Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations – Official programming – May 5 to 11, 2017

by pmnationtalk on May 5, 2017502 Views

Month of May sees art invade Montreal streets

MONTREAL, May 5, 2017  – On a blank space, an artist sketches a movement, an image, a line, but above all, he takes break. In the heart of the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, artists invite you to take a break with them and make a creative contributions to their works. Every Saturday from May through to October, the public is invited to participate in BLANK PAGE, a series of events featuring a variety of artists that will take place in the morning and evening in two different spots throughout the borough.


Where will Montreal take you?
This creative project brings together seven authors and three photographers with the mission of travelling to seven neighbourhoods in an effort to reinvigorate our perceptions of a modern and ever-changing Montreal. Using their urban travel notebooks, these tourist-artists will be tasked with creating a piece that situates itself somewhere between fiction and documentary. These authors and photographers will create various notes, songs, collected conversations and fictional stories: Subject matter will be presented in the form of notes, songs, collected conversations and invented stories: open and engaging storytelling is what is sought-after. The seven urban notebooks will be presented at the 16th Jamais Lu Festival taking place in May 2017. A theatrical-literary show will also be created and presented in the spring and autumn. A photographic exhibition and a published collection of the texts will round-out the project.
May 5 to May 12 – Théâtre aux Écuries

Flashmob in your neighborhood!
Every Friday throughout May and June 2017 families will be able to enjoy Flashmob – a dance performance using digital projections and entertainment in front of various historical locations peppered throughout Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Kids and adults alike will be able to enjoy weekly shows and have a chance to win a number of great prizes!
Every Friday from May 6 through June 2 – Olympic Stadium Esplanade

Blank Page
All creations begin with a blank page! An outdoor public space that will serve as the blank canvas – a meeting spot for artists and residents alike to share a moment of reflection and make a creative gesture together. Photography, painting, dance, literature or music – there’s a place on the page for all forms of art! Meetings with residents will serve as a source of inspiration for 20 guest artists whose final works will be presented at an event celebrating these unique encounters. Every Saturday in May through October two locations in the borough will host BLANK PAGE – one in the morning and in the evening – with different artists attending each one. A unique and one-of-a-kind creation will be produced at each location.
May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Pelican Park

Streets of Montreal
The Streets of Montreal project aims to tell the story of eight historic locations in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and five in the Plateau-Mont-Royal. There will be an outdoor exhibit which will run from May through to October, and a free online publication available throughout 2017. Thirteen Montreal comic authors will take on the task of making you rediscover the history of each of the featured districts. This project is brought to you by the PLANCHES magazine and the Montreal Comic Arts Festival.
May 6 to October 26Parc de la Petite-Italie

Cité Mémoire
Projected throughout Old Montreal and loosely inspired by the city’s history, Cité Mémoire invites you to meet a host of characters who’ve witnessed the city’s evolution first-hand. Poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful, the tableaux come alive with images, words and music. Don’t forget to download the application!
Every night – Old Montreal

Les Amuse-Bouches
This unique event is sure to make people smile! Ordinary manholes become sites of creative expression in a fun and collaborative atmosphere. On the menu: live painting and theatre, music, circus arts and puppetry. A street art project that brings together artists, organizations and neighborhood schools. APPETIZERS will feature temporary manhole murals and short, 375 second performances that came out of mediation workshops and which will be presented along a series of selected manholes.
From May to September – Public places


Vivre ensemble: Montréal, nouveau monde
In addition to highlighting the history of the founding of Montreal and the initial encounter with Aboriginal peoples, this unique exhibit will emphasize the different waves of immigration of various cultural groups throughout the centuries. Each of these communities contributed in shaping the personality of Montreal: a French-speaking, cosmopolitan metropolis with a diverse population. Exhibit made possible by the Montreal History Center and the Office of the President of the Council.
May 2017 – Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall

Pierr-Rox 3.75 project
This short video blog – Pierr-Rox 3.75 – seeks to document the history, nature, society and culture of the PierrefondsRoxboro borough through the lens of its very own residents. The project begins by inviting people from all backgrounds – young and old from the west, east, and central areas of PierrefondsRoxboro – to create works that will serve as starting points for the documentary blog. The Pierr-Rox 3.75 project will be directed by Cloverdale Multi-Ressources.
May 2017 – To be confirmed

