Montréal, February 15, 2023 – Was 2022 the year the arts returned to normal in Montréal? Almost. There were some highs and lows. Fortunately, it was the highs that marked our memories most: the risk, the emotion, and the delight. So, let’s celebrate the 37th edition of the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) at the Palais des congrès de Montréal on April 6, 2023, at noon.
And who better to embody this vitality than the effervescent actor and host Édith Cochrane, who will host the event featuring hundreds of artists, cultural workers, and municipal and business community members. Tickets and tables are on sale now.
Congratulations to the eight nominees for 2022: Cinéma Beaubien, Duceppe, Festival de littérature jeunesse de Montréal (Page par Page), JOAT Festival international de street dance, Les Érotisseries (Les Productions Carmagnoles), Onishka, Salle Bourgie, SIGHT+SOUND 2022 (Eastern Bloc). Discover their outstanding achievements on the Grand Prix website.
“Contributing to an explosion of artistic experiences that energized multiple neighbourhoods across the city in 2022, the eight finalists for the 37th Grand Prix perfectly illustrate the impact the arts can have in our community. The arts have an acute and sensitive way of lifting us and fostering a healthy and dynamic social fabric full of meaningful and enriching exchanges. ” – Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the CAM
VOTE FOR THE TÉLÉ-QUÉBEC AUDIENCE AWARD
Browse the video clips of the eight finalists and vote for your favourite project. The winner of the Audience Award is in your hands! It is up to you to choose which organization will receive a $10,000 grant from Télé-Québec. By voting, you could win a $500 voucher redeemable at the cultural events of nearly 725 Montréal arts organizations.
Which initiative speaks to you the most? Get voting!
$90,000 IN GRANTS AWARDED AT THE GRAND PRIX
The prestigious Grand Prix comes with a $30,000 grant and an original work created for the winning organization. There will be two other awards at the gala on April 6: the Jury Prize awarded by the Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and the Télé-Québec Audience Award, each with a $10,000 grant. Generous sponsors ensure each finalist leaves with a $5,000 grant.
CAM’s flagship event, which has recognized the exceptional contribution of Montréal arts organizations since 1985, will once again be an opportunity to celebrate their outstanding actions, their bold and unifying projects, and their transformative initiatives that put the Island of Montréal back on the creative highway in 2022!
THE EIGHT FINALISTS FOR THE 37TH GRAND PRIX
In the face of the digital revolution, Cinéma Beaubien revives the collective experience so dear to cinephiles while also showcasing arthouse cinema and sharing its expertise with Cinéma du Parc and Cinéma du Musée, reinforcing the sustainability of independent cinemas. In 2022, they marked the departure of CEO Mario Fortin and the arrival of Roxanne Sayegh: an impressive legacy placed in good hands.
With its highly topical issues, diversity of voices and eco-designed productions, Duceppe has never been more relevant. For its 50th anniversary, there was one clear favourite among its 100% Quebec programming: Mama by Nathalie Doummar, an artistic work already compared to Belles-Soeurs.
Festival de littérature jeunesse de Montréal (Page par Page)
In just three editions, the Festival de littérature jeunesse de Montréal is already lighting up the city’s literary scene. After two years of a pandemic, this children’s event makes the most of the restorative power of words. The enchanting setting of the Marina d’Escale park in Lachine is the perfect setting for sharing moments of discovery and making memories.
JOAT Festival international de street dance
JOAT democratizes street dance and its associated art forms, such as beatmaking and visual arts. Thanks to its auspicious alliance with disseminator Danse Danse, the 2022 edition of its international festival graced the iconic venues of the Quartier des spectacles. Its transformative action makes it an essential ambassador that helps the dance ecosystem flourish in Montréal.
Les Érotisseries: essais érotiques consensuels (Les Productions Carmagnoles)
Since 2005, this adult circus show has continued to evolve and gain a following. Its latest run at Espace libre unveiled a work full of beauty, teasing out sexual themes that touched both the intimate and the political. Led by women, Les Érotisseries: essais érotiques consensuels skillfully integrates the essential notion of consent into the structure of the interactive performance.
In addition to continuing to present its flagship piece Okinum, Onishka and its creator, Émilie Monnet, are offering Marguerite, an ambitious trilogy that unfolds in a play, a podcast series and an acoustic walk through Old Montréal. In a crucial quest for truth, this duty of memory traces the history of the first Indigenous slave woman to claim her freedom in New France.
In a decade, Salle Bourgie has built an enviable reputation. 2022 is the ideal time to highlight the unwavering commitment of its outgoing director, Isolde Lagacé, who has created a setting of choice for chamber music that welcomes the next generation and a plurality of styles. The current season closes its monumental musical journey by presenting Bach’s complete sacred cantatas.
SIGHT+SOUND 2022 (Eastern Bloc)
An avant-garde catalyst in digital arts, Eastern Bloc became the cultural oasis of the Chabanel neighbourhood and, once settled in, launched a high-powered program at the 12th edition of the SIGHT+SOUND festival under the title Danser en attendant (la fin du monde). Dazzled by performances, sound landscapes and hypnotic visions, the public reclaimed a new social space.
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND PATRONS
The Conseil is very grateful to its major partners, whose generous support contributes to the recognition of the finalists and winning organizations of the 37th Grand Prix: Télé-Québec, Caisse Desjardins de la Culture and La Presse.
A huge thank you also to our patrons and donors for their donations that help support finalists and the performances showcased during the 37th Grand Prix: Power Corporation of Canada, Anonymous, Bell, Luc Plamondon, RBC, Telus, Tourisme Montréal and YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.
About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
Offering various forms of guidance and support, the Conseil des arts de Montréal supports artistic innovation and creative expression in all their diversity to promote Montréal artists and creation, production and dissemination organizations. Since 1956, it has played a unique role as a catalyst, helping make Montréal a vibrant cultural metropolis, recognized at home and abroad for its artistic vitality.
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