A shanty (also spelled “chantey,” “chanty”) is a type of work song that was once commonly sung to accompany labor on board large merchant sailing vessels. The term shanty most accurately refers to a specific style of work song belonging to this historical repertoire; however, in recent, popular usage, the scope of its definition is sometimes expanded to admit a wider range of repertoire and characteristics, or to refer to a “maritime work song” in general.
La Fête des chants de marins came to be in an area well-known for producing long distance sailors of coastal navigation. The festival takes place on the shores where schooners were built, fishing was a profession and the river was the only acces to the rest of the continent.
A group of people, sensitive to the importance of the heritage and culture of our region , had the idea of organizing an annual sea shanty festival resembling those we find in Europe especially in Brittany. In no time the local and regional community enthusiastically supported the idea.
The festival’s mission ; the recognition and promotion of all facets of maritime culture , the promotion of popular arts and culture inspired by the Saint-Lawrence River, contributing to educating the public on all that is maritime while recognizing the historic reality of maritime life on our shores and in our area. The festival is a cultural event where people get together in solidarity and fraternity, the very values evoked by sea shanties
The festival offers to an ever increasing number of visitors a variety of activities organized around a maritime theme: shows, conferences, workshops, regatta, literary activities and more.