With LaSalle resident Marie-ÉlaineThibert as patron, the festivities will be welcoming such personalities as Gregory Charles, Martin Deschamps, Nathalie Choquette, l Musici, Renée Martel and the OSM
LASALLE, QC, March 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Today at Théâtre Desjardins, Pierre Plante, President of the Bureau des fêtes du 100e de LaSalle, unveiled the many cultural, artistic and sports activities that will highlight LaSalle's 100th anniversary—its Centennial year! Emceed by Gregory Charles, the press conference was held in the presence of the Right Honourable Paul Martin, Honorary Chairman of LaSalle's Centennial; LaSalle Mayor Manon Barbe; Borough Council members, the Centennial partners and over two hundred guests, including personalities in the arts and sports fields who will be taking part in the Centennial festivities.
Marie-Élaine Thibert, a proud patron of her corner of the country
Honoured by such an invitation, Marie-Élaine Thibert, a popular vocalist and LaSalle native, immediately accepted the role of patron—official promoter—of LaSalle's Centennial festivities: "It's a pleasure to see LaSalle become such a lively place for a number of months as the Centennial festivities are rolled out. I would have accepted simply because I love this place, but I'm also eager to take part in the activities and the show that will be presented by Martin (Deschamps)!" Proud of the historical importance of her corner of the country, she added: "LaSalle is more than the haven of peace that has developed near the downtown core. I like to imagine that people will soon discover—or rediscover—its role in the development of the city, the province and even the country, way beyond the past hundred years."
Shows for one and all, overlooking the river
The Centennial activities will be held at Place du 100e, near the magnificent parc des Rapides, and most will be free of charge. Beginning in the first days of spring with an exhibition by well-known LaSalle painter Littorio Del Signore, at Centre culturel Henri-Lemieux (March 22), the program of activities will then continue on with the Grand Bal du 100e (April 28), before reaching its peak in the middle of this summer. From June 21 to July 1, Gregory Charles, the "trad" group Mauvais Sort, that lovable rocker Martin Deschamps and his guest Marie-Élaine Thibert, I Musici as well as country singer Renée Martel, the Orchestre hispanique de Montréal and Sandra and the Latin Groove will take turns as shining stars on the stage at Place du 100e.
Other major events will arouse the enthusiasm of LaSalle residents, right through until the beautiful days of fall: the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (July 24), the Canadiens Old Timers' hockey game (September 30) and the exhibition En déroulant la trame by Louise Lemieux Bérubé, a LaSalle artist of international renown (October 4-27).
Have fun with your family and neighbours
"The festivities in store for LaSalle residents are bound to spark their pride in being part of this magnificent community that I have had the honour of serving for the past many years," stated the Right Honourable Paul Martin, Honorary Chairman of the Centennial celebrations.
The organizers thought of everyone in setting up the program of events: On the afternoon of June 24, circus performer Patty Queen and the Alzado circus will amuse kids and grown-ups with their superb numbers, while soprano Nathalie Choquette will amaze them with her La Malbouffa show. Then on June 30, the LaSallois will be hosted at a country-style supper, which will be followed by Renée Martel's show. On July 1, families will be invited to an afternoon of exchanges with various cultural communities in LaSalle. "These festivities reflect LaSalle residents' own image: They are uniting, dynamic and are very open to others," Mayor Manon Barbe proudly declared. And for those who might want to be more than spectators, the Borough Mayor announced that LaSalle organizations will have the chance to share a budget of $30,000 in order to highlight their community's 100th anniversary in their own way.
"The Bureau des fêtes du 100e is placing the spotlight on the successes of LaSalle and its residents in a dazzling way, through a great many festive activities, whose costs are being shared between generous sponsors, the Québec government, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Borough of LaSalle," pointed out Bureau President Pierre Plante. The major sponsors, who are supporting LaSalle residents in the Centennial celebrations of their community, are: Carrefour Angrignon, Caisse Desjardins de LaSalle, Labatt Brewery and Réseau Sélection - Les Tours Angrignon.
Other LaSalle businesses are sponsoring Centennial activities as well, including Carpet Art Deco, Cité industrielle LaSalle, Buick Chevrolet GM de LaSalle, IGA Beck extra, McDonald's and G. Melatti Construction. The Bureau des Fêtes du 100e is also counting on the special cooperation of Le Messager LaSalle weekly newspaper.
Details of the program of activities for LaSalle's Centennial may be found on the Internet, at: www.lasalle100.ca.
Image with caption: "On March 14, Gregory Charles unveiled the program of activities for LaSalle's Centennial, in the presence of performers Martin Deschamps, Nathalie Choquette as well as the Right Honorable Paul Martin, Honorary Chairman; Manon Barbe, Mayor of LaSalle; and Pierre Plante, President of the Bureau des fêtes du 100e de LaSalle (CNW Group/Arrondissement de LaSalle)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120314_C4427_PHOTO_EN_11146.jpg
For further information:
Hellen Dionne, Affaires publiques et Greffe
Borough of LaSalle