Joël Chiasson is a veteran piano player and step dancer from Chéticamp, Cape Breton. Citing Hilda Chiasson as his biggest influence, Joël has provided piano accompaniment on more than 25 recordings by artists including Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Mary Jane Lamond, Buddy MacMaster and Andrea Beaton over the past 30 years. In the late 1990s, Joël toured extensively with Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Over the years, Joël has taught Cape Breton style step dancing through workshops across Canada and the United States. Today Joël lives in Sydney with his family and works as a school teacher, but thankfully he still manages to get out and play for concerts and dances in and around Cape Breton. The versatile accompanist will be performing with Brent Aucoin.
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Performers: Betty Beaton • Andrea Beaton • Allison Beaton • Tracey MacNeil • Troy MacGillivray • Mac Morin • Jackie Dunn MacIsaac • Joël Chiasson • Mary Elizabeth MacInnis • Sarah MacInnis • Kate Quinn and Tyler Key • Kenneth MacKenzie & Jenny MacKenzie • Harvey Beaton • Glenn Graham & Rodney MacDonald • Patrick Gillis