Alliance française Toronto is co-presenting three movies during the TJFF

From May 4th to May 14th the Toronto Jewish film festival will take place. AFT is co-presenting three movies : Taam, or the taste of rue Rosiers, the mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob, once upon a time ... the mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob. 

Taam, or the taste of rue Rosiers is the story of the Parisian neighbourhood of Le Marais is universally famous for being the gay and Jewish village of Paris. Before becoming the headquarters of the gay community, this quarter, and especially the Rue des Rosiers, was always Europe’s most Jewish street. Despite rising anti-Semitism in France, it remains a peaceful and protected bubble where the gay and Orthodox communities co-exist. Interviewing members of the neighbourhood’s Jewish community, filmmaker Sophie Bramly captures the life of the street--its restaurants, shops, synagogues--which remains a safe haven for two oppressed communities. 

The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob is the story of a bigoted businessman is forced to pose as a Chasidic Rabbi after he reluctantly helps an Arab revolutionist.

Ground-breaking when it was made, and still uproariously funny, the comedy stars Louis de Funès, one of France’s most loved performers. Director Gerard Oury wrote the screenplay with his daughter Danièle Thompson, who later directed TJFF favourite, It Happened in St. Tropez (and is now working on a sequel called Rabbi Jacqueline). Always an audience favourite, the film is pure slapshtick, with dashes of romance and political humour. 


More info here 

Alliance française Toronto is co-presenting an event at the 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts

On Sunday, April 30th, from 2pm tp 4pm, Alliance française Toronto is proud to co-present the multi art event Journey to Belong as part of the 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. 

Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway". These bold and beautiful works are brought together for their common thread of migrant activism, their shared investigation of the power of art to empower, express, and create change, and their connection to our deep desire to belong.

Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway". These bold and beautiful works are brought together for their common thread of migrant activism, their shared investigation of the power of art to empower, express, and create change, and their connection to our deep desire to belong. 

The Sunflower Man by Monica Gutierrez captures the eponymous dance by Heryka Miranda, a dance artist and scholar-activist, and Juan Luis Mendoza de la Cruz, an emerging dancer and migrant farm worker from Mexico. The dance is inspired by Heryka’s experience befriending Luis. Together they explored the lifecycle of the sunflowers at a sunflower farm where Luis works in the Niagara region. Through the method of land dancing and creative expression, Luis found comfort and relief from feelings of isolation and homesickness, often experienced by migrant farmworkers due to the precarity of their employment. A sunflower that has stood strong with the strength of her ancestors is slowly fading in the fields. A woman senses its desire to connect to the man that comes from a foreign land to take care of her. 

My Journey on the “Pathway” by Kara Manso, aka Kristina Torres, is a visual exhibit of drawings and performance props inspired by the artist's work in migrant activism and her struggles as a caregiver in the so-called "Pathway to Permanent Residency". The artist refers to this program designed by the Canadian government for live-in caregivers as the "pathway to exploitation". The robot head masks used during the 2016 World Day for Decent Work demonstration point to the reality of migrant caregivers at work who are treated like robots without feelings or dignity. In showing her personal experiences and vulnerability through her art, the artist hopes the works will empower people and give voice to the voiceless.

Find all information here 

Tickets here 

Journey to Belong

Sunday April 30, 2 pm - 4 pm

Alliance Française Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd

Alliance française Toronto is co-presenting a documentary at the Hot Docs festival !

AFT is very pleased to co-present this year the documenatry Resurrecting Hassan for the 24th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Resurrecting Hassan

Carlo Guillermo Proto / Canada, Chile (100mins)

With passion, the three members of the Harting family make a living singing a cappella ballads in the Montreal metro. All three are blind and haunted by the tragic drowning death of the only seeing member of their family, Hassan. Enter Russian mystic and cult-like leader Grigori Petrovich Grabovoi, who promises to help his followers regenerate and resurrect the dead. For the Hartings, Hassan’s resurrection is their only hope for completing their family once more. With intimate access and unflinching observations, the film chronicles the Hartings’ attempts at dealing with their collective grief. What emerges is a highly unusual family portrait of three complex yet lovable characters. -Aisha Jamal


SUN, APR 30      2:45PM     Scotiabank Theatre 4
TUE, MAY 2        12:30PM   TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
FRI, MAY 5          3:30PM     Scotiabank Theatre 7 

4 tickets for the April 30th screening to win on our Facebook

Concert : Lucas Debargue and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra April 12th and 13th

On April 12th and 13th, Lucas Debargue will make his debuts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, leaded by Andrey Boreyko. 

He started piano pretty late. He is an autodiadact. He stopped piano for three years at 16 years old. At 20, he decided to abandon his literature studies to become a profesional musician. In 2014, he won the 9th Piano Adilia Alieva International contest in Gaillard. His repertoire is composed of russian composers and jazz music. In 2015, made an impression at the Thaïkovski contest of Moscou. 

