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Une chanson à l’école 2022

A musical start to the school year with Louis-Jean Cormier, l’OSM and maestro Rafael Payare !

On Friday, September 30 2022, hundreds of thousands of young people from Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie will kick off the 26th Journées de la culture by performing Les doigts en cœur, an original song proposed by Louis-Jean Cormier and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Maestro Rafael Payare.

Watch the video clip of the song Les doigts en cœur, recorded at the Maison symphonique by Télé-Québec’s La Fabrique culturelle.

Want to sing and play with them? Sign up to be part of the fun! As they go online, you’ll have access to the two versions of the song, the multiple scores (including orchestral scores!), the pedagogical guide and the tutorial for the choreography created by the company PPS Danse.

On September 30th, in the afternoon, Louis-Jean will answer the children’s questions live on the Journées de la culture’s Facebook page! Details to come; stay tuned!

Photo : Vivien Gaumand

A song

  • … that students can learn easily in less than five weeks;
  • … to be interpreted as you wish: on the sung or instrumental version, a cappella, on Orff instruments, on the piano or with the whole orchestra!
  • … accompanied by a new choreography from PPS Danse;
  • … that is made available to teachers at the end of May (lyrics, basic score, sung and instrumental versions);
  • … accompanied, during the summer, by multiple scores and a complete pedagogical guide, full of ideas for classroom activities in September and throughout the year!

« When I was first approached to write the new Chanson à l’école, a big smile came over my face. I must admit that I silently cherished the idea of being asked, while secretly envying my artist friends who had done it before! (Laughs) I have a strong connection with young people, with their imagination, with the passing on of knowledge, with the idea of sharing the contagious pleasure of music. While writing the song, my heart went straight back to childhood and echoes of Gilles Vigneault resounded. Knowing that this song will vibrate in the voices of thousands of young people everywhere is probably the greatest gift you can give to a creator. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude towards life, towards all those who will sing my song and, finally, towards the great team of Une chanson à l’école. »

– Louis-Jean Cormier


Thank you

Une chanson à l’école is made possible by Culture pour tous with support of Quebec’s Department of Culture and Communications as well as the Centrale des syndicats du Québec, and in collaboration with Télé-Québec’s La Fabrique culturelle.

Outreach partners: Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF), Fédération des Associations de Musiciens Éducateurs du Québec (FAMEQ), Fédération canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants (CTF-FCE), Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF) and Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (FNCSF).