Domaine Forget is located in Saint-Irénée in the magnificent Charlevoix region on a 150-acre historical property overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The Domaine is a non-profit organization dedicated to music and dance education, creation, and performance.
Domaine Forget is, first and foremost, an academy internationally renowned for providing top quality instruction to talented up-and-coming dancers and musicians. Domaine Forget is considered one of Canada’s leading summer academies.
Domaine Forget is also the host of an International Music and Dance Festival every summer, with over 30 concerts (classical, jazz, and dance), over 40 public master classes and Academy concerts, and 13 musical brunches.
Every year in spring and fall, Domaine Forget presents a series of twenty-odd concerts and performances running the gamut from comedy and kids’ shows to educational programming, theater, and film screenings.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Domaine Forget was the summer home of several eminent citizens including Joseph Lavergne (a judge and colleague of Wilfrid Laurier), Adolphe-Basile Routhier (a judge and poet who wrote the French lyrics to “O Canada”) and Rodolphe Forget, member of parliament for Charlevoix and a visionary leader who helped the region embrace the modern area.
In 1945, Domaine Forget was deeded to the Petites Franciscaines de Marie, a religious order, which ran a school on the grounds for 30 years. In 1977, the late musician Françoys Bernier and a group of local luminaries formed École de Musique de Charlevoix, a non-profit organization that purchased the entire estate, renamed it "Domaine Forget," and made it available for the performing arts, principally music and dance.
The name of the Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall pays fitting tribute to this visionary figure, who did so much to make Domaine Forget what it is today.
Over the years, Domaine Forget’s excellence has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions from the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, Tourisme Charlevoix, Bourse Rideau, Fidéides de Québec, Prix Coup d’éclat from Festivals et Événements Québec, the Grands Prix du Tourisme québécois, and the Opus Prize.
Internationally, Domaine Forget was named the first “Cultural Encounter Center” outside Europe by the European organization ACCR, boosting the Domaine’s profile with high-level international partners.
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