Wide range of activities planned for Vaudreuil-Dorion’s 25th anniversary
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Members of the organizing committee headed by Odette Lalonde (centre, standing to the right of Mayor Guy Pilon) held a press conference last Wednesday, March 13, at the historic Maison Valois on St. Charles Avenue to officially announce and launch a full range of special events and activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the merger of Vaudreuil and Dorion in one municipal entity.
The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has launched a series of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the merger of both Vaudreuil and Dorion into one municipal entity. An organizing committing headed up by Odette Lalonde has arranged a tremendous line-up of events over the next several months that will allow citizens and visitors alike to share in the city’s civic pride.
The merger which took place on March 16, 1994 highlights the historical importance of both municipalities within the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region with a history that dates back over one-and-a-half centuries. St. Michel de Vaudreuil was established on April 12, 1855 and Dorion was created on December 30, 1890.
Range of activities
Committee President Odette Lalonde is proud of the festivities that have been planned to celebrate this special anniversary. “We are offering the public a range of activities to meet the needs of all groups and tastes,” she said. “Our team has been hard at work since last June and we hope that lots of citizens will come out to enjoy the fruits of our labour.”
Choirs in fusion
Four amazing local choirs – the Chants de coton, Choeur classique Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Espéranto, and Ensemble vocal Les Enchanteurs – will merge their 150 voices together for a special performance at Théàtre Paul-Émile-Meloche on Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m.
Each choir will sing songs from their own repertoire and then join together on stage to perform songs by musicians such as Félix Leclerc, Luc Plamondon, Joe Dassin, Simon and Garfunkel, Toto and others. The audience will be treated to a unique performance by each choir and get to truly appreciate the individual sounds of this colourful array of musical talent.
The Vaudreuil-Dorion photography club will launch a photo contest open to the entire population. The theme and contest details, which are based on the 25th anniversary of the merger, will be announced when the contest is launched. Winning photos will be featured in the 2020 municipal calendar.
This year, over 800 citizens are working together with the region’s artists to create a citizen’s parade that has become a central part of the city’s annual festivities on June 23. The theme for the ninth edition of this year’s Mosaïk is titled Fusion, which will be highlighted through the colours, materials, and different cultures that will be integrated into the parade.
The Musée Régionale de Vaudreuil-Soulanges will provide historical guided tours to different points of interest throughout the summer. Tours will be conducted by bus to ensure everyone has access. Information will be available at www.mrvs.qc.ca.
Water tower mural
A major focal point of the city’s landscape near Harwood Boulevard will be soon 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 the non-profit organization Kolab.
Residents, along with business owners from the sector, artists, and students from Saint-Jean Baptiste School, took part in a few brainstorming sessions to help determine the key mural elements that will be included in the water tower project.
Picnic for all
The surprise event for the 25th anniversary of the merger will be a picnic planned for the end of summer. For the time being, the organizing committee is keeping the date and location a secret to add to the allure of the event. It will be held at an unusual location. More information will be revealed in early June.
Information updates about Vaudreuil-Dorion’s 25th merger anniversary will be posted regularly on the city’s website and Facebook page.