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Thirty years of Francos: that calls for a party!

Indoor program for the 30th edition of the Francos de Montréal

Montréal, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 — Turning thirty? The perfect age for a party! And from June 8 to 17, we’ll prove it with an anniversary edition that promises nothing short of exhilaration. Faithful to their guiding mission, the Francos de Montréal unfurl francophone music in all its dizzying diversity: major names and emerging artists, from hip-hop to chanson to rock, pop, electronica and folk. From June 8 to 17, the 30th edition of the Francos, unveils 10 days and nights featuring 50 shows in 7 venues, starring hundreds of groups and artists from home and abroad. Good news! We are happy to welcome Loto-Québec as out new co-presenter, next to our official presenter, Bell. Tickets for these concerts go on sale Friday, April 6 at noon (exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers: Thursday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

“We are happy to expand this year’s partnership with Francos de Montréal. By supporting a major event that brings people together, Loto-Québec helps promote Québec’s cultural scene, showcasing French-language performers from here and around the world,” said Isabelle Jean, Vice President of Public Affairs at Loto-Québec.

“Loto-Québec and the Francos share a long-standing friendship… And so we are delighted to pursue our collaboration with Loto-Québec, now co-presenter of the event. Without a doubt, the Francos are at the peak of their powers, looking to the future with more confidence and optimism than ever. And of course, 30 is also the perfect age for taking on major projects!” stated Jacques-André Dupont, CEO.

The indoor program, series by series

Centre Bell and Place des Arts, 8 p.m.
Grands spectacles Bell series
presented in collaboration with La Presse+, 98,5 FM, Rouge 107,3 Montréal and MAX


La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien

La Renarde, sur les traces de Pauline Julien June 8, Théâtre MaisonneuveWith Erika Angell, Émilie Bibeau, Fanny Bloom, Sophie Cadieux, France Castel, Frannie Holder, Louise Latraverse, Amélie Mandeville, Klô Pelgag, Queen Ka, Ines Talbi and guests. Stage direction and ideation: Ines Talbi.

Marc Dupré June 9, Centre BellAn audience darling and hit-making machine, the coach from La Voix Junior delivers his excellent latest album, La vie qu’il nous reste.

Claude Dubois, Dubois en liberté June 9, Théâtre MaisonneuveA 50-year career and an incredible array of hits: a rendezvous with the velvet-voiced rocker.

Catherine Ringer - Photo: Laura Lago©

Catherine Ringer

Catherine Ringer. Opening act: Fanny Bloom June 12, Théâtre Maisonneuve — An icon of French music, the former Rita Mitsouko singer presents Chroniques et Fantaisies.

Camille. Opening act: PommeJune 13, Théâtre MaisonneuveUnclassifiable and magnetic, French singer Camille is back with a new show: OUÏ.

Alain Lefèvre, L’événement 50e d’André Mathieu June 14, Maison symphonique de MontréalAlain Lefèvre celebrates the great composer with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay, with guests Diane Dufresne, Marc Labrèche and Catherine Major.


Grand Corps Malade

Grand Corps Malade, Le tour du Plan B. Opening act: David GoudreaultJune 14, Théâtre Maisonneuve — A new tour and a new album from Grand Corps Malade, at the apex of his powers.

Pierre Lapointe, La science du cœur. Opening acts: Hollydays (June 15) and Voyou (June 16) June 15 and 16, Théâtre MaisonneuveA performance imbued with humanity, tenderness, smiles and laughter. A musical symbiosis of words and images.

Brel Symphonique June 15 and 16, Maison symphonique de MontréalWith Bïa, Luc De Larochellière, Pierre Flynn, Marc Hervieux, Catherine Major, Danielle Oddera, Paul Piché, Bruno Pelletier, Diane Tell and guest conductor: Simon Leclerc.

MTELUS, 9 p.m.

Les Nuits series
presented in collaboration with ICI Musique, CKOI 96,9, MusiquePlus and

TTCTTC Anniversary DJ set (celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group) with Teki Latex, Cuizinier, Tido and Orgasmic. Opening acts: Omnikrom and Poirier June 8 — A trip to 2006 with three major figures from the Québec/France hip-hop and electronica scenes!

Roméo Elvis x Le Motel | Joe Rocca | FouKi June 9A massive hip hop soirée: Brussels meets Montréal.

Feu Chatterton

Feu! Chatterton

Eddy de Pretto. Opening act: Clara LucianiJune 10, 7:30 p.m. — The phenomenon of the year across the Atlantic, Eddy de Pretto makes his Francos entrance with his debut album Cure.

Feu! Chatterton | L’Impératrice June 13A double bill celebrating French chanson with two of the most exciting emerging artists in the genre.



Galaxie. Opening act: Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire June 14A group renowned for their raw energy and explosive shows. A phenomenal new album that hits the sweet spot. Expect a grrrrreat evening!

Polo & Pan (live). Opening act: Le Couleur June 16French duo Polo & Pan deliver gorgeous melodies, electronic beats and a singular gentleness. Welcome the debut album, Caravelle.


Club Soda, 7 p.m.
Tendances SiriusXM series
presented in collaboration with CKOI 96,9

Exterio, 25 ans | Kamakazi, 10 ans | Capitaine Révolte June 8An evening of full-on energy celebrating rock and the party spirit! On the program: three definitive groups representing the Québécois alternative scene.

Seba et Horg

Seba et Horg

Canailles. Opening acts: Mon Doux Saigneurand Les Royal Pickles June 9Eight supercharged musicians throw a wild party just the way we like ’em!

