Art Exhibit Opening : Faces by Michel Saint Hilaire

Please join us for the opening of Faces in the presence of the artist, Michel Saint Hilaire!


In our highly urbanized and technological era, everything seems instantaneous and for the most part fleeting. We all have a story and many of us want to be heard. Faces is a series of portraits and figurative paintings that weaves links with people who gravitate around the Franco-Manitoban artistic community.



Michel Saint Hilaire is a self-taught artist from Winnipeg, who began working mostly with pencil. After 2 years of formal education in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at the University of Manitoba he started creating work using both paint and dry mediums on one surface.

Michel has had solo and group exhibitions in diverse cities in several commercial galleries in western Canada. The most recent exhibition is currently being shown at Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta.  He also had a solo exhibition at the contemporary artist run center La Maison Des Artistes entitled Horizon in 2009 and an exhibition entitled Transitions in 2006 at “La Galerie” in the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.

For several years he has created diverse large-scale murals throughout the city of Winnipeg. His paintings are part of various collections: private and corporate, including the Province of Manitoba, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro.

Recently, Saint Hilaire took part in a residency in Moncton, New Brunswick where he experimented on his theme for his upcoming exhibition in January of 2017 at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, in Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg.  The exhibition entitled Faces will showcase an array of portraiture work along with some figurative paintings.  All of the works are mixed media and are based on some well-known artists from Winnipeg such as Freya Olafson, Melanie Rocan and Dominique Rey.  Some international faces are also captured such as the newly discovered photographer, Vivian Maier from Chicago.


Opening Thursday, January 26 at 5 PM
Exhibit runs January 26 to March 24
In La Galerie du CCFM

Our favourite moments of 2016 at the CCFM

2016 was an exciting year for the CCFM. It was full of new projects, amazing performances and so many great moments. The CCFM launched an art curator training program which also benefits La Maison des artistes visuels; Mârdi jazz celebrated its 30th anniversary; for the first time La Galerie presented an art exhibit designed for children; the Gala Juste pour rire was preceded by a ‘mini-Gala’ for young local comedians, the Coupe Canot was disputed in a packed Pauline-Boutal Hall; just to name a few!


As the year draws to an end, the CCFM staff took some time to reflect on their favourite moments of 2016 at the CCFM:


160305_qd7xr_etincelant_8If I have to choose just one project it would have to be the Etincelant project because it highlights the work of young artists and gave the Conseil jeunesse provincial, La Maison des artistes and the CCFM the opportunity to create a beautiful partnership and leave a legacy that favours young people and the arts! And also the improv matchs, the activities in dance, the Pavillon canadien-français: all these activities put on by local people for local people and highlight the talent in our community and the generosity of our volunteers! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the artists and the audiences who attend our events!
– Sylviane Lanthier, CEO


Every day brings something different; to see the diversity in the events, whether they are organized by the CCFM or by other organizations, and to see our clients happy and excited to plan their next event with us is very satisfying! It’s such a pleasure to work with a team that has so much heart at the CCFM! Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!
– Anita Pantel-Wiebe, Customer Service Manager



To see and hear the little kids, all bundled up and on their way to Santa’s Village, happy to be out of their daycares or schools, and excited to meet Santa (one who speaks French) after such a long journey!
– Céline Gotsiridze, Executive Assistant


1It’s impossible to think of the 2016 programming without reliving the invasion of the rabbits during the One-Eyed-Rabbit exhibit. The CCFM is very proud to be among the first in Manitoba to present an art exhibit designed specifically for children. It was more than amusing to watch the wonderment of children and adults alike as they explored the gallery and interacted with the works.
– Hélène Molin-Gautron, Artistic Programming Coordinator



For me, the highlight of the year was the launch of our new website in March! It’s now much easier to navigate the site and to update it, making life easier for our audience (and for me)!
– Marianne Champagne, Communications Coordinator


My favourite moments, among many, are the presence of children in our building during events such as Santa’s Village, the Festival théâtre jeunesse, the Freeze Frame Film Festival, the Louis-Riel School Division Orff Days, the circus shows by the Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard, and many more. Indeed, for me, these are the moments of happiness that give the CCFM a joyful ambiance and also showcase that we are a center with a cultural vocation. 
– Lassana Traoré, Assistant Customer Service Manager


Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year from all of us at the CCFM!

Please note that the CCFM offices will be closed at noon on Friday, December 23rd, and all day on December 25 ,26, December 27 and January 2nd. The Centre will be closed to the public as of 4 PM on December 24th and as of 10 PM on December 31st.

Call to Artists in Visual Arts

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Call to Artists in Visual Arts

The Centre culturel franco-manitobain invites you to submit a proposal for a visual arts exhibit for the programming period of June 2017 to September 2018.


