Franco-Fête de Toronto, Toronto’s biggest Francophone music and culture festival presents its 37th edition from July 5th to 7th. The festival will offer three days of events celebrating the abundance of Francophone heritage and showcasing the very essence of Francophonie.
Franco-Fête de Toronto provides a rare opportunity to experience a universe consisting of myriad cultures, languages and people from every part of the Greater Toronto Area, all converging to celebrate the wealth and diversity of Canadian Francophonie.
In honour of the great diversity of cultures that make up Toronto’s Francophone community, this year Franco-Fête will pay tribute to one community in particular… the festival will showcase the music of Francophone Africa on July 6th at Yonge-Dundas Square, featuring several exceptional groups and artists: the rap and R&B group Uni-T; Kimya, the 2019 Gala des prix Trille Or; award-winning singer-songwriter Le R Premier; the incomparable Mehdi Cayenne; Nomad Stone, Radio-Canada’s 2018-2019 world music Révélations; De.Ville, a duo whose music has its roots in raï music of North and West Africa, and Ayrad, the headlining group.
Franco-Fête will also host booths sponsored by ethnocultural associations, tastings of African dishes, as well as demonstrations of traditional dance and attire. Meet-and-greets will also be organized between the artists and the public after the performances to foster discussion. There will also be a special show for kids, Kattam et ses Tam-Tams. The young percussionist Kattam, who plays the n’goni, balafon, djembé, derbouka, naffar and dhol, will take you on a musical journey through Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance.
The 37th annual Franco-Fête de Toronto, a major Toronto event that celebrates the cultural wealth and diversity of its Francophone community. It is a FREE event, so be sure to check it out! For the full program schedule, please go to franco-fete.ca.