A legendary figure in Gaspesian folk art, Léonard Lapierre – Léo to his friends, was born in Gaspé. Inspired by his immediate environment, he carved his first wooden object at the age of 16. This was followed by hundreds of creations. Exploring various mediums, his creations include musical instruments that he used to play a traditional repertoire in his own, unique way.
The Gaspé Peninsula is often referred to as “the end of the land”. Or, according to the Mi'gmaq term Gespeg, “land's end”. But the Gaspé Peninsula has long been connected to the outside world. The Gaspé Peninsula witnessed the beginnings of life on land, the great discoveries, and the colonial wars between the French and the British. And what if the Gaspé Peninsula was not the end of the land? The sea is what links all these separate parts, all these small and large “land’s ends”. Where Worlds Meet, let the Gaspesie carry you away.
Visit an exhibition of 39 photographs never before shown in Canada. Seen through the eye of seminal New York photographer Raymond Jacobs, these landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life take us to the heart of the Gaspésie in the mid-1950s and possess both significant historical value and an unparalleled photographic aesthetic.
No, you’re not dreaming. The person inside the picture frame is actually moving… and talking to you… and even shifting from one picture frame to the next. It’s just like in Harry Potter! Jacques Cartier, Charles Robin, John Le Boutillier, Marguerite Bujold and Pierre Nadon: they’ve all gotten together to tell you their stories, with a touch of humour, as part of a unique, astonishing and enriching visit.