Community

Giving back nurtures a vibrant and sustainable community

The communities we grow up in or move into make us who we are.
~ Pierre Lassonde

The relationship between a community and the arts is as reciprocal as space and time.
Together they change opinions and instill values. Art can increase the sense of collective identity as well as
individual self-esteem.It has the power to build social capital and spur economic growth.

The Foundation is passionate about the communities in which we live

Pierre Lassonde has been the Chair of the Board of Directors for The Canada Council for the Arts for five years. The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder that champions and invests in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. 

Toronto Biennial

The Toronto Biennial of Art  – Launching September 21, 2019

The Canada Council for the Arts, together with The Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation, are among a host of supporters of this inaugural 72-day contemporary art event offering accessible and transformative visual art exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops designed to bridge communities and contribute to global conversations from a distinctly Canadian perspective.  With upwards of 400,000 visitors expected to attend in the metro area, the Toronto Biennial of Art is poised to become one of North America’s preeminent international visual arts events.

“Our family is delighted to support the Toronto Biennial of Art, surely to become a landmark event in one of the most diverse cities in the world,” said Pierre Lassonde. “Art is a universal language and its expression — through public installations, exhibitions, and dynamic programming — will make this Biennial an event that we hope will touch millions of people.”

The Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde was named in honour of Pierre’s mother, Juliette
Lassonde, and is a cultural complex located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

The Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation supports a number of organisations and programs in its communities, large and small. These involvements include:

St. Paul’s Bloor Street       Sisters of Mercy       St. Clement’s School       Bishop Strachan School