Canadian Parents for French-Québec, in partnership with Bishop’s University, the Community Learning Centres and the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations, is spearheading the first French-Second-Language Virtual Choir in the province!
Fannie Gaudette, Director of the Bishop’s University Singers, will create an original medley of well-loved Quebec classics which elementary school and community choirs from Anglophone communities and their Francophone counterparts throughout the province will learn.
Chantal Gosselin will travel to these communities in January and February 2015 to work with the choirs on perfecting the song. The choirs will be recorded singing and the individual videos will be uploaded and edited into a single video, available for all to watch!
If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Chelsea Craig at [email protected]
MEET CHANTAL GOSSELIN
Singer, improviser, songwriter, performer and educator, Chantal has more than 20 years of experience in the artistic milieu, both in Quebec and abroad. Having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Bobby McFerrin and Francis Cabrel’s team, Chantal has created her own musical and poetic universe, blending jazz influences, her interest for songwriting and her passion for world music with a gypsy flair. Passionate about vocal improvisation and spontaneous creation, Gosselin teaches and practices this approach with other multi-disciplinary artists in diverse places and contexts. She also established an annual training program in the South of France in 2014.
MEET THE MUSICIANS
Fannie Gaudette – pianist, arrangements
Music Theory Instructor at Bishop’s University and Director of the Bishop’s University Singers, Fannie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Music) from Bishop’s University and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Université Laval. She has also performed in festivals and master classes with Jean Saulnier, Jamie Parker, the Alcan String Quartet, Jean Marchand, Michel Fournier and Carmen Picard.
Alexandre Cattaneo – mandolin, pedal steel guitar
Alexandre completed a DEC in Jazz Arrangement and Performance at Vanier College, after which he trained with the legendary Mick Goodrick. In 2002, he recorded “The Path of Least Resistance” with Coral Egan, which earned him a Juno nomination for Best vocal jazz album of the year. He later created Les Roturiers, whose album “La République” was nominated for the Félix Award for Best country album of the year (2007). Alexandre has collaborated with artists such as Nelly Furtado, Martha Wainwright, Geneviève Toupin and Alexandre Désilets as well as on many soundtracks for TV and film.
Sebastien Hinse – drums
Dominique Massicotte – guitar
Jonathan Moorman – fiddle
A professional violinist specializing in folk and rock music, Jonathan was born in England and trained in music in Victoria BC. Currently a member of the Celtic rock groups Bodh’aktan and the Mahones, he has toured, recorded and performed extensively with innumerable solo artists, groups, dance troupes, and orchestras. He lives in Montreal, has three children, and works as a geomatician for CN.
Mathieu Tarlo – double bass
As Mathieu says: “I do the best job in the world: I’m a musician!” He is in many bands, including Habana Café, Trovando, Trio Guillaume Gilbert and the Julian Gutierez Quartet, and also accompanies many solo artists. In addition to doing studio recordings, Mathieu plays many live Latin, jazz, rock and pop concerts. He has college and university degrees in music and he currently teaches music to students of all ages!
And the man who put it all together… sound engineer Larry O’Malley!
On February 12th, we kicked off the Virtual Choir tour at Sherbrooke Elementary School! The students had a great time singing!
For more pictures of Sherbrooke Elementary School, please click here.
Later that day, we filmed the Bishop’s University Singers!
For more pictures of the Bishop’s University Singers, please click here.
A blizzard prevented Chantal from getting to Gaspe Elementary School on February 16 but we Skyped in to meet all of the singers. Looks like we missed a great party!!!
For more pictures of Gaspe Elementary School, please click here.
On February 19th, we headed to Parkdale Elementary School!
For more pictures of Parkdale Elementary School, please click here.
On February 20th, we went to St. Paul Elementary School!
For more pictures of St. Paul Elementary School, please click here.
On February 21st, we filmed Les Oisillons!
On February 23rd, we headed to Pope Memorial Elementary School!
For more pictures of Pope Memorial Elementary School, please click here.
On February 24th, Chantal filmed the students at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School!
For more pictures of Princess Elizabeth Elementary School, please click here.
On February 25, Portneuf Elementary School was filmed!
For more pictures of Portneuf Elementary School, please click here.
On February 27, Chantal made it to Grosse Ile School, after her flight was delayed due to a blizzard! She had a great time with students and with the singers who joined them from École Notre-Dame-de-Sacré-Cœur and the Chorale de Grande-Entrée.
For more pictures of Grosse Ile School, please click here.
On March 2nd, we visited singers from Choeur Walter and École Georges-Vanier!
For more pictures of Choeur Walter and École Georges-Vanier, please click here.
On March 6th, Chantal travelled to New Carlisle to film students at New Carlisle High School!
Keep checking out the site for tour updates!
Virtual choir to bring anglo kids together with French – The Record (Sherbrooke)
French-Second Language Virtual Choir – CBC Radio
The verdict is ‘Fun’! – The Record (Sherbrooke)
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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.