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A summer of music begins with Les Francos!

Montreal, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 — The years roll by, but the joy remains the same… 29 years after launching, Les Francos are more radiant than ever, bursting with diversity, passion and ruddy good health! With 150 outdoor concerts added to the program, our artists sing and dance enfrançais with accents from the world over, from Belgium to Algeria, Québec to Acadia, and on to Ivory Coast, France, Guinea and Switzerland… And with rock, hip-hop, electronica, world music, pop, reggae and folk, literally everyone can find his or her perfect groove! Over one million visits are expected on our incredible Quartier des Spectacles, and the spotlights will be trained on our city as it bursts into full summer festival bloom. Join us for the 29th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada, from June 8 to 18!

A free event every night!

Ten concert events kick off the summer!

Two iconic anniversaries to celebrate!

Vive Montréal aux Francos! The 375th Anniversary Event, presented by Hydro-Québec.

Les Cowboys Fringants, IAM, LOUVE, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Philippe Brach, and K.O.K.A. — June 18 from 3 p.m., Ford Stage; from 6:30 p.m., Bell Stage

Thanks to the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, the Francos add another day to the schedule on Sunday, June 18 to throw an immense party, completely free of charge, from 3 p.m. to midnight! A slew of the biggest names in francophone music from here, Europe and Africa will follow one another onstage in this historic, unprecedented concert event: 9 hours of non-stop music, from rock to reggae, rap to pop, electronica to chanson!

Fêtons notre diversité (Celebrate Our Diversity)! June 27, 2 p.m., Parterre symphonique

It’s a very special event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada! As proud as ever to promote cultural diversity, the FrancoFolies de Montréal have organized this special celebration to mark Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Montrealers and tourists from every background are invited to participate in an array of fun activities, where music, fun and a gigantic BBQ hold sway, along with a program conceived in collaboration with Vision Diversité, Mundial Montréal and the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal.

Major new additions this year: it’s action-packed on the outdoor site!

One thing is certain: you’ll love strolling the Francos outdoor site this year! The Place des Arts Esplanade has been redesigned to transport everyone to the Paris of a bygone era… The Bal pop’ Loto-Québec features décor invoking Montmartre, where resto kiosks serve up French flavours, while Le Petit Orchestre Parisien entertains and gets the crowd dancing every day from 6 p.m.

On the Place des Festivals, we’re getting a surprise ready for you, with local artists performing in the brand-new Studio Bell on the 3rd floor of the Boîte Bell. Details are forthcoming, but one thing’s for sure: these artists have been put to the test!

It’s also the return of the Foire des Francos presented once again this year by CISM, the friendly flea market where fans love to rummage through the wares, chat and support local artisans! The program showcases music, art and fashion, with more than 60 exhibitors, CISM DJ sets (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Le Couleur as guest artist (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.), not to mention all the hot dogs, ping-pong tables and beer. And admission is free! Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Zone Coors Light.

And that’s not all! The musical installation 21 Balançoires created by Daily will be accessible throughout the duration of the festival. Francofans can try them out on the Promenade des Artistes, between De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Président Kennedy Ave..

And to make things user-friendly for all our Francofans, they can now pay with debit and credit cards everywhere on the site thanks to Desjardins and its payment terminals, now available at all boutiques and restaurant kiosks.

The program, series by series

Espace Bell (Bell Stage, Place des Festivals)

On the grand Place des Festivals, you’ll find a wonderful cross-section of new artists to discover… or rediscover! Révélations Bell, 6 p.m.

June 9, 7 p.m. / Zaho — Luminous energy, convincing pop and contagious charisma… Zaho upends expectations with Le Monde à l’envers.

June 10 / Sophie Pelletier, Les météoresSophie Pelletier’s 2nd album takes a bravura turn to pop-electronica. And the proof is onstage!

June 11 / Paul Kunigis, Kaléidoscope Singer-songwriter, poet and true humanist, Paul Kunigis and his Kaléidoscope project explore gypsy, klezmer, blues-rock and French chanson.

June 12 / Vianney — The French superstar in a free outdoor concert… Always an event in itself!   

June 13 / Laurence Castera — The former La Voix candidate brings her first album, Le bruit des mots, to her Francos debut. 

June 14 / Alpha Yaya Diallo — A musical voyage into Africa: Alpha Yaya Diallo and his uplifting rhythms.

