Maison de la musique René-Charette

Gathering around classical music and culture

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.

Thank you to the donors who have confirmed
their support for the Maison de la musique

symphony - 225 000$ and more

Mr. Gerard Descheneaux (donation of the building)

concerto - 100 000$ and more

CANTATE - 50 000$ and more

Rivest et fils
Mr. Pierre Lambert

Festival de Lanaudière Foundation

Richelieu Foundation, from Joliette


Ms. Claudine Harnois
Management D.G. Guibault Ltd.
Me Nicolas Préville-Ratelle

Familiprix owners
of Greater Joliette:

  • Familiprix Hélène Bolduc et Evelyne Caron
  • Familiprix Josée Marion and Maxime Martineau
  • Familiprix Hugo Flamand and Alexandre Comtois