Renowned Québec singer and actor Ginette Reno will perform the national anthem at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights' official opening ceremonies on Friday, Museum officials announced today.
"Ginette Reno is a universally beloved musical icon who has delighted audiences for more than 50 years," said Museum President and CEO Stuart Murray. "Francophones have grown up with her music. She's a household name across Québec and a celebrated performer around the world."
Reno is a member of the Order of Canada, a Knight of the National Order of Québec, a recipient of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and has won multiple Juno Awards over her long career.
Ginette Reno's music has inspired generations of performers, both English and French. Céline Dion called Reno "one of the world's greatest singers" who inspired her from the age of 10.
Countless artists have appeared with Reno on stage, from Dion to Lionel Richie. Reno again soared to national prominence during the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Her pre-game performances of the Canadian national anthem were embraced by Montréal Canadiens fans as the team's lucky charm.
The Museum's official opening ceremonies will be broadcast live at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, September 19. Canadians can watch the live broadcast on City TV Winnipeg, nationally on APTN or OMNI TV or live online at humanrights.ca from anywhere in Canada. The opening ceremonies will be a bilingual presentation.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Using immersive multi-media technology and other innovative approaches, the Museum will create inspiring encounters with human rights as part of a visitor experience unlike any other.