June 15 / Sébastien Lacombe — A world music approach, a touch of melancholy folk and committed, poetic lyrics: Sébastien Lacombe brings us a 4th release, Nous serons des milliers.

June 16 / Samuele — Vivid folk with blues rising: that’s Samuele and the songs from her debut, Les filles sages vont au paradis, les autres vont où elles veulent.  

June 17 / Dubmatique — Twenty years after igniting Québécois hip-hop, Dubmatique make their triumphant return—and where else but the Francos!   

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

An entire series to get Francofans moving and grooving! Soirées Ford, every evening at 8 p.m.

June 9 / Valérie Carpentier — After earning a gold record for L’Été des orages and playing Théâtre Maisonneuve during the 2014 Francos, Valérie Carpentier returns with a 2nd album, Pour Rosie.

June 10 / Zaho — Luminous energy, convincing pop and contagious charisma… Zaho upends expectations with Le Monde à l’envers!

June 11 / We love surprise shows! Here’s the first of this edition.

June 12 / Andréanne A. Malette — A natural-born hit, the feisty Andréanne A. Malette unfurls material from her forthcoming album, with the first single, Fou, already a smash.

June 13 / Féfé — This former Saïan Supa Crew rapper has an infectious energy, a natural ease and a free-flowing tongue. He’s back with a 3rd album, Mauve.

June 14 / Les Hay Babies — A trio of Acadian folk-rockers renowned for their authenticity and joyful musical chemistry. A good time guaranteed!

June 15 / Laurence Nerbonne, XO Deluxe with guests Rymz, Lary Kidd, Shash’U, Yann Perreau and Jason Bajada — It’s impossible not to surrender to Laurence Nerbonne and her current wave of popularity… Here she is with her album XO, polished up by collaborations with her crew of male pals.  

June 16 / Ford Rising Star — The famed contest unveils its finalists!

June 17 / A 2nd surprise show!

Guitars, drums and rock energy to burn: Nuits rock Ford at 11 p.m.

June 9 / Les Dales Hawerchuk — The powerhouse return of a band whose rock’n’roll is as dirty as ever on their latest album, Désavantage numérique.

June 10 / Zen Bamboo — Corrosive, stinging rock’n’roll: Zen Bamboo hit the Francos. Hard.

June 11 / Lubik — A group from Abitibi that hits hard and makes the walls shake: Lubik and their 2nd release, Vivant.

June 12 / Antoine Corriveau — Magnificent and spellbinding: Antoine Corriveau is at his best on his latest album, Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter.

June 13 / Les Indiens — Between stoner rock and psychedelia, these thundering Indiens have taken a turn to the hypno-cosmic with their latest, Shaman UFO. And we’re invited on the trip…

June 14 / La Conversion des Sauvages — Former members of the band Les Marmottes Aplaties charge up the velvet underground of French chanson with tribal and psychedelic vibes… And we’re already converts!

June 15 / Barbagallo — The solo project from the drummer of Tame Impala: Barbagallo, poised between French chanson and psychedelic folk-rock.

June 16 / Chocolat — Our fave garage-psychedelia rockers return with a swaggering new album entitled Rencontrer Looloo.

June 17 / Alaclair Ensemble — They’re droll, unpredictable and get fans bouncing, as we witnessed during last year’s Francos grand opening event.

The next generation introduces itself at 5 p.m.! The Chansons dans la mire series (Complexe Desjardins).

June 14 to 17 / Chansons dans la mire — The SACEF presents a series of 4 concerts celebrating the inventiveness and effervescence of the world of chanson with artists from the 23rd edition of Ma première Place des Arts.

Zone Coors Light (corner De Bleury and Ste. Catherine)

One of the most accessible and welcoming spots on the site hosts the Acoustiques Coors Light series at 5 p.m.

June 9 / Les Louanges — Finalist of the Francouvertes award, Les Louanges presents the elaborate rock of his debut EP, Le Mercure.

June 10 / Mélissa Ouimet — A big voice, sensitive songwriting and catchy hooks: an artist to discover!

June 11 / Gabriel Joseph — Winner of last year’s Ford Rising Star contest, Gabriel Joseph takes on his first real major show at the Francos!

June 12 / Baptiste W. Hamon | Marvin Jouno — La SACEM presents a pair of French singers who share talent and a promising future.

