International Children's Festival in St. Albert is probably the only local festival I have never attended. As a non-parent, the displays and performances exclusively geared towards children, simply do not appeal. However, I was forced to reconsider when I found out that Blou was coming to this year's festival.
Blou is a four-piece band that centers around front man Patrice Boulianne (from Nova Scotia) and his Acadian/Cajun/Zydeco accordion stylings. The music is very energetic and, to risk sounding like a movie rating, suitable for all ages. Of course, this show at the festival was geared towards children and included a lot of audience participation, which was strictly enforced as my guest and I discovered when we were singled out several times!
The bilingual show was an obvious hit with the audience (which consisted of the mostly 10 and under set) and the adults enjoyed it as well.
Here is a collection of photos from the show (and a few random ones from the festival grounds) as well as videos of two songs: Oh Madeleine and Pauvre Johnny. ~Paula E. Kirman