Louis Mercier

L’habitant Voyageur Louis Mercier is an ambassador of traditional French Canadian music, having offered over 3000 performances across Canada since 1984. Louis comes from Maniwaki, Qc. a town 100 miles north of Ottawa. Louis’ family passed their traditions down to him throughout his childhood, providing his foundation of square dance, traditional percussion and music, toe dancing, playing the bones, wash boards, spoons and the comb. His passion for his culture led to more study of these life-long folkloric traditions, as well as becoming a teacher of High school mathematics. What motivates Louis is to tell us about our past, how it is alive in the present and how it will mark our future.

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Respond to oral French text; describe the communities of early settles in Upper Canada and identify factors that helped them shape their settlements; demonstrate an awareness of the characteristics of musical forms and traditions of diverse times, places and communities; rhythms and structure of traditional music and dance.


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French Canadian Folklore

Residency Performance English French Immersion

A rousing presentation of traditional French Canadian music, dance and stories with an emphasis on the songs of the voyageurs.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
150
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $405 + HST
Two performances: same school in one half day $545 + HST
*Performances for Kindergarten students are 45 minutes each.

One workshop: immediately following performance
$140 + materials + HST Maximum: 30 students
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Songs and stories of Loggers and Lumberjacks

Residency Performance English French Immersion

Hear the stories, sing the songs of the lumberjacks and meet logger Ti-Pic Ladrave in this interactive performance exploring Canada’s rich history of logging from the 19th century to current day.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
150
Discipline:
Literary Arts, Music
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $405 + HST
Two performances: same school in one half day $545 + HST
*Performances for Kindergarten students are 45 minutes each.

One workshop: immediately following performance
$140 + materials + HST Maximum: 30 students
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Come and listen to my stories and songs

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Students are introduced to a variety of French Canadian stories, songs and historical figures. Be introduced to Louis’ jigging puppet “Jonny Boy” and learn how to play the musical spoons.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Teachers, General Public
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music, Drama
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $365 + HST
Full day: four 1 hour sessions $465 + HST
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Traditional Dance

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Students will learn the steps of square dances, set to traditional French Canadian music. Rediscover the love of the dances and music that inspired our ancestors!

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $365 + HST
Full day: four 1 hour sessions $465 + HST
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Play the Wooden Spoons!

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Students will sand and finish a set of their own wooden spoons and then learn to play some simple tunes with their instrument. Materials $7 + HST per student.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $365 + HST
Full day: four 1 hour sessions $465 + HST
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Leatherwork

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Students learn to work with leather as they create bracelets, necklaces or pouches based on age-old techniques.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Teachers, General Public
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $365 + HST
Full day: four 1 hour sessions $465 + HST

Materials: $3 + HST per student
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Birch Bark Artistry

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

French Canadian history is explored as students manipulate the traditional material of birch bark into books, canoes or bracelets

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Music, Visual Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions   $365 + HST     
Full day: four 1 hour sessions   $465 + HST

Materials: $3 + HST per student
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