Season review of the Moulin à Musique.

Posted on July 9th, 2014

74 performances / 6800 spectators in 2013-2014. A beautiful year for the Moulin!

Gros Paul. On tour with the Montreal Council for the Arts and in a few cities in Québec (Laval, Shawinigan, Sherbrooke and Québec). Gros Paul takes its spectators in an exciting and striking tale. The audience is carried away where music and storytelling strongly intertwine, in a captivating universe. – Julie Doneda, Assistant program director, Maison des Arts de Laval.

Our Gros Paul on the rise: Xavier Huard. He will appear on the small screen in two series next season on Radio-Canada. A name to remember!

New update! We are very proud to release our first CD-Book carried out in collaboration with Planète Rebelle! Available here!

Flutterby Butterfly, visual concert for children 8 and over. 27 performances this winter at the Henry-Teuscher auditorium. In collaboration with the Insectarium de Montréal / Espace pour la vie and Une école montréalaise pour tous. Success for this concert inspired by the fabulous metamorphosis of a butterfly’s life.

La Maîtresse rouge, a unique and unifying musical event in Québec. Visiting many elementary schools this year with the support of the program “la Culture à l’école”. A beneficial and collective  human experience… for life! Music instructors, directors, academic advisors: Today is the time to plan this activity for the next school year. New excerpts here.

It’s a rendez-vous in September to find out more about our upcoming season. Until then, have a great summer!

The team of the Moulin à Musique.


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Towards a revival

Posted on March 10th, 2014

The 2013-2014 season of the MOULIN À MUSIQUE is the perfect occasion to share with you a new and improved flavor. Our musical performances always blend with theatre, movement, and visual arts. We want children to enter a world where time is suspended, fleeting, impregnable, magnified, and so important to taste.

Our mission is to encourage, through musical manifestations, the encounter between the young public and music in a spirit of creation, discovery, and exchange. Sixteen creations, along with cultural mediations, hundreds of vibrant broadcasters and 1500 performances later, helped to maintain alive this extraordinary mission.

As soon as an opportunity or an invitation arises it brings us further. We knock at the door and suddenly that door opens. Like the butterfly, our journey is constantly changing and transforms itself; here as a performance that we have concocted as a challenge. In partnership with the Insectarium of Montreal, a visual concert will take place in winter 2014 for children from 8 to 10 years old. Such a metamorphosis!

In this moment of renewal, the MOULIN À MUSIQUE will launch its first compact disk. It will be moreover presented on stage. Gros Paul follows the tale of an insatiable character in this breathtaking and witty piece, played by a team of exceptional artists.

Next, we fly to Asia with Fiddlehead!, a wordless performance, but that expresses everything. New territory, new beginning!

It is the children’s “joie de vivre” and their curiosity that propels the MOULIN À MUSIQUE to lift its sails and set on a new adventure. We strive to share with them this mutation, a delight of the senses and one where everything is possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support,


Marie-Hélène da Silva

Cofounder and artistic director

Winter-spring is in the air at Le Moulin à Musique!

Posted on January 29th, 2014

The season rumbles with activity as Le Moulin à Musique prepares for the beginning of Winter and Spring! Don’t miss out on our shows in the upcoming months:

Gros Paul is on tour with Conseil des arts de Montréal and will be headed to several cities in Quebec, including Shawinigan, Sherbrooke and Quebec City. Xavier Huard, an upcoming actor, takes on the principal role as the narrator. Discover his talents and get to know the sell-out show that has captured many hearts through the monthly articles in the journal La Presse. Also: Watch out for the audio-book launch happening in March 2014 in collaboration with Planète Rebelle!

Attention to presenters! The show Gros Paul (available in French) can benefit from ‘l’aide à l’audace’ set up by the Conseil québécois de la musique. This financial aid allows presenters to receive a 20% help on the fees for shows listed on the platform Please verify your eligibility here. Take this chance to welcome Gros Paul into your next season!

