2014-2015: A year long commemoration of the two largest armed conflicts that mankind has ever experienced. 18 and 60 million lives were lost, respectively, with more than 60 countries involved during WWII. The duty to remember such worldwide tragedies is self-evident. Concerts, films, lectures and theatre will help us to identify the numerous consequences the two world wars had on the victims, soldiers and civilians, but also on the artists.

The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Régiment
Cinema

The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Régiment

October 27
3:00 pm
Canada’s Royal 22e Régiment celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. In 1914, amidst the turmoil of World War I, the Canadian government authorized the formation of the only French-speaking battalion to fight in the Great War. The regiment is lauded for its distinguished efforts not only in Europe and Korea, but also in the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. Claude Guilmain’s documentary The Van Doos: 100 Years with the Royal 22e Régiment integrates personal stories, letters, and archival images, bringing a little-known page of our history books to life in a vibrant elegy to those no longer with us.
« Apocalypse »
Lecture

« Apocalypse »

October 30
3:00 pm
From the soldiers in the trenches to the civilians and rulers behind the lines, a look back on one of the most devastating conflicts of all time.
History: witnesses and gray areas
Lecture

History: witnesses and gray areas

November 4
2:00 pm
Two themes will be discussed during this round-table: first, the unfamiliar aspect of history that was the Jewish emigration to Madagascar; then Annette Wieviorka will explain the role of witnesses in the writing of history.
The Soldiers’ Letters
Lecture

The Soldiers’ Letters

November 11
2:00 pm
After the reading of soldiers’ harrowing letters by the students of the Lycée Français de Toronto accompanied by Emilyn Stan's improvisations, a professional musician, we will screen Claude Guilmain’s documentary, Front lines.
The cinema and the Great War
Lecture

The cinema and the Great War

December 11
2:00 pm
Antoine de Baecque, historian and French film critic (collaborator of Cahiers du Cinéma), will talk about the WWI through cinema.
Literary perspectives of the Great War
Lecture

Literary perspectives of the Great War

January 14
2:00 pm
Belgian specialist in irony and fictions in times of conflict Pierre Schoentjes will evoke World War I through French and international novels written about the conflict.
The Soldier’s Tale - Igor Stravinsky - CANCELLED AND POSTPONED
Concert - Classical music

The Soldier’s Tale - Igor Stravinsky - CANCELLED AND POSTPONED

March 22
11:00 am
SPECIAL POSTPONEMENT: We will announce a new date soon. Stay tuned! Artists: Jacques Israelievitch (violin), Uri Mayer (conductor), actors and musicians. Written in 1917, inspired by a popular Russian tale, this piece of work takes us alongside Joseph, innocent and vulnerable soldier sent to his destiny… As part of the Semaine de la Francophonie.
Writers and artists during the Great War
Lecture

Writers and artists during the Great War

April 1
3:00 pm
Annette Becker, French historian, analyses the trauma caused by the first worldwide conflict on artists and their work.
La nuit la plus courte - CANCELLED AND POSTPONED
Theatre

La nuit la plus courte - CANCELLED AND POSTPONED

April 10
4:00 pm
EVENT CANCELLED - POSTPONED: We will announce a new date soon. Stay tuned! Guy Mignault, from the Théâtre français de Toronto, and a few actors will stage Pierre Léon and Monique Maury-Léon’s piece about the very first hours of D-Day.
Classical concert - Special French Repertoire
Classical music

Classical concert - Special French Repertoire

May 8
4:00 pm
Artists: Jacques Israelievitch (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano),