Montréal celebrates 40th anniversary of Expo 67: Montréal, world of the future!



    MONTREAL, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - A wealth of activities are planned to
mark the 40th anniversary of Expo 67, reprising the original exhibition's
season, from April 27 to October 29. The varied program will provide
Montrealers and visitors alike with an opportunity to rediscover the island
site of the fair, now parc Jean-Drapeau, as well as to revive the spirit of
Man and His World. Montréal Mayor and honorary chairman of the celebrations,
Gérald Tremblay, joined by the two co-chairs, Isabelle Hudon, president and
administrative director of the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain
and Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, co-chair of the Fondation des familles en
affaires, invite Montrealers to remember Expo 67 and join in its
40th-anniversary party, under the theme, "Montréal, world of the future!"
    "Expo 67 resulted in an unprecedented wave of urban development and the
city took advantage of that momentum to create a modern metropolis, expanding
its international scope and opening up to the world. This project, which owed
much to the dreams and vision of its builders, is an extraordinary legacy for
the city. Expo 67 is a source of pride for all Montrealers and a source of
inspiration as well. This 40th anniversary is not only an occasion to
commemorate an important moment in the history of the metropolis, but also an
invitation to expand our horizons and dream great dreams," Mayor Tremblay
said.
    "Thanks to the celebrations planned over the next several months,
Montrealers will have ample opportunity to recall the city's many success
stories, inspiring us to reach even greater heights today! This 40th
anniversary will revive the spirit of Expo 67, when everything was possible
and we were, justifiably, the best. That said, Montréal has all the potential
it needs to stand out: it is a strong metropolis where diversity, innovation
and openness to the world serve as the leitmotif. Let us now celebrate the
incredible élan that Expo 67 instilled in us and most of all, enjoy the
immense feeling of pride we have for our metropolis," added Mme. Hudon.
    "Expo 67 was a watershed event for Montréal. We were inventive, embarking
on an adventure and laying the foundations for the future. We looked for
inspiration to the St. Lawrence, the wellspring from which Montréal draws its
strength, and created the Expo island site. We tunnelled beneath the river and
city, building the metro subway system, and above ground we put up Place
Ville-Marie and Place des Arts. The face of Montréal was transformed forever.
The considerable success of Expo 67 is proof that when we have the will, we
can do extraordinary things with the enthusiasm of people of good faith. What
a wonderful lesson for the future!" Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien concluded.

    Rediscover the Expo site, parc Jean-Drapeau

    Many special activities will be held at parc Jean-Drapeau, site of the
events that marked the course of Montréal history. To relive the great moments
that involved the planning and realization of this grandiose project, the
exhibition "Expo 67, passport to the world", staged by the museum, Centre
d'histoire de Montréal, with the support of the Québec department of municipal
and regional affairs, ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions, will
be presented June 23 to September 3 at the swimming complex on île
Sainte-Hélène. Featured will be photo montages, artefacts, information
capsules and videos.
    In addition, the miniature train, "Balade of the 40th" will take visitors
on guided tours of the site, July 4 to August 31. Various animated activities
will be staged along the route, all designed to revive the spirit of Expo 67.
An "open-air gallery" will showcase works of art created for Expo 67, such as
Alexander Calder's stabile, "Man".
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will honour the city with a
performance on the île Sainte-Hélène parterre, July 28 at 8 p.m., as part of
the "MSO in the Parks" series. This concert highlights two major historic
events in the annals of Montréal, the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the
Sulpician order of priests and the 40th of Expo.
    The 1967 fair also inspired Montrealers to embrace the world. Today
cultures from around the globe are part of everyday life in the city and
people from all backgrounds participate in its development. "Les Rencontres
montréalaises de la diversité", meetings to be held May 28 and 29, will bring
together various community leaders to take stock of the path the city has
followed since Expo and lay the groundwork for a truly diverse city.
    Moreover, parc Jean-Drapeau will host two events, the "Week-ends du
monde" and "Fête des enfants", which moves to the park for the first time this
summer. Both festivals will feature themes highlighting Expo's 40th
anniversary.

    Expo 67 by the numbers

    The Universal and International Exhibition of Montréal ran from April 27
to October 29. More than 50 million visitors took in Expo 67 and were charmed
by its atmosphere of amity, peace and fraternity. On average, 271,900 people
flocked to the site every day. Nearly 72,000 visitors gathered at Place des
Nations for an inaugural event attended by the general commissioners of 62
participating countries. The theme "Man and His World" was borrowed from the
writings of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
    For further information or to view a detailed program of activities,
please log on to ville.montreal.qc.ca/expo67.


    

                                   PROGRAM

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    DATES                 ACTIVITIES
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    May 1 to November 1   "Rendezvous at Man and His World"

                          The museum of the environment features an
                          exhibition of 30 large-scale photos tracing the
                          creation of the islands for Expo 67 and showing
                          their impact on the environment. The museum is
                          housed in the Biosphere, the geodesic dome
                          Buckminster Fuller designed for the United States
                          pavilion at Expo 67.

                          Place: Biosphere on île Sainte-Hélène, parc
                          Jean-Drapeau
                          Admission
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: 514 283-5000, www.biosphere.ec.gc.ca
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    May 8                 Conference

                          "Expo 67, 40 ans plus tard, revivez la grande
                          aventure"

                          Political scientist, Claude Latour, will revive
                          memories of the great adventure that was Expo 67,
                          from its beginnings to its realization with his
                          talk and audio-visual presentation organized by the
                          alumni society of the Université de Montréal.

