Media advisory - Hiroshima Commemorative Ceremony at the Montréal Botanical Garden

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 4, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Space for Life is hosting a moment of contemplation, at the Peace Ceremony to be held at the Montréal Botanical Garden on August 5 at 7 p.m., to commemorate the bombing of the city of Hiroshima 70 years ago. Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre invites Montrealers to the ceremony in the Japanese Garden, which will also be attended by Hideaki Kuramitsu, Consul General of Japan, and Claude Gagné, President of the Japanese Garden and Pavilion Foundation. For this anniversary, the OSM will perform a musical commemoration at the Sun Life Financial Esplanade of the Olympic Park. The musical tribute will be broadcast live in the Japanese Garden during the ceremony.

At the same time, music lovers gathered at the Olympic Park's Sun Life Financial Esplanade can enjoy the musical performance by the OSM and see the Peace Ceremony broadcast live on giant screens, before the Soirée à l'opéra.

On August 5, at exactly 7:15 p.m., corresponding to the time when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Peace Bell will be sounded in the Japanese Garden as a reminder of this tragic event. The Peace Ceremony will be held simultaneously with the one taking place in Hiroshima itself on the morning of August 6. As soon as the Peace Bell has sounded, the musical tribute by the OSM, accompanied by the Chœur des enfants de Montréal, will be broadcast live in the Japanese Garden.



Wednesday August 5, 2015


7:00 p.m. Ceremony begins

7:15 p.m. Denis Coderre and Hideaki Kuramitsu, Consul General of Japan in Montréal, will ring the Peace Bell simultaneously with the pealing of the one in Hiroshima, at the exact time when the bomb was dropped on the city.


4581, Sherbrooke East*

Japanese Garden at the Botanical Garden
In front of the Peace Bell

Parking for media:  4567 Pie-IX, Montréal

Public transit:  Pie-IX Metro station, 185 bus


* Because of the OSM concert on the Olympic Park's Sun Life Financial Esplanade, we strongly suggest that you use public transit, since our public parking lots may well be full.


SOURCE Espace pour la vie

For further information: Catherine Maurice, Press Attaché, Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee, 514-346-7598; Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator, 514 868-3053,; Léticia Rebollar. Communications Assistant, 514 872-4325,


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