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Every June since 1990, Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver organizes the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival), one of the most important cultural and musical francophone events in Western Canada.

 

Discover more than a week of concerts under the banner of international francophone music. In a lively atmosphere, thousands of people come together to hear artists from across Canada and around the world. Our audience is not limited to the Francophone and Francophile community, but includes the population of Vancouver at large as well as tourists who are interested in taking in a cultural experience that is unique on the West Coast!

The Festival is:

  • One of the most important francophone rendez-vous  west of Ottawa

  • A way to abolish language barriers and promote multiculturalism

Since its first year, Le Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver has presented many international artists such as Daniel Bélanger, Patrice Michaud, Pierre Lapointe, Coeur de Pirate, Linda Lemay, Zachary Richard, Les Cowboys Fringants, La Compagnie Créole, Ariane Moffatt, Paul Piché... 

PROGRAMMING 2024

Bleu Jeans Bleu

&

Clay and Friends

JUNE 15 - VOGUE THEATRE - 7PM

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  • IMPROV MATCH - Pre-opening of the Summer Festival
    IMPROV MATCH - Pre-opening of the Summer Festival
    Wed, Jun 12
    Vancouver
    Jun 12, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    Vancouver, 1555 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    Jun 12, 2024, 7:00 p.m.
    Vancouver, 1555 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    The improv match is organized by the Francophone Cultural Center and the Conseil Jeunesse francophone de la C.-B. Two teams will face off in a ring.
  • Opening night with Mimosa and Hélène Leone
    Opening night with Mimosa and Hélène Leone
    Membership Offer
    Thu, Jun 13
    Studio 16
    Jun 13, 2024, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    Jun 13, 2024, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    In partnership with Air Canada, our official carrier and presenter of the evening, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver. Prices from 10$ to 25$.
  • Amay Laoni, Rhéal Poirier and 5 young artist's concerts
    Amay Laoni, Rhéal Poirier and 5 young artist's concerts
    Membership Offer
    Fri, Jun 14
    Studio 16
    Jun 14, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
    Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    Jun 14, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
    Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    The Radio-Canada evening will be hosted by the presenter Gregory Bernard. Prices from 10$ to 25$.
  • Jojo & Brio Super-Héros  - Youth show
    Jojo & Brio Super-Héros  - Youth show
    Membership Offer
    Sun, Jun 16
    Studio 16
    Jun 16, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
    Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    Jun 16, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
    Studio 16, 1551 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1, Canada
    Jojo & Brio are here to present their show "SUPER-HEROES" Prices from 12$ to 25$.
  • "Fête de la musique"
    "Fête de la musique"
    Fri, Jun 21
    Beaumont Studios
    Jun 21, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Beaumont Studios, 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1J0, Canada
    Jun 21, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    Beaumont Studios, 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1J0, Canada
    The music festival is organized with the Alliance Française Vancouver. Many artists will join us. Free concerts.
  • Ottoman Splendours - Lamia Yared & Guests
    Ottoman Splendours - Lamia Yared & Guests
    Sat, Jun 22
    North Vancouver
    Jun 22, 2024, 1:00 p.m.
    North Vancouver, 126 14th St W, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2M9, Canada
    Jun 22, 2024, 1:00 p.m.
    North Vancouver, 126 14th St W, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2M9, Canada
    Meet at Civic Plaza on June 22nd to escape with Ottoman Splendours. Free concert
BIOGRAPHIES

