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Dieppe native Caroline Savoie moves past first round on France’s version of The Voice

Caroline Savoie
Caroline Savoie

Dieppe singer Caroline Savoie wowed the judges on France’s version of The Voice in an episode aired January 18, 2014. In fact, all four judges wanted to have her on their team in the hopes of her being the eventual winner. Despite being woefully uninformed about Acadie, the judges all desperately wanted to work with her. Eventually, European pop star Mika was chosen by Caroline as her mentor. (For some reason, he also spoke to her in English instead of French.)

Here’s Caroline’s successful audition:


And if you didn’t know who Mika was before watching the above clip, here’s a video of his song Grace Kelly which topped the UK singles chart for five weeks in 2007. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for best dance recording for Love Today.

CBC Maritimes seeking nominations for Maritimes Cultureville 2013

CBC Maritimes Cultureville 2013CBC Maritimes is looking for the most culturally vibrant community in the Maritimes to celebrate culture in Canada. It’s an opportunity for Maritimers to express their cultural passion for their city, town, village, or community. If you have a favourite place that has great music, cultural events, unique heritage or great artists and theatre, CBC wants to hear from you!

From September 3-10 Maritimers can visit or call toll-free 1-855-420-4115 to nominate their community. CBC’s Colleen Jones will visit the top 10 places and discover which one will be named Maritimes Cultureville 2013.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Maritimers to show pride in the cultural fabric of their communities. We were thrilled last year when over 70 places were nominated to be Maritimes Cultureville. We’re looking forward to see who will be on the map this year and to discover all the cultural activities across the Maritimes,” says Peter Hall, Senior Regional Manager for Arts, Performance, and Documentary Programming.

Listen to Information Morning and Shift on CBC Radio One in New Brunswick to find out some of the towns or cities nominated throughout the province.

On Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m., join Colleen Jones when CBC Television in the Maritimes airs Maritimes Cultureville 2013. The 30-minute show will reveal the top 10 nominees and the countdown to the 2013 winning community.

Poutine râpée in the Greater Moncton area and in social media

My paternal grandmother Léonie Cormier making poutines râpées in the 1950s at her home on Wesley Street in Moncton.

Are you looking for poutine râpée in Greater Moncton? Look no further! Here are a few places you may want to check out:

  • Sobeys stores in Greater Moncton sell poutines from Caissie Poutine Râpée on the weekends. They’re available in the deli section.
  • If you’re in the Cocagne area, you can also buy directly from Caissie Poutine Râpée.
  • The Dieppe Co-Op sells poutines from Poutines à Léa on the weekends. Go early! They often run out.
  • Poutines from Caissie’s are available at the Mets Acadiens kiosk at the Dieppe Market every Saturday.
  • From time to time, poutines are also available from vendors at the Moncton Market.
  • Restaurant L’Idylle in Dieppe sells a gourmet poutine that’s inspired by our Acadian poutine — it’s crunchy and filled with lamb confit instead gooey and filled with salt pork! Click here to read more.
  • La Poutine à Maman in DIeppe sells poutine râpée and râpée. It’s located at 504 Champlain Street.
  • Chez Mémére is located at 241 Lewisville Road in Moncton and is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tel. 384-4343 The restaurant sells poutine râpée, râpée and fricot.
  • La Poutine à Léa is a popular restaurant (that also supplies the Dieppe Co-Op – see above) located in Bouctouche at 88 Irving Blvd.
  • There’s also Saint-Antoine Poutine Râpée located at 4584 Principale Street in Saint-Antoine. (Click here for their Facebook group.)
  • Pizza Shack et La Poutine du Village at 10535 Principale Street in Saint-Louis-de-Kent has poutine râpée and râpée on the weekends and sometimes during the week. Call 876-2424 to confirm availability.

Most poutine-specific restaurants seem to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so it’s best to call first. Also, many sell fricot, meat pies and Acadian desserts.

And finally… did you know there’s an Official Acadian Poutine Râpée Facebook Group with more than 3,100 members? Yup! There is! I founded the group a few years ago and there’s always lots of discussion going on with local Acadians and our cousins from New England and elsewhere in Canada and the U.S.

Did I miss any? Let me know! And… which one is your favourite? Do any of the store-made or restaurant-made poutines hold a candle to your own? Click on the “comments” link above.

(This post was updated on Dec. 12, 2015)