The French River Cultural Industries Council Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated council that promotes the cultures and arts of the First Nations, Francophone, Anglophone, and Métis populations of the French River-Nipissing corridor.
The French River Cultural Industries Council Inc. is dedicated and mandated to bringing economic development to the area through the celebration and promotion of the region’s cultures and arts.
The Backstreet Gallery is one of many FRCIC projects. It opened in November 2010 with 300 people attending the inaugural vernissage. It continues to get rave reviews, not only for the beautiful artwork by local Francophone, First Nations, Métis, and Anglophone artists and artisans, but also for the renovation and reclamation of the former health centre. The interior redesign, accomplished over a mere eight days with over 500 man-hours, is a tribute to what a dedicated and cooperative council can achieve.
In 2012, the FRCIC hosted the first annual Land of the Voyageurs Rubber Boots Festival, a foot-stompin' fun maple syrup & music spring celebration. About 1,000 people enjoyed the music, crafts, food and cultures of the four area populations.
In pursuit of our goal of being an inclusive council dedicated and mandated to bringing economic development to the area through the celebration and promotion of the arts and culture of the First Nations, Métis, Francophone, and Anglophone populations of the region, we have formed excellent working relationships with the French River Visitor Centre First Nations and Aboriginal Advisory Committee, the French River Métis Tribe, the Regroupement Communautaire de la Rivière des Français, and River and Sky Music/Camping Festival, and others. We will continue to work hard to maintain and improve these relationships as well as develop new ones with other cultural groups.
This year's Rubber Boots Festival is gearing up to be a great one. From performers like Canadian country music duo Autumn Hill to Dustin Bentall and his rocking roots partners, The Smøkes, we can be certain that the evening's artists will keep us stompin'.
Have you not heard northern Ontario? We also have Stef Paquette, a Francophone Folk, Jazz, and Blues musician rostering the evening's festivities, and lucky enough for us will also be performing.
The festival is not solely an evening event, it is actually a full day event with activities, vendors, pub and grub, and all sorts of festivities for the whole family.