian Morris and Glenn Patterson (Montreal).
Co-sponsored by the Vision Gaspé-Percé Now and the Douglas Community Centre
August 6, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 10” – Originally from Belle-Anse and now living in Montreal, singer-songwriter Dale Boyle brings his brand of folk, blues, roots, and country music that is inspired by his connection to the Gaspé Coast. http://www.daleboyle.com/
July 30, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 9” – Women of the Coast. A showcase of six woman singers, songwriters, and musicians from the Coast’s English-speaking communities. Artists TBA soon.
July 25, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “The 100 Mile Artstream.” In collaboration with Theatre Wakefield’s 100 Mile Arts Network, we are bringing you an evening of artistic talent from across West Quebec. Musical performances from Stacey Desabrais (Shawville); Evelyn MacIver (Wakefield); James Stephens (Chelsea); Catherine Scullion (Campbell’s Bay); Pickachune (Wakefield); Tony McKenzie and Katelyn Zimmerling (Shawville); Devorah Sugarman (Wakefield)
July 23, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 8” – Steven “Wolfy” McGie. Montreal-born and raised on the Gaspe Coast, Wolfy began his music career when he moved to Edmonton. His love for music started at a very young age, listening to his mother playing guitar with her friends in the kitchen. She listened to a variety of music from Lionel Richie, Prince, Conway Twitty, Elvis, The Beatles and Janice Joplin, just to name a few. Steven grew up listening to Nirvana, Tupac, Usher, Michael Jackson, Metallica, Garth Brooks, Whitney Houston and whatever else he could get his hands on. His influences are similarly eclectic and his love for music has no boundaries.
July 16, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 7” – Listuguj’s Gypsy Donkeys will be bringing a set of classic rock.
July 9, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 6” – Norm Parent
July 2, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 5” – From Murdochville and now living in Montreal, songwriter, pianist and vocalist Melissa Furlotte will be treating us to a set of jazz-influenced original songs.
June 25, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 4” – Jordan Duguay, a young singer-songwriter from Sandy Beach, recently back from Montreal where we completed a course in sound engineering and continued working on and recording his original material.
June 18, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 3” – Live from Holy Name Hall. In collaboration with the Festival de musique du bout du monde featuring Kathy Kennedy, Karen Brian, and Debbie Sams singing Irish songs and Mathieu Fournier, Steve Boulay, and Marion Trudel playing traditional fiddle music.
June 11, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 2” – Rock and Blues with The Narrows (Shigawake and New Richmond, QC). Co-sponsored by The Gaspesian Way; Shigawake Agricultural Fair and Music Festival; CASA; SADC Baie-des-Chaleurs.
June 4, 2020 – 8 pm – Facebook Live – “Thirsty Thursdays Vol 1” – Old-Time Country and Cajun Music with Nadine Landry and Sammy Lind (Pointe-à-la-Croix, QC). Co-sponsored by The Gaspesian Way; Shigawake Agricultural Fair and Music Festival; CASA; SADC Baie-des-Chaleurs.
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.