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The Canadian Centre for Architecture celebrates the 20th anniversary of its public opening and raises $830,000 with the 10th edition of its prestigious CCA Soirée.

Montréal, 17 June 2009, — The Canadian Centre for Architecture is pleased to announce that the 2009 CCA Soirée, Soirée without limits, raised a total of $830,000*. Business co-chairs Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank Financial Group, and Riadh Ben Aïssa, Executive Vice-President of the SNC-Lavalin Group, were delighted with the great success of the event, which helps finance the CCA’s collection, exhibitions and public programs. The evening was also a grand celebration of the 20th anniversary of the CCA’s public opening and the 30th anniversary of its establishment.

This extraordinary soirée, headed by honorary chair Jean Charest, Premier of Québec, brought together more than 500 guests including leading figures in politics, the arts, business, design and architecture, and the built environment. Notable guests included Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, Leader of the Official Opposition Michael Ignatieff, the Honourable Senator Serge Joyal, French Ambassador François Delattre, and Catherine Sévigny, Member of the Montréal Executive Committee responsible for culture, Pro-Mayor and City Councillor, Peter-McGill District, Ville-Marie Borough. All commented on the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s importance to the cultural community.

Phyllis Lambert, wearing a futuristic creation by Studio subTela at the Hexagram Institute, Concordia University, took the opportunity to thank the CCA’s many partners for their support over the last twenty years. As Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees, she made note of the continuing relevance of the institution’s mission and the importance of ensuring its future, as the CCA belongs to all of us. Her message was cleverly reinforced by a flashing, scrolling electronic message on her jacket: ”Votre CCA, Your CCA”.

The work of architect Benoît Dupuis and designer Alain Moureaux subtly evoked the theme of the CCA’s current exhibition, Speed Limits. Curated by Jeffrey Schnapp, the exhibition addresses the powers and limits of the modern era’s cult of speed. Soirée guests experienced the contrast between speed and slowness in a dynamic, high-tech décor. Signage on the floor brought to mind the years that have passed since 1989, while arched, bright yellow furniture was arranged in geometric patterns giving the illusion of speed bumps. A profusion of yellow and orange gerbera, tasteful lighting, video projections by Mouna Andraos of Bluesponge capturing the effects of movement in the city, as well as auto racing videogames, added to the beauty of the space and the delight of the partygoers at this festive event. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Glen Baxter, host of the celebrated CTV television show In Fashion.

During the event, attention was also drawn to Ying Gao, professor at UQAM, fashion designer, and winner of the second annual Design Montréal Phyllis Lambert Grant. Gao was called to the stage by Mayor Gérald Tremblay and congratulated by Phyllis Lambert. The establishment of this prize was announced by Mayor Tremblay at the 2007 CCA Soirée, which celebrated Phyllis Lambert’s 80th birthday.

* As of 12 June.

ABOUT THE CCA

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of architecture and its history, theory, practice and role in society today. Twenty years after opening its doors to the public, the CCA is celebrating its anniversary with an ambitious series of activities presented by Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator. They consist of programs and initiatives that underscore the achievements of the CCA throughout 2009 and are intended to increase its influence and its role as a unique cultural institution.

The CCA thanks for their generous support National Bank Financial Group and SNC-Lavalin Group as well as Bell Canada, and Power Corporation of Canada.

The CCA also wishes to thank the support of Hydro-Québec, IBM, Lavery de Billy, Letko Brosseau, Pomerleau, P&R Desjardins, Saputo, SDV Logistiques (Canada) and Tourisme Montréal.

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Information:

Isabelle Huiban
Head of Media Relations
Tel: 514 939 7001 ext. 2607
Fax: 514 939 7020
e-mail: ihuiban@cca.qc.ca

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Isabelle Huiban
Head of Media Relations

Information:
Isabelle Huiban
Head of Media Relations
Tel.: 514.939.7001 ext. 2607
Fax: 514.939.7020
e-mail: ihuiban@cca.qc.ca