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The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is pleased to announce that the Sing for Sainte-Justine with Céline Dion contest has been a resounding success. Thanks to your generosity, an impressive $827,065 has been raised for the Foundation. This will be used to support research and promote healthcare excellence in Canada’s largest mother-child university hospital centre.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to our 174 participating choirs and 5,000 singers from across Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, as well as the thousands of people who have supported them.

Of the 25 top-rated choirs, each of whom will receive a $1,000 prize courtesy of evenko, one has been named the “judges’ favourite”: Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval. Gregory Charles, Claude “Mégo” Lemay and Natalie Choquette unanimously selected this winner based on the quality of their stage presence and vocal performance.

The Chorale de l’Externat Mont-Jésus-Marie, from Montreal, an elementary school choir composed of 60 young singers, ranked in first place, with 18,027 ballots cast in their favour. Through this community effort, students, parents and staff paid tribute to Léa, a young Sainte-Justine patient whose mother works at the school and who is currently in remission from leukemia.

In July, the two winning choirs will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to share the stage and sing a song with Céline Dion. The private function at Sainte-Justine will be a very special moment for the choir members and a touching testament to their commitment toward Saint-Justine.

Congratulations once again and thank you to all our contestants for their tireless commitment to the cause. Together, you have joined your voices to those of children and mothers-to-be across Quebec and made them the best promise of all: the promise of a better, brighter and healthier future.


Contest Requirements

The Sing for Sainte-Justine with Céline Dion contest will begin on January 16, 2014, and wrap up on April 30, 2014.

Thank you for your generosity, and good luck to all our contestants!

  1. A user account is required to enter your choir, cast a vote or comment on any of the videos.

  3. Registration will open on January 16, 2014, at 9 a.m. EST (UTC-05:00) and close on March 13, 2014, at 5 p.m. EDT (UTC-04:00).
  4. There are no contest entry fees for participating choirs.
  5. The contest is open to all professional and amateur Canadian choirs of all types and voice combinations.
  6. Choirs must have a minimum of three people.
  7. Only one video entry per choir is allowed.
  8. Choirs must submit a video performance of one minute or longer of ONE of the following songs:
    • “La mer et l'enfant” by Céline Dion.

      (Fabien Marsaud/David Gategno – Album: SANS ATTENDRE)
    • “L’amour existe encore” by Céline Dion.

      (Luc Plamondon/Richard Cocciante – Album: DION CHANTE PLAMONDON)
    • “S’il suffisait d’aimer” by Céline Dion.

      (Jean-Jacques Goldman – Album: S’IL SUFFISAIT D’AIMER)
    • “Because You Loved Me” by Céline Dion.

      (Diane Warren – Album: FALLING INTO YOU)
  9. Choirs must appoint a representative 18 years of age or older. This representative may be a choir member or the parent or guardian of a choir member.
  10. Choir members who are under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian to take part in the contest.
  11. Before entering the contest, choirs are urged to read the official contest rules carefully.
  12. A list of requirements is available in the “Toolbox,” which also contains links for downloadable musical arrangements and piano accompaniment tracks for each of the selected songs. Choirs may also use their own arrangements if they prefer.
  13. Choirs must produce a video of sufficiently high quality to be viewed online. All video file formats are welcome.
  14. An email will be sent to the designated representative 24 to 48 hours after an entry has been submitted to officially confirm the choir’s participation in the contest. The entry won't appear in the gallery until it opens on March 17.

  16. Voting will open on March 17, 2014, at 9 a.m. EST (UTC-04:00) and close on April 30, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST (UTC-04:00).
  17. Each vote will be cast in exchange for a $5 donation to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
  18. Tax receipts will be issued for every eligible transaction.
  19. After the voting period is closed, the 25 choirs with the highest number of votes will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, courtesy of evenko.
  20. 18. The following two choirs will also receive a Grand Prize – the opportunity to sing with Céline Dion during a private event at the CHU Sainte-Justine in 2014 (complete details will be unveiled on May 7, 2014):
    • The choir with the most votes from the public
    • The Judges' favourite choir, as chosen from the top 25 choirs in the final ranking.
  21. The judges' favourite will be determined based on the following criteria:
    • Quality of vocal performance (50%)
    • Quality of overall performance (50%)

  23. The names of the 25 winning choirs, including the choir that receives the most votes from the public, will be announced after the voting period ends on April 30, 2014, at 5 p.m. EDT (UTC-04:00). These 25 entries will be top ranked in the video gallery on the contest website.
  24. The judges’ favourite entry will be announced on May 7, 2014, at 9 a.m. EDT (UTC-04:00). The complete list of winning choirs will be published on the home page of the contest website.
  25. Only the winning choirs will be contacted, via an email or telephone call to their designated representative.
Official Rules

Building a better, brighter and healthier today and tomorrow is the core objective of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s Healing More Better campaign. Between now and 2018, we invite Quebecers to show their support for this far-reaching initiative and make it possible for Sainte-Justine to accelerate the pace of discovery and develop new ways to heal more children in Quebec.

By participating in the Sing for Sainte-Justine with Céline Dion contest, you will be doing your part to support excellence in research and healthcare in Canada’s largest mother-child university hospital centre.

Your help and your donations will enable Sainte-Justine to accomplish important things like:

  • Discovering new treatments for serious pediatric conditions and minimizing the risk of adverse effects over the short and long term.
  • Identifying the genes responsible for certain diseases so we can gain a better understanding of the underlying causes.

  • Providing access to the best possible level of care to young patients, no matter where they are in the province. Using telemedicine and telehomecare solutions, children and their families can benefit from Sainte-Justine’s highly specialized medical expertise without leaving their area.
  • Training top pediatricians, nurses and other professionals devoted to caring for children and mothers-to-be.

On behalf of the entire Sainte-Justine community, we thank you for your generosity!

For more information, go to

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJanuary 16, 2014 @ 2:00 PM (UTC)March 14, 2014 @ 9:00 PM (UTC)
Voting roundMarch 17, 2014 @ 1:00 PM (UTC)April 30, 2014 @ 9:00 PM (UTC)
Judging roundMay 1, 2014 @ 1:00 PM (UTC)May 4, 2014 @ 9:00 PM (UTC)

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