Francofest Un Petit Dejeuner Canadian (Breakfast) at St. Kieran Art Center

Come join us for a taste of homemade French cuisine. The breakfast, which includes crepes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, breads and fruit, will be served cafeteria style in the main hall starting at 10:15 a.m. Coffee, tea and water will be included and mimosas and other beverages will be available for an additional fee.

Tickets for the breakfast will be $12.00 per plate and should be purchased in advance at the arts center office, by phone and on line at via the performing art series link.

At 2:00 pm, French Culture will be alive and kicking. New to the arts center is the high energy, men’s a cappella group, Musique a Bouches. Five male voices, firmly established as leaders in a cappella arrangements accompanied by rhythmical foot tapping, join together in a vibrant blend of harmonies. Musique à bouches explore traditional repertoire and take you on a voyage through traditionnel québécois as well as European traditional songs and folk singalongs.

Tickets for Sunday’s performance are $15.00 for adults/$10.00 for those under 18 and are available in advance (at the center office or online for a small fee) or at the door on the day of the concert.

Le Vent du Nord at St. Kieran Arts Center

New to the arts center — and part of the Francofest ’17 weekend celebration — is the highly acclaimed quintet, Le Vent du Nord. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

Featuring button accordion, bouzouki, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,600 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

On stage these five friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.


Francofest ’17 Dinner at St. Kieran Arts Center

Come join us for a taste of homemade French cuisine on Saturday, November 4. The dinner, which includes tourtieres, baked beans, chicken pie, coleslaw, dinner roll, a beverage and a number of sweet culinary delights, will be served in the community room of the arts center starting at 4:30 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase with proper identification. Tickets for the dinner are $12 per plate and are  available at the arts center office and on line at via the performing art series link. Tickets at the door are $15. Seating for the dinner is in half hour increments. Please indicate which seating you would prefer when purchasing your tickets.

Limited seating on the half hour:
Group 1: 4:30 to 5:00
Group 2: 5:00 to 5:30
Group 3: 5:30 to 6:00
Group 4: 6:00 to 6:30

Tickets: $12 each