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By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Mar 17, 2014 - 5:13 PM |
 Sudbury's Stéphane Paquette is one of the performers at the 41st version of La Nuit sur l'étang, which takes place March 22 at Laurentian Universty's Fraser Auditorium. Supplied photo.

Sudbury's Stéphane Paquette is one of the performers at the 41st version of La Nuit sur l'étang, which takes place March 22 at Laurentian Universty's Fraser Auditorium. Supplied photo.

La Nuit sur l'étang returns for 41st year

With both La Nuit émergente and La Nuit sur l'étang set to take place this weekend, lovers of Francophone music are in for a great couple of days.

La Nuit émergente, which starts at 7 p.m. March 21 at Collège Boréal, features an eclectic range of up-and-coming musicians and bands.


Among this year's performers are 18-year-old local musician Pat Godin and the colourfully-named bands Le R and Mehdi Cayenne Club.

“It's mostly for indie groups,” said Joël Lauzon, general and artistic director of La Nuit émergente and La Nuit sur l'étang.

There will be several simultaneous performances happening in different parts of campus, and people can pop in and out of concerts as they wish, he said.

The next evening, March 22, La Nuit sur l'étang — translated as "the night on the pond" — takes place starting at 8 p.m. at Laurentian University's Fraser Auditorium.

In its 41st year, La Nuit sur l'étang features more established Francophone musicians.

This includes Sudbury's Stéphane Paquette, who recently came home from the Contact ontarois music competition with five out of the seven available prizes for his second solo album, "Salut de l'arrière pays.”

Also on the bill is the Francophone band En Bref, which released its album Silence Radio this week. “They're doing their first-ever show from their new album here in Sudbury,” Lauzon said.

Genviève Toupin and Anique Granger, who are from Manitoba and Saskatchewan respectively, give La Nuit sur l'étang a western flair.

While La Nuit émergente and La Nuit sur l'étang are Francophone events, Lauzon said good music knows no language barriers.

The concerts are for “anybody who loves music and seeing a bunch of people get together and celebrate,” he said.

Tickets to both concerts are available by phoning TNO's box office at 705-525-5606, ext. 4, or at the door.

Admission to La Nuit émergente costs $15 for students and $25 for the general public. La Nuit sur l'étang costs $25 for students and $35 for the general public.

For more information, visit lanuit.ca
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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