Franco-Fête de Toronto

Date/Time

Jul 5, 2019 to Jul 7, 2019

Description

Toronto's biggest Francophone music and culture festival returns to Yonge-Dundas Square for its 37th edition. From July 5th to 7th, Franco-Fête de Toronto will offer three days of events celebrating the abundance of Francophone heritage and showcasing the very essence of Francophonie. 

A one-of-a-kind event, Franco-Fête de Toronto 2019 will present a range of activities for all ages, including music, culinary creations, activities for young people, and much more.  

On Sunday, July 7th, as part of their family programming, Franco-Fête de Toronto will present the amazing Kattam and his Tams Tams. To the sounds of n'goni, balafon, djembe, darbouka, naffar and dhol, percussionist KATTAM (watch the clip) invites you to discover Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance! From desert dance and African rap to Sufi trance rhythms and Bollywood dance—with his monkey Takoum, Kattam never fails to engage his audience, taking you on an amazing multicultural adventure!

NEW THIS YEAR: A NOD TO FRANCOPHONE AFRICA – In honour of the great diversity of cultures that make up Toronto's Francophone community, this year Franco-Fête will pay tribute to one community in particular. This premiere will be celebrated with the music of Francophone Africa on July 6th at Yonge-Dundas Square, showcasing six exceptional groups and artists: the rap and R&B group Uni-T; Kimya, the winner of the Découverte award at the 2019 Gala des prix Trille Or; the award-winning singer-songwriter Le R Premier; the incomparable Mehdi Cayenne; Nomad Stone, Radio-Canada's 2018-2019 world music Révélations; De.Ville, a duo whose music has its roots in raï music of North and West Africa, and Ayrad, the headlining group. Nominated for the ADISQ awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards for world music group of the year and the 2015 JUNO Awards in the world music of the year category, Ayrad creates original music featuring a profusion of musical styles and songs played energetically and confidently.

The July 7th lineup at Yonge-Dundas Square features the award-winning folk-world group Mélisande [électrotrad], the powerful traditional group De Temps Antan from Quebec, the Paris-based electro-pop group Radio Elvis and DJ UNPIER.

The festival will also host booths sponsored by ethnocultural associations, tastings of African dishes, as well as demonstrations of traditional dance and attire. Meet-and-greets will also be organized between the artists and the public after the performances to foster discussion.

Don't miss the 37th annual Franco-Fête de Toronto, a major Toronto event that celebrates the cultural wealth and diversity of its Francophone community!

Cost

Free

Location

View map Yonge-Dundas Square
Yonge and Dundas
Toronto, ON

Additional Information

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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