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Jacques André-Dupont

Jacques-André Dupont

CEO
L’Équipe Spectra, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, FrancoFolies de Montréal, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

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Jacques-André Dupont studied communications at Université Laval and Concordia University, and joined L'Équipe Spectra in 1988 as director of publicity. In 1992, he became a stockholder in the company and was named associate vice-president, Marketing and business development, a position he held until the enterprise was sold to Groupe CH in late 2013.

In 2014, he was named vice-president and managing director of L’Équipe Spectra and the festivals it manages, taking over the entirety of des operations and became CEO of L’Équipe Spectra and its festivals in December 2015.

Considered by many to be an authority in marketing, sponsorship and the development of large-scale cultural projects, Dupont heads a team of 150 employees, which expands to 2000 employees during the festival period.

Dupont supports the musical development of the next generation of Québécois artists thanks, among other endeavours, to the creation of the Blues Camp for teens during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and staging a series of concerts presenting high school, cegep and university students. He is also responsible for many projects addressing the sustainable development of the group, including making the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal carbon neutral, an international first at the time.

Dupont sits on the board of directors of L’Équipe Spectra, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Tourisme Montréal and participates in a number of tourism committees of major importance for the city.

Alain Simard

Alain Simard

Chairman of the Board of L'Équipe Spectra, FrancoFolies de Montréal and
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
and Founding President Emeritus de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Founder of three festivals

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One of the pioneers and leaders of the Canadian music industry, Alain Simard has been a builder of Quebec's culture for nearly 50 years. His passionate work as a manager, agent, concert and festival promoter, recording and television producer as well as avenue owner has contributed to the development and professionalization of our cultural industry and has generated extraordinary artistic, social, economic and touristic benefits for Montreal and Canada.

Born in Montreal in 1950, Alain Simard attended Saint-Ignace college where he organized his first concerts. When he was 18 years old, he opened a live concert café, La Clef, and organized pop festivals featuring the first Montreal underground bands. In the early ’70s, he joined Productions Kosmos to present the first-ever Quebec shows by Genesis, Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant.

In 1977, he and André Ménard launched Spectra Scène, the nucleus of what would evolve over the years into L’Équipe Spectra. In 1979, the company was already proudly positioned as a prominent player on the scene, having produced concerts by Beau Dommage, Harmonium and Offenbach as well as notable international artists. Simard then founded record label disques Spectra, while also acting as manager for Claude Dubois, Paul Piché, Zachary Richard and Offenbach. He also started TV/video production company Spectel Vidéo, which produced hundreds of programs, notably recordings of live performances and comedy series starring legendary troupe Rock et Belles Oreilles.

Alain Simard is best known internationally for being the creator and president of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (in 1979 with André Ménard and Denyse McCann), the founder of the FrancoFolies de Montréal in 1989 and of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival in 1999. He also co-founded the Audiogram record label in 1985, acquired the Spectrum and the Métropolis, launched in 2003 the first Nuit blanche in North America and participated in the creation of Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles.

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Distinctions:

