FrancoFolies 2018 – Montreal’s French song festival is turning 30, and that calls for a big celebration, that is what the Spectra Team, the producers of this event, announced this past Wednesday. This year’s event will run from June 8 to 17 in various locations such as Theatre Maisonneuve, Maison symphonique, Astral, MTelus, Bell Centre and Club Soda, most of them situated around the Quartier des spectacles, in the eastern part of downtown. As usual, this festival will also have an outdoor program with free concerts, which should be announced later.
According to the organizers, “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.” The FrancoFolies is, of course, a good opportunity for Anglophones and people from linguistic groups other than the French-speaking majority, to get in touch with the French language in a far more fun and pleasant manner than what some bureaucrats would like. One of this festival’s most interesting points, especially for those more inclined to know about the cultural diversity of this country, is that it provides a variety of musical expressions in French. This phenomenon allows, on the one hand, to discover specific, distinct elements of the French culture especially in Quebec, while at the same time to appreciate the adaptations to their language that Francophone artists make of music genres and styles originated in other languages. For example, hip-hop rap, or Caribbean rhythms, adding new expressive dimensions to them.
The lineup for this year’s FrancoFolies includes a good number of Quebec and French stars: Roch Voisine, an icon of the local music scene will be at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts from June 8 to 10. Mara Tremblay and her rock-style music will be performing at the Astral, on June 15. Roxane Bruneau, after her successful album “Dysphorie,” will be delighting her fans at Club Soda on June 13. Claude Dubois will be celebrating his 50-year career performing his most celebrating themes at Theatre Maisonneuve on June 9.
Another 50th anniversary will be that of French composer André Mathieu; the FrancoFolies will pay tribute to him with a special show called “L’événement 50e d’André Mathieu” with Alain Lefèvre celebrating the great composer featuring the Orchestre de la Francophonie, conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay, with guests Diane Dufresne, Marc Labrèche and Catherine Major. This show will take place at the Maison symphonique, on June 14 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the shows are on sale since this Friday at the various venues where they are taking place. For a complete list of artists and concerts, ticket prices, and schedules visit: www.francosmontreal.com