Inauguration of the Maison de la Musique René-Charette

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Marketing team - Festival de Lanaudière




Joliette, December 13, 2023 — The Maison de la musique René-Charette, located at 165 rue St-Paul in Joliette, was officially inaugurated on December 12. Presented by Gestion BGC, the event was attended by project partners. Nearly 150 attendees were on hand to discover this new musical and cultural hub, which now houses a number of cultural spaces, including a 100-seat auditorium, as well as the administrative offices of the Festival de Lanaudière.


“At the Festival, we believe that music should be accessible to everyone and in tune with its environment. The Maison de la musique René-Charette is a concrete demonstration of this. That’s why the building was named in tribute to the co-founder and former administrator of the Festival de Lanaudière—a position he occupied for 43 years!—who believed in the power of arts and culture to improve the quality of life of his fellow citizens,” as Xavier Roy, Executive Manager of the Festival de Lanaudière, stated.


This facility will enable the Festival de Lanaudière to carry out its year-round activities of democratizing classical music, in addition to regularly hosting partner activities, particularly those of music education organizations in the Region. It will also consolidate its commitment to young people with the creation of a centre of expertise in music education. The various areas of the Maison de la musique will also be available for hire to the general public. With this unifying and structuring project, the Festival is further confirming its vision of making the Lanaudière Region the leading centre for classical music in the country.


A large-scale project made possible through collective effort


The Maison de la Musique René-Charette project involved a total investment of 2.6 million dollars, including more than $1 million in private funding from generous partners and donors. To this amount must be added the value of the building itself, initially donated by Gérard Descheneaux, a local businessman, a fervent art lover and long-time friend of the Festival.


The investments in renovations of this building, which has been empty for several years, are contributing to the vitality of the town centre and are also being very positively received by the municipal administration.


“This musical and cultural epicentre, nestled in the heart of downtown Joliette, is injecting new energy into the local scene, revitalizing the cultural hub of the Lanaudière Region. What a wonderful addition to our regional city centre! The City of Joliette is proud of its long-standing partnership with the Festival de Lanaudière and the real synergy that exists between the partners in the community,” said Pierre-Luc Bellerose, Mayor of Joliette and new Prefect of the Joliette Regional County Municipality.


The Maison de la Musique project relied on a constellation of partners, mainly based in the Region:


Architects: Hétu-Bellehumeur Architectes (Joliette)

Engineers: DWB Consultants (Saint-Sauveur)

Design: Muse Design (Joliette)

General Contractor: Gestion BGC inc. (Saint-Thomas)


The Festival de Lanaudière would like to thank its main partners, who contributed directly to the completion of this project and to maintaining the high standards of quality required for the construction of this cultural infrastructure: The Government of Quebec, Mr. Gérard Descheneaux (donation of the building), Desjardins, the City of Joliette, the Joliette RCM, the Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard, the Fondation Azrieli, the Fondation Ariane Riou et Réal Plourde, Power Corporation of Canada, Lallemand, Groupe conseil Harvey – Tellier of Financière Banque Nationale, Patrick Morin, Mr. Pierre Lambert, Rivest et Fils, the Fondation du Festival de Lanaudière, the Fondation Richelieu de Joliette, Groupe Nadeau, Mrs. Claudine Harnois, Gestion D.G. Guibault ltée, Me Nicolas Préville-Ratelle, Bouco Design, Multipaysages and the Familiprix owners of Greater Joliette: Familiprix Hélène Bolduc and Evelyne Caron, Familiprix Josée Marion and Maxime Martineau, Familiprix Hugo Flamand and Alexandre Comtois.


It’s worth noting that the 1916 “Hamburg” Steinway piano in the concert hall of the Maison de la musique René-Charette is on loan from the Musée d’art de Joliette, a further testimony to the truly impressive collaborative spirit of the Region’s cultural players.



Founded in 1978, today the Festival de Lanaudière is one of North America’s leading classical music festivals. Located in the heart of nature, the Festival offers a program that combines leading international talent with the best local artists. It takes place at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay as well as in churches and agritourism sites in the Lanaudière Region. The immersive, warm, and friendly experience the Festival offers is a perfect blend of the world’s greatest concert halls and the soothing embrace of nature!


All the photos from the event are available for download here.


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Claude Christin

Media relations, Festival de Lanaudière

514 918-6950