  • In 1979, Alain Simard was elected to represent concert producers on the first board of directors of l’ADISQ. He also was amongst its founding members.
  • Awarded the Félix for Producer of the Year at the gala de l'ADISQ (1981)
  • Successor to Charles Dutoit as Grand Montréalais of the Future in the music sector at the 6th annual Grands Montréalais Gala in 1983.
  • Named Personality of the Week by La Presse on four occasions (1985-1998-2001-2004)
  • Named Man of the Month by Commerce (August 1986)
  • Honoured by the Cercle des Bâtisseurs Molson (1986)
  • Honorary diploma awarded by the Graduates Association of the HÉC (1986)
  • Chosen to represent Canada in Japan to receive the TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) award. Awarded the keys to the city of Osaka and welcomed by the Minister of Culture and granted an audience with the Emperor in the Imperial Palace (1987).
  • Winner of the Trophée Grand Ulysse at the Gala du Tourisme (1988)
  • Awarded the Certificat du leadership québécois (1989)
  • Winner of the Félix Imprésario of the Year at the gala de l'ADISQ (1990)
  • Winner of the Canadian Tourism Silver Medal (1990-91)
  • Named to the Chevalier des Arts et lettres in France (1993)
  • Awarded the Félix Hommage at the gala de l'ADISQ for the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (1996)
  • Awarded the Prix Hommage by the Société des Fêtes et Festivals du Québec (1997)
  • Ranked 34th in the annual standings of the most important and influential businesspeople in Quebec, published annually in Commerce (1999).
  • Listed among the 100 Most Eminent Montrealers of the Millennium by readers of the Montreal Gazette (1999)
  • Awarded the special Mérites du français dans le commerce 2000 by the Office de la langue française
  • Named 5th most influential personality in the Quebec cultural sector by La Presse on January 26, 2002.
  • Alain Simard receives the honorary title Ambassadeur du programme en gestion du tourisme et de l'hôtellerie from UQAM, awarded by the Association étudiante du baccalauréat en gestion du tourisme et de l'hôtellerie (GTH) (April 2002)
  • Named a delegate to the Sommet de Montréal by the mayor in 2002.
  • Awarded the Prix Gérald-Dame 2002 by the Regroupement des centres-villes et des artères commerciales (commercial development society) for his exceptional contribution to the development of downtown areas in Quebec.
  • Chosen #1 among the 25 most influential personalities in January 2003 by La Presse.
  • Honoured as a Grand Entrepreneur at the Gala Les Nouveaux Performants in February 2004.
  • Awarded the grade of Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade in 2004
  • Chosen 7th most influential personality in the Quebec cultural sector by La Presse on January 31, 2004.
  • Awarded the title of Entrepreneur of the Year 2004 by the Groupe Perform, February 9, 2004.
  • Alain Simard and Guy Laliberté are jointly named Personalities of the Week La Presse (underscoring the twin celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the 20th anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil).
  • Awarded an honorary diploma, Honoris causa, by the ITHQ for his contribution to the promotion of gastronomy and his support for the cultural and tourism industries as founder of the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival – November 23, 2004
  • Chosen #3 among the 25 most influential personalities in the arts sector by La Presse, January 29, 2005.
  • Awarded the Ernst & Young Grand Prix de l'Entrepreneur 2005 (Media and Entertainment categories, Quebec) in October 2005.
  • In the summer of 2005, Alain Simard celebrates his 50th festival!
  • Male winner of the Prix de la réussite Entreprendre 2005, presented at the 9th annual dinner-gala held by the Cercle Entreprendre du Québec
  • Alain Simard named a Grand Montréalais for the second time.
  • L'Équipe Spectra receives special mention for Excellence in Marketing at the National Level at the national banquet held for the Ernst & Young Grand Prix de l'Entrepreneur 2005.
  • Alain Simard is named a Grand Montréalais, entering the inner circle of the Académie des Grands Montréalais.
  • Alain Simard, wins the Grand Prix de l'Entrepreneur 2005 (Media and Entertainment categories, Quebec) at the Ernst & Young Grand Prix de l'Entrepreneur 2005 Gala.
  • Alain Simard is male winner of the Prix de la réussite Entreprendre 2005 at the 9th dinner-gala held by the Cercle Entreprendre du Québec.
  • Alain Simard receives honourable mention for Excellence in Marketing at a National Level on behalf of L'Équipe Spectra, at the national banquet held for the Ernst & Young Grand Prix de l'Entrepreneur 2005 for Canada.
  • Named Businessman of the Year 2006, a title presented during the 19th award ceremony gala for the COnsumers' Choice Awards, held in April in Montreal.
  • Awarded the McGill Management Achievement Award from the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management for his exceptional contribution to culture and the community.
  • Alain Simard is considered by Quebecers as one of the 10 greatest builders, according to a 2007 survey conducted by the Canoë.com website.
  • In summer 2007, Montréal Centre-ville lists Alain Simard among its 50 leaders of Montreal.
  • In 2009, the results of a CROP-Les Affaires-Knightsbridge poll list Alain Simard among the Top 10 leaders who most inspire Quebecers
  • Alain Simard receives the Reconnaissance 2009 award from Destination Centre-ville Montréal for his contribution to the development of downtown Montreal
  • The Jazz Fest des jeunes du Québec awards its 2010 Prix-Hommage to Alain Simard.
  • In 2015, he was awarded the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec.
  • In 2016, he was inducted in the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
  • In 2016, Alain Simard was awarded the rank of Commander of the Ordre de Montréal.
André Ménard

André Ménard

Cofounder and vice-president,
L’Équipe Spectra, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

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André Ménard numbers among the most influential figures in the Quebec artistic community, having greatly contributed to the cultural life of Montreal. Working in the domain of live show and concert production since 1975, he founded L’Équipe Spectra with Alain Simard almost 40 years ago, and remains vice president of the company. He is also the cofounder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Driven by his insatiable cultural curiosity, André Ménard travels to more than 300 artistic events every year throughout the world.

He sat on the board of directors of ADISQ (Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo) from 1980 to 1993 (including two years as president) and on the board of directors of the Chambre de Commerce du Montréal Métropolitain from 1992 to 1994. From June 2005 to December 2008, he sat on the board of directors of the Jazz Alliance International (JAI), a non-profit organization based in New York, a subsidiary of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) which gathers the major players connected to the jazz world; he also sat on the board of directors of the Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois from 2001 to 2009, and of the La La La Human Steps dance company from 1995 to 2005. He has also been a member of the board of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership since its inception in 2003. Ménard was also responsible for the original idea behind the “Quartier des théâtres”, an idea first taken up and illustrated during a speech by Alain Simard at the Board of Trade in the late ’90s.

Awards/dedications

  • Inducted in the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame (2016)
  • Recipient of the first Hall of Fame Award, presented by National Jazz Awards Canada (2004)
  • Winner of the Reconnaissance award presented by RIDEAU (2003)
  • Winner of the prix Events producer of the year presented by the Jazz Journalist Association (2002)
  • Personality of the Week, La Presse (2001)
  • Chevalier des Arts et lettres of the French Republic (1993)
  • Personality of the Week, La Presse (1988)

Contact

L'Équipe Spectra
400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
9th floor
Montreal (Québec)
Canada H3A 1L4

Telephone: 514 525-7732
Fax: 514 525-8033

Info@equipespectra.ca