MUTEK, an organization dedicated to the exploration and promotion of digital creativity and electronic music, is the grand winner of the Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts de Montréal (CAM), for the 2019 edition of its festival of the same name . The jury highlighted the exceptional quality of the most recent edition of MUTEK and “its rich and diverse programming”.
The founder and director of MUTEK, Alain Mongeau, received this recognition during a gala held Thursday noon, at the PHI Center, and broadcast in virtual format. An event marked by the solidarity and resilience of Montreal’s cultural community in times of COVID-19.
Very surprised and moved, Alain Mongeau dedicated his prize to the artists and the public of the MUTEK festival, which is held once a year in Montreal. He also thanked the public bodies, including the CAM, for their support in maintaining the cultural ecosystem of the metropolis during the pandemic.
The Segal Center also awarded
The Jury Prize went to the Segal Center for the Performing Arts. For its “inclusive approach and its expertise in musical theater in its programming dealing with social issues of all kinds”, in particular for the presentation last year of the musical Children of God, on the history of residential schools in Canada. “The jury fell in love with the work of supporting audiences at the Segal Center around the production and distribution of Children of God. “
The other seven finalists this year were Alchimies, Creations and Cultures; Communication-Youth; the Ebnflōh dance company; La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in duet with TOHU, city of circus arts for the first edition of Autre cirque; MAI (Montreal, intercultural arts); MOMENTA, Image Biennale; and Toxic Sidewalk.
Chaired by Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, the jury of 35e Grand Prix brought together Élizabeth-Ann Doyle, co-founder, general and artistic director of MU; Déborah Cherenfant, president of the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal; Nichole Anderson Bergeron, Former President and CEO, Business for the Art; Thi Be Nguyen, Director of the Office of the President and Major Gifts, National Bank of Canada.
The winners of the CAM Grand Prix since 1985
2017: Metropolitan orchestra
2016: Public Case
2015: The 7 fingers and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
2014: Lemieux Pilon 4D Art
2013: Louise Lecavalier – Glorious Madman
2012: Festival TransAmériques (FTA)
2011: Festival of new cinema
2010: Cirque Éloize
2009: Elektra and MUTEK
2008: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
2006: Marie Chouinard Company
2005: Bouches Décousues Theater
2004: Espace Go
2003: La La La Human Steps
2002: Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal
2001: Parallel Cinema
2000: International Festival of Films on Art
1999: Jean-Pierre Perreault Foundation
1998: Chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal
1997: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal
1996: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1995: International Festival of New Dance
1994: Carbon 14
1993: Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
1992: O Vertigo Danse
1991: Contemporary Music Society of Quebec
1990 : Life of the Arts
1989: Canadian Center for Architecture
1988: New World Theater, Women’s Experimental Theater and Omnibus
1987: Cirque du Soleil
1986: Louis Lortie, pianist
1985: Wireless Theater