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Newsletter June 2013

Events Wrap-Up

2013 Gallery Tour

The annual artsScene Montreal Gallery Tour took place this year on April 3rd, 2013. In addition to being artsScene’s flagship event and bringing together over a hundred art fans, the 2013 edition was particularly innovative in the varied selection of galleries and studios it presented.

From the PHI Centre to The Arsenal, five tour groups experienced diverse perspectives into the local contemporary arts scene. Artists’ studios and galleries were in the spotlight throughout the evening. A team of sommeliers from réZin showcased specially selected wines relating to the personality of the works. The evening allowed featured artists to share their vision with the audience, network and mingle at the Arsenal for the closing cocktail.

Montreal Info-Arts Meeting with the Conseil des Arts de Montréal

On Wednesday May 29th, artsScene Montreal was invited to participate in an information and networking session organized by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal. Hosted by Natalie Chapdelaine, Art-Business Project Manager, the event aimed to explore innovative ways for the business and arts communities to collaborate. artsScene Montreal’s President Sébastien Barangé contributed to a panel discussion with Alexandre Boyer of Arrimages, Sévrine Labelle of Prix Arts-affaires, and Ugo Dionne of Bénévoles d’affaires.

Each organization shared information about their respective programs, as well as helpful networking tips (don’t just talk about yourself – listening is key!). Ugo Dionne shared some relevant insights about the challenges of matchmaking between professionals who want to volunteer and cultural organizations, namely to treat the process as if you were hiring for a paid position, interviewing several candidates rather than picking the first one who comes along.

The panel was followed by presentations by Valérie Dubreuil of Target Canada and Morvan Le Borgne of Gaz Métro, who shared tips on how to apply for corporate grants. The evening wrapped as participants had the chance to speak with representatives from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Bénévoles d’affaires, Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal, artsScène Montreal, Jeunes chambres des communautés culturelles and Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi.

A look back at the 2012-2013 Season

The 2012-2013 artsScene Montreal season was another diverse and successful year. More than 300 young professionals participated in one or several events organized by the artsScene Montreal team. artScene Montreal extends heartfelt thanks to our many volunteers to who make these events possible. Here is a look back at the year:

“En Coulisse” Behind the scenes Events


September 27 2012, En Masse

Participants connected with their inner-artist at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as representatives from the En Masse group led a collective drawing workshop.


November 22, 2012, Tangente

Participants got the opportunity to exchange with artists and enjoy works by the emerging Québécois dancer Raphaëlle Perreault, as well as by the New York based Brian Brooks Moving Company, with their incredible piece Big City, Motor.


February 12, 2013, Aedifica

Architects from this established Quebec-based firm shared their thoughts on several of their projects. The evening provided an opportunity for young professionals, business people and artisans to discuss their shared interests in a field that touches us all, allowing us to discover new perspectives on this artistic practice.

Flagship event

April 3, 2013, artsScene Montreal Gallery Tour

The annual Gallery tour brought together more than one hundred art lovers, who, over the course of 5 different tours starting at the PHI Centre, discovered artists’ studios and new galleries, gathering to complete the evening in style at the Arsenal.

Networking and workshop events

August 30, 2012, Cocktail at l’Assomoir

An evening to catch up after the summer and preview the 2012-2013 season

March 26, 2013, Breakfast with Jeff Melanson, President of the Banff Centre

An intimate event hosted by the first person in the arts to be named as part of the “Top 40 under 40” in 2009.

May 29, 2013, Info-Arts Meeting with the Conseil des Arts de Montréal

artsScene Montreal was invited to participate in an information and networking session organized by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal,  exploring innovative ways for the business and arts communities to collaborate.

Partner appreciation events

February 5 2013, Arsenal

A chance to discover the “Like Thunder Out of China” exhibition, accompanied by the curators Margot Ross et Pia Copper.

