The Ensemble vocal Ganymède was founded in 1991 by Yvan Sabourin, its current artistic director. Its mission is to performthe classic repertoire formale choir with the goal of making this music better known. This ensemble has its roots in the gay community and aspires to present an image of openness and respect. During the past 20 years, Ganymède has become generally well known through participation in numerous and varied cultural events, including the Saint-Jean-Baptiste parade (1992), and at vigils and commemorative ceremonies in memory of persons who died of AIDS. Twice Ganymède has hosted prestigious choral gatherings: the Choralies du Rallye des Arts du Centre-Sud de Montréal in 1996, and GALA Choruses, the world’s largest gay cultural event, in 2004. In 2009, the choir was invited by the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus in Portland, Maine to present a collective concert.
The ensemble has also become well known in the musical world through participation in several competitions: the Montreal Choir Festival (special jury prize, 1994; first prize, advanced choirs category, 1995 and 1997); National Music Festival (officially representing Quebec, on the recommendation of the jury of the Montreal Choral Festival, 1997); Festival international du chant choral de Trois-Rivières (finalist, 1997; invited choir, 1998); and Podium (1996 and 2002 editions). In the summer of 2006, Ganymède won the gold medal at the Choral Festival of the
World Outgames. In the following summer, the ensemble flew to France to give concerts in Paris, Lyon, and Vaison-la-Romaine. In the summer of 2010, Ganymède was honored at the competition of the Festival choral international de Neuchâtel in Switzerland, winning the special prize for diversity in recognition of its minority-integration efforts.