Sing to the Streets

The details: Saturday, March 20th at 3pm, meet at the corner of University and Pelissier.

As part of the Broken City Lab: Save the City project, and to better understand the city and its rich and failed history, Broken City Lab researchers will invite the community to learn the Francophone history of Windsor through a collective performance and storytelling of traditional French Folk Songs native to the Detroit River region on Saturday, March 20th at 3pm.

Led by Dr Marcel Beneteau, a professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnology at the University of Sudbury, participants will meet at University Avenue and Pelissier Street to take part in a walking oral history tour and performance, which will stop at the streets along Riverside Drive named after Windsor’s French settlers such as Goyeau, Langlois, Marentette, Louis, Parent and Pierre.

The retelling of the brief oral history at each street will be followed by a collective open performance of the French Folk song led by the local Francophone musician. Video and audio documentation of the performances will subsequently be made available on the Broken City Lab / Save the City website.

Broken City Lab: Save the City is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

3 Replies to “Sing to the Streets”

  1. Thanks, BCL, for a really neat idea this afternoon. I came down for the walk with my kids and my friend (and her baby). We’ll definitely look to you for more interesting and thought-provoking events. The love you show this city ‘against the odds’ is refreshing.

  2. Pierre Avenue in Windsor is no longer pronounced as a French name or Anglocised? One should ask the Italian immigrants who lived in great numbers on Pierre Avenue during the 1940’s – 80’s as to why they chose to pronounce Pierre as Pieri (Pierin, Pierino, Pierina). The Great Western Railroad brought many Italian immigrants to the shores of Windsor and Pierre Avenue was the first place many called home, Pieri. ;-)

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