ÉDOUARD LABONTÉ, franco-Albertain, pursued his musical training in Toronto, obtaining a diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music . He continued his musical formation by studying the electric bass at the Toronto Humber College. His previous musical career involved performing leading roles as well as directing musical comedies. This provided him with vast stage and performing experiences.
In 1976, Édouard Labonté and Micha Boudreault joined forces and started to organize French musical tours of schools across Canada. The excellent reception by the school environment showed the need for this type of cultural and pedagogical activity.
In 1980 Edouard & Micha Inc. was founded.
Their experience in creating songs along with accompanying learning materials had already prepared them to produce a French multidisciplinary musical and pedagogical kit for the Elementary school level. This kit, called Chantons avec Édouard & Micha , contained only new original songs thus adding to their repertoire and creating a new educational show for their tours.
In 1984, continuing their pedagogical work, they produced a new musical learning kit, En compagnie d’Édouard & Micha, which contains the album Reflexion for intermediate level students.
Due to popular demand, in 1986 a new production, Créons avec Édouard & Micha , followed; adding more original French songs for the Elementary schools.
Creating and producing songs and didactic material:
Édouard Labonté and Micha Boudreault are the authors, composers and performers of all the songs of the albums mentioned above. These are original songs for which the themes are chosen according to the interests of the children concerned. Lively themes, very visual, conductive to the active participation of the children and easily usable in multimedia productions.
With this strong song and didactic material base Édouard and Micha performed for French, French immersion and core French students up to the sad passing away of Micha in 2005.
After a year of reconciliation Édouard goes back to action and offers solo versions of the shows, with more interactive animation and that with great success.
For the school year 2018-19, Édouard moves forward with the project AmiÉdouArt. and the website Edmicha.com is restructured, giving Educators and students access to activities and videos, in French, in accordance to student curriculum themes.
Starting the school year 2018-19, Édouard offers a new option, a day of workshop-shows.