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Montrealers have almost certainly heard of the Grande tournée, brainchild of Cirque Éloize. This innovative, festive project celebrating Montreal’s boroughs is free and aimed at all ages. For 19 weekends, the Grande Tournée brings Montreal’s parks and alleyways alive with circus performers, ­magicians and local artists. Jean-Philippe LaCouture, event director and producer for Cirque Éloize and Maxim Bonin of Les Chats de Ruelle (“alley cats”) tell us how it all came together. “The commission in charge of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations has a mandate to highlight Montreal talent, and they suggested a project that wasn’t the one we submitted, but…

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For Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, Ottawa’s 8th annual Music and Beyond Festival boasts a star-studded slate ­including Sarah Chang, Measha Brueggergosman, and Garrick Ohlsson, among other local and international favourites. From July 4 to 17, festivalgoers will enjoy a truly multi-disciplinary menu of classical music with artistic collaborations that include dance, visual art, poetry, comedy – even yoga for those who are feeling more adventurous. Of the 75 concerts and events scheduled, one of the most anticipated guests is surely the Kronos Quartet, who will perform at Dominion-Chalmers United Church on July 5. For over forty years, the string quartet has…

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“We’re able to take many more risks.” To foster artistic experimentation, begin recognizing Indigenous culture, support emerging talent, treat artists less prescriptively – these are some of the new guidelines for the Canada Council for the Arts as it emerges from years of austerity and undergoes a “historical moment,” in the words of director Simon Brault. Taking stock halfway through his mandate at the head of the CCA, which he has directed since June 2014, Brault highlights the following achievements: adopting of a new funding model, an Indigenous arts funding program, and the “CCA’s big comeback on the international scene,…

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On October 29, 1967, at the closing ceremony of Montreal’s World Fair, a.k.a. Expo 67, Commissioner General Pierre Dupuy concluded his speech with these telling words: “My report is this: mission completed!” A half-century later, this assessment still stands: the event fulfilled its mission to celebrate mankind in its diversity. For 184 days, Montrealers, Quebecers, Canadians, Americans, and tourists from distant lands could visit the world in one train ride, the Expo Express, that linked one peninsula (Cité du Havre) to two islands (Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame). During one magical season, a little over 50 million visitors set foot on its…

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When Barbara Smith and Blanche Israël greeted me at the NYO’s downtown Toronto office, they had a weary-yet-determined air – familiar to any arts administrator labouring over a cherished project. “We’re getting down to the wire,” they explained, citing less than a month until the National Youth Orchestra begins its 2017 season and welcomes 92 talented young ­musicians, chosen from over 500 applicants, into its training program. I commented that it’s an exciting time. “Well okay, if you say so!” they chuckled dryly before admitting that it is indeed an exciting time. The orchestra will soon embark on the Edges…

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Gatineau, QC, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ – In this momentous Canada 150 year, the Government of Canada is proud to support Canadian Multiculturalism Day celebrations taking place in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto on June 27. These lively festivities are part of Celebrate Canada days 2017. The Government of Canada provided Les FrancoFolies de Montréal with funding of $400,000 to organize activities for Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Financial support of $230,000 was granted to Harbourfront Centre for the celebrations in Toronto. Finally, $200,000 was awarded to the Canada Place Corporation for Multiculturalism Day in Vancouver. The funding provided to these three organizations for Canadian Multiculturalism Day comes from Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Fund. On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 of each year as Canadian…

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The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to announce the 201 projects funded through their New Chapter program. The artists and arts organizations creating them are already hard at work. From Sackville, to Rimouski, to Hearst, to Rolla, to Yellowknife, to Berlin, Singapore and New York, stay tuned to see their exceptional work – and artistic ambitions – come to life! Here are a few examples … Ottawa Symphony Orchestra– a commission using 3D-printed instruments (Ottawa) Regent Park Film Festival– a film project based on home movies by families in Regent Park (Toronto) Akpik Theatre– an adaptation of Macbeth with…

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The concert “Bonne Fête Montréal” was held at Centre Bell last night in celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. Guy A. Lepage hosted the event organized by Juste pour rire and theatre director Serge Denoncourt. The audience of 11,617 was treated to a diverse mix of music and comedy. The Orchestre Métropolitain and its dynamic conductor Yannick Nézet-Seguin accompanied the featured performers and kicked the evening off with an excerpt from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin. Local star Boogat then took the stage with his eclectic mix of hip-hop and Latin music. Laurent Paquin, Louis-José Houde and Gad Elmaleh headlined the comedians to…

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Montréal, May 17, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – On Montréal’s 375th anniversary, the Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, presented the prestigious Ordre de Montréal medal to 17 deserving personalities as part of a solemn ceremony, which was held this afternoon at Montréal city hall in the presence of Bernard Voyer, co-president of the Ordre de Montréal council. “As the Mayor and a citizen of Montréal, I am pleased to be part of the first official presentation of the Ordre de Montréal. Today, we are honouring members of our community who dedicate themselves for the common good and our city’s social and economic development. These personalities have made their mark in various…

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A major initiative by The Royal Conservatory of Music, which celebrates the cultural diversity and pluralism of our great country as it turns 150, is the formation of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra. This project, conceived by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, is led by Artistic Director David Buchbinder, the Juno Award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and cultural inventor. More than 100 Canadians hailing from 47 countries applied to be in the orchestra, out of which 12 members have been chosen after three rounds of auditions. The artists of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra have been in…

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