Flutterby, butterfly (Au rythme des papillons) is a visual concert for children aged 8 and up. It will be held in the auditorium Henry-Teuscher from February 22nd to March 8th 2014 in collaboration with the Insectarium de Montréal / Espace pour la vie, home to over 250 000 specimens and known internationally for its expertise and scientific work on insects, and Une école montréalaise pour tous, an organization dedicated to giving access to cultural events to children in schools with unfavourable conditions. Flutterby, butterfly invites its young audience to explore a butterfly’s life through a concert illustrated by scenes inspired by the fabulous butterfly metamorphosis (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly). Highlighted in a fun and creative way, this journey will guide the young listeners towards a new understanding of music! Consult our calendar today!

The Red Teacher (La Maîtresse Rouge), a unique musical event that gathers the audience together in Quebec, continues to charm students in several schools with the support of the Culture à l’école program. And once the music begins, the magic shimmers in the air drawing the entire school and student population into moments of great delight and jubilation! This is an unforgettable experience of collectivity and humanity that soothes the soul and continues to do so… for life!

Thank you for following us in 2014… in person, on our website, on Facebook or on Twitter… Or all of the above!

The team at Le Moulin à Musique.

Looking back on 2008-2009: tours and special projects

Posted on June 10th, 2013

In October 2008, Le Moulin à Musique was invited to perform its latest creation Garde-robe in France at the Francophonies du Limousin festival and the Espace 93 Victor-Hugo space. We are opening doors on the old continent and other invitations might stem from them in the near future!

In January 2009, Un Violon sur l’épaule(Violin on a string) traveled to 8 villages and towns in the Lower North Shore between La Romaine and Blanc-Sablon. The performers were thrilled to carry out this cultural mission in remote communities of Québec.

The Au fil des saisons cultural mediation project gave 200 children in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie boroughs the opportunity to create visual, sound and literary works during a series of workshops with Eugenia Reznik (pictorial creation), Marie-Hélène da Silva (musical creation) and Joël da Silva (literary creation). A fine example of the company’s dedication to educating young audiences through the arts… while having fun!

To top it all, let’s not forget the growing popularity of Madame Violon raconte presented in libraries and day cares, mainly in Montreal but also in several Québec regions.

The Moulin team!

Year 2009-2010: creating and developing

Posted on June 10th, 2013

As the season begins, Le Moulin à Musique is thrilled to welcome you in its brand-new Website.

A new season – the 29th– begins in an exciting way with the arrival of a new head of marketing and communications, Pauline Marchand.

Throughout the year, the artists of Le Moulin à Musique will be going out and meeting children in theatres, schools, libraries and day cares with the same passion and purpose: opening children’s ears and eyes to music.

Highlighting the year is a new production entitled Pierres blanches. Under the direction of Marie-Hélène da Silva, the creative team (director Martine Laliberté, composer Michael Oesterle, choreographer Karina Iraola, set designer Catherine Tousignant and lighting designer Mathieu Ferdais) will be working in residence at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve from January 4 to 10, 2010. The team will continue its residence at the Maison de la culture Rosemont-Petite-Patrie from January 11 to 14 before opening the production at Jean-Eudes hall on January 13 and 14, 2010. In addition, a cultural mediation project supported by the Libres comme l’art program (a CAM and MELS/SEM partnership) will give a group of children from the St-Jean-de-la-Lande school in Montreal the opportunity to be involved in the production’s creative process and be on stage during the performances.

To underline its presence on the Canadian market this fall, Le Moulin à Musique will be included in several showcases, namely Violin on a string in New Brunswick’s Contact East event and La Maîtresse rouge (The Red Teacher) at the FrancoFête en Acadie event. In addition, Madame Violon will be going out to meet Franco-Ontarian audiences, more specifically in the Ottawa area. See our schedule for more details.

Go to the Productions section for the shows, events and workshops we will be offering throughout the year. Teachers looking for special activities might be interested in Le secret de la maîtresse rouge, still available in partnership with the Culture at school program – this initiative helps organizations welcome the event at a fraction of the cost. Do not hesitate to drop us an email in the Contact section. You will be the first to know all about the company’s madcap projects!

