January 14 2020

Finalists for the 35th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal announced today

Montréal, January 14, 2020 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal is delighted to unveil the finalists for its prestigious Grand Prix, the 35th edition of which will take place on March 19, 2020 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. Each of the finalists made an outstanding contribution to Montreal’s arts scene in 2019.

The finalists for the 35th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal are:

Alchimies, Créations et Cultures for the exceptional opening concert at the Arab World Festival of Montreal entitled Et la femme chanta Dieu. A veritable liturgical rite, this encounter between three sacred songs – Jewish, Muslim and Christian – was conducted and performed entirely by women, featuring three talented soloists and more than 25 female musicians, choristers and dancers under the artistic direction of Katia Makdissi-Warren.

Communication-Jeunesse for the project À la rencontre des Premières Nations addressing indigenous identity and reconciliation, and for their creative residencies giving seven indigenous writers the opportunity to spend time with pupils throughout the province of Quebec.

Ebnflōh Dance Company for In-Ward, a powerful choreographic work that unfolds seamlessly through the strong performances of six highly skilled dancers. A dance creation grounded in Hip Hop, from the organization founded by Alexandra “Spicey” Landé. Simply remarkable.

La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines et TOHU, cité des arts du cirque for the first edition of L’autre cirque, a new performance platform for small to mid-size circuses that showcases original circus works giving prominence to experimentation.

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) for its 2019 season, which cemented its reputation as a hub celebrating the multiplicity of disciplines and dialogues. An effective springboard for local and international pluricultural artists, MAI presented unique events such as the series Black.Art.Empowerment, dedicated to arts from Afro-descendant communities and orchestrated by Rhodnie Désir, as well as Et si on réimaginait le monde?, a conference on the practices of deaf and disabled artists.

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image for the impressive coherence of its 2019 edition, with artistic programming that brought together Montreal’s entire visual arts community and effectively reflected the diverse approaches used by local, national and international artists.

MUTEK for its rich and diversified programming and the conceptual cohesion of its 20th edition; attracting a record-breaking audience, the organization added new venues to expand the festival’s reach while building bridges between industry and the arts.

Toxique Trottoir for an outstanding year marked by citizen engagement and an energetic presence that enlivened Montreal neighbourhoods, drawing 4,500 people of all ages, origins and social standing with Ça baigne dans l’Est, La Brigade des embellisseurs poétiques and the theatrical clown show Aquaphonie.

Segal Centre for Performing Arts for its well-established culture of inclusivity, its musical theatre expertise, and its varied, socially aware programming, embodied by the musical Children of God, co-produced with Urban Inkembodied. Corey Payette’s music, lyrics and direction, the cast’s stirring performances and the project’s collaborative community approach exposed a wide audience to the highly sensitive issue of residential schools, building bridges between the arts and people from all communities.

Join us on March 19, 2020 to find out who will win the grand prize!
The winner will be announced on March 19 at the 35th annual Grand Prix luncheon. Finalists will each receive a $5,000 cash award offered by generous Montreal patrons, while the winner will receive a $30,000 cash award and an artwork by a Montreal artist.

During the month of March, watch for video vignettes produced by Alejandro Jiménez introducing the finalists.

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 Conseil’s Grand Prix has been honouring the excellence and outstanding contribution of a Montreal-based arts organization. Past winners, including MU, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Cas Public and Les 7 doigts, have all helped build our city’s creative and innovative culture, which we celebrate at this event. The 2019 winner will be unveiled at the annual Grand-Prix luncheon, attended by representatives from the cultural, business and municipal communities.

Conseil des arts de Montréal
Tania Orméjuste
Director, Communications and Territorial Initiatives
(514) 280-3991

Conseil des arts de Montréal
Raphaëlle Catteau
Project Manager, Communications and Press Relations
(514) 280-6973