Playing Soon: Mononk Jules


Playing Soon: Mononk Jules

Claudia Lebeuf
Wednesday 28 February 2024

Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) is proud to present Mononk Jules, a one-man show from Illusions Fabuleuses productions playing from March 20 to 23, 2024 at the TfT studio located at 21 College Street, 6th floor. Performed by author, actor and puppeteer Jocelyn Sioui, this docu-theatre delves into the little-known story of Jules Sioui, an Indigenous hero as well as the artist's great-uncle, whose fight for self-determination left its mark on Canadian History.

An emblematic figure in the History of Canada's First Nations, Jules Sioui (1906-1990) was a pioneer in the fight for self-determination for Indigenous peoples. A member of the Wendat community, he left his mark on his era through his relentless campaigning against segregation and for the recognition of the rights of Indigenous communities. Founder of the Assembly of First Nations, Jules Sioui distinguished himself by his unwavering commitment to the fight for social justice, using civil disobedience as a means of pressure against assimilationist and discriminatory government policies.

His life was marked by several arrests as a result of his activism, but this never deterred him from continuing his fight. On several occasions, he even used hunger strikes to draw attention to the injustices suffered by indigenous peoples. His motto, "Believe or die", testifies to his unshakeable determination in this struggle.

Jules Sioui's career, while heroic, also has its tragic aspects, not least the posthumous neglect of his major contributions.

In Mononk Jules, Jocelyn Sioui seeks to remedy this injustice by rehabilitating the memory of his great-uncle and highlighting his legacy. Surrounded by screens, boxes, archives, models and puppets, the multi-talented artist delivers a masterful performance that sheds light on the life of a man who should never have been confined to the shadows of History.

TfT would like to thank TD Bank (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability Programming); its sponsors: VIA RAIL, Les Rendez-vous de la francophonie; The Government of Canada, The Government of Quebec; its show patron: Claudia Lebeuf; and its partner: Les Voyagements.

An illusions fabuleuses creation
A théâtre francias de toronto presentation
Writer, performer, puppeteer and director Jocelyn Sioui | Assistant director Ariane Roy| Set designer and puppet and prop maker Mélanie Baillairgé| Video designer Gaspard Philippe| Sound designer and composer Luzio Altobelli | Narrator and voice Éric Desjardins| Lighting designer Mathieu Marcil |Sound and lighting designer and technical director **Achille Martineau **| Video designer and co-technical director Joshua Patoine | Diffusion Théâtre aux Écuries
Show: March 20-23, 2024 in the TfT Studio (21 rue College, 6e floor)
Opening night Wednesday 20 March at 7.30pm. Performances Wednesday to Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 3.00pm. 
Running time: 120 minutes with no intermission.
Prices: Regular: $45 | Golden Age: $35 | Under 30 and Artists: $20 | Pay
what you can ($10, $15 or $20) on the day | Group rate for 8 or more: $20 per
Box office: 416.534.6604 or