It was in front of a full house that the Centre culturel Le Chenail unveiled its 2018-2019 programming on Friday, April 6.

Artists, volunteers and supporters got to spend the afternoon in the newly-renovated arts centre, learning what the next year will bring, surrounded by an exhibit by Susan Porter and Karen Hosker, titled Blooms.

President of the Board of Directors, Paula Assaly, greeted those present with enthusiasm.

“Today, my lungs are full of sawdust, my nose is covered with dust from 1832 and my heart is full of joy. When I first started here, I was a simple volunteer. My goal was to try and bring out the soul of this house.”

One glance at Le Chenail’s beautifully designed programme is enough to make anyone believe in Assaly’s goal, with page one greeting readers with a quotation of hers, stating “bring the culture back so we can breathe and restore balance to our souls.”

Programming for 2018-2019 is also balanced, with a wide array of events ranging from music to theatre; art expos to open mic nights; a local farmers’ market and a ton of activities for the whole family.

The program was presented by Le Chenail Executive and Artistic Director, Lynda Clouette-Mackay.

“This year’s program is 22 pages long and took one year to prepare. We finished preparing it yesterday, so it’s fresh off the press.”

Clouette-Mackay addressed those present from Le Chenail’s new multi-purpose show venue.

“We can now sit 100 people comfortably and artists have plenty of room to perform.”

Le Chenail indeed has a lot to offer to anyone in its 2018 programming, the list being much too long to add to any news story.

Those interested in knowing everything the Centre has to offer or buying tickets can visit

Event or not, Le Chenail is always a great place to visit. With a beautiful decor both inside and outside, exhibits, music, shows, free wi-fi and the best coffee in town, the arts centre is definitely high on the town’s must-visit list.

Le Chenail is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm, all year long. Good thing, too, since its 43rd artistic season is filled to the brim.