COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Coquitlam’s annual celebration of French-Canadian music and culture is being held online this year.
Instead of gathering in Mackin Park over one weekend for the Festival du Bois, fans of francophonie are being invited to attend virtual concerts and events until April 30.
It’s time to get your French-Canadian on…online that is! Coquitlam’s Festival du Bois is back in virtual form this year. Executive Director Johanne Dumas tells @NEWS1130 it has more of a small, kitchen-party type feel to it.
— John Ackermann (@jackermann) April 16, 2021
Executive Director Johanne Dumas says there’s some good news for anyone with craving for some Quebecois cuisine.
“The only thing you won’t be able to enjoy [online] is tourtière or sugar pie, but we put recipes for sugar pie and tourtière on the site if people want to bake some,” she explains.
People are being encouraged to gather in their own cabane, which roughly translates to “little house.”
“It’s not going to have the same format, it’s more a small kitchen party type of feel. So, I think people will find it quite interesting,” Dumas says.
In addition to performances, there are links that connect festival-goers to children’s activities, merchandise, and visual art.
Dumas the 2020 edition wasn’t exactly a smashing success. It ran from March 6 to March 8 — wrapping up just days before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, prompting a cascade of event cancellations.
“Already people were concerned about the COVID virus realities. I would say we had about 53 per cent of the people attending the festival as we usually do,” she explains.
The plan is for the festival — which is the largest of its kind in Western Canada, and in its 32nd year, to resume in person in 2022.