8 Montréal women who make their city shine

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Montréal has an inexhaustible useful resource: robust ladies who forge forward, pushed to create. As vibrant as the town they reside in, they're an inspiration to us all and showcase homegrown expertise all over the world. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March eight, listed here are eight ladies whose expertise and keenness make Montréal shine.

Régine Chassagne

This member of the favored band Arcade Fire cofounded KANPE, a corporation that goals to convey collectively the Haitian diaspora and individuals who really feel drawn to the Haitian trigger. KANPE applies a sustainable working mannequin to fight poverty by serving to the neediest households turn out to be extra autonomous. Because of donations collected by way of ticket gross sales for Arcade Hearth exhibits the world over, Régine and her band have raised over two million dollars for Partners in Health and KANPE.


Safia Nolin

This younger singer-songwriter makes headlines with a voice that exudes power and melancholy to create a fascinating sound. Limoilou, her first album, gained her the Felix award for 2016 discovery of the yr. After her controversial acceptance speech on the ADISQ gala, she hit again at critics with an excellent open letter published by Urbania, by which she denounces the style constraints positioned on ladies. Quickly, she was again together with her newest album Reprises Vol.1, delighting followers together with her tackle Québécois classics.

Marie-Josée Mother or father

A Mig’maq and Acadian lady, Marie-Josée Mother or father is the Director Common of the group DestiNATIONS, whose mission is to advertise indigenous tradition in Montréal. A lecturer and exhibition curator, she explores the methods artwork can handle social, political and group points. She can also be taking strides to develop enough and respectful illustration of indigenous life via visionary tasks that underline the cultural and financial realities dealing with First Nations peoples.

Florence Gagnon

Founding father of Lez Spread the Word, Florence Gagnon is on the forefront of the brand new media panorama. Her web site is redefining the picture of lesbians of all ages and the tendencies that curiosity them with articles that give ladies a voice. Her net content material, additionally obtainable in journal type because the fall of 2016, is taking off. Along with being distributed at numerous outlets in Canada, it's also crossing borders. You possibly can even get a replica on the MoMA store in New York!

Phyllis Lambert

This grand dame of structure is behind a variety of tasks, together with Heritage Montreal, a corporation that defends the town’s constructed heritage, and the Canadian Centre for Structure. She is extensively admired for her lively position in defending city parks and toponymical heritage. Lambert just lately celebrated her 90th birthday, and her contributions to the town and the world of structure span over half a century.

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Writer, activist, filmmaker… Anaïs Barbeau Lavalette by no means ceases to amaze us. In 2012, her movie Inch’Allah was chosen by the Toronto and Berlin Movie Festivals, the place it gained worldwide critics’ awards. Her newest novel, La femme qui fuit, was impressed by her grandmother’s life. It gained the Grand prix du livre de Montréal in 2015.

Gabrielle Laïla Titley alias Pony

The multi-disciplinary artist Pony has made a reputation for herself via artwork, at first, but in addition by way of posters, t-shirts and sweatshirts. One of the best-selling Club Optimiste line has even made a couple of TV appearances. No Position Fashions, her new set up on the Phi Centre from March 4 to 9, revisits influential childhood icons.

Kim Thúy

It was solely after a multi-disciplinary profession that this Saigon native determined to select up a pen and convey us luminous novels formed by her previous. Having fled from Vietnam as a ship individual together with her mother and father when she was simply 10 years previous, she gives a singular perspective on human points. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than awards for her novel Ru (revealed in 2009) and her literary essays started pouring in. Seven awards later, she continues to captivate us. At a time when the tough actuality dealing with refugees is entrance web page information, her phrases and her expertise are extra related than ever.

Photograph Credit: 
Régine Chassagne: Susan Moss Images
Safia Nolin:  Raphaël Ouellet
Marie-Josée Mother or father: Cindy Boyce
Florence Gagnon: Kelly Jacob
Phyllis Lambert: Fb Phyllis Lambert
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette: Christian Blais
Gabrielle Laïla Titley alias Pony: Fb Pony
Kim Thúy: Elizabeth Cloutier

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