The festival involves several intense days of music, during which all of Montmagny moves to the sounds of the accordion. You can hear the instrument everywhere in this small municipality of 11,500 people. Listen as several Montmagny residents share their memories and impressions of the event.
An Ongoing Relationship
Hear Patrick Morency’s account and learn why the Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon has special meaning for this Montmagny native.
Account by Patrick Morency— (captions available in both FR and EN) View the video with a description
Returning to His Roots
Originally from Britanny, Yann Textier moved to Montmagny in 1994. An accordion player himself, he attended his first show one day after work in 1996. He watched a performance by Clair de Lune, who took the stage late that evening. He wanted to hear Alain Pennec, a fellow Breton. The show proved a revelation for the Montmagny resident.
It’s what reignited by passion for the accordion! It’s what gave me the urge to start playing musette and swing-musette music on the accordion again.
Since then, Yann Texier has regularly played accordion for local audiences, alongside other musicians.
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Passion, Pleasure and Joy
Pierre Walsh began volunteering with the Carrefour mondial de l’accordéon in the early 1990s. He gladly agreed to help out when approached by Armand Labrecque, one of the founders of the event. For several years, Pierre Walsh helped arrange transportation and meals for visiting artists. Even after he stopped volunteering, he continued to support the festival as a spectator. The passion of the performers, and the pleasure and joy of hearing them play accordion are what keep him coming back. He has cherished memories from each and every year.
For me, the festival is a little like Christmas Day.