Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations – Official programming – March 31 to April 6, 2017

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History, art and family fun on the program!

MONTRÉAL, March 31, 2017  – This week, the official programming for Montréal’s 375th anniversary is chock full of historical discoveries, with Arts nomades and Cultivons nos raciness leading the way! The latter gives people the chance to discover time-honoured Aboriginal gardening techniques. During this festive week, family fun comes to the fore with a trip to the sugar shack – right in the heart of the city as well as a community project to create a 1,400-metre-long garland that will festoon the streets of the Point-Saint-Charles neighbourhood.


Cultivons nos racines ! Cultures et savoir-faire anciens : évolution de l’utilisation des ressources
Discover Native American gardening techniques and leave better equipped to have abundant harvests at the end of summer. You can also take part in a seeding activity and bring home beautiful budding vegetables!
March 30 – Regroupement de Lachine
Groupe de recherche appliquée en macroécologie (GRAME)

La Cabane à sucre urbaine
This sugaring off season, the Cabane à sucre urbaine invites young and old to try some maple taffy in its old-fashioned mobile barn. To ensure the most sweet tooths possible get to enjoy this gooey goodness, it will be stopping off in several city boroughs. Musicians and storytellers will add to the festive, family-friendly ambiance. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other treats will also be served.  All voluntary contributions will go to the Joy of Eating Better Foundation.

Schedule for the day:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maple taffy tasting with proceeds going to the Joy of Eating Better Foundation
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
12:30 p.m.  to 1:30 p.m.
Tasting of pudding chômeur (Poor Man’s Pudding)
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dancing to the sounds of a folk band
April 1Parc Marcelin-Wilson, Ahuntsic-Cartierville
April 2 – Parc Villeray, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension

La guirlande du 375e
Creative workshops will be held at the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier as part of “The 375th Garland”. Le Carrefour d’éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles has launched a superb community project to create and decorate a 1400-metre-long garland that will adorn the streets of the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. A number of workshops featuring various techniques for painting and printing on canvas will be offered in several borough locations, all in a creative atmosphere where participants can express their artistic talents. The garland will be hung in the neighbourhood at a vernissage during Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.
April 3 and 4 – Centre culturel Georges-Vanier
April 5Pointe-St-Charles Art School

LA SERRE – arts vivants
Once a month throughout the year 2017, POSSIBLES will present the works of 12 artists from various art disciplines in collaboration with 12 creative partners in 12 unusual Montreal venues. The objective is to provide a platform to up-and-coming artists by inviting them to create new POSSIBLES exploring 12 local issues that arose from discussions with the community.
The year 2017 will impart a manifesto and a methodology to cities from across the globe enabling them to adopt and contribute to the project.
April 20 – ARCMTL / Healthcare + Quality of life | S. Cotton and M. Nepveu Villeneuve

Arts Nomades celebrates the 375th
Since 2006, the Cirque du Soleil has been running the Arts Nomades program in the borough of Saint Michel and has introduced it to all its primary schools. In partnership with the community and the CSDM (Montreal school board), Arts Nomades allows children participating in the program to express themselves through art workshops, experience the stage and discover cultural venues.

Arts Nomades embodies the editorial line of Montreal’s 375th anniversary: “building bridges” each day. Over the years, we have seen the undeniable power of the arts to forge ties as well as the positive impact workshops have had on relationships between youth, teachers and families.

Inspired by the festive spirit that permeates Montreal, the Cirque du Soleil has decided to organize a meeting on April 4 at TOHU and offer an artistic performance in each school. This celebration represents the Cirque’s ongoing commitment to remain active and involved in Saint-Michel’s elementary schools.
April 4 – TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque

Ahuntsic-Cartierville: 375 ans d’histoire revue et patinée
Artistic ice skating show that highlights key historical moments in the borough and the city, to the sound of music from the era and performed by more than 250 neighbourhood residents.
April 8 and 9 – Aréna Ahuntsic – Patinage Ahuntsic


Cité Mémoire
An urban multimedia show that unfolds across Old Montréal and showcases an array of characters that were witness to the city’s history. More than 20 tableaux spring to life with movement, words and music. Download the app.
Every evening – Old Montréal

MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie
As of December 21, 2016, a pop-up art gallery will appear in several locations around the Rosemont-La Petite Patrie neighbourhood. For Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Artgang Galerie is committed to actively contributing to the artistic revitalization of the neighbourhood with the MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie project ( Artgang Galerie plans to co-produce and distribute at least 375 public art interventions around the neighbourhood. These interventions are meant to unite the neighbourhood’s residents and generate enthusiasm in the area. Produced by professional and emerging artists, more than a hundred works from different backgrounds and made of various mediums will be presented to the public.

It will also be possible to follow the evolution of the project, to consult the collection of work and to learn more about the artists involved on the website, which will be launched at the same time as the pop-up gallery.

A second wave of work in this project will be launched in spring 2017. Several other public art interventions are also forthcoming.

Starting December 21, 2016
Parc Molson
Parc de Gaspé
Ruelle sans nom, behind Artgang, 6524 Saint-Hubert Street

Le Country, de la colonisation à nos jours
Country evenings to celebrate the history of country music in Montreal, from colonization to today. A tribute to the history and importance of country music in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, and its ability to bridge generations.
Every Friday from February 3 to July 28 at 8 p.m. – Bistro Le Ste-Cath

Aime comme Montréal at the BAnQ
Cultural diversity is one of the most important aspects of Montreal’s identity. In celebration of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Aime comme Montréal offers an intimate and authentic look at cultural diversity with a photography project featuring 60 inspiring intercultural couples living here in Montreal. By publishing a book and presenting their exhibition in some of Montreal’s most iconic places, Aime comme Montreal aims to celebrate diversity in the city we call home.
March 16 to April 16 – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Mode Expo 67
Expo 67 offered an extraordinary showcase for Montréal’s fashion designers. Fifty years later, the McCord Museum unveils its magnificent collection of clothes and accessories as well as its Expo archives. Here’s your chance to see more than 60 costumes, flight attendant outfits from different countries and provinces and designer clothes from names such as Marielle Fleury, Michel Robichaud, Jacques de Montjoye, Serge et Réal as well as John Warden. Sketches, breathtaking photos and testimonials by people who were at this amazing encounter give it a definitely retro twist!
March 17 to October 1 – McCord Museum

Come experience the newest sensory experience from Moment Factory for Montréal’s 375th! Allow yourself to be transported into the heart of the Notre-Dame Basilica and rediscover its spectacular architecture in three acts where light, orchestra music and Moment Factory’s genius treat you to a breathtakingly beautiful performance.
March 21 to October 30, 2017 – Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

La langue de feu
Historical tales around a campfire in different public spaces of the Peter-McGill district.
March 23 and April 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. –  Pierce Street (between Sainte-Catherine West and De la Police Street). Borough of Ville-Marie
March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – De Maisonneuve West /Guy – Borough of Ville-Marie


Visit the programming section at or download the 375MTL app.


The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will highlight Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017.  With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces to carry out its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage funding, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.

The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Gouvernement du Canada, the Gouvernement du Québec and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information:

For the complete list of press releases and other images and videos, go to our virtual press room here.

To learn more about the Gouvernement du Québec’s contribution to Montréal’s 375th anniversary, click here.

For further information: Media Relations: Isabelle Pelletier,, 514-238-4178



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