A well known figure in Quebec, Sébastien Dhavernas has been active in the arts community for 30 years. With his work as a comedian, director, singer-songwriter, acting teacher, artistic director, sound director, producer or voiceover actor, Mr. Dhavernas has made his mark on his colleagues in the cultural community and the people of Quebec. His performances in Le Temps d’une Paix, Chop Suey, Urgence, Watatatow, Tribu.com et Virginie are among the best known.
His great passion for arts and culture is reflected throughout his professional career and the issues he puts forward. A member of the UDA, ACTRA and SARTEC, Mr. Dhavernas recently headed the Commission du doublage de la SODEC (1999-2002), was a member of the board of director for the Union des artistes (2007-2008), and presided over –and was the first leader of– The Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal.
Partner of comedian Michèle Deslauriers, Mr. Dhavernas is also the father of two girls, Gabrielle and Caroline, the latter of which is also a comedian and a young rising star. He went to school in Outremont, at Mont-Jésus-Marie and Collège Stanislas, and is also a graduate of the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Montreal.
Mr. Dhavernas decided to get into politics primarily as a result of the recent cuts by the Conservative government to cultural programs and of its intention to censor Canadian cinema.