Unveiling of the 2014 program lineup
FLORENCE K AT THE FRANCO-FÊTE DE TORONTO
Toronto, June 17, 2014 – Franco-Fête de Toronto organizers today unveiled the main components of the 2014 program lineup, which will feature a host of Francophone artists with a wide range of sounds. This roster picks up where last year’s changes left off with the focus on Francophone communities around the world and the venue’s move to the heart of Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square on July 5 and 6.
Franco-Fête President Daniel Savard indicated that he was very pleased to be back at the site: “The Franco-Fête really does belong in Yonge-Dundas Square, which is such a terrific location from which to showcase and celebrate the Francophone culture. Given that this is one of the busiest places in the country, thousands of people will get the chance to stop by and appreciate the different aspects of this culture. It is important to remember that the Franco-Fête is free and open to everyone, and we want our program to charm Francophones and Francophiles, and once again demonstrate its international appeal,” he specified.
The following guest artists will perform on the Air Canada Main Stage on July 5 and 6:
Winner of two Félix awards for album of the year with “Bossa Blue” and “La Historia de Lola”, Florence K has been immersed in music since childhood. She sings and plays the piano, transporting visitors into her gentle and exotic universe with her rich voice.
This is Ontario’s favourite women’s vocal trio! The three singers, Nathalie Nadon, Julie-Kim and Geneviève Cholette, love teasing the audience with snippets of radio hits from the 40s, mixing original songs and American standards that they have translated and adapted. Their groovy swing dance steps and vocal harmonies get audiences all emotional or doubled over in laughter.
Children and their parents will be treated to the fabulous Mini TFO show. Kids and adults will get to enjoy the extraordinary experience of the world of Mini TFO at the Franco-Fête de Toronto site. Children will get to meet their favourite characters and to discover some of the fun songs, games and tales.
Already at 21, writer Shawn Jobin has for years been expressing his passions and experiences through the written word. Shawn is a role model for youth and for the rest of society. His words bridge the gap between the generations.
This year’s Franco-Fête de Toronto brings you its African rendez-vous. Artists from every part of Africa will meet up at Yonge-Dundas Square to sway the crowd with rhythmic and colourful sounds.
Dave Puhacz swept onto the Acadian musical scene in 2012 like a tornado, raking in all of the honours at the Gala de la chanson de Caraquet. Dave, whose rock creations with words that cut deep, manages to harness his energy and passion on stage to fire up the audience, and his popularity just keeps soaring.
Pirate Delsol will have you singing and dancing with sunny rhythms that borrow from rap and Latin music.
A wide range of activities will be available on the Saturday and Sunday for young and old, Francophone and Francophile, including shows and entertainment, booths, bars and food. The Franco-Fête will stage an exclusive evening in partnership with Radio-Canada on Friday July 4 at the Yonge-Dundas Square Hard Rock Café.
Staged under the smaller Franco-Fête tent, Cabaret Canaille creates a universe of fascinating characters whose goal is to intrigue and charm passers-by in the language of Molière. There will be continuous programming throughout the Franco-Fête on the Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, under the big top.
Le CABARET des PETITES Canailles
Children (and their parents) are invited to this show as well once the Cabaret’s name switches in the morning to Le Cabaret des petites canailles featuring musical comedy workshops, magicians, interactive theatre, crafts and much more.
Remember that the Franco-Fête’s move to Yonge-Dundas Square provided the opportunity to give all communities the chance to enjoy the event. Every day, more than 60,000 pedestrians and 55,000 vehicles use this intersection, which is located in the heart of downtown Toronto near the Eaton Centre, the busiest shopping centre in the country.
Please note that the Franco-Fête de Toronto is an event coordinated by the Simoncic Group, and is made possible thanks to the contributions of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, Tourism Ontario, the Office of Francophone Affairs, TFO, La Cité, OLG, Collège Boréal, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-sud, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, TV5, Alliance française, Radio-Canada, CHOQ FM, L’express de Toronto, le Métropolitain, Grand Toronto, les éditions Scholastic, Beau’s and the Toronto Arts Council.
Julie Dumoulin, Media Relations
Groupe Simoncic for the Franco-Fête de Toronto – Festival de la francophonie internationale
Tel.: 416-644-1575 extension 26 or Cell: 819-921-2646