On Wednesday, October 7th, the World Music series debuts with Haitian singer-songwriter Wesli. Named Révélation Radio-Canada 2009-2010, awarded the “Prix artiste émergent Galaxie” in London in 2011and the “Prix Babel Med in 2010” in France. Born in Port-au-Prince, Wesli built his first guitar from an oil barrel and nylon strings that he received from a non-governmental organization employee (NGO). He was eight years old from a family of eight children for whom music was soul food. It has become that and much more: in it, he found a unique and vital means to counter the prevalent violence and misery from the neighboring ghetto. In Quebec for the past 10 years, Wesli now delivers a message of hope, of truth and of peace. A must see!
Be sure to arrive early (7:15 p.m.) to attend a mini-conference by Angèle Séguin, Director of Théâtres des Petites Lanternes, in Sherbrooke, about her project Grande cueillette des mots (The Great Word Harvest) in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The project took place over three years in collaboration with the troupe Toto B and was finalized with a play presented in several villages in Haiti. It was commissioned by ONE DROP headed by Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberté.
Participate in the Dear Haïti contest and be one of five winners of a pair of tickets to the show of your choice up until December (Exception: Jesse Cook). Create a message / a wish for peace in reference or designated to migrants of all countries but specifically of Haiti and we will exhibit the messages on our boards in the Centennial Lobby on the evening of October 7th for the Wesli concert. The audience will be invited to select five of the most moving messages. Send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org
For tickets and information, call 819-822-9692 or visit www.centennialtheatre.ca