March 29 2018

Orchestre Métropolitain wins the 33rd Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal

Montréal, March 29, 2018 – The Orchestre Métropolitain has won the 33rd Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, along with the accompanying $30,000 prize. The inaugural Prix du jury, awarded by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, went to ATSA, Quand l’Art passe à l’Action. The annual awards luncheon, hosted by Matthieu Dugal at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, was attended by nearly 750 representatives from the arts, municipal, and business communities.

The jury recognized the Orchestre Métropolitain’s remarkable European tour, led by artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, which took the ensemble to many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls. The orchestra’s important educational work among young people and its extraordinary presence across the Island of Montréal were also recognized. The jury pointed out that the OM’s musicians are largely the product of Montréal and Quebec City music schools, indicative of the excellent musical training available in Québec. 


Michel Bissonette, vice-président principal de Radio-Canada,Christine Gosselin, Membre du comité exécutif Responsable de la culture, du patrimoine et du design à la Ville de Montréal, Jean R. Dupéré, président-directeur général de l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Nathalie Maillé, directrice générale du Conseil des arts de Montréal, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, président.

One of Quebec’s leading cultural ambassadors, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal was founded in 1981 on a daring gamble – to promote symphonic music by creating strong ties with audiences. Building on this special relationship, the ensemble has earned an enviable international reputation. Since his appointment as artistic director in 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has developed and maintained an exceptional rapport with the musicians that has undoubtedly contributed to the OM’s success, longevity, and growing renown. Through its concerts and recordings, the ensemble is committed to taking an innovative, creative, and uncompromising approach to bringing symphonic music to life. Every year, thanks to the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s touring program, the OM’s concerts echo far beyond the Quartier des spectacles and into some 10 boroughs and municipalities around Greater Montréal.

Inaugural Prix du jury from the Desjardins Caisse de la Culture awarded to ATSA, Quand l’Art passe à l’Action
New this year, the Prix du jury – awarded by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture – and its accompanying $15,000 prize went to ATSA, Quand l’Art passe à l’Action. The jury was truly impressed by this organization, which employed relational art to defend major causes locally, nationally, and internationally with the highly regarded world tour of Le Temps d’une soupe. The jury highlighted ATSA’s efforts to generate encounters between people and use their personal experiences to create art on a human scale that encourages involvement from various community stakeholders.

The chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, announced the winner alongside Valérie Plante, mayor of Montréal; Michel Bissonnette, executive vice-president for Radio-Canada, official partner of the Grand Prix; and Marie-Christine Cojocaru, general manager of the Desjardins Caisse de la Culture, principal partner of the Prix du jury.

Chaired by Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, the jury for the 33rd Grand Prix also included Sharon Azrieli, D. Mus and associate publisher of Montreal Home Magazine; Magda Fusaro, rector of Université du Québec à Montréal; Zab Maboungou, founder and artistic director of Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata; and artist Marc Séguin.

The jury considered the achievements of eight organizations, all of which received a grant of $5,000 provided by generous Montréal donors. The finalists and donors for the 33rd Grand Prix were: 100Lux with Bombardier; ATSA, Quand l’Art passe à l’Action with Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis; Éditions du remue-ménage with Tourisme Montréal; Phi Muse with TELUS; Productions Porte Parole and Champ gauche with La Coop Fédérée; the Orchestre Métropolitain with Power Corporation of Canada; SBC galerie d'art contemporain with Mr. Luc Plamondon; and Wapikoni mobile with Québecor.

A work of art for Cas Public, 2016 winner
Cas Public, last year’s winner, was presented with a work of art entitled Fragments of empathy by Montréal Indigenous artist Caroline Monnet. This year’s winner will receive a work of art created over the next year and presented at the 34th Grand Prix luncheon in 2019.

Radio-Canada, Official Partner
In conjunction with Radio-Canada, a loyal collaborator since 1994 and Official Partner since 2010, a video of the finalists is produced each year. This year’s video was directed by Alejandro Jiménez.

Desjardins Caisse de la culture
For nearly 25 years, the Desjardins Caisse de la Culture has helped artists, creators, and cultural organizations achieve their goals and worked toward developing the Montréal arts community. For the first time this year, the Caisse de la Culture has joined the Conseil des arts de Montréal as Principal Partner of the Grand Prix, by offering the Prix du jury.

The Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal
Every year since 1985, the Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal has recognized the excellence and vitality of a Montreal arts organization. Past winners include the Festival du nouveau cinéma, Cirque de Soleil, and Louise Lecavalier & Fou glorieux. Founded in 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal is proud to reinforce Montreal’s status as an international cultural capital.