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UNIQUE SHOWS custom made for the 41st FESTIVAL FRANCO-ONTARIEN banque nationale

DSC_1191Ottawa May 20, 2016 – Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale organizers today unveiled the details of the event’s 41st edition, which will take place at Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa, on June 16, 17 and 18, 2016.

This year’s entirely unique program on the Teksavvy Grand Stage and throughout the Festival site promises to get everyone jiving. From interactive shows to exclusive productions, with international, Canadian and provincial big name thrown into the mix, will be part of the original and unique lineup. “Francophones, allophones and Anglophones will all be captivated by the Festival’s impressive programming and the many activities reflecting home-grown and international Francophone culture,” noted Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale President Josée Vaillancourt. “You are all invited to join in these three days of unforgettable celebration!”

Thursday, June 16
The Festival will open with a show entitled “en route to 2017” featuring artists from the first four provinces in Canada’s Confederation: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Radio Radio, Swing, Gabrielle Goulet, Vincent Vallières, Lulu Hughes, Kevin Parent, Natalie Choquette, Geneviève Borne and the Porn Flakes house band will present a rock opera designed specifically for the FRANCO audience. The evening will start with a show by Pandaléon, preceded by the 2016 finalists of Rond Point and CECCE students with Culture en fête « Tricotés serrés ».

Friday, June 17
The highly talented Grégory Charles will bring you an interactive show the likes of which only he can pull off. He will interpret some of the great French classics from different eras, and will take requests from the audience. He will be preceded by Franco-Ontarian Mélanie Brulée, Marco et les Torvis and the CEPEO with Tissons des liens to start the ball rolling.

Saturday, June 18
The FRANCO will close with one of the biggest musical names out of Africa, Tiken Jah Fakoly. He will perform songs from his new album “Racines”, and will present some of the reggae classics of Alpha Blondy, Peter Tosh, the Clash and his idol Bob Marley. The evening will start off with the latest sensation Karim Ouellet, who will present his recently-released album as well as his greatest hits. He will be preceded by Radio Elvis and Ivan.

The morning will be filled with shows for the kids by Atchoum and magician Daniel Coutu, who will be on hand to charm the little ones and their parents. At mid-day, festival-goers of all ages will be invited to discover Kelly Bado and Planète urbaine, a special production by Christian « Le R » with a focus on urban electric sounds and Hip-Hop.

The FRANCO and its partners are preparing a host of special and complementary activities:

  • School matinée on Wednesday, June 15, for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 students ;
  • School shows by the CECCE and CEPEO on the Thursday and Friday ;
  • a presentation by Rond Point artists ;
  • a Bravo-Est art exhibition ;
  • creative activities for young people organized by the Ottawa Art Gallery ;
  • the APCM Café des artistes ;
  • some twenty booths and food concessions ;
  • L’Espace Forain ;
  • face painting by Kromatik ;
  • inflatable structures ;
  • buskers ;

Concours Bandana presented by Collège La Cité in collaboration with Le Droit and Unique FM: get your wristband passport by June 12, and you could win a VIP package with 5 friends for an evening at the FRANCO.  Transportation by limousine, reserved VIP area, food and drinks included, visit backstage, gifts and much more!

Local radio stations will also be running small contests where you can win bandanas: fm 104.7, Énergie, Rouge FM and Unique FM.

Save big by getting your wristband passport now!
The wristband passport (for all three nights of the event) is now on pre-sale for the low price of $30 at and will be available starting Monday, May 23 in Ottawa and Gatineau Banque Nationale branches, in Librairies du Soleil and at MIFO d’Orléans. The pre-sale at points of sale ends on June 12 and online on June 15. After that, wristbands will be available at the Festival entrances for $35. Wristband passport holders will also get the traditional bandana presented by Collège La Cité.

One-day wristbands (good for one day only) will be available for $15 online and at the Festival on June 16, 17 and 18.

The Aire des amis pass is currently on sale for $50 (at until June15), and will be available at the Festival on June 16, 17 and 18 for $75. This VIP area offers seating and an exclusive bar, as well as a view of the Main Stage.
Admission to the FRANCO is FREE for kids aged 12 or under!


  • Thursday, June 16: 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, June 17: 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Julie Dumoulin, Communications Director
Groupe Simoncic for the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale
Telephone: 613-321-0102 extension 26  Cell: 819-921-2646

The Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque National is run by the Simoncic Group, an agency that specializes in event management, and that is also in charge of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, the GATINEAU Loppet, the Franco-fête de Toronto and the St-Albert Curd Festival.

