Long bridges, tall tales and fast friends


The Alliance française in Toronto offers an annual cultural program of over 130 events that celebrate and sustain Francophone culture in the city. A number of Montréal-based artists and performers were among the most honoured guests in 2015.

Three evenings featured Marc Laberge (storyteller, photographer and explorer), Stéphanie Beneteau (whose stories are drawn from folklore, both Québécois and international) and Franck Sylvestre (a Québec author with roots in the Caribbean).

The author Bryan Perro, creator of the Amos Daragon series of children’s novels, gave a lecture on literature and mythology. The celebrated Marie Rioux exhibited new paintings such as Histoire de pont.

On the musical side of things, Torontonians were treated to concerts by Trifolia (a jazz trio inspired by the sculptor Camille Claudel), Gerineldo (a Montréal-based ensemble that explores Moroccan music), Yves Léveillé and the Japan Project (modern takes on traditional Japanese music) and Tango Boréal, a trio of tango enthusiasts.

By hosting this diverse and vibrant programming, the Alliance française is strengthening the bond between our two cities—maintaining a cultural bridge that promotes lasting relationships.