A native of Zénon Park Saskatchewan, Michel Marchildon pursues a personal quest which binds him to his prairie homeland. Through his songs and spoken word pieces, Michel seeks to share the hidden treasures of his world. Michel’s quest is unique for it represents an ongoing battle to rekindle the memory of his fransaskois culture. Michel Marchildon has dedicated the last few years to material inspired by Saskatchewan’s fransaskois pioneers. Marchildon’s performances are both intense and mesmerising. In 1996, Michel returned to his home-town of Zénon Park as Artist in residence during which time he recorded Changer de Peau, a 13 song solo album which included a CD Rom dedicated to fransaskois culture. After touring Canada and France in support of his album, Michel decided to settle in Montréal in order to reach a larger francophone market. Michel has since opened for Cajun legend Zachary Richard and the McGarrigles. Michel then decided to concentrate on producing a second album of modern folk songs and broken spoken pieces. In 2004, a Canada Council grant gives him the freedom to create a multimedia production based on first-hand accounts of fransaskois pioneers. In 2005, Michel toured Canada in support of this project entitled Fragments d’Identité (Fragments of Identity). More recently, Marchildon was a guest performer for Loco Locass at Montreal’s Francofolies as well as the Coup de Coeur Francophone’s Nuit des grands espaces. And the good news is that the new CD, Fragments d’Identité, is scheduled for release next month!