Since it’s opening in 1974 the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) houses a public art gallery situated at the heart of the building on the main floor. Throughout its operation, La Galerie of the CCFM has presented numerous important exhibits initiating the francophone community of Manitoba to the visual arts. The Centre culturel franco-manitobain is presently seeking exhibition proposals for its visual arts programming period starting June 2017 through September 2018. This call is open to professional artists who have completed their art education, have been actively practising their art and have a significant body of work.


Proposals must include:

  • Identification Form;
  • a letter of intent (please state the title of the project and the context of its presentation);
  • a detailed description of the project you wish to present;
  • Support material and completed List of Works Form;
  • the artist statement;
  • a curriculum vitae including a list of exhibitions and pertinent experience
  • a short current biography;
  • 10-12 digital images of current work on CD (only digital formats are accepted);
  • the technical requirements of proposed project;
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope (optional for the return of submissions);
  • a press kit (optional).



Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a jury according to artistic merit and respecting the CCFM’s mandate to present, promote, foster and sponsor cultural and artistic activities in the French language for all Manitobans.

When selecting the exhibits priority is given to francophone artists from Manitoba and the rest of the Canada, but non-francophone artists are not excluded from the process. The language of operation is French but all information is made available in English as well.

The CCFM will assume the costs of publicity and the opening reception. The works must be professionally presented.



Please keep in mind the Floor plan and size (1550 sq. feet) of the gallery when submitting your proposal. Number of pieces and artwork size should relate to the exhibit area of the gallery. Solo or group exhibitions are accepted.

Only complete submissions including all requested documents will be submitted to the jury. All exhibits are subject to funding. If your proposal is selected, it may be submitted to the Manitoba Arts Council grant program or any other funding programs available. La Galerie of the Centre culturel franco-manitobain respects CARFAC recommended artist fees.


All submissions must be received by Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Applications submitted by fax or e-mail are NOT accepted


Please send submissions and inquiries to:

Hélène Molin-Gautron, artistic programming coordinator
Centre culturel franco-manitobain
340, boulevard Provencher, Saint-Boniface (MB) R2H 0G7
Telephone : (204) 233-8972 ext. 434
Courriel : [email protected]

Climate Changes

Climate Changes

Artist: Mathieu Gotti
Opening Thursday, November 24 at 5 PM

Runs November 24 to January 20, 2017
In la Galerie du CCFM

Project Description

Changements climatiques [climate changes] draws on the expertise developed with the Fonderie polaire [polar foundry] project created in 2015 during an artist’s residency at the Vrille contemporary art centre in La Pocatière, Quebec, and the Fragment d’histoire [story fragment] research project carried out in spring 2015, made possible by a creation and production grant from the Première Ovation program. These two projects contributed significantly to developing the artist’s practice. He now has his own studio, where he devotes himself fully to his research and art.

Sculpture as a public and grassroots gesture

Changements climatiques consists of a series of animals interacting with elements from the human realm, all sculpted in wood.

This project can be perceived from several angles: the animals’ visual appearance suggests childhood, tales and fables. In this new body of work, the animals metamorphose and occasionally use manufactured objects to compensate for the loss of their environment caused by industrial activity. The sculpture is seen as a fragment of life. Spectators have a subjective memory and the ability to interpret present-day images based on their past experience. Beyond their immediate use, objects eventually become vehicles of memory. With a story fragment focusing on everyday objects, the artist’s work becomes an imaginary bestiary. The animals are a part of our imagination because they hark back to our childhood and its wealth of stories and fables. But they are also symbols of contemporary life, like the laboratory rat, and can also become cultural archetypes, like the fox or wolf. While they have subjective power, the colours and inviting nature of the project’s animal creations make them predominantly accessible and fun.

To complement this grassroots aspect, all of the project phases are documented in videos and photographs disseminated via Facebook and his Instagram account @mathieu_gotti.


Artistic practice, and a brief overview of the underlying philosophy

My projects explore territorial and social memory. My practice is therefore primarily driven by contextual research aimed at creating a connection between the work, the venue and the audience. Together, these three elements help give spectators a poetic sculptural experience, encouraging them to reflect on immediacy and duration. My sculptures’ social and natural impact is achieved through their colours, shapes and contexts.

My artistic research deals with the idea of human memory as a natural “footprint.” I also explore memory from its dualistic perspective – selective and destructive – given that we choose what information to memorize, and gradually, consciously or unconsciously, forget certain details.

My projects are always handmade, using both traditional and experimental methods. They are linked to my desire to re-appropriate production methods. The inventor’s instinct and self-proclaimed know-how are a starting point in my practice. The materials used and the way they are transformed create a unique look. Carving sculptures using the direct cutting method and 21st century wood allows me to create a contrast with our times. My formal research focuses on the opposition between traditional style and industrial finishing. Rustic or second-hand materials, sculpted or created using traditional methods, connect with viewers. They therefore appeal to subjective memory, at times creating a feeling of nostalgia. In contrast, industrially finished, painted and monochrome surfaces belong to the technical universe and contemporary works.

