Montfort celebrates “Notre Place” as the Franco-Ontarian Provincial Anthem
A free concert will take place on March 22, 2017 in Ottawa
Toronto, Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Upon learning that the Government of Ontario had recognized the song Notre Place as the Provincial Anthem of Franco-Ontarians, earlier today, the President and CEO of Hôpital Montfort, Dr. Bernard Leduc, and the President and CEO of the Montfort Hospital Foundation, Mrs. Christine Sigouin, promptly voiced their heartfelt thanks.
“The Government of Ontario’s recognition of the song Notre Place as the Provincial Anthem of Franco-Ontarians is a cause we hold dear to our hearts”, explained Dr. Leduc. “This was a process that we participated in on behalf of all Franco-Ontarians.”
“We wish to thank the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, the MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Mr. Grant Crack, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), Mr. François Dubé of Productions Dubémol and the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) for having supported us in our collective efforts to obtain the official recognition of the song Notre Place, added Mrs. Sigouin. “This song, composed in 1989, has had an incredible impact on the Franco-Ontarian cause and for decades has served as a voice for Ontario’s Francophone Community.”
Both expressed their gratitude to the Elected Officials and all members of the Legislative Assembly for having taken the time to study the request, to recognize its importance for the Franco-Ontarian community and, ultimately, to have passed this motion. “A motion that gives us, Franco-Ontarians, Our place today for tomorrow—as said so eloquently by Paul Demers and François Dubé, the co-composers of this song, now the Provincial Anthem of Franco-Ontarians”, added Mrs. Sigouin. “The adoption of this motion is wonderful news for Ontario’s Francophone Community and, thanks to you, today marks an important page in Franco-Ontarian history.”
In light of this news, a free concert celebrating Franco-Ontarian solidarity and the Franco-Ontarian provincial anthem will be held on March 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at TD Place in Ottawa, and coincides wonderfully with the 20th anniversary of the SOS Montfort Historic Rally.
Franco-Ontarian identity is a shining example of diversity and solidarity, which will be reflected on stage by the wide variety of Franco-Ontarian artists who will be performing at this celebration. They include Damien Robitaille, Robert Paquette, Chuck Labelle, Serge Monette, Gabrielle Goulet, Yao, Jean-Marc Lalonde and Moonfruits.
A tribute medley will be performed in memory of Paul Demers, who sadly passed away on October 29, 2016. This tribute will celebrate him as co-composer of the song Notre Place and as a fervent supporter of the Franco-Ontarian cause. He knew how to rally thousands of Franco-Ontarians around a common identity. Paul Demers bequeathed to us a unifying anthem, Notre Place, that will continue to be sung with great pride.
Free tickets for the concert on March 22, 2017, must be reserved online at tdplace.ca, or by calling 613-748-4920.
Geneviève Picard, Director of Communications
613-746-4621, extension 2049