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FROM JULY 10 TO 24, connect with French Culture with the 33rd edition of Franco-Fête. Spanning over two weeks, Franco-Fête de Toronto will take over Yonge-Dundas Square with a massive music festival representing the most important cultural Francophone event, taking place during the Pan American Games. The 2015 edition of Franco-Fête will offer exceptional programming and feature some of the biggest names in Francophone music today, all for free!
Juno Award winning, multi-award winning and multi-platinum selling artists from across Canada as well as top-billed artists from around the world will perform daily at Yonge-Dundas Square. From Zydeco, Pop, Electrop-pop and Folk-rock to Hip-hop, Jazz-pop, Blues, Latin and techno infused Folk- music, Torontonians will enjoy the best Canadian francophonie has to offer.
As previously announced, this year’s line-up will feature Canadian-Peruvian artist Patricia Cano with her jazz, soul and blues infused South American folk forms; the all-female indie-folk-country music trio from New Brunswick Hay Babies; Shawn Jobin, one of the hottest artists on the Canadian urban music scene; New Brunswick’s platinum-selling recording artist Lisa Leblanc; the Colombian vibe of Brussels based La Chiva Gantiva; Vancouver’s Isabelle Longnus; the critically acclaimed
soprano Marie-Josée Lord; the powerful and seductive voice of marijosée; the queen of all pop and multi-Félix Award winner Ariane Moffatt; Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter Stef Paquette; multi- award winning Quebec singer Kevin Parent, whose albums have achieved multi-platinum status and earned him numerous Juno Award nominations; the infectious Brazilian sounds and rhythms of Pirate Del Sol; the multi-award winning, electro-hip-hop group Radio Radio, who was short-listed for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize; the great and incomparable Louisiana native singer-songwriter Zachary Richard; and the rowdy hip-hop and techno infused folk-music of SWING.
Other artists just added to the already impressive list include jazz-pop ensemble Amélie et les singes bleus; Ivory Cost born and Winnipeg based singer Kelly Bado; the brilliant MC Boogat; French pianist Liz Van Deuq; Canadian Folk Music Awards finalist Anique Granger; Acadian singer-songwriter Joey Robin Haché; the insanely charismatic Acadian artist Caroline Savoie; Native Canadian reggae/pop and dancehall artist Shauit; and Toronto’s premier Cajun band Swamperella.
Other Festival highlights:
Thanks to the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, FRENCH Connexion will be presented in a number of Toronto bars, giving different audiences the chance to experience French culture first- hand. This tour will give festival-goers the opportunity to keep celebrating into the wee hours of the morning. Participating bars include The Painted Lady, Cameron House, Aioli Bistro, The Bovine Sex Club, and Gate 403. For the full program please visit www.frenchconnexion.ca
From July 14 to 24, awaken your senses at the EXPÉRIENCE ACADIE Pavilion during Toronto’s Franco- Fête. Come experience an incredible new world. Let your ears drink and be intoxicated by the sound of violins and accordions, discover the flavours of the sea and breath in the Maritime air. All this and more… at the Expérience Acadie booth!
PAN AMERICAN GAMES
From July 10 to 24, revelers will be able to watch the Pan American Games live through simulcasts programming.
Workshops and exhibits by various artists from across the country retracing the 400 years of French presence in Ontario will be featured in La Cabane à Champlain.
Franco-Fête has a very special treat in store for the younger set with a concert and musical theatre workshop by Geneviève Cholette (Les Chiclettes) and a performance by the popular Franco- Manitoban children’s entertainer marijo.
Don’t miss Toronto’s premiere francophone event at the 33rd annual Franco-Fête, the most diverse, multiethnic celebration of francophone cultures the city has to offer.