Official program for May 19-25, 2017 – Canadian Premiere – Don’t Miss the Giants’ Visit, May 19-21

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MONTRÉAL, May 19, 2017 – The summer season of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations continues in a grand fashion with the arrival of the Giants: the Great Invitation, staged by the international company, Royal de luxe.  Visiting specifically for our metropolis’ anniversary, the characters will leave a strong impression on Montrealers’ collective memory.  They will be performing downtown and in Old Montréal on May 19, 20 and 21.  This weekend, La Grande Tournée will visit Outremont.  Residents will have the opportunity to discover and share the charms of their borough and to celebrate their neighbourhood. This week, Montréal welcomes characters that are larger than life and fetes its history and its people!


The Giants
The Giants have answered the grand invitation from Montréal’s 375th to visit our city and fill us with wonder. They will wind their way through the city streets, voyage across the river, move among passersby. Their heavy steps will strike our imaginations, and their gentle nature will touch our hearts. With eyes lifted skyward, Montrealers will experience a very first: watching the epic journey of the Royal de Luxe Giants.
May 19 to May 21 – Downtown and Old Montréal

Encounters in New France
Learn what daily life was like in the city under the French regime.
Meet characters that played a part in our history, and admire the know-how of the First Nations. The whole family will enjoy listening to strolling musicians and spending some time with the craftspeople and street performers at the heart of this huge celebratory happening!
May 19 to May 22 – Place d’Youville, Old Port of Montreal

La Grande Tournée à Outremont
A major 375th event, La Grande Tournée, presented by Cirque Éloize, will be travelling from one end of the city to the other all summer long to celebrate its history and its people, have fun and live it up in our communities. It will give everyone who loves Montréal the chance to discover the city’s charms and secrets, celebrate with their families and get to know their neighbours. The fun will also spill out onto an adjacent street or back alley where other events also await.
May 19 to 21Outremont borough

The ScaveNDGers project is divided into three separate events. “Marathon” participants will take part in a week-long mission to accomplish creative and engaging community-oriented tasks. “Sprint” participants will take part in a one-day race to complete smaller tasks throughout the NDG area. The entire community will then have the opportunity to interact with a temporary exhibit at the NDG Cultural Centre that will showcase the completed tasks in the form of photographs, videos, and artwork.
May 19 to June 9 – NDG

Fort Ville-Marie
Montréal’s roots are showing—and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum wants you to take a look! With its brand-new Fort Ville-Marie Pavilion, you can travel back in time to the city’s birthplace to see authentic traces of the first settlement that housed Montreal’s founders. This touching exhibit provides a unique look at what life was like during the city’s earliest days. Not only is it steeped in history, but it’s infused with the enthusiasm that drove the first Montrealers to pursue their dream to start a new life in North America. This symbolic, memory-filled site is a must-see.
Starting May 20 –Fort Ville-Marie Pavilion, Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Franchir un mur pour construire des ponts
This collaboration between the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), the Commission scolaire de Montréal and MU will celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary by hosting a block party at Pierre-Dupuy High School as well as through a series of video and mural art workshops. The highlight of this project will be the creation of a video mural, prepared with the help of students from three schools in the boroughs.
May 24 –Pierre-Dupuy High School

Festival jeunesse-Active ta couleur – Part 1
On May 24, 25 and 26, Francophone and Anglophone high school students from Saint-Leonard will run the distance between Quebec City and Montreal on the Chemin du Roy. When they finally reach Saint-Leonard, elementary school students will join them to run the remaining kilometers. Upon their arrival, music and festivities will take place at the rendez-vous.
May 24, 25, 26 – Saint-Leonard

Small Streams Become Large Rivers
The year 2017 marks Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Lachine’s 350th anniversary and Concerts Lachine’s 40th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion, we offer you a musical project named SMALL STREAMS BECOME LARGE RIVERS that celebrates the rich history and the cultural background of Lachine. The show is built around music from different periods that marked our history. Come listen to ensembles and choirs from various schools of Lachine that will offer a voyage through our musical history.
May 25 – Marina d’escale or Église Saints-Anges (in case of rain)

Saint-Laurent in 7 beats
Saint-Laurent in 7 beats is a virtual reality production that you can enjoy, free of charge, at the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, starting in late May. Come immerse yourself in a 360° video experience while local children present seven short stories based on the borough’s history. Don’t miss this new and original, technological and poetic creation for all ages.
May 25 – Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec

100 % Montréal
In this survey probe by the masters of documentary theatre the Rimini Protokoll collective, Montrealers will see themselves as they really are. Who commits tax fraud? Who is against the headscarf in public spaces? Who has cheated on his/her lover or spouse? Without any filters, without beating around the bush, the courageous participants of 100 % Montréal will respond to all questions, both the banal and the very serious. Moving onstage as though in an organic diagram – never have statistics been so full of life! – they will incarnate public opinion in sensitive fashion, dramatically revealing its unpredictable movements. A candid look at the multiple identities of our city.
May 25 to May 28 – Théâtre Jean-Duceppe


Cité Mémoire
On May 10 four new images will be added to the Grand Tableau Cité Mémoire, a visual overview of of Montreal’s 375-year history told through pictures and music, all of which will be projected on the walls of Montreal’s Palais de justice.
Moving pictures are brought to life with music and spoken words. Don’t forget to download the app!
Every night – Old Montreal

