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Wrap-up of the 28th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal

Montreal, Saturday, June 18, 2016 — As we wrap up the 28th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada, we can already enjoy the happy memories of 10 days and nights of musical celebration. From June 9 to 18, our artists were thrilled to avail themselves of a vibrant and dynamic showcase pushing the boundaries of creativity, festivalgoers were delighted to plunge into a free open-air event blessed with such wonderful ambience and high musical quality, where all genres were welcome, from rock to hip-hop, country, chanson, electronica and traditional music, with fans discovering tomorrow’s artists before anyone else, mingling with new friends from all over the world—in other words, participating in the world’s largest francophone music celebration!

We will remember that this 28th edition of the Francos was a remarkable event that took on and met a number of bold challenges. Was it risky to stage a 100% Québécois hip-hop show starring Brown, Alaclair Ensemble, Dead Obies and Loud Lary Ajust? Not at all! The Huffington Post hailed a “flawless musical evening”, drawing a huge, colourful and lively crowd to heat up Ste. Catherine Street on a chilly evening!

Some might consider it a challenge even to mount a large-scale francophone musical event in a difficult context, but nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, francophone music has never been more vibrant, beautiful and ready to be discovered, in an event with over 200 shows, 1000 artists from 15 countries, and a million recorded site visits!

This year’s programming was historic, and the numbers back that up: we registered the best box office ticket sales of the past 15 years, and a number of shows were completely sold out, including Feu! Chatterton, Yann Perreau, Thomas Fersen, Tire le coyote, Louise Attaque, Safia Nolin, Diane Dufresne, Marc Dupré and Jean Leloup.

Major highlights included opening show Gainsbourg symphonique, an exclusive concept created by outstanding talents and assembling Simon Leclerc, Jane Birkin and Arthur H performing the Gainsbourg repertoire, and the stunning Groovy Aardvark show in Métropolis marking the 20th anniversary of their album Vacuum.

And every evening on the Place des Festivals, the Francos offered artists an unparalleled space to unleash their creativity. Renowned popular artists including Ariane Moffatt, Louis-Jean Cormier, Pierre Lapointe, Marie-Pierre Arthur and Galaxie, famed for their major album sales, awards and sold-out concerts, came to the Place to offer free outdoor concerts, presenting new creations, revamped performances, and daring artistic moves that thrilled their audiences. No doubt about it, Montreal has a ringside seat for a music scene in full ferment!

Best of all, the Francos are truly a talent pool. Fans hoping to spot the stars of tomorrow know they needn’t look any further! This year’s finest discoveries included Vianney, MHD, Nicolas Michaux, Hamza, Rosie Valland, Rymz, Safia Nolin, Laurence Nerbonne and VioleTT Pi. Remember those names! The Foire des Francos, marking its 3rd edition this year, also hosted non-stop performances by musicians and DJs served as the backdrop to a local mini-marketplace dedicated entirely to music, art and fashion.

And it’s a genuine delight to encourage musical bridge-building between francophone countries. As the 6th annual Rendez-vous Pros kicked off a week of music industry exchanges with a cocktail gathering industry professionals, the event was unfolding as a massive success proving that when we all work together, great things happen! It’s no accident that, every year, the Rendez-vous Pros end with contracts signed between Québécois artists and European record labels… and vice-versa!

From the self-same perspective of establishing and growing musical dialogue between Québec and France, please note that the Prix Félix-Leclerc for songwriting was awarded to one of the best Québécois discoveries of the year, Safia Nolin.

Not to mention the incredible opportunity to discover, for free, some of the hottest and most celebrated artists in France right now—like Vianney and MHD, who have racked up 100 million viewings on YouTube between them! Good news: Vianney will be back in Montreal this coming autumn for a show presented by the FrancoFolies. In keeping with our mission to showcase and promote francophone music, the Francos are proudly dedicated to supporting return engagements by francophone artists throughout the year. Vianney will headline L’Astral on October 27 (tickets go on sale today at noon).

And we’re delighted to learn that the FrancoFolies de Montréal will be part of the festivities celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montréal in 2017.

Thanks a million to everyone, and we’ll see you back here next year!

29th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal: June 8 to 18, 2017 

 

What they said about us…

Foreign media

« En cette année des 25 ans de sa mort, c’est au Québec qu’a eu lieu le plus bel hommage à Serge Gainsbourg. […] Il aura donc fallu traverser l’Atlantique pour l’entendre [Jane Birkin] à nouveau chanter Gainsbourg… »

— Valérie Lehoux, Télérama, June 13, 2016

“The FrancoFolies music festival, an extraordinarily eclectic—and talented–collection of Francophone musician [entertain] thousands of people, of all-ages, who thronged the city-centre streets.”

« Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, une collection extraordinairement éclectique et talentueuse de musiciens francophones qui divertissent des milliers de personnes de tous âges dans les rues du centre-ville. »

— John Chambers, The Independent (Irlande), August 10, 2015

“The biggest celebration of French culture, language and music takes place every year in Montreal at the FrancoFolies de Montreal.”

« La plus grande célébration de la culture, de la langue et de la musique francophone a lieu chaque année à Montréal lors des FrancoFolies de Montréal. »

 — Alison Karlene Hodgins, Canadian Traveler (Canada), May 19, 2016

« Artistes et mélomanes de toute la Francophonie se pressent au plus grand festival musical francophone au monde. »

 — EnRoute Air Canada, June 2016

« Jouer en plein air comme ça, c’est une ambiance évidemment formidable d’un festival, c’est une kermesse, c’est une rencontre directe avec le public. »

— Patrick Simonin, TV5 Monde, June 13, 2016

 « Durant ce premier week-end des FrancoFolies, l’offre culturelle à Montréal était immense […]. Malgré une météo qui évoquait parfois davantage novembre que juin, les rues du centre-ville, rendues piétonnières pour l’occasion, étaient bondées. »

— Marie-Hélène Mello, RFI Musique, June 15, 2016

« Ça fait du bien d’être dans un festival qui célèbre la francophonie loin de chez soi. »

— Patrick Simonin, TV5 Monde, June 15, 2016

« Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, un festival avec une ambiance unique ainsi qu’une équipe et des artistes de talent, qui représente parfaitement la chanson française. »

— Antony Mouton, Hotmixradio (France)

« Car ce spectacle que les FrancoFolies de Montréal ont programmé cette année est une très belle adaptation des plus grandes chansons de Serge Gainsbourg. C’est la plus ambitieuse et la plus aboutie des adaptations de son œuvre par Jane Birkin. »

— Martin Choteau, Gala.fr, June 13, 2016

« Voici le 1er rendez-vous mondial de la chanson francophone. Depuis 1989, ce festival attire à chaque édition […] pas moins de 1 000 artistes, musiciens et vedettes de la chanson d’une vingtaine de pays. »

— Routard.com (France), April 2016

« En plein centre-ville de Montréal, les Francos sont une ville dans la ville pendant dix jours, juin venu. Depuis le 9, la ville vit au rythme de la chanson francophone sous toutes ses formes, du plus gros show de hip-hop québécois jamais vu en ouverture au récital de Diane Dufresne en bouquet final. »

— Yannick Delneste, Chanson française (a SudOuest.fr blog), June 15, 2016

Local media

« Des feux d’artifice ont éclaté dans les airs. Rien de moins ! C’était à l’image d’une soirée grandiose signée Ariane Moffatt. »

— Émilie Côté, La Presse+, June 16, 2016

« Ça prend beaucoup plus que quelques gouttes de pluie et une température automnale pour repousser les amateurs de hip-hop québécois. C’est par milliers qu’ils se sont rendus au concert d’ouverture ‟historique” des FrancoFolies, hier soir. »

— Raphaël Gendron-Martin, Le Journal de Montréal, June 10, 2016

« Merci aux FrancoFolies de nous avoir invités même si on est des acteurs-chanteurs ! »

— Pierre-Luc Brillant, Métro, June 17, 2016

« Les FrancoFolies, ça m’a aidé à me mettre au monde. Parce qu’ils m’ont donné la possibilité de mettre sur pied des spectacles extraordinaires. […] Il y a un projet qui va être annoncé la semaine prochaine. […] Un autre grand projet que je vais faire en collaboration avec les FrancoFolies et pour moi ça reste des opportunités qui n’ont pas d’égal et j’en suis extrêmement reconnaissant. »

 — Pierre Lapointe, Première chaîne de Radio-Canada, June 10, 2016

« Merci d’avoir partagé avec moi la plus belle soirée de ma vie. »

— Marc Dupré, at the Bell Centre Bell during the FrancoFolies, June 10, 2016

« Pour se goinfrer de chanson, se faire masser les oreilles, y a pas beaucoup mieux que Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, qui mélangent, sur des scènes intérieures et extérieures, styles et statuts, artistes qu’on aime déjà et ceux qu’on va aimer. »

