|TWO FRANCOPHONE MEMBERS OF THE MONTREAL ALOUETTES TO ADDRESS ANNUAL FRENCH FOR THE FUTURE CONFERENCE|
MONTREAL, APRIL 3, 2013 — The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie (405 Ste. Catherine Street East, corner of St. Denis) will be the site for the 2013 French for the Future Montreal Local Forum on Friday, April 12 (9 a.m.). Aimed at promoting bilingualism amongst Canadian youth, the theme is Respect, Culture and Integration Into Québécois Society. Approximately 500 students from 10 Montreal high schools and three school boards will be present.
Participating schools are: Westmount High School, Marymount Academy and Royal Vale from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB); Lakeside Academy, John Rennie High School, Beaconsfield High School, St. Thomas, Westwood Senior and Lindsay Place from the Lester B. Pearson School Board; and Howard S. Billings High School will attend from the New Frontiers School Board.
The program will include words of welcome from UQAM Professor Richard Bhouris. Charismatic Montreal producer and break dancer, Pierre-Michel Jean-Louis, will serve as master of ceremonies. Québécois rapper MC JUNE will share the stage with musician David Hodges who will perform his smash hit song “Notre Home,” aimed at bridging the gap between Quebec's two solitudes. This will be followed by some open microphone time for the participating students to rap in French! Keynote speakers, centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain and fullback Martin Bédard, from the Montreal Alouettes will no doubt dazzle the students at 10:30 am.
The event, sponsored by the Bank of Montreal, will conclude with some exciting prizes presented by Bureau en Gros, a longstanding local partner of the event.
The wide variety of programs allowing students to be immersed in the French language over the course of an entire day will undoubtedly allow them to feel proud of being bilingual, but it will strengthen their connection to the Québécois culture that surrounds them on a daily basis. For more details log on to www.french-future.org.
Michael J. Cohen