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Festival ete francophone vancouver

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...


Location Stage Unis TV, West 7th Avenue (Entre les rues Granville et Fir)Vancouver

On June 15, the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver will welcome three amazing singers on the Unis TV outdoor stage on 7th Avenue. Gregory Charles and his special guest Marc Hervieux will be on stage together for several songs and the opening will start with the multi-instrumentist and guitar virtuoso artist, Alpha Yaya Diallo.


Le Festival francophone de Vancouver will welcome three of the most talented artists on stage!   

On Saturday, June 15th, the Unis TV outdoor stage in front of the Maison de la francophonie on West 7th Avenue in Vancouver will be the highlight of the 30th annual program of the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver. Three amazing artists will take turns on stage to present an eclectic performance where the audience will discover some of the best French-language music produced in Canada today. The show will open with the multi-instrumentist and guitar virtuoso Alpha Yaya Diallo, and will be followed by Gregory Charles and his special guest Marc Hervieux. They will perform together several songs for our greater pleasure!

7 p.m.:Alpha Yaya Diallo

9 p.m. : Gregory Charles and Marc Hervieux





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The event will take place rain or shine.


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Gregory Charles, appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016, has been a feature on the Canadian and Quebec artistic landscape for three decades. He first appeared as a young prodigy in Quebec at the end of the 1980s, when he represented Canada as a classical pianist in international music competitions. After completing his studies in law, he became well known to the general public on radio and television, with his roles in the popular dramatic series Chambres en ville (Rooms in Town), and as host of the famous scientific series Les débrouillards (The débrouillards), as well as the television game show Que le meilleur gagne (May the Best Man Win) and the late-night talk show Cha-ba-da.  He captivated radio audiences on CKOI, CKAC, and Radio Canada’s French-language Première Chaine and CBC Radio One and Radio Two.

At the end of the 1990s, Gregory Charles joined his friend Céline Dion on her world tour Let’s talk about love.  Back at home, he launched his first one-man show, Noir et Blanc (Black and White), performed 43 times at Montreal’s Bell Centre for over a million spectators. In 2006, Gregory released his first album in English, I think of you, which sold 500,000 copies. For over 30 years Gregory has been a choir conductor and he is the founder of the choral music festival, Le mondial choral de Laval, an annual choral music event that has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators. With the young singers in his Collège Vocal de Laval, Gregory continues touring internationally, from France to China, Croatia, South Africa, Indonesia, and Japan.

In 2009, Gregory Charles performed his show Musicman in Canada and in France, and in 2010, in Scotland and the United Kingdom. He was also an artist in residence at the mythic Café Carlisle on New York’s Upper East Side. In 2010, Gregory Charles and his team produced the choral performances that accompanied the “Carry the Flame” relay for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games.  More than 200 performances were organized with thousands of Canadian choral singers. In 2013, Gregory purchased a mobile theatre, “Le Qube” and he created an interactive project he called Vintage. More than 200,000 spectators attended this innovative show, which was then presented in New York in the spring of 2015.

The same year, Gregory Charles founded “Média Qube Télé” and his production team prepared the first season of the broadcast Virtuose, which presents young classical musicians of exceptional talent, recruited from all across Canada. The show was a triumph on “Ici Radio-Canada Télé” and returned for a second season in the winter of 2017. The Virtuose adventure continued with live shows all across Quebec. Gregory Charles reaffirmed his passion for classical music with the acquisition of two Radio-Classique stations, in Montreal and in Quebec, amalgamated into his station La radio des classiques.

Through his professional and community work, Gregory Charles continues to share his love of music and of knowledge, with a focus on choral and classical music and music for youth. He never ceases to create new ways to develop and showcase the talent and to radiate beauty.



Since 2009, tenor Marc Hervieux has spoiled us with nine pop and classical albums, including A Napoli and Tenor Arias, both Félix award winners as Album of the Year in the Classical/Vocal category. In the aftermath of these two very popular albums, Marc has toured extensively in Quebec with his musicians.

In the course of his career, Marc Hervieux has performed as a special guest on many international stages from Saint Petersburg to Paris, Seoul, Malaga and Taiwan. He has also shared the stage in Quebec with many fellow artists, including Gilles Vigneault, Ginette Reno, Paul Daraîche and Éric Lapointe. In passing, he let himself go on a romp to star in the musical comedy Sister Act, presented by the Just for Laughs festival.

