Jim LeFrancois

Jim LeFrancois

  • Artist In Residence

Jim has enjoyed a storied career working with some of the country’s finest artists and essential arts organizations. Most notably, he held a decade long tenure at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (leaving the post of Artistic Producer on 2009) and as Producer for VideoCabaret, helping sixteen new works find their way to the stage. As creator, Jim’s credits include Buddies’ 2008 opener ArtHouse Cabaret (Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical, co-Devised w/David Oiye), Manitoba Music (premiered at the 2018 Rendezvous with Madness Festival) and his current projects On and Off Yonge Street and The South. 

In 2015 Jim sharpened his focus to work on projects which speak to the intersection of mental health and the arts. In collaboration with Workman, he founded the Bruised Years Choir — which stands out as rewarding work indeed. Jim directed Die Profundis: From The Depths for WA’s 30th Anniversary, and also premiered Manitoba Music (with collaborator Rob Joy) at their 2018 RVM Festival. 

He is the recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore Award (ArtHouse Cabaret, Outstanding New Musical), Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Harold Award and was the inaugural winner of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award which recognizes a ten plus year contribution to Toronto’s performing arts sector.