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Community, culture, chillwave 

Nova Scotia artists give a modern twist to treasured French songs

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Tonight is the release of Régénération Musicale, a reimagination of classic Acadian songs by La Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FéCANE). What began as mere curiosity has matured into a collab between 13 up-and-coming artists who hail as far as Antigonish and Baie Ste-Marie. Their diverse backgrounds, whether it be their homes, age, or jobs–the musically trained to the government worker–have translated into notes and tones refreshing to the palate. Embracing the accelerated emergence of new technologies, and the new types of music accompanying them, these francophone tunes have been given a musical makeover, emerging from the spa with contemporary spins ranging from barn-yard country, lounge jazz and atmospheric chillwave. Martin Théberge, executive director of FéCANE, says some of the communities they visited–10 in all–were not scared but anxious to see what came of this project. “Some held these songs very dear to them,” says Théberge. Paid as a tribute to the nostalgic, Régénération Musicale does justice in keeping these cultural traditions alive.

You can catch the release party tonight at Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar (62 Ochterloney Street) tonight from 4-7pm. It’s free and open to the public. Or have a listen here:

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