June 13 / Lydia Képinski | Philémon Cimon — Bonsound presents the hypnotic voice of Lydia Képinski, and Philémon Cimon, 2014 Prix Félix-Leclerc winner.

June 14 / Joey Robin Haché | Menoncle Jason — Le Grenier Musique presents the dirty but true songs of Joey Robin Haché and the retro country of Menoncle Jason.

June 15 / Paupière | Alexandre Désilets — SOCAN delivers an exhilarating double bill: Paupière and Alexandre Désilets.

June 16 / Laetitia Zonzambé — Surrender to the enchantments of Laetita Zonzambé and her lovely blend of African rhythms, pop and blues.

June 17 / Le Winston Band — It’s a strange, six-headed creature zigging between Cajun zydeco and all-night Lower Canada folk parties, with a good dose of punk-rock.

The ambience is guaranteed to be warm and welcoming every evening at 7 p.m.: Soirées chaudes Coors Light.

June 9 / Témé Tan — A subtle blend of minimalist grooves, electro beats and suave harmonies: Témé Tan.

June 10 / Tim Dup — The new voice of French chanson.

June 11 / Galant Tu Perds Ton Temps — Five young women and a flamboyant percussionist bring a breath of fresh air to traditional Québécois song.

June 12 / Les chansonneurs de la Destination chanson fleuve — “Destination chanson fleuve” unveils the up-and-comers from festivals in Tadoussac and Petite-Vallée. Discover some genuinely talented songwriters!

June 13 / Louis-Philippe Gingras — Fisherman’s folk, highway rock, horns and chamber music: welcome to the world of Louis-Philippe Gingras.

June 14 / Guillaume Arsenault — With his feet firmly rooted in folk, Guillaume Arsenault hits with his latest, De l’autre côté des montagnes.

June 15 / VioleTT Pi solo — Renowned for his explosive performances, the poetico-apocalyptic VioleTT Pi returns to the Francos with a solo show.

June 16 / Blondino — Different, captivating, seductive: the luminous Blondino presents Jamais sans la nuit.

June 17 / Charles-Antoine Gosselin — The former singer of Harvest Breed uncorks a poetic, intimate debut solo album, Bleu Soleil.

The party continues every night from 9 p.m. in karaoke mode!

Monde Découvertes SiriusXM (corner Ste. Catherine and Clark)

This new generation has talent! Here’s a great cross-section in the Nouvelle chanson SiriusXM series, 8 p.m.

June 9 / Di Astronauts — Discover the groovy songs of BoB Bouchard and Lou Bélanger (ex-CEA).

June 10 / Témé Tan — A subtle blend of minimalist grooves, electro beats and suave harmonies: Témé Tan.

June 11 / Maritza — Soaring, sensual pop with a soulful spirit: Maritza and her newest one, Libérons-nous.

June 12 / Gustafson — When students from the École nationale de théâtre launch themselves into music, you get a “nostalgia-pop” duo as daring as they are theatrical.

June 13 / Baptiste W. Hamon — A fascinating artist with a fine, profound pen: poetico-country-folk oddity Baptiste W. Hamon.

June 14 / Bengale — Bordeaux duo Bengale weave the sounds from their recent Republica: airy pop with a chill aesthetic and sunshine melodies.

June 15 / Amylie — More radiant and accomplished than ever, Amylie presents Les éclats.

June 16 / Octave Noire — Blending synth textures, electro inspiration and atmospheric pop, Octave Noire arrive with Néon.  

June 17 / Winners of Ma première Place des Arts 2017 — The 23rd edition of the contest unveils its winners!

And once more with feeling at 10 p.m. with the Découvertes SiriusXM series.

June 9 / Mon Doux Saigneur — Singular singer-songwriter-storyteller Mon Doux Saigneur delivers visceral folk-rock with a shot of blues.

June 10 / Gab Paquet — With a decidedly dashing moustache and coiffure, this exuberant pop-rock singer is quite simply irresistible!

June 11 / Mat Vezio — Boasting an undeniable flair for captivating melodies, multi-instrumentalist Mat Vezio is here with his first album, Avant la mort des fleurs cueillies.

June 12 / Ponteix, J’Orage — Named for the heroic little francophone Saskatchewan town and recognized at Vue sur la relève, Mario Lepage and franco prairie trio Ponteix unfurl dreamy, exploratory pop.

