What is Le French Fest anyway? As the name suggests, it’s a celebration of Franco-Canadian culture that is open to everyone, Anglophones included! On September 24th, it’s a street fair, a feast, and a mega concert all at once. What better place to hold this free family event than in downtown Sudbury?
Francophone history and culture is alive and well in Sudbury—did you know that in all of Canada outside of Québec, we have the third largest francophone community? We even created the Franco-Ontarian flag (pictured here) and raised it for the first time on September 25, 1975 at Laurentian University. This is why September 25th was officially named Franco-Ontarian Day in 2010.
Greater Sudbury is home to both long-standing festivals, and young burgeoning ones, Le French Fest falls into the latter category with its inception in 2015. The initial drive to create this new festival in 2015 was the celebration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario. The community got behind the event and made it a resounding success, as such, it’s back once again!
Everyone is invited to share the joie de vivre and feel French for a day. The area between Elgin, Larch and Medina Lane will be transformed into a party zone with live entertainment, activities for the family and of course plenty of delicious fare—poutine anyone? The kids will love the show put on by Annie Brocoli, popular Québec-based children’s entertainer. Also on stage during the day are Zébulon, Scarlett Jane and local group Collective Roots, among others. The always gregarious Stef Paquette will be hosting this event.
Wrap up the event with some late night revelry at the Townehouse Tavern, a downtown Sudbury bar known for live entertainment. It’s a perfect venue to host three francophone bands that will bring you into the wee hours of the official Franco-Ontarian Day (September 25th). The after party features Caravane, Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes and Mandala. There you have it, a full day, bilingual celebration of local francophone culture where everyone is welcome to join in the fun.