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Franco-Fête, co-produced by la Franco-Fête de Toronto
at Harbourfront Centre (June 22-24)

30 years of celebrating francophone culture

TORONTO, ON (May 24, 2012)Franco-Fête, co-produced by la Franco-Fête de Toronto, is Toronto’s premiere francophone event and it returns to Harbourfront Centre June 22-24. From its origin as a modest St-Jean Baptiste festival, Franco-Fête has grown into a diverse, multiethnic French-language extravaganza that celebrates francophone culture through culinary creations, art, dance and most of all “la musique francophone.”

This year, Franco-Fête celebrates its 30th Anniversary and shines a spotlight on Aboriginal culture and Canada’s Great North to recognise the unique heritage of Canada’s First-Nations community.

Franco-Fête highlights include:
• Party to the “Afro-Viking” sounds of rising pop sensation Mohombi and electro-pop, rock and souls with Montreal’s Ariane Moffatt;
Francolicious featuring samples of French culinary treats from local chefs;
• Intricate, colourful and incredibly creative face painting with Kromatik;
• …And much more!

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer, franco-fete.ca or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE SUMMER FESTIVALS
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our summer festival season runs from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and features over 20 festivals and events that offer The World in One Place. For more information visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer
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Media Contact:
Althea Linton | 416-973-4428
alinton@harbourfrontcentre.com
media.harbourfrontcentre.com

For high-resolution images, events listings and additional media resources, visit our summer media page: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/media


FRANCO-FETE LISTINGS

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

MUSIC

Amélie et les Singes Bleus
Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m.
Les Singes Bleus are Rizaldo Padilla on guitar, Rick Walters on bass, Bart Hart on drums and Beth Washburn on horn and tuba. In 2007, Les Singes Bleus recruited writer-composer-performer and rising star Amélie Lefebvre who was already riding high on the wings of her album Amélie. The band soon became a favourite of Toronto’s Anglophone Francophile audiences playing a wide range of musical styles and rhythms, from pop-swing and jazz manouche to roots.

An Adventure with Ariane Moffatt
Friday, June 22 at 9 p.m.
Ariane Moffatt is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter whose illustrious career is marked by curiosity ¬– sonic, musical and emotional. She has built a devoted following in Canada over the past decade, making inroads to France with her evocative blend of electro, pop, soul and rock.

Z et Un
Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m.
Groupe Z is distinguished by its dynamism and energy. They play their own compositions and interpret francophone artists from here and elsewhere, and energetically embody popular rock and alternative French songs.

Sounds of Alexis HK
Saturday, June 23 at 6 p.m.
French-born folk/pop artist Alexis HK, aka Djoshkounian Alexis, started his musical career as a lyricist but began recording his own material in 1997. Since then Alexis has gone on to prove his musical worth, performing countless gigs throughout France, and now Canada.

Godlalune – Positively Astounding
Saturday, June 23 at 7:15 p.m.
Godlalune was formed in 2006 and features two Quebec-based writer-composer-performers, Sébastien Bigras (alias G-netik) and Michel Asselin Mallette (alias Snooz). Over the last few years, this band from the Outaouais has managed to make quite a name for itself on Quebec’s hip-hop scene. Unconditional fans of America’s east coast rap and passionate about music, Godlalune aims to lend Quebec’s hip-hop movement a positive image.

Party with Mohombi
Saturday, June 23 at 9 p.m.
With a sound he calls “Afro-Viking,” Mohombi has developed an international following with multi-platinum singles across Europe and top-ten hits in Canada and Japan. Born in the Congo, Mohombi moved to Sweden in his teens, and after an extensive music education, he founded the successful hip-hop-meets-dancehall group Avalon with his brother. Moving to LA, he went on to work with some of the biggest musical names on the planet, including Nelly, Akon and Nicole Scherzinger.

Northern Highlights with Anodajay and Samian
Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
Hailing from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in western Quebec, Anodajay and Samian first met in 2006. Anodajay is known as the “rapper of the woods,” while Samian blends urban rhythms with traditional instruments.

Marijosée
Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
Marijosée, treats Franco-fête audiences to her original voice, with its franco-pop style, backed by exotic percussions and a touch of jazz.

FOOD

Francolicious
Saturday June 23 at 5 p.m.
Don’t miss this culinary favourite as chefs from local restaurants give culinary demonstrations.

DANCE

The Rhythms and Identity of Akwaba
Saturday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m.
“Akwaba” is a commonly-used word in Ivory Coast by Akwan people, meaning “Welcome.” The goal is to raise awareness of West Africa’s rich histories of dance and music, and to bring people together through the common appreciation of Africa’s cultural resources.


FAMILY

Bionik Face Painting with Kromatik
Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Talented artists execute an exciting and original form of extreme face painting the likes of which you’ve never seen before! With Kromatik, imagination and creativity have no limit. Become a walking piece of art for a day!

Mini TFO
Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
Josée and Louis, the two leaders of Mini TFO, present an interactive show that allows children to discover amusing scenes with songs, games and nursery rhymes. Using costumes and accessories in a colourful setting that recalls the world of Mini TFO, they will perform several funny characters such as Madame and Fruity Super MINI. The audience is invited to sing, dance and have fun throughout the show.

Magic with Ian Quick
Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Over the years, Ian Quick has honed his magical skills to delight and amaze a vast array of audiences; from corporate functions to festivals to intimate soirées. Quick is a founding member of Smith & Quick Inc., a comedy vaudeville magic troupe.


Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. & Sundays, 4 p.m., July-Sept.)
Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world as Summer Music in the Garden enters its 13th season. Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden weather permitting; contact our info desk at 416-973-4000 for updates.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.)
Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, approx. 9 p.m.)
From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars.

International Marketplace(Weekends, June 2-Sept. 3)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café (Weekends, May 19-Sept. 3)
Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage (weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides on the Natrel® Pond(Weekends, May-Oct.)
Our famous canoe rides will be available at the Natrel® Pond all summer long! Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.



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