November 12 2020

MUTEK receives the 35th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal


Montréal, November 12, 2020 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal is pleased to announce that MUTEK is the recipient of the 35th annual Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, which is accompanied by a $30,000 cash award. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is the winner of the $15,000 Jury Prize, presented by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture.

More than 500 artists, citizens, elected officials and partners registered to attend the award’s first virtual edition and celebrate Montréal’s arts community. The event was streamed live from the PHI Centre and, exceptionally, was freely available for all to watch. Radio and television personality Rebecca Makonnen emceed, with Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Marie-Christine Cojocaru, Executive Director of the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, cofounder and General and Artistic Director of MU (winner of the 34th Grand Prix) and the finalists in attendance. Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante also joined the ceremony virtually to offer her congratulations. Physical distancing rules were strictly followed.

“The arts have the power to better the daily lives of each and every one of us,” said Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. “That has never been truer than it is in these unusual times. Never has the work of the Conseil des arts de Montréal been more meaningful. So we felt it was particularly important this year to celebrate the arts community, highlight our city’s cultural vitality and shine a spotlight on these noteworthy projects. On behalf of the entire Conseil des arts de Montréal team, I heartily congratulate all the finalists and winners in this 35th edition of the Grand Prix!”

MUTEK, WINNER OF THE 35th GRAND PRIX DU CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL
The jury awarded the 35th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal to MUTEK for the outstanding quality of its 2019 edition.

The 2019 edition of the MUTEK festival drew record audiences to a magnificent line-up of artistically excellent performances featuring a rich blend of styles and disciplines. Women figured prominently on the program. The schedule included a wide range of international artists and was designed to create encounters between emerging and well-established performers. Firmly lodged on the borders of music and digital, MUTEK delighted audiences with an array of innovative human experiences, both physical and contemplative.

This edition clearly demonstrated the depth of the festival’s experience and know-how. MUTEK now embraces events on five continents and is able to attract the cream of the international artistic community. In its 20 years of existence, it has travelled an audacious path and played an important role in making Montréal the hub of innovation and creative mingling it is today.

SEGAL CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS – 35th GRAND PRIX DU CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL JURY PRIZE
The jury was impressed by the Segal Centre’s educational efforts around the production and presentation of Children of God.

Co-produced with Urban Ink, Children of God is a musical about residential schools and the acute suffering that is still keenly felt in many Indigenous communities today. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts readily accepted the responsibility that presenting such powerful and sensitive messages entails and undertook a wide-ranging effort to inform and support audiences in connection with the performance. All facets were carefully considered in order to provide a safe space for education and awareness-raising: staff training, contact with the audience, assistance from psychologists for the performances, and impact analysis and measurement. This approach demonstrated a clear desire to go beyond artistic intent and push still further with a fundamentally inclusive message respectful of all communities. It is a source of inspiration and a model to be emulated.

35th Grand Prix jury
The jury for this year’s 35th Grand Prix was chaired by Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski and included Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, cofounder and General and Artistic Director, MU; Déborah Cherenfant, President and spokesperson for the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal and Regional Director, Women Entrepreneurs, Quebec Region, TD Bank Group; Nichole Anderson Bergeron, ICD.D, former President and CEO, Business for the Arts ; and Thi Be Nguyen, Director, Office of the President & Major Donations, National Bank of Canada.

Each of the nine finalists considered by the jury received a $5,000 cash award donated by nine generous Montréal benefactors: Luc Plamondon, Bell, Bombardier, Entreprendre ici, Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis, Power Corporation of Canada, Quebecor, TELUS and Tourisme Montréal.

A work of art for MU, winner of the 2018 Grand Prix
MU, winner of the 34th Grand Prix, received an artwork called Mu by Montréal artist Hua Jin. The 2019 Grand Prix winner will receive a work of art created during the coming year.

The Conseil des arts de Montréal thanks the generous partners who made the 35th Grand Prix possible: the Caisse de la Culture Desjardins, Télé-Québec and PHI.

About the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal
Every year since 1985, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal has been awarded to a Montréal arts organization that demonstrates excellence and outstanding artistic vitality. Past winners include the Orchestre Métropolitain, MU, Louise Lecavalier and Fou glorieux, and the Cirque du Soleil. Created in 1956, the Conseil des arts is proud to support the development of Montréal as a cultural metropolis of international stature.