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Summer hits the ground running with the Francos!

27th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal

Montréal, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Finally—here’s the full program of this 27th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada! With 150 free outdoor shows announced today, every music is sure to find something exciting and alluring, from hip-hop to French chanson to good ol’ big-time rock’n’roll, sung in Québécois, chiac, Créole… in other words, en français, because the Francos always get the accents right, and welcome every one of them. From June 11 to 20, the francophonie comes to Montreal to let les bon temps rouler!

 A free event every night!

It’s a Francos tradition… and everyone loves it! Enjoy a free major event every evening, starring artists from home, and as far afield as France and Haiti!

Événement d’ouverture Ford avec Radio Radio, Alfa Rococo, Pierpoljak et Pierre KwendersLes Spectacles Bell at 9 P.M. Koriass et son gros orchestre avec Loud Lary Ajust, Safia Nolin, Karim Ouellet et Misteur Valaire (June 12) ; Le Rendez-vous Loto-Québec : Alex Nevsky avec Radio Radio, Fanny Bloom et Marie-Pierre Arthur (June 13) ; la Grande fête multiculturelle Hydro-Québec avec Boukman Eksperyans (June 14) ; Arthur H, Soleil dedans avec Koriass, Érika Angell et plusieurs autres (June 15) ; À grands coups d’amour, 25e anniversaire de la mort de Gerry Boulet, présenté par SiriusXM,  avec Alexandre Désilets, Alex Nevsky, Isabelle Boulay, Brigitte Boisjoli, Lucien Francoeur, Betty Bonifassi, Rémi Chassé, Olivier Langevin, Fred Fortin, Antoine Gratton, Daniel Boucher et Martha Wainwright (June 16) ; le Grand événement Bell : Les BB 25 ans avec Véronic Dicaire, Roch Voisine, Blé, Valérie Carpentier, Véronique Claveau, Les Denis Drolet, Antoine Gratton, Mara Tremblay, Michel Louvain et Ludovick Bourgeois (June 17) ; Vincent Vallières (June 18) ; la Soirée SiriusXM : Les sœurs Boulay avec Paul Daraîche, Daniel Lavoie, Fred Fortin et Rosalie Ayotte (June 19) ; et Michel Rivard (June 20).

Photo: Les FrancoFolies de Montréal – Victor Diaz Lamich

The program, series by series

150 free shows: it’s time to celebrate! Here’s a glimpse of the action:

L’Espace Bell (Bell Stage, Place des Festivals)

Along with the Spectacles Bell series and its 9 major free events at 9 p.m., fans can discover:

Les Révélations Bell series, 7 p.m.

Sarah BourdonJune 13 — After a major role as the opening act for Yann Perreau’s tour, she returns more radiant than ever with a 2nd album.

Julien DoréJune 18 (also June 19, 8 p.m.) — The Male Artist of the Year at the 2015 Victoires de la musique awards lands on Québécois soil and welcomes us all!

Sophie PelletierJune 19 — Formerly on Star Académie 2012, the singer-songwriter presents her first album!

La Zone Ford (Ford Stage, corner Ste. Catherine St. and Jeanne-Mance St.)

Soirées rock Ford series, 8 p.m.

Caravane June 12 — Discovered last year, these Québec cats return with a debut album of raw, folk-tinged rock-blues.

Pascale PicardJune 16 — Here’s a twist: this rockeuse lands at the Francos to perform en français! It’s an unprecedented show, and it’s only for us!

Salomé Leclerc June 17 — The irresistible Salomé arrives to deliver the crisp electro sounds of her most recent and universally hailed album.

Les Nuits rock Ford series, 11 p.m.

Ponctuation June 13 — Trenchant garage-rock and punky, danceable riffs, rewired with a touch of psychedelia to electrify the crowd.

Aut’Chose with Les Muscadettes, Caféïne, Papillon and Snake from Voïvod June 14 — The legendary Québécois rock group joins us to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Not that’s what we call a hard-hitting comeback!

Chocolat June 20 — Welcome back this intrepid quintet led by Jimmy Hunt, at the peak of their form with a first album in 6 years, laced with wicked guitars and powerhouse rock. Pow!

Les Midis series (Complexe Desjardins)

Du Haut des Airs June 15 to 18 — A show uniting the forces of Belgium (Francis Rivard), France (Frédéric Lalancette), Canada (Maryline Joly) and Switzerland (Krystel Nadeau).

Marc-André Sauvageau June 19 — The big winner of the 2014 Ford Rising Star contest!

Le Pub Rickard’s (corner De Bleury St. and Ste. Catherine St.)

Les Acoustiques Rickard’s series, 5 p.m.

Safia Nolin June 14 — The future sensation of Québécois song: a supremely sensitive voice, charged with emotion and artistic sensibility.

