Countdown to Canadian Folk Music Awards – Interview with Jocelyne Baribeau

The Canadian Folk Music Awards take place in Vancouver, BC, from March 31 to April 2, with two awards shows and three showcases.

On April 2, from 11:00 am PDT, a Children, and Family Music Showcase Concert will be co-presented with The Vancouver International Children’s Festival at the Waterfront Theatre (Granville Island). Tickets are $12 (all fees included). Get tickets here.

CFMA Board member and show host Jocelyne Baribeau spoke with us about this showcase.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I am a Francophone singer-songwriter born in Manitoba who wears many different hats.

By day I have a children’s music project called Madame Diva et Micah with my 17-year-old son. We’ve been at it for nearly 15 years (Micah joined in when he was 7 years old). 

I have two projects in the folk-country genre, as Jocelyne Baribeau and then as Beauséjour with three Acadian artists.

There will be a Family Folk – Children’s Music Concert taking place on April 2 featuring CFMA nominees. What can you tell us about this event?

I have been with the CFMA’s for a few years now and enjoy helping out with the children’s music and family showcase to celebrate music with the kiddos! 

The one-hour show, hosted by myself and kindie artist My Friend Christopher includes present and past nominees : 

The Oot’nOots 
The Relative Minors
Paige Penney
Wills Jams
Ginalina presents: Sun Moon Lake Trio

The show is co-presented with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. How did this
partnership come to be?

We are so happy to be presenting the family showcase at the Waterfront Theatre in collaboration with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. It’s a natural fit, and Diana Stewart-Imbert from the host committee and the CFMA board is to be commended for putting things in place. She is a rock star in my books! 

Why was it decided to do a showcase for children?

The way I see it, if we don’t introduce music to children when they are young, they may not have the instinct, later on, to turn to music. Wouldn’t that be a shame? Humans learn in so many different ways, and for many, music is the key.

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