A multi-talented artist, Marc also makes frequent television and radio appearances. After hosting the daily talk show "Cap sur l’été" two years in a row, he now dedicates his entertaining commentary and musical knowledge to the variety show Virtuose, hosted by Gregory Charles and presented by Radio-Canada. As for radio, he is on air with the broadcast ICI Musique.




Guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo, from Guinea in West Africa, is one of the hottest acts on the current world music scene. Now based in Vancouver, Canada, he’s earned a matchless reputation internationally for the excellence of his musicianship and the excitement of his live shows – whether performing solo or with his band Bafing

Alpha is a uniquely multi-talented artist. His dexterous acoustic and electric guitar-playing, with its fluid melodic lines and compelling grooves, places him in the front ranks of African axemen. In addition, he is a skilled and experienced performer on a variety of percussion instruments, and on the balafon (traditional wooden xylophone). To complete the abundance of riches he writes his own compositions and sings with a supple and beautifully modulated voice. By successfully uniting the traditional and the contemporary, Diallo has carved a niche for himself beside such West African luminaries as Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Youssou N’Dour, and Ismael Lo.

But, if anything, the blend of musical elements to be found in Alpha’s work is even richer and more diverse, a heritage from his childhood years. His father worked as a doctor-surgeon, frequently on the move with his family. Growing up in a number of regions of Guinea, he was accordingly exposed to a variety of cultures and absorbed musical traditions from the Malenke, Sousou, and his own Foulani people. In addition, he spent time in neighboring Senegal, where his mother has relatives, and picked up the popular and powerful mbalax rhythm there – as well as influences from Cape Verde and the Caribbean.

A self-taught musician, Alpha possesses a fine ear and quickly learned how to transpose for his guitar the melodic and rhythmic patterns he heard played on indigenous Guinean instruments. He was already in great demand as a musician while at school and university, performing with such bands as The Sons of Ra’is, and Syli Authentique. Eventually, he found the opportunity to move to Europe and became a member of Fatala – a group of West African musicians recording for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label.

Fatala traveled widely, appearing at many festivals throughout Western Europe, including the prestigious WOMAD Festival outside London, and the Festival d’Angoulême in France. After the band’s North American tour in 1991 Diallo decided to stay, and settled on the West Coast. Since then he has recorded five highly-acclaimed albums of his own compositions.

Both the acoustic Nene on which he played all the instruments, and the electric Futur were nominated for JUNO Awards- the highest accolade of the Canadian music industry. In addition, Futur obtained the Music Africa Award for National Recording of the Year, and the Pacific Music Industry Award for Best World Music Album. Internationally distributed by BMG, Diallo’s The Message won the coveted JUNO in 1999 for Best Global Recording. In 2002, The Journey also won the JUNO Award for Best Global Recording, as well as The Best World Independent.
In recent years Alpha has crisscrossed Canada and the United States, garnering rave reviews wherever he goes for his masterful performances. He’s been invited to an ever-increasing number of world music, jazz, folk, and other festivals — sharing the stage with the likes of David Lindley, Thomas Mapfumo and reggae stars Jimmy Cliff, Third World, and Burning Spear.

A documentary film about Alpha and his music was shot during a trip to Guinea, and back in Canada. Entitled The Best of Both Worlds, it was the first broadcast early in 2001 on the Bravo channel, and on both the English and French CBC television.

He is increasingly recognized as one of Canada’s leading music performers in any genre. In the summer of 2003, he played a series of high-profile European festivals as part of the Canada Council-sponsored Sonic Wave tour. And in February 2004 he was a member of the hugely successful African Guitar Summit concert at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto – with Pa Joe, Mighty Popo, Madagascar Slim, Adam Solomon, and Donné Robert. The African Guitar Summit CD has just been nominated for a JUNO.

His latest album Djama, which means ‘The People’ in Fulah, Alpha has taken his art to new heights with the intricacy and precision of his guitar-playing and his soulful singing. The recording features several superb duets with fellow guitarist Karamoko Kouyaté from Mali’s legendary Rail Band. Alpha’s musical inheritance is something he always wants to nurture and to build upon. He never strays far from these roots, while at the same time ensuring that his performances and his albums make use of the very latest advances in music technology.

Alpha Yaya Diallo is one of the most inspired and inspirational artists on the World Beat circuit today.




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