Music as a universal language: CASE to host folk concert in Drummondville
As part of Quebec’s Culture Days, a Fall Colours Acoustic Concert will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4 in the historical St. George’s Church in downtown Drummondville. A free event, the concert is hosted by CASE, the Center for Access to Services in English, as a celebration of various types of folk music and of the fall colours of the region.
Julie Miller, one of the performers and organizers for the concert, commented that this is new territory for CASE. “Since COVID, we’ve really started to widen our mandate to include cultural activities,” she said. “This is an opportunity for us to be working with other organizations and connecting more with the community.”
The concert will consist of two major acts, Miller with her harp and Rob Lutes, a Montreal-based folk and blues singer-songwriter. “I’m excited to be able to play for people in a safe zone,” said Miller. “And having Rob Lutes too, he has won many awards in Canada and the United States and I don’t believe he’s ever played in Drummondville.”
Miller also commented on the location of the concert, saying that she was excited to be working with the St. George’s Foundation for the first time. “They keep the church as an important historical building and they will be actively involved with the concert,” she said.
There will also be opportunities throughout and after the concert for the audience and musicians to directly interact with one another while maintaining social distancing. “In folk music, a bit of discussion does happen often,” added Miller. “The concerts are quite intimate, and it will be another way for us to involve the community.”
While the concert is being hosted by the Center for Access to Services in English, Miller emphasized that the event is open to both French and
English speakers in the community. “We really are trying to promote and support bilingualism,” said Miller. “Music is a universal language, it can unite people, and that is our hope.”
To reserve a time slot for the Fall Colours Acoustic Concert, please contact casemcq.project.agent@gmail. com or call (819) 850-5560 or (819) 4345323 .