You can hear some of his work here 

Buy your tickets here

Address :

Roy Thomson Hall

60 Simcoe St
Toronto, ON
M5J 2H5 


The Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF) is proud to welcome Kristin Ross to U of T later this month as its 2016-17 Distinguished Visiting Scholar.


Kristin Ross, Professor of Comparative Literature and French at New York University, is an internationally recognized scholar of modern French and Francophone literature, cultural studies, and social theory.  Her pioneering work on the the complex political and cultural relationships that bound metropolitan France to its overseas colonies, May 68, and the Paris Commune, and on the thought of Jacques Rancière have opened new avenues for critical inquiry and built interdisciplinary bridges between literature, history, social theory and cultural studies.  Her numerous publications include: The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune (1988), Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (1995) (winner of the Critic’s Choice Award and the Lawrence Wylie Award for French Cultural Studies); May 68 and its Afterlives (2002), and Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (2015).  Professor Ross has won numerous awards and fellowships including John Simon Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Humanities, and Institute for Advanced Studies fellowships.
During her stay, Professor Ross will deliver the followign lecture at the University of Toronto:“Writing the Commune:  The Lived and the Conceived”


Wednesday 22 March 2017
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place


Registration required – register here 


The francophone library La Mosaïque presents a lecture "Sugar : Truths and consequences"

Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30pm.


For decades, scientists have shown that regular sugar overconsumption seriously damages health, including the development of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. But these data have remained in the shadow of the general public. In recent years, however, new studies have been done and came up with the same conclusions. And the sugar industry now has a hard time passing these results in silence. The time for transparency has come. Through the history of sugar, Catherine Lefebvre invites us to become aware of the omnipresence of sugar in the food supply, but also of its environmental and human impact.


Catherine Lefebvre is a nutritionist, speaker and food and travel writer. She regularly collaborates with a number of media outlets, including a weekly nutrition segment on the French radio program, Y a pas deux matins pareils, on ICI Radio-Canada Première.

The Koerner Hall presents Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

March 31st attend an exceptional concert at the Koerner Hall. Performance by Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien. 

“The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.” (The Guardian)
She was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the Classical BRIT Young Performer of the Year Award, and was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists Scheme. She and pianist Cédric Tiberghien will perform sonatas by Bach, Brahms, and Schumann, as well as Six Melodies by John Cage.


Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017 
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 
John Cage: Six Melodies
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121

At 7:15pm there will be a pre-concert chat with Rick Phillips. Pre-concert chat is sponsored by Worldwide Quest. 

Koerner Hall : 273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Graduate students from Glendon need your help !

The graduate students of the School of Translation at Glendon College, York University, would like to request funding for the eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Translation Studies, to be held on March 18, 2017 at Glendon, York University, Toronto. The conference is entitled "Translation and the Border: Crossing, Conflict, and Creation".

Thanks to technological advancements, mass migration, and the process of globalization, the exchange of ideas and knowledge have increased within and across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Translators and interpreters cross over borders between cultures and deal with power imbalances as facilitators. The border and Translation Studies are crucial today because they are both related to the notions of contact and movement. Border is no longer an exclusively geographical notion, and Translation Studies is not anymore grounded in a solely text-bound approach. Consequently, the purpose of this event is to explore and exchange about ideas triggered by the concept of border through the lenses of Translation Studies.

This international multilingual (English, French, and Spanish) event will include an opening address by this year’s keynote speaker, Professor Cecilia Wadensjö from the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, a series of individual 20-minute presentations by graduate students from Canada and around the world, and a closing panel featuring professors specializing and professionals working in translation, interpretation and related fields. More information about the conference can be found at the website:

Based on the figures of last year’s graduate conference in Translation Studies we anticipate attendance numbers of about 100 people. We have circulated the Call for Papers in the English, French and Spanish languages as widely as possible, and have already received proposals from Canada and abroad. We expect submissions from graduate students not only in Translation Studies, but also from other disciplines intersecting with translation, such as cultural studies, film studies, comparative literature, linguistics, international relations, area studies, social studies, etc.

The translation programs at Glendon College consistently produce a cadre of dedicated and highly skilled interpreters and translators who make a significant contribution to the business world. Your continued support of Glendon’s translation conferences has contributed greatly to its success. Should you decide to contribute to our conference once again, you will be supporting academic excellence and innovation in graduate education and research in Translation Studies with direct impact on the corporate sector, both local and global.

We gladly welcome all contributions. In appreciation for your support, we will thank you during the opening remarks and during the reception, and we will include your name on the conference poster as well as in the program. 

We look forward to hearing from you about your potential sponsorship. If you have any questions or concerns about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Trillium's 30th literacy award anniversary

Join us to celebrate the upcoming 30th Anniversary 
of the Trillium Book Award

Author Reading by Previous Winners 
Monday, March 27, 2017
Doors open 6:30 p.m.; Readings begin at 7:00 p.m.

Spadina Theatre, Alliance Française de Toronto
24 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2S7

For more information on participating authors and
other readings taking place, visit


*Lectures in french