See you soon,

The team of Le Moulin à Musique

Garde-robe in Sevran (France), February 5th and 6th 2010

Posted on June 10th, 2013

Garde-robe by Joël da Silva will be presented on February 5th and 6th 2010 at the Festival des rêveurs éveillés in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France).

A play meant for children aged 4 to 8 years old, Garde-robe tells the story of Pauline who, one laundry day in the springtime, captures the wind and hides with it in her wardrobe. Together, they reinvent the four seasons through the clothing and the games they play. In a breeze, the wind breathes life into inanimate objects. A whole world develops, exhilarating and rich in sensations, where words, images, and sounds delicately evoke the season of childhood, with its little fears and great promises.

Creation team :

Script and stage direction : Joël da Silva / Artistic direction : Marie-Hélène da Silva / Musical direction : Francis Colpron / Sets and costumes : Patrick Martel / Lighting : Mathieu Ferdais

Performers :

Francis Colpron as the wind, recorders, flute, glass harmonica, and percussion, and Marie-Hélène da Silva as Pauline and Paulette, violin, voice, ocarina, and sound effects.

A Moulin à Musique and Les Boréades de Montréal (Québec, Canada) coproduction.

Garde-robe, without a doubt the most polished and poetic of Joël da Silva’s works, has been well-received by presenters in Quebec and abroad since its premiere in 2006 ; it has been shown in the Maisons de la culture of Montreal, the Maison Théâtre (presenter of children’s ans youth theatre in Montreal), The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Arrière-Scène theatre in Beloeil (Quebec), as well as going on tour in France in October 2008 (Francophonies en Limousin and Espace 93).

School sessions – Friday February 5th – 9h30 and 14h30

Family session – Saturday February 6th – 15h00

30 years… with the children!

Posted on June 10th, 2013

LE MOULIN À MUSIQUE turns 30 this year… still in pursuit of the same goal: awakening the musical curiosity of children 3 to 12 years old!

Starting mid-september, Garde-robe will be presented at the Baie-Comeau Arts Centre, with several performances for schools and families on the 15th and 16th, in a highly-awaited return to Baie-Comeau after L’Aube (Dawn) in 2006. Garde-robe continues to appeal to the Québécois family public, and will be at the Henri-Lemieux Cultural Centre in Ville Lasalle on October 3rd, then at the Joliette Cultural Centre on October 10th.


Violin on a String, the English version of the Moulin à Musique classic Un Violon sur l’épaule, will tour the Maritimes and will be presented in theatres across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island from November 10th through November 18th. Long live our most beloved production!

After successful first performances last January at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, and a fruitful collaboration with Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande School in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie neighbourhood, Pierres blanches continues to bring children on stage to explore its musical world. The next steps in this collective experiment, unprecedented in Quebec, will follow in 2011. This project is made possible with the support of the City of Montreal’s Action culturelle program and the Foundation of Greater Montreal.


Madame Violon raconte will continue to share her passion for her favourite instrument with younger children, in libraries, daycares, and elementary schools of the greater Montreal area.

Schools will have the opportunity to host Le Secret de la Maîtresse rouge, for a very reasonable price. The performance includes a cultural mediation session, supported by the Culture à l’école program. Check with your school board for the next registration deadlines!

Two new productions are in the works this fall:

Histoires de violon (working title), a coproduction with the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, reunites Joël and Marie-Hélène da Silva as director and performer, respectively. This musical creation will seek to bring children from 3 to 8 years old on a sensitive journey around the violin. The first performances are planned for June 2011, with a performance series to follow in October 2011.

Conte du Québec (working title), a creative project inspired by traditional Quebec folktales and set to music by Michel Gonneville, will appear in festivals next summer… for great family fun!

See you this winter for more exciting news from the Moulin.

Happy cultural season to one and all!

The Moulin Team

Violin on a String on Tour in the Maritimes

Posted on June 10th, 2013

The Moulin à Musique’s delightful classic production Violin on a String will be on tour in the Maritimes from November 10th through the 18th. A must-see with family or with your school!

