The steering committee of La Semaine de la Francophonie de Toronto, chaired by Lise Béland of Collège Boréal, and supported by the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, is pleased to announce that the 19th edition of this annual event will be held from March 20 to 30, 2019.
Over the course of ten days, Francophonie Week offers Toronto’s Francophones and Francophiles dozens of cultural, artistic, literary and scientific events and activities throughout the city, many of them free of charge.
Community partners are encouraged to organize and include their own events in Francophonie Week programming. As of now, they can post the activities they wish to contribute in a public online calendar on the Semaine de la francophonie website.
The steering committee has announced events for these first four dates:
- March 20 – Cocktail launch event (by invitation) in the Toronto Star building
- March 21 – Québec cinema evening
- March 23 – Family Day at Collège Boréal
- March 30 – Performance by Rosalie Vaillancourt at Alliance française de Toronto
The Steering Committee thanks its community partners for their ongoing support, which has consistently ensured the success of Toronto’s Francophonie Week, and is pleased to collaborate with them once again for this upcoming edition.
The entire program of events and activities will be announced in early 2019.
Members of the Steering Committee:
- Collège Boréal (coordinator)
- Bureau du Québec à Toronto
- Ontario Ministry of Francophone Affairs
- Centre francophone de Toronto
- Francophonie en Fête
- Glendon College
- Alliance Française de Toronto
- Oasis Centre des Femmes
- Consulat général de France à Toronto
“Collège Boréal is actively committed to the community. In this spirit, Boréal is especially privileged to serve as coordinator for Toronto’s Francophonie Week with so many talented community partners at the table. This is truly a wonderful responsibility that our institution is proud to assume.”
Lise Béland, chair of the Semaine de la francophonie Steering Committee and vice-president of Collège Boréal – Toronto and CSO
“As a festive grassroots celebration of the French language and diverse Francophone cultures, Toronto’s Francophonie Week is wholly engaged in promoting and sharing Canada’s cultural wealth. Showcasing our country’s diversity is fundamental to our society’s stability and resolve to live together in harmony. The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue defends these ideals.”
Guy Matte, executive director, Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
Quick facts on La Francophonie
- French ranks fifth among languages most spoken throughout the world: 300 million people in 102 countries speak French. The number of Francophones has risen by 10% since 2014 and by 2065, there will be more than one billion Francophones throughout the world.
- 32 states and governments have French as an official language.
- In Ontario, there are approximately 622,000 Francophones and more than 1.5 million people speak French, for a total of 11.5% of the province’s population.
- Ontario’s Francophone community is the largest in Canada outside of Quebec.
About La Semaine de la Francophonie
La Semaine de la langue française et de la francophonie (Francophonie Week) is an annual cultural event held on International Francophonie Day on March 20 or thereabouts throughout the world, including many provinces and cities in Canada, with the support of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Toronto’s Francophonie Week began in its current form in 2001. Annually, a steering committee grouping local Francophone institutions invites the community to develop a series of cultural, artistic, literary and scientific events in the spirit of celebrating and sharing the city’s French dimension in all its forms and all its diversity.
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Ronan Le Guern
Manager, Communications, public relations and media relations
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