Mois de la francophonie

March is the Mois de la francophonie and the University of Ottawa joins the international community in celebrating French language and culture in all its forms. Activities will take place all over campus during the month of March — concerts, exhibitions, talks, films and more!

This March, let’s celebrate our own rich, dynamic francophone community.

Contest alert!

From March 1 to 30, look out for the francophone flags of 11 Canadian provinces or territories. Take a picture and tag us @uocampus on your stories. You have one chance per flag, so 11 total entries are possible. A winner will be chosen at random on March 31 and will receive a $200 travel gift card.

Mois de la francophonie - 2020 Schedule

Sign Language Workshop (LSQ)
Learn the basics of Quebec-French sign language at this fun and interactive workshop. Register now by emailing There are only 20 spots available!
Carrefour francophone (UCU 026)
Date: March 12
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Campus Films
Discover the best of French cinema with screenings of movies and documentaries at the Carrefour francophone. Two screenings will be held everyday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. all week.
Movie schedule:
  • Monday March 9 - Grand écart entre rêves et réalisations* (1 p.m.) and Gabrielle [2013] (5:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday March 10 - Parcours inspirants et être inspirés* (1 p.m.) and Il pleut des oiseaux [2019] (5:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday March 11 - Petits apprentissages pour entreprendre de grandes choses* (1 p.m.) and Kuessipan [2019] (5:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday March 12 - Quand la prise de conscience pousse à l’action* (1 p.m.) and Menteur [2019] (5:30 p.m.)
  • Friday March 13 - Le français s’exprime haut et fort (1 p.m.) and La femme de mon frère [2019] (5:30 p.m.)
* ONF (Office National du Film du Canada)
Two tickets for a free poutine will be handed out at every screening!
Carrefour francophone (UCU 026)
March 9 - 13
Everyday at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Wilfred Lebouthillier Show

Cancelled due to COVID-19

You won’t want to miss this incredible show by Wilfred Lebouthillier at Café Nostalgica!
Wilfred is an acadian singer and winner of Star Académie. His debut album won a Juno award for Francophone album of the year and he has multiple successful albums since.
Tickets are $10; get yours here (french show).
Café Nostalgica
March 19
8:00 p.m.
French-Canadian Genealogy Workshop

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Are you French-Canadian and curious about your ancestry? You won’t want to miss this insightful workshop.
Offered by the the “Société généalogique de l’Outaouais”, this workshop will guide you in researching your roots. To attend, please register by emailing
A random participant will be selected to win an Ancestry DNA test.
Carrefour francophone (UCU 026)
March 24
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Conferences on Francophonie

Cancelled due to COVID-19

If you’re interested in Francophonie from an academic standpoint, this conference is for you.
Six speakers from various departments will present their research on the topic of Francophonie. Light snacks will be provided after the presentations, at 12 p.m.
Email registration to
509 Hamelin
March 27
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meeting of the Carrefour Francophone Reading Club

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Are you an avid bookworm or simply trying to improve your French reading?

Join the Carrefour francophone’s monthly book club! You have all of March to read the selected book and then meet your peers on March 30th to discusss.

Email to sign up and for more details.

The book of the month, Le dernier des snoreaux by Abla Farhoud will be given out for free to the first 10 people to register. 

Carrefour francophone (UCU 026)

March 30

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Arnaud Soly Show

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Laugh the night away with Arnaud Soly!

The Quebecois comedian, as seen on Just for Laughs, will be performing one of his iconic stand up comedy shows at Café Nostalgica at 8 p.m. Known for his spontaneity, authenticity and creativity Arnaud is sure to draw a crowd.

Tickets are only $10, get yours now.

Café Nostalgica

March 31

8:00 p.m.

Carrefour Francophone’s Midi-Quiz

Cancelled due to COVID-19

General French culture quiz open to all with prizes to be won for the most knowledgeable participants. Come alone or in teams of two. The winning team will get 2 $25 gift cards to the Rideau Centre.

Carrefour francophone (UCU 026)

Every Wednesday at lunchtime

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Whole month: Short story contest

Participate in a French Short Story Contest!

The story must be less than 1 000 words but is not restricted to any particular theme.

A committee of judges will award three cash prizes for the best texts ($200, $100 and $50). Another prize will be awarded for the best short story written by a non-native French speaker ($100).

The story must be sent to before the deadline.

Deadline: March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Poutine Fest

Cancelled due to COVID-19

The Poutine Fest is back on campus and you don’t want to miss it. Enjoy the best street food in town all week long! Fun and music on the side!

100 free poutine coupons will be given to Gee-Gees pass holders every day; first come, first served, starting at noon. Have your Gee-Gees pass in your possession!

University Square

March 23 - 27

Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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