December 3, 2023

MUHC’s Got Talent returns for its second year on Tuesday evening, this edition at Montreal’s MTELUS.

The McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) health care professionals will showcase their hidden talents on its stage for a good cause.

“We are bringing here on stage, doctors, researchers, nurses, friends of the MUHC,” said Marie-Hélène Laramée, MUHC President and CEO. “All of those dollars are going towards innovative research, and excellent patient care.”

In 2022, their inaugural event raised $677,000 to support a variety of causes at the MUHC.

MUHC’s Got Talent rehearsals on Nov. 6th, 2023. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

Modelled after the hit TV show, the fundraiser supports causes at the MUHC closest to each performer’s heart, from cancer research to respiratory care.

“It’s extremely exciting,” said Dr. Matthias Friedrich, cardiologist at the MUHC who also performed in last year’s event.

“It’s similarly frightening to me,” he added. “But I’m also totally looking forward to feeling the energy of the audience.”

“The foundation supports so many of our programs,” said Dr. Marcel Behr, Director of the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity. “It’s an opportunity to be silly for an evening and do something we normally don’t do.”

Every $1 donation = 1 vote. And the Foundation will award multiple prizes, which will benefit each winner’s cause.

MUHC’s Got Talent rehearsals on Nov. 6th, 2023. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

“It’s so exciting to be with outstanding nurses,” said Carissa Wong, one of many nurses performing in the show with “The Pillars” choir.

They are showcasing their talent at the event while supporting the recruitment and training of MUHC nurses. ⁣

“We’ve gathered since September,” she added. “Singing every week together.”

MUHC’s Got Talent rehearsals on Nov. 6th, 2023. (Credit: Pamela Pagano/CityNews)

The MUHC’s work, appreciated by many like Patricia Soussana who was treated at the hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

“They have touched so many lives of people that I know and that I don’t know,” she explained.

Soussana will also be performing in the show.

Rehearsals took place Monday night in preparation for Tuesday evening, which will be filled with heartwarming performances, talent, and a panel of celebrity judges.

“It’s a very courageous move to come here on stage and do something that is not your day job,” said Laramée. “They are doing it because they care about patient care.”


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