Coup de coeur: a proper homage to francophonie

The Coup de cœur francophone festival is back for its 26th edition. Press photo
The Coup de cœur francophone festival is back for its 26th edition. Press photo

The Coup de cœur francophone festival is back for its 26th edition with an outstanding palette of francophone artists. The goal: to celebrate French music in all of its creativity, forms and shapes across the country.

From Nov. 1 to 11, Montreal’s heart will be pounding to the rhythms of dozens of francophone artists. The festival provides unique support to rising artists belonging to francophone minority communities, and most importantly, brings the festival on the road, giving these same communities access to musical discoveries. Coup de coeur features blues, rock, indie, folk, country, bluegrass, poetry … you name it!

The lineup is so impressive, it’s difficult to find where to start; Richard Desjardins, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Chinatown, Bernard Adamus, Pascal Lejeune, Xavier Cafféine, Julien Sagot, Madame Moustache and much more. Emerging artists, such as Les Hay Babies, Simon Kingsbury and Klô Pelgag join the already established talent in this diverse mosaic of francophone music. You will have the opportunity to discover and rediscover winners of industry prizes such as Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée 2001, Prix Felix-Leclerc, Prix France OFF, Prix Rapsat Le lièvre and le Gala de l’ADISQ.

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Another important aspect of the festival is ‘Les Escales Coup de Coeur’, which offers an open window to artists from outside the province and the opportunity for them to interact with the Québec audience. Bratsch, La Grande Sophie, Alexis HK and Suarez are among these out-of-province guests. At the Théâtre Outremont, ‘Danse Lhasa Danse’ will be presented in tribute to singer songwriter Lhasa de Sela – who died in 2010 after being diagnosed with cancer.

CIBL will host live public recordings of the radio show “4 à 6” with numerous artists. Francophonie Express and Live at La Quincaillerie will also be recorded on Nov. 6 and 7 with select francophone artists. All 10 days of the festival is packed with album launches, prize presentations and free lunch shows at Bistro in Vivo.

The icing on the cake: a pyjama party with Bia, a Brazilian artist living between Québec and France, on Nov. 11. In brief, Montreal’s Coup de coeur is an array of events to fill your ears, make your soul soar and your heart burst into song.


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