Clay and Friends

Clay and Friends offer a hard-hitting blend of hip-hop, soul and funk, backed by percussion that reflects what has come to be known as: La Musica Popular De Verdun (named after a neighbourhood in the South West part of Montreal). Renowned for their supercharged concerts since 2015, Clay and Friends have thrilled over 2000 Canadian and European crowds under the #KeEpItMoViN' umbrella. In March 2017, the band released its debut album, Conformopolis, and in 2019 released an English-language EP entitled La Musica Popular De Verdun, streamed over 20 million times. In May 2020, the band was named "Révélation Radio-Canada Chanson 2020-2021" (Best new artist of the year) and with “Grouillades”, they were the winners of the "Pop EP of the Year" category at the Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendante du Québec (GAMIQ) (Quebec’s Alternative Music Awards). Their song “Going Up The Coast” is certified a gold single, commemorating the single's 40,000 digital sales in Canada. The hit song has accumulated over 21 million streams to date since its release in October 2018. The band was also nominated for the prestigious Prix Félix-Leclerc 2021 at the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ), and its song “Bouge ton thang” was also nominated in the "Song of the Year" category and for the SOCAN song award of the same year. On November 12, 2022, Clay and Friends released their third EP entitled AGUÀ with six tracks, one of which is in English. In less than a month, the band played to a full house at Montreal's MTELUS for the EP's launch, and then announced an additional show at MTELUS on May 21, 2022, in addition to selling out their launch at Quebec City's Impérial Bell and their Paris launch at PopUp! du Label on March 14, 2022. “La Musica Popular De Verdun” thrilled many with their LP, “AGUÀ EXTEND'EAU”, released on June 10, 2022 which featured Louis-Jean Cormier, Comment Debord, Mantisse and Marilyne Léonard. In 2023, the album is nominated in the "Album of the Year" category at the Premier Gala de l'ADISQ (Quebec’s Music Industry Awards), and in September 2023, the band wins a Gemini award for "Best Musical Theme - All Categories" for its opening song on the Infoman TV show (NYE edition), and in November, they are the recipients of the Félix trophy for "Show of the Year - Other Languages and Multilinguals" at the Premier Gala de l'ADISQ for their “AGUÀ” show. With their new English album STUNT, launched on March 15, 2024, Clay & Friends embark on a quest to conquer the world, simultaneously marking a decade of existence for Musica Popular De Verdun.

Bleu Jeans Bleu

Recognized for their upbeat performances and songs, Bleu Jeans Blue is turning up the heat on their original mood-boosting recipe. With an added kilo of protein and a dash of sugar, their new show is sure to elevate your spirits and dive you into an incandescent realm. All BJB really care about is making sure you feel warm and fuzzy. This vibrant new show promises to be the perfect hybrid between staying cozy in your slippers and putting on your galactic track shoes. It’s no surprise they received a Silver Ticket after selling more than 25K tickets for their Top Minou tour. “Now come on down, we dare you!”

Amay Laoni

Amay Laoni (Amélie Larocque being her real name, she was first known under the stage name Amé) is hailed as "one of the most talented singer-songwriters of her generation." In 2016, she won the Félix for Song of the Year - the Quebec equivalent of the Victoires de la Musique for “Ton Départ” (Your Departure), a collaboration with Marc Dupré. In 2018, Amay Laoni unveiled her debut album "Sa couleur" (Her Color). In 2019, her song "Déjà-vu" was selected for a Coca-Cola advertisement. In 2020, her second album "Le tournant" (The Turning Point) was released. The deluxe version came out in 2021, allowing her to perform on TV shows. She collaborates with Marie-Mai for the song “Sous les rivières” (Under the rivers), and the Montreal drag star Rita Baga invites her on her special “En direct de l’Univers” broadcast on Radio-Canada. Meanwhile, her music is resonating in France: she participated in the Astaffort meetings in 2018 with Vianney, then in the Franco-Quebec program La Traversée in 2021, which enabled her to perform at the Francos de Montréal and at the Café de la Danse (Paris). In 2022, she reunited with her French audience at Les Trois Baudets. In 2023, she released the singles "L’Héritière" (The Heiress) and then "Démesurée" (Excessive), accompanied by a manifesto video filmed in Paris. At the same time, she announced her first tour in France, including a performance at the renowned MaMA Festival. Through her captivating and comforting lyrics, Amay Laoni addresses themes of emancipation, female power, and empowerment. Her style is reminiscent of that of "Christine and the Queens", and fans of French electro-pop will be delighted.

Mimosa

This bilingual (French/English) Vancouver quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60ies pop and Cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations. With three critically acclaimed CDs and festival appearances all over Canada (including the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals), they have become CBC favourites, selected first as the subject of a one-hour long documentary and more recently as one of four Western bands featured on television, radio and the web, in the popular “Mai de la chanson d’ici”. They have performed at many festivals, including the Harmony Arts Festival, the Gibsons Jazz Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, the Fort Langley Jazz Festival, Festijazz Rimouski, Festival du Voyageur, Winterruption, the Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festival (many times) and numerous others, not to mention many times at Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver. Mimosa’s music is composed predominantly by pianist Anna Lumiere, with contributions from and collaborations with other band members. Some of their compositions have been used in film and television (Rise of the Gargoyles, Mange ta ville, etc). Lumiere also received an IMA composition award for “Hotel des peines perdues” (Hotel of Lost Sorrows) and some of her songs have been rearranged for choirs (Echos du Pacifique). Currently the band is putting final touches on their 4th album, “Bien ensemble” (Good Together) on the label Cellar Music (Cory Weeds, Vancouver), with a spring 2024 release. Radio-Canada has also done a 20-years retrospective in the form of a short documentary about the band, to be broadcast in the near future. The band is made up of Rebecca Shoichet (vocals), Anna Lumiere (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Conrad Good (bass) and Bernie Arai (drums). Although every member of Mimosa is also active on the Canadian music scene in many other groups, the band is celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2024 and has developed a unique performance that will take you on an unforgettable journey into time and sound.

