Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival – June 14 – 24, 2012

Piknic Électronik at the Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival. Photo: Vancouver Courier

Officially, June is Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, but it could just as easily be “multicultural month:” There are so many multicultural events happening! Along with  North America’s Largest Dragon Boat Festival and Greek Day on Broadway, there’s also the 23rd annual Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival (Festival d’été), which starts this week.

Primarily a music festival, the Festival d’été, organized by Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, showcases the rich diversity of the francophone community through an eclectic line-up of musicians and artists. And tickets to the performances—which range from an outdoor techno dance party at Stanley Park to the annual “Children Fete”—are just $5 – $10!

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Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival – June 14 – 24, 2012

Festival d’ete Vancouver – June 16 – 24, 2011

One of the many multicultural festivals happening in Vancouver this June is the annual Festival d’été, a Francophone music festival organized by Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver.

Packed with events that showcase the rich diversity in Francophone music, this year’s Festival d’été includes concerts from Quebec’s legendary rap trio Les Loco Locass and world-music from Blue Morocco, as well as a huge Saint Jean-Baptiste celebration on June 24 at Stanley Park’s outdoor Malkin Bowl with Piknic Électronik and their “electro stage.”

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Festival d’ete Vancouver – June 16 – 24, 2011

Good times on Granville Island: Atlantic Canada House and Place de la Francophonie

Garou at La Place de la Francophonie at Granville Island

The other night I almost gave in to the Olympic burnout Remy recently wrote about. For a brief moment I considered jammies-bath-and-early-bed.

And then I heard an American with a strong Chicago accent gushing into her cellphone about how she was going to the Place de la Francophonie on Granville Island to see Garou–aka the handsome guy in black who sang in French during the opening ceremonies.

This was too intriguing–an American raving about a French-Canadian singer I’d never heard of before Friday–so I switched gears and jumped on the first bus that could take me over the Granville Street bridge.

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Good times on Granville Island: Atlantic Canada House and Place de la Francophonie