Émile Bilodeau June 19 — He describes his folk style as “comico-identitaire,” inspired by the master, Adamus, the eternal energy of Dédé and the wisdom of the immortal Félix.

Saratoga June 20 — Michel-Olivier Gasse and Chantal Archambault join forces around a single mic for an intimate folk concert.

Les Soirées chaudes Rickard’s series, 7 p.m.

Louis-Philippe GingrasJune 14 — A raw, real musical language pitched between rural folk and Nashville swing. Take a trip down the side-roads with rough-hewn songs to make you laugh and cry!

Sophie Tapie June 17 — A fully-integrated country sound, with frank and authentic songs revealing a raw talent. An artist to be discovered.

Willows June 18 — Willows is the new stage name of Geneviève Toupin who, true to her Franco-Manitoban and Métis roots, takes us on a musical soaring journey.

Le Monde Découvertes SiriusXM (corner Ste. Catherine St. and Clark St.)

Nouvelle chanson SiriusXM series, 7 p.m.

Constance Amiot June 16 — It’s pop-folk that knocks down the boundaries between French pop and American country-folk.

Charles-Antoine Gosselin June 17 — The winner of the Prix des Francos at Francouvertes 2015 and former leader of anglo pop-rock group Harvest Breed presents songs stripped of all artifice, driven by raw emotion and that tender voice.

Lisbonne Télégramme June 20 — Melodies that soothe and colour the landscape while Maritza’s spellbinding voice floats heavenward like an angel. Beautiful, soothing dream-folk!

Les Découvertes SiriusXM series, 10 p.m.

Baden BadenJune 12 — An elegant and melancholy, chiseled and aerean pop-rock from this trio Parisian trio on their new album.

Navert June 15 — When Annie-Claude Navert and Guillaume Chartrain join forces, we get Temps bipolaire, a debut album of electropop that’s equally gentle and abrasive!

Claude Bégin June 17, 10 p.m., Sirius XM Stage — After his wild rap adventures with the Alaclair Ensemble, Claude Bégin rides high on the charts with Avant de disparaître, the new hit single of the moment!

La Place Loto-Québec
(Parterre —St. Urbain St., between De Montigny St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd.)

Les Espoirs Loto-Québec series, 8 p.m.

Félix DyotteJune 12 — The former singer of the group Chinatown presents his first solo album: refined pop, an ethereal voice, and strings that flirt with airs of French chanson

Les Hôtesses d’HilaireJune 18 — They’re hirsute and risqué, energetic and passionate, and as we now know, they serve up an absolutely powerhouse stage show!

Joseph Edgar June 19 — A most worthy descendent of Zachary Richard, the urban cowboy rides in with folk rock, intelligent poetry and above all, that memorable stage presence.

Les Rythmes Loto-Québec series, 10 p.m.

Guillaume Beauregard June 14  Leaving behind the addictive punk of Vulgaires Machins, the band’s former singer unveils a perfectly mastered turn to pop-rock. Impressive!

Antoine Corriveau June 19 — One year after the unanimously acclaimed Les ombres longues, the charming Antoine Corriveau surprises us with this concert in a new format: a trio with cello and drums!

Bernhari June 20 — One of last year’s great indie-rock revelations, with a soaring, poetic new album. Unmissable!

Le Monde multiculturel Hydro-Québec (corner De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Jeanne-Mance St.)

Les Spectacles multiculturels Hydro-Québec series, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

SamitoJune 12 — The 2015 Révélation Radio-Canada in World Music, Samito presents a debut album poised between secular melodies and techno grooves.

Florent Vollant, Puamuna — June 13 — Innu icon Florent Vollant returns with the oneiric sounds of a 4th album.

La YegrosJune 18 — With her electro-pop-hip-hop potion and rhythmic, urgent voice, this Argentinean discovery is causing a sensation! She’s captured the public imagination with her new album.

Le Monde urbain La Presse+ (corner De Montigny St. and Clark St.)

Les Soirées urbaines La Presse+ series, 9 p.m.

Bigflo & OliJune 14 — Clearly, these dudes are the future of French rap! Barely 18 and 21 respectively, the Toulouse natives land with their debut album.

Monk.E June 16 — A rapper, graffiti artist, painter and poet for whom art remains the most powerful social engine, Monk.E has a truly unique vision. Have a look—and listen!

JP ManovaJune 18 (also June 19, 11 p.m.) — One of the best-kept secrets in French rap finally drops tracks from a debut album at Les Francos.

Les Nuits urbaines la Presse+ series, 11 p.m.

Eman & Vlooper June 13 — Exceptional, regal hip-hop with Eman, member of the Alaclair Ensemble and Vlooper, a leading figure in the Piu Piu movement.

