March 13 2019

12 poèmes pour Montréal at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal: two young winners and an honourable mention!

Montreal, March 13, 2019 – Montreal City Council Chair Cathy Wong and Conseil des arts de Montréal Executive Director Nathalie Maillé are pleased to announce the winners of the 5th annual poetry contest 12 poèmes pour Montréal. The joint winners are Luka Giroux Gonçalves for Maternité urbaine, and Chris Quon for Not A Dream.

These two young poets, one from an English-language school and the other from a French-language school, were selected for their stirring imagery and words. Also of note this year was an honourable mention for Albert Lalonde for his poem Vivacité.

This outreach project and the resulting poetry exhibition give 12 Montreal youths the opportunity to depict their city in poetry, this year on the theme Rêver Montréal. The 12 finalist poems were unveiled today at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal and will be on display for the public to enjoy in the mezzanine at 1210 Sherbrooke East until April 19.

12 poèmes pour Montréal is a contest aimed at students in secondary 4 and 5 in Montreal’s anglophone and francophone public schools. In keeping with the Conseil’s strategic plan, this project seeks to forge ties between Montreal’s artistic and educational communities. For the second consecutive year, the Conseil has partnered with Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie. This organization worked with the students, holding poetry workshops in the schools and at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The contest and exhibition were produced in partnership with the Montreal City Council Chair’s Office and Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie, with the collaboration of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB).

About the City Council Chair’s Office
Created by City Council in 2002, the Chair’s Office is a neutral, impartial body acting as guardian of the democratic values of city hall. Headed by the City Council Chair, its mandate is to strengthen public trust and participation in public life and serve as the first point of contact with the municipality for Montreal residents, the general public or parliamentarians.

In addition to the services provided to elected officials, including the support of an ethics advisor, the City Council Chair’s Office handles guided tours of city hall for groups and schools, manages exhibitions in the hall of honour, and helps organize the Jeune Conseil de Montréal’s city council simulation for Montreal youths.

About Poetry In Voice | Les Voix de la Poésie
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, recitation and writing.

About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of professional artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in the creation, production and presentation of artistic endeavours. Through its initiatives, the Conseil encourages new thinking, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”

Exhibition hours
When exhibitions are being featured in on its mezzanine level, the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal is open to the public Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays).

Conseil des arts de Montréal
1210 Sherbrooke Street East
Metro: Sherbrooke

Tania Orméjuste
Director, Communications and Territorial Initiatives
Conseil des arts de Montréal
(514) 280-3991

Marie-Eve Bonneau
Assistant to the Chair
Office of the City Council Chair
City Clerk’s Office
(438) 990-7652