New exhibit: Manitoban inspirations


Curated by Emilie Lemay.

From August 27 to October 9.

Since 1974, the Centre culturel franco-manitobain offers high calibre visual art exhibitions that present the work of artists from coast to coast. Many francophone artists of Manitoba are brought to the forefront and participate in our communities’ dialogues about identity.

The artworks we present today were created by people from around here and are figureheads of the permanent collection that CCFM acquired over the years. From historical portraits to contemporary paintings by way of Metis legend illustrations, these creations call to mind changeable socio-political realities of past decades.

The cultural diversity and values that these images convey are part of our collective memory. We invite you to be inspired by them in order to revisit our history and to look at current representations of our society with a critical eye.

Let the memories and discoveries begin!



TCM+CCFM: 2018-2019 Season launch


What are you doing on Thursday, September 6?


Join us for a special evening where you will discover what plays, music shows, exhibits and new activities will be presented at 340 Provencher blvd this year.

CCFM and TCM are joining forces to launch their 2018-2019 season, backed with some music, drinks, food – and some surprises…

Doors open at 5:30 pm, at the theatre!

More informations will come on the Facebook page of the event.

Françoise Ségard – Perspective survolée / A bird’s eye view

Photo : Françoise Ségard

Discover the new exhibit at CCFM’s art gallery


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.

Winnipeg Jets : Round 2 at the CCFM

Jets fans – whether you speak French or not!


Come and enjoy watch some of the next Jets playoffs games with us!


Thursday May 10th, Antoine-Gaborieau Hall, 8:30 pm


A bar will be opened for the occasion, and our partner Envol 91,1FM – CKXL will be hosting the event in-between periods.

There will also be a special menu from Stella’s, if you want to order some snacks during the game!



Spoken Word Project

The CCFM is proud to present a new Spoken Word night, in collaboration with Éditions du Blé and Alliance française du Manitoba!

The shape of Mardi Jazz to come

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.

He also works as a composer. In 2013, he re-imagined the soundtrack of the film The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.


May 29 : Marco Castillo

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!


June 26 : David Larocque


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.


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

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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