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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!”

SUMMARY OF THE 2016 PROGRAM LINEUP
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.

COMPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMING
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 ;
  • AND MUCH MORE. 

FRANCO 2016 CONTEST
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.

ADMISSION AND POINTS OF SALE
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 www.ffo.ca 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 www.ffo.ca 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!

FESTIVAL HOURS

  • 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.

Source:
Julie Dumoulin, Communications Director
Groupe Simoncic for the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale
Telephone: 613-321-0102 extension 26  Cell: 819-921-2646
julie@simoncic.ca
www.ffo.ca

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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2015 Programming to be unveiled on May 14th!

FFO2015-slide-Visuel-newWhile preparing the 2015 programming, Festival organizers are proud to present the 40th edition’s colours, which includes lots of greens and whites, honouring the 40th anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian Flag.  For this very special edition, the Franco-Ontarian Festival will also honore the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s arrival in Ontario. Please come back on May 14th to discover our very exclusive program of concerts and activities for the whole family!

 

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Ottawa May 16th, 2014 – Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale organizers today unveiled the details of the 39th edition of the event, which will take place at Major’s Hill Park (Ottawa) on June 12, 13 and 14, 2014.

This year, the program lineup on the Air Canada Main Stage and throughout the Festival grounds promises to get everybody jiving to the music, which will range from rock to pop, with some lyrical, folk, African rhythms and shows for the kids. “Prepare to be bowled over by the impressive lineup at this year’s Festival and all of the activities highlighting the many Francophone cultures around the world,” pointed out Josée Vaillancourt, President of the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale. “Get ready for three days of unforgettable celebrations. Everyone is invited!”

Here are the main items on the calendar of activities:

THURSDAY, JUNE 12: AN EVENING IN ROSE WITH LE SHOW DE FEMMES AND LISA LEBLANC (Presented by Radio-Canada)

To properly mark the opening evening of this 39th edition, the FRANCO invites you to DE ROSE ET DE FER, a show directed by Anne-Marie White and that will feature women whose characters may be tough as steel but whose music makes audiences melt across Canada and Europe. They include ANIQUE GRANGER with her poetic music and lyrics, TRICIA FOSTER with her powerfully comical and touching songs, the SCARLETT JANE duet that will enchant you with their distinctive musical sounds, and finally GENEVIÈVE TOUPIN, with her comforting voice and freshness.

They will be followed by young Acadian performer LISA LEBLANC, who will light up the Air Canada Main Stage with her contagious joy, energy, charisma and sincerity. Never far from her guitar, she will certainly have her audience on their feet and dancing until the end of the evening.

For the first part, visitors will be treated to the CULTURE EN FÊTE show performed by youngsters from the Conseil des écoles catholique du Centre-Est (CECCE) and the four up and coming artists who will be part of the next edition of RONDPOINT.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13: RENEWED POP WITH KARIM OUELLET AND ROCK WITH MARIE-MAI (Presented by NRJ and TC Média)

Quebec’s uncontested queen of pop rock can boast eight Félix awards, three of which are for no less than female performer of the year, two for rock album of the year, show of the year and most popular song of the year. MARIE-MAI will plunge us into her plugged in and dynamic universe to celebrate her 10 years in show biz at the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale.  

Appearing right ahead of her will be rising star KARIM OUELLET, who will take the stage with his blend of soul, electro, folk and rock, producing a renewed pop musical style of his very own.

For the first part leading up to these two artists, come and discover the show TISSONS DES LIENS presented by young artists from the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), followed by CÉLESTE LÉVIS with guitar in hand and poetry in heart, as well as SHAWN JOBIN, who at 21 has already found a way to express his life’s passions and experiences (presented by Unique FM and TV5).

SATURDAY, JUNE 14: GENTLE PROVOCATION WITH PIERRE LAPOINTE FOLLOWED BY LYRICAL EVASIONS WITH MARC HERVIEUX (Presented by Rouge FM and Le Droit)

In his ten-year career, PIERRE LAPOINTE, a genius with word plays, has managed to make a name for himself in Canada and Europe by racking up sales of more than 500,000 albums. He emphasizes his distinct taste for gentle provocation, eclectic mixes and catchy melodies, which will be sure to appeal to the audience at Major’s Hill Park.

