Don’t miss a thing on the program and discover new, promising projects showcased during both the district’s festivities and the celebration of the city’s legacy on its 375th anniversary. This year will also feature some major economic developments in the district.
The best opportunity to discover or rediscover the district where it all started… 375 years ago!
An illuminated experience at the heart of the Basilica!
A light show will make the value of the Basilica’s heritage come to life, inviting all of us to celebrate its beauty. The experience is kicked off with an illuminated pathway which leads us to the Basilica, drawing our attention to its works of art. We are then gradually immersed in a captivating universe of images and sounds as we make our way through to the heart of Notre-Dame.
Lights, orchestral music and grandiose architecture all come together to offer a three-part multi-sensorial spectacle – let yourself be serenated by this striking adventure. Dive in and bear witness to Moment Factory’s Aura experience and discover an unexpected world cast upon the city’s most beautiful canvas: the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Living together: Montréal, a new world
In addition to highlighting the history of the founding of Montréal and the first meeting with the First Nations people, the exhibition will underscore how the many waves of immigrants have impacted Montréal. All of these communities have contributed to shaping the character of modern-day Montréal, a cosmopolitan French-speaking metropolis where millions of different people live side by side. Presented by the Centre d’histoire de Montréal and the Bureau de la présidence du conseil.
Anniversary Mass - Notre Dame Basilica
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
At 8:45 a.m. in front of the Basilica, the original bell from St. Joseph’s Oratory will be rung to commemorate the founding of Ville-Marie on this day 375 years ago. Other Montréal churches will join in pealing their bells.
At 9 a.m., residents can attend a heritage anniversary mass, which will be attended by the mayor of Montréal, the prime ministers of Canada and Québec will be in attendance, representatives of different religious faiths and representatives of the First Nations.
At 10:30 a.m., at Place d’Armes, Montréal’s founders, Jeanne-Mance and Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, will be honoured.
Living Connections - The Jacques-Cartier Bridge Lights Up
SPECIAL 30-MINUTE INAUGURATION SHOW
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 9:45 p.m.
Don’t miss this unique celebration of the Jacques Cartier Bridge illumination for Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Discover the full potential of the lighting effects that LIVING CONNECTIONS will present for the next 10 years. A musical soundtrack created especially for the evening will feature the Orchestre Métropolitain directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and a dozen up-and-coming Montreal artists. Afterwards, the bridge will return to its regular schedule, with illumination starting every evening at dusk.
After this special 30-minute illumination
An architectural icon on Montréal’s landscape, the Jacques Cartier Bridge will, on May 17, reveal a luminous signature as ambitious as it is innovative, that pays homage to the unique engineering of its historic structure. The world’s first connected bridge will come alive each night thanks to intelligent programming that will adapt to the city’s changing seasons and energy, creating a unifying, dynamic and sustainable symbol.
An emblematic landmark by day, the bridge will awaken at sunset, mark the passage of days at the stroke of midnight and fall back asleep at dawn. Every hour of the night, short five-minute animations will visually depict Montréal’s mood according to different types of data collected during the day: the weather, the traffic, the news, the major events and more. This evolving content will make the bridge a barometer of Montréal life and a daily invitation to contemplation and wonder.
Montréal Avudo is a grandiose spectacle paying tribute to the Saint Lawrence River and consisting of immense projections inspired by elements of the city’s history to take you on a journey through time.
From May 17 to September 2, this multimedia poetic spectacle, created specially for Montréal’s 375th anniversary by the renowned Compagnia Finzi Pasca, will be held in the Western sector of the Old Port of Montréal, near the Conveyer Quay and the Montréal Science Centre.
People of all ages will be attracted, touched and enthralled by the captivating magic of the images and scenes, projected onto flowing masses of water and other spectacular canvases. Montréal Avudo poetically assembles archived images, original historical documents, illustrations and 3D animations to take you on a journey through time.
These monumental technical displays will mostly use water as their artistic medium. Jets flowing from thirty fountains will create gigantic screens that are 30m wide and 11.5m high. Montréal Avudo will also present the tallest container tower in the world, using 94 containers to erect an 11-storey structure! Finally, you will be serenated by original music – composed by Maria Bonzanigo and recorded with the Metropolitan Orchestra and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal – when visiting this towering feat of architecture.
THE GIANTS OF ROYAL DE LUXE
The Giants are coming, spreading marvel and chaos along the way…
After having visited France, Chili, Iceland, England, Australia and Germany to name just a few, the Giants of the Royal de Luxe are stopping in Montréal with a performance that has been specially conceived for our city’s 375th anniversary.
This improbable meeting between Montrealers and these giants, which will be held over several days, will allow us to see our city transformed into a stage lending fame to its noble history. This gargantuan performance will bridge the small and the immense, the soil of yesterday and the city of today, and the continents of North America and Europe. In May of 2017, the giants will live among us, stomping across the city and alongside the river. With each passing footstep, they will leave a trace that will be embedded in our collective memories forever. When Montrealers look up at the sky, they will see something never before witnessed by their neighbours or ancestors: the gentle stomp of the Giants of the Royal de Luxe.
ENCOUNTERS IN NEW FRANCE
Rendezvous with historical figures!
Encounters in New France is an unmissable event hosted in Old Montreal for Montréal’s 375th anniversary which will offer you a unique experience while you shop at the district’s most festive outdoor markets!
Discover what it meant to live in the city under French colonial occupation, meet historical figures and admire the skillset of our country’s First Nations. Then, you can invite your family to listen to a host of street musicians, to bask in the company of local artisans and public performers, all while plunging yourselves into the heart of a truly jovial historical happening!
A production by the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archeology & History.
CITÉ MÉMOIRE – LE GRAND TABLEAU
The Cité Mémoire’s works of art feature at one glance the city’s historical highlights, at another historical figures or curious strangers, and at another a glimpse into the unique lives of the city’s inhabitants. These works of art may tell stories or reveal intricate details, may be passionate or playful, but all of them show how Montréal’s foundation and success is fundamentally based on values like coexistence, innovation, tolerance and generosity. Discover Le Grand Tableau, the phase 2 of the Cité Mémoire, a creation by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard.
Cité Mémoire, a multimedia urban adventure taking you through all of Old Montreal, every evening as of nightfall.
Cité Mémoire is an experience which is based on Montréal’s history, and we invite you to embark on a journey through time allowing you to live this experience and learn about the many people who made the city into what it is today. You will see more than twenty works of art displayed through projection, dialogue and music, and brought to life either poetically or whimsically. All across Old Montréal, you’ll be able to see the art come to life on the walls of the building which surround us, on the ground we walk upon and the trees which bear witness to every walking moment of our lives.
For the complete Cité Mémoire experience, download the Montréal en Histoires free app. The audio and historical context are available in 4 languages.
From May 17, 2016, to April 10, 2017
Sunday through Wednesday: From nightfall to 10PM
Thursday through Saturday: From nightfall to 11PM
*New schedule as of May 2017
NOMADFEST: DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF COWBOYS AND COUNTRY MUSIC!
For four days, the Jacques-Cartier Pier will host this brand-new event. Festival goers will be able to visit a makeshift interactive village, thriving on the rhythm of the country culture with a general store, barber shop, cowboy school, typical southwestern food, and much, much more!
The site will jive to the sound of country music. The main stage will feature country shows, modern country music, bluegrass and folk music, and the saloon will play host to a variety of pianists and dancers who will set the mood.
The goal of this event is to allow visitors the chance to live an authentic and educational event. The interactive area will allow passersby the opportunity to delve into the daily lives of cowboys of ages past. Visitors will be able to test their skills at throwing horseshoes and even brave their luck at lasso-throwing. The onsite performers will be working hard to ensure that this gathering is as festive and unique as can be.
The activities will also lead up to four high-caliber rodeo shows, organized in an arena with seating for over 5 000 spectators. Dressage challenges and feats of skill will also be presented: horse-mounting with and without a saddle, bull-mounting, an obstacle course, rescue races and rider-swap races.
NomadFest Urban Rodeo has entrusted its rodeo challenge to the Festival western de St-Tite, a festival that has been around for over 50 years and is recognized as the best of its kind in North America by the International Professional Rodeo Association for the last 16 years.
For 25 years now, TKNL has organized more than 12 000 events and has created over 600 fixed installations in Quebec, the United States and Europe. They now bring you the NomadFest Urban Rodeo, an urban country festival which will allow to experience the passion behind the life of a cowboy.
See you there!
FORT VILLE-MARE: THE FOUNDATION OF MONTRÉAL
The Pointe-à-Callière Museum has been preparing this project through all of 2017. As of this summer, it will recreate the building in which lived Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, a feat that has never been attempted before.
The Ville de Montréal and Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archeology and History Complex, are proud to present the city’s rich historical legacy for its 375th anniversary. This year, we are celebrating the heritage of one of buildings which laid the groundwork for founding Montréal: Fort Ville-Marie. The Fort housed the founders of our great city: Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, along with a team of 50 pioneers who all came to the New World in 1642. The Museum will also display Montréal’s first main sewer line in order to preserve unique memories of ages past.
Montréal mayor Denis Coderre adds: “Showcasing the city’s legacy via this unique building is especially important for Montrealers, because it will allow them to pass down knowledge about the city’s foundation to future generations. There are only a few big cities worldwide that can boast about granting such access to such memorable and important places. Montréal has this privilege and we have the responsibility to protect it and make it accessible to all of our citizens. This project showcases our roots and our history in celebration of our city’s 375th anniversary.”
An exceptional archeological historical discovery
After years of research, archeologists and historians are now finally able recreate Fort Ville-Marie on the grounds on which it, and the city of Montréal, were built centuries ago – today located in Old Montreal on the Pointe-à-Callière. The ruins were first discovered during a period between 2002 and 2014 when archeologists from the Pointe-à-Callière Archaeological Field School, in partnership with the Université de Montréal, were digging for artefacts. Then, in 2015, they worked on the reconstitution of a part of the Fort’s bastion, which proved to be the keystone of the building. Today, the team can now confirm that the Fort spanned across 2 500 square meters, that it was rectangular-shaped and consisted of four pilings, that it was built parallel to the St. Lawrence River, and that it was established in the middle of the Pointe-à-Callière. The Museum can now also say that it has a good idea of the building’s interior fit-out.
Andrew Molson, President of the Museum’s Administration Council, says “I would like to sincerely thank the Ville de Montréal for supporting one of the most important displays of our heritage and legacy in preparation for Montréal’s 375th anniversary. This new phase of the project led by the Montréal History and Archeology Complex will pave the way for construction of a new pavilion which bears witness to Montréal’s foundation and the resilience of its founders. The research done by our museum is important, and we are proud to have significantly contributed to understanding Montréal’s history with what we have found.”
New developments to pay tribute to the founders of Montréal
Reconstitution work on this place of memory will consist of preserving the vestiges of Fort Ville-Marie and making them accessible to the public in a new pavilion as of May 2017. The Where Montréal Began exhibit will pay tribute to Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, by showing visitors detailed exposés of their adventurous lives from the moment they first met onwards. Museum-goers will first walk in to an introductory room where they will be able to attend a recreation of the first Mass, an event that paved the way for the foundation of Ville-Marie. They will also see the team of pioneers who also quit France in order to fulfill their religious duties. Then, they will make their way to the upper floor of the pavilion where they will be able to walk across a glass floor overlooking the vestiges of the Fort Ville-Marie which were discovered during the various archeological excavations. Among these vestiges are an oven built by Indigenous peoples before Montréal was even founded, a well built by Jacques Archambault in 1658, the cellar of a building which could have housed guards, the palisades of the Fort, stone foundations of a metallurgical workshop, a section of a stone wall belonging to Castle Callière and a wall which separated the courtyard and the gardens. In addition, the exhibit will feature many artefacts found during the excavations in an evocative display. These artefacts include a sundial engraved on a slate sheet – the oldest of its kind in North America – artefacts from places of worship, objects of everyday life, munitions and weapon components and treaty articles.
*From May 20 to June 20, Pointe-à-Callière invites you free of charge!
CAPTEUR DE MÉMOIRE: MAIN SEWER LINE
AS OF MAY 20
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archeology and History
North America’s oldest underground site!
Following reconstitution, visitors will be able to access a 110-metre-long section of the country’s first main sewer line, a unique feat of civil engineering in the colonial context. In 1832, sewer lines were installed in the St. Pierre River, a small body of water bordering Fort Ville-Marie. Visitors will be immersed in a breathtaking experience thanks to the Capteur de mémoires light projection display, an ingenious mechanism which illuminates the stone walls of the sewer line. The installation also offers visitors a mesmerizing soundtrack, specially composed for the experience.
* Free entrance to the Pointe-à-Callière in 2017 for all people aged 25 and younger
The River-Mountain promenade draws the path between the city’s two natural landmarks, the St. Lawrence River in the southern part of Montréal and Mount Royal in its northern part. This 3-km circuit serves as both an opportunity to learn about Montréal’s emblematic history and topology and to stretch your legs: You are guaranteed a unique experience which will reach out to the explorer inside of you as you stroll through the heart of the city.
In light of the celebration of Montréal’s legacy on its 375th anniversary, the city will be proposing new street layouts which increase pedestrian comfort and security, as well as allow people to stop, relax and chat. This newly arranged circuit composed of a myriad of streets and iconic public areas will also feature many public works of art. The River-Mountain circuit is designed for both the general public and connoisseurs of all things culture, heritage, architecture, art and history. This experience is one shared by many people in Montréal, such as people who enjoy strolls along the river or people who work downtown, and it is a choice destination for tourists, both native to the country and those coming from abroad, and their families alike.
During celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, a program filled with diverse activities will be proposed to make the Promenade experience as vibrant as possible for all citizens and river-ramblers. Among these activities are a public market, edible installations, stands offering delicious goodies, amusing exhibits, cultural and musical rendezvous, and educational workshops. These activities, organized in close collaboration with the Promenade’s partners, will create occasions to meet people, to relax and have fun, all while experiencing a unique view of Montréal.
UNVEILING OF THE NEW FERRY TERMINAL
Montréal’s Port Authority is currently restoring the Alexandra Pier and the ferry terminal in the Old Port. The new ferry terminal will be ready as of May 2017 to welcome new cruise ships for the next season.
In addition to the Alexandra Pier cruise ship terminal which has room for two ships, the Port of Montréal also has additional space in the Old Port: at the MacKay Pier (M3) and on Piers 34 and 35 east of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge where the secondary terminal is located.
Services offered onsite:
Main Terminal (Alexandra Pier)
Grand Prix Formula E
*Information coming soon
*Information coming soon
*Information coming soon
Theme : Montrealers – A story in Portraits
An initiative of Château Ramezay
Theme : Ceci n’est pas… ailleurs.
An initiative of the SDC Vieux-Montréal
An initiative of the SDC Vieux-Montréal
Theme : Traces – First Waterways – A piece of the artist Bill Vazan.
Une initiative du Château Ramezay
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