Greater Sudbury – Organizers of the Greater Sudbury 2011 Canadian Francophone Games have unveiled the arts and culture programming surrounding the national competitions our city will host from July 20th to 24th. At a press conference held today in the foyer at Tom Davies Squ are, organizers proudly announced that internationally renowned artists will be performing at the new Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. Isabelle Boulay, Zachary Richard and Karkwa are among the performers presented by the CFG in evening concerts where all are welcome to attend.
“We want the Games’ participants to have a rich cultural experience during their entire stay in Sudbury”, said Paul Lefebvre, president of the Canadian Francophone Games. “We also want the entire community to take part in the Games experience and attract tourists as well. We can certainly fulfill these goals with the impressive programming we have lined up.”
Wednesday, July 20th, 8 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
To kick off the fifth edition of the Canadian Francophone Games, Sudbury’s Productions Roches brûlées is preparing a stage extravaganza full of poetic images and exciting choreographies. Comedy will most definitely be in the mix. Adults: $14 or $20 – Students: $10 or $14 – Children: $7 or $10
Thursday, July 21st, 8 p.m. – Karkwa, Konflit, Geneviève Toupin
WHERE WORLDS MEET– An evening with three top-notch shows representing Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario. Three distinct soundscapes, three innovative musical offerings, one great cross- country musical adventure. Adults: $35 – Students: $25 – Children: $17
Friday, July 22nd, 8 p.m. – Zachary Richard, Isabelle Boulay, Andréa Lindsay
THREE FRENCH KISSES – See two of the biggest international names in Franco rock and a rising star who is well on her way to reaching their heights, sharing a Sudbury stage and an evening where the French language shimmers with the accents of Louisiana, Quebec and Southern Ontario. Adults: $45 or $65 – Students: $32 or $46 – Children: $22 or $32
Saturday, July 23rd, 8 p.m. – Arts Gala
The Arts Gala showcases young artists in four disciplines: music, improv, visual arts and circus arts. After three days of workshops with major Canadian artists, participants from the Games’ artistic competitions will present a show filled with bravado and energy. Adults: $14 or $20 – Students: $10 or $14 – Children: $7 or $10
Sunday, July 24th, 2 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies
Come and celebrate the final moments of one our city’s most memorable events in a summer Sunday afternoon stage show prepared by Sudbury’s Productions Roches brûlées, promising nothing less than a cornucopia of sensory delights! Adults: $14 or $20 – Students: $10 or $14 – Children: $7 or $10
Partners Village, Laurentian University – July 21st to 24th
A gathering place for the Sudburians and tourists from across Canada. In an open pavilion concept, come and discover the many cultural, recreation and tourism opportunities that await in Francophone communities across Canada. The village will be alive with music, street performers, visual artists and much more.
Night Shift, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario – July 21st, 22nd et 23rd, from 6 p.m to 6 a.m.
36 hours of artistic prospecting inspired by our city’s miners. At the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario on Elgin Street, see three visual artists with Team Canada at the International Francophone Games in Beirut, Lebanon in December 2009. Like our miners who extract riches from our Northern city’s bedrock, Sarah Beck, Benjamin Rodger and Geneviève Thauvette will toil through the night in search of images, forms and lines in which riches of the human spirit are to be found.
Free admission all night.
Grande histoire d’amour – Official song of the 2011 CFG
The musical signature song for this edition of the Games is Grande histoire d’amour (Great Love Story), an anthem to honour all who strive for excellence and take pride in their identity. Sudbury’s own Yves Doyon was an obvious choice as the writer and composer of this theme song for the Greater Sudbury 2011 Canadian Francophone Games. Yves also worked with Shawn Sasyniuk and the other musicians of En bref during the recording of the song.
The Canadian Francophone Games are among the largest gatherings of Canada’s French speaking youth. In addition to encouraging hundreds of young people to develop their talents in one of three sectors (arts, leadership and sports), the Games showcase cultural pride, self-confidence and leadership abilities in a friendly competitive setting. The Canadian Francophone Games are an initiative of la Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF), with the generous participation of the Government of Canada.
Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario – Official Box Office for the Canadian Francophone Games
Tickets for all these events are available now at the TNO ticket office. Package deals offer combinations of events at reduced prices. Call 705-525-5606 or go online at www.leTNO.ca.
Information and interview requests:
Associate Director of Communications Canadian Francophone Games
705 222-2011 ext. 200