90% of the parents of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal forced to withdraw their child

Protest on Thursday

Montreal (QC), June 19 2019 – The Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal (PCMR) are calling for the help of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge.

An internal survey of the elementary school’s parents of the Petits Chanteurs indicates that more than
90% of them will take their children out of the music program. This survey was initiated following the
CSDM’s final decision to transfer them to a school in the Villeray neighborhood that would require them to miss some of their academic classes due to an estimated two additional hours of transit per day.

“If Minister Roberge does not intervene immediately it will be the end of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-
Royal. We ask that he act as quickly as possible to preserve this unique institution in Quebec. All that is
required is a direct subsidy by the Ministry of Education at no additional cost for the taxpayer. If the
minister refuses to intervene, we ask that a reasonable grace period be provided so that we may find a
viable solution to keep this unique institution alive” says Pierre Eloi Talbot, Chairman of the Board.

What: More than a hundred singers of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, parents, friends, supporters and personalities of the artistic community will join their voices for a final call for help.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 12:00 pm (noon)
12:00 pm – Brief speech by a representative of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
12:10 pm – Short performance of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and photo op
12:20 pm – Interviews

Where: In front of Notre-Dame College, 3791 Queen Mary Road, Montreal, QC H3V 1A8

A letter written by the musical director of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, Mr. Andrew Gray
alongside nearly 40 artistic personalities in support of the PCMR, including Kent Nagano, Marc
Labrèche, Serge Denoncourt, Gregory Charles, Émile Proulx-Cloutier and Ariane Moffatt, was
published last May.

A motion, filed at the National Assembly and voted unanimously asking the government to save the
Petits Chanteurs Mont-Royal, was made on May 29th.

An online petition in support of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal was created at the end of March
and has reached more than 16,700 signatures.

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Photo op
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Christella Massimo/Mylène Forget
Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations
Office: 514 842-2455, extensions 23/17
Cellular: 514 531-1264/514 266-2156
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