The spirit of Winterlude is alive in Orléans with Fête Frissons

Photo: Shenkman Arts Centre

Photo: Shenkman Arts Centre

If you live in Orléans, be sure to mark Saturday, February 4, 2017 on your calendar.

The Shenkman Arts Centre explodes with activity during Fête Frissons, a family day of musical entertainment, face-painting, storytelling and outdoor fun in the snow.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, families and kids will be exposed to a wide range of multidisciplinary forms of art. Storytelling, painting, music and dance, all geared to younger ages, will be on display.

“We’re really excited about Fête Frissons,” says Caroline Obeid, artistic producer and manager. “It’s an opportunity to experience the spirit of Winterlude, but right in your own neighbourhood. And it’s an ideal way to expose younger children to the arts in a fun way.”

The ever-popular $5 pancake breakfast is always a hit. @ Bozhena Melnyk @ Bozhena Melnyk

“The kids love the pancake breakfast,” says Obeid, “and it’s an opportunity for parents to have a chat with local dignitaries serving the pancakes.”

After filling up on delicious pancakes, families can take in the free events. This year, with 2017 marking Canada’s 150th birthday, the focus is on Canadian history, and most of the morning activities have an historical edge.

There is so much to enjoy, says Obeid, from French-Canadian folk music, to the Cumberland Museum bringing local history to life, to traditional tales by indigenous story tellers and dancers – something for everyone in the family.

“I think people will feel the energy that is behind the morning,” she says. “It’s not just the spirit of Winterlude, but the partnership of the Heart of Orléans BIA, and local arts groups like Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre, all working together that give Fête Frissons its dynamism.”

She says the event is a great way to experience the fun of the classic winter festival without having to trek to the downtown core. “I know how difficult it can be with small children,” she says.

“If you are an Orléans resident, or want to make the drive to participate in some wonderful artistic entertainment, here’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fun family morning geared to young children.”

All the information on Fête Frissons is available at Check frequently, as there can be last-minute additions.

This story was produced by Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine on behalf of Shenkman Arts Centre for commercial purposes.