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Chorale Saint-Jean

La Chanson
française in Alberta

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Music has always been an integral part of Franco-Albertan culture, be it the traditional music of yesteryear or classical music and opera. In school, songs have been used to enliven the limited curriculum available to French-speaking children, allowing students to have fun while mastering the complexities of the language. Regardless of the event, music is usually part of the festivities. For local dances, of which there were many in the community halls in rural and urban areas, local musicians played popular tunes for their friends and neighbours; and of course, there was always music in the churches, be it from the choir or a cantor.

Though much has changed since the early 20th century, music continues to enjoy a place of honour. There are two francophone organizations who promote music: the Alliance Chorale de l’Alberta, which caters to francophone choirs throughout Alberta; and the Centre de development musical, which has promoted young artists, helping them to achieve professionalism since 1995.

The Centre offers workshops in music and song to Edmonton and outlying regions, and even offers credited courses to secondary school students in three French schools of the province. It organizes a rock competition, the Chicane albertaine, or "battle of the bands," and also the regional Galalas, talent shows which give young people from 8 to 17 the opportunity to perform on stage. The organization also helps with networking, provides professional advice, and has a fully-equipped rehearsal room, a professional sound system, a song evaluation service, and website for the use of their members.

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