February 4 2019

The Société d'art vocal de Montréal and the Centre des musiciens du monde: winners of the Prix Opus for concert of the year – Montreal and the Prix Opus for inclusion and diversity – Montreal, respectively

Montreal, February 4, 2019 – For more than 20 years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has proudly collaborated with the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) to present the Prix Opus. For this 22nd edition of the awards, the Conseil is offering two $3,000 cash prizes, including the first ever Prix Opus for inclusion and diversity–Montreal, intended to reflect the many different realities and practices of the city’s musical scene.

Concert of the year– Montreal awarded to the Société d'art vocal de Montréal

The recital 20e saison / Hors-Série : Beethoven, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Tchaïkovski featuring baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Michael McMahon of the Société d’art vocal de Montréal, won the jury over with its brilliant technique and perfect execution.

Since 1998, the Société d’art vocal de Montréal (SAVM) has been offering an annual program of artistic activities featuring professional musicians in recitals and concerts for voice and piano and/or other instruments. This programming, acclaimed by the media and audiences alike for the audacity and quality of its productions, has brought to the stage a wide variety of performers from highly diverse backgrounds.

Centre des musiciens du monde, recipient of the Inclusion and diversity award -Montreal

Intended to recognize an artist, collective or organization that reflects cultural diversity or applies inclusive practices and that has made a mark over the past season, the new Prix Opus for inclusion and diversity–Montreal is being awarded to the Centre des musiciens du monde.

In their first year in existence, the Centre des musiciens du monde has had a powerful impact. The jury saluted this promising initiative that seeks to achieve heightened awareness and recognition of diversity. Through its many facets, including creation, training, presentation and research, the Centre des musiciens du monde is playing a central, unifying role for the world music scene in Quebec.

About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of professional artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in the creation, production and presentation of artistic endeavours. Through its initiatives, the Conseil encourages new thinking, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”