Fran­coFolies un­veiled its in­door pro­gram

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Mon­treal's French song fes­ti­val is turn­ing 30, and that calls for a big cel­e­bra­tion, that is what the Spec­tra Team, the pro­duc­ers of this event, an­nounced this past Wed­nes­day. This year's event will run from June 8 to 17 in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions such as Theatre Maison­neuve, Mai­son sym­phonique, As­tral, MTelus, Bell Cen­tre and Club Soda, most of them sit­u­ated around the Quartier des spec­ta­cles, in the eastern part of down­town.As usual, this fes­ti­val will also have an out­door pro­gram with free con­certs, which should be an­nounced later.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers, "Faith­ful to their guid­ing mis­sion, the Fran­cos de Mon­tréal un­furl fran­co­phone mu­sic in all its dizzy­ing diver­sity: ma­jor names and emerg­ing artists, from hip-hop to chan­son to rock, pop, elec­tron­ica and folk." The Fran­coFolies is, of course, a good op­por­tu­nity for An­glo­phones and peo­ple from lin­guis­tic groups other than the French­s­peak­ing ma­jor­ity, to get in touch with the French lan­guage in a far more fun and pleas­ant man­ner than what some bu­reau­crats would like. One of this fes­ti­val's most in­ter­est­ing points, es­pe­cially for those more in­clined to know about the cul­tural diver­sity of this coun­try, is that it pro­vides a va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal ex­pres­sions in French. This phe­nom­e­non al­lows, on the one hand, to dis­cover spe­cific, dis­tinct el­e­ments of the French culture es­pe­cially in Que­bec, while at the same time to ap­pre­ci­ate the adap­ta­tions to their lan­guage that Fran­co­phone artists make of mu­sic gen­res and styles orig­i­nated in other lan­guages. For ex­am­ple, hip-hop rap, or Caribbean rhythms, adding new ex­pres­sive di­men­sions to them.

The lineup for this year's Fran­coFolies in­cludes a good num­ber of Que­bec and French stars: Roch Voi­sine, an icon of the lo­cal mu­sic scene will be at the Cin­quième Salle of Place des Arts from June 8 to 10. Mara Trem­blay and her rock-style mu­sic will be per­form­ing at the As­tral, on June 15. Rox­ane Bruneau, af­ter her suc­cess­ful al­bum "Dyspho­rie," will be de­light­ing her fans at Club Soda on June 13. Claude Dubois will be cel­e­brat­ing his 50-year ca­reer per­form­ing his most cel­e­brat­ing themes at Theatre Maison­neuve on June 9.

An­other 50th an­niver­sary will be that of French com­poser An­dré Mathieu; the Fran­coFolies will pay trib­ute to him with a spe­cial show called "L'événe­ment 50e d'An­dré Mathieu" with Alain Le­fèvre cel­e­brat­ing the great com­poser fea­tur­ing the Orchestre de la Fran­co­phonie, con­ducted by Jean-Philippe Trem­blay, with guests Diane Dufresne, Marc Labrèche and Cather­ine Ma­jor.This show will take place at the Mai­son sym­phonique, on June 14 at 8 p.m.

Tick­ets for the shows are on sale since this Fri­day at the var­i­ous venues where they are tak­ing place. For a com­plete list of artists and con­certs, ticket prices, and sched­ules visit:

A sam­ple of the shows to come, dur­ing the press con­fer­ence like, Roch Voi­sine, Rox­ane Bruneau Mara Trem­blay a lo­cal star at this year's Fran­coFolies

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