The Hockey Sweater – with Roch Carrier

and excerpts from The Nutcracker!

For its last concert of the season, the Laval symphonic orchestra (OSL) is getting into the holiday spirit with its I love Winter! concert, on Tuesday, December 15, 7:30 p.m., at André-Mathieu Hall. The pièce de résistance of the evening will be the presentation of The Hockey Sweater, with Roch Carrier‘s voice narration.

The OSL musicians will begin the concert with traditional Quebec tunes harmonized by André Jutras as well as excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, an ultimate holiday classic. A program that will, without a doubt, immerse the audience in the spirit of the old-fashioned wakes where we warmed our bodies and hearts with music!

The Hockey Sweater, narrated by Roch Carrier, will close the program. Published in 1979 by Mr. Carrier, this musical tale features a young Beauceron in the 1940s who receives a jersey from the Toronto Maple Leafs, sworn enemies of the Montreal Canadiens!

The story is based on one of Carrier’s childhood memories. In 1946, while he and his friends were all wearing Maurice Richard jerseys, his mother ordered a new jersey and received a Maple Leafs’ jersey by mistake. With more than 300,000 copies sold and several reprints, the book is considered a classic of Canadian literature.

In 2012, Roch Carrier’s text was set to music by composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte. The work was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.


A. Jutras – Folk Suite

P.I. Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (excerpts) 

A. Richardson – The Hockey Sweater

Laval Symphonic Orchestra

Alain Trudel, conductor, and artistic director

Roch Carrier, narration