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IN MUSIC

Lamia Yared

Singer and oud player of Lebanese origin, Lamia Yared specializes in the repertoires of classical Arabic and Ottoman music. She is involved in various projects aimed at preserving and promoting the musical heritage of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Collaborating with outstanding musicians, she has produced the album "Chants des Trois Cours" (2019), endorsed by Songlines magazine, as well as the album "Ottoman Splendours" (2022), under the Analekta label. https://www.songlines.co.uk/review/chants-des-trois-cours Her presence has been noted at numerous festivals in Canada and internationally. As artistic director and musician, she brings together exceptional musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has been invited to present projects with ensembles such as Labyrinth Musical, La Cigale, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, One Ecquall Music, Oktoécho, and Ensemble Scholastica. Her projects benefit from grants from CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec), CAM (Conseil des arts de Montréal), and CAC (Canada Council for the Arts)

Gordon Grdina

Gordon Grdina is a JUNO Award winning oud/guitarist whose career has spanned continents, decades and constant genre exploration throughout avant-garde jazz, free form improvisation, contemporary indie rock and Arabic music. His singular approach to the instruments has earned him recognition from the highest ranks of the jazz/improv world. Grdina has performed and collaborated with a wide array of field-leading artists including Gary Peacock, Paul Motion, Marc Ribot, Mark Helias, Mats Gustafsson, Hank Roberts, Mark Feldman, Eyvind Kang, Colin Stetson, Mat Maneri, Christian Lilinger, Matt Mitchell, & Jim Black. In 2019, he took two years out to develop his classical guitar technique before recording a series of classical guitar albums. The new direction allowed the dense harmonies and polytonal complexity to blend and soften creating a blending of sonorities unlike any of his previous work. For moments on pieces such as “Prior Street” and “Pendulum”, the Oud takes on a new roll experimenting in the same atonal world as the guitar before settling back down into the intricate world of Maqam. The word maqam in Arabic means place, location or position. The Arabic maqam is a melody type. It is a technique of improvisation that defines the pitches, patterns, and development of a piece of music and is unique to Arabian art music.

Francois Houle

Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. He has worked with Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Joëlle Léandre, Benoît Delbecq, Evan Parker, Samuel Blaser, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell, Myra Melford, René Lussier, Alexander Hawkins, John Butcher, Kris Davis, Georg Graewe, Håvard Wiik, Guillermo Gregorio, Eyvind Kang, Hasse Poulsen, and many of Canada and the International scene’s top creative music artists. His extensive touring has led to solo appearances at major festivals across Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. A prolific recording artist, he has released over twenty recordings as a leader, earning multiple Juno Award and West Coast Music Award nominations. He is the founder of Afterday Audio, a record label dedicated to the documentation and dissemination of his many musical projects and collaborations. In addition, he has appeared on numerous recordings on the Songlines, Red Toucan, Leo Records, Drip Audio, PSI, Between-the-Lines, Nuscope, Spool, hat[now]ART, Redshift, CRI, among others. He has been listed on numerous occasions in Downbeat magazine’s Readers and Critics’ Polls as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and “Rising Star”. François studied at McGill University, went on to win the National Debut competition, and completed his studies at Yale University. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy, and was a featured soloist in the International Clarinet Association’s 2007 and 2008 ClarinetFests. He is a faculty member at the Vancouver Community College School of Music, and a former graduate clarinet studio instructor at the University of British Columbia. He served as Artistic Director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute for five years. In 2008 he was appointed as “Associate Composer” of the Canadian Music Centre.

