Toronto Francophone Week 2020
Quebecois comedian, originally from Senegal and storyteller Boucar Diouf will be presenting his show Magtogoek or the path that walks in Toronto on March 27th and 28th 2020. This will be the Toronto premier as he takes his show across Canada.
The inimitable Boucar Diouf expresses his devotion to the Saint Lawrence River, to which he dedicates the show. « My show is a declaration of love to the river, because it is what brought me here, » explains Boucar Diouf. The oceanographer, comedian and radio host cover the history of the river, which he describes as the « mother of Quebec ».
« Magtogoek or the path that walks » is the name the Algonquins gave to the Saint Lawrence River before Jacques Cartier’s arrival. It is also the path that guided Boucar Diouf to Rimouski in 1991. Today, weaving in his love of history and marine biology, he tells the story of this river with humour and poetry. This show is a historical journey through which flows humour and science.
Boucar Diouf was born in Senegal on 26 May 1965. He grew up in the province of Sine, home of the Serer people of Senegal. He is a biologist, oceanographer, comedian, storyteller, TV commentator, and radio host. He is also the spokesperson for the « Rendez-vous de la Francophonie ».
Boucar Diouf arrived in Quebec in 1991 and settled in Rimouski to pursue postgraduate studies. Today, he is a Canadian citizen, has a Master of Biology from Dakar University in Senegal, and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Quebec in Rimouski, which he received in 1999. He is also a member of the circle of excellence of the Network of the University of Quebec since 2007.
Boucar Diouf describes himself as a lover of the French language and communications. His passions include teaching and popularising science.
As well as academic publications, he is also an author, having written several books including the best-seller « Sous l’arbre à palabres, mon grand-père disait… »
Over the last 10 years, Boucar Diouf has presented three comedy shows in Quebec and French Canada:
« D’hiver Cités », which received two nominations for the Olivier Awards
« L’Africassée », which received two nominations for the Olivier Awards
« Pour une raison X ou Y », which also received two nominations for the Olivier Awards
« Magtogoek or the path that walks » is his fourth and actual show. This show is for everyone, regardless of their age, origin, or gender.