Soirée De La Parole

Celebrate the International Day of La Francophonie!

An evening of poetry, music and live artwork

More than ever, we need the wellness that the arts, in all their forms, can provide us with. Come and live an unforgettable artistic experience, in person.

Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bernard-Poirier Theatre of the Centre Communautaire Saint-Anne (Free)

You must purchase a pass (bubbles for 1 to 3 people) at as space is limited.


Jenna Lyn Albert – Poet and Host of the evening

Jenna Lyn Albert is a queer Acadian poet and graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Creative Writing program. Her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and Riddle Fence among other literary magazines. Albert lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she is a member of The Fiddlehead’s editorial board and is finishing up a two-year term as the City of Fredericton’s Poet Laureate (2019-2020). Her debut collection of poetry, Bec & Call, was published with Nightwood Editions in September 2018.

Govrache – Spoken word poet

Spoken word poet polite, yet impolite, Govrache draws with undeniable virtuosity, the little things of everyday life. He comes to prick our sleeping consciences, striking his words that force us out of our lethargy and awaken us to the world around us ... Abrupt reality of social contexts that, for comfort, we sometimes choose to ignore. The world is his element, and it is this deep naturalness that charms, as much as his easy humor. A moment of finesse between softness, emotion and insolence, which we would be wrong to deprive ourselves of.

Marie Cadieux – Author, Director and screenwriter

Author, director and screenwriter, Marie is originally from Moncton where she currently lives. Her multiple projects, both professional and volunteer, have allowed her to discover the diversity and vitality of the Canadian and international Francophonie. In August 2012, she committed herself to a long-term project: the literary direction and general management of the publishing house Bouton d'or Acadie. Histoire de galets is her fourth literary publication and her second children's book. Illustrated by François Dimberton, this book was the winner of the Prix Champlain 2018, and was a finalist for the Lillian Shepperd Award for Excellence in Illustration, the Antonine-Maillet Acadie Vie 2017 Award, as well as the Hacmatack- 2017 and Forêt de la lecture 2018 Young Readers' Awards. In 2019, she published Jardin de mots, une histoire de Lire et faire lire.

Jean-Philippe Raîche – Poet

Acadian poet born in 1970, Jean-Philippe Raîche evokes in his work tragic collective destinies, voluntary exile and wandering. Erecting uprootedness as a figure of the human condition, he makes the body of the loved one the only place of return. He has published, with Perce-Neige, Une Lettre au bout du monde, nominated for the Governor General's Award, and Ne réveillez pas l'amour avant qu'elle ne le veut veut which received, in France, the Prix Aliénor and the prestigious Prix Louise-Labé. He is a poet laureate for the City of Moncton and a poet for the Moncton Frye Festival.

Paul Bossé – Poet

Born in 1971 in Moncton, Paul Bossé completed a Bachelor's degree in film at Concordia University in Montreal in 1994. Upon his return to his hometown, he began a multidisciplinary artistic career focused on poetry, film and theater. In addition to publishing six collections of poetry (his most recent: Apesanteur, 2020), he has written television series, directed documentaries, shot experimental films and written five plays. Regardless of the discipline, his works all reflect a wacky, often caustic vision of our surreal world, which tries, so miserably, to appear "normal".

Music with cellist and composer Emily Kennedy

Emily Kennedy is a cellist and composer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of the performance program at the University of Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interest in performing and writing new music has brought her to Banff’s Concert in the 21st Century residency, the Britten-Pears: CAPPA program in Aldeburgh, UK, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, RE:FLUX Festival in Moncton, NB with improv trio Terre Wa, and suddenlyLISTEN in Halifax, NS.  She frequently performs with the Elm City String Quartet, and writes and sings for the duo Pallmer.

The painter, Réjean Toussaint, will be on site to create a live work.

This evening is presented by the CCSA and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in collaboration with the ART-ARTIST Gallery.
Special thanks to the City of Fredericton, Province of NB and Canadian Heritage.