French Canadian NYC lives in Nouveau Cirque, some important classical music conductors, Lady Gaga and New York Latin Culture Magazine. Nowadays we just call ourselves Canadians, but Quebec is French Canadian which is Latin.
French Canadian New Yorkers
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is music director of the Metropolitan Opera. He was born in Montréal.
Bernard Labadie is music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s chamber orchestra. He was born in Quebec.
Keith Widyolar, the Editor of New York Latin Culture Magazine is part French Canadian.
French Canadian Culture
Nouveau cirque such as Cirque du Soleil is the region’s most famous cultural export. It completely changed our concept of the circus. The circus isn’t about animals any more. It’s about wild flights of fancy.
To an American, French have a rather quirky sense of humor. It’s much more subtle than American humor. You can see it in the art of mime. In a way, Cirque du Soleil put mime in the air.
Contemporary versions of the Broadway musical “Pippin” (1972) are often done in the style of nouveau cirque.
French Canadians consider themselves just Canadians now. It’s a rare example of how diverse peoples can come together as one. We can speak French and we can speak English. Tout va bien (It’s all good).
Montréal is the closest Latin city to New York. It’s a 90-minute flight. The lifestyle and dining are “super.” The Marché Central (Central Market) is pretty wonderful. If you’re hungry, you may never leave.