Salle Émile-Legault unveils its new look

SAINT-LAURENT, QC, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Cégep de Saint-Laurent today inaugurated its brand-new Salle Émile-Legault with an event that marked the official re-opening of this historic cultural site, which was completely renovated over the past year. The renovation project received support from numerous partners, many of whom attended the opening ceremony, as did a number of dignitaries active in politics and the arts, as well as staff from the Cégep and other guests.

Among the dignitaries was the Mayor of Saint-Laurent, Alan DeSousa, who expressed his satisfaction with the results of the project: "Every year, our team intensifies its efforts to offer citizens an original and diverse cultural program. Many of the cultural activities are presented at the Salle Émile-Legault. What a joy it is to know that Saint-Laurent now has a performance space that marries comfort and technology while also taking account of the principles of universal access. Our involvement in this project is proof of our willingness to offer borough residents a quality living environment—as well as superior municipal facilities."

The Director General of the Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Paul-Émile Bourque, for his part underscored how the renovation project highlights Salle Émile-Legault's historical distinction: "It is with pride that we continue the tradition started by the Compagnons de Saint-Laurent in our very own Salle Émile-Legault, so that the most promising artists will have the opportunity to express their talent, and do so for generations to come."

The Cégep marked the reopening of the facility with a variety of activities. A show, which fit in perfectly with the Culture Days arts celebration, now in full swing, was presented along with the opening ceremony—unquestionably the most moving moment of the day. The MNA for Acadie and Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre, and the MNA for Saint-Laurent and Minister of Justice, Jean-Marc Fournier, as well as the MP for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, also took part in the celebrations. Other personalities, including some former students, spoke about their time at the Cégep and shared their memories of Salle Émile-Legault. Several members of the Compagnons de Saint-Laurent also joined in the festivities, as did a number of priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross (Congrégation de Sainte-Croix), which founded the Collège de Saint-Laurent and of which Father Émile Legault himself was a member.

It should be noted that the project received funding support from several partners. The federal government allocated $3.6 million to the project, the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports invested $1.6 million, and the Borough of Saint-Laurent and the Cégep de Saint-Laurent each contributed $1 million. As part of the renovation project, major improvements were made to the performance space's acoustics, seating arrangements and accessibility for persons with reduced mobility. This cultural space, with a capacity of 500 people, will be much appreciated by audiences and performers alike.


For further information:

Source:  Administration of the Borough of Saint-Laurent
Communications and Citizen Relations Division

Annie Goyette 
Communications Agent 
Borough of Saint-Laurent 
514-855-6000, ext. 4313 
Carole Poirier
Communication Consultant
Cégep de Saint-Laurent
514-747-6521, ext. 7308


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