The Center for the Arts is celebrating its 30th anniversary

The Baie-Comeau Arts Center celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022. He intends to celebrate them with several events, starting this summer and throughout the next artistic year, including the nine days of celebrations in September.

It will be recalled that the Teatro de Be Como, as it was called until 2010, opened its doors on September 12, 1992. The first artist to perform on stage was the poet and singer, a native of Côte-Nord, Gilles Vigno. Thirty years from now, this significant date will not go unnoticed, promised its general and artistic director Mariel-Dominique Joben.

But until then, the Center for the Arts will set the tone for this special year by rejoining the summer network of the Regroupement des Organizers de spectacle de l’est du Québec (ROSEQ) after a nine-year absence. There will be three shows, two of which are free and open-air.

Ayrad, a world-class band, will perform at Place de la biosphere on July 31 at 4 p.m. Part of the Hydro-Québec Family series, Amarelinefrom La marche du crabe, will be offered at the Parc des Pionniers on August 19 at 10:30 and 15:30.

The summer program also includes a performance by Jay Scott on August 20 at 20:00 in Espace Alcoa in a standing format.

Nine holidays

For his 30and On the occasion of the anniversary, the Arts Center decided to renew the concept of the nine days of celebrations, which marked its official opening in 1992. The program includes five performances in the same number of disciplines.

The signal will be given on September 9 with Live from 30anda special production inspired by the popular TV show Radio-Canada, Live from the universewith the blessing of its producer and host, Frans Baudouin.

Presenters: Ms. Jobin and Ms. Simon Philibert of SMP Productions, Live from 30and will pay tribute to musicians, singers and other artists who have collaborated for many years. “It will be good for the theater we are going to achieve. (…) We will have the opportunity to remember anecdotes, memories and, of course, pay tribute to this fabulous story, “said the general and artistic director, saying that he hopes for a turntable, like on TV.

Will follow the performances of the duo Les Grandes Crues on September 10, after at least three postponed from the beginning of the pandemic, world-famous pianist-composer-performer Jean-Michel Blaise on September 13 and performances eight womenalready presented at the Center for the Arts, but with a different cast, September 14.

It is Les Cowboys Fringants who will end these nine days of celebrations on September 16, they are causing a sensation wherever they go, a show dedicated to their tenth album in their career, Antipodes.

Pride

During its 30 years of existence, the Bay Como Center for the Arts has greatly contributed to the democratization of the arts in all its forms.

“A word that comes back to me to mark this 30and birthday, it would be a word of pride. Because we are not always aware of it and we can take it for granted, but this building is not only beautiful, it is also very much alive, “said Ms. Jobin.

In addition to the indoor shows, she recalled, there are other organizations that have settled there, including the Baie-Comeau Dance Academy or the Côte-Nord Music School. “We have something to be proud of because we are a strange beetle in East Quebec. We are the only art center. We, when the play ends, we do not close the door, there are still plays, lessons that give.

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