The Maison de la musique René-Charette will serve as a space open to all, where activities that contribute to individual and collective enrichment through culture can take place. This venue will become the headquarters of music in Lanaudière, thanks to its vast, bright spaces, its impressive soundproofing, and its ideal location in downtown Joliette.
With this initiative, the Festival de Lanaudière confirms its role as a foremost musical crossroads for Quebec and the world. The project also endows the Festival with the necessary base for deploying its classical music democratization and musical education activities for the local community.
A musical and cultural epicentre
Tribute to a visionary music lover
Mr. René Charette believed in the power of arts and culture to improve the quality of life of his fellow citizens. To him, and to Father Fernand Lindsay and Marcel Masse, we owe the creation of the Festival de Lanaudière and the instigation of the project leading to the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay. Since the Festival was founded, René Charette has served as its administrator, up until he breathed his last breath on July 4, 2019. The Maison de la musique René-Charette is a magnificent way to highlight the commitment and dedication of this great citizen and native of Lanaudière.
Partners who are committed
For this project, the Festival has obtained the collaboration of the Fonds régions et ruralité, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation du Québec, the Mouvement Desjardins, the City of Joliette, the Azrieli Foundation, as well as several private donors. All of these partners believe in the project’s vision of proximity with the population and of encouraging collective and personal enrichment. Many other partners will be announced in the coming months!
The Festival de Lanaudière received the historic donation of this building from local businessman Gérard Descheneaux, a long-time friend of the Festival and a fervent art lover. It is a legacy that consolidates the roots of the Festival in Lanaudière.