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Brian Gallant, manager of the Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village stands amongst the renovation materials being used to turn the centre into a new Acadian Musical Village.
ABRAM-VILLAGE A new project that’s aiming to preserve and showcase the Evangeline Region’s musical heritage is getting underway.
The Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village is looking for nominations for a new regional music hall of fame.
The display will be featured in the new Acadian Musical Village, which is currently under construction at the centre.
Brian Gallant, who was recently hired as manager of the facility, said the hall of fame will showcase the region’s rich musical heritage for both locals and visitors.
“We have a lot of fabulous musicians here and we wanted a way to recognize them,” said Gallant.
The grand opening of the musical village is set for July 1, 2014, so Gallant is hoping to have the first round of inductees into the hall of fame in place by then.
The plan is to accept between six and eight inductees this year and then reopen nominations every two years into the future.
The centre’s board of directors will be appointing a committee of local people to examine each nomination. In the interest of impartiality they’ll be using a point system to determine who’s chosen for this first round of inductees.
Gallant said he’s expecting the area to embrace the project.
“I’m sure we’re going to have a very positive response from the community. I know I’ve talked to some people who are very excited about this,” said Gallant.
“Hopefully this will be a key part of our Acadian Musical Village that will really bring people in,” he added.
To be considered for the hall of fame, candidates must: be from the Évangélineregion or have livedthere most of their lives(at least 50 per centof the members of a duo or group mustbefrom the Évangéline region or have lived there most of their lives); have hadan influence on Acadian music in the Évangélineregion; have contributed toeducation, promotion, preservation and/orstrengthening of Acadian music in theÉvangéline region; have performednationally and internationally; have at leastone recording or composition; havereceived awards for their musicalachievements.
Nomination forms areavailable on the Acadian Musical Village’s website atwww.villagemusical.com.
For more information, contact Gallant at 902-854-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nomination deadline is April 4.
Once it’s completed, the Musical Village itself will consist of three stages, a tourist information centre, gift shop, restaurant/café, the hall of fame, community space and banquet hall.
A full slate of summer programming is in the works and the centre is expected to employ several local people seasonally.