The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue is proud to announce that it has enlisted two “lovers of French”, Jessica Holmes and Boucar Diouf, as the official spokespersons for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), which will run from March 9 to 25, 2012.
Every year, the RVF celebrates French by highlighting on its Web site at www.rvf.ca close to 1000 activities, events and film viewings, in collaboration with the National Film Board, that take place from one end of the country to the other.
A national contest, whose details will be revealed in late February during the RVF launch, is also being set up in collaboration with the École nationale de l’humour and Air Canada. This is the context in which the RVF put out the call to personalities in the world of comedy who are well known in both the Francophone and Anglophone markets, to bring these messages to Canadian audiences.
Jessica Holmes was quick to become one of the stars of Canadian comedy. She performed on her own show on CTV: The Holmes Show, and kept millions of Canadians in stitches with her performances on the CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce. Jessica has opened for several well-known comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Leslie Nielsen and more recently, Ellen DeGeneres. Originally from Ottawa, Jessica is a Francophile at heart, and proud to be associated with this national campaign aimed at promoting dialogue and bringing together the many different components of Canadian society.
Boucar Diouf is a Quebec comedian originally from Senegal. Since 2007, he has been co-hosting and reporting on the Radio-Canada program called Des kiwis et des hommes. This unconditional fan of French in its many colours and accents essentially relies on two techniques for unravelling the Quebec and French Canadian fabric: language and the part of the wise old man. He juggles our expressions, going as far as using our lingo to reveal things about ourselves. He often addresses the topics of integration, life in Africa and cultural differences.
Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie