June 5, 2017
On Thursday, June 8, at 10:30 a.m., approximately 1,400 grade 6, 7 and 8 francophone students from some 30 Greater Sudbury, Sudbury East, North Shore and other Northern Ontario schools will gather at Bell Park’s Grace Hartman Amphitheatre for the St-Jean Baptiste performance featuring the francophone artists Mélissa Ouimet and Patrick Wright et les gauchistes. The concert is presented through the collaborative effort of the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO), the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO) and Laurentian University.
This quality 90-minute performance will mark the launch of the numerous St-Jean Baptiste activities to take place in Greater Sudbury. With the presentation of this concert, partners want to expose students from French Catholic and public schools to a francophone cultural and pride experience and to reinforce their links with francophone community partners.
Mélissa Ouimet, who hails from the Eastern Ontario town of St-Albert, has been carving out a place for herself in the world of music for several years now. It all began in 2003 when she won the People’s Choice award at Ontario Pop. Since her career took off, Mélissa has enjoyed one success after another, including a performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games as well a tour of Asia with stops in Hong Kong, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. She also offered well-noticed opening act performances for Martin Deschamps, Dany Bédar, Boom Desjardins, Lost Fingers, Claude Dubois, Robert Charlebois, Compagnie Créole, Éric Lapointe and Véronic DiCaire.
Sudbury-based Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes, take great pride in being born in the Nickel capital which can be felt in their songs. Their music blends various types of music, including rock, jazz, blues, pop and folk.
Paul de la Riva
Director of Communications and External Relations
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
(705) 673-5626, ext. 294
(705) 677-8195 – cell phone
Director of Communications
Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario
705-671-1533, ext. 2233
705-929-3117 – cell phone