Two grandiose and free architectural projections!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 27, 28, and 29, 2009
on the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal
MONTREAL, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quays of the Old Port and VYV are
pleased to present the second edition of their architectural projections,
featuring two magical, free screenings! Starting at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, the
show heads off with 35,7C At Night followed at 8:30 p.m. by Ephemeral Light.
The shows will alternate in the same order, every half hour, on Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday, August 27, 28, and 29, 2009, starting at 8:00 p.m.
35,7C at Night
8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.
This show features projections highlighting the magnificent architectural
details of the 357 de la Commune Street West building. Breathtaking
projections are used to produce transparency and 3D effects laid over a deeply
textured background and a soundtrack that reflects composer Daniel Bélanger's
originality to the note.
The Port of Montréal Harbour Commissioners' Building, a Second
Empire-style construction, was erected in 1874-1878. Located at 357 de la
Commune Street West, it housed the head office of the Old Port of Montréal for
several years. Vacant for some time, it was purchased in 1997 by Daniel
Langlois, then President of Softimage, who restored it with great care in
order to create the 357C Private Club associated with the Daniel Langlois
Foundation for arts, science, and technology.
The Ephemeral Light
8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 p.m.
The Conveyors Tower that has dominated the Quays of the Old Port's
skyline since 1957 will literally undergo total metamorphosis through
captivating visual and audio effects in a surprising production.
At the time of its construction, the Tower was one of the grain
transhipment installations operating in the older section of the Port of
Montréal. This marine tower and its now demolished twin tower slid on railway
tracks along the Conveyors Quay and were used to unload ships, either jointly
or individually. They were operational until 1982 when one was demolished
while the other was preserved for heritage purposes. The Conveyor Pier Tower
still serves as a beacon for ships visiting the harbour, hence the name of the
show, The Ephemeral Light.
The Old Port architectural projections are intended as an enhancement of
the Old Port buildings. "Our intention is to create, over the years, a true
rendezvous for architectural projections on the Quays of the Old Port,
comments Claude Benoit, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Port
of Montréal Corporation. It is our way of promoting the rich architectural
heritage of the Old Port and its surrounding area among Montrealers,
Quebecers, and, of course tourists."
"For some years, the Old Port Corporation has pursued a plan aimed at
increasing appreciation of the industrial and maritime heritage of the Old
Port of Montréal, adds Mrs Benoit. Architectural video projection is
unquestionably the most spectacular way of enhancing buildings; it highlights
our historic buildings in an extraordinary fashion while capitalizing on the
expertise of local businesses and on the talent of Québec artists and creative
The Old Port buildings and its other architectural elements serve as a
canvas for VYV Corporation artists and as a source of inspiration for Daniel
Bélanger's original soundtracks. Thanks to the powerful Photon software
program that allows for the projection of video images onto very complex
architectural elements, the visual concept developed by VYV's art director,
Cyril Van Duynslaeger, became reality. Going beyond the technical
considerations, Duynslaeger remarks: "I have but one comment to make about
this show: attend, watch, dance, and enjoy!"
About the Old Port of Montréal Corporation
For the past 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation has carried
out the mandate it holds from the Federal Government of Canada, which is to
develop and promote the Old Port territory. As manager of the Quays of the Old
Port, one of the most popular attractions in Québec, of the Montréal Science
Centre, and of the IMAX (R) Telus cinema, and on the strength of the
development and maintenance of a rich annual program that covers its entire
territory, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation constitutes one of the driving
forces behind Montréal's economic development.
The Quays of the Old Port wish to thank their major partner, the
Government of Canada, their sponsors TELUS, Pepsi, and Sleeman-Unibroue, as
well as their official environmental partner the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
The Ephemeral Light: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 27, 28,
every half hour from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Original concept: Quays of the Old Port.
Visual concept: VYV Corporation.
Sound track: Daniel Bélanger.
For further information:
For further information: Julie Mailhot, Press Agent, Old Port of
Montréal Corporation, (514) 283-8085, Cell.: (514) 838-4524,