Ca Claque! singers, dancers and musicians will celebrate the joy of life at the Chautauqua and French-Canadian/Metis Festival at Old Crossing and Treaty Park near Huot.
Performances will be in the big tent Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1:45 and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3:30 p.m. Ca Claque! will also provide music for a dance at the American Legion in Red Lake Falls Saturday night.
Ca Claque! (pronounced sa-Clack) performed at the Chautauqua in 2014 and 2016 and were invited back because of their joyful, high-energy music, song and dance.
Headquartered in St. Boniface, Manitoba, since 2009, the members of Ca Claque have been promoting and celebrating French-Canadian folklore.
Over the years, members of Ca Claque! have refined their talents within various folk groups all over the province of Manitoba. They reach beyond established folk traditions and present a repertoire peppered with contemporary components. Their goal is to keep their French-Canadian culture alive at home and abroad.
The group has represented Canada in Costa Rica, Peru and Chile and has participated in countless local, national and international festivals.
Ca Claque! is a member of Folklorama Talent and is a featured guest at International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts festivals.
Making encore appearances at the festival will be Double the Trouble, identical twins from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They will perform Metis fiddle tunes, original and contemporary music on Aug. 25 and 26 at 12:30 p.m. The 14-year-olds have appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Festival du Voyager and the Maple Sugar Festival in Calgary.
At 2:30 p.m., Joel Brown of Mendota will be to live George Bonga, a voyageur from 1837.
Saturday will close out with Mass at 5 p.m., the Louisville Foudnation will sponsor a French supper ($10 donation requested) and a dance at the American Legion in Red Lake Falls.
On Sunday, Corey Medina, Native American blues artist, and The Brothers of Bemidji will be on stage at 1:30 p.m. They combine storytelling with blues, rock and folk music.
At 2:30 p.m., hip-hop artist “Thomas X” Barrett and Brendan Strong will lead a program featuring poetry, Ojibwe hand-drum and flute playing, singing and youth dancers from Red Lake.
Throughout the weekend, there will be activities for children, displays, demonstrations will be given on wool spinning and carding, broom and butter making.
Food, including French Festival specialties such a Tourtiere (meat pie) and bread made in the earth oven, will be available. Silent auctions will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free and the public is welcome to all events in the park.
The Old Crossing and Treaty Park is on Red Lake Co. Road 3 and seven miles northeast of Gentilly on County Road 11 or 10 miles southwest of Red Lake Falls.
The festival, presented by AFRAN (Association of the French of the North), emphasizes the French heritage of the Red River Valley.
For more information, call Jerry Amiot at 289-8889 or Virgil Benoit at 218-253-2270.
This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from the vote on Nov. 4, 2008.