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Press release for immediate distribution

Opening of the Galerie du Festival

Les triplettes de Montréal by Diane Dufresne and
L’île utopique by Yves Archambault

Montreal, Thursday, June 9, 2011 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is happy to celebrate today’s opening of the 16th season of the Galerie du Festival situated this year in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. For its 32nd edition, the Festival and its Galerie have the immense privilege of presenting a piece created specially for the occasion by Diane Dufresne, Quebec Diva of song and stage, and an accomplished painter. The piece, entitled Les triplettes de Montréal, will be reproduced as a limited-run silkscreen signed and numbered by the artist, and available at the Galerie du Festival. The Galerie will also exhibit an original work created for this year’s edition by our artist in residence, Yves Archambault, L’île utopique. In addition, Festival fans will be delighted to learn that the Galerie du Festival will be open to the public for an extended period, from June 10 to July 4, 2011.

Diane Dufresne

She opened the way to a new kind of showmanship and stagecraft, here and abroad, leaving an enduring mark upon the imagination of a global audience. Her powerhouse rockeuse energy, extravagant costumes, unprecedented performances and theatricality and, above all, her stupendous, unique voice have thrilled crowds for four decades. A most colourful artist, Diane Dufresne is also passionate about visual arts, and has been painting assiduously for a number of years now. Inspired by the teachings of Frère Jérôme, an avant-garde painter and remarkable educator who played a role in all the great movements of his era (Refus global, Prisme d’Yeux, Plasticiens), she secludes herself in the intimate confines of her workshop and surrenders herself, in simplicity, to creative freedom, as she’d learned from her mentor. With skill and sensibility, she paints from the heart, spontaneously, with originality, daring and emotion. She makes the canvas sing! Over the past several years, Dufresne has blessed us with presentations of her works, and exhibits them regularly.

Yves Archambault

Artist and illustrator Yves Archambault has been creating posters for the Festival for over 25 years. In 1992, he created “Ste‑Cat”, the Chat bleu that has become a mascot for the event over the years. Yves has also designed illustrations that have appeared throughout the exterior site and on many souvenir products. Every year, his posters are interpreted and reproduced as signed and numbered silkscreens, to the delight of Festival collectors. The new poster he has created for this 32nd edition of the Festival, L’île utopique, is no exception! This poster will be available as silkscreens and added to the panoply of works that have already marked the history of the Festival such as Vingt-ans, Le griot, Le messager, Duo lunaire, Vénus and Chronos. Gifted with an immense creative talent that never ceases to amaze collectors, our artist in residence also creates original works that will be presented for the first time in the Galerie.

Exclusive works of singular value

Since its inception in 1996, the Galerie du Festival has continually enriched its collection with annual acquisitions of works by a variety of terrific painters (and even a few musicians, whose second passion is painting). Limited series of works by Marcel Barbeau (Django Blue), Alfred Pellan (Le Chat Roi), Miles Davis (Trumpet Player), Lhasa (Music does this), Frédéric Back (Rhapsody in Blue), Tony Bennett (Louis Armstrong), Jean‑Paul Riopelle (Jazz), Miyuki Tanobe (Le festival de jazz de Montréal 1996), and Zïlon (Spirit), have been created, including many by “resident artist” Yves Archambault.

The Galerie on the move

From June 10 to July 4, the Galerie is moving to make way for the Festival press room. The Galerie du Festival will be situated this year in the exhibition hall of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts. Over time, works purchased at the Galerie may well represent a fine investment. But more than that, the acquisition of artwork from the Galerie is an expression of valuable support of the Festival, which relies on such revenues to supply so many free outdoor concerts every year.

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