                          Place : NFB Cinémathèque
                                  1564, rue Saint-Denis
                          Admission
                          Metro: Berri-UQAM
                          Reservations: 514 343-6230
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    May 19, 20 and 21     "Montréal Days" at La Ronde

                          La Ronde amusement park was created for Expo 67.
                          This year, as the city celebrates the 40th
                          anniversary of Expo, the season opening will be
                          devoted to Montréal. Special activities and
                          entertainment will be featured throughout the
                          weekend. Montrealers may benefit from preferential
                          admission fees if they buy tickets in their
                          boroughs.

                          Place: La Ronde
                          Admission
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: 514 397-2000, www.laronde.com
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    May 28 and 29         "Multicultural Montréal Meetings"

                          A family gathering to celebrate 40 years of life
                          together, May 28 at the Monument national. A legacy
                          for a future to build together, an overview and
                          perspectives in partnership with Concordia
                          University, May 29. Organized by Vision Diversité.

                          By invitation
                          514 733-9500
                          www.visiondiversite.com
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    June 23 to            "Expo 67. Passport to the World"
    September 3
                          The Ville de Montréal, with support from the
                          ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions,
                          presents a retrospective exhibition, by the Centre
                          d'histoire de Montréal, re-creating the atmosphere
                          and spirit of Man and His World.

                          Place: Complexe aquatique, parc Jean-Drapeau
                          (Aquatic complex)
                          Free
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: 514 872-3207

                          "Open-air art gallery"

                          Rediscover the magnificent public art works
                          ornamenting parc Jean-Drapeau, the majority of
                          which were created for Expo 67. The impressive
                          Totem, carved by aboriginal artists from British
                          Columbia, will be restored over the course of the
                          summer.

                          Place: parc Jean-Drapeau
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Free
                          Information: www.parcjeandrapeau.com
                                       514 872-6210
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    June 29 to            "Artefact Montréal 2007 - Urban Sculptures"
    September 3
                          A sculpture exhibition on île Sainte-Hélène
                          features works recalling the various theme and
                          national pavilions at Expo 67. The Centre d'art
                          public de Montréal is responsible for this
                          exhibition.

                          Place: île Sainte-Hélène, parc Jean-Drapeau
                          Free
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: www.parcjeandrapeau.com
                                       514 872-6210
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    July 4 to August 31   "Balade of the 40th"

                          Hop on the miniature train, the Balade, and take a
                          trip through time to rediscover Expo 67 and tour
                          parc Jean-Drapeau. Various activities animate the
                          route, reviving the spirit of Expo 67.

                          Place: Complexe aquatique, parc Jean-Drapeau
                          (Aquatic complex)
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Free
                          Information: www.parcjeandrapeau.com
                                       514 872-6210
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    Weekends:             "Week-ends du Monde au parc Jean-Drapeau"
    July 6 to 8
    July 13 to 15         Experience the spirit of Expo 67 all over again and
    July 20 to 22         discover cultures from around the world, at a
    and                   series of festivals presented in Montréal:
    August 23 to 25       entertainment, shows, dancing, gastronomy, etc.

                          Place: île Sainte-Hélène, parc Jean-Drapeau
                          Métro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: www.parcjeandrapeau.com
                                       514 872-6210
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    July 18               "Concert by the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand
                          Montréal"

                          Under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the
                          Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal pays
                          tribute to the 40th anniversary of Expo 67 with a
                          special program. This concert is presented as part
                          of the Pop Concert series.

                          Place: Centre Pierre-Charbonneau
                          Time: 7:30 p.m.
                          Admission
                          Information: www.orguesetcouleurs.com
                          514 899-0644
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    July 28               "Concert by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO)"

                          As part of "MSO in the parks", sponsored by
                          Loto-Québec, the orchestra honours Montréal with a
                          performance on the Parterre of Ile Sainte-Hélène.
                          The MSO marks two events that each had their own
                          particular effect on the history of Montréal: the
                          350th anniversary of the arrival of the Sulpician
                          order of priests, which resolutely took over the
                          guidance of the fledgling colony, and the 40th
                          anniversary of the Montréal World's Fair, known as
                          Expo 67, which literally thrust the city into the
                          ranks of major international metropolises.

                          Place: île Sainte-Hélène, Parterre, parc
                          Jean-Drapeau
                          Time: 8 p.m.
                          Free
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: www.osm.ca

                          "Montreal International Dragon Boat Festival, Cup
                          for the 40th"

                          A friendly race among teams representative of the
                          Montréal mix as well as from various city and
                          Québec institutions, all vying for the "Cup for the
                          40th" to commemorate Expo 67.

                          Place: Olympic basin, île Notre-Dame, parc
                          Jean-Drapeau
                          Free
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: 514 866-7001
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    August 17 to 19       "La Fête des enfants de Montréal"

                          La Fête des enfants has moved to parc Jean-Drapeau.
                          In the same spirit of discovery, openness to the
                          world and delight that prevailed at Expo 67,
                          Montréal families are invited to celebrate
                          together.

                          Place: île Sainte-Hélène, parc Jean-Drapeau
                          Free
                          Metro: Jean-Drapeau
                          Information: www.parcjeandrapeau.com
                          514 872-6120
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For further information: Stéphanie Jecrois, Media relations, (514)
872-4641; Source: Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif

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