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A 40th FRANCO to Dazzle All Ages!

F15_002The 40th Festival franco-ontarien Banque Nationale ended last night before a record crowd gathered for a spectacular musical rendez-vous, drawn by the terrific weather and an outstanding program lineup. Festival President Josée Vaillancourt was all smiles as she delivered the closing comments on the Air Canada Big Stage, just minutes before Zachary Richard made his entrance: “We won our bet that we could bring in as many youth as builders to celebrate our 40 years and to highlight every single aspect of today’s Francophone Ontario. We thank our partners, volunteers and artists from Quebec, Manitoba, the US, Africa and Franco-Ontario for having understood our mission and for taking part in this superb celebration of the language that unites us”.

The Festival kicked off on Wednesday, June 10, with a packed school matinée attended by close to 2000 youngsters from Ottawa’s French school boards. On Thursday evening, after the Culture en Fête presentations by CECCE, Rond Point, D-Track and Mélissa Ouimet, the Porn Flakes and their guests put their special stamp on Les 400 coups du FRANCO, while Les Locos Locass hoisted the green and white flag high and proud, and as Daniel Boucher closed his number with a resounding message to keep the language alive: “Continuez de parler français”!

Friday’s rain could not dampen the passion of KAIN and their fans, who headed towards the site under a phenomenal rainbow for a performance filled with breathtaking special effects and light shows. Just before that, 240 youth from the CEPEO had braved the pelting rain to deliver a moving concert around the theme of connecting, entitled Tissons les liens, followed by the FRANCO’s showstopper, Swing, and Le Paysagiste, who had the crowd dancing and waving their umbrellas with his poetic lyrics and a repertoire guaranteed to warm the heart.

The last day at the FRANCO unfolded under bright sun and ideal temperatures, starting with a veritable festival of strollers and happy faces for the family matinee. The afternoon provided opportunities for some musical discoveries during the Grand Pique-Nique de la Francophonie, which provided a captivated audience for a lineup of Ontario Francophone cultures. At 4 p.m. Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi proved just how useless chairs could be once the party took off under the big top.

The evening continued with a magical moment on the Air Canada Big Stage with the Orchestre symphonique De La Salle and shows by Trishia Foster, Geneviève Toupin, and R et Yao who adapted their texts and repertoires for the occasion. The site was already almost full at 7 p.m. for Daniel Lavoie and his three musicians, while by 9 p.m. a record crowd had gathered, including the Festival builders who joined in to applaud and dance with the pillar of the Francophone community, Zachary Richard.

The Programming Director for the Festival franco-ontarien, Laurent Vandeputte, closed with this anecdote summarizing his impressions of the weekend. “We are definitely proud of the progress the Festival has made over the years. This afternoon, the Tambourineurs du Burundi gave me an unforgettable moment when they invited me to join them after their show. They wanted to thank me for never having treated them differently, or drawing attention to the ethnic differences that sometimes divide their community. You know, over the past few years they have even modified their costumes to reflect the green and white. Ontario’s Francophonie dates back 400 years, but if it is to continue, it must be nourished and celebrated. And that’s what Franco-Ontarian pride is all about. »

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More than 40 ARTISTS for the 40th FRANCO!

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The Festival franco-ontarien Banque Nationale, which will run from June 11 to 13 at the National Capital Commission’s Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, today unveiled the program lineup for its 40th edition, which will be peppered “with green and white” as a tribute to the Franco-Ontarian flag, which this year also is celebrating its 40th anniversary. And all this is happening just in time to mark 400 years since the passage of Samuel de Champlain through Ontario! More than 40 artists, half of them Franco-Ontarians, will appear on the Air Canada Main Stage and the smaller 40th FRANCO stage.

Thursday, June 11 – Les 400 coups du FRANCO!
The PORN FLAKES and a wonderful array of guests will have the honour of presenting a concert that will feature the top hits of the FRANCO’s last 40 years. A new show concept and a great celebration of music bringing together ÉRIC LAPOINTE, LOCO LOCASS, JEAN-FRANÇOIS BREAU, Acadian JOSEPH EDGAR and Franco-Ontarian CÉLESTE LÉVIS. They will be preceded on the stage by performer Mélissa Ouimet, Gatineau rapper D-Track and the Rond Point artists.

