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Social initiatives

Over the past several years, the festival has launched a plethora of social initiatives bearing witness to its commitment to sustainable citizen engagement. Here is a brief look at these actions that benefit the entire community.

Partnerships and awards

Concours L’Étoile montante Ford The FrancoFolies de Montréal promote our musical heritage by setting up partnerships and offering grants and internationally-renowned awards.

Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson

Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson Created in 1996 by the Fondation Félix-Leclerc in collaboration with Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, this award is presented annually to a Québécois artist and a French artist at the outset of their careers. This award is intended to spur creativity among young singer-songwriters and encourage the production and dissemination of francophone song.

The Vue sur la relève series

For the past several years, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal have partnered with Vue sur la relève and presented the Coup de pouce award to an emerging artist who distinguished him/herself during the event.

Les Francouvertes

Les Francouvertes Les FrancoFolies de Montréal invite one Francouvertes contest finalist to deliver a paid performance on one of our outdoor stages during the festival.

Prix FrancoFolies

Festival International de la chanson de Granby Offered as part of the Festival International de la chanson de Granby, this award is presented to one of the finalists and offers a paid performance during the FrancoFolies de Montréal.

L’Étoile montante Ford Contest

Ford Rising Star Contest Inaugurated in 2012 by Les FrancoFolies de Montréal in collaboration with Ford of Canada, this contest welcomes the public to its mission to promote French song. It offers the up-and-coming generation of francophone musicians the opportunity to make themselves seen and heard.

The Consortium Écho-Logique

Consortium Écho-Logique Since 2002, the FrancoFolies de Montréal, in concert with the Consortium Écho-Logique, have implemented an integrated waste recovery system conceived for events attracting over two millions visitors. This initiative contributes to achieving one of our principal goals: to reduce our environmental footprint. Compiling recovery statistics from 2004 to 2015, we see that a total of more 150 metric tons of waste have been diverted from landfill sites. This positive balance sheet amply attests to the relevance of our partnership with the Consortium Écho-Logique.

Other social initiatives

RecySkate The degree of social engagement shown by the FrancoFolies de Montréal can be measured in many other initiatives:

  • Hiring dozens of dropouts and student interns. The former are assigned to on-site operations and the technical aspects of staging, the latter gain experience in show production.
  • Participating in the Coopérative jeunesse de services (CJS) project, a type of summer work cooperative summer for young people aged 14-17.
  • Collaborating with the Société de développement social de Ville-Marie to offer employment opportunities to young dropouts in the downtown area. The SDSVM tackles social problems linked to poverty, homelessness and all forms of social isolation that may affect residents of Arrondissement Ville-Marie.
  • Skateboards left on the FrancoFolies site that cannot not be returned to their owners are donated to RecySkate. The organization recuperates skateboards and redistributes them to kids from low-income families.
  • Paying special attention to people with reduced or limited mobility.
  • Bicycles left on the site are donated to the SOS VÉLO organization.
  • Donating unconsumed food prepared by our food service to the Maison du Père.
  • Donating unclaimed lost-and-found objects to the Maison du Père. Unclaimed eyeglasses are remitted to a local optometrist who redirects them to Haiti.

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