Sheila Hannigan

Nova Scotian native Sheila Hannigan received her Master’s in Cello Performance from the Université de Montréal, studying with Yuli Turovsky. She also participated in programs at the Banff Centre in Alberta, le Centre d’Arts Orford, the Orchestre des jeunes du Québec (Quebec Youth Orchestra) in residence at the Orford Festival as principal cellist, and the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. She is the recipient of a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which permitted her to further her exploration of improvisatory cello techniques with Berklee College cello professor Eugene Friesen. Sheila Hannigan plays regularly with the Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici de Montréal and Allegra Chamber Music. She has been past principal cellist at La Piétà, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the SMCQ. Tours have taken her to Asia, Latin America, Europe and the US: enlever puisque le paragraphe suivant fait reference aux tournées. Parallel to her classical music activities, Sheila continues to develop her skills in world and improvisatory music and multi-disciplinary projects. She is cellist of the ensemble Cordâme (winner Opus awards, Rideau awards), Romulo Larrea tango ensemble (Opus award, ADISQ award) and accompanies Brazilian musician Bia (ADISQ award). With these artists, she has toured Québec, Canada, the United States, Europe, Brazil and South Korea. In 2016-18, she performed with composer Gabriel Thibaudeau live improvised music and original compositions for silent films presented by the American Film Institutes at UCLA (Los Angeles) and Washington DC, performing as a piano-cello duo and with traditional Japanese musicians. In recent years, she has delved into Middle Eastern and Byzantine music, playing and recording with the American-Iranian singer Azam Ali, as well as recording and touring with a Persian classical music project by the composer/setar player Pooria Pournazeri. She is also a member of the ensembles Urwami and Oraciones, led by Lamia Yared, featuring an Arabic, Turkish, and Sephardic repertoire. More recently, she has collaborated with musicians from the Ontario Labyrinth Ensemble for several concerts at the Chapelle du Bonsecours, Montreal. Since 2012, Sheila Hannigan is cellist with PPS Contemporary Danse, touring with the shows Danse Lhasa Danse, Corps Amour Anarchie, and the new creation Perles in 2023/24. Active in the recording industry in Montreal, Sheila Hannigan has recorded on various soundtracks to films, albums, theatre productions and television. Teaching is an important part of her life, and she has been a past teacher at the CAMMAC music Centre and UQAM (Quebec University in Montreal). She currently is a chamber music and string performance instructor at Marianopolis College in Montreal.

Bleu Jeans Bleu - Coton Ouaté

Clay and Friends - Bouge ton Thang

Amay Laoni & Marie-Mai - Sous les rivières

Lamia Yared - Muwashah Jalla man qad sawarak 

VOLUNTERING
MERCHANDISING

Hamin Honari

Hamin Honari is an Iranian-Canadian percussionist specializing in tombek and daf, two percussion instruments of Iranian origin. Hamin has adapted his style and technique of percussion playing to enable him to extend it across several different genres. He has over ten years of experience also in teaching, notably at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music, The Nava Arts Centre in North Vancouver, and the Persian Cultural and Art institute of British Columbia. Throughout the years he has developed his own set of teaching tools, based on his observations and style of playing. Hamin has performed with numerous musical ensembles, especially the Dastan Ensemble – one of the best known classical Persian music ensembles in Iran, and has also accompanied numerous exceptional musicians and singers such as Salar Aghili, Parissa, Hossein Omoumi, Hossein Behroozinia, Saeed Farajpouri and Itamar Er.

Rhéal Poirier

Originating from New Brunswick, he leaves Acadia and settles in Montreal where he studies singing, piano, and composition. After his studies, he heads West for a journey to Vancouver and decides to stay there. In Vancouver, as an artist, he soon discovers the Francophone community and participates in numerous performances. From there, he decides to record his first album and since then he has released 5 albums, with the release of his 6th album, "Sur la mer," (On the Sea) giving him the opportunity to take the stage again after a long absence at the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver, before embarking on a tour. This will be a reunion for Rhéal with the Vancouver audience. For Rhéal, his primary passion has always been composition. An ideal day for him is sitting at the piano and composing a song from beginning to end. He also enjoys collaborating with other artists and wishes to do much more. In his writing, Rhéal addresses various themes ranging from happy love to heartbreak, diverse social issues including injustice and mental health, and he is equally interested in politics and current events. Rhéal is part of the 2ELGBTQIA+ community, so he strives to ensure that the lyrics of his songs are written in a non-gendered manner. With his warm voice, beautiful sensitivity, and catchy melodies, Rhéal knows how to evoke many emotions among the audience attending his performances. His music is available on all streaming platforms.

