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Summertime is finally here!

26th edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal

Montréal, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — In this 26th edition, the FrancoFolies de Montréal, presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada, finally launch our long-awaited summer season! From June 12 to 22, the world’s largest celebration of francophone music once again welcomes an incredible array of talents with an unparalleled artistic range, to be discovered and re-discovered. Along with many Québécois artists, the Francos will host guests from just about everywhere in the world, from France to Réunion Island to the U.S. We simply must spotlight the impressive presence of a new musical generation, which also testifies to the diversity the Francos have always encouraged. FrancoFans, get ready to hear a refreshing amalgam of rap, electronica, rock, funk and pop here, there and everywhere on the festival site.

A free event every night!

Since returning to their June schedule, the Francos have delighted fans with the festival’s newest popular tradition, presenting a major free outdoor event every night: the Franco-action kicks off with the Ford Opening Event with Louis-Jean Cormier, Jimmy Hunt, Klô Pelgag and Bertrand Belin, opening the celebrations June 12 from 6 p.m. on the Ford Stage, before moving on to the Bell Stage on the Place des Festivals from June 13 to 22 to present 10 more incredible concert-events: Vilain Pingouin Les Belles Années (June 13), Marc Dupré and guests (June 14), the Grande fête multiculturelle Hydro-Québec with Marco Calliari and guests Paul Piché, Louise Forestier, Stephen Faulkner, Michel Faubert, Anonymus and Yves Lambert (June 15), Karim Ouellet (June 16), the Soirée SiriusXM with Éric Lapointe and Jour de nuit (June 17), the Rendez-vous Loto-Québec with Pierre Lapointe and Punkt (June 18), -M- (June 19), Loco Locass (June 20) and Marie-Mai en festival, 10 Years of Success! (June 21).

And we’ll present a special, unique event on Sunday, June 22: the Bell Grand Closing Evening presenting La symphonie rapaillée in the final free concert, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducted by Jean-François Rivest accompanying 12 singers—including Louis-Jean Cormier, Daniel Lavoie, Vincent Vallières, Michel Rivard, Jim Corcoran and Martin Léon—performing most of the songs from the 2 legendary albums Douze hommes rapaillés, with music composed by Gilles Bélanger to the poems of Gaston Miron and magnificently re-arranged by Blair Thomson. For more infos on major shows, click here.

Seven Mondes of Music

Les FrancoFolies de Montréal invite fans to travel leisurely and adventurously through Seven Mondes of Music. Every evening, enjoy a panoply of styles invoking the diversity of francophone music, with 150 free shows guaranteed to get the party started! Here’s a brief glimpse:

L’Espace Bell

Head to the main stage on the FrancoFolies outdoor site, located on the Place des Festivals on Jeanne-Mance between Ste. Catherine and De Maisonneuve, for an array of super surprises. In addition to the Spectacles Bell series and its 10 free major events at 9 p.m., the stage hosts the Révélations Bell series, unveiling promising new talents, including former Star Académie performers Andréanne A. Malette and François Lachance (June 21) and Mix4 (June 14), an ensemble of the 5 best dancers and 5 best singers aged 12-17 in Québec. Also, duo Blé will bring us their light, catchy pop on June 13.

The Zone Ford

Right in the heart of the festivities, the Zone Ford, located on the Place des Arts esplanade on the corner of Jeanne-Mance and Ste. Catherine, will also showcase major-league music for every taste, starting with the Ford Opening Event. Electric guitars sound the charge every evening at 8 p.m. in the Soirées rock Ford. A finalist on La Voix in 2012, Jérôme Couture delivers his very first solo show at the festival June 17. Pop-rocker Peter Peter charms the crowd June 18, while Alexandre Désilets invites us into his Fancy ghetto the following evening. The Ford Stage also unveils the winner of the Ford Rising Star contest on Saturday, June 21. At 11 p.m., it’s party time with Les Nuits rock Ford, where fans can hoist up the devil horns to the thrash metal of Anonymus June 19, in a special 25th anniversary performance! On June 20, reconnect with Clement Jacques, the Saguenay artist who so charmed us last year. The series closes with group Les Frères à Ch’val, finally back at the Francos to mark their 20th anniversary! In addition, from June 16 to 20, the Midis series on the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins presents Du Haut des Airs, a show uniting dynamic artists from Belgium (Dyna B.), France (Eddy De Pretto), Canada (Amélie Larocque) and Switzerland (Jerome Achermann)—and last year’s winner of the Ford Rising Star contest, Simon Lacas.

