Ottawa, April 21, 2013 – Organizers of the Festival franco-ontarien Banque Nationale announced on Saturday during the RGA gala, that they have cooked up their own recipe for commemorating 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario, in particular the passage of Samuel de Champlain along the Ottawa River in June 1613. And just what have they come up with? Something that involves a dash of podorythmists and a pinch of spoon players of various vintages at the biggest Kitchen Party ever seen in Ontario!
Michel Bénac, the singer for the franco-ontarian band Swing, was asked to get his band to pull together a few icons of the genre to “bring the house down” on Thursday, June 13, 2013, on the Franco’s opening night. The “400 years of kitchen parties” will feature Swing and the legendary La Bottine souriante band, as well as artists Anodajay and Koriass. Yves Lambert will join in the evening’s fun, which will open with a special presentation by L’écho d’un people. Michel Bénac has a big surprise to top it all off, but we will have to wait patiently a few more weeks for his announcement. Stay tuned for the press conference in mid-May, where the full program lineup for the Franco will be unveiled.
In the meantime, festival-goers are invited to get their wristband-passports for the $20 pre-sale price through the Franco’s Web site at www.ffo.ca. This year, visitors to the site will be required to wear their wristband. The traditional bandana will be provided as a bonus with every wristband purchased. Oddly enough, this year’s bandana will look a lot like a tablecloth.
The 38th edition of the Festival franco-ontarien will run from June 13 to 15, 2013, once again at Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park. Follow the Franco’s Facebook page to find out about the latest developments.
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