Violin on a String (in English)

November, 10 – 7 pm – Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (106, Gerrish Street, Windsor, NS)

November, 13 – 2 pm – Riverview Arts Centre (400, Whitepine Road, Riverview, NB)

November, 15 and 16 – 10 am – Imperial Theatre (24, King Square, Saint-John, NB)

November, 18 – 11 am – Harbourfront Theatre (124, Harbour Drive, Summerside, IPE)

Un Violon sur l’épaule (in French)

November, 12 – 12.45 pm – École Beaubassin (54, Larry Uteck boul., Halifax, NS)

November 14 – 1 am – Centre des arts et de la culture (333, Acadie avenue, Dieppe, NB)


Violin on a String introduces audiences to the lively and bubbly Madame Violon, who is head over heels for one particular four-stringed instrument. Using a slide projector, she shares her extensive knowledge in a humorous and whimsical way. The entire production unfolds under the friendly eye of her trusty piano accompanist, Herr Allan von Sutton, as they play their favourite works of music.

Where do violins come from? Who makes them? Who repairs them? What is their history? Madame Violon also uncovers the sounds of violins from around the world: erhu (Chinese), soukou (African), and sarangi (Indian). She also takes great pleasure in answering questions from young audiences.

From 7 to 12 years old

Running Time: 55 minutes

Original idea: Marie-Hélène da Silva

Playright and director: Joël da Silva

Performers: Marie-Soleil Bélanger and Allan Sutton


“Madame Violin is really energetic, and knows how to take charge of a lecture! Whether she is carried away by her own flights of lyricism, joking with her pianist (…) or asking for the audience’s involvement, she never loses her composure and always falls back on her feet.” — Sonia Sarfati, La Presse

Pierres blanches, the Moulin à Musique’s latest exploded creation – Opening performances on January 13 and 14, 2010

Posted on June 6th, 2010

The latest Moulin à musique’s creation, Pierres blanches, will premiere on January 13 and 14 at Jean-Eudes hall in the Maison de la culture Rosemont-La Petite Patrie. By delving into themes such as loss, it tells the story through music, theatre and dance and highlights the power of resilience in each human being.

Pierres blanches: a musical, theatre and dance whirlwind – for children 9 years and up

This is a red-letter day: nature flies into a rage on that afternoon. A wild raging tornado decimates little Katrina’s family. The young girl finds refuge with her grandmother Anna who survived the disaster. Katrina goes through feelings of sadness, loneliness, insanity and ecstasy with strength at times and with fragility at other times. All these feelings help her grieve under the watchful eye of her grandmother. Constantly knitting, the courageous and resilient Anna sticks with her little girl. They roll themselves up together and weave a new life for each other. A beautiful example of humanity and trust in life!

A creative laboratory with the children

Under the artistic direction of Marie-Hélène da Silva, the creative team (director Martine Laliberté, composer Michael Oesterle, choreographer Karina Iraola, set designer Catherine Tousignant and lighting designer Mathieu Ferdais) will be in residency at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve from January 4 to 8, 2010. The residency will continue from January 11 to 14 at the Maison de la culture Rosemont-La Petite Patrie and the first performances will take place at Jean-Eudes hall on January 13 at 10:00 a.m. and January 14 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

What is more, through a cultural mediation carried out as part of the Libres comme l’art program and offered to two classes in the Saint-Jean-de-la-Lande school, a children’s choir will have the opportunity of getting involved in the creative process and of taking the stage during the performances. In addition, children from the second and third cycle in the primary levels of the Rosemont neighbourhood will be invited to attend the performances. This new challenge is the result of an extended thought process, and creative workshops with these marvellous motivators.

Please bear in mind that a three-performer version (Karina Iraola, Marie-Hélène da Silva and Jonathan Barriault (musician) is in development. As a result, the show keeps maturing without the presence of children on stage.

Pierres blanches at Jean-Eudes hall

Maison de la culture Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (3535, blvd. Rosemont)

January 13 at 10:00 a.m. and January 14 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Information: 514-527-7726

The Pierres blanches cultural mediation project is supported by the Inter-arts program of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Libres comme l’art project (a partnership between the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conférence régionale des élus and the Supporting Montréal School Program of the ministère de l’Éduction, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec).