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The well-known Québec actress Marie-Thérèse Fortin will be the Spokesperson for the 2018 edition of the Canimex Canadian Music Competition.

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Competition, we are delighted with such a lovely partnership. Ms. Fortin is well known to all; her charisma and popularity will certainly appeal to a very wide audience,” said CMC Executive Director Marie-Claude Matton.

“I will joyfully join the Canimex Canadian Music Competition. It will be a privilege to share my passion for classical music with you, and also to encourage all these talented young musicians,” added Fortin.

A leading Québec actress, Marie-Thérèse Fortin was Artistic Director of Québec City’s Théâtre du Trident for seven years, and Artistic Director (as well as Associate General Manager) of Montréal’s Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui from 2004 to June 2012. She is best known for her contributions to the TV series Mémoires vives and Boomerang as well as for many memorable film, television and theatre performances.

All final stages of the Competition’s 60th anniversary celebrations will take place in Montréal: the National Final will be held from June 13 to 30 in the Tanna Schulich Hall of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music; the Competition’s elite component, the Stepping Stone, will be presented from June 27 to July 6 in the Bon-Pasteur Historic Chapel; and the Gala Concert will celebrate this year’s CMC winners beginning at 7:00 p.m. on July 9 at Montréal’s Maison symphonique with the Orchestre Métropolitain under the direction of Nicolas Ellis. Tickets are now on sale on site at Place des Arts at, by calling 514-842-2112 or the toll-free number 1 866-842-2112, or by e-mail at

The CMC: 60 years of talent!

For the past 60 years, the Canimex Canadian Music Competition has been discovering and supporting the country’s best talent. It encourages emerging musicians to surpass themselves through discipline and determination, while presenting them with a tremendous artistic development opportunity. The idea for the Canadian Music Competition initially took shape in 1958 in Montréal. Since then, 14 sections have been set up to cover all of Canada. The same spirit that drove the Competition’s founders is still alive today among its many volunteers: as the pillars of the organization, they supply the energy and enthusiasm required for such a competition to pursue its objectives. Thousands of young musicians have taken part in the CMC since its creation. They include some of the greatest names on today’s national and international scenes, such as Marc-André Hamelin, Chantal Juillet, Louis Lortie, Martin Beaver, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, André Laplante, Gwen Hoebig, Susan Hoeppner, Stéphane Lemelin, Robert Silverman, Angela Cheng, Anne-Marie Dubois, Desmond Hoebig, Angela Hewitt, Janina Fialkoswka and James Ehnes, to name but a few. The future looks just as bright.

News posted Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Marie-Thérèse Fortin (Photo: Julie Artacho)