|ANNUAL FRENCH FOR THE FUTURE CONFERENCE SET FOR MONTREAL FORUM APRIL 23|
MONTREAL, APRIL 7, 2015 — The Cineplex Theatre at the Montreal Forum Entertainment Complex (2313 Ste. Catherine Street West) will be the site for the 2015 French for the Future Montreal Local Conference on Thursday, April 23 (9 a.m.). Aimed at promoting bilingualism amongst Canadian youth, the theme is Respect, Culture and Integration Into Québécois Society. Some 500 students from 13 Montreal high schools and four school boards will be present.
Participating schools are: Westmount High School, John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, Royal West Academy in Montreal West, Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North and Marymount Academy International in NDG from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB); Lakeside Academy in Lachine, John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire, Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds and St. Thomas High School and Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire and LaSalle Community Comprehensive from the Lester B. Pearson School Board; Howard S. Billings High School in Chateauguay from the New Frontiers School Board; and Chambly Academy from the Riverside School Board.
Charismatic Montreal producer, animator and break dancer, Pierre-Michel Jean-Louis, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Québécois rapper and street artist, MONK. E will inspire the youth with his story and powerful trilingual lyrics. This will be followed by some open microphone time for the participating students to rap in French! At 10:15 a.m. the students will learn of the incredible hockey history associated with the Forum, which served as the home of the Montreal Canadiens from 1926 to 1996. Mike Piperni, a graduate of the EMSB’s James Lyng High School and the executive producer for RDS (Réseau des Sports), will lead a discussion with Canadiens’ charismatic public address announcer Michel Lacroix. RDS has prepared a short video about the Forum. Lacroix will give students a chance to try their hand at announcing some Canadiens goals and penalties.
Angelike Falbo, a Secondary V student at the EMSB`s Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard, will perform Comme un appel (written by Vincent Valiere) at 11:15 a.m. She was a top four finalist in the popular TVA musical reality show La Voix, viewed by 2.5 million people and exemplies the bilingual talents of today`s youth.
The event will conclude with some exciting prizes presented by local sponsors HMV, The TAZ, Renaud Bray and Bureau en Gros, a longstanding 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