Enjoying the gift of live music – in St. B


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This article was published 27/10/2021 (467 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

On the last Saturday in September I went out for an evening of fun for the first time in what felt like a million years.

That same afternoon, there’d been a St-BoniFest music festival at Coronation Park. Organized by local musician Justin Lacroix with the help of volunteers, the event featured an impressive line-up of musicians.  Also that same day, at Le Patio 340, CaRaVaN Open Mic + Open Stage marked its 10th anniversary of weekly events for artists of multiple disciplines to gather and perform to an audience.  

It was warm and sunny, a few days after harvest moon, as my partner and I walked over to Deen’s Caribbean Restaurant on Marion Street for an evening of food and live music. Upon arrival we were greeted by familiar, friendly faces filling up the patio quickly, a perfect space for people to gather and enjoy a band. It felt so good to be in the presence of musical instruments, a sound system, and real-life musicians again.  

Supplied photo Christie Dawn (left) and correspondent Janine LeGal (right) enjoyed the music of Dan Frechette at Deen's patio on Sept. 25.

There we were treated to the musical force of Manitoba-born treasure, songwriter, entertainer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Frechette, now based in California, along with one of his bands, the Dylanaires. It was a full house with folksy, bluesy good energy, and everyone was just plain happy.  

Frechette has written countless songs. His gift for entertaining a crowd was appreciated by all, as his light-hearted, joyous energy radiated throughout the music and the space.  His energetic passion for music was contagious, and his impressions of some of the great musical legends were highly entertaining. It was a feel-good night that came at a much-needed time, for which I am eternally grateful.  

St. Boniface is a happening place. In just one day there was so much to see and do and I wanted to make more than a mental note about this. What a privilege it is to live in a neighbourhood where we can walk over to a number of venues to take in music and art while enjoying refreshments at the same time.

As winter fast approaches, it might be a good idea to mark your calendars for the spring with a reminder that there’s some good music to be had in St. Boniface. In the meantime, why not support our incredibly talented musicians, local or otherwise, by purchasing their recordings? Their melodies may well help us stay warm and cozy and happy during our coldest season.

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface.

Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal
St. Boniface community correspondent

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.

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