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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

The 1891 Casavant Frères organ, Opus 26 & 1034
in the Notre-Dame Basilica, Montréal

 Detail of the right tower and statue of the 1915; 1996 Casavant Frères organ, Opus 615, at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montreal
Detail of the right tower and statue of the
1915; 1996 Casavant Frères organ, Opus 615,
at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal

Pipedreams Tour 2008

Historic Organs of Québec May 17 – 30

A Canadian Caper? Why not, since the elements for which previous Pipedreams tours were notable were also found just north of the border:

  1. A foreign country, with the exoticism of a different language, customs and cuisine.
  2. A sense of antiquity, since the earliest Canadian pioneer settlements and religious foundations date back to the mid 1600s.
  3. A variety of exceptional pipe organs in architecturally and geographically interesting settings. Plus no trans-oceanic jet lag!

The oldest surviving Canadian organ dates from 1854, and the most recent one were under construction when we visited the world-famous Canadian organ shops in St. Hyacinthe and though the newer Canadian organs are very up-to-date, we heard several recent projects that replicate the esthetics of the 1700s.

Casavant Frères, Ltd., Canada’s largest and longest-lived organ builder, evolved from the early efforts of Joseph Casavant (1807-1874) and is directly descended from the company established in 1879 by his sons Samuel (1850-1929) and Claver (1855-1933). The Casavants were not the first in this business, as the historic work of Samuel Warren, Eusebe Brodeur, Louis Mitchell, and Napoléon Déry reminds, nor are they alone today, as recent work by Karl Wilhelm, Hellmuth Wolff, Guilbault- Thérien, Juget-Sinclair and others proves.

Québec Province blends French and English cultures, and though our tour was organ-centric, we created a rewarding music-rich itinerary in our full schedule, visiting our share of generic historic sites. Our memory-bank was far richer afterwards....and you can share in the experience by viewing our photo-gallery from the 2008 PIPEDREAMS Tour of Historic Organs of Quebec. Enjoy!



Picture Galleries:

Day 1 - Saturday, May 17

    Montréal - Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - Sunday, May 18

    Westmount — Montréal

Day 3 - Monday, May 19


Day 4 - Tuesday, May 20

    Saint-Hyacinthe — Saint-Liboire — Sainte-Cécile-De-Milton — Chambly

Day 5 - Wednesday, May 21

    Boucherville — Saint-Roch-De-Richelieu — Saint-François-du-Lac — Drummondville

Day 6 - Thursday, May 22

    Trois-Rivières — Cap-De-La-Madeleine

Day 7 - Friday, May 23

    Trois-Rivières — Sainte-Monique — Bécancour — Sainte-Sophie-De-Lévrard

Day 8 - Saturday, May 24

    Québec City

Day 9 - Sunday, May 25

    Saint-Michel-De-Bellechasse — Saint-Jean-Chrysostome — Saint-Romuald

Day 10 - Monday, May 26

    Saint-Isidore — Plessisville — Victoriaville

Day 11 - Tuesday, May 27

    Montréal — Westmount

Day 12 - Wednesday, May 28


Day 13 - Thursday, May 29

    Montréal — Oka — Vaudreuil-Dorion — Les Cedres — Lachine



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