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Photo credit : Andrée Lanthier
Photo credit : Andrée Lanthier

Future Stars' Grand Premiere

Fondation de la Place des Arts' annual benefit event

Future Stars’ Grand Premiere

The benefit event

For the past ten years, the Future Stars’ Grand Premiere has presented a unique show that raises funds to support accessibility-to-the-performing-arts programs and create hundreds of meetings every year between diverse audiences and artists at Place des Arts. This event, which brings together business people, philanthropists and art lovers from all horizons, offers young artists of exceptional talent the opportunity to perform on a prestigious stage, that of Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Community Outreach : Lighting a spark

Arts and culture are essential for our development and fulfillment as individuals, as a community and as a society. This is why, every year, a few hundred teenagers from less privileged backgrounds and newcomers are invited to attend the show free of charge.

Since this initiative was created, over 2,000 people have taken part in this unique evening. For many of them, this event is a first experience in a major performance hall and a first immersion in the cultural world of the performing arts in Quebec.

“The families and members left with stars in their eyes. It was the first time they had the chance to see a show in Théâtre Maisonneuve and they loved it! It was a beautiful moment of joy and artistic discovery for all! "
- A coordinator, SINGA Québec

"Our community is very poor, my students have never set foot in Place des Arts. [I bring them to this show] to introduce them to an environment they do not know and to broaden their horizons."
- A teacher, Mont-de-La Salle Highschool

"My immigrant students are attending a show in a performance venue in Quebec for the first time. They are proud to make a small foray into Quebec’s culture."
- A teacher, Centre Yves-Thériault

Future Stars' Grand Premiere 2020


Montreal, June 3, 2020 – The Fondation de la Place des Arts is pleased to announce that, despite the cancellation of the benefit event that was to take place yesterday in Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, it has raised a total of $267,500 through the generosity of its most loyal partners and donors.

“This is an exceptional outcome under the present conditions and these donations are most valuable, as the money raised with this event is essential to the success of our mission. With the Fondation’s support, Place des Arts—a unique performance venue and setting for the creation of new works—is able to implement programs to increase access to and awareness of the performing arts for a wide range of clienteles,” stated Mr. J. Serge Sasseville, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fondation de la Place des Arts.

“During these challenging times of the pandemic, the power of arts and culture is more apparent than ever. While the cultural sector has been very hard hit, we are seeing many artists and organizations increase their virtual initiatives on a daily basis in an effort to alleviate people’s isolation and lift their morale. Arts and culture provide comfort and are conducive to cohesion and unity, and we are truly touched by the confidence our donors have shown in us, as their generosity will allow the Fondation to contribute to the implementation of several free, unifying, and inclusive activities that will be even more important as we emerge from this crisis,” concluded Mr. Sasseville.

The 10th edition of the event has been postponed to June 1, 2021. Under the artistic direction of internationally renowned harpist Valérie Milot, the event will give guests an opportunity to discover several exceptionally talented young artists. It will also once again allow the Fondation to welcome some 500 people—mostly youth from less advantaged backgrounds and new comers to Montreal—free of charge, giving them the opportunity to attend the show, which for many will be their first immersion in the world of the performing arts in Quebec.

To read the full press release, click here.

2019 Edition

The nith edition of the event which took place on June 2, 2029, enabled us to raised a net amount of $575,000 thanks to the generosity of our partners and donors of the Future Stars Grand Premiere and to the important gift of our Ambassador Partner.

More than 1,000 people—including 500 teenagers and newcomers, invited free of charge as part of the Community component of the event—were seduced by the outstanding performances of young and talented artists under the artistic direction of Alexandre Da Costa, staged by Joël Legendre.


The artists of the 2019 edition are:

Daniel Arthur – Piano
Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy – Cello
Maxime Bidégaré – Electric bass – Rock Group
Marhorie Bourque – Violin – String Quintet
Raphaël Bouchard – Dance
Matys Colpron-Bergsma – Drums – Rock Group
Vanessa Croome – Singing
Alice Déry – Singing
Audréanne Filion – Cello – String Quintet
Étienne Fournier – Electric guitar – Rock Group
Alexandra Gagné-Lavoie – Drama
Émilou Johnson – Double bass – String Quintet
La Bronze – Singing
Félix Lahaye – Drama
Thierry Lavoie-Ladouceur – Viola – String Quintet
Thomas Le Duc-Moreau – Conductor
Thomas Reddy – Keyboard – Rock Group
Catherine Toupin – Dance
Abby Walsh – Violin – String Quintet
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montréal



For more photos of the event, check our Facebook photo album.