June 13 / Marvin Jouno — The new standout of elegant French pop unveils Intérieur nuit, a fascinating debut album.

June 14 / Vulvets — When a badass ’60s Psycho Beach Party goes bad at dawn, you know it’s all-female garage-surf band Vulvets. Get nasty!

June 15 / Fuudge — It’s stoner grunge psychedelia at its best: it’s Fuudge.   

June 16 / Fishbach — An irresistible creature who transcends comparison: a polymorphous voice, feline beauty, nostalgic synth-pop… Unique and stunning.

June 17 / NORD — Winner of last year’s Prix Félix-Leclerc on the French side, NORD showcases an elegant, melancholy debut: Grand Turn Over.

Monde urbain (corner De Montigny and Clark)

Beats, great sounds and fiery vibes… Welcome to the 9 p.m. Soirées urbaines series.

June 9 / Jacques Jacobus — After 10 years as part of Radio Radio, this musician proudly trumpets Le retour de Jacobus, a solo release that grooves for miles.

June 10 / Shauit — Winner of Vision Diversité and proud ambassador of native culture around the world, Shauit is one of the rare artists to blend reggae and the Innu tongue.

June 11 / Sarahmée — Rhythm, daring and a style all her own: rapper Sarahmée is here to stay!

June 12 / La Gale — Bursting out of the punk scene, this Lebanese-Swiss rappeuse was raised on a fusion of vindictive and dark, dirty rock. Utterly unique!

June 13 and 15 / Caballero & JeanJass — Belgian hip-hop duo Caballero & JeanJass return with Double Hélice 2, a new energy-packed album assembling the cream of francophones beat masters.

June 14 / Brown — An ideal example of rap that transcends its generation: Brown, consisting of musical bros Jam and Snail Kid, and their patriarch Robin Kerr.  

June 16 / Joe Rocca — Velvety rap brushed with sensual R&B: the hybrid world of Joe Rocca (Dead Obies), a singular voice on planet Montreal Rap.

June 17 / La Carabine — Inspired by the ’90s New York rap aesthetic, this wild duo will give us an earful. Watch out, they bite!   

And it’s far from over: the fun rolls on at 11 p.m. with the Nuits urbaines series!

June 9 / Lary Kidd — Former member of the Loud Lary Ajust trio, this rapper showcases true artistic mastery on his debut solo album, Sur Contrôle.

June 10 / Loud — Another solo project from the former LLA trio: Loud, with a first solo EP, New Phone.

June 11 / La Brigade des Mœurs — Formed by Jeune Chilly Gilles and Maître Jouissance, this duo shakes up rap, punk and electronica with tough, cutting-edge results.

June 12 / Féfé — This former Saïan Supa Crew rapper has an infectious energy, a natural ease and a free-flowing tongue. He’s back with a 3rd album, Mauve.

June 13 / Teddy the Beer + FunkyFalz — A rapper who mix-matches music, film and… animal masks + a DJ who fuses futurist hip-hop, modern house and electronica = a night of very bold grooves.

June 14 / KNLO A pillar of the Québécois hip-hop scene, KNLO makes his solo debut with Long jeu. Killer!   

June 15 / Roméo Elvis x Le Motel — The Belgian hip-hop scene is at full boil, as proven by this hard-hitting duo!

June 16 / Omnikrom — The triumphant return of Omnikrom, with his decadent, risqué hip-hop!

June 17 / Beeyoudee & Mozaka present Blitzkrieg They’re a Québécois-Bosnian hip-hop duo: Beeyoudee & Mozaka deliver a devastating sound worthy of the name Blitzkrieg!

Partys du Shag Coors Light

You think the party’s over? No chance!! The fun blasts on with Shag, the Francos pop-up bar located in Savoy du Métropolis. The dancefloor will shake to tracks spun by Party Joyride with Shash’U and guests (June 9, exclusively in Métropolis), DJ Sarahmée (June 10), Grosso-Modo (DJ Seba & DJ Horg DJ Set) (June 12), Jeunes et ambitieux vol. 2 for a 100% rap-en-français set (June 13), Acadie Sound System (June 14), DJ Laurence Nerbonne with DJ Mary Hell (June 15), Sharp à l’os (L’étiquette & Omnikrom DJ set) (June 16), and a Grand Finale with the Francos programming team, DJ 1K SoundSystem (June 17).

Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson: the Winners, in concert

The Québécois winner of the 2016 Prix Félix-Leclerc 2016, Safia Nolin, will have the opportunity to participate in an internship and to perform at the Francofolies de La Rochelle on July 15. Meanwhile, last year’s winner from France, NORD, will perform chez nous on June 17 at 10 p.m. on the SiriusXM Stage (Les Découvertes SiriusXM series).

The Québécois winner of the 22nd edition of the Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson will be selected from among 10 nominated Québécois artists: Antoine Corriveau, Bernhari, Caroline Savoie, Émile Bilodeau, Klô Pelgag, Laurence Nerbonne, Mat Vezio, Philippe Brach, Samuele and Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé.

Created in 1996, the Prix allows two winners, one from Québec and one from France, to introduce themselves to the audience across the Atlantic from home.

The winner from Québec receives:

A $10,000 grant from CKOI

A $2500 grant from Groupe Éditorial Musinfo, Québec publisher of part of the Félix Leclerc catalogue

A $2500 grant from SOCAN

An invitation to participate in the 2018 Francofolies de La Rochelle

An internship at the Chantier des Francos in advance of a performance at Les Francofolies de La Rochelle

The winner from France receives:

A $2500 grant from Éditions Raoul Breton, French publisher of Félix Leclerc

A $2500 grant from SACEM

An invitation to participate in the 2018 FrancoFolies de Montréal

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Ford Rising Star: discover out finest local talents!

This 6th edition of the contest highlights the singer-songwriters of tomorrow! There are plenty of exciting prizes to be won: a solo show at the 2018 Francos, a mentor sponsorship program, a $2500 professional demo recording session offered by Ford and grants offered by CKOI 96,9. To find out the big winner of this contest edition, join us on June 16 at 8 p.m. on the Ford Stage as part of the Les Soirées rock Ford series, where finalists Monsieur Raph, Maxime Auguste and Jean-Michel Fontaine will compete for the grand prize in a concert accompanied by special guest Jonathan Painchaud.

Les Francos on the airwaves

Monique Giroux will be live on the Terrasse Sangria on June 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rouge FM will present live broadcasts of shows in the Les Grands spectacles Bell and the Les Soirées Ford series.

The En Marge CISM series will broadcast live from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day from June 9 to 17, with a concert at 7 p.m.

The outdoor concert by Yann Perreau, June 12 on the Bell Stage, will be filmed by ICI Radio Canada Télé.

The “Vis tes Francos” Contest:
over $19,000 in prizes to be won!

Grand prize: a 24-month lease on a Ford Fusion Energi SE with a value of $19,392, offered by Ford.

2nd prize: an exclusive VIP evening with the artist of your choice (Koriass, Éric Lapointe and Karim Ouellet)! Meet the artist, enjoy exclusive concert access and passes to the Shag soiree. A $450 value.

3rd prize: a Jura automatic coffeemaker, IMPRESSA F8 model, $2870 value, offered by Jura.

4th prize: a package for 10 to restaurant Le Montréal in the Casino de Montréal, $1000 value, offered by Loto-Québec.

5th prize: two $250 SAQ gift cards, offered by the SAQ.

Information and participation: Presented in collaboration with La Presse+, Rouge FM, CKOI 96.9 FM and 98,5 FM.

Thanks to our partners

We would like to offer our warmest thanks to the Government of Québec—the Ministère du Tourisme, Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, and SODEC—and the Government of Canada—Economic Development Canada and Heritage Canada. Thank also to the Ville de Montréal, the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Tourisme Montréal, MUSICACTION, the SOCAN Foundation, SOCAN and SACEM, as well as our valued private partners: Bell, principal sponsor and presenter, Ford of Canada, co-presenter of the event, Loto-Québec, Coors Light, the Société des alcools du Québec, Hydro-Québec, Desjardins, La Presse+, Société Radio-Canada, SiriusXM, as well as our official suppliers, Pepsi, Hyatt Regency Montréal, ARTV, Eska, complexe Desjardins, Jura, Vital Link, Boulangerie ACE, Fromages CDA, Yamaha instruments, D&B audiotechnik, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and Plurisons. We also thank all of our media partners.

Join us for the 29th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal, from Thursday, June 8 to Sunday, June 18, 2017.

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