A WORD FROM THE SPOKESPERSON

Damien Robitaille

It is with great joy that I resume my role of spokesperson for the Festival and that take part in the “Concerts sous le sapin!” 

The Holiday season and its traditions have always been very important to me and my family. This year, the music will be even more important, to try to forget everything else!

I can’t wait to present you the opening show and offer you my version of “Minuit Chrétien”, during the New Year’s Eve of December 24… Since last March, I have made more than 130 virtual musical recordings of all kinds, so why not end the year with a virtual midnight mass!

I miss playing music with my band, but we will still be able to sing, decorate the house and sit in front of a beautiful fireplace, as if it was Christmas in the Park!

Damien Robitaille
Spokesperson

A WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR

ALAIN GINGRAS GUIMOND

Due to the current pandemic context, the 2020 edition of the Festival will be really different, since we are prevented from staging our traditional musical events in city parks. But the crisis has also forced us to question ourselves and to innovate! I am therefore very happy to be able to allow our “Concerts sous le sapin” to go beyond the borders of the island of Montreal to reach a greater number of people and allow them to discover unique shows by artists from here.

Thanks to technology, people everywhere will be able to watch twenty virtual musical concerts with their families, in the comfort and safety of their living room. Thus, for its 27th edition, the Noël dans le Parc Festival will offer Montrealers even more than usual, since they will need more comfort and live the spirit of the Holiday Season. And while we have new ideas to present to festivalgoers, like a Christmas market, we have no choice but to postpone it all until next year.

Thanks to the support of our long-standing partners, the Festival pursues its mission and remains accessible to all.

Thank you to the participating artists, to our collaborators and to our partners who allow the Festival to go on, year after year.

Thank you to our dear public, who contribute to the magic of Christmas wherever they are. Thank you for perpetuating with me the unifying vision of the Festival’s founder, Reynald Bouchard.

I warmly invite you to celebrate the magic of Christmas by listening to one of our « Concerts sous le sapin », which will be broadcasted from December 18 to January 4.

Alain Gingras-Guimond
Executive and Artistic Director

MISSION AND VALUES

OUR MISSION

Create an urban Christmas village, a place where people meet and mix, that restores the spirit of sharing and conviviality. Since its foundation in 1994, the event has renewed its commitment to creating and promoting the symbiosis between art, music and creativity.

Diversity is still at the heart of the musical and artistic programming in order to be in sync with our values of social inclusion. The Festival’s free admission also makes it possible to offer activities to all citizens.

OUR CORE VALUES

ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

We present high quality shows of various musical styles.

Our programming is designed to inspire and stimulate the public.

 

COLLABORATION

In order to achieve our goals, we work with several partners who share the same values. Thanks to their collaboration, the Festival is growing and improving every year.

SUSTAINABLE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

The Festival supports several social causes and gives back to the community to be a lever for social change.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

We encourage the diversity of artists and audiences in order to invite them to live new experiences that enhance encounter and creativity.

INCLUSION

We create environments that are welcoming, accessible and respectful.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

We wish to minimize the impact of our activities on the environment through multiple eco-responsible initiatives. We promote on-site reduction, reuse and recycling of all materials and containers.

Team 2020

Directeur général et artistique
Alain Gingras-Guimond

Directeur général adjoint et directeur administratif
Nicolas Lachapelle

Adjoint à la direction générale / Responsable de la programmation et de la captation
Alain-Pierre Berriault

Directrice de production
Carole Mondello

Réalisateur et directeur technique des captations
Yves Bériault

Directeur technique
à la sonorisation

Yannick Sirois

Preneur de son
Dominique Chartrand

Directeurs photo / cameramen
Michel Lauzon
Marc Warden

Responsable de la
livraison de sapins

Carole Mondello

Directeur technique
montage et démontage

Gilles Côté

Techniciens, montage et démontage
Judith Bourque-Chiarella
Nathalie Fridman
Nicolas Welsh
Louis-Paul Dallaire

Vendeurs de sapin
Jacques Viret
Francis Soucy
Tristan Guimond
Tito Synnott

Chauffeurs
Johakim Jasenovic
Jean Fortier
Louis-Paul Dallaire
Richard Marsan

Communications
OBNL 360 / C4 Communications

HISTORY

Noël dans le Parc: a 25-year love story with Montreal

The following year, L’Auguste Théâtre created the first edition of “La Cabane magique” at Parc Lahaie, in the heart of Montreal. An imposing log cabin erected in the centre of the park welcomes 200 spectators and presents a theatrical, multicultural and multidisciplinary musical show, written and directed by actor and designer Reynald Bouchard. The performance boldly merged folk music, classical music, storytelling, dance, theatre and circus arts, and includes a cast of 20 professional artists.

For three years, L’Auguste Théâtre offered “La Cabane magique” to a growing audience. In all, more than 800 creators and craftsmen from different backgrounds come to sow dreams and magic in the hearts of the spectators. L’Auguste Théâtre presents three original creations of its theatrical musical show, “Tout l’Monde dans Maison”, “Pour rejoindre celle qu’il aime” and “Le Monde de Jos Bello”.

While they remained faithful to the concept of its creator, Noël dans le Parc Festival came back in force in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with an urban Christmas festival, focusing on diversity of cultures and various types of music. A large place was given to established and emerging musicians alike. Since the death of its creator, the Festival’s general and artistic direction has been ensured by its former assistant artistic director, Alain Gingras-Guimond, who weld this position since early on.

In 2013, Noël dans le Parc Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary, as well as 20 years of producing winter artistic and cultural events. With Christmas in the Parc “Garneau”, the Festival grew considerably. by extending its presence at the Esplanade du Parc Olympique, from 2012 to 2014, the Festival engaged in three neighbourhoods of the city: Plateau Mont-Royal, Sud-Ouest and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Since 2016, three villages of yesteryears have been built by L’Auguste Théâtre in the heart of Montreal at Compagnons-de-Saint-Laurent park, Lahaie park and Place Émilie-Gamelin. These large spaces have been transformed into places of entertainment and winter pleasures for the whole family during the month of December.

In 2018, Noël dans le Parc Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary with a big event, withon more partners than ever before. The audience has been loyal to the event and Noël dans le Parc’s 25th edition closed with great success.

 

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