Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

RVFlogo Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is an annual celebration of Canada's membership in the Francophonie and promotes the French language and its numerous cultural expressions. It runs March 3-23 in 2016, in communities across Canada. Check out the project website at

La Francophonie is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language and/or where a significant proportion of the population are Francophones and/or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. Canada is one of its 57 member states. A full list of all members and observers can be found here. The newly-appointed head of the organization is former Canadian Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

To help celebrate Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, in 2015 nine NCRA member stations from across Canada produced 17 daily two-minute audio capsules that document local Francophone culture, highlight Rendez-vous de la Francophonie events, and the importance of bilingualism. In 2016, 29 NCRA member stations participate in producing 30 minutes between the 11th of January to the end of March. 

To expand on the previous two years of success,  our goal for the RVF 2016-2017 is to have up to 50 member stations across Canada to participate to produce 28 minutes of audio shows and broadcast weekly documentaries of other participants and their own during 52 weeks from October 2016 to October 2017. Our celebration of la Francophonie in 2017 will include also the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Canada Day.

This project is funded by La Fondation canadienne pour le dialogue des cultures and Canadian Heritage in partnership with the NCRA through the Community Radio Fund of Canada









NCRA Member Station PSA and Intro/Extro for 2017 (Left Click to download Zip)

NCRA Member Station PSA (Runs Jan11-March22) (Right Click Save as to Download, Left Click to Play)

1. CFFF-FM Trent Radio in Peterborough, ON:
Produced by: Mounira Benallou
A light-hearted and touching story of a New Canadian from Paris, France, who moved to Peterborough, Ontario. A wife, mother and professional, Mounira tells us about her first impressions of Peterborough, and shares some experiences from the first 3 years of her International Adventure. [In French]

2. CFMH-FM Local FM in Saint John, NB:
Produced by: Abigail Smith
‘Work, Smile, Laugh’ is a meditation on the uniqueness of Francophone life in the largely English city of Saint John, New Brunswick.  A city with a tiny 5% French population is home to an inspiring French school and community centre, offering services and connectivity to the city’s French community. [English]

3. CFRU-FM Radio Gryphon in Guelph, ON:
Produced by: Sandra Doucette
This show is about French culture in the community of Guelph and surrounding area as well as French events in the community, and schools. [English]

4. CFUR-FM in Prince George, BC:

Produced by: David Powe
This program is composed of 4 interviews grabbing the perspective of a francophone community leader, a french immersion music teacher and two UNBC students who have taken french immersion and have benefited from it in different ways. We are asking about what they love and appreciate it about the language and why they celebrate it. [English]

5. CFUV-FM in Victoria, BC:

Produced by: Kluane Buser-Rivet & CILS FM 
A radio documentary portrait of the cultural diversity of the Francophone community in Victoria, BC.  [English]

6. CHES-FM Erin Community Radio in Erin, ON:

Produced by: Phil Taylor 
An exploration of French immersion teaching/learning in the public schools of Erin Ontario.  [English]

7. CHSR-FM in Fredericton, NB:

Produced by: Jean-Étienne Sheehy
Chantal Richard speaks about the first Acadian colonies in North America.  [English]

Jean-Étienne Sheehy talks about his radio show Pardon My French.  [English]

Ronald LaBelle talks about Candlemas Day, and Acadian tradition. (Part 1). [English]

Ronald LaBelle talks about Candlemas Day, and Acadian tradition (Part 2).  [English]

Shiela Andrew talks about the history of the Acadian flag.  [English]

Trevor Murphy talks about his independent record label, Acadian Embassy.  [English]

8. CHUO-FM Ottawa University in Ottawa, ON:

Produced by: André St-Jacques 
We shine a light on the diversity of Ottawa/Gatineau’s francophone community through 4 interviews with CHUO hosts.  [French]

9. CILU-FM Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON:
Produced by: Miguel Lachance
The show tells the observations of the facilitator about the Francophonie in Northwestern Ontario. The second part is a montage of the best moments of an evening of slam by the Club Canadien Français de Thunder Bay.  [French]

