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Festival du Voyageur Unveils This Year’s Exciting Lineup

February 3, 2011 12:44 PM | Entertainment

Michelle Gervais and Réanne Chamberland announce the programming for this year's Festival du Voyageur during a news conference on Thursday, February 3, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA)

A miniature version of Leo, Festival du Voyageur's mascot, was on hand for the programming launch on Thursday, February 3, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA)

Hé Ho! Programming for this year’s Festival du Voyageur was unveiled Thursday and will boast more than 210 shows in 10 days.

During a morning news conference, organizers outlined the schedule of the 42nd annual festival, which kicks off on February 18 with a Torch Light Walk at The Forks. Opening ceremonies will follow at 6:30 p.m. on Provencher Boulevard.

Performances this year include Yves Lambert et le Bébert Orchestra, Tradition, Grand Dérangement, Alain François and Genticorum, to name a few.

Local acts Ça Claque, Justin Lacroix and Quadrille are also in the mix this year.

Several anglophone artists will be performing on the Festival du Voyageur stages such as Jodi King, Eagle & Hawk, Crooked Brothers, and Al Simmons. On Louis Riel Day (February 21), Metis and Aboriginal artists will be featured including Tracy Bone, Tribe of One and the Aboriginal School of Dance.

Traditional activities are also a favourite each year and will continue at Voyageur Park and the Trading Post. Snow sculptures are beginning to pop up all across the city, with works from 13 international artists preparing to be on exhibit.

Festival du Voyageur runs February 18 to 27. Ten-day passes are $22, daily passes are $13 and children’s passes (6- to 17-years-old) are $5. Passes and the 2011 official guide is available at Safeway and Giant Tiger stores and at the Festival du Voyageur office located at 233 Provencher Boulevard.