One-Eyed-Rabbit: The power of imagination serving the children!

Attention everyone : the next opening in La Galerie du CCFM will be… in the morning! Forget the traditional wine and cheese: on August 19 at 9:30 AM, it is the children who will be the kings of the moment, in a CCFM invaded by… rabbits!

You read that right: the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM), with the support of La Fédération des parents du Manitoba (FPM), invite you along with your children to the opening of One-Eyed-Rabbit, the first exhibit designed especially for children presented by the CCFM !

With artist Jonathan Plante, children and parents will be able to (re)discover the mystery of visual perception and the functioning of vision in various forms through the story of a friendly rabbit in a fun and interactive universe. Until October 6, the exhibit promises to delight children with an emphasis on friendship and the power of imagination.

“Children will quickly feel comfortable in the gallery by participating in this interactive exhibit,” explains the CCFM’s coordinator of artistic programming, Hélène Molin-Gautron, “One-Eyed-Rabbit addresses them and is designed for them. You can visit the exhibit spontaneously or as part of an organized tour with your family, school or daycare.”

The exhibit consists of anamorphic installations (images distorted with an optical system), original works, a didactic giant book and an animated video. Through these interactive works, One-Eyed-Rabbit introduces children to contemporary art in a fun context.

One-Eyed-Rabbit is opening August 19 at 9:30 AM in La Galerie du CCFM. Admission is free.

The exhibit runs until October 6, 2016. Guided visits for groups and for schools will also be available.

Click here to read more about One-Eyed-Rabbit.



Opening Friday, August 19 at 9:30 AM
Artist : Jonathan Plante with support from VOX

From August 19 to October 6, 2016
In la Galerie du CCFM


One-Eyed-Rabbit is different. He has only one eye and would like to jump into his rabbit hole without chipping his teeth… He meets a worm that has no eyes but can navigate through holes in the ground! Together they will discover the power of imagination and the inner workings of sight: a little with the eyes, a lot with the brain, always with the heart.

In a playful atmosphere and through the story of a friendly rabbit, Jonathan Plante invites the young and old to (re)discover the mysteries of visual perception in a variety of ways. The artist is offering an animated video, original paintings, a giant didactic book, and mirror anamorphoses that will stimulate the imagination of little ones and grown ups alike.

These unexpected and interactive aesthetic experiences notably address abstraction, art history and optical illusions. Through the various works, children are invited to discover the mechanisms of vision and the role it plays in the arts, while developping their imagination. Finally, a children’s book based on the exhibition will allow readers to revisit the story of One-Eyed-Rabbit for years to come (in French only).

One-Eyed-Rabbit is an exhibition designed and produced by VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, and presented by the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. The exhibition and accompanying book received the financial support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and the Ville de Montréal as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, as well as the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. The book was published in partnership with Les éditions du passage.

Biography : Jonathan Plante

Jonathan Plante (b. 1976) lives and works in Montreal, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University. He works mainly with multidisciplinary installations and studies questions of presence by exploring different image states as they transition from work to document. In 2008, he made a name for himself in Montreal at the 1st Quebec Triennale, organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2010 and 2011, his works were featured in two exhibitions: Palindrome at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and Parallaxe at the Galerie Division. In 2012, he took part in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul. The artist presented Lapincyclope for the first time in 2013 at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, then at the Musée d’art de Joliette. In 2014, he presented a solo exhibition at the Galerie Hugues Charbonneau. His works can be found in both private and public collections.


About VOX

VOX was founded in 1985, and its mission is to support research and presentation initiatives as well enable artists, exhibition curators and other researchers to contribute to art experimentation, to reflection and to development of multiple forms of critical discourse around image-making and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day.

Its main activity is exhibitions, most often complemented by publications, documentation spaces, film screenings, conferences and online projects. The exhibitions and other artistic events that the centre produces are grounded in long-term work with artists, and often designed as collective projects that encourage discussions and debates about art and contemporary society as well as public meetings with diverse audiences.

