Cover Photo taken by Anne Audet (at Rockingham Church)

Welcome to Marc Audet Music

Thanks for visiting my web page, and Welcome! Be sure to check out songs from my album, The River, on the Music page (/music). In there also are recordings and videos of newer songs of mine and a few favorite cover songs. Please add my music to your playlists, if you subscribe to services like Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music. Just search for Marc Audet to find my album, The River.

Keep visiting this website because I have lots of music from this past summer to upload over the winter. One of those uploads will be a studio recording/video of my Ottawa Valley folk music show ... read about it below. Check out my bio as well. TUNE INTO MY FACEBOOK MUSICIAN PAGE FOR WEEKLY LIVESTREAM SHOWS - THURSDAYS AT 8 PM Eastern Time.

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2021 April

Spring is here, as are covid vaccines, which brings me hope for being able to return to playing before live audiences this summer. Until then, my weekly Thursday evening Facebook livestream folk shows wil continue, which keeps me active. These internet shows have been beneficial for experimenting with different setups and for releasing and tweaking new songs, the latest of which is The Ballad of Rose McKenna.  Join me and a growing group of folk music enthusiasts  every Thursday evening at 8 pm eastern time on my .Facebook Musician website/page (www.facebook.com/marc.audet.singersongwriter).  Bring some cyber friends!!.

Songwriting is also in the plan for April. I have several new songs being developed, and what seems to be happenning more and more frequently is people suggesting new song topics, especially from stories of the history and heritage of the Ottawa Valley.  These new historical songs will add to my Ottawa Valley folklore show, Forgotten Memories of the Ottawa Valley. I look forward to rputting on this unique show in the summer, but until then the first set of the show continues to be available in video and audio formats on this website (in /videos and in /music).  You'll need an hour to take in the full show and if you make the time, you'll be sure to learn about the history and heritage of the Ottawa Valley.

Thanks for spending time on my website, stay healthy and be nice to each other. 

Holden Pond (Forgotten Memories of the Ottawa Valley)

Marc Audet Singer/Songwriter

Holden Pond is the 4th song of my folk show Forgotten Memories of the Ottawa Valley. The song starts with a narrative introducing the song, and telling the story of the meaning of the song, which is the story of villages and settlements along the Ottawa River having to be moved (resettlement) to make room for a large hydroelectric reservoir lake, Holden Lake.

Holden Pond tells the story of hydroelectric development of the Ottawa River in the 1950s, and how that affected the early settlers that cleared lands and made a life along the shores of the river (the Taits, Charboneaus, Heaneys, Jennings, and many other families). The story starts in 1929 when Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario conducted land surveys along the shores of the Ottawa River to map out the elevation of the reservoir (Holden Lake). Several small villages were flooded, along with farms, trout lakes, churches, cemeteries and everything else that had been carved from the Canadian wilderness. The song was inspired from sitting on the concrete steps of the church at Stonecliff under 20' of water in the dim light, thinking about the decades that early people walked on these very steps before the river was dammed. The people that were affected were not happy with being uprooted. This is not a protest song; it just tells the story of how people felt as they watched the water inch upward day by way when the reservoir was filled

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NOT FORGOTTEN ... development of the Ottawa Valley in the early to mid-1900s involved large blocks of land being expropriated to make room for industrial development (hydroelectric) and for government institutions such as Garrison Petawawa and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Historical records show the old settlement roads and the locations of homesteads, stopping places and early farms. Some of the names of the old farms and stopping places have been adopted in our modern world, but otherwise all that remains are the traces of old homesteads; house foundations, steamboat wharfs, stage coach trails. These lands have also become wildlife refuges with access controls allowing the wild lands their privacy.  This song pays tribute to the sadness that affected folks felt when they were told to move. These folks include the Richards, Forans, McQuestions, Shields, Nadeaus and many more. Like with the song Holden Pond, this is not a protest song; it simply tells the story of a time and place in the Upper Ottawa Valley.

Upcoming Live Shows

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Previous events

Date Event Location
Forgotten Memories for Pembroke Kiwanis Club Pembroke Legion, Pembroke Pembroke Legion, Pembroke
Marc Audet at Sands on Golden Lake Sands on Golden Lake, Deacon, ON Sands on Golden Lake, Deacon, ON
Marc Audet Singer/Songwriter Deep River Deep River
Marc Audet at Arts and Crafts in the Valley Seeds of Creation, Eganville, ON Seeds of Creation, Eganville, ON
Marc Audet Live at Centennial Terrace Centennial Terrace (Deep River waterfront, off Brockhouse Way), Deep River Centennial Terrace (Deep River waterfront, off Brockhouse Way), Deep River
Lake Clear Boat Concert Feather Island, Lake Clear, Bonnechere Valley Feather Island, Lake Clear, Bonnechere Valley
Marc Audet Live at Maplehaus Campfire Maplehaus Banquet Hall, Hardwood Lake, ON Maplehaus Banquet Hall, Hardwood Lake, ON
Marc Audet Live at Cobden Music in the Park Cobden Municipal Park/Veterans Memorial Park, Cobden, Ontario Cobden Municipal Park/Veterans Memorial Park, Cobden, Ontario
Marc Audet Performs for UOV Seniors Friendship Club Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club , Deep River Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club , Deep River
Hartstock 2020 Donegal Road, Bonnechere Valley Donegal Road, Bonnechere Valley
Feather Island Boat Concert  
Covid Livestream #24 Haleys Bay Music Hall, Bonnechere Valley Haleys Bay Music Hall, Bonnechere Valley
Renfrew County Relief and Recovery Benefit Concert, with Marc Audet Westmeath & District Recreation Association, Westmeath, ON Westmeath & District Recreation Association, Westmeath, ON
Mother's Day at the Sands with Marc Audet Singer/Songwriter Sands on Golden Lake, Golden Lake Sands on Golden Lake, Golden Lake
 —  — Marc Audet's Winter Folk Show Comes to Shawville (Little Red Wagon Winery) Little Red Wagon Winery, Shawville, PQ Little Red Wagon Winery, Shawville, PQ
 —  — Marc Audet Folk Show comes to Killaloe Garth's Kitchen, Killaloe Garth's Kitchen, Killaloe
 —  — Sunday Folk Show at the Wild Oat Bakery & Cafe Wild Oat Bakery, Cafe and Farm, Ottawa Wild Oat Bakery, Cafe and Farm, Ottawa
 —  — Marc Audet's Winter Folk Show comes to Pembroke at the back room of Anthony's Italian Grill. Anthony's Italian Grill, Pembroke. ON Anthony's Italian Grill, Pembroke. ON
Reflections on Ice Skating Show with Marc Audet Deep River Arena, VIP Lounge, Deep River Deep River Arena, VIP Lounge, Deep River
Sunday Folk Show at the Heartwood Restaurant with Marc Audet Heartwood Restaurant, Combermere, Ontario Heartwood Restaurant, Combermere, Ontario

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