HUNTINGDON

The Region

In Huntingdon, the Rural Arts Project and the MRC of Haut-Saint-Laurent are showcasing the artistic and cultural richness of this beautiful region. Enjoy an irresistible program of dance, music and visual arts at Grove Hall, a new performing arts centre in an historic reclaimed church that sits on a lovely riverside campus. A thriving hub during the prohibition era and the height of the textile industry, Huntingdon features many stately and historic buildings. Haut St Laurent's cultural attractions include: Grove Hall Performing Arts Centre, the Circuit du Paysan, Cabane à sucre L'Hermine and Hillspring Farm, the Blairs and the Stevensons' Apple Orchards, Droulers-Tsiionhiakwatha archelogical site, numerous battle grounds of the War of 1812, Salle Alfred Langevin Art Gallery, Covey Hill

CONTACT 

For all inquiries about Huntingdon events: tinatuckerbye@gmail.com    
For general inquiries about the festival: arts.alive@quebec-elan.org

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Grove Hall - 165 rue Chateauguay, Huntingdon

All Workshops and Performances are free with the price of admission. 

Admission fees: 

$10 for an Adult Pass 

$5 for Kids 6-12 years old 

0-5 years old get in for free! 


Friday August 18

  • 19:00

    Friday Evening Bonfire 

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    An outdoor event full of celebration of our area's heritage. 

Saturday August 19

  • 10:00 

    16:00

    Musical Instrument Construction 
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    Presented by Wolfgang Kater.

    All ages.

  • 10:00 

    18:00

    Face Painting with Audrée Bourdeau
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    All day in the park! Come one! Come all! Get your face painted!

  • 10:00 

    &

    16:00

    Ziploc Felting 
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    Participants will be initiated to the technique of felting. Using alpaca fibers that are 100% natural, this is a simple and amusing workshop for all ages! 

  • 10:00 

    Nature Drawing (Adults)
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    Taught by Pat Walsh

    Nature has within it all the imagery, shapes, patterns, textures and colours needed to inspire any type of interpretation, from realism to impressionism to abstraction. Participants will be encouraged to draw nature as they see it, using their own style and vision of how they experience the subject.

  • 11:00

    Writers Workshop (Adults and Youth) with Mark Abley 
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    This workshop will allow participants to unleash some of their inner creativity. We will explore a few techniques for releasing the constraints that sometimes inhibit writers, and for refining and polishing what emerges on the page. Please bring a pen and a few sheets of paper (or alternatively a laptop).

  • 11:00

    Teddy Bears' Picnic 
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    Aimed at the under 5 years old crowd there will be a finger food buffet provided free of charge to the little ones. This event will be organized by the youth that participate in our youth theatre workshop in early August. They will also present a play just before lunch is served! 

  • 11:00

    &

    15:00

    Flash Workshop in Creative Writing with Iris Delagrange (Bilingual) 
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    11:00 Workshop: Children ages 6 - 14
    15:00 Workshop: Adults
    Bilingual (French & English)
     
    “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
     
    Writing is about collecting moments, portraits, pictures and memories andwrite them in a story, a poem, an essay or a text. It is very creative way toexpress oneself by telling a story. Any story! As a writer, it is my job to inspire people to read but also to write. This is what this Flash workshop is: the first step into the wonderful world of creative writing.
  • 11:00

    &

    16:00

    Haudenosaunee Tales with Indigenous Story-Teller and Performer Anenhaienton Wakenesiio 
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     Stories from ANENHAIENTON WAKENESIIO's ancestors will be shared around the campfire. They will present a mix of story, song and dance. 

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  • 11:00

    Yoga beside the River with Amy Marleau 
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    Yoga for Kids: 

    Join us for a fun filled 45 minutes of yoga for kids! Let your kids unleash their silliness and stretch their wings in poses like dragon or show off their strength and fierceness in poses like lion! 

    Yoge for Adults: 

    Interested in yoga? Want to set some time aside to relax? Come try out our 45 minute yoga class, half power flow and half deep stretch and relaxation, there's a little something for everyone!

     
  • 11:00

    &

    15:00

    Organic Gardening Workshop 
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    11:00 Workshop: Children 

    15:00 Workshop: 12 years and over 

    Taught by Ian Ward of Les Jardins Glenelm. 

     
  • 12:00

    Super Stupendous Incredible Indelible Unforgettable Kid Songs from Mars! 
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    Kids of all ages. 

    Performed by Christopher Pennington (Piglet Studios), Daniel McKell (formerly of Lake of Stew), and David Whyte (Durham County Poets). 

  • 12:00 

    &

    16:00

    Pop Art and the Art of Illustration with Paul Abrams 
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    This workshop presents your initiation into a technique that is inspired by clear lines, graphic language used by animators for Herge and the animator of Tintin. 

  • 12:00 

    Nature Drawing Workshop (Kids) with Pat Walsh
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    Working from their own unique point of view, the children will observe, simplify and draw the shapes, textures and repeated patterns found in nature. The work of artists such as Matisse and Dufy will be introduced, to encourage the use of bold colour, and simplified form and design.

  • 13:30

    Durham County Poets and Jabbour 
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    Both bands share the musical genius of Carl Ruhf. 

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  • 15:00

    Slow Jam with Jean Luc Poirier 
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    slow jam session for acoustic instruments (violin, cello, guitar, accordion, banjo, harmonica, percussions, acoustic or upright bass, wind instruments, etc.) based on world traditional music (France, Northern and East Europe, sought America and contemporary trad tunes from France, England and Québec). All level instrumentalists are invited to join. 

  • 15:00

    Art and Improvisation (Adults) with Anna Papadakos! 
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    We will be combining simple writing games and your favourite photos and/or images – bring as many as you like – to lead us into some improvisation activities!

  • 16:30

    Literary Readings by Local Authors 
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    This event takes place under the tent. 

  • 16:30

    Display of Art Pieces Created During the Day
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    Inside of Grove Hall.

  • 19:00 

    20:15

    Dance Show 
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    Curated by Sabrina Robidoux. Performances and Choreography by local dancers. 

  • 20:30 

    23:30

    Outdoor Musical Concert
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    This evening musical spectacle will feature three local ladies, each extremely talented. 

    Andrea Soesbergen, composer and songstress will be sharing some of her work from her album "Fallen Leaves". Knowing Andrea, who is always in a creative mode, we are sure there will also be some new tunes. Her style is a lovely blend of folk, jazz, rock and pop. she will be joined on stage for this occasion with a band of other local musicians. 

    Amelie Samson, freshly graduated from high school, and most recently featured in "On the Line" as chanteuse Ella, will be returning with her own band to share her mix of jazz standards and pop favorites. 

    We are happy to announce that John Jacob Magistery will take the stage. This well-known Alt-Rock has been enjoying tremendous success; partially due to Mackenzie Myatt's haunting contribution with the violin. John Jacob Magistery is an alt-folk band originally from Montreal. Their first single, "Greatest Story Ever", was voted in the top 30 songs by CHOM listeners. The band has since been featured at festivals such as Osheaga, Montreal en Lumiere and City Folk Festival. 

    This will be an evening of powerful, soulful lyrics and amazing melodies and fantastic stage shows. 

  • 15:00

    Slow Jam with Jean Luc Poirier 
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    slow jam session for acoustic instruments (violin, cello, guitar, accordion, banjo, harmonica, percussions, acoustic or upright bass, wind instruments, etc.) based on world traditional music (France, Northern and East Europe, sought America and contemporary trad tunes from France, England and Québec). All level instrumentalists are invited to join.