In the show J’m’en viens chez vous!, which means "We're coming up!", we’re drawn into the musical universe of Bon Débarras, a band you’ve got to meet to believe! The members of this cheerful trio demystify the raw material from which they create: Traditional Québec music and its unique features.
They begin by explaining the fundamentals of this musical style drawn from the roots of our culture. They even reveal the workings of their own creative complicity and invite young and old to have fun with this raw material. And everything becomes an endearing pretext to exchange and meet.
Interactive is the keyword! With J’m’en viens chez vous!, you are in for songs, music, dance, anecdotes, and storytelling. Everyone is invited to join in using the most accessible instrument in the world: the human body.
The English version of the show will be ready in 2024.
Bon Débarras en famille results from a tremendous desire to gather again between all those who made up the various trios over the fifteen years of the band's existence. So, Luzio Altobelli, Cédric Dind-Lavoie and Marie-Pierre Lecault joined the present trio to revisit pieces that were meaningful for each of the family members – pieces and songs from their four career albums. In an affectionate atmosphere of sharing and celebration, new versions emerged during these unique intimate moments. Now played by the six musicians, they appear on the Bon Débarras en famille album.
Bon Débarras en famille is also a web series available on the Ondapart cultural platform (ondapart.com). Built around one of the songs, each of the seven episodes is shot in a different location. They also feature original interviews and moments of fun and sharing.
The seven episodes of the web series are available at www.ondapart.com.
Bon Débarras takes you on a whirlwind musical journey through various communities from which they have drawn their inspiration, including Québec, Acadia and Louisiana. Feet stomping, hand clapping, leg slapping and full-on singing are to be expected from both performers and the audience alike. Presented in schools and various children’s festivals throughout Canada and France, this show, with its songs, tales, lilting and called dances, will not fail to move you and give you a spring in your step.
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"They are truly one of the best groups I’ve ever worked with on school outreach. Their program was really well crafted and got the kids up and participating and learning in ways that I’ve rarely seen performers pull off." - Kristine Bretall - Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Bon Débarras were awesome!!! It was entertaining, educational and fascinating. Most adults were on their feet giving it a try.
- Sue Judge, Coldsnap Festival, British Colombia
The ‘Veillée de danse’ (an informal evening dance party in the folk tradition), was included in 2015 in the official Registre du patrimoine culturel du Québec where it is described as follows: ‘A veillée is a festive gathering based on the collective practice of folk dance, mainly the square dance, contra dance and the quadrille. There is usually a caller, who directs the dancers in the movements of the dance. He or she collaborates with the musicians, weaving the music for the evening from the traditional Quebec folk repertoire. A veillée is a party that combines different forms of artistic expression with social practices. It is participative: experienced and new dancers come together in a spirit of community and conviviality.’
Along with the caller Yaëlle Azoulay, Bon Débarras will provide the entertainment for your own evening dance party, preserving and perpetuating this precious oral tradition, by word of mouth and right down to your dancing shoes! They will draw the evening pieces from the Quebec traditional folk music as well as songs from their own repertoire, working with Yaëlle to find the right music to fit with the dance, to the delight of the dancers. Everyone, take your places for a set!
Yaëlle has been involved in the dance world for over 20 years. She is a dancer/choreographer in contemporary gigue and teaches in various contexts around the world, from the US to Ireland, France and Brazil. She has also been calling social dances for 15 years, both for large events and traditional dance nights. She has called in both French and English in over thirty cities throughout Quebec, Ontario, Nova-Scotia, the US, France and Ireland, on top of being featured in big festivals in Quebec. Her human approach, her passion for dance, and her deep regard for initiatives that involve social action are but a few of the many strengths that contribute to Yaëlle’s success in the dance world.
Winter in the Quebec of yesteryear, a hearth, a tree, a great table… everything assembled for a dance-filled réveillon in a cottage. But the villagers will have an unexpected visitor… Master Griboux, a solitary old wolf from the Laurentians, has nothing left to eat. Starving, he makes his way to the village on Christmas Eve, where he is drawn by the lights of the church. In the middle of the midnight Mass, he approaches the manger, and tries to take a bite of the infant Jesus… made of wax! The priest intervenes just in time, and the wolf soon becomes eveyone’s friend!
Available in French only.