Saturday January 26th, 2013
Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Special live performance by Gregory Charles on a baby grand piano!
Live musical performance by Daniel Clarke Bouchard, actress Cassandre Mentor and music by DJ TLC Sounds
Vision Gala 2013 honours
with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award
Pictures from Vision 2013 honouring Mr. Gregory Charles
Gregory Charles Biography
Gregory Charles is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and composer, pianist, musician, actor and host. He is also a strong-willed entrepreneur, creator and teacher.
His first one-man show, Black and White, has reached an audience of over one million people and Gregory Charles still holds the record of 43 times for one show at Montreal’s Bell Center. In 2011, The New York Times critically acclaimed the show at the mythical Carlyle Café in New York where it took permanent residence in 2012.
His hit song I Think of You propelled him on the musical scene as it remained at the top of the chart for 12 weeks and became the song of the year 2006 in Canada. The album sold 400,000 copies and made Gregory Charles Quebecers’ most favourite singer from 2006 to 2008.
Among his best-known achievements on television, it is worth mentioning his debut as an actor playing the character of Julien in the drama series Chambres en Ville, but also his role as the host of popular shows like Les Débrouillards, Chabada, Que le meilleur gagne and Culture Shock.
His radio contributions include the creation and hosting of CBC Des Airs de Toi show that aired for 10 years on La Première chaîne.
During his career, Gregory Charles received a number of awards, namely the Félix for best stage show in 2003, and the Félix for best male singer at the ADISQ Gala 30th edition in 2008.
A member of the teaching faculty of Star Académie 2012, founder and president of the Mondial Loto-Québec de Laval, Gregory Charles also has a doctorate degree in civil law.
La Plaza Holiday Inn Midtown
420 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
Tickets: $125 ($80 tax deductible)
$10 Discounts for tickets paid prior to November 30th, 2012
The Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award Winner
My name is Saraah-Ellise Hicks, I am 21 years old and I am a Third Year Actor, in Professional Theatre at John Abbott College. I was born and raised in Montreal, with Trinidadian parentage. For longer than I can remember I was performing, from my living room, to my bedroom, to the stages at my schools. At the age of 8, I told my mother that I wanted to be a singer, performing all over the world; it was only at the age of 12 that I realized I also loved to act. My mother always supported my dreams and pushed me to follow my heart. I would not be the woman I am today if it were not for her constant love and devotion to helping me believe that I could make my dreams a reality. Music, Acting and Literature have changed my life and made me the artist I am today.
To apply for the 2014 Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award click HERE
The Victor Phillips Award Winner
I’m 17 years old and it gives me great pleasure to entertain my friends and family. I do this mostly when I’m being comical, but have begun to spark smiles of amazement through my performances of acting and/or singing. Both acting and singing are pass times that I adore. I have been singing longer than acting and participated in the E.M.S.B choir from grade five to the end of grade 11. In the choir, I sang a wide variety of music ranging from classical, medieval, broadway, gospel and in several different languages. In high school I took drama and participated in the musicals Grease and Hairspray where I played Miss Motor Mouth Maybelle. After Hairspray, I sang a duet/ skit in the school’s talent show singing RESPECT by Aretha Franklin, with the school Jazz band. I am currently enrolled at Dawson College studying Arts and Culture and I am learning how to play the piano. In the future I hope to continue to perform and share my knowledge of both disciplines of art.
To apply for the 2014 Victor Phillips Award click HERE
Our Masters of Ceremonies for the evening are Maya Johnson & Tristan D. Lalla
Maya Johnson has been working as a reporter at CTV News since 2005, where she began as an intern while studying journalism at Concordia University. (As a student, she received a scholarship from the Montreal branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. After graduating with distinction, Maya was profiled as an up-and-coming journalist in “Watch This Face”, a feature in The Montreal Gazette. She has also been featured as a Young Achiever in The West Island Chronicle.) Maya now works as a general assignment reporter in Montreal, but spent one year working in Quebec City covering provincial politics at the National Assembly. She has also been a freelance writer for Community Contact, covering stories of interest to Montreal’s Black and Caribbean community.
Tristan D. Lalla is an award-winning actor, and honors graduate of Dawson’s Professional Theatre program. His work can be seen in movies, television, on stage, and can be heard in various commercials and video games.