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.

Mois de la francophonie - 2019 Schedule

Hubert Lenoir in concert

The big winner of the 2018 ADISQ Quebec music gala, with four awards, Hubert Lenoir has been stirring things up since the release of his acclaimed album Darlène earlier this year. This debut, a “post-modern opera on a generation’s coming of age,” has made him the voice of a new era, liberated and multifaceted.  

Since first plundering his mother’s wardrobe, he’s projected a look and style that’s fluid, free and a shout-out to the fabulous in each of us. Darlène is a celebratory blend of pop, R&B, plastic soul, glam rock and jazz.

When: March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: University Centre Agora

Get your tickets now!



Campus Films

During Campus Films week, we’ll be presenting two films a day at the Carrefour francophone.

As well, we’ll be giving away coupons for free poutine during the Poutine Festival to the first five people who show up for each screening. 

Join us to enjoy some French-language cinema!

The projections are free, no registration is required.



Monday, March 11

1:30 p.m.: C.R.A.Z.Y.

7 :00 p.m.: La pirogue


Tuesday, March 12

1:30 p.m. : Pieds nus dans l'aube

7:00 p.m.: Demain tout commence


Wednesday, March 13

1:30 p.m.: Intouchables

5:00 p.m.: La Bolduc


Thursday, March 14

1:30 p.m.: Le nouveau testament

7:00 p.m.: 1991


Friday, March 15

1:30 p.m.: 1:54

7:00 p.m.: La disparition des lucioles



Comedy — Coco Belliveau (in French)

Affectionately nicknamed “Coco,” Carole Belliveau is a young comedian who tackles many topics in her shows, such as feminism and culture, with lots of laughs.

Date and time: March 28, at noon

Location: University Square (the Agora in the event of bad weather)

Free show, no registration required.


Comedy Performance – Sam Breton

In 2013, Sam Breton graduated from the École national d’humour, Quebec’s comedy school.

As a storyteller and comedian, his quirky personality brims with a charismatic energy that transports audiences.

Event date and time: March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Café Nostalgica

Get your tickets now, only $5.


Writing Contest

CANCELLED: Fastoche quiz show (in French)

Fastoche: Turn those smarts into cash!

Think your general knowledge is something special? Like to show off your brains? Think you can take on other students who feel the same? Then you should definitely take part in Fastoche.

This 30-minute, three part televised quiz show covering a wide variety of topics will let you prove once and for all that you’re not ready for any dunce cap. 

The show will be taped before a live audience in the University Centre Agora and broadcast on the Rogers French-language channel.

UP FOR GRABS: $200 for each member of the winning team!  $50 participation prizes will also be given out.

If you have any questions please contact



Writing contest

During the Mois de la francophonie, the Carrefour francophone presents a brand new contest for short story writing in the language of Molière. Impress the judges with your writing talent through your story of 500 to 750 words, on any topic, and take your chances on winning one of the prizes there for the taking!

There will be a special prize for French as a second language (FLS) students.

Got the write stuff?

1st prize: $300, 2nd prize: $200, 3rd prize: $100 and FLS fave: $100

To participate, send your new literary to Student Life ( before March 31, 2019.



Talk – La Bolduc (in French)

This talk on the renowned Québéçoise singer, entitled “Une première vedette de la chanson québécoise : Madame Bolduc, sa vie, ses chansons,” will be given by Johanne Melançon of Laurentian University.

It will mark both the Mois de la francophonie and International Women’s Day.

Those who want to dive deeper can watch the film La Bolduc that evening, as part of the Campus Film festival. Johanne Melançon will discuss the film.

Date and time: March 13, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: TBD


Morning talks (in French)

As part of the Mois de la francophonie, enjoy a morning filled with talks on various aspects of the francophonie in Canada and around the world.  Anyone can attend.

When: March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: MNH 509

Register by sending an email to Student Life (



Poutine Festival

The not-to-be-missed Poutine Festival is back on campus. All week long, enjoy the best food in town — served up with music and fun!


March 25 to 28: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 29: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: University Square

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