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Franco-Fête de Toronto:
Francophone culture at its best!
June 10-12, 2010


TORONTO, ON (May 6, 2010) – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce the newly unveiled line-up of Toronto’s one and only francophone music and culture festival. The 28th annual Franco-Fête will be held June 10 to 12, 2010 to celebrate Canada’s rich and diverse francophone heritage, featuring the best offerings from the Canadian francophonie.

As the biggest event of its kind west of Ottawa, Franco-Fête will offer activities in French for all ages, with everything from culinary presentations and events for kids to family-friendly shows and evening concerts featuring top-billed artists. The festival will culminate on Saturday, June 12 for a FREE all-day bash at Harbourfront Centre.

A wonderful annual experience, Franco-Fête aims to bring together people of all languages and backgrounds from across the GTA to celebrate Canada’s rich and diverse francophone heritage.

This year’s exciting line-up at Harbourfront Centre will feature:

Tricia Foster: This Cochrane native brings her unique brand of urban folk-rock to Toronto’s waterfront. triciafoster.com

Patricia Cano: The jazz and blues-inspired South American folk tunes from this gifted singer-songwriter will get your toes tapping. patriciacano.com

Orange Orange: One of Quebec’s fastest rising stars, this duo erupted on the music scene with their catchy tunes and thoughtful mix of electro-pop and soul. They are sure to thrill audiences with their sunny and explosive mix of songs and beat-boxing. orangeorange.tv

Les Trois Accords: Franco-Fête’s headlining act, this multi-award winning pop-rock sensation has risen to the top of the charts with their catchy melodies and absurd lyrics. lestroisaccords.com

Slam Poetry & Spoken Word: Canada’s top francophone artists in this rapidly-growing field will blow you away with their infectious energy and wicked rhythms and rhymes.
o « MEHDI » (Mehdi Hamdad) : myspace.com/mehdicayenneclub
o « IVY » (Ivan Bielinski) : ivycontact.ca
o « QUEEN KA » (Elkahna Talbi): myspace.com/thequeenka
o CARL BESSETTE

NEW THIS YEAR: SPOTLIGHT ON HAITI

In celebration of the diversity of Toronto’s francophone cultural scene, each year Franco-Fête will shine the spotlight on a specific community. In this inaugural year, the Haitian community, its roots in French culture and two of its best francophone artists will be featured.

Sara Rénélik: This award-winning Haitian-Canadian performer with a myriad of artistic personalities (including dancer, choreographer and, of course, singer-songwriter) will transport audiences to her mesmerizing world of folk, soul and Haitian roots music. myspace.com/sararenelik
Wesli: Described as “Montreal’s revelation”, this award-winning world music artist is an incredibly talented singer, guitar player, percussionist, producer and arranger. His mix of reggae, afro-beat and roots music bring forth a clear message of truth, peace and justice.

OTHER EVENTS

Family Programming: Franco-Fête has a very special treat in store for our younger audience members!
o Shivli: Well-known and loved throughout Ontario and Québec for her songs and adventures, this mischievous girl with a contagious sense of humour and limitless imagination will perform her greatest hits at this year’s festival. This very special performance is presented in conjunction with Opération sacs à dos (Operation Knapsack). Organized by the Centre-South-Western and Catholic Centre-South French school boards, in partnership with Radio-Canada and Clickom, Opération sacs à dos is an annual fundraising campaign which provides school supplies to children of low-income francophone families in the GTA. Join us in supporting this great initiative! For more information, visit operationsacsados.ca.
o In partnership with FESFO (Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne), kids’ games and activities will be offered throughout Franco-Fête!

Food: For French-loving foodies, there will be cooking demonstrations where the audience has a chance to taste the delicious results. Chefs Pierre Robillard (Café du Lac, cafedulac.ca) and jhaQ sPhard (Ridoré Restaurant) will seduce the palates of even the most refined gourmands with traditional Québecois and Haitian fare.

Annual Lobster Dinner: Attention lobster lovers! Franco-Fête would not be complete without the annual lobster dinner aboard the Jubilee Queen. Presented in collaboration with Soupers FrancoFun, this fabulous dinner cruise will take place Thursday evening.

La Soirée CHOQ: On Friday night, CHOQ-FM 105,1 and Grand-toronto.ca, in partnership with Franco-Fête, will present the fourth annual La Soirée CHOQ, featuring Québec’s biggest and most successful punk-rock band Vulgaires Machins. Hot off the heels of their seventh studio album release, the quartet brings their raw, rebellious sound to the El Mocambo. Propelled by a pungent and precise punk attach, their music is thick with fuzz tones and bass-and-drum blasts.


FRANCO-FÊTE de TORONTO 2010 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Marina Quay West, 539 Queens Quay West

6-10:30 p.m. Lobster dinner aboard The Jubilee Queen

Friday, June 11, 2010
El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Ave.

9 p.m. La Soirée CHOQ featuring Vulgaires Machins

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Harbourfront Centre

1:30-2:15 p.m. Shilvi
Sirius Satellite Radio Stage

2:45-3:30 p.m. Patricia Cano
Sirius Satellite Radio Stage

4-5 p.m. SLAM with Mehdi, Carl Bessette, Queen KA & Ivy
Redpath Stage

5:30-6:30 p.m. Sara Rénélik (Spotlight Haïti)
Redpath Stage

7-8 p.m. Tricia Foster
Redpath Stage

8-9 p.m. Wesli (Spotlight Haïti)
Sirius Satellite Radio Stage

9:30-11 p.m. Les Trois Accords
Sirius Satellite Radio Stage

11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Orange Orange
Brigantine Room


Don’t miss the 28th annual Franco-Fête, Toronto’s premiere francophone event, featuring the most diverse, multi-ethnic celebration of francophone culture the city has to offer.

For complete event details and full schedule, visit harbourfrontcentre.com or franco-fete.ca, or call the Franco-Fête information line at 416-644-1575.

ABOUT FRANCO-FÊTE
Franco-Fête’s aim is to offer the region’s francophones and francophiles a festive meeting place to welcome summer and celebrate the francophone culture as a whole. It works to ensure the vitality of the Ontario and Toronto French language culture by presenting social and cultural activities that will foster the community’s development, thanks in large part to many partnerships with francophone associations of different communities, as well as with the various francophone School Boards of the Greater Toronto Area. This Festival also promotes francophone culture by introducing artists to a growing and diversified community. Franco-Fête eases newcomers’ integration by offering them events and artists that will capture their interest.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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Josée Duranleau
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Rosie Shaw
416-973-4381
rshaw@harbourfrontcentre.com
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