Le Pub Rickard’s

Located facing the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, on the former grounds of the Spectrum, Pub Rickard’s welcomes both promising talents and established artists. The Acoustiques Rickard’s series hosts compelling artists at 5 p.m., including David Goudreault, winner of the slam poetry Coupe du Monde in Paris in 2011, who shares his passion for the pen with La faute au silence (June 13). Singer Jessica Fichot makes her Francos debut June 14, revealing Le Secret. The following day, Joseph Edgar brings us folk-rock inspired by Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Lovely, fresh Josianne Paradis closes the series with her alternately melancholy and lively pop (June 21). At 7 p.m., Les Soirées chaudes Rickard’s rekindle the action in the pub with Québécois jack-of-all-trades Éric Goulet, rising in with his 2nd country album June 13. Duo Garoche ta sacoche (Cynthia Veilleux and Sonia Brochet) enliven the pub with their quirky folk on June 18. Accompanied by Marc Papillon-Ferland, the magnificent Catherine Durand presents an intimate portrait of her recent album Les murs blancs du Nord.

Le Monde Découvertes SiriusXM

The Clark South esplanade, corner Ste. Catherine and Clark, presents the Monde Découvertes SiriusXM, showcasing the excellence of the next generation of francophone music. At 7 p.m., the Nouvelle chanson SiriusXM series welcomes Chloé Lacasse (June 14), winner of the Francouvertes in 2011, who just released the delicate, trippy alternative pop of Lunes. On June 16, Gael Faure (France) turns heads with dreamy pop hit Tu me suivras, and yes, we’ll follow her. You’ll also hear Laurence Hélie, who builds a bridge between modern pop and Americana textures on À présent le passé. Yet more intriguing talents take the stage in the Découvertes SiriusXM series at 10 p.m. Ludovic Alarie, nominated for the Prix Félix-Leclerc, lands June 15 with his orchestral folk rock. Another finalist for the award joins us June 18: Antoine Corriveau, renowned for his agile writing, ambient aural constructs and a voice reminiscent of Daniel Lavoie.

Place Loto-Québec

Located on the Parterre, adjoining Saint-Urbain, between De Montigny and De Maisonneuve, the Place Loto-Québec presents a variety of talents in the Espoirs Loto-Québec series at 8 p.m. Catherine Leduc, former member of duo Tricot-Machine, unveils her first solo album June 14. Charles‑Baptiste, who charmed FrancoFans last year, lands with his catchy pop June 19 to baptize debut album Les sentiments inavouables. The series closes June 21 with My Hidden Side, who impress equally with their remarkable youth (13 to 15) and their pop-punk attack. At 10 p.m., the Rythmes Loto-Québec series promises yet more exoticism, notably bilingual French Americana group La Maison Tellier (June 16), who once covered Rage Against the Machine! Jacquemort, a solo project by Malajube keyboardist Thomas Augustin, blends pop, progressive and post-rock on debut full-length La montagne de feu, and onstage June 19. Duo Sans Sebastien, accompanied by Laurence Guatarbes, will have the crowd dancing on June 21 with their invigorating style blending ’80s electronica and pop.

Le Monde multiculturel Hydro-Québec

The Spectacles multiculturels Hydro-Québec series presents global musical diversity at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Promenade des Artistes, De Maisonneuve Blvd, between Jeanne-Mance and Saint-Urbain. The roster includes the traditional Maloyan music of Réunion Island, in the sweet, passionate, graceful songs of Maya Kamaty (June 14 and 15). Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, who appears in the new Jim Jarmusch film, Only Lovers Left Alive, presents the Arabic pop of her new album Ya Nass on June 17. The series closes in perfect form on June 21 when Brazilian-born Québecer Monica Freire bathes us in the sunshine of her charming aural adventures.

Le Monde urbain La Presse+ Lounge Desjardins

Urban music and hip-hop will flow in Monde urbain (De Montigny and Clark) during the Soirées urbaines La Presse+ series at 9 p.m. Explicit (Taktika, Souldia, Facekché, Saye, LMC’Râr and DJ K-Turnaz) get the ball rolling with a fiery set celebrating 15 years of existence. Maloyan punkette Nathalie Natiembé presents her latest, Bonbon Zetwal, cruising between rock, reggae, electronica and jazz and bursting with Créole poetry. Hybrid creature Hippocampe Fou, 2013 French winner of the Prix Félix-Leclerc, brings his off-the-wall sensibility across the Atlantic to take us on an Aquatrip (June 19). The party blazes on at 11 p.m. with the Nuits urbaines la Presse+ series. The pure-groove disco-funk of collective Les Guerres D’l’Amour fires up the crowd on June 13. Montpellier, France rap group Set & Match bring in cutting-edge lyrics the following night. On June 17, Webster, dean of Québec City hip-hop, drops his deep, intelligent lyrics. Also, the Lounge Desjardins invites fans to express their creativity in workshops with VJs and participative creative sessions with a graffiti artist. And in a new addition this year, Desjardins members are invited to a terrasse full of surprises.

