Festival du Voyageur's virtual concert series means a long-awaited return to the stage for Winnipeg bilingual artist Rayannah.
The electronic music artist is on the bill for tonight's launch of the festival's virtual concert series, joining a bill that includes Montreal pop singer Marie-Pierre Arthur and Winnipeg singer-songwriter Kelly Bado.
The electronic musician had scheduled to perform Afterglow, a mixed-media installation in collaboration with Synonym Art Consultation and Théâtre Cercle Molière for last October. A lull in the COVID-19 pandemic last summer opened a short window for small concerts, but a rise in positive cases slammed that window shut.
Tonight's show includes three songs, two in French and one in English, Rayannah says, and recording it at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain was a respite from months of isolation, she says.
"CCFM is a building I've grown up in. For me it's just been a fixture for my entire life. It feels like a semblance of normalcy and comfort in these times that have been pretty strange," Rayannah says.
"I found my energy to be creating and be making new things kind of depreciated over time, and getting to make music around other folks again... was such a breath of fresh air after spending so much time alone."
Here is the entire virtual concert lineup. Shows are free and can be viewed at the Festival du Voyageur's Facebook site and its YouTube channel.
Tonight, 8 p.m.
Rayannah, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Kelly Bado
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Small Glories, Ariel Posen, Red Moon Road
Sunday, 8 p.m.
Emerging Francophone Artist Night with Musicaction
Andrina Turenne, Gen & Tonic, Fowler, Dr. Henry Band, Sala
Monday 1 p.m.
Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, Lisa Muswagon, Tia Wood, Alexandre Tétrault, Bighetty Brothers, Zoey Roy, Twin Flames, Celeigh Cardinal
Thursday 8 p.m.
Bingo Hého avec Johanne
Friday, 8 p.m.
Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Musician Program
Allydice, Bold as Lions, Breagh Isabel, Elijah Bekk, Maya Malkin with special guest – Faouzia
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Fiddling and jigging contests
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Burnstick, Master and Mistress of the Jig, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Xhalida September, Super Duty Tough Work, respectfulchild, Mattmac, Sebastian Gaskin
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Justin Lacroix Kitchen Party, Ça Claque