Drop in on our best designers! - Third annual Design Montréal Open House: May 2 and 3, 2009 - Meeting the designers who make our city

    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - André Lavallée, Vice-Chair of the
Executive Committee responsible for Urban Planning, the Transportation Plan,
Heritage and Design, today unveiled the program for the third annual Design
Montréal Open House. He was accompanied for the occasion by the event's
spokespersons, actress Macha Limonchik and architect Gilles Saucier. A total
of 65 Montréal design agencies, projects and presentation venues will be open
to the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from noon to 6 p.m.
    "Montréal is home to an outstanding pool of internationally renowned
talent and know-how in all disciplines of design," Mr. Lavallée declared. This
activity provides a unique opportunity to get to know the creators who are
forging Montréal's reputation as a creative city-the very people, in fact, who
are the foundation for Montréal's designation as a UNESCO City of Design. The
Open House is a special time to visit inspiring places and meet the men and
women who are giving form to our urban landscape and defining how we
experience the city-day in, day out."

    Drop in... on where the action is, and see creativity close-up

    For the third year in a row, Montréal designers will be throwing open
their doors to let you discover their latest creations. Members of the public
will be able to meet creators of Montréal projects that have won national and
international design competitions and contests: architects, landscape
architects, interior designers, industrial designers, graphic designers,
fashion designers and urban planners. They will be present in their places of
work to explain their approaches, comment on their creations and answer
visitors' questions.

    Something for everyone

    This year's event features two new activities. To raise young people's
awareness of design and its trades, some 20 participating offices and venues
will be offering children aged 10 and up a variety of entertaining and
enriching interactive exhibits focused on the themes that inform their work.
    In addition, with an eye to broadening the event's scope to include
emerging design practices, a dozen or so young designers and design
collectives, selected by the Pecha Kucha Montréal team, will be opening their
doors. Members of the public will also be able to visit exhibitions by
graduating students in the various university programs in design and
    In the words of Ms. Limonchik and Mr. Saucier, "The Open House provides a
unique opportunity to come and meet the creative professionals who are shaping
our city, to better understand their work, and to discover young, talented
designers with a bright career ahead of them."

    Open House to partner with Canadian Centre for Architecture's
    (CCA) "20 Years: 20 Hours" event

    The organizers of the Design Montréal Open House are pleased to invite
members of the public to the "20 Years: 20 Hours" event in celebration of the
CCA's 20th anniversary, offering a rich array of programming including an
all-night festival that will continue until 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 3.
    The Design Montréal Open House is an initiative of the Ville de Montréal
in collaboration with the professional design community and in partnership
with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition
feminine du Québec, pursuant to the Agreement on the Cultural Development of
Montréal. The Design Montréal office was created in January 2006 by the Ville
de Montréal. Its mission is to implement the municipal action plan aimed at
improving design throughout the city and positioning Montréal as a UNESCO City
of Design.
    To access the complete program as well as choose sites to visit and
designers to meet, visit the designmontreal.com website. You can view an
interactive map for more information on participating sites and offices,
organized by neighbourhood, and plan your itinerary using the transportation
mode of your choice-on foot, by bicycle, by bus or by métro.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information:

For further information: Hélène Reeves; Valérie Jeanneret, (514)
872-5323, (514) 573-6892; Source: Stéphanie Jecrois, Design Montréal, (514)

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