Acadian-Cajun Zydeco Party featuring Live Music by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers w/Les Fireflies
An evening of dancing and partying! This major musical event on the Audi Halifax Stage at Devour! Studios will feature Acadian musicians and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers from Lafayette, Louisiana, outstanding Acadian Foods (a giant Acadian flag made of seafood prepared by Acadian Chefs from NS, NB and PEI), and unparalleled hospitality. Our event partner, Congrès mondial acadien, will make the announcement of Le Grand Evenement talent for their CMA 2024 headline event. Get dressed for Mardi Gras!
Ticket Price: $25.00, live music and cash bar
Sponsored by Audi Halifax, Lafayette Travel, Congrès Mondial Acadien, Devour! Seafood Partnership- Victoria Co-operative Fisheries, Afishionado and Comeau Seafoods, IPC Securities
Must be 19+ to attend in-person
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, Dwayne has developed his own high-energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.
With multiple awards and Grammy nominations to their name, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers have been featured in the media numerous times including Rolling Stone, Good Morning America, The Travel Channel, OffBeat Magazine, and The Food Network. With over 100 years of combined experience playing Zydeco music, the talent, energy, and exuberance that Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers emit from the stage makes them a must-see! @dwaynedopsie
Les Fireflies are three very talented award-winning fiddlers, multi-instrumentalists, and singer-songwriters. Samantha Robichaud, Louise Vautour, and Christine Melanson have performed all over the world in their solo careers, and have now come together to give you a true authentic kitchen party, filled with Scottish, Irish, and Acadian music!
“Les Fireflies”, c’est un groupe de trois violoneuses, multi-instrumentistes et auteures-compositrices-interprètes primées. Samantha Robichaud, Louise Vautour et Christine Melanson se sont produites autour du monde à travers leurs carrières solo, et ont décidé de collaborer pour créer un groupe électrifiant! Elles jouent de la musique Old Time, acadienne et celtique.
Maxime Daigle, a 23rd-generation Acadian from the Atlantic provinces, whose passion for oyster farming runs deep. As an industry leader, Maxime’s journey has been marked by a remarkable transformation of aquaculture. He has nurtured and cultivated four different species of oysters, leaving his mark across North America, Europe, and Australia. His oyster expertise extends beyond the farm; he has shucked oysters in some of Canada’s most prestigious restaurants and brings a rich blend of tradition, innovation, and conservation to the table, showcasing not only his culinary artistry but also his profound commitment to preserving the oyster industry for generations to come.@betweentwoshells
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Joe Martin is an Acadian chef with a passion for everything related to beer. His culinary journey has taken him to the kitchens of Montreal, New York, and Lima, where he gained invaluable experience and honed his skills. He currently serves as the head chef at Bar Stillwell and is also the chef and owner of Loner Pasta Co, specializing in small-batch pasta production, as well as Lola’s Hoagies & Handhelds, a pop-up venture known for its inventive sandwiches.
Martin is also a co-founder of CAHOOTS!, a cooks’ collective dedicated to fostering a sense of community among kitchen enthusiasts in the Maritimes. This collective provides aspiring young chefs and cooks with a platform to showcase their creativity through pop-up events. @notroutaboutit_
Robert Pendergast was born into a family filled with storytelling, music, and with a healthy love of food. He grew up in Saint Louis, in Prince County, and is deeply rooted in the cultural and musical traditions of Prince Edward Island. One of six children, he learned early on the charms of the kitchen and the importance of breaking bread with others. His mixed Irish and Acadian heritage also meant he was exposed to a variety of cooking styles from an early age. Robert spent several years studying cooking and working in kitchens in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, as well as in Poland, France, and The Netherlands. Since his return to PEI, he continues to serve unique dining experiences. Oysters from PEI have travelled with Robert throughout Canada, United States, and Europe. @chefpendergast