Montreal’s Black History Month Presents Prince: His Purple Majesty

On April 21, 2016, Prince’s sudden death left the international community in shock. This incomparable singer-songwriter left an indelible mark on his generation. His songs still resonate and will forever be part of our collective imagination.

In keeping with its mandate to pass on the legacy of the greats, Black History Month is dedicated to putting on unique exhibitions. Following MLK, Mandela, Égéries noires / Black Muses and Oliver Jones, it is now Prince’s turn to be the subject of a multidisciplinary exhibition at Place des Arts’ Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme.

Fans of the great musician will have the opportunity to relive his story and discover his legacy through His Purple Majesty, a brand-new exhibition about the legendary artist. Prince’s life and career will be revealed by Duke Eatmon, a musicologist renowned for his knowledge and passion for the legendary artist. A true living encyclopedia, this Black History Month laureate has, among other pursuits, developed the Prince & the Purple Revolution course at McGill University and a class on the history of African-American music at Concordia University.

Duke Eatmon will provide visitors with a portrait of Prince’s musical legacy, his cultural impact on society, and his influence on fashion. He will also discuss themes dear to the artist: spirituality, sexuality and the influences on the man himself. Duke Eatmon has searched his archives to find unique objects that enhance these stories. The exhibition also features an artistic component directed by Kevin Calixte and Félicité Mvioki. Through their works, artists Chopin Joseph, Floriane Koudnoukpo, Niti Marcelle Mueth, Olivier Léogane and Omar Gammaoui will pay vivid homage to Prince.

From February 9 to March 3, 2018, at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

February 10 at 2 p.m. at Place des Arts’ Place DesChamps

Montreal will welcome an illustrious guest! Susan Rogers will share memories and anecdotes of her years of collaborating with Prince. She worked closely with the artist on classics Purple Rain, Sign O’The Times and 1999. For two decades, even before she began her scientific career, Rogers was one of the few women in the world known for her expertise as a record producer, engineer, mixer and audio-electronics technician.

She has a PhD in Psychology from McGill University, where she studied musical cognition and psychoacoustics, and has focused her research on hearing memory, the perception of musical signals, and the influence of musical training on auditory development.

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