See you soon at Pavillon canadien-français!

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The French-Canadian Pavilion will open on Sunday until Saturday, August 19! We cannot wait to see you and to celebrate together French-Canadian culture.

Folklorama has been celebrating multiculturalism in Winnipeg for 48 years with over 20 participating pavilions. The French-Canadian Pavilion, hosted within the Centre culturel franco-manitobain, is one of them and welcomes guests to discover, rediscover and celebrate French-Canadian culture!

Again this year, visit the cultural displays to experience French-Canadians’ past and present. Make sure not to miss the Ensemble Folklorique de la Rivière Rouge performances! Who knows, you might get so excited that you might want to learn some jigging moves as well! Afterwards, you will surely need a good French-Canadian meal; meat pie, pea soup, sugar pie, which one are you going to try first?

The French-Canadian Pavilion is also an opportunity to gather for people in the community, whether they come as guests, organizers or volunteers! The success of the pavilion relies on the commitment, motivation and pride of over 120 volunteers throughout the week! Jacqueline Jubinville has been involved for 38 years and took on several roles as an artist, ambassador and volunteer. She participated as a volunteer with her parents and siblings and now with her own children: “one could say it’s a family affair”. Jonas Desrosiers, a volunteer since 2007 and Jacqueline’s cousin, also enjoys sharing his French-Canadian culture: “A group of volunteers proud of their culture, good food, with a very interesting show and a superior production quality; it makes for an excellent volunteering experience.”

Hard to choose a favourite part of the festivities with all the great food, lively performances and atmosphere, but all say that they love to share their culture and to see the positive feedback and the smiles of guests leaving the pavilion. Stéphany Halikas, also a volunteer, confirms that the Pavilion “is providing to guests a point of entry to discover the French-Canadian community, by introducing them to what we do best: celebrating en français.”

So, will you join the celebration this year?


Pavillon canadien-français

August 13-19, 2017

Shows at 6:45, 8:15 and 9:45 PM

Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall

Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd.

$6 at the door

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For more information, please contact:

Daniel Girard at [email protected]

204-233-8972 ext. 443

Art Exhibit Opening: Mon autre – Alter égo / The Other – Alter Ego

This exhibition was presented for the first time in 2014 by artists Isabelle Demers, Amélie Laurence Fortin and Fanny Mesnard. Mon autre/Alter égo is the title of a series of group exhibitions that draw on the practices of artists whose work focuses on the theme of nature, in its broader sense.

Each exhibition of this series of projects enables the artists to create group installations tailored to the venue, where each individual contribution complements the others without losing its uniqueness, while at the same time allowing space for visitors to create their own stories.

This openness to others also allows the project to evolve, change direction, and incorporate new artists. That is how Jacinthe Loranger was able to join the collective recently, adding print media to the project’s multidisciplinary body of work, which includes drawing, sculpture, painting and photography.

Amélie Laurence Fortin

Amélie Laurence Fortin explores humanity’s biased yet fascinating rapport with nature by creating work, most often of a monumental nature, that provokes a physical and hypnotic response. Her creations evoke a space that transcends the self, in sharp contrast to the analytical approach to nature characteristic of scientific and political methodologies. Fortin emphasizes a reverse flow of time creating tension between form and sense.

Fortin hails from the Estrie region of Québec. She completed a Master of Visual Arts degree from Laval University in 2011. She has participated in numerous solo exhibitions in places such as Galerie B-312 in Montreal, the Sporobole contemporary arts centre in Sherbrooke, and the VU photography centre in Québec City. She has also taken part in several group exhibitions, including the 5th Manif d’art de Québec, Interackje at the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland, the Do Norte Ao Norte project at the Museu de Arte in Belém, Brazil, and Monkey Business at the Sophie Sheideicker gallery in Paris, France.

Fanny Mesnard

The rich and diverse forms of the animal world serve as the inspiration for the fantastical creatures that abound in Fanny Mesnard’s paintings, drawings and sculptures. The creatures populate a pictorial universe that is both exuberant and intimate. Enigmatic and organic narratives emerge from these encounters where, shifting between intimate and universal perspectives, mystical references cohabitate with stories, dreams and mythology. Each work reveals a different facet of a rich personal mythology in which the artist explores her representational world.

A graduate of École supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille Luminy, Fanny Mesnard has participated in numerous exhibits in France, Luxemburg, Italy and Québec. She has taken part in several international events, such as the Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and the Do Norte ao Norte project at the Museu de Arte in Belém, Brazil. In recent years, her work has been shown at Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal, the Centre national d’exposition in Jonquière, and the Centre d’art Jacques et Michel Auger in Victoriaville.

Jacinthe Loranger

Jacinthe Loranger’s work explores unlikely encounters between disparate, multifaceted universes using cultural archetypes and symbols and refashioning them to make statements about contemporary society. Combining installations, ‘‘bling-bling’’ sculptures, and psychedelic collages, Loranger forges a personal mythology that takes the form of narrative pieces depicting a mystical quest.

Jacinthe has worked as a professional artist for over 10 years and has participated in several artist residencies and exhibitions throughout Canada, France and the United States. She explores the affordances of print media -particularly screen printing- through installations, video, collage and performance art. She has just completed a Master of Visual Arts degree in Print Media at Concordia University for which she received a bursary from the Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as a Concordia University Graduate Fellowship award.

Isabelle Demers

With a quiet determination similar to that of cycles observed in nature, Isabelle Demers creates, grows and maintains drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations. Inspired by themes like adolescence, camping and the mysteries of the forest, and with a view to telling a story, she develops pieces that present and behave as ecosystems, isolated worlds where plant, animal and mineral seem both frozen yet constantly evolving.

Isabelle Demers holds a Master of Visual Arts degree from Laval University and lives and works in Québec City. Her artistic activity focuses on drawing, sculpting and installations. Her work has been shown in various group and solo exhibitions in places such as the Œil de Poisson in Québec City, the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in St-Jérôme, and the Regard centre in Lévis. She received the Vidère award for her exhibition entitled Lourd comme un cheval mort [heavy as a dead horse] at the Chambre Blanche in Québec City. She also took part in the 29th Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.