June 24th is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and it’s also the launch of the fifth annual Tout pour la musique, a hybrid online/in-person festival of music that invites all Canadians, regardless of mother tongue, to come together and show their pride in and solidarity with the Francophonie. I watched the show last year and it was fantastic.
This year’s main event will be recorded at Regina’s oldest music venue, the Exchange. If you are lucky enough to live in or near that city, you are invited to join the Conseil culturel fransaskois for a networking cocktail party and an exclusive screening of the Tout Pour la Musique show. There will be 15 other screenings in communities across Canada, with locations to be announced soon. You can also watch the show from the comfort of your living room.
Tout pour la Musique is a project of Winnipeg-based Productions Rivard and broadcasts each year on Unis TV. It is presented by the Foundation Dialogue with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.
This year’s artists include Alpha Yaya Diallo, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Étienne Fletcher, and Folle Avoine, and I’ll write about the details next week.
Catherine Fisher, blogger