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The cultural avant-garde

In the summer of 1960, the troupe “Les Copains de la Butte” presented a play entitled Quand l’enfant paraît by André Roussin. The central theme of the play was abortion and in 1960, the simple fact of addressing that subject was a revolutionary gesture. The play offended and shocked the traditional village elite, who called it scandalous. Voices were raised all the way to the town council of Val-David.

Black and white photo of the members of the group Les Bozos: Claude Léveillée, Clémence Desrochers, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Jacques Blanchet and Hervé Brousseau. The men are in full ties and Clémence Desrochers are wearing a printed blouse. They are smiling and looking happy.

Les Bozos : : Jacques Blanchet, Hervé Brousseau, Claude Léveillée, Clémence DesRochers and Jean-Pierre Ferland


That same summer, the Bozos (Raymond Lévesque, Jacques Blanchet, Hervé Brousseau, Clémence Desrochers, André Gagnon, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Claude Léveillée) were part of the program. With theatre, exhibitions, craft workshops for children, as well as music, Gilles Mathieu provided the Butte with an innovative and visionary multidisciplinary character.

Black and white photo of The Girls :

Les Girls: Louise Latraverse, Paule Bayard, Diane Dufresne, Chantal Renaud and Clémence Desrochers