All the 20th anniversary
programming online!

9 May 2024

The Chants de Vielles festival is delighted to present some of the highlights of its 20th anniversary program!

In addition to the Grands Concerts evenings announced on April 17, this program brings together a host of activities with the magical, singular accents for which the festival is renowned. Rooted in the roots of local music, it shapes a cultural and musical landscape on a human scale…

For full details of the artists, venues and schedule, visit our website at Program 2024 and to get you in the mood, listen to the Chants de Vielles 20th anniversary playlist!

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Skye Consort & Emma Bjorling

Skye Consort & Emma Bjorling _ On Sunday, at 15:00, the church will be sublimated by the presence of this Québéco-Swedish formation where each musician brings his or her own interpretation to tunes from Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, Acadia and the United States to create an extraordinary collaboration.

With Emma Björling (lead voice, percussion & shruti box), Seán Dagher (lead voice, Irish bouzouki & banjo), Amanda Keesmaat (cello & vocals), Alex Kehler (fiddle, nyckelharpa & vocals) and Simon Alexandre (fiddle, nyckelharpa & vocals).

Festival schedule
chapelle ardente
On Saturday at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to take a journey into the heart of time, to an ancient and little-known Quebec: that of visionaries, mystics and the deranged of the soul. A Gothic Quebec, thirsty for desire and obsessed with the Great Departure...

Freely inspired by Victor-Lévy Beaulieu's Manuel de la petite littérature du Québec (1974), La Chapelle Ardente is an album and show conceived by the duo Michel Faubert and Bernard Falaise.

 Le Tapeuxthon

Dâvi Simard, fiddler well known on the Quebec trad scene, combines his passions for folklore and running in an ambitious undertaking: to beat the world record for podorythmy by tapping his foot tirelessly for a period of 12 consecutive hours. The Tapeuxthon promises to be an extraordinary experience, full of surprises!


On Saturday mornings, children and their parents can discover a thousand and one facets of our living heritage on a tour of three themed stages. At their own pace and according to their curiosity, little ones will explore the welcoming and stimulating world of traditions.

  • Music with Gaétan Morrissette
  • Song with Sophie Pomerleau
  • Danse with Laurence Proulx

In addition to these platforms, the TRADÀLANNÉE program for young audiences offers a series of activities and shows specially designed for children. Musical awakening workshops, P’tit Bal Folk, storytelling shows and even an introductory workshop to traditional Kumbia dance (Colombia)!


Le projet Ermatinger

Benoît Fortier and Jacinthe Dubé present this concert/lecture about fur trader Edward Ermatinger’s 1830 songbook. Considered to be the oldest surviving document, the collection contains words and music to traditional songs sung by travelers of the time. On Saturday at 18:00 at the Maison de la culture, they will sing the 11 songs contained in the collection and discuss what we know about this precious document and its owner.

Les cinés-rencontres

To mark the 50th anniversary of Son des Français d’Amérique (SFA, 1974), the filmmaker and co-author of this Quebec documentary series, André Gladu, presents two restored episodes in the form of ciné-rencontres: Les gens du plaisir and Il allont-y disparaître? The first features farmers, descendants of the 1837 Patriotes of Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, who meet in their sugar shacks to celebrate. The second tells the story of Chéticamp, Cape Breton’s largest Acadian community.


Dieu du Ciel Musical Apéros

Before the Grand Concerts, at the Bar du Quai, Chants de Vielles invites you to a festive musical aperitif! A unique opportunity to discover, every day, a speciality on tap from the Dieu du Ciel craft brewery, partner of the first days of the festival.

  • Friday, 6:30 pm, sung aperitif with Daniel Roy
  • Saturday, 6:30 p.m., sung aperitif with Mia Lacroix
  • Sunday, 17:00, apéro des violoneux with André Brunet and Olivier Demers


La Veillée de la vingtaine

Faithful to one of its unmissable traditions, Chants de Vielles offers a traditional Quebec dance evening hosted by remarkable young musicians gathered for this special “twenties” event!!!

With Charles LabrècheThierry ClouetteJordan Bélanger and Lysandre Chartrand on câll.

Exhibition: Scènes de vie autochtone – J’épie… le maïs

Now part of the festival tradition, an exhibition will be on display all weekend long, and even before! The Maison de la culture Eulalie-Durocher will be hosting the exhibition Scènes de vie autochtone – J’épie… le maïs. The exhibition features didactic panels and original works depicting scenes of Aboriginal life by ethnographer painter André Michel.

From May 31, during opening hours at the Maison de la culture Eulalie-Durocher in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu


And much more!!!

A whole range of concerts and special events await you at this 20th edition… Here are just a few, but check out the online program for all the details!

  • COOLTRAD with Nicolas Boulerice and Frédéric Samson
  • Duo Prairie Comeau
  • L’Amer’cirque engaged storytelling
  • Dragon boat rides
  • Fest-Noz Ball
  • Sunday parade
  • Song Vigil
  • Workshops and sessions
  • and more!

We look forward to seeing you in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu on June 28, 29 and 30!!!



Photo: Guillaume Morin