The grandiose event of the official programming of the 375th anniversary of Montréal and GSI Musiquewhich will take place at the foot of the Mount Royal will be memorable in many ways: not only will Montréal Symphonique bring together on the same stage three symphony orchestras and over 400 musicians, artists and choir members, it will also be broadcast live in 18 of the city’s boroughs onAugust 19th at 9pm. In order to ensure that all Montrealers are able to take part in this free evening of festivities, 18 boroughs will put up giant screens in different parks and venues.
An impressive lineup of artists will be performing on stage for a 2-hour concert directed by Monique Giroux and arranged and conducted by Simon Leclerc. Alain Lefebvre, Coeur de Pirate, DJ Champion, Elisapie, ILAM, Isabelle Boulay, Marie-Josée Lord, Mélissa Lavergne, M-Mo, Patrick Watson, Pierre Lapointe and more to come will take part in the celebrations of this anniversary shared with all Montrealers.
The population is invited to come out in each of the borough and be a part of this popular and symphonic event!
List of the 18 boroughs which will broadcast the Montréal Symphoniqueevent
Ahuntsic-Cartierville – Ahuntsic Park
Anjou – Lucie-Bruneau Park
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Kent and Notre-Dame-de-Grace parks
L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève – Gérald-Godin CEGEP lawn
Lachine – L’Entrepôt concert hall
LaSalle – Angrignon Park
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal – Baldwin Park
Le Sud-Ouest – Angrignon Park
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve – Gennevilliers-Laliberté Place
Montréal-Nord – Aimé-Léonard Park
Pierrefonds–Roxboro – Grier Park
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles – Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles Place and Maison du citoyen
Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie – Molson Park
Saint-Laurent – Multipurpose Sports Complex
Saint-Léonard – Wilfrid-Bastien Park
Verdun – Angrignon Park
Ville-Marie – Médéric-Martin Park
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension – Jarry Park
“Montréal Symphonique is not only a landmark event of the 375th anniversary of our city’s celebrations programming but also a historical event that measures up to Montréal’s reputation on the international scene. At the peak of the 2017 summer, at the foot of the Mount Royal, all Montrealers will experience an unforgettable moment. Wherever we might be in Montréal on August 19th 2017, we will be proud to celebrate our anniversary as well as our diversity, we will be proud to appreciate the bountiful talents and creativity of our city. Come one, come all!” declared Montreal major Mr Denis Coderre.
“Montréal Symphonique is the unique chance for Montrealers to enjoy, in the outdoors and everywhere in the city, the great orchestras which have made our city famous on the international classical music scene. This event being put together is a witness to our artists’ desire to honour our city’s vibrant history and future”, according to Marc Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister for the Montréal region.
“The celebrations for Canada 150 and the 375th anniversary of Montréal offer us wonderful opportunities to showcase our rich cultural heritage and the talent of our artists. Montréal Symphonique is a case in point. This event is a great venue for the people of Montréal’s boroughs to come meet the exceptional musicians and singers who contribute to our country’s excellent reputation,” said the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
“After three years of work putting this event together, it is with pride that we offer it to Montrealers. A rendezvous for all, a great musical celebration offered free of charge in all of the city’s boroughs. An evening you don’t want to miss!” emphasises Nicolas Lemieux, producer, designer, artistic director and president of GSI Musique.
About GSI Musique
Established in 1983 and now directed by Nicolas Lemieux, GSI Musique is the doyenne of Québec record companies. The company has marketed over 250 music CDs and DVDs and produced numerous television specials in addition to having produced many major shows. GSI Musique also coordinates show tours, manages artists’ careers and edits a vast music catalogue that includes an impressive number of classic songs from Québec. On the strength of this success, GSI Musique continues to contribute to enhancing Québec’s musical heritage.
About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will highlight Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces to carry out its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage funding, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
To learn more about the Québec government’s contribution to Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, click here.