Soirée Vintage à l’osSeba and Horg | Dubmatique June 12 — Ready for your hip-hop lesson? Welcome a crew of ’90s stars sharing an utterly wild double bill.

Roxanne Bruneau

Roxanne Bruneau

Roxane Bruneau. Opening act: Pierre-Hervé Goulet June 13After landing a debut album at the top of the charts, Dysphorie, Roxane Bruneau makes her Francos debut with her incisive lyrics and trash’n’tatouées tunes.

Rymz | Lary Kidd June 14Two artists bring their lyrics and rhythms into the arena, each with a new album to unveil.  

Émile Bilodeau. Opening act: Sara Dufour June 15Matching humour and the love of words, 2017-2018 Radio-Canada chanson revelation Émile Bilodeau returns with Rites de passage: comic folk that touches on identity, inspired by the master, Bernard Adamus, and the eternal energy of Dédé.

Arthur H. Opening act: Bernhari June 16Bohemian poet and talented songwriter, Arthur H returns with his latest work, Amour chien fou released in January.

L’Astral (Maison du Festival), 7:30 p.m.
Tout en chanson La Presse+ series

presented in collaboration with Énergie 94.3 and CISM

École nationale de la chanson with special guest Dany Placard June 8 — The result of a year of learning, research and hard work… and now, the onstage celebration, in wonderful company!

Gael Faye

Gaël Faye

GiedRé, GiedRé est les gens | Daniel Grenier June 9A little music, some laughter and a lot more music… a wonderful theme for this soirée.

Hubert Lenoir | Angèle June 12 — The reunion of two of the most promising artists in francophone music: Belgian singer Angèle and her fresh, spellbinding songs, and one half of Québec combo The Seasons, Hubert Lenoir, with his fascinating album Darlène.

Gaël Faye. Opening act: Sam Faye and D-Track June 13Let’s head to the terra incognita of rapwith Franco-Rwandan Gaël Faye, author of the best-seller Petit Pays, somewhere between Bujumbura and Paris.

Juliette Armanet. Opening act: Gael Faure June 14Winner of the 2017 Félix-Leclerc Award (French section), Juliette Armanet stands out as the new vanguard of French song. She’s here with Petite amie and songs alternating between disco/solo piano.

Mara Tremblay

Mara Tremblay

Mara Tremblay. Opening act: Joli-Bois June 15 — The singer-songwriter presents Cassiopée: a danceable, rocking new album, a once soaring and weighty, luminous and deeply rooted.

Fred Fortin solo June 16The versatile, talented Fred Fortin takes a break from his sabbatical year to offer us this intimate soirée.

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts, 
8:30 p.m.
Chansons intimes series

presented in collaboration with 98,5 FM and ICI Musique


Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine, Une heure avec Roch Voisine June 8 to 10He toured the world with his latest album, Devant nous (2017). For the Francos, he treats his devoted fans to an intimate performance. A rare opportunity!

Sur la lune, souvenirs de Claude Léveillée June 13A hymn to the beauty of Léveillée’s imagination, with artistic direction by Catherine Major and featuring, Daniel Lavoie, Ingrid St-Pierre, Pierre Flynn and Moran.

Annie Villeneuve, 5 June 14Eleven years after her last visit to the Francos, the singer returns with her angelic voice and songs from her most recent album, 5.

Andreanna A. Malette FF

Andréanne A. Malette

Andréanne A. MaletteJune 15 —This Ottawa singer-songwriter continues to dazzle us with her lovely folk-pop energy. Get ready for incisive lyrics, catchy melodies and a refreshing stage presence. Presented in collaboration with ROUGE FM.

Florent VollantJune 16Delicate folk, sung in Innu, sparkling harmonies and lovely melodies: Florant Vollant unveils his newest album.

30th Anniversary gifts for everyone!

The Francos celebrate their 30th edition by launching in collaboration with Bell not one, but two new super promotions to help fans enjoy the festival at a low, low price!

30 C’est cadeau aux Francos pairs of tickets

  • $30 per ticket
  • Offer valid for all Grands spectacles Bell presented in Théâtre Maisonneuve and the Maison symphonique de Montréal!

30 C’est cadeau aux Francos passes

  • Unlimited access to MTELUS throughout the entire festival!
  • 30 lucky winners can purchase passes for just $30. Limit of two passes per transaction.

Three steps to victory!

  • Visit to subscribe to the mailing list (registration open until April 4, 11:59 p.m.).
  • On April 5 at 10 a.m., you will receive an email with codes offering access to the promotion.
  • From there, it’s first come, first served! Tickets and passes on sale while supplies last.

Tickets on sale this Friday, April 6, at noon
Exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers: Thursday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West, 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 —
  • Centre Bell: 1909 Canadiens-de-Montréal Ave., 1 855 310-2525 —
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine St. East,, 1 855 790-1245 —
  • L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste. Catherine St West,, 1 855 790-1245 —
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd. 514 286-1010 —

8th edition of Les Rendez-vous Pros des Francos

Les Rendez-vous Pros, presented by Air France, welcomes over 200 professionals (programmers, agents, managers, national and foreign media…) for an entire week of performances by up-and-coming talents, cocktails for accredited professionals and workshops on topics relevant to the music industry. With the support of Musicaction, SACEM, SOCAN, SODEC and Tourisme Montréal. From Monday, June 11 to Thursday, June 14.

Join us for the 30th edition of the Francos de Montréal, from June 8 to 17, 2018!

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