May 24
The Sportsdome

Presented by Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario, this year’s Franco-Festival is part of a province-wide celebration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario, marking the anniversary of Champlain’s arrival in the province and the contributions that francophones have made to the growth and development of Ontario. The festival features French-Canadian cuisine (including poutine!), art, historical games, contests, family activities, and music by renowned francophone artists, including Damien Robitaille, Gabrielle Goulet, Thunder Bay’s own Pierre Schryer, and Dylan Perron and Élixir de Gumbo, a string quartet performing bluegrass, blues, folk, and Celtic music. Tickets are $5 and available at Centre des francophones, 292 Court Street S, École secondaire catholique de La Vérendrye, 175 High Street N, École catholique Franco-Supérieur, 220 Elgin Street, and The Sportsdome.