Crédit photo : Andrée Lanthier

The organizing committee of the Future Stars' Grand Premiere.
In usual order (at the front) the copresidents : Sandra Chartrand, Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard; Jacques Marchand, LCI Education Network; Sylvie Chagnon, Lallemand; (at the back) Louise Sicuro, Culture pour tous; Normand Laprise, Restaurant Toqué!; Catherine Samson, Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec; Amélie Fortier-Cyr, L’Oréal; Barbara Seal; Frédérique Cardinal, Fondation de la Place des Arts.
Crédit photo : Andrée Lanthier

Nadine Proulx, acting chair of the board, Fondation Place des Arts; Michèle Boisvert, official delegate of Quebec in Paris; and from Place des Arts, Jean Laurin, chair of the board, and Marie-Josée Desrochers, CEO.
Crédit photo : Andrée Lanthier

The artistic director of the event, Alexandre Da Costa, with the Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal and the String quartet made up of Abby Walsh, Marhorie Bourque, Thierry Lavoie-Ladouceur, Audréanne Filion and Émilou Johnson.





2018 Edition

The eighth edition of the Future Stars’ Grand Premiere took place on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Théâtre Maisonneuve. We are proud to announce that it raised a net profit of $600,000 and we sincerely thank our partners and donors for their support.

Close to 1,000 people attended the event, 400 of whom were teenagers and new comers to Montreal who were invited free of charge. Under the artistic direction of Mr. Philippe Fehmiu, radio presenter at ICI Musique, many talented young artists presented us brilliant performances for our greatest enjoyment, including:

Asymmetry – Urban Dance
Geneviève Dompierre Smith – Soprano
Juliette Duguay – Harp
Marie-Andrée Gill – Poetry
King Abid - DJ and percussion
Zhan Hong Xiao – Piano
George Hua – Piano
Tess McQuade – Jazz song
Benjamin Morency – Flute
William Ouellet Quartet– Jazz
Abby Walsh – Violin





For more photos of the event, check our Facebook photo album.



Photo credit : Ladislas Kadyszewski
Photo credit : Ladislas Kadyszewski
Photo credit : Ladislas Kadyszewski




2017 Edition

The seventh edition of the Future Stars’ Grand Premiere was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and raised over $630,000 net for the Fondation de la Place des Arts, a record amount.

Under the artistic direction of Maestro Alain Trudel, principal conductor and artistic director for the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, many talented artists performed and prestigious Montreal artistic institutions were represented:

Cas Public – Dance
Conservatoire de musique de Montréal – Brass
Lorraine Desmarais – Piano jazz
David Fleury – Guitar and voice
Jazz Band Saint-Luc – Jazz
Nathan Keoughan – Baritone
Alec Michaud-Cheney – Horn
Orchestre Symphonique Joseph-François-Perreault – Orchestra
Renaud Paradis – Drama
Blake Pouliot – Violin
Miriam Roberts – Violin
Chelsea Rus – Soprano


Event photo album Facebook.


Photo credit: Denis Beaumont
Photo credit: Denis Beaumont
Photo credit: Denis Beaumont




2016 Edition

The sixth edition of the Future Stars’ Grand Premiere raised over $550,000 net for the Fondation de la Place des Arts, a record amount. The benefit show, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned artist Angèle Dubeau, showcased a number of rising stars, including:

  • The Next Generation Leahy – dance, violin and piano
  • Kerson Leong – violin
  • Olivier Mallette – drums
  • Valérie Milot – harp
  • Leonid Nediak – piano
  • QW4RTZ – vocal quartet
  • Groupe RUBBERBANDance – dance
  • Félix de St-Hilaire - guitar and vocals

Event photo album Facebook.


From left to right: between the two Co-Chairs of the Honorary Committee, Marc Blondeau, President and CEO of Place des Arts, and Jean Laurin, President and CEO of NKF Devencore and Chair of of the Board of Directors of Place des Arts, are Clothilde Cardinal, Director of Programming at Place des Arts, Angèle Dubeau, Artistic and Creative Director of the show, Sylvie Chagnon, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee, and Frédérique Cardinal, Executive Director of the Fondation de la Place des Arts.
Crédit photo : MILK Images



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