… We must say, this was an incredible, busy, funny year. We had 5 exhibits with artists from all over Canada, we had some games screened at the CCFM for the first time (the Winnipeg Jets in playoff series and more recently the FIFA World Cup), we danced like crazy or chilled with about 50+ gigs (Mardi Jazz, Coups de coeur francophone)… And a lot of new memories.
Here are some pictures of what we thought were the highlights of this year.
Thanks to all of you for coming down at the CCFM, and see you in September!
This year, our annual francophone celebration event, la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, will be part of a bigger party called Saint-Boniface célèbre.
Here are the events occuring on June 21 and 22 :
THU JUNE 21
Screening of the film At the heart of Manitoba’s Francophone community
Antoine Gaborieau hall / free
From the French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye’s first visit to the Red River in 1738, to the vibrant, exciting Francophone communities peppered across our province today, this narrative is still being written in a most colorful way. The film explores the trials, tribulations, determination, achievements and the joie de vivre of a community once expected to fade into the history books but has nonetheless persevered and is thriving today.
Screenings in french at 6 pm and 8 pm. Screenings in english at 7 pm and 9 pm.
Tout pour la musique is a series of music shows, at Whittier Park, starting at 5 pm, that celebrates the french canadian culture.
The main event will start at 8:30 and will be hosted by Mathieu Pichette and broadcasted through the country on Unis TV.
Guests : Hip Shake, Jérémie and the Delicious Hounds, Les Louis Boys, Annie Blanchard, Jonathan Painchaud, Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs, Lulu Hughes, Laurence Jalbert, Le R Premier, Kelly Bado, Étienne Fletcher, Aude Ray, Alpha Toshineza.
The Centre culturel franco-manitobain’s visual arts gallery will welcome a new exhibit from May 24 to August 2, called Perspective Survolée – A Bird’s Eye View, by Françoise Ségard.
Using drawings and encaustic painting (beeswax and pigments), the Montreal artist creates works like imaginary maps, to be observed from all angles to seize its nuances.
At a time where technology enables us to see the Earth from the sky in no time (Google Earth, GPS, drones), what are we really looking at when we observe lands from above? And what do we see when we get closer?
Displayed on the walls and on the floor, A Bird’s Eye View presents a reflection on the different ways we perceive a territory, both as an abstract and living entity at the same time.
The opening will take place on Thursday May 24th, at 5 pm in the CCFM’s art gallery, with the artist.
From May 22nd to 25th, as part of this exhibit, there will also be art workshops for kids aged 5 to 12, with the artist.
Every Tuesday, Antoine-Gaborieau Hall, $5 admission
Some people ask the question : do I have to speak French to attend these events? Short answer: no. Whether you speak French or not, you’re more than welcomed to join us on Mardi Jazz.
Note: our staff is bilingual!
April 24 : Lizanne Lachance
« Wonderful », « Fantastic », « Excellent entertainement »… these are some of the comments made by the audience when Lizanne Lachance came to Mardi Jazz last year. Come and join us on April 24th to see her play at the CCFM!
May 1 : Laurent Roy
Exceptional guitarist and regular guest of our Mardi Jazz nights, Laurent Roy will be back in Antoine-Gaborieau hall on Tuesday May 1st!
May 8 : Devon Gillingham
We’re eager to present you Devon Gillingham, young prodigy of the Winnipeg jazz scene. Devon went to the prestigious School of jazz of New York city and worked as an accompanist for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
May 15 : Tracy K
Tracy K is one of Manitoba’s most notorious blues singers. Her harmonica and Joplin-esque voice have conquered most of jazz and blues festivals through North America since the late 1980’s.
“What’s the rush?” she says in the title of her last album, released in 2016. And we totally agree. Come and join us on Tuesday may 15th to share a relaxing and authentic moment, to the sound of Tracy K’s melodies and stories.
May 22 : Keith Price
Keith Price Quartet at Mardi Jazz is the promise of a groovy night. The young musician from Winnipeg, who learned to play the guitar in sixth grade with his grandfather’s instrument, takes his inspirations from contemporary pop and rock culture to create a unique approach of jazz – modern and opened to the world.
Marco Castillo at the CCFM is summer before it happens. Nobody can put sunshine into your heart like the Brazilian-born guitarist. You’ll be seduced by his approach of Latin Jazz, inspired by Bossa Nova as well as Samba and Funk. An invitation to dance and/or chill!
June 5 : Suzanne Kennelly
Do we still have to introduce Suzanne Kennelly, one of Franco-Manitoban’s most well-known voice? After an impressive career as a radio host, the Québec-born singer decided to dedicate her time to her passion: music, and especially jazz.
Be prepared for a jazz show “à la française”! (but, again : don’t worry, no need to be bilingual to come and enjoy this event!)
June 12 : Steve Hamilton
Renown bassist, music educator at University of Manitoba, Steve Hamilton has played among prestigious ensembles such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Tour Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to hear this notorious figure of Winnipeg’s jazz scene – who’s been active for more than 30 years!
June 19 : USB Band
The Université de Saint-Boniface big band will be playing at the CCFM – a perfect occasion to celebrate the beginning of summer!