Social Events
Advocates Program

Social Events


Opening Ceremony and Opening Reception

Tuesday, October 11

Montreal Convention Center



The opening ceremony and welcoming remarks is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11 starting at 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm in Room 210 of the Montreal Convention Center.  Be prepared to be “wowed” by the opening act performed by artists from Cirque Éloize who have customized their talent and creativity into a 15-minute high energy show just for you! Following the performance will be opening remarks from the leaders of the Congress as well as from local dignitaries. We hope the opening ceremony will leave you full of amazement and energy as you prepare for an exciting 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. Immediately following the opening ceremony is a special panel discussion on Personal Implications of Whole Genome Sequencing from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm.


The opening reception will begin at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm in Room 517 of the Montreal Convention Center. This event is open to all scientific registrants and paid guests. The reception offers a relaxed atmosphere in which attendees can become acquainted and reacquainted with colleagues. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be offered.  Bring your camera and be prepared to mingle with characters from Cirque Éloize.


Trainees should look for the designated area in the back of the room. Trainees will receive one complimentary beverage ticket (tickets will be printed on trainee badges). Please remember to bring your ticket with you to the reception.


Please check the schedule of events for a list of university receptions, exhibitor workshops, and ancillary related social events (beginning July 2011).



Private Concert at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

(Separate ticketed event. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form)

Thursday, October 13

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Show begins promptly at 7:30 pm

Show ends at 8:45 pm




Enjoy a special evening on Thursday, October 13 at the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal. This masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, built between 1824 and 1829, opens its doors for a private concert for the delegates of the International Congress of Human Genetics. The church’s Gothic Revival architecture is among the most dramatic in the world. Its interior is grand and colorful, its ceiling is colored deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver and gold. It is filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. Unusual for a church, the stained glass windows along the walls of the sanctuary do not depict biblical scenes but rather scenes from the religious history of Montreal. It also has a pipe organ, which comprises of four keyboards, 97 stops, almost 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board.


The truly magnificent and unique place with its great beauty and exceptional acoustics will host a superb choral concert by artist Daniel Taylor, Canada’s star countertenor. Daniel is internationally renowned and has appeared with symphony orchestras as well as at festivals and special events around the world. The show will include Daniel and a guest Soprano (Suzie Leblanc) performing several love duets including famous duets from Handel’s great operas. They will be accompanied by a Baroque orchestra. This repertoire is brought to life in a dramatic and expressive way by the acoustic countertenor and soprano voices. The one hour and 15 minute show will leave you in awe.


Tickets are $40 and are available to scientific registrants and their guests. Tickets must be purchased at the time of registration. Seats are limited.


Sample music 1

Sample music 2


Basilica Address: 110 Notre-Dame Street, West, Montreal, QC, H2Y 1T2; Place d’Armes Metro stop