A wealth of music, culture & celebration in 2017
Jean-Pierre Ferland, a veteran of the Francophone music scene, will be performing his show called ‘Jean-Pierre arrive en ville’, translated as ‘Jean-Pierre comes to Town’ at the 12th Annual Francophonie en Fëte Music Festival. This is a rare opportunity to see Jean-Pierre Ferland in concert as he formally retired in 2006.
Ferland became a popular singer with the launch of his second album, Rendez-vous à La Coda, in 1961. From 1962 to 1970, Ferland spent much of his time in Europe, mainly in France and Belgium, writing music, recording, and performing live. In 1968 he won the Académie Charles Cros Award. In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. In 2005, Jean-Pierre Ferland was honoured by the AV Trust of Canada for the album Jaune with collaboration of Michael Georges. In 1999, Ferland was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards held in Montreal. Born in Montreal, Ferland acquired international acclaim during an impressive career that spanned over 40 years.
Accompanied by four musicians and two backing vocalists, Jean-Pierre Ferland will perform many of his biggest with the romanticism and tenderness that he is so well known for. Stay tuned to us over social media to hear more about this well loved icon of the French Canadian music industry.
When: Friday 22 May 2017 at 8 pm
Where: Randolph Theatre
General admission:50$/65$ at the door
VIP admission (preferred seating): 75$*
*drink not included
Wine & Cheese pre-show reception: 25$
Come to share with us a gourmet selection of wines and cheeses of the soil and delicious amuse-bouches on from 6 pm to 7 pm.
Our annual Cruise featuring a mouth-watering fresh Lobster dinner is planned for Thursday, June 8th 2017. An evening where francophiles and francophones alike are welcomed to relax on a Lake Ontario cruise, to enjoy the highest quality lobster, and of course, share in “la joie de vivre” with of some of the friendliest people you will ever meet!
The evening starts with the boat boarding at 6 pm. This is a chance to meet new friends and old friends alike, and choose a seat in our completely covered dining room area on board the Jubilee Queen. An open bar awaits you as we depart for a scenic cruise among the Toronto Islands. Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine while you take in the coastline beauty and lively pre-dinner conversation.
Our lobster dinner features freshly steamed lobster, flown in that day from Iles-de-la-Madeleine in Quebec. Served with salad, rice, and vegetables, and finished with a decadent table of French pastries and coffee or tea. Vegetarians, we offer you a meal option that you can select when you book your tickets. And we can’t forget to mention the music of Marcel on the accordion, touring the tables and serenading our dinner.
After dinner, the DJ takes over, a dance floor is cleared, and we dance the evening away! The evening begins to wane when the boat moors back at Marina Quay West by 10:45 pm. The dancing and fun continues until 11:30 pm.
Kick off your Summer 2017, and Canada’s 150 Birthday with your friends with this exceptionally fun evening cruise! Attendance is capped at 250, so book your tickets today.
Boarding between 18:00 and 18:30
Boat Jubilee Queen, moored at Marina Quay West, 539 Queens Quay West (between Spadina and Bathurst)
Departure at 18:45
Wednesday, September 21, 8 p.m.
Michel Benac offers an intelligent, energetic and humour talk, which takes us on his journey that formed his artistic identity and path. From his musical beginnings, in English, he quickly realized that there were other options open to him. He went through a re-awakening, emerging as the musical success his is today! This talk will allow people of all ages a better understand the workings of the music and entertainment industry, and aims first and foremost that it is never too late to follow your dreams. An exciting talk and worthy of a great Franco-Ontarian artist!
Friday, September 23, 8 p.m.
Perennial favourite Michel Rivard has enjoyed a 35 year career as a leading figure in French-Canadian Music. From the early days with Beau Dommage, as the leading singer songwriter for the band, Michel has earned numerous awards both in Canada and in Europe. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy one of Canada’s top Francophone performers!
Thursday, 22 September at 8pm
Céleste Lévis, originally from Timmins Ontario was the 2013 Winner of Ontario Pop Awards. Since then she has recorded her first album, “Celestial”, launched in late 2015. Her story is quite unique. She was an accomplished Martial Arts competitor growing up, but fate interrupted this path with Céleste suffering a life-threatening injury. As she began her long recovery after surgery, her mother bought a piano for her, and Céleste began to reinvent herself as a singer songwriter. She began performing at local events and finally, a career-defining appearance on the Canadian reality talent show La Voix. This enabled the realization of her 2nd dream – to become an accomplished perfomer – to blossom.
Come hear this Young Canadian Talent perform, just prior to the Cocktail Event at L’Alliance Francaise! Make an evening of it! Tickets $15 while they last! Or $75, for the passport including Cocktail Event
“Toronto’s Francophone music festival”
Our 12th edition and canada’s 150th birthday
September 21st to 30th 2017.
The entire team at Francophonie en Fête is committed to offering a unique musical experience by showcasing a wide range of artists who represent emerging talent in francophone music.
For its 12th edition, the festival “Francophone Musical Festival” will showcase more than twenty artists between September 21st and 30th. The concerts will reflect the richness of francophone music and represent a wide variety of musical styles including: folk, blues, jazz, soul, reggae, country, afro pop and african soul.
Do not miss this unique cultural experience.
- An impressive variety of music accessible to everyone
- More than 20 francophone artists
- 4 stages located in the heart of Toronto
- 6 workshops and 2 conferences for French language students
The schedule and full line-up will be available soon!
The postcards have arrived for the 12th edition of Francophonie en Fête! While we’re gearing up for the French language music festival in September, we’re pleased to announce two additional events that are part of the festivities. Francophone stand-up comedian, Louis-José Houde, will be performing two nights of comedy the 4th and 5th of May […]
Due to overwhelming demand, the team at “Francophonie en fête” is pleased to announce an additional show for the popular French Canadian stand-up comedian, Louis-José Houde. After selling out his first show scheduled for Thursday, May 4th, Houde has graciously accepted to perform as well on Friday May 5th at the Randoph Theatre in Toronto. Don’t […]
In addition to the music festival in September, “Francophonie en fête” is now hosting dynamic cultural events and activities throughout the year. To celebrate this new step and its key role in the Toronto cultural landscape, “Francophonie en fête” has updated its website with a fresh new look. Modernized, easier to use and more interactive, […]
For your information
Francophonie en Fête is a key player on the annual festival music scene in Toronto, having evolved into a key outlet for celebrating the growth, creativity and diversity of Francophone culture in Ontario.
It is a non-profit organization that is celebrating its 12th year contributing to the vitality of francophone culture by presenting high quality concerts, educational activities and cultural events.
Francophonie en Fête also collaborates with major forces within the Toronto Francophone community, notably the “La Semaine de la Francophonie” annual March event.