Camp musical Père Lindsay

Photo: Camp musical Père Lindsay, 2018

Camp musical Père Lindsay

New Nid d’aigle: Robert Lavoie, Mainstudio, 2020

Nid d’Aigle: The Reconstruction of a mythical chalet

The Fundraising Campaign was launched in the spring of 2019, with a goal of $200,000. The young campers of the 53rd season of summer camps were able to bid farewell to the mythical Nid d’aigle, a much-beloved chalet despite its great age and its few wrinkles…

Already at the end of the summer, we announced that we had received nearly $150,000 from the sixty or so donors who attended the fundraising cocktail. A few days later, demolition began thanks to the expertise of Terrassements Multi-Paysages inc. followed by the foundation work with contractor GMI Construction.

After the winter break, work resumed in early March 2020…then it was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic for two months. This delay impacted the delivery date of the new building. Against all odds, it was not campers but rather tenants of the Auberge du lac Priscault who were the first to benefit from the new space, at the end of July. Since then, the chalet has been a source of enjoyment for the Auberge’s clients, while waiting to welcome the young musicians.

The fundraising campaign ended in December 2020 after having raised $258,300 in cash donations, in addition to $80,800 in goods and services, far exceeding the initial objective. We extend our warmest thanks to the many donors who contributed. We look forward to welcoming you to the Nid d’aigle 2.0.

Recognition table

Claude Rivest and Georgette Robillard

Famille Brasseur-Cloutier
Fondation Harnois-Richelieu
Fondation Servicas

Angèle St-Pierre
BP Canada
Claire Gauthier
Bourassa-Toutant Family
Germain and Vincent Poirier
Groupe GMI Construction
Jean-Marc Lindsay
Marie-Christine Coulombe
Marie-Noël Laporte and Nive Morin
 Pierre Dufresne
Samuel Thibodeau
Sonia Gratton and Mathieu Harel
And an anonymous donation

Carole Sirois; Catherine Soum; CRGH Arpenteurs-géomètres; Daniel Constantineau; Élise Gravel; Julie Cheatley and David Hajesz; Myriam Pelletier; Nayef El-Tabbah; Pascal Paradis- Théberge; Suzanne Piuze; and an anonymous donation

André Papillon; Anne-Marie Panneton; Benoit Papillon; Céline Lafontaine; Daniel Guérard; Élise Martel; Fadi Hobeila; Frizon-Peresa Family; Langelier-Pascal Family; Lanoue-Dostie Family; Francine Guérard; Guy Boulard; Isabelle Houle; Janick Simard; Julie Martineau; Karine- Emmanuelle Boisvert; The sisters MA; Lise Coulombe; Luc Chaput; Luc Sévigny; Marie-Hélène Dionne; Mario Martineau; Mylène Fugère; Normand Desaulniers; Paul Surdulescu; Pierre Pelletier; Rodrigue Baugé; Romy Chamberland; Valérie Descheneaux; Qin X; and an anonymous donation
As well as 62 donors of less than $200.

We would like to thank the Ministry of Tourism, through Kéroul, manager of the program, for providing a grant of $31,795 from the Programme d’accessibilité des établissements touristiques. This grant will allow us to improve accessibility in certain key buildings, including the Nid d’aigle chalet.

50th season review

Fifty years ago, Father Fernand Lindsay gathered young musicians in Saint-Côme at first, then at the Lac Priscault two years later, for their first experience at the Camp Musical. His vision was clear: he wanted to allow young people to work on their instruments with great teachers and pedagogues and to live an enriching and varied summer experience. With Father Lindsay, the young people also discovered the joy of choral singing, the beauty of opera, the unique experience of chamber music and the joy of being with a “family” of musicians surrounded by an extraordinary natural environment.

The site has changed a lot since 1967! Many renovations and improvements have been made over the years to make the camp a safer and more comfortable environment. But the mission has remained the same: the Camp Musical faithfully continues the work of Father Lindsay.

On the occasion of the 50th season of activities in 2016, special activities were organized to mark the anniversary and a fundraising campaign was launched to ensure the continuation of Father Lindsay’s cherished mission of youth music education. The turnout was exceptional and is a testament to the dedication of staff, faculty, current and former campers, patrons, and musicians to Camp Musical Père Lindsay. A sincere thank you to all!

Here is the report of this season full of enchantment…

Fundraising campaign

This year, the Camp held its first ever fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $200,000. As a charitable organization, the Camp Musical is facing increasing challenges and needs a stable source of revenue to maintain its activities:

  1. Affordable pricing for the middle class family;
  2. Infrastructures and site in accordance with the standards in use today;
  3. The scholarship and financial aid program for campers.

Board members and staff worked hard to achieve this goal. The response was exceptional, as evidenced by the $252,000 raised. These donations made it possible to apply for a contribution of $250,000 to the Mécénat Placements Culture programme of the Ministère de la culture et des communications du Québec.

On behalf of the campers of these 50 years of enchantment, the artists and the many volunteers who have worked there, we thank all the donors for their generosity which will contribute to ensure the continuity of the Camp Musical Père Lindsay.

Caisse Desjardins de Joliette; Claire Gauthier and Pierre Dufresne; Lesage Family; José Dufresne.

Fondation Père Lindsay; Jacqueline Desroches; Maurice and Claude Beauséjour.

Jean-Guy Grenier’s Family; Québécor Inc.

Daniel Guérard; Fondation RBC; Fondation Sybilla Hesse; Glen Schlyter; Louis-Charles Ratelle; Louise Chamberland and Mario Delisle; Marie Desroches.

Ambulances Saint-Gabriel; Concert bénéfice – Alexandre Sheasby ;Anonymous donor; La Capitale Assurances générales; Michel Dionne; Yamaha Canada Musique; Yves Leduc.

