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The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are underway!

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The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are underway!

Montréal, August 28, 2008 — The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are back again for a new edition this year, reflecting the Rendez-vous November 2007 – Montréal, cultural metropolis action plan. The two co-presidents of the Honourary Committee, Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, invite cultural and arts organizations to take part in great numbers.

The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal seek nominations from Greater Montréal arts and cultural organizations that have received support from a large enterprise, SME, or individual from the business milieu between September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008.

Organizations have until September 29, 2008 to nominate enterprises and individuals who play a leading role in supporting arts and culture, and whose commitment deserves to be rewarded. Information about the competition, along with rules and a registration form are available on the following Websites: and

“Montréal has all it needs to be a true cultural metropolis of international calibre, and I am convinced that the support of the business milieu is essential to give it the means to realize its ambitions. The more that businesses actively support arts and culture, the more we will see our local creative artists extend their reach abroad, thereby putting Montréal in the spotlight. It is always a great pleasure to see businesses of all sizes demonstrate their creativity and inventiveness to find their own ways of contributing to stimulating our cultural resources,” stated Isabelle Hudon.

Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, added: “With each edition, the Prix Arts-Affaires allow us to highlight the quality and importance of the partnerships that are forged between the business sphere and the arts. Individuals and enterprises from the private sector that get involved in arts and culture contribute to their vitality and their creative strength; their commitment also bears witness to their dynamism and their desire to take part in the development of our society. These people and businesses have this in common: vision and passion. By acknowledging the quality of their contribution, we hope that these awards can serve as an inspiration for other callings and new collaborations.”

About the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal
The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are an initiative of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with daily newspaper Le Devoir, that aims to reward businesses and individuals who have shown their support for Montréal arts and cultural organizations. The work of art presented to Prix Arts-Affaires winners is created by Rita, a multidisciplinary design collective composed of Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, Karine Corbeil, and Francis Rollin.

The winners of the last edition, in 2007, were: SSQ Financial Group (Large enterprise category), sponsored by TOHU, TP1 Communication électronique (SME category), sponsored by Pont Bridge theatre company, and Florence Junca-Adenot, UQAM professor, (Arts/Business personality category), sponsored by Agora de la danse.

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

A dynamic partner of Montréal artistic creation, the Conseil des arts de Montréal supports and recognizes excellence in professional artistic creation, production, and distribution through financial support, advice, and cooperative and development actions. For over 50 years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has contributed through its actions to the development of "Montréal, cultural metropolis."


Sylvie Paquette
Coordinator, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Phone: 514-871-4000, extension 4015

Christian O'Leary
Director of Communications and Development
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Phone: 514-280-3991

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