May 8, The Residences at Ritz-Carlton Montreal

The Joyce Yahouda Gallery and The Residences at Ritz-Carlton Montreal invited artsScene Montreal’s sponsors to discover works exhibited at the residences. Participants had the opportunity to meet with the artists and the gallery owner Joyce Yahouda.

A few words from our sponsors

A conversation with Vy Nguyen, Director Private Wealth, Business Development, at BMO Harris Private Banking and Maxime Codère, CPA, CA, CIRP, Director of Transactions and Restructuring, KPMG inc.

When you think of artsScene, what adjectives come to mind?

Vy Nguyen (VN) : Aesthetic, enriching, surprising.

Maxime Codere (MC) : The quality of artistic discoveries, of events planned, and of the people you meet and of the people involved.

Of all the artsScene projects that you support, do you have a favourite? If so, why?

VN: We are a principal partner and we believe in diversification and community enrichment through the arts. Too little is known of all the existing arts, it’s therefore important to promote them.

MC: As responsible for the grants and sponsors committee, my efforts have supported artsScene’s financial ambitions. With the Young Patrons’ Club, my focus has been on encouraging young professionals to financially support the arts and to invest directly in the arts themselves.

As an artsScene partner you are a supporter of culture generally, but do either of you have a favourite art form or art that you engage with day to day?

VN: I don’t create art, but I love contemporary visual art in general.

MC: I am primarily interested in visual art, music and architecture.

What do you hope to see in the future in terms of art in Montreal?

VN: A broader local influence with a young public, and a larger democratization of the milieu.

MC: That leading, refined and innovative art be consumed by a larger portion of the population.

Here are some comments from participants at the 2013 artsScene Montreal Gallery Tour:

Martin Maillet, Tour Group 2

“This is was the first time for me, but it certainly will not be the last. I was pleasantly surprised by how the the evening unfolded. I am an art lover, but visiting an artist’s studio such as 2fik’s, was especially moving. The conversation with the artist took an unexpected turn that ended up changing my view of his work.”

Kim Giroux, Tour Group 1

“I was really impressed with the diversity of what we saw. I appreciated visiting locations that were quite different from one another, entering the artist’s world, as well as that of the gallery, and the chance to discuss the works with them. I work with photographers daily and am sensitive to the need to support the different art circles; and allow artists to showcase their work. Although some artists may have extraordinary talent, they might not always enjoy showcasing it. My favorite part of the evening? Jean François Lauda’s studio.”

Elise Beauregard Route 1

“As an art lover, I’ve attended all the past editions of the Gallery Tour and in the process I’ve discovered several wonderful artistic talents. This edition was the most complete for me, as I found the choice and mix of locations very interesting. My favorite? I could say the works at La Plante but I’ve got to hand it to a very innovative artist, who was not in my tour, Karen Trask, which my friend from another tour told me about.”

Gallery Representative — Anthony Estaskiran

“Our gallery hasn’t been open for that long. It consists primarily of emerging artists from quite a diverse group and I am very pleased to have participated in an event like the Gallery Tour. It is very encouraging for us and the artists we support, to enjoy the benefits of the interest of respected organizations.”

Coming up next year…

Activities for the 2013-2014 season will be finalized over the course of the summer. A preliminary program will be launched soon. Stay tuned!

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The PHI Center is an artistic, creative and high-tech space that opened its doors nearly a year ago. Philanthropist Phoebe Greenberg and the centre’s authors wished to transform a historic building in Old Montreal built by John Ogilvy in 1861 into a specimen of innovative architecture, responsible construction and underlying connectivity, adaptability and acoustics.

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Arsenal – Like Thunder Out of China

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March 26th – Toast & Coffee with Jeff Melanson

Enjoy breakfast at the University Club with Jeff Melanson, President of The Banff Centre and first person in the arts field to be named as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

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Backstage with Aedifica

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A look back at En coulisses with En Masse

This response from one of En Masses’ founders, Jason Botkin, sums up the reaction to our September event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: “We had a blast last night! It was one of the most fun events of this sort we’ve ever participated in…

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