The region mourns Robert Hakim | Arts | The Daily

The region mourns Robert Hakim | Arts | The Daily
The region mourns Robert Hakim | Arts | The Daily
IIt must be said that the show producer is behind many festivals and events in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. We owe him the International Rhythms of the World Festival, the Saguenay World Beer Festival, the Panache fashion event, the Return to the 80s and 90s, as well as L’Anse-Saint-Jean’s La Grande Ourse. Over the years, the promoter has made it possible for a number of artists to come to Saguenay from all over the country and internationally. His disappearance also resonates as far as Quebec, where he was co-owner of the Le D’Auteuil performance hall.

A few hours after the sad announcement, Diffusion Saguenay published a press release highlighting all the work accomplished by Robert Hakim, “a man of character, with grandiose ideas who, until the end, dreamed of his next show”.

“Robert has been, over the years, a business partner, a connoisseur of the field, a visionary, a unifier, a friend, a person with whom we also spoke at length, but above all, a mad lover of the music and artists. He was undoubtedly and without a doubt, “the biggest fan” of the people he hired and he had enormous admiration for musicians, “the statement wrote.

Diffusion Saguenay testified to the impact of Robert Hakim on the regional cultural environment.

“It leaves an indelible mark on the region through the presentation of hundreds of artistic events and the creation of unmissable major festivals which, each year, enliven the summer season with joy and sunshine, in its image.”

The general manager of Diffusion Saguenay posted a more personal message on social media.

“My dear friend Robert, you took us all by surprise today with your departure too quickly. You left discreetly … But your departure echoes with all these people who have worked with you, whether professionally, in the media or personally. Who did not know you, if only by name! I consider myself privileged to have been able to share several dinners or even virtual 5 @ 7 during the last year with you. A friend whom I appreciated very much. Let’s say that we had a common passion: the world of entertainment and events. It’s easier for me to say goodbye to you here, in writing, rather than in front of the cameras. I need to recover from the shock of this sad news of your departure. Your absence on the media, cultural and tourist scene will leave a great void in our region. You broke down doors! You brought people to Racine Street, the Port Zone! You were a developer. Hat. You will stay in my memory and that of many people. Have a nice trip my friend, ”wrote Isabelle Gagnon.

Robert Doré, Quebec Issime producer, also believes that the departure of Robert Hakim constitutes a great loss for the regional cultural community.

“For the cultural community in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, it’s obvious that it’s a loss. Robert Hakim has done a lot for festivals, he has contributed a lot to the region, ”says the one who was surprised to learn of the producer’s death.

“We spoke not so long ago. I knew he had some health issues, but I thought he would get through it. It reminds us to enjoy life. I think Robert fully lived his passion for culture and music. It was his life. If you had a question, you knew he would have the answer. Today, the Quebec Issime gang can only offer their condolences to Robert Hakim’s wife and his gang from Productions Hakim. ”

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