Virginie Hamel

French Toast columnist Virginie Hamel is a regular contributor to What’s Up Yukon who keeps tab on events in Yukon’s francophone community.

French Toast: Puppets on the Big Screen

I’ve met some beautiful and special fabric puppets. They live here in Whitehorse and they come from the imaginary world of Fabienne Tessier. Tessier sews and knits little animals and imaginary characters with different, kind of funky, old fabrics and wools. Those characters catch our attention by their strong personality and the expressions on their …

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Variety Is The Spice Of Francophone Film Festival

Le secteur culturel de l’Association franco-yukonnaise is bringing north some of the greatest cinematographic creations of the year in the world of francophone film, Canadian and foreign. From Oct. 16 to 19, the Francophone Film Festival is coming to Whitehorse. Once a year, this event provides the rare opportunity to view new, independent French films …

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Onstage Surprises at Long-Awaited Soir de Semaine Show

Afew years ago, many people in the territory (and beyond) were introduced to one of the Yukon’s only Francophone bands: Soir de Semaine. Well known for their crazy theatrical performances, the band members — Alain DesRochers on bass and voice, Marie-Maude Allard on accordion, voice and flute, Cory Chouinard and Marc Paradis on percussion and …

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Singing for Fun

Do you know the francophone vocal ensemble, Les-Ceusses-qui-ont-du-fun-quand-y-chantent (literally, those who have fun when they sing) ? They are Jean-Marc Bélanger, Hélène Beaulieu, Claude Gosselin and Danielle Bonneau. On the release of the group’s first album, an all-Yukon-made Christmas album, I spoke with leader Danielle Bonneau. FT: How were Les Ceusses born ? DB: I …

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Three Events for November

Genticorum, a traditional band from Québec, will perform on November 2 in the community hall at the Centre de la francophonie on Strickland Street. The band is well-known on the traditional music scene, both in Canada and abroad. With four albums so far, Genticorum shows no signs of slowing down the machine. The energy of …

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On Stage

Two evenings of French cabaret theatre are coming on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 24. The shows are presented by Art-Lequin Theatre and the cultural branch of l’Association franco-yukonnaise (l’AFY) as part of Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie 2012. It’s been awhile since we have seen a French variety show in Whitehorse. Robert Gagnon, …

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French Toast: Genticorum Brings Québec to Atlin

In July, several festivals from Whitehorse to Dawson City will have a French contribution. From July 11 to 13, the Atlin Music Festival will be in full swing with an impressive program of bands coming from all over Canada: Random Order, the McDades and Ssasi a West African musician concerned about ecology in Africa. From …

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French Toast: Multi-Cultural Fun at Shipyards Park

Sourdoughs remember with nostalgia the pleasures of last year’s Solstice-St-Jean-Baptiste event that took place at Shipyards Park. Party addicts were dancing early into the morning following Brazilian rhythms, African percussions, bossa nova, gypsies, techno, rock … well, those days are back. June 20 to 22 will offer a dynamic program: three events, three days of …

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French Toast: Sunshine Promises

This summer, the French community will play with new concepts; her artists will open their frontiers to create new music, performances, exhibitions, dance and more. There’s a lot of projects on the way and the community is active, passionate and reckless. This land is the perfect place to inspire artists to try new work and, …

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French Toast: Les Arts in School

BY VIRGINIE HAMEL Once again this year, the cultural sector of the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY), in cooperation with École Émilie-Tremblay, is hosting an exhibition of visual arts with multimedia presentations, which will focus on students’ creativity. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of visual arts among young people. To this end, the AFY youth …

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French Toast: Art for the Women of the World

BY VIRGINIE HAMEL March has been known all over the world as Women’s Month, the month for raising awareness and support for women’s issues. Les EssentiElles, the organization representing francophone women of the Yukon, turns to the arts to celebrate Women’s Month with a fourth annual francophone women’s visual art exhibition. According to Julie Ménard, …

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