L’Alliance Française is the central hub for all French culture in Toronto. Present in five different locations of the GTA (Toronto, Mississauga, North York, Markham, Oakville), it holds film screenings, expositions, French classes, shows, conferences, and much more. L’Alliance Française organizes French immersion camps for children, with over fifty different kinds, including music, sculpture, theater, board games and robotic camps.
Situated at the Alliance Française, Librairie Mosaïque is currently the only Francophone bookstore. The Alliance Française started up this bookstore in partnership with Rainbow Caterpillar Bookshop, which specializes in international children’s books. French bookshops in Toronto have all closed down through the years, so now is the time to go shopping and support this local bookstore.
Librairie Mosaïque, 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 922 2014
The Théâtre Français de Toronto is the only French speaking theater company in Toronto. Aware that many people might want to see a show but fail to grasp the language entirely, this company offers English subtitles on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays so there are no more excuses to miss out on French comedies.
Le Théâtre français de Toronto, 21 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 534 6604
The Francophone International Film Festival, or Cinéfranco, also holds a Youth Festival, showing films for a younger audience, such as Les Héritiers (Once In a Lifetime), and Les Profs (Serial Teachers). While those are Cinéfranco’s main events, they also show Francophone movies throughout the whole year.
Cinéfranco, 1027 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 928 9794
Franco-Fête is a celebration of Francophone culture over a fortnight. Entirely free and open to all ages, this festival is composed of activities and concerts, most of which take place at Yonge-Dundas Square. With additional concerts and after-parties at diverse venues in the city, Franco-Fête aims to provide Toronto with a dose of French culture both on the stage, and off. Usually taking place during the summer, this festival is a must-see.
La Semaine de la Francophonie, has been going strong in Toronto since 2001. It is organized around the International Francophonie Day, which is celebrated worldwide on the 20th March. With a variety of events, there should be something for everyone. The program includes concerts, comedy open-mic nights, business meetings, wine and cheese tastings, and theater activities for children.