Dead Obies June 15 — The new leaders of the pack in Québécois hip-hop hit back with tracks from their upcoming new album. It’s the bomb!

Cabadzi June 19 (also June 20, 11 p.m.) — Beat box rhythms, intoxicating symphonic strings, electro-rock sounds and a deep, dark flow… the turbulent group arrives with a beautiful, powerful 3rd album.

Les Partys du Shag Molson Canadian

The Francos pop-up bar in the Savoy du Métropolis once again offers a program starring DJs and well-known figures from the music world, rolling in to shake up the dancefloor from midnight to 3 a.m., featuring (among others) Toast Dawg Brazivilain II (June 13), Dumas alias DJ Maison Columbia (June 16), Acadie Sound System with Joseph Edgar and his Acadian friends (June 17).

Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson 2014: the winners in performance

The Québécois winner of the Prix Félix-Leclerc 2014, Philémon Cimon seizes his opportunity to participate in a stage and will also perform live at Les Francofolies de La Rochelle in 2015. Meanwhile, last year’s French winner, Feu ! Chatterton, will perform right here as part of the Rythmes Loto-Québec series, June 17 at 10 p.m.

The Ford Rising Star: discover hot new singer-songwriters!

It’s an all-new 4th edition that turns the spotlight in the creativity of Québec’s new singer-songwriters, with Les sœurs Boulay as spokeswomen. Prizes include: a solo concert as part of Francos 2016, a mentor program, a professional recording, $2500 offered by Ford and prizes from CKOI 96,9. Finalists Éric Charland, Dominique Breault and Émilie Cornut will battle it out for the grand prize in a concert accompanied by Les Sœurs Boulay, June 20 at 8 p.m. on the Ford Stage, part of Les Soirées rock Ford series.

The return of La Foire des Francos

It was such a tremendous success last year that we’ve brought it back with bells on! And this year, the watchwords are Music, Art and Fashion! Enjoy rummaging through products from over 40 exhibitors—jewelry, clothing, promotional items, artworks, music accessories…—all accompanied by mini music sets by Olivier Belisle, Félix Dyotte, Carl-Éric Hudon, Guillaume Beauregard, Charles-Antoine Gosselin, Cindy Bédard, Ariane Zita and Gabrielle Proulx. It’s a casual open-air flea market as only Montreal and the Francos can offer! Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (moved to Saturday, June 20 in case of rain), on the Place des Arts esplanade.

“Like” Les FrancoFolies Contest:
over $28,000 in prizes to be won!

The “Like” Les FrancoFolies Contest offers you the chance to win magnificent prizes with a total value of over $28,000!

Grand prize: a black Focus SE 2015, valued at over $9531.80; offered by Ford.

2nd prize: a passport for 4 persons for a weekend at Baie-James, valued at $8614, offered by Hydro-Québec.

3rd prize: a trip to Greece, valued at $6000, offered by Air Transat and OIKOS by Danone.

4th prize: a Jura espresso machine, Model IMPRESSA F8, valued at $2520, offered by Jura.

5th prize: a collection of compact discs, featuring many artists participating in the FrancoFolies de Montréal 2015, valued at $1000, offered by Loto-Québec.

6th prize: an Origine Québec gift basket, valued at $500, offered by the SAQ.

7th prize: radio satellite kit including a SIRIUSXM radio with equipment for your vehicle, as well as a home installation kit and a one-year subscription with a maximum value of $500, offered by SiriusXM.

Information and participation: www.facebook.com/FrancoFoliesMtl). Presented in collaboration with La Presse+, Rouge FM, CKOI 96.9 FM and 98,5 FM.

Thanks to our partners

We offer particular thanks to the Government of Québec — Ministère du Tourisme, Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, ministère de la Culture et des Communications and SODEC. Thanks to Government of Canada—Economic Development Canada and Canadian Heritage. Thanks to the Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, MUSICACTION, the Fondation SOCAN, the SOCAN and the SACEM. We offer our immense, sincere thanks to our precious private partners: Bell, main sponsor and presenter, Ford of Canada, co-presenter of the event, Loto-Québec, Molson Canadian, SAQ, Hydro-Québec, Desjardins, OIKOS de Danone, La Presse+, Air Transat, Société Radio-Canada, SiriusXM, as well as our official suppliers, Pepsi, Hyatt Regency Montréal, ARTV, Naya, Complexe Desjardins, Jura, Vins du Sud-Ouest, Badoit, Vital Link, HMV and Fromages CDA. And a special thanks to all our media partners.

Info-Francos La Presse+

514 876-8989 or, toll-free, 1 855-FRANCOS — francofolies.com

It’s a date! The 27th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal will run from June 11 to June 20, 2015.

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