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Food and Entertainment

Food

Something for everyone - tantalize your taste buds with both traditional cuisine and festival favourites including Road Chef, Twigg’s Rigg, Sizzlers Hawaiian Ice, What’s Poppin Popcorn Factory, Lemonicious, Kona Ice and Sisters Twisted Funnel Cakes, Corn-on-cob and French flapjacks. 

Shop the RV Le Marche for goodies to take home from Christine’s Bake Shop, Sinclair Honeybees, Raymont’s Berries, Petite Cote Produce, Hoover’s Maple Syrup and North Shore Farms Maple Syrup.

Lacrosse - the Ancient Game

Ancient Lacrosse Sticks

This hands-on demonstration features a re-enacted game featuring Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi nations using small authentic Great Lake Sticks – players will be led out to field by a Medicine Man, drummer and singer. James Calder will provide an overview of the history and culture of Canada’s National Sport of lacrosse and offer learn to play lacrosse clinics using modern sticks and soft balls with Windsor Warlocks, Windsor Minor Lacrosse.  See schedule for demonstration times.

Man explaining to children survival in the bushSurvival in the Bush

Visit this 17th century coureur des bois encampment featuring fire-starting demonstrations with flint and steel, cordage making, fur display, dreamcatcher storytelling, and many more hands on activities. Visitors are invited to participate in a leather pouch making session for $5 each.

Michel Payment

Franco-Ontarian, singer, songwriter, Michel Payment, brings a unique musical style featuring a mixture of folk and rock. Well known for his high-energy performances Michel is sure to be a crowd pleaser and have you moving to his popular musical style. 

Métis Roots

Trunks and tent set up

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this authentic 1700 French - métis fur trade encampment and museum. See artifacts and displays that feature cooking, tools and utensils from over 300 years ago or come and join in the paddle making demonstrations. Witness the 18th century history of Franco and Aboriginal cultures and their unique way of life displaying historic clothing, trade goods and furs. There is sure to be some thing for everyone of all ages!

Tibert Le Voyageur

You will not want to miss this performer. Raised in a Franco-Manitoban Métis family, Rob Malo, also known as TiBert le Voyageur is a storyteller, author, stage performer, poet, and community builder who shares his passion for history and culture with people of all ages.

Le Voyageur Errant – History, French and Culture Come Alive!

Le Voyageur Errant is Jay Bailey, an actual French Voyageur who provides visitors with an authentic interpretation of the fur trade life. His camp is a must-see with an authentic birch bark canoe, furs, artifacts and tools – and you might just enjoy a demonstration or hear a story about one of his explorations along the waterways. Make sure to pop by and say hi to Jay!

Marcel Beneteau

Marcel Beneteau signing with guitar

Our region’s most popular folk singer Marcel Beneteau will entertain visitors with traditional French songs that best-document the traditional folklore of Ontario and our region’s Franco-history.  From the choruses sung by the early voyageurs, and then later the lumberjacks, to those heard at contemporary festivals today, traditional songs have always been a reflection of the historical factors that influenced how various areas of the province were settled. Enjoy hearing the oral traditions and stories put to music by this talented performer.

Métis Strings and Jiggers

This young trio including siblings Alicia and Liam Blore and Megan Southwell have never forgotten their métis roots. Audiences are sure to enjoy their high energy show that showcases storytelling through music and dance. They will fiddle and jig their way into your hearts!

Re-enactors & VoyageursChris Pillion and Jay Bailey walking the river with a birch bark canoe

Reenactors and Voyageurs are travelling from across Canada and the United States to participate in Rendez-vous Voyageur. They will take you on a journey to the 1700s where they worked to develop trade relations with the local First Nations inhabitants. Travel back in time see what life was like, learn what it took to survive as a French explorer, the life skills needed and how they valued and respected the resources of the land.

Walpole Island Presenters

Pow Wow DemonstrationWalpole Island Pow Wow

Visitors are invited to a pow wow demonstration featuring a drummer and dancers from Walpole Island, 3 Fires Confederacy including the Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the significance of a pow wow and how it honors the First Nations culture.

Drummers: Hunter Shipman, Styles Shipman, and Ashton Shipman
Dancers: Stacey Kicknosway, Cindy Kicknosway, Steve Sands, and Sherry
Sands

Historical

Dr. Dean Jacobs will provide festival visitors with an overview of the historical significance of the Three Fires, Wampums, local tribes, significant battles, land claims and history. Presentation will include treaty 2 and 3, Jay treaty, War of 1812, Royal Proclamation of 1763, the treaty rights and results.

Environment

Join Clint Jacobs for a glimpse into the past as he describes the natural environment in the pre-LaSalle area and shares important environmental education around plants and wildlife. (Will require scheduled speaking time).

Language

Here is a unique opportunity to learn more about the Walpole Island First Nation language with presenter Esbikenh at the Anishinabemowin station. Visitors will learn how to introduce themselves in Anishinabe as well as other simple words.

Food Preparation

Julia Miskokmon will demonstrate how to make a traditional First Nations dish called Frybread.

Feather with sage burning

Smudging & Traditional Medicine

Ron Sands will explain to visitors the significance and ceremony in smudging as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, ceremonial/ritual space or other space and personal articles using sweet grass, sage, tobacco, cedar.

Storytelling

Oral traditions retain the history of First Nations people by passing cultural information from one generation to the next. Storyteller, Eric Issac, will share stories with visitors that include connections to the land, historical accounts, teachings, language, and culture stories that have been kept alive through storytelling.

Crafts

Artisan, Brandan Williams, will demonstrate necklace making with traditional materials.

Walpole Island First Nations Info

six canoes in the water

Aimee Johnson will provide information on current Bkejwanong Territory programs, activities and information.

Walpole Island Canoe Exhibit

Laban Smith and Summer Garcia will showcase the canoe built on Walpole Island for the Pottawatomi Gathering in 2017. Join in on the discussion around the importance of the canoe and waterways that helped shape Canada and Southwestern Ontario.