Les Partys du Shag Molson Dry

Party animals know where the wildest action happens: Shag, the Francos bar temporarily tucked into the Savoy du Métropolis, once again offering a slate of DJs and well-known figures from the music world shaking up the dancefloor from midnight to 3 a.m. Alex Nevsky joins the fiesta June 15, promising an irresistible DJ set! On June 17, Shash’U brings his unique power-funk, and the bash goes nuclear June 20 when Dead Obies, the most explosive group on the Québécois hip-hop scene, take over the Shag wheels of steel!

The French winner of the 2013 Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson
performs at the Francos

Every year, the Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson empowers two winners—one from Québec and one from France—to reach audiences on the other side of the Atlantic. Since 2010, Les Francofolies de La Rochelle have partnered with Fondation Félix-Leclerc and the FrancoFolies de Montréal. Along with the grants and advantages associated with the prize—including a $10,000 grant ($5000 in cash and $5000 in tour support) offered by CKOI Montréal—the 2014 Québécois winner will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship and perform at La Rochelle in 2014. As part of the Soirées urbaines La Presse+ series and the Nuits urbaines La Presse+ series, last year’s French winner, Hippocampe Fou, will perform on the La Presse+ Stage, June 19 at 9 p.m. and June 20 at 11 p.m. The 2013 Québécois winner, Karim Ouellet has a full slate: he’ll open for Stromae June 17 and 18 in Centre Bell and perform on the Bell Stage on June 16 before heading abroad to the Francofolies de La Rochelle on Thursday, July 10 to introduce the French audience to his unique style fusing folk, pop, electronica and soul.

4th edition of the Rendez-vous Pros des Francos

Organizers of the FrancoFolies de Montréal proudly announce the 4th edition of the Rendez-vous Pros des Francos. Presented thanks to the support of Musicaction, SACEM, SOCAN, SODEC and Wallonie-Bruxelles International — Québec Delegation, this event is aimed at music and concert industry professionals, welcoming over 150 participants in a week-long mission to encourage exchanges between all countries of the francophonie. To that end, from Monday, June 16 to Friday, June 20, the 26th edition of the FrancoFolies will offer showcases of up-and-coming talents, business cocktails for accredited professionals and workshops on current industry issues. This year, in addition to other participating francophone European markets, Wallonia-Brussels will be showcased during a day of activities devoted to the region’s music industry, June 18. Also, CKOI 96.9 will offer a $10,000 prize to the Québécois artist or group who delivers the best performance during the showcase series!

Who will be the next Ford Rising Star?

Always on the lookout for the finest new voices in Québec, the L’Étoile montante Ford (Ford Rising Star) contest returns for a 3rd season with a new spokeswoman, Ingrid St-Pierre! Thanks to the FrancoFolies de Montréal in collaboration with Ford of Canada, the next generation of artists will once again have the opportunity to make itself heard. Participating singers will perform onstage for a jury assembled from the arts milieu. Johanne Blouin, Catherine Major, Amélie Veille, Edith Myers, Jonathan Painchaud will take part in different juries (auditions, semi-finals and finals), handling the difficult task of choosing the best voices in this edition. Luc De Larochellière will mentor the four contest finalists, providing advice in addition to joining them on the Ford Stage. Four participants will even have the opportunity to perform on the Ford Stage during the FrancoFolies de Montréal, June 21, with the winner taking home a $5000 prize offered by Ford! CKOI 96.9 will also offer prizes to contest semi-finalists and finalists.

La Foire des Francos (The FrancoFair)

The inaugural edition was supposed to be held last year… but the rain wouldn’t cooperate! And so finally, we now present the Foire des Francos (FrancoFair)! What’s a FrancoFair? It’s a place to browse in the spirit of Québec’s famed flea markets, where you can get the 411 on the latest record label protégés or catch performances by Emily Rajotte, Sébastien Lafleur, Antoine Corriveau, Mauves, Maritza, Philémon Cimon, Safia Nolin, Chantal Archambault, Amantani and Philippe Brach. Discover vinyl albums, CDs, silkscreens, promo items, artworks and musical instruments, all while enjoying hot dogs and beer on a lazy, sunny Sunday. Sunday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SiriusXM Stage (corner Clark and Ste. Catherine). In case of rain, the event moves to the Grande-Place in Complexe Desjardins.

