Founded in April 1963 as a “boîte à chanson” by the Centre des jeunes de Sudbury and named by none other than legendary poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault, La Slague hosted artists such as Félix Leclerc and Jean-Pierre Ferland and witnessed the birth of great careers such as those of CANO and Robert Paquette in the 1970s. Given second life in 2006 by a committee of volunteers from the Carrefour francophone, La Slague offers eclectic programming that appeals to teenagers and adults looking for new discoveries, as well as those looking for more traditional entertainment.
La Slague is blowing 60 candles this year! Stay tuned to find out what we have in store for our 60th anniversary.
Photo : Isak Vaillancourt
La Slague is committed to supporting emerging Franco-Ontarian artists, and doesn’t shy away from sponsoring new projects.
Today, la Slague is in its 17th season of programming, titled “Out of the Beaten Path”.
All this would not be possible without our partners! Thank you to :
ICI Northern Ontario and Club Richelieu of Sudbury
La Slague in a Nutshell
- Over 200 shows since its relaunch
- 17 seasons
- 2 to 3 festivals per year
- 14 to 20 shows per year
- 4 music series
Photo : Isak Vaillancourt
Awards and Distinctions
- 2017 – Trille Or Bâtisseur Finalist from the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) : recognizes the contribution of la Slague to the francophone song and music industry
- 2018 – Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury Excellence in Health Equity Award : recognizes the contribution of the Carrefour francophone’s children’s services to early childhood health equity.
- 2019 – Réseau Ontario’s Vision-Innovation Award
- 2020 – Vision-Innovation Award for overall cultural and artistic programming at the 39th edition of Contact Ontarois
- 2021 – Réseau Ontario’s Vision-Innovation Award, in partnership with the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario for “Le Shack à patates”
- 2022 – Finalist at the Bell Business Awards in the “Best Place to Work” category
Behind the Name : La Slague
Slag is the waste product of the metal mining process. It’s only natural that so much of it is found in Sudbury, the nickel capital. The efficiency of modern metallurgical techniques has made it a rarer commodity today, but in the 1980s and 1990s, families and friends would pack a picnic and come from near and far to witness the lava-like slag being dumped.
Slag is the red rock that lights up the night, the blood that boils in Sudbury’s veins, an emblematic element in the eyes of many.
So is La Slague, in many ways.
It’s Les Trois Accords at the Farmers’ Market.
It’s Les Cowboys Fringants at Collège Boréal.
It’s Les Vulgaires Machins at the old Incinerator.
It’s Lisa Leblanc at Little Montreal, Pierre Lapointe at Fraser Auditorium, Yann Perreau at the Grand, the Hay Babies and Les Soeurs Boulay at the Moose Lodge, Stef Paquette with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra at Place des Arts.
It’s La Nuit Émergente, where new artists await you at every turn.
It’s a warm welcome, legendary green rooms, memorable encounters.
It’s nights where you know you were at the right place at the right time.
La Slague offers something for everyone. You like big stars, the ones that grace your TV screens? La Slague has that. Prefer emerging, undiscovered, singular artists? La Slague has that too. Like to laugh till it hurts with well-known and up-and-coming comedians? So does La Slague. No matter what you come to see, you’ll walk away with a head full of memories and a new appreciation for francophone arts and artists.
Le French Fest
The French Fest is a big celebration of the Canadian “francophonie” in all its forms, without pretension, but with a lot of fun! It’s an invitation to celebrate in your own way, with open arms, a sea of white and green!
La Nuit émergente
A dozen artists playing musical hide-and-seek all over the building. At every turn, you just might find the next big thing, or your new favourite band. A free-form festival where you choose your own adventure, and where there are no bad choices. Wherever you end up is exactly where you’re meant to be. La Nuit Émergente has been creating memorable musical encounters in unconventional spaces for nearly 10 years now. With Place des Arts as its new playground, who knows what awaits unsuspecting music lovers this year?
Photo : Le Petit Russe
After holding shows in countless spaces throughout Sudbury and surrounding areas…
After dreaming of its own artistic creation and presentation centre for over fifty years…
After years of imagining, calculating, negotiating, meeting, toiling and starting over…
La Slague is now at Place des Arts de Sudbury!
Our offices are now at 27 rue Larch.
