Themed “Experiences and Openness,” Le Chenail’s new season will will include 12 musical events, 11 visual art expositions, as well as workshops, “literary meetings” and more.

The cultural centre recently presented its programming for the next year. Here are some of the highlights:

The “Day of Canadian Cinema 150” will kick off the season on April 19. The cultural centre will participate in the event, which involves 132 simultaneous film showings across Canada, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. Two documentaries and a fictional film will be shown at Le Chenail: “Ta Parole est en Jeu” by Will Cyr, “Corriger le Tableau” de Equipe by Wapikoni Mobile and “Monsieur Lazhar” by Philippe Falardeau.

The “Festival des petits sourires” (Festival of little smiles) will return in May. There will be music, workshops, and a presentation from local high school students who participated in a recent humanitarian project in Nicaragua. Local illustrator Janet B. Mann will also speak about her project helping protect endangered rhinoceroses.

The cultural centre’s annual “Fete Champetre en Blanc” (Garden party in white) is back on June 17. The annual fundraiser, where guests are encouraged to dress all in white, will feature a performance by the pop-rock group led by Roxane Potvin.

There will be a series of literary cafes hosted by local authors, including Karine Perron, Francois-Xavier Simard and Janet B. Mann. Le Chenail will once again host a “Death Cafe,” an event which encourages open discussion about death.

Traditional music will be at the forefront with “La Journee Trad,” a free musical event hosted by Nicole Charbonneau and Robert Bourdon, featuring special guests Louis Racine with his group Les Pourquoi Pas in August, 2017.

In October, Lorraine Klaasen, returning from performances in South Africa, will perform her show “Township Music.”

In November, Le Chenail will host 25 pieces from “150 Canadian Artists – 150 Reasons to be Canadian,” a project from the Prescott and Russell Arts Council.

The “Recycl’art” project will return for a second year beginning in June. The outdoor exposition in front of Maison de L’Ile will run until March, 2018. The recycled-material sculpture show will be directed by Jacques Charbonneau.

The year 2018 will begin with a celebration of Robert Burns’ birthday, with whiskey tasting hosted by Gaeton Pilon and accompanied by his son Mitchell Pilon on saxophone and singer Renee Charlebois.

For a full listing of the goings-on at Le Chenail, visit lechenail1975.ca.

Le Chenail Cultural Centre is located at 2 rue John in Hawkesbury. It is open weekdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and weekends 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.