— Plaisirs de vivre, June 2016

Francos online

francofolies.com

Over 270,000 visits;

Over 1,455,000 page views;

Applications for iPhone and Android downloaded by almost 44,000 festivalgoers;

100 video clips viewed 215,000 times on FrancosMontreal.TV, Facebook and YouTube, including (new this year!) 20 live Facebook videos;

20 exclusive interviews with artists performing at the Francos;

Over 43,000 contributions on our FrancoFolies Facebook and Twitter accounts;

Almost 13.1 million impressions on Facebook and Twitter during the festival;

3rd edition of the “Brigade Instagram #FrancosMTL”: 20 Francofans roaming the site, capturing 400 photos shared and Liked by over 35,000 subscribers!

1 official Snapchat filter: thousands of Francofans shared instant photos and videos of their evenings at the Francos with over 100,000 people!

Francos around the world

60 foreign journalists

Almost 40 media outlets, including the special participation of TV5Monde and Libération:

Canada: Canadian Traveler, enRoute, Canada NewsWire, WestJet Magazine, BRBR TFO, Ottawa Citizen, Yahoo News;

France: Agence France Presse, Libération, TV5 Monde – L’Invité, Hit West, Télérama, RFI Musique, La bande passante – RFI, Ouest-France, Sud-Ouest, Le Parisien, Les Inrockuptibles, Gala.fr, Hotmixradio, Platine Magazine, Longueur d’Ondes, Brain Magazine, Wad Magazine, Radio Néo, 20minutes.fr, Scènes Francophones, La Bande Sonore, Francomag, Routard.com, Chanson Française, Francofans, Férarock, Francofolies de Spa, Amina Magazine, L’Express, La Croix;

United Kingdom: The Independant (Ireland);

Peru: Orbita Popular.

United States: Next City;

Bangladesh: bd24live.com;

Belgium: Equinoxe.FM, RTBF.be;

Romania: AGERPRES;

Switzerland: Fréquence Banane;

Germany: Der Tagesspiegel, Jennismusikbloqc;

China: RTHK radio 3;

Francos on the airwaves

The Ariane Moffatt concert was filmed by ICI Radio-Canada Télé and will be broadcast on September 11.

Radio stations broadcasting from our free outdoor site: Rouge FM, ÉNERGIE, ICI Musique and CISM.

A huge thanks to Rouge FM and ÉNERGIE, who broadcast shows live from the Bell kiosk, from the Bell Stage (Joseph Edgar, Renee Wilkin, Patrick Groulx présente Jam 5, David Jalbert, Alexe Gaudreault, 2Frères, Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs, Andie Duquette, Alexandre Belliard, Fioritudes, Pierre Lapointe, Canailles, Stefie Shock, Dumas, Alpha Blondy & The Solar System, Galaxie et Marie-Pierre Arthur and Louis-Jean Cormier), as well as shows on the Ford Stage (Les Respectables, Jonathan Painchaud, Patrice Michaud, Rémi Chassé and Philippe Brach). Thanks to their efforts, thousands of Québécers experience the Francofrenzy, even if they were far away!

Chants Libres à Monique on ICI Musique with Monique Giroux was recorded live on June 10 from the Bistro Terrasse à Sangria.

La soirée est encore jeune with Jean Philippe Wauthier of ICI Radio-Canada première was filmed in the Salon urbain of la Place des Arts on June 11 and 12. Guests: Gildor Roy, Alaclair Ensemble, Philippe Brach, Stéphane Rousseau, Dumas and Alexandre Désilets. Over 1000 people attended!

Every evening at 7 p.m., the CISM tent on the Place des Arts esplanade hosted an outdoor series featuring artists including La Famille Ouellette and Les Guerres D’l’Amour.

Thank you!

Bell, official sponsor and presenter ● Ford of Canada, co-presenter of the event ● Gouvernement du QuébecMinistère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, SODECGovernment of CanadaEconomic Development Canada and Heritage CanadaVille de MontréalTourisme MontréalMUSICACTIONFondation SOCANSOCANSACEMLoto-QuébecMolson CanadianSociété des alcools du QuébecHydro-QuébecDesjardinsLa Presse+Société Radio-CanadaSiriusXMPepsiHyatt Regency MontréalARTVNayacomplexe DesjardinsJuraVital LinkHMVFromages CDA ● All our media partners