52nd Festival acadien de Caraquet - from August 1st to 15th, 2014

2014 Program Schedule

View the 2014 program schedule here

Press Release

Some new and wonderful artistic encounters during the 52nd annual Caraquet Acadian Festival!

 (Thursday, July the 3rd 2014 – Caraquet, N.-B.) – It is both with pride and pleasure that the Caraquet Acadian Festival presented today its programming for its 52nd annual event.

From August 1st to August 15, Caraquet’s 52nd annual Acadian Festival will bring together nearly 100 artists. As mentioned by the Festival President, Pierre Cormier, the event is an opportunity to discover a wide variety of activities the whole family will love. «In 2013, we began to consult and exchange ideas with members of the public to take into account their wishes and desires. It allowed us to put into place some great initiatives. This year, we dug out that wish list and we hope that our new events will be exceed expectations!»

What’s new in 2014?

Celebrating the 35th Grand Tintamarre with a Group Hug (Super Câlin)

In honour of the 35th Grand Tintamarre and to secure its place in history, the public is invited to take part in a “Group Hug”. The event will take place on August 15th at 4 pm on the site of the Tintamarre. The Group Hug will be immortalized by New Brunswick photograph, Keith Minchin and the picture will be published in his upcoming book Faces of New Brunswick, containing over 100 pictures of hugs taken around the province.

Popular programming improved

Back by popular demand, The Popular Event (Fête populaire) and the Festival Plaza (Place du Festival) schedules have been extended with improved programming. Over seven hours of additional activities have been added to program and includes musical performances, entertainment and workshops for the whole family. Artists include public entertainers Sirkafran, the band Miroir, singers Félix Belliveau and Jean-Luc Bujold, two musical duets Adam & Martin and Karine & Iain, and dancers from l’École de danse Ghislaine Lagacé. In addition, the Acadian band La Trappe à Homard will be playing an outdoor show on August the 3rd.

As for the Festival Plaza (Place du Festival), 15 hours of additional programming have been added this year. Highlights inlcude many artists and public entertainers like Don Bernard Magician, the bands Dixit, Tradition and Vazzy, French singer Tibert, perfomances from artist and dancer Monelle Doiron and presentations from Circus Stella.  Children will enjoy playing on different Inflatable games on site. Cost of admission is 3 $ per person.  

 2014’s Pilot Project : One artist, one boat

For the first time ever, The Praga, the boat used to bring dignitaries out to sea for a ceremonious blessing (Bénédiction des bateaux), will be decorated by a local artist. The aim of this initiative, which is still in its experimental phase, is to rouse the interest of boat owners who would like to associate with a local artist in the future. Those who wish to retain services from an artist in 2015 may do so by contacting the Acadian Festival’s office in Caraquet.

Shuttle service available for the public

After receiving several requests over the years, from August 13th to the 15th, the Acadian Festival will be offering this year transportation services from the Festival Plaza (Place du Festival) to the Carrefour de la mer for 5 $.

Live Broadcasting of the 35th Grand Tintamarre by Rogers TV

For the first time this year, Rogers TV will be broadcasting live the Grand Tintamarre from 5pm to 7 pm on August the 15th.

This year’s program

Over 19 concerts and performances will be held at this year’s Acadian Festival. In addition, the Acadian Festival’s different partners including The Historical Acadian Village, The Centr’Art Cultural Society, The Cinéma du Centre and The Caraquet Cultural Commission will also be proposing a broad variety of activities from August 1st to August 17th.

Among the many highlights at this year’s festival include Des Étoiles pour Angèle on August the 2nd, held in honour of Acadian singer-songwriter Angèle Arsenault, who passed away in February, an evening with Ronald Bourgeois and Cédric Vieno (August 4th), a double concert featuring Annie Blanchard and Wilfred Le Bouthillier, a Classical organ concert with Rémi Martin and Martin-Michel Boucher (August 4th), an evening honouring  Édith Butler’s brilliant music career with appearances by Édith Butler herself and Québec duo, Les Soeurs Boulay (August 11th), a Super Country Show with Francelle Maria, Rhéal LeBlanc and Laurie LeBlanc (August 9th). On August 14th, Franco-Ontarian band, Swing will be sharing the stage with the very popular Acadian band, Danny Party. On August 15th, National Acadian Day will be celebrated with the bands Quimorucur and Bois Joli. Bluegrass fans will be pleased to know that on August 8th, the Cajun ensemble, Dylan Perron & Elixir de Gumbo will be playing with Moncton’s own Backyard Devils. Earlier in the evening, Thomé Young, New Brunswick singer-songwriter Pascal Lejeune’s alter-ego, will be launching his brand new album. On August 10th, many laughs will be had during the la Soirée d’humour acadien avec L’Entrepôt du rire, while folk music fans will be pleased to know that Caroline Savoie and Les Hay Babies will be in town on August 12th. Les Soeurs Boulay will be appearing as special guests.

On August 13th, Lisa LeBlanc will be taking the stage with Louis-Jean Cormier, member of the Polaris Prize winning band Karkwa. On August 4th, one of Québec’s best-selling acts, Marie-Mai will be celebrating 10 years of success. On August 7th, local act Chloé Breault will be the opening act for Mix 4.

Gallantine au parc Forillon (August 5th and 6th) and Presto & Baltazar (August 11th), will be presenting shows for youngsters of all ages!

«The Acadian festival is a meeting place, not only for the public and the whole community but also for artists», said the Executive Director of the event, Daniel Thériault. «These meetings often offer many creative possibilities for artists from here and abroad, as well as some great discoveries for the public. We hope that some unexpected encounters, like those between Les Sœurs Boulay and Édith Butler or Ronald Bourgeois and Cédric Vieno will provide many precious memories for the public and treasured moments for the artists that we love to see create»


The entire program is available online (www.festivalacadien.ca) and all tickets, with exception of the shows for children, can be purchased at Acadian Festival’s office in Caraquet, through the Billeterie Accès at different retail outlets, online (www.billeterieacces.ca) or can be ordered by telephone 1-800-992-4040.