Wrap-up of the 27th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal
Montréal, Saturday, June 20, 2015 — Mais oui—pleasure was the watchword for this 27th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada!
We witnessed wonderful artistic achievements from artists who surpassed themselves, watched as social media caught fire, and experienced a festival absolutely stuffed with surprises, drawing large, enthusiastic and ever-growing crowds, leading us to conclude that this edition will end up with a balanced budget.
More than ever, we took our role as a “facilitator” to heart, unveiling and spotlighting talents and showcasing new names guaranteed to end up on the tip of every tongue, including Bernhari, Samito, Nach, Félix Dyotte, Le Couleur and Feu! Chatterton.
And there were other excitingly successful elements: the 5th anniversary of the Rendez-vous Pros, once again ensuring that contracts or agreements were forged between Québécois artists and European labels, and vice-versa.
A 2nd edition of the Foire des Francos, a fun laissez-faire flea market created for fans to stroll through and linger in the heart of the event while enjoying performances by various new artists.
The Prix Félix-Leclerc, which once again built a bridge between Québec and France—congratulations to Salomé Leclerc, the 2015 Québécois winner!—while the Ford Rising Star contest unveiled our emerging singer-songwriters. And don’t forget the Prix des Francos at the Francouvertes (Charles-Antoine Gosselin), at the Festival de la chanson de Granby (Émile Bilodeau), and our collaboration with Ma Première Place des Arts. Everyone works together at every level, and gets the job done!
And with “folie” right in our very name—as important as “Francos”—fans were guaranteed an incredible array of wild good times!
There were new creations conceived and staged especially for the Francos, including shows by Alex Nevsky, Koriass, Arthur H and Les BB 25 years on… with performances by artists including Michel Louvain and Denis Drolet!
A centenary celebration of Piaf in all her radiance, with voices as varied and individual as Daniel Lavoie, Florence K, Sylvie Moreau and Marie-Thérèse Fortin!
Pierre Lapointe, the master of surprises, who reinvents himself with every visit.
And Pascale Picard, following up on her massive anglo career success with a debut version en français just for us.
There were also crazily hybrid shows, like the one assembling world music v.2.0 from Pierre Kwenders, electro-pop from Alfa Rococo, franco-reggae from Piepoljak and Acadian hip-hop from Radio Radio, all on the same stage, gathering a massively and proudly multicoloured crowd!
And the Francos once again drew major crowd love! Dedicated to francophone musical expression, the festival is a powerful cultural sparkplug that packs our venues and the outdoor site, with wildly diverse audiences and crowds, and not just for its major events (like the free outdoor shows by Dead Obies and Alaclair Ensemble: when was the last time you saw that many people out at 11 p.m. in the middle of the week!).
Our name also includes “Montréal”… and obviously, the Francos are very good for our city, promoting it, making it a synonym for joie de vivre, with locals and visitors alike falling in love with our metropolis all over again. Our event annually welcomes 1,3 million visits and draws tens of thousands of tourists, a third of them from Europe—an incredible bonus for the tourism industry! The Francos give this city top billing, both here and abroad in Europe, thanks to the many foreign journalists who spread the word about Montreal and her Francos.
Finally, we cannot close without saluting everyone—artists, the festival team, Montrealers, government partners, sponsors and media partners—whose support and involvement made this beautiful edition possible. A thousand thanks to all!
The 28th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal: June 10 to 18, 2016
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