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About the Francos

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Les Francos de Montréal sont une société sans but lucratif créée par Alain Simard, Guy Latraverse et Jean-Louis Foulquier dans le but de promouvoir la chanson d’expression française, de favoriser sa diffusion et de stimuler la circulation des artistes de toute la francophonie.
L’événement a aussi pour mission de contribuer à la qualité de vie des Montréalais, à la notoriété internationale de leur ville et à son développement culturel, économique et touristique.

The Francos de Montréal is a non-profit organization created by Alain Simard, Guy Latraverse and Jean-Louis Foulquier. Its aim is to promote and encourage the dissemination of French-language music and to bring together artists from all over the French-speaking world. The event also contributes to the quality of life of Montrealers, the international reputation of their city, and the development of its culture, economy and tourism.

The Francos, in 10 key dates:

1989

Presented in September in the Spectrum, the debut edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, created by Alain Simard, Guy Latraverse and Jean-Louis Foulquier features a program of 15 shows. No one can forget Jean Leloup, the revelation of that first edition, and wildly successful pairings including Jacques Higelin and Michel Pagliaro, or Louise Forestier and Maurane.

1994

New dates, new location: Les FrancoFolies is transformed into a summer festival held in mid-August. An impressive program of free outdoor shows takes over the Place des Arts area. The event takes on an entirely different dimension, becoming the largest celebration of francophone music in the world.

1996

Creation of Félix-Leclerc Award, dedicated to encouraging the production and distribution of francophone music here and in France. Marie-Jo Thério is the first winner on the Québec side, while Pascal Mathieu is the French winner.

1997

First major free outdoor concert in the history of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal: Jim Corcoran and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal thrill a crowd of 30,000.

2001

The 2001 edition is marked by the onstage production of the musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, directed by René Richard Cyr, with all performances sold out before the event even begins.

2003

Marking the 15th anniversary of the Francos, L’Événement Bleue Dry with Les Cowboys fringants draws a crowd of 110,000, a festival record.

2009

For the opening of the Place des Festivals, the outdoor site hosts a unique program featuring 12 major free events, including performances by Corneille, Jorane, Khaled, Les Colocs, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Stefie Shock and Dubmatique.

2011

The first edition of Les Rendez-vous Pros des Francos: 5 days of meetings and exchanges between industry professionals and artists.

2013

The 25th anniversary of the Francos is marked by a remarkable achievement: for the first time ever, attendance surpasses one million visits.  

2017

A special edition featuring 2 massive birthdays: the 375th anniversary of Montréal and the 150th anniversary of Canada. Two exceptional events mark the occasion: Vive Montréal aux Francos, 9 hours of continuous music, as well as the huge multicultural BBQ, Celebrating Our Diversity.