Le Chenail Cultural Centre has announced its 2021-2022 artistic season, under the theme ‘Culture, A Balm for Humanity’.

Under the attention of Artistic Director Lynda Clouette-Mackay, this 46th artistic season looks at the definition of an industry. Le Chenail Cultural Center challenges the daily life of the pandemic and offers a new season in respect of the artists involved in the process creation and dissemination since the start of the global pandemic.

A total of 83 artists will be presented, representing classical orchestra, fairy tale, film, theater, world music, traditional music, jazz, visual art exhibition, sculpture, puppets and workshops. This year, Le Chenail is offering the sixth edition of the Festival des petits sourires, in collaboration with the Festival petits bonheurs de Montréal.

Come and take part in an introductory Balafon workshop with the musician Amadou Daou, or to a Flamenco dance workshop offered by choreographer Georgia Pettit from Vankleek Hill. A contemporary puppet theater awaits in the world premiere presentation of the show La Petite fille aux oiseaux, a shadow puppet theater by the company Théâtre àenvers, in creation and presentation Le Chenail’s festival on November 20 and 21.

On September 25, Le Chenail celebratres Francophonie Day in Ontario, with singer Alex Bay presenting songs by Jean-Pierre Ferland. Jean-Francois Léger will present his show ‘50 years of Bossa Nova’ on November 13 – a trip to Brazil with percussion, guitar and double bass.

On October 24, Le Chenail will host the Sinfonia de l’Ouest, a concert for the benefit of the center cultural event at the Saint-Pierre Apôtre church. An orchestra of 19 musicians led by the conductor Stewart Grant (CNA, OSM), the Sinfonia de l’Ouest is a new orchestra of From the West Island of Montreal. Their mission is to present great public performances of classical and contemporary music of high quality, with classical pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel and Beethoven.

On January 22, 2022, at Le Chenail experience the jazz spectacle with the Blair Mackay quartet and Sonja Ball, an original evening of whiskey tasting, celebrating the Scottish poet Robert
Burns, with host Gaetan Pilon.

In honor of Black History Month, Le Chenail will present on February 12 a show with Zal Sissokho, KORA FLAMENCA, an initiation to Senegalese harp and flamenco guitar from Spain. A mix of cultures for a mixture of senses.