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C'est la vie: Coquitlam's Festival du Bois moves online due to COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 17, 2021 at 8:21 pm PDT

(Courtesy festivaldubois.ca)

Fans of French-Canadian culture are being invited to attend virtual concerts and events until April 30

The Festival du Bois if the largest francophone celebratoin in Western Canada

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.

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.