To wrap up the 39th edition of the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale, a little evasion will be in order, with the talented MARC HERVIEUX! This graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and the Advance Role Preparation Studio of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami will lend the last note to these three days of festivities, transporting participants on the wings of his finest instrument: his operatic voice.

Starting at 4 p.m., STEF PAQUETTE, writer-composer-performer who is criss-crossing the country with his guitar and songs, followed by the EN BREF band, which has staged more than 600 shows across Canada, will warm up the Air Canada Main Stage with their easygoing music (presented by Unique FM and TV5).

A FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES ON THE SATURDAY WITH MINI TFO, DANIEL RICHER AND THE PIQUE-NIQUE AFRICAIN

Saturday morning on the stroke of 10 a.m., children and parents should be in place for the MINI TFO, and the fantastic tale by Daniel Richer entitled LÉGENDES DE LA FORÊT (presented by Unique FM and TFO).

Families and friends will then be invited to bring their picnics or to stop by the many food concessions and then join in the FRANCO’s PIQUE-NIQUE AFRICAIN at noon (presented by 104.7 FM). Christian Djohossou alias LE R, the young rapper originally from Benin who was asked to bring together artists from across Africa to stage an afternoon of dazzling shows. REMESHA DRUMS (Drummers of Burundi), hip-hop world artist HERLÉON MUNTU, the VEEBY AND THE VIBES band from Cameroon, and African traditional handicrafts and foods will be available to immerse visitors in the rhythms and colours of African culture.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Throughout the Festival, a number of restaurants will be offering their specialities at the site for your gastronomic pleasure. Young and old will delight in the buskers, face painting by KROMATIK, street art with TRANSE EXPRESS and an abundance of surprises.

The Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale would like to thank all of the partners and artisans who have made this 39th edition possible. National Bank, Air Canada, Collège La Cité, University of Ottawa, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-est, Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (this year celebrating its 75th anniversary), Marcil Lavallée, MIFO, NavCanada, Ginsberg Gingras, Mazerolle et Lemay and OLG. Our institutional partners: Canadian Heritage, the Government of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation of Ontario, the National Capital Commission, the Ontario Office of Francophone Affairs, the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council. Our media partners: Radio-Canada, TV5 and TFO, Le Droit, Metro News and TC Média, Unique FM, NRJ, Rouge FM and 104.7, Maxmédia and Innovacom. Finally, our collaborators: ACFO, Librairies du Soleil, Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique, Molson Coors, OC Transpo and the STO, Incursion Voyages and Chez Lili Party Rental.

For details about the contest, ticket sales and other technical information, please consult the following news release. Visit www.ffo.ca and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter for all other information.

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Source:
Julie Dumoulin
Communications Director
Simoncic Group for the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale
Tel.: 613-321-0102, extension 26
Cell: 819-921-2646
julie@simoncic.ca

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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Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale set to sway to african rhythms

Ottawa, April 13, 2014 – Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale organizers took the opportunity at the Gala d’excellence du RGA to announce a second component of the programming for the 39th edition, which will run from June 12 to 14 at Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park. Djembé, balafon, doundounba, and traditional dances and costumes will be front and centre during the great pique-nique africain on Saturday, June 14, starting at the stroke of noon.

Christian Djohossou, alias Le R, the young rapper originally from Benin, was asked to pull together artists from across Africa who could provide festival-goers with a colourful afternoon-long picnic around this theme. Remesha Drums (Drummers of Burundi), Veeby & The Vibes, the Dendê do Recife Capoeira group, rapper Herléo Muntu and of course Le R himself, will paint the park in the rhythms and colours of African cultures.

Setting the stage for this African picnic will be a well-known artist from Dakar, who will appear on the Friday night on the Air Canada Main Stage. To find out the name of this artist and at the same time the full program lineup for the Festival, stay tuned for the press conference that will be held in mid-May.

In the meantime, festival-goers are invited to order their wristband-passports, now available for the special advance sales price of $25 through the Franco Web site at www.ffo.ca. Please note that everyone who buys a wristband-passport will receive a complementary traditional bandana. Remember that Marie-Mai has already been confirmed as one of the artists for the 39th edition of the Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale.

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SOURCE:
Julie Dumoulin
Communications Director
Festival Franco-Ontarien Banque Nationale
613-321-0102 extension 26
julie@simoncic.ca

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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