Ambassadors

  • Elegance is timeless, Lara Fabian

    Elegance is timeless, Lara Fabian

    This fall, Lara Fabian goes on an
    international tour that will take her to the
    United States, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland,
    France, and, of course, Quebec, her adoptive
    land. It has been quite a ride for this woman
    of Italian descent; she came from Belgium in
    the early 1990s, and with her unique voice
    and outstanding energy, she was able to
    conquer the hearts of Quebecers. Millions of
    albums sold, numerous tours, and thousands of
    shows could not begin to exhaust the passion
    and simplicity of this artist. Today, Lara
    Fabian enjoys life more than ever.  We
    first met in 1991 while shooting the video
    “Je m’arrêterai pas de
    t’aimer.” I remember you as a
    passionate young lady, both enthusiastic and
    very friendly. How do you remember your first
    steps in Quebec? I remember those moments
    very fondly. My career choice is no
    coincidence: both my parents were music
    lovers. Dad would teach me songs in English
    and Mom would always be singing around me.
    The moment that you are referring to is
    actually the day that my parents came to
    visit me, at a hangar in Old Montreal. I
    remember very well the moment that they saw
    me performing in my first clip, for a debut
    album that was being financed by their life
    savings. It reminds me of this heritage, this
    sacrifice that they made so that their
    daughter could fulfill her dream.  I
    like the name “50 World Tour.”
    Isn’t that number intimidating? Was it
    important to outline it? This number is
    accurate! To me, it’s a way of making
    it look like a simple step instead of a sword
    of Damocles. Everybody gets old, and
    I’m no exception, but I have a feeling
    that I will never be scared of aging, and my
    soul will never get old. I’m filled
    with so much enthusiasm and innocence, and it
    suppresses my fear of aging. Age is just a
    number. It does not define who we
    are.  What strikes me is your elegance.
    The elegance in your relationship with
    people, but als

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  • A new look

    A new look

    The new Grands Ballets Canadiens season
    already looks promising, with its new
    location in the Wilder Espace Danse building,
    and with the arrival of a new artistic
    director: Ivan Cavallari. Originally from
    Italy, this former star Stuttgart ballet
    dancer, trained at the Scala de Milan and
    Moscow Bolchoï Ballet schools, lands in
    Montreal in the hopes of sharing his passion
    for ballet. Looking at your journey,
    you’ve studied in Moscow, worked in
    Stuttgart, as well as in Perth for the West
    Australian, and recently, in Mulhouse for the
    Rhin National Ballet. You seem to have never
    been scared of trying out new things or
    working in new places? I’ve always
    been very brave! I’ve never stepped
    down due to fear, that’s a blessing I
    have. For me, it was important to understand
    situations in order to better deal with them
    later. What worries me is deviating towards
    the unknown. I have never regretted leaving a
    city or a job, because I always followed my
    instincts — it was as if there was a
    little bell inside of me, telling me it was
    time to move onto a new chapter. I was always
    lucky to have such conscience. For example,
    in 2000, when I decided to pursue something
    other than dancing. I went to see my director
    and told him that I would stop dancing at the
    end of the year. It was a clear
    decision. What made you want to quit the
    Rhin National Ballet for the Grands Ballets
    Canadiens? To be really honest, I felt a
    certain frustration at the National Ballet,
    and I always felt like I had to fight for my
    ideas and for the dancers. The German
    choreographer, Stephan Thoss, one day came
    and told me that the Grands Ballets was
    looking for a new director. The following
    hour, my former Perth Ballet director sent me
    an email asking me if I wanted to get
    involved with the Grands Ballets board. I had
    one answer: Yes! Yes! Yes!

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  • Sugar Sammy : Laugh with elegance

