Joyeux Noel!

French mu­sic and e Grinch, en fran­cais, on o er this week­end


Colch­ester County’s grow­ing fran­co­phone com­mu­nity is cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas in a tra­di­tional way this week­end.

Fran­co­phone and Fran­cophile fam­i­lies can en­joy a French-lan­guage show­ing of e Grinch Satur­day morn­ing at the Cine­plex, fol­lowed by an evening Christ­mas con­cert by sev­eral bands and artists in­clud­ing Route 102 and Les Étoiles at the Cen­tre com­mu­nau­taire fran­co­phone de Truro.

“It will be an op­por­tu­nity for fran­co­phones to en­joy the hol­i­day in French and every­one knows the [ Grinch] movie, so even if they don’t un­der­stand the words, they know the tale,” said De­laney Clarke at the École aca­di­enne de Truro. “To take a Hol­ly­wood movie and show it in French in an An­glo­phone com­mu­nity, it shows that we are here.”

e event will be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to dis­cover fran­co­phone cul­ture and in­crease the com­mu­nity’s vis­i­bil­ity.

Clarke felt it was im­por­tant to raise the pro le of lo­cal fran­co­phones, es­pe­cially af­ter On­tario Premier Doug Ford re­cently an­nounced plans to scrap a French- lan­guage univer­sity and down­grade his province’s watch­dog on French- lan­guage ser­vices.

“ e cul­ture is vi­brant, the lan­guage is here,” said Clarke.

It was a point echoed by Yvette Saulnier, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre com­mu­nau­taire fran­co­phone de Truro.

She said a lost gen­er­a­tion of fran­co­phones is now mak­ing sure their chil­dren can speak their an­ces­tors’ lan­guage.

Her cen­tre plays its part by or­ga­niz­ing cul­tural and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, while French classes for adults are o ered.

Geared to­ward par­ents of chil­dren in French im­mer­sion school­ing, the lan­guage classes are also open to the pub­lic.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­cently gave the cen­tre $280,000, which to­gether with sales of Aca­dian flag li­cence plates al­lowed them to pay for ren­o­va­tions, in­clud­ing new bleach­ers, cur­tains and a light and sound sys­tem.

De­mand for French re­mains high lo­cally, as the École aca­di­enne de Truro next door adds more stu­dents.

“It’s the fastest-grow­ing school in the province,” said Saulnier.

Any­one want­ing to see The Grinch can do so at 10 a.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 15 at the Cine­plex in the Power Cen­tre.

Tick­ets are $6 and seats are lim­ited, but peo­ple can reg­is­ter online at JKYSOJNYM4­CBQZZS2.

Those wish­ing to cel­e­brate Un Noel Aca­dien can do so at 7 p. m. at the Cen­tre com­mu­nau­taire fran­co­phone de Truro Satur­day.

Tick­ets are $20 per per­son and can be bought in ad­vance from the cen­tre.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email cen­tre­[email protected]­ or call 902-897-6864.


Route 102 is one of sev­eral bands and artists who will play at the Cen­tre com­mu­nau­taire fran­co­phone de Truro on Dec. 15.

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