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Pavillon canadien-français

Pavillon canadien-français : Tales and Legends


Let the party begin! We’ve made room for dancing and the place is hopping to the sound of the fiddle. Le Pavillon canadien-français presents the long cherished tradition of folklore and legends, a hallmark embedded in our cultural roots and collective unconscious. This year we’re hopping on a train and transporting you across the country to discover Canada’s best French-Canadian tales and legends.


With performances from l’Ensemble folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge, our live musicians, a beautiful cultural display and some amazing French-Canadian cuisine!


July 31 to August 6, 2016
Shows at 6:45 PM, 8:15 PM and 9:45 PM
Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall
Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher blvd.

$6 admission at the door
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Folklorama 2016

You’re invited to Mârdi jazz’s 30th anniversary celebration!

You’re invited to Mârdi jazz’s 30th anniversary celebration!


Since 1985, every Tuesday from September to June, we welcome jazz greats from Winnipeg and around the world, making it one of the oldest jazz traditions in Winnipeg!


Join us for a special anniversary celebration Tuesday, June 28 at 8 PM on the CCFM terrace (in Antoine-Gaborieau Hall in case of rain).


With special musical guests and cake. We hope to see you there!


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Volunteers needed!

We are looking for volunteers for the Pavillon canadien-français!


The Pavillon canadien-français will take place at the CCFM from July 31st to August 6, 2016 during the Folklorama festival. There are several positions to fill for volunteers who are interested in participating in this unique cultural adventure!


Volunteer Positions:

  • Kitchen
  • Guest Services
  • Greeters


Interested? Please fill out this online form.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Each year, the CCFM, together with our partner Pluri-elles, organize a wonderful family event for La Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste. We’d like to invite you to celebrate francophone culture with us during this big community event!

Friday, June 24, 2016 from 10 AM to 1 PM in Provencher Park

(At Notre-Dame Recreational Centre in case of rain)

Shows :

  • 10:45 to 11:15 : Nico and Alexandre
  • 11:30 to 12:30 : Jacques Chénier
  • Bring you lawn chairs, blankets and your lunch!

A day full of free activities!

  • Face painting
  • Clowns and balloons
  • Train rides
  • Games to develop motor skills
  • Literacy activities
  • Free distribution of used books by Pluri-elles


  • $2 for a hot-dog and a can of soda

In the evening:

  • 7 PM : Concert with Luce Dufault and a surprise local artist on the CCFM Patio!


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Exile : Journey to the Center of the Earth

Exile : Journey to the Center of the Earth

Opening Thurday, May 19 at 5 PM
By Yanick Sasseville
Installation (Origami + Photography)

On his work La trahison des images [the treachery of images]: “The pipe in the painting is an image of a pipe rather than a real object we can touch.”— René Magritte

Exile initially expressed the need to escape and flee something permanently or temporarily; the escape is voluntary, and sometimes not. The exhibition set out to tell the story of the millions of people who are forced to uproot their lives to survive. People sometimes choose to change countries in the hopes of having a better life. At a time when reality is not only shaped by the person living it, but is also the product of the media transmitting it, choosing which version of reality to believe is increasingly a challenge.

For the current exhibition, the aim has evolved into something more personal: people naturally question themselves, seeking out new territories in which to settle and grow as human beings. Along with Exile: Journey to the Center of the Earth relays the same themes while incorporating those of our impact on the environment, our legacy to future generations and this body of work’s recurring theme of our own mortality.

The centrepiece of the False reality exhibition is a large-scale installation composed of a flock of origami cranes spanning the gallery and heading towards a “window” hung on the adjacent wall. They strive to reach that elusive Eden and collide with the piece, which is merely a representation of the real thing.

The migration is like a huge wave, with a heightened driving sensation that maximizes the perceived power of attraction of nature on the birds.

The ephemeral medium of paper reflects the fragility of our own existence and our mortality. The use of paper cranes suggests naïveté, candour and innocence.

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5 Reasons not to miss Natalie Choquette perform at the CCFM!