Place des Arts is a cultural gathering place for Francophones and for the entire community.
Place des Arts is a project of the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS). Founded in 2007, the ROCS is a coalition of francophone professional arts, culture and heritage organizations in Greater Sudbury.
Photo : Le Petit Russe
La Grande Salle
A 299-seat performance hall with specialized equipment and related production spaces (stage management, dressing rooms, technical storage, loading dock). This space can host a wide variety of events and audiences: music concerts, theatre, dance and comedy shows, literary evenings, conferences and more.
Le Studio Desjardins
Both a rehearsal room and a performance space, this versatile space can accommodate many types of events and disciplines, from cabaret shows to conferences to contemporary art installations. The Studio Desjardins can quickly be transformed to accommodate specific arrangements for each performance.
The Big List of Shows
After a few weeks of research in the archives of the Carrefour francophone, the TNO, the GNO, and in the back issues of Le Voyageur, we were able to compile this big list of Slague shows through the years. This list is far from complete. We need the community’s help to revise and complete it, so please take a look and drop us a line. Which shows did you attend?
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Vincent Vallières + Dayv PoulinOctober 28, 2022 at 8:00pm
Stef Paquette Symphonique at the French FestSeptember 25, 2022 at 7:00pm
Danse Lhasa Danse at the French FestSeptember 24, 2022 at 8:00pm
Family DaySeptember 24, 2022 at 10:00am
Yao + Malika Tirolien at the French FestSeptember 23, 2022 at 7:00pm
Launch of the 2022-2023 seasonJuly 28, 2022 at 6:00pm
The Subscription “La Totale” Makes a Big Comeback!July 19, 2022 at 6:00pm
CAGE with Dan BédardJune 11, 2022 at 8:00pm
After Party of the 8th Nuit émergenteMay 21, 2022 at 11:00pm
The 8th Nuit émergenteMay 21, 2022 at 6:30pm
Nikamu Mamuitun / Les Chansons rassembleusesMay 20, 2022 at 8:00pm
A get-together at the Place des Arts’s Bistro – The 8th Nuit émergenteMay 19, 2022 at 5:00pm
Slagado Workshop and Pop-Up ! – The 8th Nuit émergenteMay 18, 2022 at 6:30pm
La boîte à chansons with Natalie ChoquetteMay 8, 2022 at 2:00pm
Diane TellApril 24, 2022 at 7:30pm
P’tit BelliveauMarch 25, 2022 at 7:00pm
Mauvaise baleine – CANCELLEDMarch 24, 2022 at 7:30pm
La veillée des éveillés – Big Franco-Ontarian Comedy Night – CANCELLEDMarch 5, 2022 at 8:00pm
Garage sale for La Place des ArtsFebruary 12, 2022 at 10:00am
Under The Same Roof : The French Fest 2022Published on 2 September, 2022 by crodriguezbeaudoin
La Slague invites you to four nights of shows, all under the same roof, to celebrate the Canadian francophonie in all its forms! True to its winning formula, the French Fest will welcome a diverse li...View Blog Post
La Slague Launches its 2022-2023 Season : Off the Beaten PathPublished on 28 July, 2022 by crodriguezbeaudoin
La Slague du Carrefour francophone is proud to present its 17th season of concerts, and to invite you to venture off the beaten path. Trust us. We know a place. Never been? Even better. You may not kn...View Blog Post
La Totale Subscription: The Blind Sale is Launched!Published on 15 July, 2022 by asaba
The blind subscription is launched! So, what does that mean exactly? A blind subscription is a leap of faith towards La Slague. Blind subscription means subscribing for the season, without knowing abo...View Blog Post
La Slague unveils an exciting line-up of concerts and events for the 2022 edition of LA NUIT ÉMERGENTEPublished on 13 May, 2022 by asaba
Greater Sudbury – La Slague is especially proud to unveil the programming for the 2022 edition of La Nuit émergente, Sudbury’s festival event like no other for contemporary music. The pande...View Blog Post
Summer camps 2022 are open for registration!Published on 26 April, 2022 by asaba
Kids get to choose from a daily menu of activities! Outdoor rallies and team games! Engaging arts activities! Adventures in nature! A new formula for more freedom! The summer of ’22 will memorab...View Blog Post