If you’re in Saskatchewan next week, you might check out the Festival fransaskois, happening from July 8 to 10th at Pike Lake Provincial Park, near Saskatoon.
This outdoor party with great music, arts and crafts, sports, and children’s programming, has been a major unifying event for the Fransaskois community since 1980.
This year’s big stage artists include Montreal’s Winston Band, known for their lively zydeco performances and infectious energy, Prairie Comeau (with Fransaskois singer-songwriter Anique Granger and Quebec-born composer-keyboardist Benoît Archambault), St. Boniface-born-comedian Micheline Marchildon, and Acadian indie trio Les Hay Babies. Also, look for talented Fransaskois artists like Samantha Nyenimana, Dominique Fréchette, and Lunch Krew.
The Fête Fransaskoise Festival is the only francophone summer music festival in Saskatchewan. It aims to celebrate the French language and maintain and celebrate Saskatchewan’s francophone spirit. It has been organised since 2014 by the Conseil culturel fransaskois.
Image: Festival fransaskois (Facebook – 2019)
Catherine Fisher, blogger