The 11th edition of the FrancoFête en Acadie launched its official
program for 2007 today during a press conference. Artists from all over will be in Moncton from
Wednesday November 7 to Sunday November 11 to perform in a variety of artistic events.
Artistic and youth showcases, Coup de coeur francophone concerts series, the SOCAN singer
songwriter circle, Urban Trip, and Oiseaux de nuit late evenings are all on the program. Many
wonderful artistic discoveries await the public who is invited to take part in the annual event
dedicated to stage art. The FrancoFête en Acadie is organized by the Réseau atlantique de
diffusion des arts de la scène (RADARTS).
“The public will be very impressed with the quality and the professionalism of the 2007 edition of
the FrancoFête en Acadie”, assures Marc Chouinard, Chair of the board for RADARTS and the
FrancoFête en Acadie. The annual event, indicates Chouinard, occupies and important place in
the artistic and cultural landscape of Atlantic Canada and the Canadian and international
francophonie. The FrancoFête en Acadie brings together promoters, artists, and professionals as
well as the general public while offering a selection of quality Acadian and francophone
showcases and concerts. The event gives promoters, artists, and professionals the opportunity to
meet and develop lasting professional relations. For the delegates, a series of workshops are
scheduled as well as the Contact-Acadie. For the general public, a series of concerts will be held
during the five days of the event.
The public is invited to attend the official opening of the FrancoFête en Acadie which will take
place on Wednesday November 7 from 5 to 7 at the event headquarters located at the Fundy room
of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Main Street in Moncton. The traditional SOCAN singer
songwriter circle will be held at 8:30 pm at the théâtre l’Escaouette on the same evening. Hosted
by Nova Scotia singer Ronald Bourgeois, the evening will feature artists from the four Atlantic
Provinces with Pascal Lejeune and Isabelle Cyr from New Brunswick, Colleen Power from
Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island’s Angèle Arsenault. The singer
songwriter circle is an acoustic event in an intimate setting that gives the public an insight in the
creative process of the artists present.
Artistic showcases with some of today’s best francophone musical talents will be take place at
the Capitol Theatre from Thursday November 8 to Saturday November 10. On Thursday
November 8 at 7:30 pm, the Soirée Alliances will feature artists chosen or invited by RADARTS
and its national and international partners. The spotlight will be on Gérald Genty, Hugo
Lévesque, ZPN, Les cireux d’semelles, 3 gars su’l sofa, and Alexandre Desilets. Friday
November 9 at 7:30 pm, Paul Hébert, Amélie Veille, Martin Giroux, Pascal Lejeune, Hert LeBlanc, and Alfa Rococo will take the stage. On Saturday November 10, also at 7:30 pm, the
public is invited to discover the Duo Arka, Nathalie Renault, Danny Boudreau, Jonathan
Painchaud, and Caïman Fu et Fun Carmen.
Kids and adolescents will also have the opportunity to discover music and imaginary worlds of all
kind during the FrancoFête en Acadie with youth showcases to be held on Friday November 9 at
the théâtre l’Escaouette. Performances from 9:45 am to 11:15 am will feature La librairie by the
Théâtre du gros mécano, ventriloquist Lise Maurais, and the circus-theatre act Staccato by the
company L’Aubergine. Young music fans and others will have the chance to see Brigitte Saint-
Aubin, Kulcha Connection, and Aquaplane from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, at the same location.
Two concerts from the Coups de coeur francophones concert series will be held during this year
FrancoFête. On Friday November 9 starting 11 pm, Kevin McIntyre followed by 3 gars su’l sofa
will be on stage at the Université de Moncton student bar l’Osmose. Jazz pop singer Nathalie
Renault will offer a concert on Sunday November 11 at 8 pm preceded by Hélène Godin at the
Jeanne-de-Valois concert room at Université de Moncton.
Late evening concerts
For the second consecutive year, the FrancoFête en Acadie encourages people to celebrate day
and night... with the Oiseaux de nuit late evenings starting at 11 pm. This year’s line-up
features the show Carte blanche aux artistes d’Ode (Wednesday November 7 at the Jeanne-de-
Valois concert room at Université de Moncton), Tradition, La Virée, and Swing (Thursday
November 8 at the Oxygen), and Pascal Lejeune, Désir et fils, and Tricot Machine (Saturday
November 10 at the 7 Hundred).
Once again, Galerie Sans Nom collaborates with the FrancoFête en Acadie with the Urban Trip
event. Interdisciplinary demonstrations will be held in various public places around the city
during the FrancoFête. With creative artists and an open minded public, Urban Trip is an event
not to be missed.