Culture leads the pack across the province of Quebec!

    MONTREAL, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Arts and culture surged to a 12th
straight victory during the ever-popular Journées de la culture that ended
today. The three days of this annual one-of-a-kind event again brought
together several hundreds of thousands of culture enthusiasts throughout
Quebec for a veritable cornucopia of activities, each as uplifting as the
other. "The artists, artisans and other event organizers can not only
rightfully claim to have again been able to tap into the fervor and insatiable
curiosity of their loyal supporters, but this year they again scored some
points with the many newcomers," remarked an elated Louise Sicuro, the founder
and CEO of Culture pour tous, the initiator of Journées de la culture.
    In 295 municipalities, artist workshops, libraries, cultural centres,
private enterprises and public parks played host to stimulating face-to-face
activities where the know-how and generosity of local artists aligned with the
ravenous appetite of the Quebec public for innovation and discovery. In
Chaudière-Appalaches, for example, music lovers that found a seat in the
middle of the orchestra for the Orchestre symphonique de Lévis concert, under
the direction of Gilles Auger, will undoubtedly have an indelible memory of
Dvorak's Symphony No 8 in G major (op. 88). The Appalachian dulcimer, eukalin
and vièle à archet medieval fiddle no longer hold any secrets for the
population of Fassett, in the Outaouais region, after the "strings of the
world" workshop given by instrumentalist Paul Lafrance. The Innus de
Sept-Iles, on the North Shore, shared their artisan and culinary know-how with
non-Aboriginals in a shaputuan museum. Dance, slam, cinema and plastic arts
captivated the town of Saguenay with a free-of-charge motorized nighttime
cultural tour that delightfully disturbed the sleep of the many participants.
    In Montreal, more than 3,000 aficionados also enjoyed the troupe's free
shuttle service through the auspices of TD Canada Trust shuttles for 350
activities provided throughout the city on Saturday and Sunday. The activities
included Le Phare Ephémère, an architectural video showing made by the VYV
Corporation, which in sound and light, along with a Daniel Bélanger
soundtrack, put a new perspective on the Tour des Convoyeurs, an industrial
remnant from the 1950s. This unusual show complemented a series of activities
on the docks of the Old Port titled De Feu, De Lumière and which was the scene
of some terrific interaction between the artists and the public.
    The municipal employees of La Tuque, Laval and Longueuil, along with the
employees of CPE Premiers pas, in La Tuque, TD Meloche Monnex, in Laval,
Molson, in Montreal, and Plastiques Gagnon, in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, took
advantage of Journées de la culture to unveil to the general public a work
emerging from several weeks of artistic training done in conjunction with the
Art au travail project.
    Quebecers have a date on September 25-26-27, 2009 for the 13th edition of
Journées de la culture. But ahead of that, until October 14, they are invited
to go to the website and explain why they are culture
supporters. Close to 4000 people have already taken the time to cast their
vote and provide a brief note about the importance of culture in their life.
Some sample entries include: "Culture is what keeps us alive. It's what makes
us human. It's what opens our mind so that we can excel in all aspects of
life, not just the arts. It is what I am, what we all are. It is our identity.
Culture is you and me and everyone. It tickles my soul, nourishes my mind,
excites, educates and bonds us, makes our "place" unique and special and
elevates the collective living experience. Culture teaches us. Culture makes
us take a fresh look at the ordinary. Culture delights. Culture innovates.
Culture reaches beyond what words can express. Culture defines who we are as a
people." Add your prose to theirs: vote massively for culture!
    Culture pour tous would like to recognize the collaboration provided by
its many loyal supporters, without whom Journées de la culture would not be
possible. At the forefront are: the Culture, Communications and Status of
Women Ministry, the Municipal Affairs and Regions Ministry, Hydro-Québec, TD
Canada Trust, BOS advertising agency, Carat Strategem and the many television
and radio stations that broadcast Journées de la culture's commercial messages
as a public service.

    Culture pour tous is an independent non-profit organization whose mission
is to contribute to the democratization of culture in Quebec. The organization
has positioned itself for more than 10 years as a key player in cultural
mediation and democratization, at the heart of a network of artists,
craftspeople and cultural workers engaged in efforts of this type throughout
Quebec. Besides Journées de la culture, Culture pour tous has other major
initiatives that include the Cultural Logbook (a learning tool for schools),
Intercultural Encounters (an initiative to enhance the profile of professional
artists from immigrant communities), the conferences known as La Rencontre and
community art projects such as The Convertibles and Art at work.

For further information:

For further information: Diane Jeannotte, Diane Jeannotte
Communications,  (514) 772-8019 (cell),; Paule
Genest, (514) 703-4317 (cell.),; Source: Louise Sicuro, Culture
pour tous

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