March 14 2019

Discover 12 poèmes pour Montréal, an exhibition hosted at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal

The 12 poèmes pour Montréal exhibition is hosted at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal until April 19, 2019 from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays) at 1210 Sherbrooke East.

Discover this outreach project and the resulting poetry exhibition that give 12 Montreal youths the opportunity to depict their city in poetry, this year on the theme Rêver Montréal.

The 12 finalist poems were unveiled March 13, 2019 at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal by Montreal City Council Chair Cathy Wong and Conseil des arts de Montréal Executive Director Nathalie Maillé. The joint winners of the 5th annual poetry contest 12 poèmes pour Montréal are Luka Giroux Gonçalves for Maternité urbaine, and Chris Quon for Not A Dream.

These two young poets, one from an English-language school and the other from a French-language school, were selected for their stirring imagery and words. Also of note this year was an honourable mention for Albert Lalonde for his poem Vivacité.

12 poèmes pour Montréal is a contest aimed at students in secondary 4 and 5 in Montreal’s anglophone and francophone public schools. In keeping with the Conseil’s strategic plan, this project seeks to forge ties between Montreal’s artistic and educational communities. For the second consecutive year, the Conseil has partnered with Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie. This organization worked with the students, holding poetry workshops in the schools and at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The contest and exhibition were produced in partnership with the Montreal City Council Chair’s Office and Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, with the collaboration of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB).

The 12 finalists:

Élisabeth Bisaillon, Montréal, un rêve à finir!
Olivia Campbell, Dreaming Montreal
Kumsal Celik, My Lonely City
Jeanne Chabot-Chouinard, La ville rêvée
Emma-Claude Desjardins, Ici et maintenant, hier et là
Alexia Diguer-Di Biase, Le temps d’une ville
Luka Giroux Gonçalves, Maternité urbaine
Albert Lalonde, Vivacité
Bruno Marques, What just happened
Chris Quon, Not A Dream
Alice Richer, Montréal, mon amour
Karen Trujillo, Faites place à l’horizon de Montréal

About the City Council Chair’s Office
Created by City Council in 2002, the Chair’s Office is a neutral, impartial body acting as guardian of the democratic values of city hall. Headed by the City Council Chair, its mandate is to strengthen public trust and participation in public life and serve as the first point of contact with the municipality for Montreal residents, the general public or parliamentarians.

In addition to the services provided to elected officials, including the support of an ethics advisor, the City Council Chair’s Office handles guided tours of city hall for groups and schools, manages exhibitions in the hall of honour, and helps organize the Jeune Conseil de Montréal’s city council simulation for Montreal youths.

About Poetry In Voice | Les Voix de la Poésie
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, recitation and writing.

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.”