Toronto’s Francophonie Week steering committee, under the chairmanship of Ms. Lise Béland, Collège Boréal Vice-President – Central and Southwestern Ontario, has unveiled its programming for the event’s 18th edition.
From March 20 to 27, 2018, French-speaking Torontonians are invited to come together and celebrate their culture through various events:
- On Thursday, March 22, a cocktail launch (by invitation) will allow participants to meet and network with key influencers from the francophone community.
- On Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., a family fun day will take place at Collège Boréal, located at 1 Yonge Street! With a theme of “Under the big top”, the event will include activities for the whole family such as live entertainment, service kiosks and artisan booths, games, and discovery workshops.
- On Saturday, March 24, at 8:00 p.m., Zachary Richard, militant francophone, committed ecologist, poet, singer, author and composer, will host an intimate concert at the Alliance française de Toronto’s Spadina Theatre! Organized by Francophonie en Fête, in partnership with the Centre francophone de Toronto and Alliance française de Toronto, the concert, with its mix of Cajun and Zydeco music, will transport you into Richard’s unique and inspiring world as highlighted in his new album Tickets are available online ($50) and at the door ($60).
For more information, including a complete calendar of events, visit Toronto’s 2018 Francophonie Week website (semainefrancophonietoronto.com). Follow us on Facebook (@semainefranco) or Twitter (@SemainefrancoTo) for the latest news and events.
Every year since 2001, the steering committee organizes activities aiming to stimulate a dynamic francophone cultural identity and develop a strong sense of belonging to the international francophone community.
Steering committee members for 2018 include Collège Boréal, the Ministry of Francophone Affairs, Francophonie en Fête, Bureau du Québec à Toronto, Glendon College, Oasis Centre des Femmes, Centre francophone de Toronto, Alliance française de Toronto, the Club canadien de Toronto, and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.
According to the 2014 report La langue française du monde, French is the fifth most spoken language worldwide. Nearly 274 million people in 102 countries and territories over all five continents can speak French.
Today, French is the fourth most used language on the internet, the third most used language in business, the second most used language for reporting international news, the second most spoken language at work within international organizations, and the second most learned language in the world!
Nearly 622,000 francophones call Ontario home, making Ontario’s francophonie the largest francophone community in Canada outside Québec.
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