DE LA LUNA
Discover the new show Ellipse, inspired by the 5th album of Les Grands Hurleurs with Nicolas Pellerin. This group has won the hearts of Quebec and international audiences with its modernized and accessible traditional music. This creation brings a new breath to his music which is just as exploded and groovey, but more refined. The quartet wants to go back to basics by daring to sound closer to acoustic instruments with neat and thoughtful arrangements while remaining organic. With the integration of folk, classical, bluegrass influences, the group will surprise and touch people once again with this enriched trad! Violins, mandolin, guitar, double bass, feet and rich vocal harmonies come together to explore a multitude of emotions. Fall under the spell of this formation which has won three Félix awards in its career!
Mimi O’Bonsawin is a contemporary singer from Northeastern Ontario. Through her rhythm and scripted songs, Mimi embraces the beauty of the land, while giving in to her Franco-Ontarian and Abenaki roots. In his music, you’ll find forest sounds, uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics woven with pop sensibilities and acoustic instruments. Layers of percussion and startling harmonies make you feel the music rather than just hear it.
DE LA LUNA
His music is heat and light. His words are invitations to the party, words of friendship. Its rhythms are those of the heart, of the pleasure of life. His voice rings the urgency of living in the present moment. Cristian, former leader of the group La Luna de Santiago, does not like labels. A nomadic and polyglot troubadour, he sings in the languages that allow him to meet the world. From Colombia to Edmonton via Lac Saint-Jean or Winnipeg, Cristian de la Luna is at home everywhere. No need to knock to enter. His door is always open. Everyone is welcome.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and one of a family of 7 children, Wesli (Wesley Louissaint) built his own guitar at age 8, from pieces of oil cans and fishing ropes of nylon. His musical adventure begins in the gospel choir of the local church and he then adopts the guitar as his main instrument. As a teenager, Wesli produced, directed and recorded the soul album Horizon with SoKute, which was a great success in Haiti and made it known abroad. In 2001, the versatile singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer chose Montreal as his home. Since then, Wesli has accompanied the greatest Caribbean artists and several big names in African music on guitar during their stay in Montreal. To sold-out crowds, he opened for Tiken Jah Fakoly and Magic System at L’Olympia in Montreal, as well as for Alpha Blondy at Métropolis. Since 2008, Wesli and his group have performed regularly on more than 50 major festival stages in Canada, in addition to touring the entire planet, offering captivating performances. The many prestigious awards earned since 2016 are proof of the recognition of his immense talent: The Hagood Hardy Award from SOCAN (2016); the Dynasty World Music Award (2017); the JUNO Best World Music Recording Award (2019), as well as the Felix for Best World Music Recording of
Dieufaite Charles, aka Jahfaa, is an Afro-soul singer, composer and performer. Also a multi-talented guitarist, percussionist, producer and arranger, the artist mixes Afro-fusion and traditional Roots rhythms. Her voice and her presence on stage transmit a contagious enthusiasm that will charm you to end the festival!
Since her debut, Djennie Laguerre has charmed audiences on stage and on screen with her talents as an actress, dancer and storyteller. She has also been an artist in an educational setting for 15 years. Traditional Afro-Haitian storytelling show. Be ready to dance and sing in French and Creole!
JOJO & BRIO
Accueillez le nouveau duo dynamique Jojo & Brio qui uniront leurs talents musicaux, leurs personnalités attachantes et entrainantes, leurs expériences de performer pour le bonheur des tout petits et leurs familles. Voici quelques faits saillants de leurs parcours artistique impressionnant : Jojo, une auteure interprète reconnue auprès du jeune public, récipiendaire de prix Trille-Or pour ses spectacles scolaires et grand-public tirés de ses albums « À la Ferme de Jojo », « Jojo et le Noël des animaux », « Le camion Rouge », « Les animaux musiciens » ainsi que la diffusion de ses émissions pour enfants à TV Rogers. Brian St-Pierre un auteur-compositeur-interprète, musicien, directeur musical, arrangeur et enseignant de musique aux œuvres, biographie et discographie considérables tels que Mon beau drapeau, L’écho d’un peuple, compositions pour Véronic Dicaire, Libre, la tournée Réveille et pour Vache the musical.
RODA DE SAMBA
Janie Renée, Paulo Ramos and Diogo Ramos invite you to a Roda de samba as they do in Brazil: a festive repertoire served with 9 musicians and rich and dancing orchestrations. On the program: original compositions and the greatest songs from Brazil to brighten up your weekend. Let yourself be transported to the land of samba, with maximum good humour!
“While waiting for the start of the Festival, we propose that you check out all the artists on Spotify. See you soon at the 40th edition of the Franco-Fête of Toronto. »
From the Franco-Fête De Toronto 2022 team.