"Vive le Festival!" is this year's slogan for Festival de Voyageur
the 10-day winter-time celebration of Francophone culture in Manitoba.
Now in its 43rd edition, the festival is still going strong and in fact
keeps getting bigger and better.
It has just announced its 2012
lineup and a record 80% of performers are Manitoban. A whopping 235
concerts are planned in even more venues to help ease the lineups of
Some local favourites include Daniel ROA
, Ca Claque!
and Ensemble Folkorique de la Rivière Rouge
. Performers from the "other" side of the river feature Fred Penner, Little Miss Higgins
and Keith & Renée
. Some Aboriginal performers include Don Amero
, Tracy Bone & JC Campbell
and Vince Fontaine
: Indian City. Of the invitées from outside of Manitoba, we can look forward to Bon Débarras
, Jimmy Hun
t and Le Bal a l'huile
opening ceremonies on February 17th will leave aside the speeches in
favour of a celebration of our founding nations with dancing and music
around a sacred fire. Among the newer events is a Louis Riel look-alike
contest. As well, the ever-popular snow bar will have an expanded patio.
And after the success of its first DJ stage, the festival has decided
to add another, this time in the warmth of the Franco-Manitoban Cultural