Exhibitor registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1M3mrlR_U_Tyf-PgRnJ8kQDVgVJC5Hx6nkwWpK8hxVc4/viewform.

Information: eric.ayotte@equipespectra.ca, 514 525-7732, ext. 5260.

Quench your thirst at the Francos

When it comes to quenching a thirst, Festival fans will enjoy an embarrassment of riches on the Francos site. Before, during or after quenching their musical thirst, they will always find a glass close at hand on the Terrasses Air Transat and Élixirs, the Pub Rickard’s, the Bistros SAQ, the Lounge Desjardins, or the Francos Bars Molson Dry.

The free “Aimez” les FrancoFolies Contest:

almost $30,000 in prizes!

Festival fans will be thrilled to participate in the free « Aimez » les FrancoFolies Contest and enjoy a chance to win magnificent prizes offered by our sponsors. Nearly $30,000 worth of prizes will be awarded:

Grand prize, offered by Ford24-month lease on a 2014 Focus SE Sedan, with a value of over $10,000;

2nd prize: one weekend trips to James Bay for four, offered by Hydro-Québec, a $8,614 value;

3rd prize: two airline tickets for Paris, offered by Air Transat, economy class, as well as a 7-night stay, breakfast included, a $3,800 value;

4th prize: S9 One Touch Cappucino coffeemaker with a $3,100 value, offered by Jura;

5th prize: offered by Loto-Québec, a CD collection of artists featured in Les FrancoFolies 2014—a $1000 value;

6th prize: a package with a $500 value offered by SiriusXM, including a late-model radio with equipment for your vehicle and a one-year subscription;

Entering the contest is easy! Just “Like” the FrancoFolies de Montréal facebook page (www.facebook.com/FrancoFoliesMtl), click the link under the “Contest” tab on the home page and fill out the online form between May 27 and June 22, before midnight. People may view the contest rules at francofolies.com or at 400 De Maisonneuve Blvd., 9th floor. The contest is reserved for persons 18 and over. The draw will take place at noon on June 24, 2014. The « Aimez » les FrancoFolies Contest is presented in collaboration with La Presse+, Rouge FM, CKOI 96,9 FM and 98,5 FM.

Les Francos—just one click away!

On the tech side, thanks to Bell, fans will find all the tools they need to experience the Franco-passion around the clock: the constantly updated Francos website (francofolies.com), the Francos Montréal mobile application for iPhone and Androïd (francofolies.com/app), continuous updates on Facebook (facebook.com/FrancoFoliesMtl) and Twitter (@FrancoFoliesMtl), and tons of audio and video excerpts, all accessible 24/7 on FrancosMontreal.TV.

Thanks to our partners

We cannot overstate the importance of the support of our private and public partners to the continued existence of such international events as the FrancoFolies de Montréal, which help grow and ensure Montreal’s international reputation and generate substantial tourism and fiscal spinoffs that benefit the entire community. We offer particular thanks to the Government of Québec for its renewed support—Tourisme Québec, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the 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, the SACEM and the Fonds pour la création musicale. 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 Dry, SAQ, Hydro-Québec, the Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, La Presse+, Air Transat, Société Radio-Canada, SiriusXM, as well as our official suppliers, Pepsi, Hyatt Regency Montréal, ARTV, Naya, Complexe Desjardins, Jura, Élixirs, Vital Link, HMV and Fromages CDA. And a special thanks to all our media partners who help us to communicate all the info to you.

Everything you need to know about the Francos

The official Francos program and free official brochure provide all the necessary information on the indoor program of this 26th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal; 100,000 programs and 175,000 brochures will be available from SAQ and Renaud-Bray branches in Greater Montreal, participating concert venues, Montreal tourist information centres and most record stores, bookshops public areas and major businesses in downtown Montreal. Outside of the metropolitan area, free copies can be ordered by telephone through the La Presse+ Info-Francos line at 514 876-8989 or toll-free at 1 855-FRANCOS. Information can also be found on our website, at francofolies.com. Get the jump on the crowd by subscribing to the Spectra Newsletter, and have all the news on this year’s FrancoFolies de Montréal shows delivered to your home.

It’s a date! The 26th edition of the FrancoFolies de Montréal will run from June 12 to June 22, 2014.

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