Last Fall term (November 1st, 2023), students from French courses and one of their professors, Charles Batson, went to Hamilton College for a concert organized by the French department.
Our host, Claire Mouflard, invited us to a concert by Gentil Chorus, a traditional Québec music group from Sherbrooke.
The three members played guitar, violin, flute, accordion, and mandolin during the performance. But the most surprising instrument they used was the foot, an essential part of traditional music from Québec. Songs, all performed in French, dealt mainly with the subject of love and travel.
In the show's second part, all the spectators were invited to take place on the round dance floor to learn the steps of a traditional dance. This dance is performed with a partner and is similar to traditional French dances. The performance ends the way it always ends in Québec, with a waltz, whose steps we also had to learn.