August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick

News Release

lisa leBlancMoncton, June 29, 2018 – Singer and musician Lisa LeBlanc has been named artistic director for one of the key events of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 – the August 15 celebrations to be held in Dieppe, New Brunswick.

Originally from Rosaireville, New Brunswick, Lisa LeBlanc says that she is looking forward to the challenge. “This will be my first time working as an artistic director. I am really excited that my directorial debut will be for the day of August 15th, a celebration that is near and dear to my heart.”

With two albums and one EP, dozens of tours in Canada, the United States and Europe and more than 140,000 albums sold on two continents, Lisa LeBlanc has been successful from the get go. Her touching and heart-wrenching songs inspired by stories of heartbreak and
friendship have been compared to the original works of Courtney Barnett, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton. For her EP and second album, the artist drew her inspiration from a long road trip in the United States, acquiring hints of old time, Cajun and bluegrass through music jams she attended during her travels as well as at home in New Brunswick.

Moncton - June 7 2018

photo joseph edgarWell-known singer Joseph Edgar has been named artistic director of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019 Extrême frontière space.

The event will be held over several days, from August 16 to August 23, 2019, in the heart of downtown Moncton and along Riverfront Park.

“I am very much looking forward to returning to my hometown to take on the artistic direction of this space which I consider a type of cultural playground to entertain and inspire people of all ages at the Congrès mondial acadien,” said Joseph Edgar. “I am very excited to accept this truly unique challenge.”

Known primarily as a singer-songwriter, Joseph Edgar is not new to the world of artistic direction. During the past twenty years, he has directed many events, including the 15 août des fous, the Frye Festival and most recently the Soirée Acadie Rock during the 2017 Francofolies de Montréal, an epic event drawing over 20,000 people.

The following is distributed by the Government of Prince Edward Island.
Miscouche, Prince Edward Island - May 16, 2018
web IMG 0119Acadians, francophones, and francophiles from near and far will gather on Prince Edward Island next summer.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Congrès mondial acadien, which Prince Edward Island will host for the first time along with Southeast New Brunswick. The 15-day- celebration begins in Abram-Village on August 10 and ends in Shediac, NB on August 24, 2019 and is expected to draw nearly 100,000 people.

“Our Acadian and Francophone community – and its culture and French language – play a vital role in the fabric of our province,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister of Acadian and Francophone Affairs. “Co-hosting the Congrès mondial acadien will have meaningful impacts culturally, socially, and economically for our Acadian and Francophone community and our entire province, and will help us share with the world what makes us the Mighty Island.”

Along with other provincial and federal partners, Prince Edward Island will provide $1 million in funding to the Congrès mondial acadien.

The 6th edition of the Congrès mondial acadien will be held on Prince Edward Island and in Southeastern New Brunswick from August 10–24, 2019. It will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. In order to better publicize the event, a delegation from the host region will travel to the United States at the end of April. Members of the delegation will be attending the Festival International de Louisiane, which is being held in Lafayette from April 25–29. The following week, they will give a few public presentations in New England, where many Acadians and friends of Acadie reside.

Moncton NB - March 28, 2018

In 500 days will start the 6th Congrès mondial acadien. To mark this important date and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, the CMA 2019 has re-recorded the song “Acadie de nos cœurs”, the theme song of the first CMA held in Southeastern New Brunswick in August 1994.

Moncton, March 21, 2018

Emmanuelle LeBlanc and George Belliveau will be the Artistic Directors for the Congrès mondial acadien 2019’s Opening Day and Closing Day celebrations.

Moncton, December 15, 2017

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The Congrès mondial acadien 2019 is launching today a guide for anyone interested in organizing a family reunion during the event, which will be held between August 10 and 24, 2019, in Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick. The Guide to planning your family reunion offers advice to help families shape their thinking and plan their reunion.

Moncton, May 17 2017

Les FrancoFolies de Montréal and the 2019 Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) will host a major concert this June 14; it will be the biggest Acadian concert ever presented in Quebec!

The formal announcement was made last Tuesday, May 16, in Montreal, during the unveiling of the FrancoFolies’ major outdoor concert program.

August 23, 2017

karen gallant

The 2019 Congrès mondial acadien now has a liaison officer on Prince Edward Island: Karen Gallant. The liaison officer serves as a link between the Acadian community and key partners on PEI. “Most of my work involves listening to the needs of the Island’s Acadian community heading towards the 2019 CMA,” says Gallant. She is responsible for providing advice relating to all aspects of the program, communications, marketing, and logistics for the 2019 CMA. 

July 13th, 2017

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The Congrès mondial acadien 2019 is extremely proud to be a Presenting Parter of the Canadian Francophone Games taking place in Moncton and Dieppe, this week. The CMA 2019 is on location at the Université de Moncton and at Place 1604 in Dieppe to provide information regarding the CMA 2019.