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Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

Special Events 2014

Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s Bicentennial and the Charlottetown Conference Anniversary: Conference and Concert

Sir George-Étienne Cartier
George-Étienne Cartier, the Quebec Stalwart of the Grand Coalition
© Parks Canada
September 6, 1 p.m.

To celebrate Cartier’s 200th birthday, who was born in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu on September 6, 1814, Parks Canada’s David Ledoyen will present the “Un homme et son œuvre” (A man and his work) discussion. It will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the achievements of this Father of Confederation, whose nickname was “the Lion of Quebec”.

This discussion will be offered in French only and will be followed by a bilingual question period and a concert that will showcase the lyrical works of French-Canadian composers.

To delight our visitors, the world-renowned baritone Marc Boucher and pianist Olivier Godinwill perform works composed in Quebec in the 19th century. This repertoire, which deserves to be rediscovered, is presented thanks to a collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre in Quebec.

Birthday cake will be served at 3 p.m.

Reservation recommended: 514-283-2282 or 1-888-773-8888
Cost: $6.30

A Record of Recognition – Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s Centerpiece: Talk

October 5, 1 p.m.

In 1863, George-Étienne Cartier received a silver centrepiece from his constituents. It was made by the Montreal silversmith Robert Hendery and based on a design by Louis-Victor Fréret. The high quality of this ceremonial centrepiece shows the expertise and vitality of the silversmith’s trade in 19th century Montreal, while serving as a fine example of the Victorian aesthetic that was in fashion at the time.

The art historian Joanne Chagnon will give a critical analysis of this work of art’s details and meaning in addition to drawing links between it and other representations of George-Étienne Cartier, including the well-known monument at the base of Mount Royal, in Montreal.

Cost: $6.30

The Québec Conference: Conferences and Music Performances in Montréal

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Sir George-Étienne Cartier
© Library and Archives Canada, 2242461
October 11, 1 p.m.

The historian Alastair Sweeny, author of a biography of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, will highlight the fundamental, but often unsung role that Cartier played in Confederation, and how the fulfillment of his vision to unite the colonies was consistent with the reforms underway at the time.

This talk will be offered in English and will be followed by a bilingual question period.

October 12, 1 p.m.

“Cartier at the Quebec Conference: the Nation Builder”. Brigitte Violette, a Parks Canada historian, will analyze the importance of the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences. In particular, she will highlight the role that Cartier played in these conferences and the political vision that inspired him.

This talk will be offered in French and will be followed by a bilingual question period.

Musical performances

The historians’ talks will be followed by musical performances in the Cartier house’s distinguished Victorian drawing room. Baritone Marc Boucher and pianist Olivier Godin will delight the audience with a repertoire of pieces by French-Canadian composers from the late 19th century, as well as a personal commentary. This unique musical experience has been made possible thanks to a collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre in Quebec.

Cost: $6.30