Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 26, 2008 13:52 ET

Media advisory: The Governor General Is Thrilled to Attend the Premiere of the Haitian Version of STARMANIA Presented in Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Their Excellencies, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, will be attending the premiere of STARMANIA, a new adaptation by the Haiti En Scene troupe from Port-au-Prince. The performance will be held at TOHU, in Montreal, on Thursday, March 27, 2008.

As patron of TOHU, the Governor General will deliver opening remarks, underscoring the importance of this celebration of ties between Haiti and Canada and applauding its powerful affirmation of the vitality of Francophone voices in the world.

The Governor General witnessed their colourful performance during her official visit to the Republic of Haiti in 2006. Visibly touched, she conveyed to TOHU and Luc Plamondon her wish to see young Canadian and Haitian artists share their work and commitment to building a better world. In this way, this performance follows on the heels of a TOHU-led exchange program in Jacmel, Haiti, that saw young artists from Montreal, Calgary, Toronto and Yellowknife collaborate with young Haitians on an arts-based community-building program.

The Governor General will speak immediately prior to the performance, which begins at 8:00 p.m. TOHU is located at 2345 East Jarry Street (corner of Iberville) in Montreal. For more information, visit www.tohu.ca .

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