(This story is sponsored by Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver.)
It’s finally time to put virtual festivals behind us. Dancing in your apartment sufficed for the last couple of years but it simply doesn’t compare to the immersive live music experience. There’s something so magical about being part of a buzzing audience that’s emotionally connected to the performance.
The 33rd edition will take place from June 15 to 25, at multiple indoor and outdoor venues in Vancouver and North Vancouver. Along with resuming real-life performances, the festival will still be providing streaming options for those who prefer virtually attending events.
The 11-day celebration provides francophones and francophiles with a unique cultural experience that includes an eclectic mix of concerts from Canadian artists. There will also be several kid-friendly activities and a selection of food trucks serving up delicious eats to those who’ve worked up an appetite.
Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver kicks off with an opening show on June 15, featuring hip-hop enthusiast, songwriter, and musician Missy D from B.C. Quebec-based rapper FouKi will also grace the stage where fans are likely hoping he’ll perform his latest single “Poutine Sauce”. The event will be held indoors at Studio 16 (1555 W 7th Avenue) and is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Studio 16 will also showcase performances by other talented Canadian artists, including Bellows and Strings, Marie-Clo x éemi, and Arnaud Granoux.
The kid-friendly afternoon festival, with performances and activities, will take place at the outdoor stage on West 7th Avenue at Granville and Fir Street on June 18. That evening, Klô Pelgag and Coeur de Pirate will perform at 7 p.m., and food trucks will also be on-site.
Free events include an indoor show on June 24 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) where La Vallée des Loups and Joyce N’sana will entertain audiences. And on June 25, N’sana and guests will take over Civic Plaza (126 14th Street West) in North Vancouver for another free performance in the sunshine.
If you’re part of the French-speaking community in B.C. or simply have a passion for francophone artists and live music, this festival is not to be missed.
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