Louis Mercier

About the Artist

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.

The young people inspire me a lot and the older people inspire me just as much.

— Louis Mercier

Artist's Programs

Curriculum Links

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.

Artistic Disciplines

Dance, Literary Arts, Music

Diversity

Francophone, Men+

Age

Seniors, 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

Language Proficiency

English, French

People love this artist

Louis was a smash hit. He had young and old dancing with him. He also took time to show anyone that wanted to stick around his spoons and Little Johnnie, a wooden marionette that he had dancing. He said this was the first time he has gotten out since the pandemic began and seemed so happy to be here. There were smiles all around.

— Andrew, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum