Official programming – May 12th to 18th – Montreal’s anniversary week to be marked with a series of special events!

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MONTREAL, May 12, 2017  – May 17 is the official start of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, a special date that will be celebrated with the illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the premiere of AVUDO, a flagship event of the official programming for Montreal’s 375th anniversary presented in the city’s Old Port. Montreal’s anniversary week – kicking off on May 12 – will also be marked with the arrival of La Grande Tournée in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, the first of 19 stops in each of the city’s boroughs for a series of festive weekend events presented by the Cirque Éloize. This May, Montrealers have a date with their history!


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

Rhythm of the Rapids
RHYTHM OF THE RAPIDS has two components: a show that combines theatre, song and dance (Pageant) and a must-see historic route on May 12 and 13, 2017. Students from the Marguerite-Bourgeoys de LaSalle School Board are taking part in the project, from beginning to end, in collaboration with the Cavelier de LaSalle Historical Society.
May 11 to 14 – Parc des rapides, boulevard LaSalle and Raymond Street

La Grande Tournée à Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie
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 12th to 14Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough.

Kitchen Parties
Kitchen Parties – presented by When Art Takes Action – features an art project made possible through the collaboration of various communities that have fled oppression and which now call Montreal, and its surrounding suburbs, home. A Quebec-style kitchen party will feature Le Temps d’une Soupe one-on-on conversations, seminars, testimonials, exhibit and lively performances, all of which will help bring to life this exploration of the human condition.
May 12 to 14 – Place des Arts Esplanade

Promenade sur le Plateau : histoires et cultures – Coteau Saint-Louis, le village des Pieds-Noirs
The Plateau-Mont-Royal Historical Society and Mile End Memories invite Plateau residents, Montrealers and tourists to explore the history and heritage of the Plateau. A program featuring 25 guided tours allows participants to stroll to the meeting places, events and communities that have shaped the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood we know today. Along the way, our experts will reveal all of the Plateau’s secrets.
May 14 –  At the corner of Mont-Royal Ave. and Henri-Julien St.

An interactive outdoor installation that will revitalize underused public spaces by engaging the community in cultural activities within its walls.
May 15 –St-Barnabas Park, Pierrefonds

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

Bells Chiming over Montréal
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at exactly 8:45 am, it is with a strong and vibrant gesture that Montreal’s churches will highlight the anniversary of Ville-Marie’s founding. The symbolic sounding of the Oratory’s first bell will mark the beginning of a soaring peal of bells. From the top of Mount Royal and over the entire city, the churches of the Archdiocese of Montreal will ring their bells together, inviting Montrealers to share in a moment of reflection… and joy. Just a few minutes before the solemn Mass commemorating Ville-Marie’s founding, the chiming of the bells is also a symbolic summoning to a celebration, as it will join, in music, the bells of the Notre-Dame Basilica.
May 17, at 8:45 a.m.Saint-Joseph’s Oratory


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

Where will Montreal take you?
This creative project brings together seven authors and three photographers whose mission is to travel to seven neighbourhoods in order 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. Notes, songs, collected conversations and invented stories will form the subject matter: what we seek is speech that is free and committed. The seven urban notebooks will be presented at the 16th Jamais Lu Festival 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 complete the project.
May 5 to May 12 – Théâtre aux Écuries

Flashmob in your neighbourhood
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 neighbourhood 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 gouvernement du 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.

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To learn more about the gouvernement 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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