Friday, June 12 – 40 ans comme dans l’temps!
The famous Quebec band KAIN, one of the biggest draws in the Festival’s history, has been asked to crown the night of June 12. Right before them, our favourite band, SWING, will be on hand to heat up the stage and warm up the crowd. Afterwards, it will be Le Paysagiste, this year’s FRANCO showstopper, with guest Andréa Lindsay, who has been invited to perform a few songs.

Saturday, June 13 – 40 ans de festival, 400 ans de fierté!
To celebrate 400 years of the French presence in Ontario, and to mark the 40th anniversary of the Festival Franco-Ontarien, the FRANCO-SYMPHONIQUE concert will blend the voices and musical universes of Franco-Ontarian artists Tricia Foster, Geneviève Toupin, Le R and Yao with the extraordinary Orchestre symphonique de La Salle directed by Jason Hutt.

To close the FRANCO, two of the Francophonie’s icons will take turns on the Air Canada Main Stage. Franco-Manitoban DANIEL LAVOIE who, accompanied by two musicians, will take us through his unforgettable hits for what promises to be a unique and vibrant moment! American, Cajun, Canadian by adoption, but first and foremost citizen of the world, ZACHARY RICHARD will bring to the stage J’aime la vie and Le Fou, both from his latest albums, as well as some of his top hits.

In the morning, kids and parents alike will enjoy JOJO ET LES ANIMAUX, as well as LES PETITES TOUNES. At noon, festival-goers of all ages will be invited to the GRAND PIQUE-NIQUE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE, a special production by Christian “Le R”, with Abel Maxwell, Wolanyo, Big Balade (authors of the official song for the 400th of Champlain), Jjanice+, Rômmel Ribeiro and Hey Wow. This big picnic will be followed by a presentation by African rap pioneer DIDIER AWADI.

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Ticket sales, hours and contests

The Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale is pleased to be able to inaugurate Ottawa’s festival season with extremely affordable tickets. Wristband-passports, one-day wristbands and passe Aire des amis are available to festival-goers, with free admission for children aged 12 or under and accompanied by an adult.


  • Wristband-passports are now available for $25 (for the three nights of the event) online through and will be on May 21st at National Bank branches in Ottawa and Gatineau, Librairies du Soleil, Collège La Cité, and MIFO in Orléans. The Special ticket sales will end June 9, 2014. After that, they will only be available at the Festival gates on June 12, 13 and 14 for $30. Wristband-passport holders will get the traditional bandana as a bonus, compliments of Collège La Cité.
  • One-day wristbands (good for one day only) will be sold for $15 at the Festival gates on June 12, 13 and 14. The cost of admission will remain $15 for the Saturday, June 14, which includes the family matinee, the great African Picnic and the evening shows.
  • The passe Aire des amis is currently available for $75 (special price for two passes and more) at until June 9, and will be available at the Festival gates on June 12, 13 and 14. This VIP space is an opportunity to enjoy seats, a separate bar and a special view of the Air Canada Main Stage.

Important note: wristbands (wristband-passports and one-day wristbands) must be worn to enter the site.


  • Thursday, June 12: 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Friday, June 13: 4 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14: 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.


The Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale is pleased to offer, in association with RADIO-CANADA, LE DROIT and INCURSION VOYAGES, an 11-day cruise for two in the Maritimes and Saint-Pierre-et Miquelon. To enter, tune in to Bernier et Cie at 90.7 FM between May 26 and June 6 to hear the day’s extract. For details, visit in the contest section, or

The Festival Franco is also offering, in association with LA CITÉ, le collège d’arts appliqués et de technologie, the official presenter of the 2014 Bandana, a GoPro HD HERO3 camera. Participants are invited to visit in the contest section to answer a mystery question related to the 2014 Bandana.

For everything you need to know about the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale, visit and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.



Julie Dumoulin
Communications Director
Groupe Simoncic for the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale
Tel.: 613-321-0102, extension 26
Cell: 819-921-2646

The Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale is run by the Simoncic Group, an agency that specializes in event management, and that also manages the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, the Gatineau Loppet, the Franco-Fête de Toronto and the St-Albert Curd Festival.


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Get your wristband passport

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Buy your wristband passport online right now and you will received in bonus the official bandana of the 2013 edition of the Festival Franco-ontarien!

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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  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.




Julie Dumoulin
Communications Officer, Festival franco-ontarien
Tel: 613-321-0102 extension 26
Cell: 819-921-2646

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