Franco-Fête de la communauté urbaine de Toronto
Franco-Fête was created in 1983 by the City of Toronto French Committee as 'Semaine francophone' (Francophone Week). In 1995, it was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the name Franco-Fête de la Communauté urbaine de Toronto (Franco-Fête of Metro Toronto) to organize an annual series of social and cultural events held between the International Francophonie Week (mid-March) and St. Jean Baptiste Day. In 2013 the Festival was relocated to Yonge-Dundas Square, where a majority of the programming takes place free of charge.
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A Celebration of Francophone Arts and Culture
This application is for " Franco-Fête 2017: Une célébration des arts et des cultures francophones", taking place at Yonge dundas Square in Toronto from June 23-30, 2017. After being reduced to a three day Festival in previous years, the 2017 Festival will once again be an eight day event and will present three new programming activities to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. The three new elements are: (1) “Canada’s Francophone Community – Yesterday to Today” will feature musical performances by Francophone artists from Ontario and from other regions of Canada performing various styles of music every evening. Performances will include: (i) June 23: “The Ontario Evening” with Gabrielle Goulet and Swing; (ii) June 24: “Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day” with Pandaléon and Véronic Dicaire; (iii) June 25: “An Evening of western canadian Francophone Music” with Isabelle Longnus from British Columbia and Ponteix from Saskatchewan; (iv) June 26: “The Aboriginal Evening” with Samian, an Algonquin rapper, and the Metis Fiddler Quartet; (v) June 27: “The Québécois Evening” with Louis-Jean Cormier and Karim Ouellet; (vi) June 28: “The Classical Evening – Make Way for the Young People – Gregory Charles et les virtuosos”; and (vii) June 29: “The Arab and African Influences Evening” with Mehdi Cayenne from Algeria and, Salamate Gnawa from Morocco, and Kimya and Pierre Kwenders from the Congo; (2) "Celebration of Francophone Arts and Culture”, a show devoted to young multicultural francophone performing artists. Chosen by audition will receive training by established artists and will put together a show that will be performed three times during the Franco-Fête; and (3) “150th Anniversary Tour”. Young francophone artists will tour of five bars across Toronto (Painted Lady, Cameron House, Aioli Bistro, The Bovine, and Gate 403) in one evening. The tour will promote serve as a promotional tool for the Festival.