1. You’ll laugh!

For over twenty years, Natalie Choquette dusts off your favourite arias by adding humor in her shows. “She’s completely mad and is a great actress, she completely comes alive on stage. There is humor, puns and almost everything is a pretext to trigger the laughter that resonated throughout the evening.” – Yves Leclerc, Journal du Québec

2. You’ll hear a beautiful, perfectly controlled singing voice

The soprano began her vocal training at the age of 15 with André-Paul Bourret in Montreal and then in Moscow, in Vivieia Gromova’s class. Back in Montreal, she obtained a Bachelor of Music and a second in performance at the University of Montreal where she studied with Roland Richard. Eager to develop her knowledge and perfect her craft, she continued her training with singer Janine Lachance and Lucette Tremblay.

3. You’ll meet her quirky characters

Natalie Choquette slips into the skin of excessive and hilarious divas, brilliantly bringing laughter and emotion. Since the creation of her first comic character in 1993, La Fettucini, her characters provoke immediate enthusiasm and captivate both critics and the public. It gives the word “diva” a whole new meaning, helping to make opera more accessible without losing its luster.

4. She’ll win you over, like she’s done so many other spectators!

Natalie Choquette leads a distinguished career with a succession of shows and international tours. More than two million people worldwide have been charmed by this exceptional artist.  The Quebec Diva won four Félix awards and has recorded over a dozen albums, including the Æterna trilogy that allowed her to raise over $30,000 for the Quebec Cancer Foundation.

5. You will be charmed by this endearing artist!

Under her whimsical air, Natalie Choquette is an exceptional woman who speaks six languages, acts in films and does comedy shows. “Natalie Choquette is an extraordinary woman. She is gifted with a beautiful voice, and is also a generous artist with an endearing personality,” says the coordinator of artistic programming at the CCFM, Helene Molin-Gautron, inviting the Manitoba public to welcome this artist in large numbers, “It will be an exceptional evening where classical singing is rendered with not only elegance, but also with a burst of color, laughter and emotion. And that’s what makes a show accessible for all audiences! ”


Don’t forget that it would make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day!


Natalie Choquette : une voix un piano takes place on Thursday, May 12 at 8 PM at the CCFM. Tickets are $25 and are available at the CCFM reception, at 204.233.8972 and online at Please note that the show is presented in French. We hope to see you there!




Folklorama 2016: Meet the ambassadors for the Pavillon canadien-français!

The Centre culture franco-manitobain is happy to introduce the four ambassadors for the Pavilllon canadien-français during the 2016 Folklorama Festival. Julie Desrochers and Philippe Mailhot are the adult ambassadors and Karin Jubinville and Catherine Sorin are the youth ambassadors.

“Our ambassadors are enthusiastic people who are active in the francophone community,” says the CCFM’s co-CEO Marc Prescott, “We’re delighted to have put together a team that possesses great pride and knowledge of the French-Canadian culture and the Pavillon canadien-français.”

As former director of the Saint-Boniface Museum, Philippe Mailhot is in the second year of his term as adult ambassador for the Pavillon canadien-français. He’s familiar with promoting the francophone community, having worked as a host and tour guide, experience that serves him well as ambassador.

Julie Desrochers knows the Folklorama Festival well, having already acted as youth ambassador for the Pavillon canadien-français in 2012 and Folklorama Ambassador General in 2013. She was also responsible for overseeing the VIP groups at the Pavillon canadien-français over the last two years.

Karine Jubinville and Catherine Sorin are no strangers to the Pavillon canadien-français either. Both are members of the Ensemble folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge, which regularly performs at the Pavillon canadien-français. Catherine Sorin was also a member of the Festival du Voyageur’s Official Voyageurs family in 2015-2016.

The ambassadors are responsible for promoting and representing the French-Canadian culture during activities organized as part of Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind, which takes place from July 31 to August 13, 2016.

The Pavillon canadien-français will take place at the CCFM from July 31 to August 6, 2016.

Please note that the Pavillon is looking for volunteers interested in participating in this unique cultural adventure. We have several volunteer positions available in kitchen services, visitor services, admissions and more! If interested, please contact Daniel Girard at 204.233.8972 extension 443.