THURSDAY, MARCH 6
12h00: Lunch from l’Agraff
The Agraff lunch will be held at Thai Lemongrass (3838 Cadboro Bay Rd) at a cost of $25, taxes and gratuity included. Book with Régine Bérubé (250) 598-1763 before February 28th.
17h00: Official Launch Event – Les Beaux Jeudis
Come and gather at Yates Street Taphouse & Grill to celebrate the official opening during a 5pm to 7pm happy hour with musical performances and complimentary appetizers.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
17h00: Coeur du monde
Francophone school, Victor-Brodeur, invites everyone to the unveiling of its Heart of the World, part of a globally acclaimed project done by French artist François Michaud. The permanent sculpture symbolizes the resolution of conflicts for the students of Victor-Brodeur. Come listen to a musical performance by Aude Ray and enjoy complimentary appetizers!
20h00: Show – Garoche ta sacoche
Winners of the Granby International Song Festival, duo Cynthia and Sonia, will put on a show at Victor-Brodeur school. Tickets are on sale at La Société francophone de Victoria. $10 Non-members / $5 Members
MARCH 8 AND 9 WEEKEND AT CENTENNIAL SQUARE
On Saturday and Sunday, Centennial Square will be full of activities for the whole family! A kids zone will have an inflatable jumping castle, a talented balloon artist named Ziggy, free face painting and much more! In addition, Centennial Square will be hosting organizations within the region that offer services in French, which is a good way to get to know the local Francophone community. Local Francophone and Francophile artisans will also be present to offer you their unique products from French pastries to acrylic paintings. Lastly, complimentary musical performances will be held on the Radio-Canada stage from noon to 4pm.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
In support of the International Women’s Day, the SFV has decided to pay tribute to women by creating a special musical program that headline emerging female artists.
RADIO-CANADA STAGE (CENTENNIAL SQUARE)
13:00 AUDE RAY
14:00 GAROCHE TA SACOCHE
15:00 MARYSE BERNARD
18h00: Album Release – Pas tout cuit dans l’bec
Marijosée will be launching her new album Pas tout cuit dans l’bec as part of our festival! She has a spectacular voice and a wild imagination that makes her shows unforgettable. Don’t miss this complimentary show at Yates Street Taphouse & Grill!
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
RADIO-CANADA STAGE (CENTENNIAL SQUARE)
12:00 WONTANARA DRUM & DANCE
13:00 SAM WEBER
14:00 MICHAEL WOOD BAND
15:00 HYPER FIEND
11h00: Sugar Shack Brunch
The traditional maple syrup brunch will be complemented by a musical performance by Réjean and his musicians who will let you experience traditionnal music from Quebec! The Henriette-Moreau prize will be handed out during the brunch. Tickets are being pre-sold at La Société francophone de Victoria. $25 Non-members / $20 Members / $15 for children (10 years and younger). NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.
13h00: Play presented by l’AFRACB
The play Trompe l’heure et tromperies written by Francophone Michel Ouellette, which is part of a nation-wide initiative to stop violence, fraud, and abuse towards seniors. The play is taking place at Ambrosia and will be in French. For more information, contact Marie-Pier Courbon at (250) 382-1310 – www.afracb.ca
Marijosée travelled from sea to sea in Canada as well as in Europe from 2011 to 2013 in support of her first release, Rebondir, collecting accolades along the way. Quickly discovering the mischievous pleasure of sharing thoughts that should otherwise be left in her diary, she brings to the world her sophomore album, Pas tout cuit dans l’bec. Delivered with a voice both powerful and seductive, with music that carries both pop and world beats, Marijosée is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.
Aude Ray is an emerging artist from Whistler and a previous candidate at the Chant’Ouest 2013 competition. As one of the Saturday headliner’s, Aude Ray will be debuting new songs freshly composed!
GAROCHE TA SACOCHE
The duo, Garoche ta sacoche, was born the moment Cynthia Veilleux and Sonia Brochet met. They describe their music as funky, unusual folk. Garoche ta sacoche is composed of two guitars, harmonious vocals, and absurd lyrics that are out of this world!
Maryse is an emerging artist who learned her French through the French Immersion Programs in British Columbia. She will charm you with her amazingly big voice and her interpretation of classics such as Edit Piaf’s La vie en rose.
WONTANARA DRUM & DANCE
Wontanara Drum & Dance is a Victoria, BC, based performance troupe founded by Guinean Master Dancer and choreographer Mohamed Andre Duranteau.
Sam is a Victoria born 20-year old singer-songwriter and guitarist who grew up in a French Immersion setting. In 2012, Weber was one of the youngest people to ever be covered by the Guitar Player magazine. Weber’s journey is just beginning and it’s off to a truly inspiring start. Come check out this amazing talent during his “early era”!
MICHAEL WOOD BAND
The four-piece band originated from Canada’s west coast. Their sound reflects multiple influences ranging from jazz to pop to classic rock. The band was selected as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition from 20 thousand entries worldwide, and nominated for two Vancouver Island Music Awards.
Hyper Fiend is an emerging French-metal band brought together by the bassist, Raymond M. Albert, and the guitarist, Shaun Wiebe. Both were in pursuit of their musical careers and after discovering their drummer, Mike Mlikolic, they decided to form the group Hyper Fiend. The group’s name was chosen with a provocative and ironic connotation to attract the public’s attention!
If you have any questions or comments regarding the program, please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (250) 388-7350.
We can’t wait to see you!
– SFV Team
A big THANKS to all our sponsors for their support for the 17th Annual French Fest!