10. CiTR-FM in Vancouver, BC:
Produced by: Tristan Koster
A brief documentary about Quebec sovereignty and the Francophone political identity inCanada.  [English]

11. CJAI-FM Amherst Island Radio in Amherst Island, ON:
Produced by: Eric Tremblay
This 28-minute special showcases 4 children in the community attending French-language school.  We discuss how it works at school and how knowing both of Canada’s Official Languages impacts their lives.  [English]

12. CJAM-FM University of Windsor Radio in Windsor, ON:
Produced by: Christien Gagnier
The show is an overview of the history of francophone culture in the Windsor area from 1640 to the present with a focus on the history of the Gagnier family in Quebec and here in the Windsor/Essex County area.  [English]

13. CJLY-FM  Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, BC:
Produced by: Catherine Fisher
This documentary highlights the work that our local Francophone association, Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest (AFKO) does to promote and celebrate French language and culture in our region.  [English]

14. CJSF-FM Simon Frasier Univeristy in Burnaby, BC:
Produced by: Ingrid Rondel & Nathalie Lopez
Capsules containing information, interviews, and music from different Western Canadian Francophone artists.  [English]

Daniel Roa - Western Canada Francophone Musician.  [English]

15. CJSR-FM in Edmonton, AB:
Produced by: Lisa Pruden
Les Raconteurs explores Francophone story telling in Edmonton and area.  [English]

16. CKAR-FM Hunters Bay Radio in Muskoka, ON:
Produced by: John Sailors
A 28 Minute audio documentary about the importance of the french language and the misconceptions of the different dialects in our country and internationally.  [English]

17. CKUT-FM-1 in Montreal, PQ:
Produced by: Eve & Pandore - Florence B. Lepage, Audrey Gosselin Pellerin, Eve Tagny et Alia Chakridi
Dans cette édition spéciale d’Ève & Pandore, on vous propose un regard féministe sur la communauté du vélo à Montréal à travers nos entretiens avec des cyclistes femmes, queer et féministes, et on discute avec des femmes afrodescendantes de leur relation conflictuelle avec leurs cheveux crépus ou frisés.  [French]

18. CKUT-FM-2 in Montreal, PQ:
Produced by: Donovan Thorimbert
This show is all about French Canadian Music. It profiles different cultures of music and how those cultures came to be. [English]

19. CKXU-FM in Lethbridge, AB:
Produced by: Rob Csernyik
Magazine style spoken word show featuring conversations with three Franco-Albertan community-builders discussing questions of community and identity in Lethbridge, Alberta.  [English]

20. Fusion Radio at University of Toronto Scarborough, in Scarborough, ON:
Produced by: Varsha Ramdihol
This show explores the different ways in which speaking French influences one’s experiences on the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto. [English]

21. CJRU at Ryerson University, in Toronto, ON:
Produced by: Vjosa Isai
From Little Italy to Koreatown, Toronto has a number of cultural districts and experiences on its streets; but will there ever be a future for a French quarter? CJRU The Scope at Ryerson finds out, and explores the lack of French language bookstores in the city. [English]

. CKUW, in Winnipeg, MB: 
Produced by: Barney Morin
We explore what it means to be Franco-Manitoban with your guide Barney Morin. [English]

All Files for 2016: (Right Click Save as to Download)

Stations also airing the show between January 11 and March 31:

  • CKVS - Voice of the Shuswap (Salmon Arm, BC)



CFFF-FM Trent Radio in Peterborough, ON:

Produced by Phillip Abbot and Cassia Abbot-LaDuke

CFMH-FM Local FM in Saint John, NB:

CFRO-FM, CJSF-FM and CiTR-FM in Vancouver-wide collaboration:

CFRC-FM in Kingston, ON

CJAM-FM in Windsor, ON

Produced by Christien Gagnier

CJLY-FM Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, BC 

CKVS-FM in Salmon Arm, BC