Come out and catch the Francofièvre on Thursday May 8, 2008 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan - Canada).
The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) and the Coalition for the Promotion of French Language and Francophone Culture in Saskatchewan are proud to present the program for Francofièvre 2008. In just over a month Saskatoon will host the third edition of the largest francophone youth rally in Western Canada and showcase popular French bands from across country.
Following the successful launch of their new album “Tradarnac” it’s our pleasure to announce that the Franco-Ontarian group Swing will be back again this year. Having won the hearts of youth at previous years’ events their unique blend of urban pop and traditional French Canadian music is eagerly awaited.
Francofièvre’s goal is to celebrate the French language in Saskatchewan and to encourage students to pursue their studies in French language programs. To share their pride in the Saskatchewan Fransaskois culture the talented local group Les Cireux d`Semelles will share traditional folk songs which they embellish with a new variety of instruments. The group won the people`s choice award at the Chant’Ouest competition in 2007, launched their second album last fall and now join the line-up for Francofièvre 2008.
A new element this year will be the dynamic, interactive presentations by Samajam. Artists from Canada`s largest percussion school will lead students in fun, energetic workshops and demonstrate different percussion styles.
As well we will also set the stage for a number of local rising stars to share their talents and Corey Loranger, the popular radio host from Radio-Canada’s ‘Ceci est un test’, will be back for the third year in a row to co-host the show with a Saskatchewan youth.
With just a month to go before the French ‘fever’ event arrives there are already 1500 students from across the province registered. This year Francofièvre will last the entire day. In the morning grades eleven and twelve students are invited to the French for the Future conference and grades seven to ten to the workshops with the artists. The youth concert will take place midday and the rest of the community is invited to take part in the evening show which will start at 7:30 p.m.