By Sergio Martinez –mtltimes.ca
Do you want to experience francophone culture as its best? Montreal’s unique French song festival known as the FrancoFolies de Montréal offers you a great opportunity to get in touch with the musical expression of French-speaking artists not only from Quebec and the rest of Canada, but also from France and a variety of other countries where there is some connection to the French language. This past Tuesday the Francofolies, now in its 27th edition, unveiled the lineup for the outdoor concerts—which are completely free!—taking place at various stages around the Quartier des spectacles (metro Place des Arts) between June 11 and 20.
The opening event on June 11 starting at 6 p.m. on the Ford Stage (Ste. Catherine and Jeanne Mance) will feature the celebrated Acadian group Radio Radio (Gabriel Louis Bernard Malenfant from New Brunswick and Jacques Alphonse Doucet from Nova Scotia) which approaches music from an interesting linguistic perspective while musically they tread a road close to hip hop with some elements of electro. This opening evening will also feature Alfa Rococo, Pierpoljak, and Pierre Kwenders.
The Bell Revelations Series (at Espace Bell, Jeanne Mance and de Maisonneuve) will present Sarah Bourdon (June 13), Julien Doré (June 18 and June 19 at 8 p.m.), and Sophie Pelletier (June 19) all these concerts at 7 p.m.
The Multicultural Series (de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance Stage, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) will feature Samito presenting his album poised between secular melodies and techno grooves (June 12), Florent Vollant, Puamuna, an Innu artist returning to present his 4th album (June 13), and La Yegros, an Argentinean artist mixing electro, pop, and hip hop (June 18).
The closing event on June 20 has been reserved for Michel Rivard, one of Quebec’s iconic artists who will be performing at the Espace Bell (Jeanne Mance and de Maisonneuve) at 9 p.m.
As usual, this is not only a musical festival but also the opportunity to enjoy some of the local gastronomy and drinks, and this year the return of the Foire des Francos (the Francos’ Fair) an open-air flea market where people can search for music, jewelry, clothing and other accessories. This event will take place at the Esplanade of the Place des Arts on Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (to be moved to Saturday June 20 in case of rain).
For detailed information about the different shows in both the outdoor (free) and indoor (paid) concerts visit: www.francofolies.com