Paul à Montréal for Montréal's 375th Anniversary

MONTRÉAL, May 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Les Éditions de la Pastèque, in collaboration with the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary, proudly present Paul à Montréal, an event to figure on the celebration calendar of the City's 375th anniversary.  

La Pastèque will create an urban walk inspired by the comic strip. Michel Rabagliati, the acclaimed author of the Quebecois series "Paul", will direct the project, entitled "Paul à Montréal". A dozen panels will be scattered throughout the city. From one panel to the next, the reader, guided by a booklet, will discover the streets of a Montréal neighbourhood. This narrative and interactive journey will extend mostly in the district of the Plateau Mont-Royal, a place iconic of the series—and very dear to Michel Rabagliati.

The project will last from the beginning of August to the beginning of December 2017–this date marking La Pastèque's 20th anniversary. Before that, it will be presented in Toronto in April and May 2017, during TCAF, and in Lyon, France, in June and July 2017, during the Festival de la bande dessinée de Lyon.



"Being presented in Toronto and Lyon in 2017 right before its deployment in Montréal, this project is perfectly adapted to the Society for the Celebration's objectives, namely the strengthening of our City's cultural influence," declared Serge Postigo, Assisting Celebrations Commissary. "With Paul à Montréal, history will come to life for the benefit of the citizens, proving the vitality of our city by means of the comic strip, an art whose popularity and recognition are an ever-increasing part of the Montréal landscape."

Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region

"The Government of Québec is pleased to support Paul à Montréal, a project that brings out our artists' ideas and creativity. The festivities associated with Montréal's 375th anniversary will highlight those of our creators who contribute, with initiatives as original as this one, to the sense of pride and cultural influence of Montréal, the francophone metropolis of North America," said Mr. Martin Coiteux, Québec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.

Mayor of Montréal

"Neighbourhoods are at the centre of Montréal's identity. Michel Rabagliati acting as an ambassador is a unique chance for Montrealers and visitors alike to discover or rediscover, through his storytelling and imagery, this cultural landmark of the Plateau Mont-Royal."–Mr. Denis Coderre, Montréal's Mayor.

Michel Rabagliati

""Montréal, ça vit, ça bouge!" is what advertising used to chant about our city not so long ago–an assertion truer than ever in these culturally, socially and economically bubbling times of ours. I am very pleased to take part in Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations, both as an artist and proud Montrealer (a bit chauvinistic, I confess). Bonne fête, Ville-Marie !"

La Pastèque

"La Pastèque wanted to emphasize this important event by celebrating the neighbourhood where it developed, and highlighting this wonderful city that we're so proud to make shine internationally, through the success of our books and the triumph of Michel Rabagliati."

About Michel Rabagliati

Michel Rabagliati was born in 1961 in Montréal, where he grew up in Rosemont. After a brief foray into typography, he studied graphic design and, from 1981, worked freelance as a graphic artist. He became seriously involved in advertising illustration as of 1988. Since 1998, his graphic novels are stirring up the Québécois "9e art". 

His seven books published so far have made Michel Rabagliati a major figure of the comic strip in Québec. In 2007, the Prix des libraires du Québec granted him a special award in recognition of his works. He was the first Québécois to win the Prix du public Fauve FNAC-SNCF, for Paul à Québec, at the 37th Festival international de la bande dessinée in Angoulême, France.

About La Pastèque

Les Éditions de la Pastèque have been publishing comic books and children's albums for more than 17 years. Each title in their catalogue is conceived with the greatest aesthetic, graphic and artistic care. The high level of quality they demand and their rigorous selection of authors are key to the numerous prizes they have been awarded. Since its inception, La Pastèque has remained dedicated to producing quality books that are sensitive and moving.

About Montréal's 375th Anniversary

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations for Montréal's 375th anniversary, in 2017. With a view to bringing out the Montréal expertise, the Society acts as a forces catalyst in achieving its mandate, which is to mobilize the Montréal community, implement a funding strategy, run the Society rigorously, devise quality programming and ensure the celebrations' visibility. Motivated by the will to create bridges, the Society relies on an administration board, a governors' council and several committees. It is supported by the City of Montréal, the Government of Québec and the ten organizations known as the Great Montrealers.

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SOURCE Société du 375e

Image with caption: "Paul à Montréal for Montréal's 375th Anniversary (CNW Group/Société du 375e)". Image available at:

For further information: Source: La Pastèque, Frédéric Gauthier, Cofounder of La Pastèque,, 514-627-1585; Source: 375MTL, Isabelle Pelletier, Media relations, 514-238-4178

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