August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
August 24, 2019

A high-energy show will wrap up the CMA 2019 in Shediac, New Brunswick. The artistic vision for the show will explore Acadie’s popular, country, and traditional roots.

“It’s going to be one big party of an evening,” explained George Belliveau, artistic director of the closing event. “We want to look back on what’s happened during the past 25 years of music, namely, since the very first Congrès mondial acadien in 1994. The night will have people singing, dancing, laughing and crying.”

The stage will host a number of artistic collaborations that look back at some memorable moments from the past and pay tribute to the artists who have left us. Many artists have already confirmed their participation, including Salebarbes, Laurie LeBlanc, Hert LeBlanc, Dominique Dupuis, Suroit, and Troiselle. The show will get everyone dancing: a perfect ending to the 25th anniversary of the Congrès mondial acadien and a perfect start to next one!


Arts and Culture

Welcome to Shediac, the Lobster Capital of the World! From the giant lobster overlooking the town’s entrance to the Lobster Tales cruise, you will find many lobster-themed activities in Shediac. But the town’s must-see event is without a doubt the famous Shediac Lobster Festival, which has something for everyone : carnival rides, various food trucks, major concerts featuring acclaimed artists, entertaining performances, a lobster supper served on a 1,000 feet-long table, a 106 feet-long lobster roll – and, of course, a lobster-eating contest!

During the summer months, Shediac also hosts a big outdoor market every Sunday. Stroll through the park, taste local and ethnic foods and discover all kinds of artisanal treasures for sale.

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Outdoors and Leisure

Known around the world for its fine, sandy beaches, Shediac boasts some of the warmest waters north of Virginia. Parlee Beach, a crowd favourite, is not to be missed; it offers a wide variety of sports and activities in, on or around the water that the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re more of an adventure seeker, you’ll definitely want to check out the Shediac Paddle Shack. Rent a stand-up paddle board (SUP) or a kayak and explore the Scoudouc River, or challenge yourself and try a yoga, meditation or workout class on a SUP!

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Heritage and History

Interested in Acadian history? Don’t miss out on Maison Historique Pascal-Poirier! The ancestral home of Pascal Poirier, the first Acadian senator, and his family is one of Shediac’s oldest properties. Part of the historical house now serves as a museum highlighting the invaluable contribution made by one of the Acadian renaissance’s leaders, while the other portion houses artisans who come together during the summer months to knit, sculpt, hook rugs and make quilts. They also offer workshops to help preserve these important Acadian traditions.

If you want to learn more about the region’s natural heritage, take in the interactive and informative experience on lobsters and marine ecosystems offered at the Homarus Ecocentre. You can even adopt a baby lobster and follow its development from the hatchery to the sea! The interpretation centre was created by Homarus Inc., a not-for-profit organization that works to preserve our marine resources and their habitats through research, development and public education.

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