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La Francophone


Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn has been recognized worldwide as an ambassador of francophone culture. The Canadian band has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences.

With members hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline region and the most remote reaches of Québec – the windswept Magdalen Islands – twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to create a sophisticated sonic signature that combines tight vocal harmonies, layered foot percussion, and virtuoso acoustic instrumentation.Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp and percussive dance result in a tour de force of traditional and contemporary music.

Performing and teaching extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. The group has released five award-winning albums, the latest winner of the 2016 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

Vishtèn has performed thousands of shows at international festivals and venues, from the Vancouver Olympics (BC) to New Orleans Jazz Festival (US), from the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (FR) to Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), and their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) as well as in films, including the Canadian-Japanese production Finding Anne and Québec biopic Louis Cyr (2013).

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/21/2019: Vishtèn: Horizons

Vishtèn: Horizons features original compositions that amalgamate current and traditional musical genres. The rhythm of Vishtèn’s foot percussion and mouth music merge effortlessly with the violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin, flutes, piano, bodhrán, and jaw harp, offering an experience that demonstrates the richness of traditional sounds.

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada.