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Monday, December 20, 2021

A Message from Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director

With the year drawing to a close, now is a good time to take stock of the ups and downs of 2021, and also give a thought to our hopes for 2022. When I think back on the last year, the exceptionally agile way our community navigated it stands out… and will have to continue to do so. Although compassion will be key, I think patience is our most powerful tool as we face the end of this year and head into the next.

Following last week's announcements, our thoughts are with all the venues, especially the box office staff.

The Conseil has enlisted the talented multidisciplinary artist Alice Picard to convey its holiday wishes. This work, cleverly titled The Village, captures the very essence of the Conseil: a village of people who come together to support and help one another—the symbol of a close-knit community. It’s an excellent representation of Montréal in all its diversity!

The Chair of the Board, Ben Marc Diendéré, and I wanted to convey our gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful people who work with us and support us.

Watch our holiday video (In French Only)
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Universal accessibility:
tools for the arts community

Did you know that in Canada, more than one in five people live with a disability? 

Last November, the Conseil launched several tools and guides to share best practices for collaborating with artists who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability.  These relevant, practical resources are intended for both the arts community and the Conseil itself.

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New Artistic Practices Now Referred to as Non-disciplinary Artistic Practices

The world around us is constantly changing, and the arts milieu is no exception. Starting January 1, 2022, the Conseil will use the name “non-disciplinary artistic practices” to refer to what it used to call “new artistic practices.”

To better reflect the realities of the new artistic practices and multidisciplinary programming, which have seen major transformations in recent years, the names and definitions used for these two categories have been revised. 

CAM Touring Program revamped

The pandemic gave the Conseil the opportunity to update its flagship CAM Touring Program. It conducted an in-depth review with artists and presenters from the Accès Culture and ADICIM networks to implement tailored solutions offering artists greater visibility across the Island of Montréal.

Upcoming addition: the Art Out in the Open program will be incorporated into the updated CAM Touring Program, which will be unveiled in February 2022. Stay tuned for details!

Important notices: ORORA portal

Our online application platform, ORORA, may be unstable or temporarily unavailable from Monday, January 3, 2022, 8 a.m. to Friday, January 7, 2022, 8 p.m. due to maintenance work. During this period, please use the platform exclusively to view your files in read-only mode.

Please also note that from January 1, 2022, all calls for applications will now automatically close at 5 p.m.
Residency recipients in action

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Recipients of in-school residencies for writers

Children’s writers Tania Baladi, Anne Bernard-Lenoir, Alexandra Guimont, Jeanne Painchaud and Marie-Hélène Poitras will enjoy a unique experience in children’s literature from February to April 2022.

These residencies are offered through a collaboration between the Conseil, the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, through its A Montréal School for All program, and Communication-Jeunesse.

Photos : 1. Tania Baladi © Dominique Martel, 2. Anne Bernard-Lenoir © CABL, 3. Alexandra Guimont © Thalie Brunet-Cardinal, 4. Jeanne Painchaud © Jeremy Bobrow et 5. Marie-Hélène Poitras © Charles-Olivier Michaud
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Vincent Brault and Flavia Garcia, recipients of the bookstore residency for writers

From March to May 2022, Vincent Brault will be in residence at the Librairie Saga Bookstore to pursue his Histoires de fantômes project and Flavia Garcia will be hosted at La Livrerie to carry out Du grand Nord au Centre-Sud project. 

This initiative is a collaboration between the Conseil and the Association des libraires du Québec.

Photos : Vincent brault © Les Marois et Flavia Garcia © Jean-Pierre Mercier

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Symon Henry wins the Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent writer’s residency 

The artist will get the opportunity to carry out his cultural mediation project consisting of inclusive and multidisciplinary workshops focused on gender and identity issues, which will be ingrained in the mission of the Bibliothèque.

This program is delivered through a partnership between the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois, in collaboration with Bibliothèques de Montréal.

Photo © Alexandre Turgeon Dalpé/Bijuriya
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From studio to stage

Poet Hoda Adra, Voi.e.s.x théâtrales recipient 

Hoda Adra will benefit from a theatrical mentorship from the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) and a mentorship from LA SERRE – arts vivants, which will also offer a presentation of her project in lab format as part of the OFFTA festival.

Photo © D. Popa
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NoMásClavos, recipient of the Research-creation residency for culturally diverse artists in theatre and new artistic practices

The collective will receive artist’s fees and get to use the studios of the Conseil and the Théâtre Aux Écuries between January and June 2022 to carry out its Laissez-moi seul! project.

Photo © J. Ávila 
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Collective SCUSE, recipient of the Impact residency for circus arts

SCUSE will get the opportunity to explore new dramatic writing for circus arts and develop an original creation in the studios of the Conseil, Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirque Éloize and TOHU.

Photo © Courtoise 
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On the Island and beyond

Creations at the heart of Montréal’s neighbourhoods

The Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles and Sud-Ouest boroughs as well as the cities of Pointe-Claire and Côte Saint-Luc will have the opportunity to support the creation projects of L’Idylle – arts vivants, the Tableau d’Hôte Théâtre, the Collectif Fló and the collective YidLife Crisis, respectively.

Photo : Fló © A. Gourd
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Des ponts culturels, d'une rive à l'autre: four new co-creation projects

Drôldadon, DynamO Théâtre, Élyse De Lafontaine and Alejandra Odgers were selected to produce a work in collaboration with citizens of the municipalities of Laval, Longueuil, Terrebonne and the municipalities of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Photo Drôldadon | Les femmes se ménagent © Agnieska Stalkoper 
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Deadlines | Open Calls for applications

Creation and dissemination residency at the Centre des musiciens du monde
January 20, 2022

Jovette-Marchessault Award
January 24, 2022

Creation-Production Residency in New Artistic Practices
February 1st, 2022

Additional Funding for Crowdfunding Campaigns
Until program funds are depleted

How to become a member of an evaluation committee

Accessibility Costs

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