The circus is coming to the Palais des congrès, a Palais-SITQ joint presentation



    MONTREAL, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Palais des congrès de Montréal and
SITQ are both turning 25, and together with Exeko, are marking the milestones
by bringing the circus to town. The main attraction will be an exhibit by
photographer Wayne Schoenfeld titled Icons/Iconoclasts, a series of live
restagings before the camera of circus life in the 1930s featuring live
performances, music and videos. The exhibit is being presented starting at
8:00 p.m. in the Palais' Lipstick Forest, located in the Jean-Paul-Riopelle
lobby area, and is the first stop on the Montreal High Lights Festival All
Nighter Art Souterrain underground art event. Something for the whole family!
    "We are very pleased to celebrate our anniversary jointly with our
partner and neighbour, SITQ," declared André Saucier, the Palais's Interim
President and CEO. "This is also an opportunity for Montréalers to revisit the
Palais in a festive setting."
    "SITQ is once again co-sponsoring the Montreal High Lights Festival, and
by doing it jointly with the Palais, we will be able to combine our efforts to
deliver public entertainment that will undoubtedly please the many visitors
attending the Art Souterrain underground art event," emphasized SITQ President
and CEO Paul Campbell.

    Art Souterrain

    A new Festival feature, Art Souterrain will transform Montréal's
underground city into an art show exhibiting the work of 80 contemporary
artists, mostly from Québec. The 2.8 km circuit will run from the Palais to
Complexe Les Ailes, and will be lined with photographs, films, art
installations and performance artists. Ten exhibit spaces, one incredibly
dynamic artistic itinerary.

    Getting to the Palais is easy!

    The Palais is easily accessible on foot, by bike, via public transit or
by car. The Place d'Armes metro station leads you directly to the Palais.
Motorists can safely enjoy 1 600 indoor parking spaces. Metro service will be
available all night for the Montréal All Nighter event.

    SITQ, building on excellence for 25 years

    SITQ is a real estate investment, management and development firm whose
portfolio is comprised primarily of office buildings and business parks. SITQ
owns real estate assets of CAD $12.4 billion, consisting of 122 properties
representing more than 39.6 million square feet of leasable space. A leader in
the Canadian real estate industry, SITQ also owns assets in the United States,
France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
    SITQ is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec. Its shareholders are the Caisse and five other leading Canadian
pension funds. SITQ employs nearly 400 people in its head office in Montréal
and in Québec City, as well as in Calgary, Paris (France), Frankfurt (Germany)
and Brussels (Belgium). For more information: www.sitq.com.

    The Palais des congrès: 25 years of conventions, exhibits, meetings and
    special events

    The Palais opened in 1983, and it has since hosted a total of 4 339
events, attracted 12.6 million visitors, and generated $4.1 billion in
economic spin-offs for Montréal and Québec. Today, it continues to be widely
recognized worldwide for its tradition of excellence, the professionalism of
its staff, high service standards and unique infrastructures. Now more than
ever, the Palais is contributing to the economic advancement of Montréal by
providing local and international businesses a venue for knowledge exchange,
synergy and transfer.

    About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

    The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host
conventions, exhibitions, consumer/trade shows, conferences, meetings and
other events. A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais
generates significant economic spin-offs for Québec, and proudly contributes
to the sharing and transfer of knowledge and to the enhancement of Montréal's
international reputation as a first-class destination. The Palais is BOMA Best
certified for environmental performance and offers event planners
ecoresponsible solutions. For more information on the Palais des congrès de
Montréal, visit our website at www.congresmtl.com.
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For further information:

For further information: Amélie Asselin, Advisor, Communications and
Public Affairs, Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, (514) 871-5897,
amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com; Amélie Plante, Assistant Director,
Communications and Public Affairs, SITQ, (514) 847-4164


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