Chants de Vielles
Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu is a magnificent heritage village in
Montérégie and a beautiful place to visit. It hosts the Chants de Vielles festival, a unique event centred on the hurdy-gurdy where
musicians and singers come together to pay tribute to traditional,
folk and acoustic music. From June 30 to July 2 you can take part
in the festivities and let the residents of this lovely community
show you how they celebrate!
More than 50
This festival in the heart of the village’s downtown area
welcomes 50 talented artists from Europe, North America and the
province of Quebec, all eager to make their voices heard. In a
friendly, country decor, festival-goers will get a chance to
discover the musical diversity of traditional, folk and Baroque
song. Concerts take place on the Jean-Paul Guimond stage next to
the river. There will also be a showcase of crafts and artisans
for attendees to discover as they listen to the sounds of local
and exotic traditional music. And if you’re a musician yourself,
feel free to join in and let your instruments do the talking at
the jam sessions.
Lots of things
for kids to do
A project called TRADALANNÉE (which means "traditional music all
year") was developed by Chants de Vielles in order to offer local
youth special activities during the school year, and that’s why
you’ll find a program of activities for young audiences that is
just as rich and diverse as the regular festival offerings. Kids
can participate in their own folk ball, intro to music workshops,
traditional song workshops, plays, shows and more!
More than just
Chants de Vielles, photo: Guillaume Morin
When you attend Chants de Vielles, you discover
a world unlike any other that is about more than just the shows.
Delve deeper by taking part in a walk with the singers, going to
one or several of the demonstrations and workshops or
participating in the very popular dragon boat ride filled with
song. The activity was such a success last year that organizers
have made sure to have twice as many boats! More events to look
forward to are the big banquet served outdoors, balls, dancing in
the evenings and a parade on Sunday.