Description:

Vishtèn performed at the Folk Harbour Festival in 2006 and 2017 where the group dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres. Vishtèn Connexions continues to celebrate those innovative Acadian sonic landscapes, while also paying tribute to the creativity of the late Pastelle LeBlanc, a composer, multi-instrumentalist, step dancer, singer, proud Acadian, and founding member of Vishtèn. The other original members of Vishtèn, Emmanuelle LeBlanc (Pastelle’s twin sister) and Pascal Miousse (Pastelle’s life partner), make up the duo, Vishtèn Connexions. Both Emmanuelle and Pascal were raised in music-rich households within Acadian communities in Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands; they proudly share their culture and passion for music by exploring traditional techniques and revitalizing hidden gems. Their “Connexions” project celebrates and continues Pastelle’s legacy. She left behind over 100 unfinished recordings and Vishtèn Connexions aspires to complete as many of her works as possible. The first album under this name, Expansion, was released this year and features collaborations with many guest artists, with Pastelle’s influence continuing to shape and enrich the musical journey of Vishtèn Connexions.




Schedule:

Friday – 3:30 p.m. Central United Church (90-minute Circle – Les histories francophones with
Vishtèn Connexions H , Port-Aux-Poutines, and Mia Kelly & Nick Loyer)
Friday – 8:00 p.m. Main Stage (25-minute set)
Saturday – 1:00 p.m. Central United Church (90-minute Circle – Traditional Tales with Jeff
Davis H , Port-Aux-Poutines, Vishtèn Connexions, and The Barrel Boys)
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. Main Stage Tent (one song Sunday Morning Gospel Concert)
Sunday – 4:00 p.m. Wharf Stage (50-minute set)