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Des vieilles nouvelles

  Evangeline School's Arts and culture class releases a brand new CD!

(Abram’s Village, February 9th, 2021) – – As we all look forward to today’s news and challenges becoming old news, come celebrate with Evangeline School's Arts and Culture class the launch of its new CD: Des vieilles nouvelles. (Old News). This recording project features eight talented, high-school students performing classics from the traditional and popular Acadian repertoires as well as songs popularized by some of Canada’s best songwriters. Be the first to discover this new addition to the Evangeline Region's vibrant musical scene!

“The students have really done excellent work,” says music teacher, Chuck Arsenault, former member of the Acadian musical group Barachois and project co-ordinator for the CD. “One of the goals of the Arts and culture Specialisation is to give students practical experiences to reinforce the skills they learn. The students’ willingness to set goals, to do the work, to collaborate, and to stretch their musical abilities has allowed them to create six solid tracks of beautiful music. Their individual musical backgrounds and preferences, as well as their desire to help others have brought a good feeling to the music that will, no doubt, bring a smile to your face.”

One of the goals of the album is to raise funds for Tracy Arsenault. An Evangeline School alumni and bus driver, Tracy was diagnosed with aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer in June 2020. “She is an amazing step-dancer, step-dancing teacher, aunt to Dawson and Gilbert Arsenault of our Arts and Culture class, and a very active member of the community,” says class member, Alyssa Gallant. “Tracy has done a lot for us and our school, and now it’s our turn to do something for her”

The students featured on the CD are Amber Arsenault, piano, vocals, and percussion; Dawson Arsenault, piano, lead-vocals, and guitar; Gilbert Arsenault, fiddle, banjo, and cello; Mia Bernard, bass and lead vocals; Briley Cameron, drums, percussion, and vocals; Alyssa Gallant, mandolin, ukulele, and vocals; Andraya Gallant, guitar, and lead vocals; and Jaden McGinnis, drums, percussion, and vocals.

An Evangeline School production, Des vieilles nouvelles was recorded and co-produced at the Goéland Centre by a trio of former Evangeline School students, Donald Richard, Rémi Arsenault, and Maurice Hashie. Local musicians Patricia Richard, Albert Arsenault, Alice Bérubé, and Josée Boudreau all helped the students craft the musical arrangements in class and in studio, while another Evangeline School alumnus, Megan Bergeron, of Fresh Start Digital, created the graphic design.

“They worked so hard on this CD. For a group of high-school students, they showed professionalism and a great work-ethic,” says volunteer, veteran musician and community development agent Patricia Richard. “From the first rehearsals in September, we all knew it was going to be a lot of work, a lot of fun, and most of all, something special. It is wonderful for us at the CSCÉ to see the school, volunteers, organisations such as the Goéland Centre, and programs like PassepARTS and ArtsSmarts coming together to help the students achieve. Bravo!”

$10.00

Shipping options are available during checkout. If you prefer to order in person or by phone  you can speak with Annette at the CSCÉ by dialing 902-854-2166 or by email : reception@cscevangeline.ca.

If you've already pre-purchased your CD, Thank you so much! It can be picked up between 8AM and 4PM at the CSCÉ office located at the school. Call Annette ahead of time to set up a time.