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SACEF celebrates 25th birthday with new talent


The 25th edition of “Ma première Place des Arts” was launched yesterday and Quebecor, a loyal partner of the talent contest for the past 15 years, was at the kick-off. The event also featured the unveiling of the program for the “Découvertes des Week-ends de la chanson Québecor” series, which will celebrate SACEF’s anniversary with a special series of intimate concerts. Members of the general public will be able to get up-close and personal with some of the big names in French-language music, such as Marjo, Jérôme Minière, Alexandre Désilets and Catherine Major.

For a quarter of a century, “Ma première Place des Arts” has been giving emerging Québec singers a chance to shine. The many discoveries that have come out of the competition include Philippe Brach, Klô Pelgag, the Boulay sisters, Nicolas Ciccone, IMA and Corneille, a Quebecor artist who has been asked by the organizers to write this year’s Chanson à chanter, the song that will be performed by each of the finalists.



In a nutshell

“Ma Première Place des Arts” contest:

8 singers, 16 singer-songwriters, 8 bands
January 22 to April 30, 2019
Grand finale: Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.
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Follow the contestants in the 2019 edition by watching Ma première Place des Arts on MAtv, Saturday nights at 9 p.m. starting March 9.

Be part of the live audience and cheer for your favourites.


“Découvertes des Week-ends de la chanson Québecor” series

24 concerts by French-language artists, various musical genres
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
February 1 to April 20, 2019
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Intimate concerts

Jérôme Minière: February 22
Alexandre Désilets: February 23
Marjo: March 22 and 23
Catherine Major: March 29 and 30

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See the full program here.

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