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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Les Francos for One and All!

Montreal, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — To mark this 26th edition, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal presented by Bell in collaboration with Ford of Canada celebrate with an incredible indoor program: from A(lex Nevsky) to Z(az), Franco musical grammar has never sung so sweetly, offering shows for every taste and age group, from new discoveries to unprecedented creations and highly-anticipated return engagements. Whether it’s chanson, hip hop or punk, with a Québécois accent or one from afar, the Francophone world will make its voice(s) heard loud and clear from June 12 to 22! Tickets for these shows go on sale Thursday, April 17 at noon… although Infolettre Spectra subscribers (subscription is free at can purchase them starting tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.!
Tribute to a pair of major icons to open and close the event
What an event to open this 26th edition! The legendary Serge Fiori has returned with his first album in 28 years… but no accompanying concert. Well, the Francos can fix that, with a magical onstage recreation of the album called Fioritudes, featuring performances by artists including Antoine Gratton, Catherine Major, Alexandre Désilets, Marie-Pierre Arthur… An exclusive and utterly unique event. FioritudesJune 13, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA (Les Grands spectacles Bell series).
To close the festivities, we’ll roll out another massive tribute, when Isabelle Boulay honours the memory of Serge Reggiani, the irreplaceable singer and actor who passed away 10 years ago. With this live performance of an album due imminently, the Québécois star celebrates a man she considers a model and inspiration, recreating his timeless classics (L’Italien, Ma fille, Il suffirait de presque rien…). She’ll be accompanied by special guests, including Philippe B. Isabelle Boulay, Merci Serge Reggiani. Opening act: Viviane Audet June 21, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands spectacles Bell series).
7 special indoor events
Les Francos without special events simply wouldn’t be Les Francos! In addition to the opening and closing concerts, here’s an array of magical shows to amaze us all, from major visits to exclusive projects:
Stromae. Opening act: Karim Ouellet June 17 and 18, 8 p.m., Centre Bell (Les Grands spectacles Bell series) It’s a MASSIVE Francos coup! In 2011, Stromae had us all grooving to superhit Alors on danse; he’s back with Racine carrée, a 2nd album that’s sold over 2 million copies and features its own megahits Formidable and Papaoutai—viewed 72 million and 135 million times, respectively, on YouTube! This time, the entire Centre Bell will be dancing to the iconoclastic Belgian star’s hip-hop-electro-chanson, and for two nights, not just one! Opening the evening, make way for our own local sensation, Karim Ouellet.
Pierre Lapointe, Live at Musée GrévinJune 20, 11 p.m., Musée Grévin — While still deeply involved in his Punkt tour, Pierre Lapointe saw fit to return to the Francos with a unique new show in an exceptional venue: the Musée Grévin! Only 250 lucky fans will have the opportunity to experience this never-before-seen concert… and our lips are sealed on all the details…
Ingrid St-Pierre and I Musici June 14, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands spectacles Bell series) ― Little known by the greater public until quite recently, this singer-songwriter continues to progress apace. Next stop: Place des Arts, as a headliner, if you please, with the collaboration of I Musici. This charming artist—and spokeswoman of the 2014 Étoile montante Ford (Ford Rising Star contest)—brings us 2 premieres in a two-part show: first, solo piano, then a massive performance soaring with a sumptuous 15-piece string section!
Fontarabie. Opening act: Bernhari June 15, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Les Grands spectacles Bell series) — The éminence grise of Malajube—THE Québécois indie rock group of the past decade!—Julien Mineau took advantage of a 2013 sabbatical to launch a solo project named Fontarabie. And what a boffo success: in full command of his talents, the singer-guitarist-songwriter has created nothing less than a “psychedelic symphony”! The Francos are delighted to present it onstage for the first time, featuring a band of 20 musicians! First up, get ready for the suitably cinemascopic pop of Bernhari.
Prix de la chanson SOCAN Songwriting PrizeJune 16, 7:30 p.m. L’Astral (Tout en chanson La Presse+ series) — Conceived to annually recognize the best independent music created by Canadian songwriters, the Prix de la chanson SOCAN Songwriting Prize returns to the Francos to present its finalists. This year, Philémon Cimon, Klô Pelgag, Patrice Michaud and Louis-Philippe Gingras will compete to reap the rewards, topped off by a $5000 prize. And fans get to vote!
The indoor program, series by series
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier or Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA, and Centre Bell, 8 p.m.
Les Grands spectacles Bell series
presented in collaboration with La Presse+, 98,5 FM, Rouge 107,3 Montréal and MusiMax
Along with Stromae, Isabelle Boulay, Fioritudes, Fontarabie and Ingrid St-Pierre & I Musici, the Grands spectacles Bell series presents:
Valérie Carpentier June 18, Théâtre Maisonneuve — The grand winner of La Voix, 2013 edition, has plunged head-first into a successful career! Less than a year after the release of a debut album, L’Été des orages, featuring songs written by Yann Perreau, Marie-Pierre Arthur and Ariane Moffatt, she’s already earned a gold record and her first headlining gig at the Francos, in Théâtre Maisonneuve s’il vous plaît. Talk about coming in through the front door for your grand Montreal premiere!
Plaza Francia. Catherine Ringer (of Les Rita Mitsouko) sings Müller & Makaroff (of Gotan Project). Opening act: Monica Freire June 19, Théâtre Maisonneuve ― It’s an incredible trio of talent, featuring the singer of Rita Mitsouko, Catherine Ringer and two founding members of the famed Gotan Project, Eduardo Makaroff and Christoph H. Müller, in a suave and sexy Argentinean tête-à-tête. Plaza Francia (with a just-released debut album, A New Tango Song Book) ably demonstrates that organic tango and assured pop were made for one another. Our fave Brazilian, Monica Freire, opens with her charming world-pop confections.

Grand Corps Malade. Opening act: Queen Ka — June 20, Théâtre Maisonneuve — Grand Corps Malade and Québec remain in the embrace of a torrid, enduring love affair. Small wonder: this loveable artist casts a spell with words and stirs profound emotions with his hypersensitive songs. Back for the first time since a memorable performance in 2011, he presents Funambule, his 4th album, produced by trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf and featuring Francis Cabrel. The curtain rises to the regal flow of Queen Ka.

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