2017 2018 cultural season

This past year, more than 20,000 people attended our events. The alliance team hopes that the 17.18 season will be an even greater success!

A rich, eclectic and diverse season

A new year of cultural activities is unfol­ding at the Spadina Theatre and the Pierre Léon Gallery. With more than 120 events: 35 talks, 8 exhibitions, 35 scree­nings, 25 concerts, 3 theatre plays and dance performances and 9 kid’s events. Alliance always brings you closer to new artistic discoveries.

A gateway to the francophone communities of the world

Naturally, the francophonie will be the common denominator of all our events. As the months progress, you will discover more than 200 artists from many coun­tries across there world where French is a primary language of communication and culture: Canada (Ontario, Québec, Manitoba and New Brunswick), , Europe (France, Switzerland, Belgium), Africa (Mali, Senegal, Burundi, Congo) and the Caribbean.

New features, these surprises await you in 17.18

A brand new program dedicated to the opera! Four screenings of Italian opera from the Festival Verdi in Parma will be shown in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Classical music will also be in the spotlight with three exceptional baroque concerts. The series features Jacques Moderne ensemble, led by Joël Suhubiette, inter­nationally renowned choir director; Stradivaria, Nantes Baroque ensemble, directed by violinist Daniel Cuiller (former first violin for Arts Florissants) and lastly Jean Rondeau, French harpsichordist and 2015 Victoire de la musique winner, who will be back in Toronto to our delight.

Another new feature: emphasis placed on the arts and history during our Wednesday night talks. We will be joined by Georges Vigarello, French specialist in cultural history, and Canadian art critic and curator Chantal Pontbriand.

Our On Stage program will be enriched by two contemporary theatre plays: one dedicated to the relationship between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger, which is presented at the Festival d’Avi­gnon 2017. The other play dedicated to the Woman features Nathalie Nadon and Lina Blair, two talented Canadian actors.

Finally, dance will be highlighted in a magnificent and family-friendly perfor­mance from the Bouchardanse Company.

Points of pride

The season will celebrate the anniversa­ries tied to great artists in 2017 and 2018. We will mark the 100th anniversary of the loss of Claude Debussy with Olivier De Spiegeleir, an internationally renowned Belgian pianist. For International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, Canadian intellec­tual Maïr Verthuy, founder of Montréal’s Simon de Beauvoir Institute, will speak to us about the famed publication “The Second Sex”, which remains as relevant as ever.

As always, we will collaborate with Toronto International Film Fesitval in Septembre 2017, we will observe Holocaust Education Week in November 2017, we will mark Black History Month in February 2018, and we will work with CONTACT Photography Festival and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 2018.

An echoing program

Thanks to numerous cultural institutions, we can offer you original custom pro­gramming. In that respect, working with the Théâtre français de Toronto, we will host a cinematic series tied to the sea­son at TfT. Likewise, several evenings and talks will be organized in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. These events will highlight some of their upco­ming performances. These concurrent events will not only invite you to our own theatre, but to discover partnering cultu­ral institutions.

A five-themed season: scandal, the body, engagement, 1917 and confluences

As in previous years, Alliance is offering you 5 exciting themes that tie together our events. Conceived as common threads, they will invite you to go from a scree­ning to a talk, or even an exhibition to a concert.