Dec. 17, 2013
May 29, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland off the coast of Sainte-Luce-sur-mer. The Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père is organizing a week-long series of commemorative events, the highlight of which will be a dinner and show on May 28, 2014, at the Hôtel Rimouski. The honorary chair of the event will be Francis Lamontagne, President of the Board of Directors of Quebec's automobile dealers association (CCAQ). The CCAQ will be holding its annual convention in Rimouski in May 2014, and Mr. Lamontagne, who is very active in his community, will be taking advantage of the opportunity to share this part of our history with CCAQ members. They will visit the Pointe-au-Père site, and some 175 participants have already reserved their tickets for the dinner. Several dozen descendants of Empress of Ireland passengers will be coming from around the world to attend as well. We will also be honoured by the presence of the grandsons of the captains of both ships involved in the tragedy.
G communication marketing will be responsible for the entertainment portion of the evening, which is sure to be memorable. Chantal Pilon and her team are working with Eudore Belzile and Denis Leblond to develop a concept that will transport all 480 guests back to the ship's glory days. Several actors will be along for the voyage, including our own Normand Lévesque, who will play the part of Henry George Kendall, Captain of the Empress of Ireland, for a night. To enhance the realism of the re-enactment, guests are invited to don attire reminiscent of the early 20th century.
For more details about the events scheduled for May 2014, please visit www.empress2014.ca.
The evening will begin with a boarding cocktail at 6 p.m. Tickets, which cost $200, are already on sale at the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père.