Founded in 2006, the Franco Fierté festival brings the LGBTQIA francophone and francophile community together for activities and unique meetup opportunities. During the early years of its development, the organisation encouraged other francophone groups, such as Oasis Centre des femmes, the Centre francophone de Toronto, as well as the Centres d’Accueil Héritage to join FrancoQueer for this community festival. Together, these groups form the francophone core at the heart of Ontario’s metropolis.
In 2011, with the financial support of Heritage Canada and over thirty community partners, FrancoQueer established a close partnership with Pride Toronto, offering two days of programming as well as a francophone village at George Hislop Park during Pride Week in Toronto. This strategy has been well received by the public and by numerous francophone artists who have wanted the opportunity to present themselves at the city’s community festival.
Over the following years, Franco Fierté Toronto diversified its means of financing and counts, for example, the Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, the Office of Francophone Affairs, the Conseil scolaire Viamonde and numerous other institutional, commercial and community partners as loyal supporters. Thanks to this support, during the important celebrations of World Pride Toronto in the summer of 2014, the Pan Am Games and the 400th Anniversary of French Presence in Ontario in 2015, FrancoQueer commendably represented the LGBTQIA francophone community of Ontario through Franco Fierté.
It is in this spirit that Franco Fierté Toronto has pursued efforts for development and reinvention by forging new links with Pride Toronto and other partners in the francophone communities in Toronto and across Ontario, all the while exploring new ways of showcasing francophone cultures and emphasizing the artistic expression in our community.
In 2016, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of FrancoQueer, we held 10 events focused on the artistic contributions of the diverse francophone populations that participate in the festival.
Franco Fierté is currently the only LGBT francophone festival in Ontario. For its seventh edition in 2017, Franco Fierté is celebrating both queer and francophone pride in spectacular fashion with the theme of 150 years in Ontario. The complete schedule is available at www.francofierte.ca.
If you would like to play a part in the development of Franco Fierté and FrancoQueer, join our team of volunteers and sign up for one of Ontario’s most unique cultural community projects!