Since 1990, the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver has been bringing Francophone vocal music to the West Coast. The six day festival is a mix of some of the biggest names in both contemporary and “chanson” music. Here are five reasons you should go:
1. This year’s headliners include Ariane Moffatt and Yann Perreau, two big names in Quebec’s contemporary music scene. Moffatt arrives with her award-winning album 22h22, and Perreau has just recently released his fifth album, Le Fantastique des Astres.
2. The festival continues its commitment in discovering and promoting new talent on the Francophone music scene in both Vancouver. This year’s local line-up includes Saint-Pierre and Pascale Goodrich-Black
3. Integral to the festival is a program designed to delight the young. A festival within a festival, the Children’s Fest includes four hours of free outdoor fun for young and the young-at-heart.
4. On the more traditional front, Suzanne Leclerc and Bryn Wilkin (aka Vazzy) bring their unique mix of music to the stage, incorporating repertoires from Acadia, Quebec, and other parts of Canada, including Métis and Celtic music.
5. Francophones from other regions of Canada are also represented with performances by Franco-Manitobans, Marijosée and Rayannah, and the Franco-Saskatchewan group Ponteix.
Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver runs June 16-25 at various locations around Vancouver. Visit http://lecentreculturel.com for tickets and information.