MONTREAL, Jan. 9, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conseil des arts de Montréal is pleased to announce the finalists for its 33rd Grand Prix, to be held on March 29, 2018. Each of these finalists made an outstanding contribution to the prestige of the arts in Montreal in 2017.
"Each year, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal celebrates the artistic vitality of our city by spotlighting the excellence of Montreal's creative community," recalled the Executive Director of the Conseil, Nathalie Maillé. "The 2017 finalists are outstanding examples of our city's artistic wealth and plurality."
And the finalists are…
100Lux, for the opening of L'Espace sans luxe, a unique venue and stimulating laboratory dedicated to urban dance. A genuine point of entry and convergence, this new space brings together the creative forces of urban dance in Montreal and fosters the expression of diversity within the disciplines of hip hop, bboying, waacking, locking, house, krump and popping.
ATSA, Quand l'Art passe à l'Action for the outreach, both international and within Montreal, of this pillar of relational and engaged art. With its flagship project Pas d'radis fiscaux and the tour of its inclusive work Le Temps d'une soupe, and also as host of the first meeting of the movement With One Voice, ATSA has affirmed its leadership on the international stage of action art and underscored the importance for homeless people to have recourse to the arts.
Les Éditions du remue-ménage, pioneers of feminist literature in Quebec, for the publication of their writings that brought together a large number of feminist voices dealing with issues related to the status of women and that in 2017 struck an even more resounding chord among the public.
Orchestre Métropolitain for the success of its first European tour since it was created 30 years ago, to such renowned old-world stages as those located in Dortmund, Cologne and Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Paris, France.
Phi Muse, for its presence, both unique and rare, in today's contemporary culture, and for the remarkable quality of its programming, with such examples as Mondes oniriques: the third phase in the exhibition Sensory Stories, which offers audiences a high-diving experience in virtual reality, in addition to immersive and interactive works.
Productions Porte Parole et Champ gauche for j'aime Hydro, an exemplary demonstration of the ability of theatre art to simplify complex issues arising from the relationship of Quebeckers with their state-owned company, Hydro-Québec, and for the resounding success of this work – the validation of documentary theatre acclaimed by both the critics and general audiences.
SBC galerie d'art contemporain for its exemplary inclusive approach, which was to entrust its editorial policy and programming to Indigenous artists and curators, and thus provide unprecedented support for First Nations artists and curators.
Wapikoni mobile, for a rich and diversified production enabling young Indigenous writers to express their view of the world and First Nations issues, and for international recognition by UNESCO, making Wapikoni mobile an official partner and a consultant in Indigenous rights and intangible heritage.
Rendezvous on March 29, 2018, to find out the big winner
The winner will be revealed on March 29, 2018, at the luncheon for the 33rd Grand Prix, to be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Each of the finalists will receive a grant worth $5,000, donated by some of Montreal's generous patrons of the arts, and the winner will receive a $30,000 grant, along with a work commissioned from one of Montreal's artists.
Radio-Canada, an official partner since 1994, will offer the production of a video by Alejandro Jiménez, presenting each of the finalists and a series of articles featuring the finalists from Montreal's artistic community.
The Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal
Every year since 1985, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal has been given in recognition of the excellence and outstanding contribution of a particular artistic organization. Les 7 doigts, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Lemieux Pilon 4D Art are among the winners who have helped to build Montreal's creative and innovative culture, which is celebrated at this event. The unveiling of the winner's name takes place at an annual luncheon that brings together representatives of the cultural, business and municipal spheres.
For further information: Source: Conseil des arts de Montréal, Tania Orméjuste, Director, Communications and Territorial Initiatives, (514) 280-3991, [email protected]; Information: Conseil des arts de Montréal, Raphaëlle Catteau, Project Manager, Communications and Press Relations, (514) 280-6973, [email protected]