by Paula Citron
My summer tends to be a revolving door of festivals. A new kid on the block that is worth a visit is Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. Founded 11 years ago, the festival presents high end dance and music during the first two weeks of August. This season there were four dance and four music programs, both very eclectic. The dance ranged from contemporary to ballet, while the music covered baroque to jazz. There are also freebee outdoor events on the open air stage in a local park.
Beloved ballet superstar Anik Bissonnette is the new artistic director, and she is shepherding a big push into the major leagues. A permanent theatre and arts centre are planned that will replace the big top performance space.
The quaint resort town of Saint-Sauveur is located in the Laurentians about an hour north of Montreal. The long Rue Principal is awash in restaurants and quality shops. It is a fun tourist destination.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.