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Welcome to the 30th edition of the Francos de Montréal

Jacques André Dupont

And for anyone who thinks that turning 30 means we’re going to calm down… you’ve got another think coming!

When the very first edition of the Francos was launched 30 years ago, the goal was to assemble francophone artists de chez nous and from the world over, to showcase music en français in all its brilliant diversity, driven by the rhythms and passion of everyone from everywhere.

Today, the Francos remain deeply invested in showcasing, unveiling and celebrating music and artists, getting everyone dancing in the city’s biggest fiesta. After all, with 30 years of launching the world’s biggest annual celebration of francophone music… when we say things are bound to get wild, we know what we’re talking about!

From June 8 to 17, we invite you to join us in the heart of downtown Montréal for hundreds of shows featuring hip-hop, chanson, rock, pop, folk and electronica—three quarters of them free—in an area closed to automobile traffic and easily accessible by Metro, with everything a francophone music fan needs to eat, drink and be merry.

In other words, a massive party right in the heart of the city, with all the hottest artists on the current scene, and most of it free… anyone interested? I know I’ll be there!

Have a great Francos, everyone!

Jacques-André Dupont
CEO

 

Over the past 30 years, there’s no denying, we’ve had more than our share of wild good times!

"Laurent

And this year will certainly be no exception!

Only the Francos can offer you Roch Voisine in the intimacy of the Cinquième Salle in an utterly unique show, created specially for the occasion.

Only the Francos could stage a performance like La Renarde, with 15 female artists paying tribute to the great Pauline Julien, under the leadership and direction of Ines Talbi.

Only the Francos can transport you back to 2006 to party like maniacs with Omnikrom, Poirier and TTC.

Only the Francos can throw a big, beautiful hip-hop soirée where Brussels meets Montréal, starring FouKi, Joe Rocca, Roméo Elvis x Le Motel.

And only the Francos can introduce you to Voyou, Hollydays, Angèle, Joli-Bois, L’Impératrice, Hubert Lenoir, Juliette Armanet, Sam Faye and D-Track, Eddy de Pretto with Clara Luciani.

Thirty years of wild times also, brings us the perennial artistry of Pierre Lapointe, with his loveliest show in years; the grand return of Galaxie and the iconic Catherine Ringer; an intimate tribute to Claude Léveillée, staged by Catherine Major; a triple bill celebrating Exterio, Kamakazi and Capitaine Révolte; a Fred Fortin solo show, and plenty of other delights, each more delightful than the last! 

Let’s pop the champagne and celebrate!

Laurent Saulnier
Vice president
Programming

 

Les francos c'est quoi ?

The Francos de Montréal is a non-profit organization created by Alain Simard, Guy Latraverse and Jean-Louis Foulquier. Its aim is to promote and encourage the dissemination of French-language music and to bring together artists from all over the French-speaking world. The event also contributes to the quality of life of Montrealers, the international reputation of their city, and the development of its culture, economy and tourism.

The Francos, in 10 key dates:

1989

Presented in September in the Spectrum, the debut edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, created by Alain Simard, Guy Latraverse and Jean-Louis Foulquier features a program of 15 shows. No one can forget Jean Leloup, the revelation of that first edition, and wildly successful pairings including Jacques Higelin and Michel Pagliaro, or Louise Forestier and Maurane.

1994

New dates, new location: Les FrancoFolies is transformed into a summer festival held in mid-August. An impressive program of free outdoor shows takes over the Place des Arts area. The event takes on an entirely different dimension, becoming the largest celebration of francophone music in the world.

1996

Creation of Félix-Leclerc Award, dedicated to encouraging the production and distribution of francophone music here and in France. Marie-Jo Thério is the first winner on the Québec side, while Pascal Mathieu is the French winner.

1997

First major free outdoor concert in the history of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal: Jim Corcoran and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal thrill a crowd of 30,000.

2001

The 2001 edition is marked by the onstage production of the musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, directed by René Richard Cyr, with all performances sold out before the event even begins.

2003

Marking the 15th anniversary of the Francos, L’Événement Bleue Dry with Les Cowboys fringants draws a crowd of 110,000, a festival record.

2009

For the opening of the Place des Festivals, the outdoor site hosts a unique program featuring 12 major free events, including performances by Corneille, Jorane, Khaled, Les Colocs, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Stefie Shock and Dubmatique.

2011

The first edition of Les Rendez-vous Pros des Francos: 5 days of meetings and exchanges between industry professionals and artists.

2013

The 25th anniversary of the Francos is marked by a remarkable achievement: for the first time ever, attendance surpasses one million visits.  

2017

A special edition featuring 2 massive birthdays: the 375th anniversary of Montréal and the 150th anniversary of Canada. Two exceptional events mark the occasion: Vive Montréal aux Francos, 9 hours of continuous music, as well as the huge multicultural BBQ, Celebrating Our Diversity.