RAFO to host its second Franco-ontarian Flag Day in Elliot Lake Sept. 22
Elliot Lake’s Francophone community is hosting a wine and cheese evening for its second Franco-ontarian Flag Day on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Ghislaine Desjardins, president of Rassemblement des Associations Francophone de l’ontario - Rive Nord (RAFO), which is hosting the event, says while it is celebrating the Franco-ontarian Flag Day, everyone is invited.
The event will be held at the Salle Rendez-vous in the basement of Paroisse Ste. Marie (French Catholic Church) at 130 Hillside Driver North at 7 p.m.
Desjardins says many who are not of French descent would likely enjoy this evening as well. And because they will be serving wine and cheese, it is an age of majority event.
The evening’s entertainment is a musical comedy by three women from Toronto called Les Chiclettes, made up of Nathalie Nadon, Julie Kim Beaudry and Geneviève Cholette.
Les Chiclettes started in 2010, and have since toured Canada and Europe. They are no strangers to awards. They received the Coup de Coeur/reseau Ontario award, and that of the ROSEQ and Radarts networks 2010. In 2013, the trio received two Trille Or in the ‘Best group’ and ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ categories.
The musical play is set back in the 1940s, and includes a lot of the music of the period.
Desjardins says there are about 18 songs in the comedy, with Glen Miller and the Andrew Sister being major influences.
She says while some of the songs will be the French versions, she expects some will be in English.
“They’ll (the audience) recognize all the tunes,” says Desjardins.
The dialogue has to do with three Francophone women learning to speak English. With their broken English they sometimes use the wrong words, which is hilarious, adds Desjardins.
She says because of the demand for Les Chiclettes RAFO has been working for six months to get them to come to Elliot Lake for the celebration of Francoontarian Day. While the actual Franco-ontarian Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the celebration will be on Sept. 22.
Advance tickets are $20 and are available at North Shore Advertising and Printing at 138 Ontario Avenue or by calling 705849-7510. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25. Franco-ontario flag The province officially named Franco-ontarian Day in 2010.
The Franco-ontarian flag flew for the first time on Sept. 25, 1975 at Laurentian University in Sudbury. The flag was created by history professor Gaetan Gervais and political science student Michel Dupuis.
The Franco-ontarian flag has two bands. One is green with a white fleurde-lys (lily), which represents the French-speaking community. The other is white with a green trillium, the provincial flower of Ontario. Green was chosen by the designers to symbolize summer, while the white symbolizes winter.
The flag became the symbol of the Francoontarian community, and was officially recognized on July 21, 2001.
Les Chiclettes, made up of Nathalie Nadon, Julie Kim Beaudry and Genevieve Cholette, will be perform at the Salle Rendez-vous for the celebration of Franco-ontarian Day.