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25th anniversary of the Vaudreuil-Dorion merger: a wide range of activities!

2019 marks the anniversary of the merger between the cities of Vaudreuil and Dorion. As such, the Organizing Committee, headed by Ms. Odette Lalonde, has put together a wonderful line-up of activities to celebrate this moment of great significance in our history.

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The logo of the 25th anniversary highlights the merger of two cities with their own unique and rich histories that extend far beyond the last 25 years. In fact, the municipality of Saint-Michel de Vaudreuil was established on April 12, 1855 while Dorion was created on December 30, 1890. This is why the municipal calendar includes references from both the 19th and 20th centuries. The Vaudreuil-Dorion of today has been shaped by the history of these two cities as well as by the history of each person and family that have called these cities home. Indeed, it is the fusion of all of these histories that make Vaudreuil-Dorion the unique, diverse and dynamic city that it is.

“We are certainly proud of what the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has become. This 25th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight all of the hard work of our predecessors, specifically the two municipal councils responsible for the merger. I would also like to thank Ms. Odette Lalonde for her involvement as well as the many members of the Organizing Committee,” stated Mayor Guy Pilon.

Two municipal councils : one city

It was on March 16, 1994 that the cities of Vaudreuil and Dorion officially became one. The elected officials who were in office at the time have been invited to take part in an official ceremony at Maison Trestler on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in recognition of their contribution to this historical merger. This particular ceremony will kick off a series of events marking the 25th anniversary. Interesting fact: the two municipal councils, headed by Mayor Jean Lemaire and Mayor Monique Richardson, sat at the same table until the election of the first municipal council of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion in November 1994. Note that Mr. Paul Dumoulin, Mr. François Séguin and Ms. Céline Chartier were all part of this council, all three being voted in during the last elections.

Event programming for the 25th anniversary

The Organizing Committee has chosen a dozen or so events during which citizens can celebrate this historical event. These activities will be publicized throughout the coming months.
Committee President Odette Lalonde is proud of the activities that have been planned to celebrate this special anniversary: “We are offering the public a range of activities to meet the needs of all age groups and tastes. Our team has been hard at work since June 2018 and we hope that countless citizens will come out to enjoy the fruits of our labour.”

Choeurs en fusion

Four amazing choirs–namely, the Chants de coton choir, the Chœur classique Vaudreuil-Soulanges choir, the Espéranto choir and the Ensemble vocal Les Enchanteurs choir–will unite their 150 voices for a special stage performance at Théâtre Paul-Émile-Meloche on Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. During this very special event, each of the choirs will be presenting a few songs from their own repertoires. Following the individual presentations, the choirs will come together on stage to perform the songs chosen by the four choir directors. Félix Leclerc, Luc Plamondon, Joe Dassin, Simon and Garfunkel, Toto… whether it’s contemporary, classic or gospel songs, the audience will be treated to a unique performance by each of the participating choirs and get to truly appreciate the individual sounds of this colourful array of musical talents. The choir members, all of who are volunteers, will be accompanied by professional musicians.

This particular project took root close to a year ago. The goal was to provide citizens with a unique cultural event, spotlighting local talent, as part of the festivities surrounding the merger. This show will, most notably, give the community a chance to discover Vaudreuil-Dorion’s four amazing choirs and give close to 150 choir members a chance to take part in a unique event on stage. The project is also perfectly in keeping with the City’s focus on cultural mediation and the two concerts are a unique opportunity for promoting the region’s culture.

Tickets are available at the Vaudreuil-Dorion municipal library (51 Jeannotte Street). A limit of six tickets will be provided per address and proof of residence is required. Details are available at choeursenfusion.com.

Photo contest

In May, the Vaudreuil-Dorion photography club will launch a photo contest open to the entire population. The chosen theme, based on the 25th anniversary of the merger, as well as contest details will be unveiled at the time of the contest launch. Winning photos will be featured in the 2020 municipal calendar.

Water tower

A major focal point of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s landscape will soon be transformed into a work of art. The water tower located at Place Dumont in the Dorion sector will be revamped by artists from the Ashop group in collaboration with non-profit organization Kolab.

The artists behind the project, renowned for their work on largescale murals, have previously created spectacular works of art on buildings, silos, walls, vehicles and boats. Last November, they met with groups of citizens to learn more about the city, its identity and its values. Residents, along with businessowners from the sector, artists and students from Saint-Jean-Baptiste school, took part in a few brainstorming sessions to help determine the key elements to be included on the tower.

This particular project, which also includes a digital projection component, is made possible in part by an agreement entered into with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec with regards to cultural development. It will begin in April, with the final unveiling taking place in June as part of the festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Vaudreuil-Dorion merger and in parallel with the 32nd annual Les Arts et la Ville symposium.

This creation is part of the mission to revitalize Harwood Boulevard and will contribute to elevating the neighbourhood.

Musical theme

The Organizing Committee wished to involve a young Vaudreuil-Dorion resident born in 1994 as part of the celebration, and, in the end, it was a project presented by Louis-Alexandre Dumoulin that captured the attention of the members. This Music student—more specifically, part of Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music in the Instrumental Composition program—and former member of Harmonie de la Cité-des-Jeunes, is the composer-in-residence for Université de Montréal’s Chœur de jeunes. His piece, entitled Hymne à Montréal, was composed for the 375th anniversary of the City of Montréal. For the 25th anniversary of the Vaudreuil-Dorion merger, Louis-Alexandre wanted to express his attachment to his city through music. The resulting musical creation will be presented during the unveiling of the water tower on Wednesday, June 5 as well as during the City’s summer events.

Fusion at the heart of the Mozaïk parade

This year, over 800 citizens worked together with the region’s artists in order to create a citizens’ parade that has become a central part of the June 23 festivities. The theme for this 9th edition is fusion, hinted at through the colours, materials and different cultures integrated into the parade.

Celebrating 25 years

The Maison des jeunes de Vaudreuil-Dorion will be holding a special reunion at Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Park to celebrate its 25 years of existence. Details are available at mdjvd.com.

Historical visits

During the summer season, the Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges will provide historical guided tours of different points of interest. Tours will be conducted by bus to ensure that everyone has access. Information will be provided at mrvs.qc.ca

Photo book

A book of photographs (with accompanying texts) on the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion will be published by Éditions GID as part of the collection entitled 100 ans noir sur blanc featuring a journey back in time—an illustrated visit of Quebec, from 1860 to 1960. Each 208-page volume focuses on a specific Quebec region and presents some 200 commented vintage photographs organized by theme, making it easy to trace the history of a given region. This type of publication clearly reaches a wide audience. For some, it evokes memories, while for others, it provides a snapshot of their parents or grand-parents’ lives. Every volume addresses cultural, social, economic, religious, military, architectural and patrimonial aspects and will also touch upon significant historical events and regional particularities.

Picnic for all

The surprise public event in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the merger will be a picnic planned for the end of the summer. For the time being, the Organizing Committee will keep the date and location a secret, in the interest of suspense. This public event is slated to be held in an unusual location. Information will start being disseminated in early June.

In addition to Ms. Odette Lalonde, the Organizing Committee includes municipal councillors Céline Chartier and François Séguin, Rénald Gabriele, Élyse Viau, Philippe Roy, Sébastien Daviau, John McRae, François Séguin (long-time citizen—not to be confused with the municipal councillor of the same name), Estelle Bonin and municipal employees Michel Vallée and France Lavoie. Michelle Marcoux and Julien Bédard, for their part, are members of the picnic committee while Karine Daigle is on the committee responsible for the official ceremony.

Information on the 25th anniversary of the merger will be posted on the City’s Web site and Facebook page.