PierrefondsRoxboro par les voix du 375e de Montréal
A traveling performance and exhibition project that will travel to various parts of the PierrefondsRoxboro borough, offering residents an entertainment program.
May 1 – Port de Plaisance in PierrefondsRoxboro, with other locations to follow

Les contes de Verdun
A summer program featuring three interactive tales – all written by local authors – which tell the story of Verdun’s history. Residents can take in these fabulous tales told by a storyteller while sitting around a campfire and gazing at the stars.
May 1 to November 30 – Promenade Wellington

Espace libre pour la culture 375
Free Space for Culture will temporarily occupy a vacant lot located at the corner of Notre-Dame and D’Orléans streets to transform it into artist residencies during the year 2017 for a total of four artistic residencies of two months each. Each residency explores a season and the history of the neighbourhood.
May 1 to December 31 – Lot at the corner of Notre-Dame St. and D’Orléans St.

Montréal, toute une histoire
An engaging and historical tour that takes participants on a journey along the Saint-Lawrence River between the Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Lachine Museum with the help of a free mobile app, a game, and a series of outdoor panels. Close to 50 places of interest have already been identified on the route, totalling 17 km in length. This route will be divided into different sections for those wishing to explore the course on foot and or by bike but don’t necessarily want to travel the whole length of the trail. Two approaches will be proposed for the path: one that is more informative, cultural and historical with audio clips and photos accessible to all, and the second – ideal for families – involves a playful quest.
Starting May 3 – Along the Saint-Lawrence River, from the Maison Saint-Gabriel to the Lachine Museum

MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie
A pop-up art gallery will appear in several locations around the Rosemont-La Petite Patrie neighbourhood.
Ongoing since December 21 – In the back alley behind Artgang (6524 Saint-Hubert Street) and De Gaspé Park (6699 De Gaspé Avenue)

Le Country, de la colonisation à nos jours
Country evenings celebrating country music’s unique and significant history in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, from the period of colonization to today, and its ability to bridge generations.
Every Friday from February 3 to July 28 at 8:00 p.m. – Bistro Le Ste-Cath

Mode Expo 67
Expo 67 offered Montreal fashion designers an extraordinary opportunity to take in the amazing talents of designers from across the globe. Fifty years on, the McCord Museum unveils its Expo archives, including a magnificent collection of clothes and accessories dating from that period in our city’s history. It’s your chance to see more than 60 costumes and flight attendant outfits originating from different countries and provinces, as well as designer clothes from desginers such as Marielle Fleury, Michel Robichaud, Jacques de Montjoye, Serge et Réal, and John Warden. Sketches, breathtaking photos and testimonials from people who were present at Expo 67 bring this retro flashback to life!
March 17 to October 1 – McCord Museum

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of Notre-Dame. Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica.
March 21 to December 31 – Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Aime comme Montréal – Place des arts
Cultural diversity is one of the most important aspects of Montreal’s identity. In celebration of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Aime come Montreal presents an intimate and authentic look into cultural diversity with a photography project featuring 60 inspiring intercultural couples living here in Montreal. By publishing a book and mounting their exhibition in some of Montreal’s most iconic places, Aime comme Montreal celebrates diversity in this city we call home.
April 20 to May 21 – Place des arts

The Sixties in Montreal: Archives de Montréal
Montreal is transforming itself. The 60’s shook up Quebec – especially the bustling metropolis. Place Ville-Marie, the metro, Expo 67… Discover how Montreal came to life during this period through photos from the Montreal Archives.
April 22 to May 6 – Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall

Expo 67 – A World of Dreams
The Stewart Museum celebrates the innovative spirit of Expo 67 through an immersive multimedia exhibition made possible through the use archival footage from the National Film Board and Radio-Canada. As a complement to this exhibit, we recommend also participating in a guided tour of Île Ste-Hélène, to discover some of the original sites of Expo 67.
April 26 to October 8 – Stewart Museum

Echo 67
50 years on, go back to a future first imagined by Buckminster Fuller in the most iconic pavilion of Montreal’s International World Fair to explore the Expo’s environmental legacy. History, photos, audiovisual production – totally immersive and sustainable experience awaits!
Starting April 27 – Biosphere

To find out more about all events, go to the programming section at or download the 375MTL app.

About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

The Society for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will highlight Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017.  With a focus on promoting Montreal 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 City of Montreal, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and private funding from 12 great Montrealers. For more information please visit:

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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