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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Public Party Event in Victoria will be featuring French Bohemians Artists Georges & Cerika

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French Bohemians Georges & Cerika will be performing at the Tudor House Pub at the 24th of June Saint-Jean-Baptiste Public Party Event

Opening Act

Vincent Evans
Chansonnier, Multi-Instrumentiste Extraordinaire


Thursday June 24th, 2010
8H30 PM


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Tudor House Pub
533 Admirals Road
Esquimalt (Victoria), BC
(250) 382-5625

How Much

Free - No Cover Charge


About the history of the St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations

Popular annual celebrations in French Canada on 24 June (the feast day of St John the Baptist) or on the days before or after this date. Following a tradition the origin of which is lost in antiquity, many people, among them the Gauls, lit fires to celebrate the summer solstice. According to the Jesuit Relations and the Journal des Jésuites, this tradition was revived on the banks of the St Lawrence in 1636.

It is not known why St-Jean-Baptiste came to be considered the patron saint of French Canada. One legend has it that a great many French-Canadians bearing that given name persuaded the journalist and patriot Ludger Duvernay to adopt it as the name of the national society of French-Canadians which he founded in 1834. In any case that was the name he chose, and the St-Jean-Baptiste Association (St-Jean-Baptiste Society from 1914 on) of Montreal took the maple leaf and the beaver as its emblems. The founding was celebrated 24 Jun 1834 by a banquet to which 60 guests were invited - Irish, US, and Canadian.

Quebec City had its first official celebration in 1842. Twice the celebrations achieved exceptional dimensions. In 1874 60,000 visitors, half of them Franco-Americans, invaded Montreal to celebrate in grand style the 40th anniversary of the founding of the St-Jean-Baptiste Association and to join in a huge national convention of French-Canadians. The celebration in Quebec City in 1880 coincided with another national convention of French-Canadians. Band concerts in the public squares on the evening of 23 June drew enormous crowds. The next day a choir of more than 500 voices performed Gustave Gagnon’s arrangement of Du Mont’s Messe royale accompanied by the bands of the 9th Battalion and the Union musicale. Calixa Lavallée’s national song ‘O Canada’, composed for the occasion, was performed that day.
(Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia - Author: Suzanne Thomas )

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