Place Ville Marie all aglow for Montreal's 375th anniversary

The iconic Ivanhoé Cambridge building to be showcased

Launch of the Christmas Market on the esplanade and inauguration of a photo exhibition

MONTREAL, Dec. 6, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning at 6 p.m. this evening, Montrealers and visitors will notice that one of downtown Montreal's most emblematic buildings will be lit up every night.  Designed by the artisans at Ombrage in collaboration with Sid Lee Architecture, this special lighting production will showcase the building's crown and main entrances. The unique and distinctive lighting will also mark the passing of each hour with a pulse of light and shadows. The idea is to celebrate  Montreal on its 375th anniversary — and far beyond. The lighting will respect Place Ville Marie's traditional simplicity and elegance, while also celebrating its modernity.

Also starting this evening, visitors and tenants will be able to enjoy the annual outdoor Christmas Market and discover the new photo exhibition MONTRÉAL SON ÂME, SON CHARME (Montreal: its soul, its charm).

Bernard Poliquin, Senior Vice President, Office – Quebec, Ivanhoé Cambridge commented: "Elegantly, and with respect for its surroundings, this special lighting will evolve over time and accentuate Place Ville Marie's distinctive architectural elements. This is yet another initiative in our plan for the downtown core, with Place Ville Marie as the centrepiece. At Ivanhoé Cambridge, we are extremely proud to play a leadership role in revitalizing our downtown core. We made this the heart of our investment plan over several years and we hope it will also enable all Montrealers and visitors to experience some memorable moments."

Second edition of the Christmas Market on the Esplanade
Nearly 25 vendors will be out in force on the Place Ville Marie Esplanade from December 6 to 9, offering gourmet products, hand-crafted items, and original gifts. Come to browse, get inspired, savour a sample treat or two, or nestle in an Adirondack chair, wrapped in a warm blanket with a hot beverage in hand. Save the dates: December 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and December 7 to 9 from 11:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m.


Here is the list of carefully selected vendors for this latest edition of the Christmas Market:

  • Au Sommet Place Ville Marie (various gifts)
  • Djinn Sirops (juice)           
  • Bar à beurre (cookies)
  • Domaine des 15 Lots (maple products)
  • Bleu et persillé (cheese, grocery products, grilled-cheese sandwiches)
  • Félix et Cacao (chocolate)
  • Les Citadines (candles)
  • Henri Sodas (sodas)
  • Dans le sac (bread bag)
  • Horace Jewelry (jewelry)
  • Darveelicious (stationery)
  • Johanie Créative (cookies)
  • Les Minettes (crackers, granola)
  • Marché ELM (cosmetics)
  • Ouistitine (games, toys, plush toys)
  • Sapin MTL (Christmas tree delivery, tuques, Holiday décor)
  • Oxyde Design Floral (plants, wreaths, Holiday décor)
  • Soka (various gifts)
  • Pops Art (hot chocolate pouches, popcorn seasoning, almonds)
  • Soins Materia (cosmetics)
  • Pork Shop (deli meats)
  • SoupeSoup (soups, bowls, recipe book, cake)

  • Sweet Isabelle (cookies)

  • Torréfacteur Lenoir Lacroix (coffee)


Also as part of the city's 375th-anniversary celebrations, Place Ville Marie has mounted a major photography exhibition in tribute to Montreal and its multifaceted vitality. Titled MONTRÉAL SON ÂME, SON CHARME, the outdoor exhibition is being installed beneath each of the quadrants of the 1 Place Ville Marie building, and will be accessible to the public at all times throughout 2017. Several photographers, among them Stéphan Poulin, Christine Bourgier and Jean-François Savaria, were commissioned for this major project so as to bring out multiple themes from a diversity of perspectives.

Visual material for the outdoor Christmas market and photo exhibition:

About Place Ville Marie
An architectural jewel designed by I.M. Pei (creator of the famous pyramid at the Louvre) and Henry N. Cobb, the Place Ville Marie complex stands out with its famous cruciform tower, the highest of its type in Canada at 188 metres (617 feet). Still very contemporary, Place Ville Marie has become, as suggested by the visionary spirits who conceived it in 1962, a "city within a city" and forms the heart of Montreal's business centre. The Galerie Place Ville Marie still moves to the beat of the major trends while creating a warm, dynamic space. Nearly 70 renowned restaurants and shops can be found there. Place Ville Marie is LEED® Silver certified in the BE:EE category, and BOMA BEST® Platinum certified. For more information, visit

About Ivanhoé Cambridge
Ivanhoé Cambridge, a global real estate industry leader, invests in high-quality properties and companies in select cities around the world. It does so prudently with a long-term view to optimize risk-adjusted returns. Founded in Quebec in 1953, Ivanhoé Cambridge has built a vertically integrated business across Canada. Internationally, the Company invests alongside key partners that are leaders in their respective markets.
Through subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoé Cambridge holds interests in close to 500 properties, consisting primarily in office, retail, residential and logistics real estate. Ivanhoé Cambridge held more than Cdn $55 billion in assets as at June 30, 2016. The Company is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (, one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers.

Source: #marchedenoelpvm / @Placevillemarie


SOURCE Ivanhoé Cambridge

Image with caption: "First illumination of the emblematic building Place Ville Marie at the dawn of the 375th anniversary of Montréal. For the next year, the Montrealers and the visitors can take advantage of this unique and distinctive lighting will also mark the passing of each hour with a pulse of light and shadows. (CNW Group/Ivanhoé Cambridge)". Image available at:

For further information: Valérie Gonzalo / 514 626-6976,; Ivanhoé Cambridge Public Affairs, +1 866 456-3342,


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