francs 2022 | a living comeback

No more masks, physical distancing, restricted crowds … The 2022 edition of the Frankish of Montréal remembers those of the pre-pandemics years. The smiles were clearly visible in the Quartier des Spectacles on Friday night, where thousands of francophone music lovers enjoyed a lively, spirited and unanimously appreciated return to normality.

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William Theriault

William Theriault

We trust rapper Korias, one of the hip-hop faces in Quebec, to inaugurate the festivities, a challenge that said he was grateful from the beginning. Naturally, viewers were able to listen to several songs from his new album, Improvised shelter (for the End of the World). But the artist also delighted his lifelong fans with some of his classics, such as north montreal, black lights, asphalt boy Where The next day.


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rapper koriass

Young and old were there, in front of a main scenario full of people. Koriass, in a way that was adapted to the different interests of the public, extended invitations to a good variety of artists. Therefore, hundreds of viewers opened the light of her phone and swung their arms in front of Safia Nolin’s sweetness. Many had fun with Clay and Mike Clay, and many brought out their urban side during the appearance of Rapper imposes. Hacia el final del espectáculo, Souldia también subió al escenario.


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Diane Blouin moved to Montreal because it was closer to the festivals. She came for Luc de Larochellière on Friday, but she also discovered Miro, who sang on the Bell Stage earlier in the evening. “I was really ready to go out! she exclaimed. Her friend, Brigitte De Champlain, was delighted to “see smiles and a relaxed atmosphere” and attend a celebration of the French language.


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To put it with Saiteja Yatam, the Franks offer “the best free festivities” I have ever seen. His friends Shailesh Reddy and Vishwa Teta, visibly happy with his experience, informed Press his intention to return for several nights, for as long as possible. The three English-speakers were fully aware that the shows were in French and seemed excited about discovering Molière’s language.


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Saiteja Yatam (right), with her friends Shailesh Reddy (center) and Vishwa Teta (left)

For Édouard Gingras, attending the Franks is an annual tradition. “There’s a very nice atmosphere,” he said. Zoé Noël, who insisted on the pleasure of discovering different artists, liked the way Miro interacted with the crowd. “¡Nos sentimos como en casa, en los Francos! It’s fun, every time we come,” he said.


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Zoe Noël and Edouard Gingras

On several occasions, Koriass mentioned the name of Karim Ouellet, a very appreciated Quebec singer who died in January. The show Bye Bye Bye Karim: Friends’ Vigil, given in his memory, will be presented on Sunday. Almost a dozen artists will come to mark their departure, which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of Francos 2022.


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Thirty For the first time on the stage of the place des festivals, nervous for making new material, he wrote to his friend. Tonight, on this very stage, I will do my show in your honor. We miss you. »

In addition to Korsss and his guests, the bilingual rapper Aswell and the Haitian singer Magdala participated in the great return of the Francofolies. Later in the evening, Julien Sagot and Connaisseur Ticaso brought up the rear. Meanwhile, Lynda Lemay was performing at the Place des Arts for a paid concert.


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Haitian singer

Two other majors from the RAP world are on the program for the event: Souldia and the group Loud Lary Ajust. Émile Bilodeau, Hubert Lenoir, Corneille, Juliette Armanet and Louis-Jean Cormier round out the headliners for the free main show, on the Bell stage. Los Francos, now benefiting from their usual format after a shortened 2021 edition, will run until June 18.

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