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Franco-Fête 2004 does it again with stars and variety!

Toronto, May 12, 2004 – Franco-Fête 2004 is pleased to announce a talented line-up of artists certain to make Franco-Fête 2004 a great success! Occupying three Thursdays in June, this year's Franco-fête activities expands to encompass a range of talents from comedy to cuisine to music!

Franco-fête is a celebration of French-Canadian culture throughout the month of June. This year's new Franco-fête slogan is “On se ressemble – on se rassemble" which translates to mean "We look alike, We get together." Our theme for each of the evening follows the thematic thread of we eat, we laugh, we sing. (In French: on mange, on rit, on chante.)

The climax of the three evenings will be on Thursday, June 24 when we sing at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) on the CIBC Stage with an special evening performance of dance and song. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Franco-fête in partnership with Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present the colourfully intricate dances of Les Ballets Créole. Popular Québecois singer Mark Déry opens the musical part of the evening. Dan Bigras' performance on the CIBC Stage will be the highlight of the evening. Bigras is one of Québec's most well-known evocative and emotional singers. Having released six albums to date in his career that spans over 20 years, he has garnered significant acclaim for his varied musical style.

As well, kids and their parents are invited to Harbourfront Centre on Thursday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m. for a special magic show called Sortilège!

On Thursday, June 3we eat at The Boathouse located within Queen’s Quay Terminal for the Lobster Supper event, organized by les Soupers Francofun and Franco-Fête. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and following the meal, The Similia Twins will seduce you with their flute and guitar.

On Thursday June 10we laugh at Lula Lounge for a cabaret soirée with magic, laughter and singing. Loran will dazzle us with his true magic, followed by the humorist Jean-Christian Thibodeau. The effervescent Stef Paquette will close the evening.

We are really excited about our line-up of popular and diversified artists for this year’s Franco-Fête! It will appeal to a large number of people because there is something for every taste” says Richard Gagnon, president of Franco-Fête 2004. “And once again this year, we are pleased to be working very closely with Harbourfront Centre for our main events.

The success of Franco-Fête would not be possible without the generous support of our various partners. We wish to express our sincere thanks to Patrimoine Canadien, Bureau du Québec à Toronto, Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, TV5, Radio-Canada (radio and television), Collège Boréal, BilingualOne, Cora's Breakfast & Lunch, L'Express, Le Journal le Métropolitain, Harbourfront Centre, Novotel Toronto Centre, Cirque du Soleil®, Via Rail, TFO, Caisse Populaire Lasalle - Centre Financier Toronto and Alliance Française.

For more information on all of the June Franco-fête events, the public can visit www.franco-fete.com.

High-resolution photos of Franco-fête artists are available for media to download at our new website: www.franco-fete.com.

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Media Contacts:

Sylvie Leclerc- Franco-fête committee, 905 257-3785, sylvie@archboldleclerc.com
Rebecca Webster-Harbourfront Centre, 416 973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
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