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, ultimately, there’s an open-minded public to be their audience.

Kicking off the Arts in the Park noon-hour events at LePage Park on May 30 will be the powerful band, Fleur de Swing. Its blue grass, swing and Cajun rhythms are lead by the singer and contrabassist Nadine Landry who performs in English and French.

Our local well-known francophone band, Soir de Semaine, will perform for children Monday June 2 at Émilie-Tremblay School. The flexible musicians have created a show specially for children that encourages them to participate.

Soir de Semaine will also be at the opening night of Haines Junction’s Alsek Music Festival, Friday, June 6.

On June 19, there will be festivities in Dawson City with Quebec and local bands.

Those events will be followed June 20 to 22 with the second Sunstroke Festival and Solstice St-Jean-Baptiste night at the Shipyards Park in Whitehorse.

Triple J’s Music, the cultural sector of l’AFY and the French Canadian Federation are organizing those two special events with family activities, different workshops for adults and kids and a bunch of English and French bands.

World, rock, folk, electronic and many other styles of music are going to keep you dancing all night long.

Good events don’t happen alone as the cultural summer continues: weekly community dinner, Café-rencontre, will continue until the end of June with great cuisine and original meals from group, friends and part-time chefs from different origins.

In July, the Café-rencontre will be replaced by the 5 à 7 Café of l’AFY (Happy Hours), a relaxing evening of appetizers, concerts and multidisciplinary performances on Fridays.

Last year, we enjoyed high-quality musicians like singer and pianist Marie-Pierre Brasset and a screening from Bicyclettos, a Spanish bike travellers group across America.

At art festivals in Dawson, Haines Junction, Atlin and Whitehorse, don’t forget to look for visual art, craft, movies, multi-media presentations, new design concepts and theatre for a summer-long French connection.

Virginie Hamel will be reporting on how the culture and fun of the Yukon’s French community is shared with all. Contact her at [email protected]

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

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