Finalists for the 34th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal revealed

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Montréal, January 9, 2019 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal is pleased to reveal the finalists for its 34th Grand Prix, which will be awarded on March 21, 2019. The finalists made exceptional contributions to the vitality of Montréal’s arts community in 2018.

The finalists are:

Black Theatre Workshop, for its efforts to promote inclusivity among various Black communities in Montréal, Québec, and Canada and for its outspoken acceptance of sexual, linguistic, and cultural identities. The first French-language reading of Angélique, a work involving artists of diverse origins and echoing the problems of systemic racism, is representative of this broad artistic vision that builds bridges between communities, in keeping with Montréal’s social and cultural reality. The many 2018 METAs earned by their production of The Mountaintop also reflects the arts community’s interest in the Black Theatre Workshop’s outstanding projects.

Cinéma Moderne, a small new neighbourhood cinema in Mile End creating new moviegoing experiences, for its diverse programming. The movie theatre offers a range of event-driven programming from documentaries to fiction to children’s films and has built fruitful community partnerships to host public discussions with local and foreign filmmakers – all of which appeal to creators, artisans, and citizens alike. A bold initiative co-founded by two passionate film lovers, Roxanne Sayegh and Alexandre Domingue.

Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), for the creation of two sections in its Voicecompetition: Aria (voice and orchestra) and Art Song (voice and piano). This new format has positioned the CMIM as one of the most important international springboards for young classical singers. The CMIM has been able to reinvent itself to both attract growing audiences and showcase new talent. The 2018 Voice edition was a record year for both entries and renown.

Espace de la diversité, for its exceptional activities at the Voix de la résistance – Refonder les histoires pavilion at the Salon du livre de Montréal. An anticolonial bibliography of nearly 500 works and no fewer than 70 authors from Québec, Canada, and the Francophonie. A grand gathering of writers, ideas, and imaginings that embodied struggle, hope, and resistance. Espace de la diversité conducted extensive community outreach well in advance of the event to attract numerous readers from diverse social and cultural backgrounds in Montréal, many of whom were discovering the Salon for the first time. A unique opportunity for the voices of diversity.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, for the exhibition Unstable Presence, featuring the media arts practices of an internationally renowned artist. Frequently shown in the world’s major cities, the work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer demonstrates the extent to which technology can be integrated into social, interactive, and sensorial experiences with audiences. The exhibition offered a unique conceptual perspective on the past 10 years of this important Canadian artist’s work.

MU, for its integration of murals in Montréal, in particular for the Tribute to Montreal’s Great Artists series, which this year honoured iconic figures such as the Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and the teacher and musician Daisy Peterson Sweeney. Transforming Montréal into an open-air museum, MU’s inclusive process brings visual art into Montréal neighbourhoods, where it can be experienced by citizens. An inspiring model of social inclusion.

RUBBERBAND, for Vraiment doucement, a production that put the dance company founded by choreographer Victor Quijada into the spotlight. A master of hybridization, mixing classical, modern, and urban dance styles, Quijada created the work for a large stage with 10 dancers and two musicians. Vraiment doucement appeals to and wins over a broad range of audiences. With this major production, Quijada’s company has established itself as a major player on Montréal’s dance scene.

ZH Festival, for its innovative multidisciplinary programming and its vital role as an incubator for Montréal’s emerging artists. Firmly rooted in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, the 10th edition of the ZH Festival was a major event on Montréal’s arts scene: 250 artists, many from diverse cultural, linguistic, and gender communities; 4,225 spectators; and 25 performing arts creations. The festival also partnered with the Festival Quatre Chemins in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to offer creative residencies. Through this sort of cross-pollination, the festival has become an important source of feedback for creators and created dynamic synergies for many creative processes.

Join us on March 21, 2019 to find out the grand prize winner
The winner will be revealed on March 21, 2019 at the 34th annual Grand Prix awards luncheon, to be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Each finalist will receive $5,000, donated by generous Montréal arts lovers, while the winning organization will receive a $30,000 prize and a work of art created by a Montréal artist. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will share their prize.

The Conseil thanks its partners Radio-Canada and the Caisse Desjardins de la culture. Director Alejandro Jiménez will produce video portraits of the finalists, which will be released during the month of March.

Tickets for the event are available at: www.artsmontreal.org/en/grandprix/

Le Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal
Every year since 1985, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal has recognized the excellence and outstanding contribution of a particular artistic organization. Les 7 doigts, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and Lemieux Pilon 4D Art are among the winners who have helped to build Montreal’s creative and innovative culture, which is celebrated at this event. The winner is unveiled at an annual luncheon attended every year by representatives of the cultural, business, and municipal sectors.

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