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Glendon Celebrates York’s 50th Anniversary with International Francophonie Week


Glendon’s twelfth annual “Semaine de la Francophonie”, held from March 19th to the 23rd, is focussing this year on celebrating York University’s 50th anniversary. Various departments and services in the Glendon community are working together to present four days filled with entertaining and educational programs. Special emphasis will be placed on literature, theatre, music - including opera and jazz, lectures, gastronomy and the visual arts - all with a distinctly French flavour. We invite everyone to come and join us in all the activities held on campus, as well as those organized throughout Metropolitan Toronto.

Francophones from five continents celebrate International Francophonie Day each year on March 20th. This date commemorates the signing of a treaty in Niamey (Niger) in 1970, which was responsible for the creation of the Association de coopération culturelle et technique, known today as the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Marking this event has resulted in many other celebrations during the month of March, including the Semaine de la francophonie in Toronto. At Glendon, the Journée internationale de la Francophonie (International Francophonie Day) was created in 1998 through the efforts of Multidisciplinary Studies Professor Emeritus Alain Baudot, director and founder of Glendon’s publishing house: the Éditions du GREF. Since that time, Glendon’s Artistic and Cultural Affairs has continued this tradition each year.

We invite you to take part in numerous activities organized on campus as well in the Metropolitan Toronto area for the Semaine Internationale de la Francophonie from March 19th to 26th.

Glendon International Francophonie Week 2009 - Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 19th

3:00 p.m. A conversation with renowned Quebec playwirght Carole Fréchette : Parcours d'auteur, entre le chuchotement du moi et la rumeur du monde (The author's career, between the whisperings of the self and the noise of the world).
Location: Glendon Theatre. Admission: Free. Tel: 416-487-6822

Carole Fréchette has been a force in Quebec theatre for more than 25 years. Her plays, translated into several languages, are performed all over the world. She won the 1995 Governor General’s Award for her play Les Quatre morts de Marie (The Four Lives of Marie) and the 1998 Chalmers Award for the same play translated into English.

5:30 p.m. Theatre: Les quatre morts de Marie, a presentation by students of the Drama Studies program at Glendon.
Guest director: Rose Plotek. Guest set and costume designer: Lindsay Walker.
Location: Glendon Theatre. Admission: $5 (student) $10 (adult). Reservations: 416-487-6822.

Les quatre morts de Marie (The Four Lives of Marie) written by Quebec playwright Carole Fréchette, follows the journey of Marie’s life in a series of four tableaus, as she confronts grief, rebellion, absurdity and solitude, while encountering interesting people along the way.

7:30 p.m. Reception with Carole Fréchette
Location: Glendon Manor, Glendon Gallery. Admission: Free. Tel: 416-487-6824.

Friday, March 20th - International Francophonie Day

10:30 a.m.-noon Public Lecture: Evolution of spoken French by franco-ontarien adolescents (1978 vs 2005): influence of school and community. Speaker: Raymond Mougeon, Director, Glendon Centre for Research on Language Contact.
Location: Glendon Manor, BMO Conference Centre. Admission: Free. Tel.: 487-6833.

Noon Lunch and reflection – Thoughts about the Glendon Gallery’s current exhibition « Un monde à raccommoder » by Josette Villeneuve. A round table discussion with art historian and art sociologist Véronique Tomaszewski and Glendon Gallery’s curator Marc Audette, who present their points of view on this exhibition of artworks created from clothing labels from all over the world.

A light lunch will be served.
Location: Glendon Gallery. Admission: Free. Tel.: 416-487-6721.

8:00 p.m. Theatre : Les quatre morts de Marie
Location: Glendon Theatre. Admission: $10, $5 (students). Box office: 416-487-6822.

Saturday, March 21st - Festival of Music and literature

3:00 p.m. Meeting and book signing with authors of Éditions du GREF: Myriam Fontaine, Vittorio Frigerio, Samia Khalifé, Christine Klein-Lataud, Pierre Léon, Léonard Rosmarin, Daniel Soha, Nathalie Stephens, Paul-François Sylvestre, Claude Tatilon (some authors to be confirmed).
Location: Glendon Manor - BMO Conference Centre. Admission: Free. Tel: 416-487-6774.

5:00 p.m. Opera Encounter
Excerpts from 19th- century operas inspired by French literature. Participation by members of the Glenn Gould School of Music. Event presented by Professor Alain Baudot.
Location: Glendon Manor - BMO Conference Centre. Admission: Free. Tel: 416-487-6774.

6:00 p.m. Dinner Concert with the Andrew Maynard Quartet
Location: Room 102 Glendon Manor. Tickets: $25 / person, includes taxes and wine.
To reserve call: 416-487-6824.

8:00 p.m. Theatre : Les quatre morts de Marie.
Location: Glendon Theatre. Admission: $10, $5 (students). Box office: 416-487-6822.

Monday, March 23rd

4:00 p.m. Talk by Dan Brignoli, member of the Toronto Historical Society: Œuvres et images - Un tour du Toronto français. (Works and images – a tour of Francophone Toronto).
Location: Frost Library, Glendon. Admission: Free. Tel: 416-487-6726

Published on March 6, 2009