See you soon at Pavillon canadien-français!

Logo Pavillon canadien-français

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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Interested in volunteering?


For more information, please contact:

Daniel Girard at [email protected]

204-233-8972 ext. 443

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

La Galerie of the Centre culturel franco-manitobain

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]

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.

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.

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:

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.