From October 31 to November 3, Camp Fouinart de JAZZ VOCAL, in collaboration with Les Ateliers de jazz vocal, will offer an intensive bilingual vocal jazz workshop in the enchanting setting of the Manoir de la Forêt in Cantley, Québec.


There will be three days of hands-on instruction and coaching to develop or perfect the participants’ skills in vocal jazz, a weekend of inspiration in a relaxing environment. The overall goal is to make each student feel they’ve pushed their boundaries, whatever they are, by the end of this intensive workshop. The weekend will end with a concert on the Sunday afternoon where each participant can put into practice what they have learned.


Fouinart is a non for profit organization that manages the Festival Folk et Guitares d’Aylmer, the Fête INDÉO and the Camp Fouinart de jazz vocal.

A jazz camp focused exclusively on the voice. Professionnal musicians will be present for the hands-on workshops, jam sessions and the Sunday afternoon concert.



The only intensive training focused on the voice in Outaouais. Three days and a half of bilingual workshops, jam sessions, masterclasses and individual lessons with recognized professional teachers.

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Registration period is now open for the 2019 camp that will be held from October 31 to November 3 at the Manoir de la forêt in Cantley, Quebec.


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A musician and singer since childhood, Nicole Ratté evolved in different styles before developing a true passion for jazz. At home on the stage, she is known for her warm and effervescent presence and her light and sensual voice. Her performances include her favourite jazz standards, with some special arrangements of well known French and Quebec songs.


After a childhood full of music, from classical piano to rock guitar and from church organ to flute ensemble, she studied piano and cello. Since then, she has been involved in several musical and vocal groups. She performed interesting roles in the vocal group Top Passion - a producer of musicals on the local scene and sang in several small vocal ensembles, such as the a cappella jazz quintet “C’est What?” (from Manhattan Transfer to Take 6), which began her passion for jazz. She has coordinated and taken part in numerous musical projects over the years with symphonic orchestras, concerts bands, big bands and many others.

 Nicole has studied vocal technique and jazz interpretation and has participated in workshops with teachers from Toronto, New York, Seattle, Vancouver and Ottawa.


Nicole also teaches vocal jazz, piano and voice with her communicative enthusiasm. Her jazz workshops, created in 2004, ( are now generating new jazz vocalists and new jazz fans. Since then, she has organized and produced dozens of concerts for her students and herself.


Her album When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful was recorded in 2010 and two of the songs from that album are now on compilations in Asia.


Nicole received a Stage Performance Award at Gatineau 2014's Culturiades for the production of  Le jazz d'une génération à l'autre, featuring more than 35 singers and musicians. Visit the website at to learn more about this project.


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Sonia Johnson - TEACHER

Sonia Johnson is one surprising jazz vocalist and her eclectic career eloquently testifies to this.


She has performed with many renowned jazz artists from the jazz and pop scene, such as Vic Vogel, Karen Young, Ray Anderson, Diane Tell et Jean-Pierre Ferland.


Juno Winner for the well mastered Le Carré de nos amours (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2012), she also received 2014 Juno and ADISQ nominations for the collective Triades that includes singers Annie Poulain and Charles Biddle Jr. Her last solo album Le cœur à l’endroit, which was listed in the top 5 best albums at ICI Musique for CBC Radio, is a subtle balm for souls in search of serenity and hope and for all those who enjoy jazz softly-crooned in French.


An inspired songwriter, she has collaborated as a lyricist with artists such as Laila Biali, Steven Taetz or Félix Stüssi (Les Malcommodes invitent…) and composed children songs for entertainers Kalimba, Daniel Coutu and Bill Bestiole. Recently, she was invited to sing a jazz rock project on Vincent Rehel’s album Le Capitaine Ivre, and performed a tribute to jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald entitled Dialogues Ella & Joe beside guitarist Stephen Johnston.


In the last year, we heard her as a soloist and lyricist on the album Jazz Brésilien of composer guitarist and mandolinist Rodrigo Simoes. She completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition, performed with the ONJM (Orchestra national de jazz de Montréal) and she’s now preparing the release of a new album for autumn 2019.


Her participation in the Camp Fouinart de jazz vocal will give participants the opportunity to work on improvisation, songwriting and composition, amongst other topics.



Diane Nalini - TEACHER

Celebrated jazz vocalist and songwriter Diane Nalini composes and sings in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. She has recorded four critically-acclaimed albums and will launch her fifth album in December of this year.


Diane has sung at jazz festivals around the globe, from London to Malta to Montreal, and has given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. She was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival and was one of two finalists for the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year awards for 2001.


Diane’s original songs have also been featured in television, independent and Hollywood films, as well as video games. She has been featured coast-to-coast on shows like CBC’s The Sunday Edition and Tonic, and on Radio-Canada’s Quand le jazz est là. For the last five seasons, Diane has been the resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, performing regularly with them at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.


