French Minister of Culture Franck Riester, honours TCAF Founder Christopher Butcher with the insignia as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

The award ceremony will be held in Beeton Hall at Toronto Reference Library, on October 10 at 6:00 p. m.

Toronto, October 2, 2019. French Minister of Culture Franck Riester, on his first official visit to Toronto, will present the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres to Christopher Butcher, Artistic Director of the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF), in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Canada, Kareen Rispal and the Consul General of France in Toronto, Tudor Alexis. You are invited to attend this award ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 6 p.m.

This ceremony is an important symbolic act for France and Canada and at the same time pays tribute to the work accomplished by Mr. Christopher Butcher who has worked for more than twenty years to promote the comic book industry. Mr. Butcher has made a significant contribution to the arts and creativity in Toronto, creating the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) in 2013, an event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Christopher Butcher’s achievements are recognized not only by his peers in Canada but also by the French public.

“I am thrilled to support the decoration of Mr Christopher Butcher in l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Through its achievements, it demonstrates its expertise and creativity and contributes to strengthening Toronto’s image as a destination of choice for multidisciplinary cultural collaboration especially between France and Canada. This initiative is perfectly in line with the objective of the French Ministry of Culture to reward the talents who succeed in boosting an artistic sector by making it accessible to a wide audience. I am delighted to award him this high French distinction. “, said French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester.

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