    Sugar Sammy : Laugh with elegance

    Well known for his caustic humour toward
    society and his role as a chauvinist bachelor
    in the television series Ces gars-là!,
    Sugar Sammy stands out with his unique
    combination of bold humour and derision. His
    Indian background has gifted him with a
    unique perspective on Québec culture
    which inspired his bilingual show
    You’re gonna rire. After traveling all
    over the world, Sugar Sammy seduces
    Québec with his witty liveliness, as
    well as with his charm and elegance. From the
    start of the French version of his tour in
    Québec, Sugar Sammy has since seen
    much success. Over 230 000 tickets were sold
    for his two one-man shows, including 100 sold
    out shows presented at the Olympia de
    Montréal. You have been nominated for
    the presti-gious Olivier de
    l’année prize every year since
    2013, of which you have won two, what does
    this award mean to you? It warms my heart to
    know that the people of Montréal and
    Québec can relate to my humour. I
    never imagined that I would one day be in
    this position as it was only four years ago
    that my shows were only present-ed abroad in
    English and I wasn’t sure if my humour
    would be appreciated in Québec. It
    proves that they value my views and my
    opinion on Québec society. The
    producers didn’t believe in the idea of
    a bilingual show, but I felt that people
    would understand and appreciate this type of
    show. How do you choose your attire for a
    gala? You are very neat in your appearance
    and you undoubtedly have your own unique
    style. That all depends on the Gala. For
    Gala Artis, which is a major event, I was
    going for classic Hollywood. I wore a slim
    fit Zegna Tuxedo, a big bow tie and a hidden
    button dress shirt by Eton, which I find very
    stylish. For the Gala les Olivier, I wore a
    complete three-piece

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  • Karine Vanasse, Beauty as a new face

    Karine Vanasse, Beauty as a new face

    Karine Vanasse is absolutely irresistible.
    Besides her great beauty, her dazzling smile
    and her boundless energy make her shine. Now
    that she has captivated the Quebec public,
    it’s time for the United States to fall
    for this young, yet charming and multi-
    talented woman. For the last two years, the
    actress – who received honours in
    Quebec with productions such as
    Séraphin : Un homme et son
    péché et Polytechnique –
    is pursuing with determination a career in
    the United States. The Pan Am TV series was
    her first experience at our southern
    neighbours. Now, not only is she dealing with
    a new type of character in Revenge, but she
    is also discovering the life in Los Angeles:
    “I have free time, because I’m
    not the principal character of Revenge. It
    takes eight hours to shoot one episode and
    sometimes, I’m on the set in the
    morning and I’m free in the afternoon.
    People out there often live far from their
    family and rely on their friends to fill
    their lives, which may distract you from your
    main goal. I’m trying to fill up my
    schedule by taking a lot of courses.
    Especially acting courses, but also training
    classes for the new TV series Blue Moon that
    will be shot in Québec, and singing
    lessons. It’s important to keep
    yourself busy, because Los Angeles is not far
    from the beach. I might not live in Los
    Angeles, but I work there.” Hollywood
    is also an opportunity for Karine to tame the
    red carpets, galas and public appearances.
    Under the guidance of her American team, she
    became increasingly aware of the phenomenon.
    Now, she enjoys this part of life of many
    actresses looking for major roles.
    “What I love is the process that leads
    to the event. When it’s a designer that
    you love, and above all, when you promote
    something you believe in. I have fun when it
    comes to hairstyling, make up and styling

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  • The Spirit of a hero

    The Spirit of a hero

    Pernell Karl Subban a.k.a. P.K. Subban surely
    is one of the most talented players of his
    time. Since the beginning of his career with
    the Montreal Canadiens in 2009, his ardur,
    talent and showmanship keep on captivating
    the sports fans. With the beginning of this
    season, the defenseman attracts even more
    attention by being appointed one of the four
    co-captains of the legendary Montreal team.
    Interview with a talented and elegant
    man. Would you say that your passion for
    hockey comes from your family, one whose all
    members are great athletes? It is simply a
    passion. When you love something, you are
    entirely committed and you become truly
    passionate. Since the age of two and a half,
    I have been playing hockey and it keeps on
    growing. Do you believe that without your
    father’s help, who has been training
    with you at a very young age, your success
    would have been the same? No, I do not
    believe so. And it is all because of my
    parents I find myself where I am today. Not
    only my father, also my mother, because they
    both made lots of sacrifices. Naturally, it
    is my father who brought me to the skating
    rinks and helped me develop my skating,
    training program and hockey skills. I worked
    with him very intensely. But without my
    mother’s contribution, I would not be
    where I am. Do you think they pushed you
    because they recognize your talent, or they
    felt you had a passion for the sport? I
    think that, as all parents, they wanted me to
    be active and spend my energy. They wanted me
    to be successful, but mostly happy, as for my
    four brothers and sisters. For them, being
    part of the national league was not an
    objective. It was my dream, but it certainly
    wasn’t a goal. Out of the rink, we
    notice your taste for fashion. It seems like

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