Hélène Leone

Far from the scene since 2013, Hélène Leone is making her comeback to sing at the 35th Francophone Summer Festival of Vancouver. In 2003, she won the first prize at the Singing Provincial Gala (“Pacific en chanson”), which offered her the opportunity to establish herself in the French-speaking music scene on the West Coast. In spring 2005, Hélène released her self-titled debut album, which received a nomination for the "Francophone Artist of the Year" award at the Western Canadian Music Awards. She collaborates with French-speaking songwriters and blends classical jazz and contemporary pop in her original compositions. She performed with different ensembles in Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles, and was part of the programming of the Francophone Summer Festival of Vancouver in 2005, as well as the Coup de Coeur francophone de Vancouver Festival. In 2015, she launched the Canadian Bilingual School of Paris in France, in the 16th arrondissement, certified by the International Education Program of the Ministry of Education of British Columbia, which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. She also teaches at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Hélène Leone is the president of the Francophone Cultural and Artistic Council of British Columbia. Nearly 20 years after her first appearance at the Festival, the Vancouver audience is therefore invited to discover or rediscover one of the most beautiful Francophone voices of British Columbia.

Jojo & Brio

Jojo & Brio invite the little heroes of the earth to overcome the necessary challenges to become Super-Heroes through their new original and rhythmic songs. Their interactive and dynamic animations lead the audience on a joyful adventure towards a better world. For maximum fun, everyone is invited to wear their best superhero costumes on that day. Jojo (Johanne Lefebvre), singer-songwriter and children's song animator, has built a remarkable artistic career with 23 years of experience in the field of musical entertainment for young children. Her discography includes albums such as "Le Camion Rouge" (The Red Truck), "À la Ferme de Jojo" (At Jojo's Farm), and "Jojo et le Noël des Animaux" (Jojo and the Animals' Christmas), as well as a DVD entitled "Jojo en spectacle/Jojo Karaoke" (Jojo in Concert/Jojo Karaoke). Her talent and dedication have been recognized with several awards, including the "Trille Or" award in 2011 for the best children's album with "Le Camion Rouge", as well as two other "Trille Or" awards in 2005 and 2007 for her show and album "À la Ferme de Jojo". She also won the "Inspiration Coup de Foudre" award from Réseau Ontario in 2006 and was a finalist for the Ontario Pop contest in 1985. Brio (Brian St-Pierre) is a prominent figure in Ontario's Francophone community, and a multi-talented artist: songwriter, performer, musician, arranger, musical director, and music teacher. His exceptional musical journey was honored with the "Trille Or" "Prix Hommage" on September 8, 2023, in recognition of his lasting impact on future generations. With hundreds of works to his credit, he has received numerous awards and distinctions from the music industry, including four awards at Contact Ontarois 2020 for "Vaches: "The Musical", as well as Trille Or awards for his shows "Réveille" (Wake Up), "Zone", and "L'écho d'un peuple" (The Echo of a People).

La Frange

Juan, Clément, Nehemiah, and Brianna, aged between 16 and 18, form a group of young multi-instrumentalists (singing, drums, guitar, and piano) with roots from Colombia and France, proudly representing cultural diversity. They are united by their passion for music in all its forms. They have never taken music lessons, but that has never stopped them from being talented and disciplined. The self-taught group composes their own songs in French and perpetually aims to offer an enjoyable moment to their audience. They are extremely excited to be part for the first time of the line-up of the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver!

Marie Bukuru Kimwemwe

Nicknamed Bukuru or MK, Marie Bukuru Kimwemwe is about to complete her 12th year at Vancouver’s Jules Verne High School in June 2024, and the local artist continues to flourish. Of Congolese origin from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the young woman has a passion for Afrobeat dance, musical composition, harmonies, and above all, singing. She aspires to touch and bless the hearts and ears of those who listen to her.

Marley Morales

Marley Morales is passionate about music, and it's always on her mind. The 16-year-old music lover hums and taps her foot whenever she hears a music tone that catches her attention. She loves how certain chords can make a melody so beautiful. These subtleties fascinate her. Marley began singing with her sister and brother, but it was the piano that turned out to be her favorite. After playing the instrument for some time, she finds a guitar in an alley behind her house... as if it were destiny. Since then, she has been playing several instruments, but singing and piano remain her main ones. Her future plans include deepening her musical knowledge, developing her composition skills, and continuing her studies. Her life is guided by music, which brings her a sense of joy and peace.