Our essential artists : the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s new major event


April 26 2021


The Conseil



Nos indispensables

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is pleased to launch Nos indispensables (Our essential artists), a brand-new event that will celebrate the inspiring initiatives of the Montréal artists, collectives and arts organizations that have been giving us hope throughout this pandemic. After a particularly challenging year for the arts community and to lift our spirits before summer, Nos indispensables (Our essential artists) event will take place on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, from 12 to 1:15 p.m. and will be available online for free.

Host: Pierre-Yves Lord, who fronts La fin des faibles and Deux hommes en or on Télé-Québec, a proud partner of the event. His experience, quick wit and engaging style will bring originality and enthusiasm to the celebrations.

Join us as we pay tribute to the incredible generosity and creative power of artists. Let’s let them all know how vital their contributions are to our communities.

During Nos indispensables (Our essential artists) event, five winners will be chosen from among 24 finalists to showcase the exceptional actions and initiatives of artists in five categories. There will be a Prix du Public – Nos indispensables de la bienveillance (Audience Award – Goodwill Award), de l’équité (Equity Award), de l’innovation (Innovation Award), de la proximité (Community Spirit Award) and de la solidarité (Solidarity Award.)

The finalists will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, when the public vote and registration to attend the event open. The winners and finalists will receive grants of $10,000 and $3,000 respectively.
>> Attend our Facebook event for updates (in French Only)

An extraordinary year calls for an extraordinary event! 

For more than 35 years, the Conseil has celebrated Montréal’s major artistic achievements at its annual Grand Prix event, which was suspended in 2020. Given these special circumstances, it was important to reflect on the past year in a fair, positive and brand-new way. Nos indispensables (Our essential artists) event is an opportunity to showcase the essential work of the Montréal arts community and thank them for their efforts.

“At the Conseil des arts de Montréal, our close relationship with the cultural community allows us to see the devastation caused by the pandemic, but also to witness the immense resilience of artists,” said Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director. “Through the countless and unpredictable disruptions of the past year, we have seen innovative arts projects emerge, along with surges of solidarity, commitment and goodwill. The benefits and hope that artists have brought to the people of Montréal are incalculable. Lasting relationships—more valuable than ever—have been forged with residents in a host of neighbourhoods, and we intend to recognize them.”

Join us online on June 22 to celebrate the artists and organizations that make up one of our city’s greatest and most distinctive assets, the true creative heart of Montréal and the key to ensuring that our city will recover and thrive.



Béatrice Noël
Project manager – Corporate Events
514 280-2931

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