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24 Jun 2013

London: Celebrating 50 years of partnership

Joseph Rouleau; Philippe Sly, baryton-basse, lauréat du prix Joseph-Rouleau; Anne Larlee, pianiste; Yoland Cadieux, représentant de la Banque Nationale du Canada; et Pierre Boulanger, délégué général du Québec à Londres.

For the tenth straight year, the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) observed the National Holiday, in partnership with the Montréal International Musical Competition, with a recital at St. John's Hall, Smith Square featuring bass-baritone Philippe Sly, the winner of the 2012 Joseph Rouleau Award.

The DGQL’s main contacts and partners affiliated with the political, academic, cultural, commercial and financial communities were invited to the evening event. Internationally acclaimed bass singer Joseph Rouleau attended the event again this year.

Québec Agent-General in London Pierre Boulanger began by welcoming the approximately 350 guests and providing an overview of activities taking place in the United Kingdom this year to mark the DGQL’s 50th anniversary. He also noted the quality of the relations that exist between Québec and its partners in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries and the strategic role that the DGQL plays in this region. In addition, Mr. Boulanger expressed his thanks to the National Bank of Canada and Air Canada for their financial support in organizing the National Holiday celebrations in London.

This event is an opportunity for the Agent-General and the Québec Government Office staff to thank their British contacts for their collaboration and strengthen the ties that have been forged over the years. It is also a way to highlight the remarkable talent of Québec’s young artists, such as Philippe Sly.

Philippe Sly

Philippe Sly was born in Québec and graduated from McGill University. In addition to the Joseph Rouleau Award, he also won the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Best Canadian Artist, First Prize in the 2012 Montréal International Musical Competition and the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award. His latest appearances include a role in the opera The Barber of Seville (San Francisco), a performance in J. S. Bach’s Saint John Passion with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra and a recital with the Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Orchestra in Malaysia.

The Joseph Rouleau Award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and a career development program. After beginning his European tour in London, Philippe Sly gave a concert at the official residence of Canada in The Hague, Netherlands on June 24 to mark Québec’s National Holiday.
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