Fête Française avec Charlotte Diamond November 15 2014

Fête Française avec Charlotte Diamond November 15 2014. Presented by Canadian Parents for French in Victoria BC. My children who grew up in the francophone education system (Conseil Scolaire Francophone) rather than in the immersion stream, were nonetheless big fans of Charlotte Diamond.  I still remember hits like "Four Hugs a Day" and "May There Always Be Sunshine" and look forward to introducing this longstanding and prolific artist to my … [Read more...]

Hearts of the World Coeurs du Monde at École Victor-Brodeur

Hearts of the World/Coeurs du Monde at École Victor-Brodeur in Victoria BC. Sylvie Rochette is an artist and sculptor based in Victoria who learned of French sculptor François Michaud's project, and vowed to bring it to the West Coast. An artist with a big heart! There is a huge buzz surrounding Victoria's École Victor-Brodeur these days. An artist has established himself in a temporary residency to create a heart… but not any … [Read more...]

17th annual Victoria French Fest, March 6-9, 2014

Centennial Square is the site of the 17th annual Victoria French Fest, presented by the Société Francophone de Victoria. Celebrate French culture and heritage March 6 – 9th, 2014 in Victoria BC with free events for children, drumming workshops, sugar shack, community booths, an artisans market, performances and more!  (Complete program guide -in French and English here). (Scroll to the bottom of this post for more information on the schedule of … [Read more...]

16th annual Victoria French Fest, March 7-10th, 2013

Centennial Square is the site of the 16th annual Victoria French Fest. Celebrate French culture and heritage March 7 - 10th, 2013 in Victoria BC with free events for children, drumming workshops, sugar shack, artisans marketplace, performances and more!  (Complete program guide -in French and English here). Most free events take place noon – 4 pm in the Square. The Festival opens Thursday March 7th with a mixer (le 5 à 7) at the Sticky … [Read more...]

Bilingual Tours of St Ann’s Academy Precinct Highlight Victoria’s Francophone Roots

My first introduction to the Sisters of St Ann came as a young girl, visiting my grandparents near the Victoria–Esquimalt border.  One of the Sisters’ properties (now the site of the Sea Gate Apartments) overlooked the water close to their house. Years later, when the downtown St Ann’s Academy fell into dis-use and was boarded up, we would go “scrumping” for apples in the orchards.  And while the restoration of the Academy may have deprived us … [Read more...]

15th Annual Victoria French Fest

Celebrate French culture and heritage March 8-11th in Victoria BC with free events for children, circus workshops, a sugar shack, artisans marketplace, performances and more!  Centennial Square is the site of the 15th annual Victoria French Fest. (Complete program guide -in French and English here). Most free events take place noon - 4pm in the Square. People are often amazed at the number of Francophones and Francophiles in the Capital Region … [Read more...]