Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations - Official programming - April 28 to May 4, 2017

Exhibitions in all shapes and size for all taste

MONTREAL, April 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning in May, Verdun will be hosting Les contes de Verdun. Live the country life in the middle of the city and share an unforgettable moment by the campfire with a storyteller. An experience that will remind you of your best childhood memories while creating precious memories for the younger ones.


Urban Sugar Shack
This sugaring off season, the Urban Sugar Shack invites Montrealers to visit its old-fashioned, mobile barn and taste some maple taffy. The mobile barn will be making the rounds of Montreal's 18 boroughs to ensure that sweet tooths of all ages are able to enjoy the gooey goodness. These family-friendly festivities will include musicians and storytellers, and coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other treats will be on hand.  All voluntary contributions will go to the Joy of Eating Better Foundation.
April 29thParc Henri-Bourassa, Montréal-Nord 
April 30thParc Wilfrid-Pelletier, Plateau Mont-Royal

Vivre ensemble : Montréal, nouveau monde
In addition to highlighting the founding of Montreal's history and the encounter with Aboriginal peoples, the exhibition will emphasize different waves of immigrants from different cultures. All of these communities contributed in shaping the personality of Montreal: a French-speaking cosmopolitan metropolis with a very diverse population. An accomplishment of the Montreal History Center and the Office of the President of the Council.
May 2017 – Hall d'honneur de l'hôtel de ville

Pierr-Rox 3.75 project
Pierr-Rox 3.75 is a blog with short videos documenting the history, nature, society and culture of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough through the lens of its inhabitants. The project begins by inviting people from all backgrounds - young and old - from the west, east, and central areas of Pierrefonds-Roxboro to create works that will serve as starting points for the documentary blog. The PIERR-ROX 3.75 PROJECT will be directed by Cloverdale Multi-Ressources.
May 2017 – To be confirmed

Pierrefonds-Roxboro par les voix du 375e de Montréal
A traveling performance and exhibition project that will travel to various parts of the borough to offer residents an entertainment program.
May 1st – Port de plaisance de Pierrefonds-Roxboro, others place following

Les Amuse-Bouches
This unique event is sure to make people smile! Ordinary manholes become sites of creative expression in a fun and collaborative atmosphere. On the menu: live painting and theatre, music, circus arts and puppetry. A street art project that brings together artists, organizations and neighborhood schools. APPETIZERS will feature temporary manhole murals and short, 375 second performances that came out of mediation workshops and which will be presented along a series of selected manholes.
From May to September – Public places

Les contes de Verdun
A summer program featuring three interactive tales, recounting the history of Verdun, written by local authors. These tales will be delivered in the form of performances that the public can attend without reservations.
May 1st to November 30th – Promenade Wellington

Espace libre pour la culture 375
Free Space for Culture consists of temporarily occupying a vacant lot located at the corner of Notre-Dame and D'Orléans streets to transform it into artist residencies during the year 2017 for a total of four artistic residencies of two months each. Each residency explores a season and the history of the neighbourhood. We are offering a special one-year edition to celebrate Montreal's 375th anniversary that promises to be more colorful and festive than ever!
May 1st to December 31th – Terrain Notre-Dame coin d'Orléans

Montréal, toute une histoire
An historical and fun tour along the Saint Lawrence between la Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Lachine Museum using a free mobile app, a game, and a series of outdoor panels. Close to 50 places of interest have already been identified on the total route of 17km. This route will be divided into areas for those who wish to explore on foot and those who wish to do so by bike but don't want to go the whole way. They will be identified on a geo-referenced map. The path will have two parts: an interpretive route accessed through the bilingual application, which can be viewed or downloaded either in its entirety or in selected areas. The application can also be downloaded on a mobile phone via interpretation panels located on site. Two approaches will be proposed for the path: one that is more informative, cultural and historical with audio clips and photos, accessible to all, and a playful one with a quest or a game, ideal for families.
From May 3rd – Le long du fleuve Saint-Laurent, entre la Maison Saint-Gabriel et le Musée de Lachine


MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie
A pop-up art gallery will appear in locations throughout the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
Started December 21st – In the back alley behind Artgang (6524 St-Hubert Street) and Parc de Gaspé (6699 De Gaspé Avenue)

Le Country, de la colonisation à nos jours
Country evenings celebrating country music's unique and significant history in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, from the period of colonization to today, and its ability to bridge generations.
Every Friday from February 3rd to July 28th at 8:00 p.m. – Bistro Le Ste-Cath

Mode Expo 67
Expo 67 offered Montreal fashion designers an extraordinary opportunity to take in the amazing talents of designers from across the globe. Fifty years on, the McCord Museum unveils its Expo archives, including a magnificent collection of clothes and accessories dating from that period in our city's history. It's your chance to see more than 60 costumes and flight attendant outfits originating from different countries and provinces, as well as designer clothes from desginers such as Marielle Fleury, Michel Robichaud, Jacques de Montjoye, Serge et Réal, and John Warden. Sketches, breathtaking photos and testimonials from people who were present at Expo 67 bring this retro flashback to life!
March 17th to October 1st – McCord Museum

A luminous experience in the heart of this Montreal landmark, lights unveil the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica's heritage and invite us to celebrate its beauty. The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica's wealth of exquisite art works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame.
March 21st to December 31st – Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

Aime comme Montréal – Place des arts
Cultural diversity is one of the most important aspects of Montreal's identity. In celebration of Montreal's 375th anniversary, Aime come Montreal presents an intimate and authentic look into cultural diversity with a photography project featuring 60 inspiring intercultural couples living here in Montreal. By publishing a book and mounting their exhibition in some of Montreal's most iconic places, Aime comme Montreal aims to celebrate diversity in the city we call home.
April 20th to May 21st – Place des arts

The Sixties in Montréal : Archives de Montréal
Montreal is changing. The 60s will shake Quebec and especially the metropolis to its core: the city's metro system, Expo 67, Place des Arts… so many major infrastructure projects to discover! Original photographs from Montreal's Archives dating from that period will be on display.
April 22nd to May 6th – Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival
A bookworm's dream, Blue Metropolis is one of the most important multilingual literary festivals in North America. This spring, expand your literary horizons, explore new ideas and make exciting new discoveries when you meet with guest authors and attend readings, writing workshops, lectures, literary shows and exhibitions. For the pulse of the best in international, Canadian and Quebec literature, Blue Metropolis is it!
April 24th through the 30th – Hotel 10

Expo 67 – A World of Dreams
Sometimes it takes a dream. There's no question that Montreal dreamed big in the early 1960s; big enough to be chosen as host city of North America's first "Universal and International Exhibition", also known as Expo 67. In commemoration of this dream and the amazing technological innovations that accompanied it, the Stewart Museum, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) features a brand-new exhibit on an event that struck a deep chord in Quebec and throughout the world. Presented on Île Sainte-Hélène, the exhibit, which is divided into six themes, offers people of all ages the chance to step back in time – through video mapping, virtual reality and soundscapes—and relive the excitement of that period. Immersive installations include Habitat 67 and the Labyrinth, a precursor to the IMAX. Outdoor guided tours of the former Expo 67 sites are also offered.
April 26th to October 8th – Stewart Museum

Echo 67
50 years later, go back to the future imagined by Buckminster Fuller in the most iconic pavilion of Montréal's International World Fair to explore Expo's environmental legacy. History, photos, audiovisual production—totally sustainable entertainment!
April 27th – Biosphère

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About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary

The Society for the Celebration of Montreal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will highlight Montreal's 375th anniversary in 2017.  With a focus on promoting Montreal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces to carry out its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage funding, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.

The Society benefits from the support of the City of Montreal, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and private funding from 12 great Montrealers. For more information please visit:

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SOURCE Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

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