August 28, 2008 23:59 ET

The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are underway!

MONTREAL, Aug. 28 - 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

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
Halmai-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."

Contact Information

  • Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media Relations,
    Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, extension 4015,; Christian O'Leary, Director of Communications and
    Development, Conseil des arts de Montréal, (514) 280-3991,