The FrancoFolies – The Francos de Montréal (formerly known as The FrancoFolies) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and therefore is throwing a big party for the occasion. This past Wednesday the producers of this major French song festival announced the lineup for the outdoor, free concerts. And the list is impressive, at least in terms of the wide selection of places from where the artists will be coming. Besides performers from our mostly francophone province, artists from Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and Nova Scotia will be showing the vitality of the French song across Canada. Internationally speaking, singers and groups from Belgium, Morocco, the Congo, Mali, Guinea, the Central African Republic, and Colombia will be performing on the outdoor stages located in the Quartier des spectacles, around the Place des Arts.
From June 8 to 16 at 7 p.m. the Bell Stage at the corner of Jeanne Mance and de Maisonneuve Boulevard will be presenting the Bell Revelations Series. At the same stage at 9 p.m. it will be the turn of big names such as the Alaclair Ensemble (June 8), Eric Lapointe (June 9), Klo Pelham and the Orchestre du Tempe Thoracique (June 10), Kevin Parent (June 11), Daniel Belanger (June 12), Marjo (June 13), Patrice Michaud and Les Majestiques (June 14), Dead Obies (June 15), Rapkeb Allstarz (June 16), Yann Perrault (June 17 at 7 p.m.), and that same day at 9 p.m. La musique de Stone, with a homage to Plamondon featuring Ariane Moffatt, Betty Bonifassi, Beyries, Catherine Major, Gabrielle Shonk, Klo Pelham, La Bronze, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Martha Wainwright, Sofia Nolan, and Valerie Carpenter. The orchestration for this show will be in the hands of Jean-Phi Goncalves.
Besides this main stage, the Loto-Quebec stage at the corner of Clark and de Montigny will be presenting an eclectic sample of francophone music going from electro pop to representatives of the post-rock movement. The SiriusXM Stage at then corner of Clark and Maisonneuve will be presenting the Rock Sirius XM series. Other shows will take place in front of the Complexe Desjardins, and the Hydro Quebec stage on de Maisonneuve Boulevard between Jeanne Mance and Saint Urbain. Food kiosks installed in the Esplanade will attend to the nourishment of those visiting the area.
Les Francos de Montréal will run from June 8 to 17. For detailed information about the schedules and the list of performers visit www.francosmontreal.com