Amélie Dupont; Carole Sirois; Caroline Quach; Denis Legault; Édith Lépine; Eddy Dupuis; Gennard Delisle; Germain Poirier; Hélène V. Gagnon; Isabelle Houle; Jacques Raymond; Karine Emmanuelle Boisvert; Luc Sévigny; Madeleine Brien; Marie-Hélène Dionne; Martin Thibodeau; Michèle Deschamps; Nicole Brodeur; Pascal Forget; Paul Surdulescu; Quynh Nguyen; Suzanne Bellemare; Vincent Poirier; Yolande Gaudreau.

And over 250 other donors.

Special Events

Fundraiser: Bain-de-l’ours-o-thon


About twenty former campers, staff members, friends and teachers of the Camp Musical Père Lindsay became the first ever “Ambassad-ours” by collectively collecting $20,000 in donations. Then, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the sound of the chapel bell, they bravely jumped into the cold water of Lac Priscault! Food, music and singing were also part of this sunny and frankly magical day.

Click on this link for the fundraising report, including photos and videos.

Commemorative concert

Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Festival de Lanaudière
Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, Joliette

Orchestre des anciens du Camp musical Père Lindsay
Chœur des campeurs du Camp musical Père Lindsay
Chœur Fernand-Lindsay
Gaspard Tanguay-Labrosse, piano (former campeur)
Simon Fournier, baryton (teacher)


Don Giovanni, ouverture (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Harmonia Mundi (Anonymous)
Cantata BWV 147, choral Joy of Man’s Desiring (Jean-Sébastien Bach)
Don Giovanni, The Commandatore Scene (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Choral Fantasy (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Die Zauberflöte, prelude to Act 2 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Ave Verum (Camille Saint-Saëns)
Cantique de Jean Racine (Gabriel Fauré)
Faust, Ainsi que la brise légère (Charles Gounod)
Nabucco, Va Pensiero (Giuseppe Verdi)
L’Arlésienne, farandole de la suite no 2 (Georges Bizet)
Carmina Burana, O Fortuna (Carl Orff)

Coordinator: Luc Chaput.
Production : Festival de Lanaudière.
Conductors : Daniel Constantineau, Georges-Étienne D’Entremont, Julien Proulx, Jean-Marc Pilon, Luc Chaput.
First violins : Marie-Noël Laporte, Dominique Dhaïti, Audrey Miron, Marie-Odile Duchesneau, Lise-Marie Riberdy, Alexandre Sheasby, Juliette Durand, Annie Parent, Julie Rivest, Hélène Héneault.
Second violins: Line Deneault, Signy Glendinning, Annie Desrosiers, Édith Lépine, Magali Parent, Gabrielle Beaulieu-Brossard, Monique Poitras, Sylvie Harvey, Geneviève Beaudry.
Altos : Frédéric Lambert, Daniel Guérard, Bernard Ducharme, Geneviève Brault, Joëlle Pineau.
Cello : Christine Harvey, Janick Simard, Janie Massicotte, Julie Martineau, Sylvain Murray, Anik Hébert.
Double Bass : Antonin Lapointe, Philippe Chaput, Karine-Emmanuelle Boisvert, Loup-Daphné Beausoleil-Chaput.
Flutes : Hugo Périna, Sophie Gaudreau-Pinsonneault, Simon Mercier.
Oboe : Sonia Gratton.
Clarinets : Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse, Marie-Pierre Sirois.
Bassoons : Mathieu Harel, Marie-Renée Sheridan.
French Horns : Louis-Philippe Marsolais, Jean-Jules Poirier, Félix Foster, Marie-Hélène Forest.
Trumpets : Frédéric Bourgeault, Jean-Philippe Khazoom, Étienne Asselin.
Percussions : Julien Bélanger, Charles-Étienne Ménard.

To everyone, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous participation in this fabulous day!

Speech by Mr. Pierre Dufresne, president of the Camp musical Père Lindsay
Video link to the Dress rehearsal

Video link to the the campers’ choir, as a prelude to the concert
(Video Credits: Festival de Lanaudière).

Great Intergenerational Civilization Game

It was an exceptional summer day when the Intergenerational Civilization game opened on Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Around 125 people took part in the mythical game that has been animating and igniting the spirits of participating campers for over a decade. On the occasion of the 50th season of the Camp Musical Père Lindsay, an enriched version was created and adapted to all ages, to the delight of the young and old warriors present near the Lac Priscault.

After the 8:30 morning swim (bain de l’ours) and the traditional choir singing, participants were introduced to the rules of the game and to the different “weapons” available to them. Then the game started where three societies were fighting each other: the Whites, the Reds and the Blacks. Arrows were thrown, spears and flails were used, fences were built, prophecies were announced, and miraculous potions were concocted. All day long, combat, tactics, espionage attempts, and other strategies were deployed. Some truces allowed the teams to feed and bathe, though without lowering their guard… Until the final battle at dusk that consecrated the winners… Then fireworks and songs around a campfire closed with emotion, around 9pm, a day rich in action and reunion.

Thank you to the many volunteers who made this day a success in every way: Alexis, Arthur, Céleste, Charles, Charlie, Gabrielle, Hubert (organisateur), Justine, Laurie, Léa, Mariane, Marie, Maxime, Momo, Sarah-Anne, Victor et Vincent.

Click on this link to view pictures of this event, photo credit: Charlie Poirier-Bouthillette.


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Joliette (Québec) J6E 3Z3

Phone : (450) 755-2496
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Lac Priscault

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Saint-Côme (Québec)
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Phone : (450) 883-6024

Photos credits : Geneviève Bigonnesse, Yanick Déry, Simon Ménard, Pierre-Étienne Bergeron & Charlie Poirier-Bouthillette.

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