While St-Jean Baptiste Day, which falls on June 24, is ostensibly a religious observation, in Canada, the day has become a celebration of French-Canadian culture as well.
And that celebration is exactly what took place on June 1 when 1,200 Grade 4 to 8 Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon and Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord students converged on the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park for a St-Jean event.
Opening the show, however, were student performers Rodney Miller from Nouvelon and Véronique Champoux from Grand Nord, accompanied by DJ Alex Reed, a graduate of Collège Notre-Dame in Sudbury.
The concert was presented jointly by the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon and Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord as part of the 25th anniversary of St-Jean Sudbury.
The concert marked the start of several St-Jean Baptiste events that will be held over the month of June.