On September 25, we celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day! French Theatre joins the party with a festive and mordant tribute to Franco-Ontarian writing of yesterday and today. Codirectors Lisa L’Heureux and Gabriel Robichaud pull out all the stops in this literary and musical jam session fuelled by a dozen talented young artists.
In September 2015, we celebrate French Ontario! The month brings three important milestones: the 40th anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag, the 5th anniversary of Franco-Ontarian Day (September 25), and the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario. French Theatre brings the party to the Studio with a festive and mordant happening featuring Cris et blues, a Sainte colère, Poèmes anglais, a Chien, a Miroir sans teint, verses from d’À tire d’ailes, and tunes from À chacun son gibier … A paean to the land and its language: irreverent, defiant and raw!
Lisa L’Heureux and Gabriel Robichaud direct this spirited jam session featuring a dozen artists. Music, literature, comedy and slam join forces to hold high the Franco-Ontarian torch of yesterday and today, through poetry and songs by emerging creators and more established artists who we hope will be around for a long time yet. Taking its theme from the title of a poem by Patrice Desbiens, “À quoi ça sert / d’être / brillant / si / t’éclaires / personne” (“What’s the point of being brilliant if you don’t enlighten anyone?”), the event will shamelessly intermingle texts by the notorious Triple D (Jean Marc Dalpé, Patrice Desbiens and Robert Dickson) with others by Hamdad, Charlebois, Lamontagne, Paiement, and many more … all with musical accompaniment by rock trio Pandaléon. Telling, singing, naming the territory. Exploring it, describing it, denouncing it. Ontario in words. French words.