My proposed projects are typically conceptualized and created to work within the context of a venue in terms of sculptural or architectural scale. They are mainly designed to be enjoyed and accessible to as many people as possible.


Hailing from France, Mathieu Gotti studied Visual Arts at the École des Beaux-arts de Saint-Étienne and went on to practise in Europe, creating site-specific sculpture projects and video and photo experiments. In 2006, he moved to Quebec, where he studied Arts and Crafts, specializing in sculpture.

After graduating in 2009, Mathieu continued his sculptural practice. A proponent of group projects, he helped found a number of artistic collectives, including Collectif À GoGo (2008 – 2010), Collectif M et M (2010 – 2015), and Collectif 3M (2012 – 2015). These team projects introduced him to a wide audience and he developed an interest in interactivity and cultural mediation. They were also an opportunity for him to renew his connection with video and photography. Mathieu Gotti continued to work on solo sculpture initiatives, and his work has been featured in a number of projects, including Zoo in Quebec City’s Petit Champlain borough in 2010, Compression Boréal in 2010, and Compressions et mémoires in 2012. His work earned him the Millionnaire en Folie production support award in 2013 from the Œil de Poisson contemporary art exhibition and production centre.

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Coup de coeur francophone: Antoine Lachance & Philippe Brach

Antoine Lachance et Philippe Brach – A night of double calamity


Antoine Lachance is ready to unveil his first album, Cimetière d’avions. Between bursts of pop-epic and intense moments when he sets fire to the powder with his guitar, the singer-songwriter expresses his cry of the heart from the last few years.

Philippe Brach comes from Saguenay. Some insist in recognizing the famous “lake sound” in his songs. Up to you to decide. Certainly, it has melody, irreverence, it’s raw and it pushes you out of your comfort zone. Compromises? Not for Brach.

Don’t miss your chance to see these two amazing performers at the CCFM!

Thursday, December 1st at 8 PM
Tickets: $18 student, $25 adult
Tickets at the CCFM, at 204.233.8972 et at
Antoine-Gaborieau Hall

Coup de coeur francophone: Claude Bellefeuille & Antoine Chance

Claude Bellefeuille opening for Antoine Chance – It’s your lucky night!

Claude Bellefeuille is a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg. He takes you on a journey to his musical universe with joy and friendliness. Claude lends himself to different styles since his musical arrival. Today, nourished by his experiences, he invites you to discover his original French compositions.

Belgian sensation Antoine Chance struck hard with the release of his album Fou in 2013. Directed by the renowned Renaud Letang, this pop record full of catchy melodies made a lot of noise on the other side of the Atlantic, so much so that the 32 year old singer and guitarist was named 2015 artist of the year at the Octaves awards (the equivalent of our JUNO awards), in his native country.

Thursday, November 17 at 8 PM
Tickets: Pre-sale on until September 30th: $15 student, $20 adult
After September 30th: $18 student, $25 adult
Tickets at the CCFM, at 204.233.8972 et at
Antoine-Gaborieau Hall

Coup de coeur francophone: Alexis Normand & Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire



Discover two shiny and new albums. This is not your ordinary Western. Saskatchewan and Alberta meet to reveal their Northern Lights. Two artists who have come a long way, accompanied by two versatile musicians, will perform their albums for you. Get out of your homes, your corrals, your saloons, and come see two shows for the price of one – a two-step like you’ve never seen before! More Puss in Boots than cowboy boots, Alexis Normand and Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire present you a double bill, a concert that’s a cross between two worlds, coming together to find a common center of gravity.


Thursday, October 27 at 8 PM
Tickets: Pre-sale on until September 30th: $15 student, $20 adult
After September 30th: $18 student, $25 adult
Tickets at the CCFM, at 204.233.8972 et at
Antoine-Gaborieau Hall


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2016-2017 Season Launch

The Centre culturel franco-manitobain is pleased to unveil its 2016-2017 season programming!


Daran presents the poetic universe of his album, Le monde perdu, by mixing video, drawings and music on stage. Daran – Le monde perdu, presented by the CCFM on October 14th, kicks off the 25th edition of Cinémental.

From Antoine Chance to Alexis Normand, Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire, Antoine Lachance, Philippe Brach and not to mention homegrown artist, Claude Bellefeuille, Manitoba audiences will be able to enjoy a variety of  performances that will make them soar, think, dance and dream during the Coup de coeur francophone series. The CCFM has launched its pre-sale today, allowing you to save on tickets until September 30th!


