Knowlton successfully kicks off Arts Alive! Québec season

The 2017 summer edition of Arts Alive! Québec that took place in Knowlton from June 25 to July 8, was a brilliant success. The arts festival wrapped up last Saturday with a Celtic Celebration of Canada’s Roots concert which included performances by a young Québécois fiddler, a master stepdancer (gigueur Québécois), Inuit throat singers and an Indian Tabla player.

During the closing events, the audience was treated to the premiere of the film 11:17. Based on a screenplay written by Frank Salvatori, the short film resulted from the screenwriting and film workshops offered during AAQ Knowlton. The film can be viewed on

With eleven successful workshops and events behind them, the organizing committee deserves a round of applause. Thanks to Darleen Bell and Donald Finigan (Acoustic Village), Danny McAuley (Brome Lake Books), Laura Teasdale (actor/playwright), April O’Donoughue (Celtic Festival), Rugge Thompson (film) and Kate Holbrook (Townshippers’ Association), for making the 2017 edition of the festival a success!

As Guy Rodgers, Executive Director chez English Language Arts Network – Quebec, declared at the opening at Theatre Lac Brome, Knowlton has always been a model of innovation and creativity and was the inspiration for ELAN’s support for Anglophone arts in the rural regions. Funding is key to the festival’s success and means that plays, workshops, and concerts can be offered free or at a reasonable price.

With it’s successful start to the season in Knowlton, Arts Alive! Québec will continue all summer long in five other regions of the province, which are home to active English-speaking arts communities: Quebec City, Hudson, Huntingdon, Wakefield and, the West Island. To learn more about the festival, visit   

Arts Alive! Québec is an initiative of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), made possible by the financial support of the Government of Canada. Sponsors of AAQ in Knowlton include ELAN, CBC, Townshippers’ Association, Town of Brome Lake.

Nominate your community hero

You know people who are working to make the Eastern Townships English-speaking community better! Nominate them for the 2017 Outstanding Townshipper and Young Townships Leaders awards! It’s a great way to say “Thank you” for all their hard work and to encourage others to get involved in changing their communities.

Visit or to nominate online or download a nomination form. Forms are also available at our Sherbrooke or Knowlton offices for forms.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this column in the Brome County News and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Photo Credit: Film screenshot courtesy Rugge Thomson‎ 

Photo Caption: Feuding yokel, Mr. Taylor (Danny B McAuley), and yuppie, Ms. Alcott (Lucy Hoblyn) discover they have more in common than they think in 11:17, a short film workshopped and filmed during the 2017 edition of Arts Alive! Québec – Knowlton.

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