Montreal comes together to explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration around 2017

MONTREAL, QC (NOVEMBER 30, 2016) – The 150Alliance is hosting their final regional gathering of the year in Montreal this week together with 375MTL and the Foundation of Grand Montreal to engage the city and showcase a range of projects that will make the most of Canada’s big year in 2017, which is both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montréal.

The event will take place Friday afternoon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage will provide words of welcome, followed by remarks from partners including France Chrétien-Desmarais, President and Executive Committee Member for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary, Hubert T. Lacroix, President & CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, Diane Bertrand of the Foundation of Grand Montreal and Karen Bouchard of Community Foundations of Canada.

Roundtable discussions around 2017 engagement will kick-off the event, followed by a showcase of projects and activities being planned throughout Montreal and across the country next year. Some of the exciting initiatives being highlighted at the event include:

  • 150 Years Young: Apathy is Boring is leading a project that will acknowledge and feature millennials’ diverse contributions and mobilize their potential through creative installations including an online photo and storytelling campaign and outdoor city projections. This project includes the engagement of 12 city ambassadors, including three in Montreal, to reshape the narrative on youth engagement in Canada.
  • Art-based Social Inclusion in Canada: The Art Hives Network will map past arts-based social inclusion initiatives on an interactive website, and use video to document present grassroots community arts being undertaken in Canadian art hives. Sixty-two art hives from all parts of Canada will then create a traveling art exhibit on Truth & Reconciliation that will originate in Montreal and travel across Canada.
  • We Desire A Better Country: This national tour led by The Walrus will visit every province and territory in 2017, with each event featuring eight speakers, including four youth leaders and four members of the Order of Canada. Their talk in Montreal will be a luncheon, with an option to travel in style and comfort with first-class VIA Rail service on a return trip between Ottawa–Montreal.

“The 150Alliance and 375MTL are great examples of how the moment of 2017 is being leveraged to bring Canadians together and strengthen the connections people have to their communities,” says Ian Bird, President with Community Foundations of Canada. “This milestone year has also helped unlock the collective engagement of our philanthropic network in communities in Quebec and across the country that will extend well beyond Canada’s big year.”

The 150Alliance event in Montreal is the latest in a cross-country tour to engage Canadians in 2017 activities that has included stops in St. John’s, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Richmond this fall.

“The 150th anniversary of Confederation will make it possible to engage Canadians, inspire them and strengthen the bonds that unite them,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Thanks to 150Alliance events, Canadians all across the country will be able to work together to make 2017 an unforgettable year. Now it’s Montréal’s turn to make the most of this networking opportunity to promote activities highlighting its 375th anniversary and the country’s 150th.”

Since 2015, the 150Alliance has hosted gatherings in almost every province, bringing together more than a thousand organizations across all sectors of society to mobilize around Canada’s 150th and build the largest database of 2017 organizations and projects at


About 150Alliance

The 150Alliance is an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Incubated by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150Alliance is the national hub for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, with over 1,300 members and growing. Learn more or join today at


Melody MacLean
Manager, Public Engagement
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 x 305

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