Choosing the new faces
Luxury casting

The Grévin Academy chooses the local figures who will make their debut at the Grévin

In homage to the founders of Grévin Paris, Arthur Meyer, journalist and director of the Le Gaulois newspaper, and Alfred Grévin, sculptor and caricaturist, the members of the Paris and Montréal Grévin Academies are members of the media. The Montreal academie selects two to three stars each year.

Since its inception in 2001, the Parisian Academy has been directed by Bernard Pivot, and selects four to six new personalities to be featured in its museum each year.

In Montréal, the academy features well-known local journalists: Claude Deschênes, Monique Giroux, Joselito Michaud, Herby Moreau, Thérèse Parisien, Catherine Pogonat, Francis Reddy, Réjean Tremblay and Joanne Vrakas.

N.B.: Foreign personalities are chosen by Grévin management.


 

 

Marc Laurendeau,

President of Grevin's Academy,

Comedian, actor, journalist, professor, and radio and television host from Montreal, Quebec.

In the 60s and 70s, he was part of the quartet of comedians Les Cyniques, with André Dubois, Marcel Saint-Germain and Serge Grenier. He was seen on the big screen in 1972, in the musical comedy IXE-13, by Jacques Godbout.

In 1972, he became a columnist for the daily Montréal-Matin, while also animating the CKAC radio show Montréal en vrac. In 1975, he was promoted to editor-in-chief for Montréal-Matin, where he worked until 1978. From 1978 to 1988, he was a columnist and a political analyst for La Presse, while hosting public affairs TV shows. Since 1988, he has worked as a radio journalist-columnist for Radio-Canada. Since 1995, he’s been a journalism professor at the University of Montreal.

From 1998 to 2013, he presented a review of news headlines at the daily radio show C'est bien meilleur le matin, alongside René Homier-Roy.

Catherine Pogonat

Radio and TV host for over 15 years, Catherine Pogonat enabled many artists to become known, thanks to outstanding shows such "Bande à part", "Sainte-Catherine" and "Mange ta ville".

Claude Deschênes

Claude Deschênes worked for Radio-Canada for 33 years, including 25 years as a culture journalist for its TV newscast. Now, he follows the cultural scene on his blog claudedeschenes.ca and he collaborates with Télématin on France2.

Francis Reddy

Actor and TV host from Montreal, Quebec. He was first discovered for his roles at the TV shows À plein temps, Chambres en ville and Les poupées russes. He hosted many shows for TVA and Radio-Canada before he started working for the travel TV channel Évasion.

Herby Moreau

TV host, reporter, journalist, correspondent and cultural columnist. Herby Moreau started his career as a production assistant for Julie Snyder at Sortir. In 2009, he launched his own TV channel on the web, Herby.tv. Since 2011, he’s been hosting the show "District V".

Joanne Vrakas

Joanne Vrakas has worked in the Montreal broadcast industry for a decade, most recently reporting on a wide range of local news stories for CBC News Montreal. Throughout her career she has interviewed leading politicians and A-list celebrities including Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga...

Josélito Michaud

Josélito Michaud is an impresario, an author and a radio and TV host in Quebec. Starting in February 2017, he'll be presenting a series of documentaries entitled L'AMERICAN DREAM at ICI RDI .

Monique Giroux

Radio host who celebrates and promotes Francophone music in Canada and internationally. S he was the host and the driving force behind the radio show "Les refrains d'abord". Since 2008 she leads musical radio shows for Radio-Canada.

Réjean Tremblay

Journalist and writer, he covered twelve Olympic Games since 1976. He also covered Montreal’s F1 Grand Prix for eight years. Hockey expert, he’s been following the Canadien for many years. He is also behind over twenty successful TV series and miniseries.

Thérèse Parisien

Cultural journalist. She studied sociology at the University of Ottawa before becoming a journalist and collaborating in several newspapers, magazines and television programs. She presently works as a radio columnist, covering arts and entertainment at 98.5 FM.