Diane has taught jazz singing and vocal improvisation (scatting) workshops in Canada and the UK, and teaches songwriting in Carleton University’s continuing education program. She also hosts the blog and website Ukulele For Jazz Singers.


“I just love Diane Nalini’s voice. This is a sassy, ‘ripe plum in the Italian sun’ kind of voice… She has such sweet and effortless pitch, it’s beautiful”  Katie Malloch, host of CBC Radio’s Jazzbeat and Tonic


“Rendering songbook standards as well as French chanson, Brazilian classics, her own compositions, and settings of poems by Shakespeare and Tennyson, Nalini consistently displays bell-clear tone, meticulous enunciation, playfulness and subtle swing.” Ian McGillis, The Globe and Mail



For more information and to listen to Diane’s music, please visit:



nancy martinez - TEACHER


Nancy Martinez is well known on the Montreal jazz scene.


Nancy will teach interpretation and stage presence at the Fouinart vocal jazz camp as well as other topics.


In the 80’s, the single “Sunshine Reggae/La vie en rose” earned her the “Ampex Golden Reel Award” and her first gold record. Then, Nancy’s four consecutive American hit singles climbed to the top of the charts, Billboard included, consolidating her diva status, both in America and Europe. Signing a recording agreement with Atlantic Records, New York, she had number one singles with “For Tonight”, ”Move Out” and “Can’t Wait”.


Throughout her prolific career, Nancy Martinez has generated eight solo albums. In 1996, she also took part in prestigious recordings such as “Snowbirds” by Steven Vitali and David Foster Anniversary – Music to fly by, “Falling into you” by Céline Dion (1996) and Aldo Nova’s “Dream”. Her French culture led her to create two french albums with Isba/Sony Records. She sang on Garou’s live album “Seul Avec Vous”, as well as on European superstar Kmaro’s CD’s “Femme like U” and “Crazy” on which she's featured. These albums were number one hits in Europe.


In 2002 Nancy participated in the C.D. and DVD recording of “les Divas de Quebec”, a compilation featuring various female artists from Quebec. In 2004, her CD Downtown revealed her passion for Jazz. Nancy continues to perform regularly and her passion for singing is omnipresent.


Nancy recorded a live album at The House of Jazz where she performs on a regular basis with some of the finest Montreal jazz musicians. She also performs with Bloc Note Big Band and at the Casino de Montréal.


Nancy continues her work as a solo singer, teaches music at Collège Marie-Victorin and does private coaching for professional singers and up and coming talents. It's interesting to note that she was one of the coaches of talented singer  Nikki Yanofsky .






The idea of creating Fouinart vocal jazz camp comes from the desire to provide to local singers an interesting developmental opportunity where the focus is on vocal jazz, a first in Outaouais! This weekend will be filled with learning opportunities and inspiration in a relaxing environment.



From Thursday, October 31st at 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, November 3rd at 5 p.m.

COST: see details in the  registration form

Includes accomodation (rooms double occupancy - twin beds), meals and snacks, training and learning material.


This camp is for you if:

  • you already have a significant experience in jazz
  • you have some knowledge of jazz singing
  • you have no experience in jazz but want to discover that style
  • you are a singer sonwriter and would like to explore jazz singing and songwriting in the context of jazz
  • you live in Quebec and are a professionnal singer, musician or voice/music teacher (or on your way to become professionnal), in which case you might be eligible for a grant (details HERE)


The intent is to offer a well organized bilingual camp at the end of which every participant will have the impression that they have gone significantly further in their development in a positive and warm ambiance.





The program will be adapted to the participants' level and expectations following the registrations.  To give you an idea, it could include the following workshops:


  • Vocal technique and warm-up routines
  • Interpretation masterclass
  • All aspects of performance (stage presence, songs introductions, how to own the stage, posture, attitude, etc.)
  • Jazz technique: terms, conventions, phrasing, etc.
  • Improvisation (individual or group)
  • Ear training
  • Arrangements
  • Singing jazz in harmony
  • Songwriting in a jazz context
  • Stress management, grounding, preparation for a concert
  • Technical requirements (sound systems, sound tests, etc.)
  • How to start your career: logistics, production, etc.)

Yoga for singers

Individual lessons

Philosophy and psychology of performance (round table)




Other workshops are possible depending on the level, experience and expectations of the registrants.





Professionnal musicians will accompany the singers throughout the weekend.


  • Hands-on workshops: pianist or guitarist


  • Jam sessions:  trio (piano or guitar, double bass and drums)


  • Sunday afternoon concert: trio or quartet






Nicole Ratté

Artistic Director
Camp Fouinart de jazz vocal


Tel.: (819) 665-2906




Louise Rousseau

General Director
Camp Fouinart de jazz vocal


Tel.: (613) 612-4614

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