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Founded in 1950 under the name Centre des jeunes de Sudbury, Carrefour francophone is the oldest cultural centre in French Ontario.
For decades, Centre des jeunes was a wellspring of cultural and social activities in Sudbury, in particular for Francophone youth. It served as a hub for a wide array of cultural, educational, sporting and social activities that attracted large numbers of active members.
La Slague was established in 1964 by the Centre des jeunes de Sudbury. After many years of success, La Slague went dormant, and then reappeared for a time in the mid-1980s as a community-based volunteer organization. With La Slague’s renaissance in 2006 as part of the Carrefour francophone, a third generation of concert promotion activities was afoot.
We are currently developing a virtual exhibition to tell the story of Carrefour francophone and La Slague from the 1950s to today. Some parts of this long and storied history are not well known, so we would appreciate your help if you attended our past activities as a participant, spectator, journalist, artist, organizer or manager. No anecdotes are too short, no memories are too insignificant; every bit and piece can help. If you experienced Carrefour francophone or La Slague’s at any time from the 1950s to today, we would love to hear from you!
We are also looking for any physical traces left by Carrefour francophone or La Slague: photos, ticket stubs, event poster, invitations and correspondence. Please rummage through your old storage bins and see if you can help us reconstruct Carrefour’s collective memory!