The Ligue d’improvisation du Manitoba (LIM) is back with the training camp on September 19th and 21st and the selection camp on September 23rd. Four teams made up of some of the best francophone improv players face off all season long in the hopes of winning the Canoe Cup!

Free activities are taking place at the CCFM as part of Culture Days and Nuit Blanche! Facilitators will guide you and your children through the interactive exhibit of One-Eyed-Rabbit and you can enjoy a free screening of the film L’hermine (Courted). The CCFM joins Cinémental to present this great movie and invites you to the festival which begins on October 12 at the CCFM !

The 31st Mârdi jazz season is already underway! Every Tuesday night from September to June, we welcome the great jazz artists from Winnipeg and the world.

Experience some of the best francophone films on our big screens with our cinema series every last Saturday of the month!

Test your knowledge and have fun among friends in a warm and unpretentious atmosphere at Quelques arpents de piège, a French-language trivial pursuit where laughter and teamwork join forces every first Friday of the month at 5 PM!


The CCFM presents three school shows that give children the opportunity to participate in activities that touch various artistic mediums while building their autonomy and creativity: Krystine : Aujourd’hui c’est ma fête, La grande étude et Anne-Lune et le grand jeu enviro-fruit.

The CCFM, with the support of La Fédération des parents du Manitoba (FPM), invite you along with your children to One-Eyed-Rabbit, the first exhibit designed especially for children presented by the CCFM! Children and parents can explore the mystery of visual perception through the story of a friendly rabbit in a fun and interactive universe.

The CCFM, recognized as a cultural center and crossroad for French cultural life in Manitoba, invites all audiences to adopt this year’s theme, “CE SOIR JE SORS” and to use the hashtag #cesoirjesors.

The CCFM would like to thank its partners, collaborators and funders, all of who have contributed in the development of this wonderful programming for our 2016-2017 season.

Opening show for Cinémental 2016 : Daran – Le monde perdu

The CCFM in collaboration with Cinémental present Daran – Le monde perdu at the opening show for Cinémental 2016 !


The French-language film festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Daran is kicking things off with a very unique show! Daran presents the poetic universe of his album, Le monde perdu, by mixing video, drawings and music on stage. Wonderment guaranteed!

Daran is a Francophone singer-songwriter born in Italy and now living in Quebec. Daran’s music comes from blues and especially rock influences. It is distinguished by the elegant sound of two guitars, one acoustic and one electric.

Le monde perdu is undoubtedly the most accomplished and personal album of Daran’s career. The one that he’s wanted to make for 15 years. “Record companies have always been cautious with projects like this, but now I don’t really have to justify my musical choices, so I did it. A solo album, entirely acoustic, just guitar, vocals and harmonica.” An album in the purest tradition of North-American folk, to texts from Miossec, Pierre-Yves Lebert and Moran.

Cinémental is at CCFM from October 12th to 16th. See for the full festival lineup.

Presented by CCFM in collaboration with Cinémental
Friday, October 14 at 8 PM
Pauline-Boutal Hall
Tickets: $15 student / $20 adult
Tickets available at CCFM, at 204.233.8972 and on


Culture Days and Nuit Blanche at the CCFM

One-Eyed-Rabbit: Explore the interactive exhibit!

Facilitators will guide you and your children through this interactive exhibit. Learn the touching story of a One-Eyed-Rabbit and his friend the worm with the help of a video, a giant book and optical illusions. Arts & crafts and fun guaranteed!

October 1st from 10 AM to 1 PM and October 2nd from 1 PM to 3 PM
La Galerie du CCFM

Offered in French and in English
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Grab a popcorn and enjoy this free screening of L’hermine (Courted)! In this courtroom drama, a judge and the woman he loves meet again while she is a jury member in a trial he is presiding over. Presented at the Venice Film Festival, the film earned Fabrice Lucchini the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. At the Cannes festival , Sidse Babett Knudsen won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. French films still know how to entice, excite, interpellate, laugh and dream !  The CCFM joins Cinémental to present this great movie and invites you to the festival which begins on October 12 at the CCFM !

Saturday, October 1st at 9 PM
enre: Drama
Pauline-Boutal Hall

With English subtitles
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Freeze Frame: Kidz Movie Night

Freeze Frame, CCFM & Alliance Française Manitoba will show ” Les 4 saisons de Léon” a series of animated cartoon stories directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Pascal Le Nôtre. This is a family friendly event. Bring your little kids and watch these great films at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain !
Freeze Frame is Manitoba’s Media Arts Centre for Young People. The Centre is a not-for-profit and charitable organization, offering workshops and programs throughout the year, and organizes the International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages each spring.


Saturday, October 1st at 7 PM
enre: Family Film
Pauline-Boutal Hall



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