Western Québec MusicMakers 2019

Palais des congrès de Gatineau (50 boul. Maisonneuve, Gatineau J8X 4H4)

Parents, students, staff and friends are cordially invited to share a wonderful celebration of music and teamwork with the 18th annualWestern Québec School Board MusicMakers

WHAT:  MusicMakers is a festival of choral and instrumental music, a concert that features a performance from each participating Western Québec school.  The end of the concert features a massed choir making up all the participating students, normally 500 to 700.  Singing in such a massed choir is a rare opportunity and an experience that students will remember and cherish the rest of their lives.

WHO: Western Québec students from all over!

WHY:  Music creates community.  It is inclusive, cooperative and it inspires and fosters hope.

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 17th, 2018, 5:30pm.  It will end between 8pm and 8:20pm.

WHERE: Palais des congrès de Gatineau, 50, boulevard Maisonneuve, 3rd floor, Gatineau (Hull sector), QC, J8X 4H4.

HOW MUCH: Admission is free. General seating will be in effect.

MUSIC: Each school has a 5 minute slot in which they can perform a song or two.  This can be music in any style, with any combination of instruments or voices.  In some cases, we can stretch the time allotted to 6 minutes or a bit more, but only in exceptional circumstances as the concert becomes overly lengthy otherwise.

MASSED CHOIR:  The massed choir will sing two songs which will be available online for the months prior so that students can prepare.  Tim will travel to each school to work with students on the massed choir pieces.  He will also hold a massed choir rehearsal in the weeks prior to the event.


  1. Outdoor Parking Lot
    • On rue Courcelette, accessible via rue Maisonneuve or rue Laurier, accommodates up to 150 vehicles
    • Approximately $5/hour or $14/day
  2. Indoor Parking Lot
    • On rue Courcelette, accessible via rue Maisonneuve or rue Laurier, accommodates up to 200 vehicles
    • Approximately $5/hour or $14/day
  3. Street Parking
    • Widely available on surrounding streets
    • Parking meters are in effect until 5pm or 6pm, depending on the street

ACCESSIBILITY:  The Palais des congrès accommodates individuals with special needs and features a wide range of services adapted for people with reduced mobility, visual or hearing disabilities.

MEALS:  Meals are not provided for in the MusicMakers budget.  Schools are expected to provide meals (lunch/dinner) for their students, or have students bring their own bagged meals.  If schools wish to order pizza, they can order a week ahead of time from the Canteen/Bistro at the Palais.  The Palais will then deliver the pizzas to the appropriate location at a prescribed time on the day of the event.  The pizzas are $20 for a Large, and are very good J

CANTEEN/BISTRO:  There is a Bistro onsite, across the hallway from the main event.  The Bistro will be open on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm serving soft drink, juice, water, chips, chocolate bars, coffee, tea, herbal teas, hot dogs/hamburgers, pizza slices, poutine, fries and assorted sandwiches.

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