Living Connections – The Illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge
An architectural icon and a fixture in Montreal’s landscape, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge will, on May 17, reveal a luminous signature as ambitious as it is innovative. The lights will pay homage to the unique engineering of this historic structure. The world’s first-ever connected bridge will come alive each night with the help of intelligent programming meant to adapt to the city’s ever-changing seasons and energy, creating a unifying, dynamic and sustainable symbol.
Beginning May 17 – Jacques-Cartier Bridge

Montréal AVUDO
Montréal AVUDO – a spectacular show that pays tribute to the Saint-Lawrence River – will come to life with enormous projections inspired the city’s history. Get ready to travel back in time! This poetic multimedia performance, created uniquely for Montreal’s 375th by the celebrated Compagnia Finzi Pasca, will be taking over the west sector of the Old Port of Montreal, near the King Edward Pier and the Montreal Science Centre. Young and old will be dazzled, moved and transported by the magic of images and scenes projected on rippling water walls and other spectacular installations.
May 17 to September 2 –King Edward Quay, Old Port of Montreal

Les midis Ville-Marie
Les midis Ville-Marie features 24 informal, playful, and participatory get-togethers with researchers from some of Ville-Marie’s major research institutions. Taking place in 24 of the borough’s outdoor public spaces and staged and hosted by theatre students, Les midis Ville-Marie will include simple yet surprising experiences in which members of the public are invited to engage and perform in.
May 11 to October 19 – 24 different public spaces throughout the borough

Flashmob in your neighborhood
Flashmob is a dance performance with digital projections and entertainment for the whole family in front of various historical places of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Fridays of May and June 2017. Events every week for everyone, kids and adults! Prizes will be drawn
May 6 to June 2 – Olympic Stadium Esplanade

Blank Page
The blank page is the beginning of all creation! It is represented here by an outdoor public space that will serve as a meeting place between artists and residents who will 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! These meetings with residents will become a source of inspiration for 20 guest artists whose final work will be presented at an event celebrating these encounters between artists and residents. Every Saturday in May through October, BLANK PAGE will take place in two places in the borough, in the morning and in the evening, with different artists. Each location will spawn a unique creation.
Every Saturday from May 6 to October 2017 –Pelican Park

Streets of Montreal
The Streets of Montreal is a project that will tell the story of eight historic places in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and five in the Plateau-Mont-Royal. There will be an outdoor exhibition, from May to October, and an online free publication all of 2017. Its thirteen Montreal comics authors thats will be in charge of making you rediscover the history of those districts. This project is brought to you by the comic magazine PLANCHES and the Montreal Comic Arts Festival.
May 6th to October 26thParc de la Petite-Italie, Parc Baldwin and Parc Molson

Vivre ensemble: Montréal, nouveau monde
In addition to highlighting the founding of Montreal’s history and the encounter with Aboriginal peoples, the exhibition will emphasize different waves of immigrants from different cultures. All of these communities contributed in shaping the personality of Montreal: a French-speaking cosmopolitan metropolis with a very diverse population. An accomplishment of the Montreal History Center and the Office of the President of the Council.
May 2017– Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall

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 – Various public spaces

Les contes de Verdun
A summer program featuring three interactive tales, recounting the history of Verdun, written by local authors. These tales will be delivered in the form of performances that the public can attend without reservations.
May 1 to November 30 – Promenade Wellington

Espace libre pour la culture 375
Free Space for Culture consists of temporarily occupying 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. We are offering a special one-year edition to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary that promises to be more colorful and festive than ever!
May 1 to December 31 – Vacant lot at the corner of Notre-Dame St. and D’Orléans St.

Montréal, toute une histoire
An historical and fun tour along the Saint Lawrence between the Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Lachine Museum using a free mobile app, a game, and a series of outdoor panels. Close to 50 places of interest have already been identified on the 17km path. This route will be divided into areas for those who wish to explore on foot and those who wish to do so by bike but don’t want to go the whole way. They will be identified on a geo-referenced map. The path will have two parts: an interpretive route accessed through the bilingual application, which can be viewed or downloaded either in its entirety or in selected areas. The application can also be downloaded on a mobile phone via interpretation panels located on site. 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 a playful one with a quest or a game, ideal for families.
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 locations throughout the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough.
Ongoing since December 21 – In the back alley behind Artgang (6524 Saint-Hubert St.) and De Gaspé Park (6699 De Gaspé Ave.)

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

A luminous experience in the heart of this Montreal landmark, lights unveil the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invite us to celebrate its beauty. The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite art works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame.
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 aims to celebrate diversity in the city we call home.
April 20 to May 21 – Place des Arts

Expo 67 – A World of Dreams
Sometimes it takes a dream. There’s no question that Montreal dreamed big in the early 1960s; big enough to be chosen as host city of North America’s first “Universal and International Exhibition”, also known as Expo 67. In commemoration of this dream and the amazing technological innovations that accompanied it, the Stewart Museum, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) features a brand-new exhibit on an event that struck a deep chord in Quebec and throughout the world. Presented on Île Sainte-Hélène, the exhibit, which is divided into six themes, offers people of all ages the chance to step back in time – through video mapping, virtual reality and soundscapes—and relive the excitement of that period. Immersive installations include Habitat 67 and the Labyrinth, a precursor to the IMAX. Outdoor guided tours of the former Expo 67 sites are also offered.
April 26 to October 8 – Stewart Museum

Echo 67
50 years later, go back to the future imagined by Buckminster Fuller in the most iconic pavilion of Montréal’s International World Fair to explore Expo’s environmental legacy. History, photos, audiovisual production—totally sustainable entertainment!
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 Government du Quebec’s contribution to Montreal’s 375th anniversary, click here.

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



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