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Jim LeFrancois
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Jim LeFrancois

Jim LeFrancois is an award-winning artist and producer. He enjoyed a 10-year stint with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as Artistic Producer, and received a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Outstanding New Musical) for his work on Buddies’ ARTHOUSE CABARET. Jim is a trained pianist and singer. He is a proud Member of Workman Arts and is the company’s current Musician in Residence.

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