The impressive exhibition « DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN » - 375 years of architecture and urban development - will open, free of charge, at Place des Arts from September 7th to the 12th

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 24 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - If a city is akin to a living organism, its architecture is its spine, and as Frank Gehry, architect says, "architecture should speak of its time and place but aspire to be timeless". That is what inspired the organisation of the major exhibition DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN, which will be held at Place des Arts, from September 7th to the 12th, at the Salon Urbain and in the grand outdoor staircase between St-Urbain street and the Place des Arts esplanade, next to the Maison Symphonique.

Entry to the exhibition will be free and accessible since visitors will be able to access it from outside (via the St-Urbain staircase) or from inside (via the Salon Urbain) at the crossroads between the Place des Arts, the Maison Symphonique and the metro.

DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN, an event organised by the promoter Robert J. Vézina from Gestion Villes du Futur, is part of the official programming of the celebrations of Montréal's 375th anniversary. This monumental exhibition will piece together 3D models, posters and virtual reality presentations showcasing significant buildings and major ground installations which left their marks in Montréal's history. DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN will put the emphasis on Montréal's architectural heritage but also on the city's present and future.

"We are happy to include DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN in the city's 375th anniversary programming. It is fascinating to see all the successive architectural styles which shaped the our city in the last 375 years. The exhibition is also an opportunity to foresee the future through ambitious projects that represent the city's energy and creativity, » said Mr Alain Gignac, General Manager for the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal's 375th Anniversary.

"2017 gives us a unique opportunity to share our history, to honour today's assets and dream of our city's future developments. The DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN exhibition will allow our citizens to meet and share around great architectural and urban development projects," commented Montréal mayor Mr Denis Coderre.

"This exhibition which serves as a witness to Montréal's real estate environment will allow the public to revisit the great realisations which left their mark in Montréal architecture and discover those which will define it," said Mr Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.

During a visit of the DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN exhibition, it will be possible, for example, to see the city's evolution from its foundation to today and beyond. It will feature 3D models, pictures and virtual presentations of buildings such as Fort Ville-Marie, Fort de la Montagne, the Saint-Sulpice Seminary, the Bonsecours Market, the Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques-Cartier, Maison Saint-Gabriel, the Ogilvy store, the Alexandra Berth of Montréal's Old Port, the Saint-Joseph Oratory, the Bank of Montréal building at Place d'Armes, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the original Royal Bank building in Old Montréal, University of Montréal, Place Ville-Marie, the Stock Exchange Tower, the CIBC Tower, the Olympic Stadium, 1000 de la Gauchetière, as well as more recent buildings and projects such as YUL and Maison Manuvie.  Many other buildings will also be featured. A section of the exhibition will be dedicated to buildings currently under construction or that will be in the near future such as Humaniti Montréal by Cogir,  Tour des Canadiens 2 and la Tour Quartier des spectacles. One of the must see 3D models will be one of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge by Moment Factory. The impressive 22 feet long model will present the beautiful lightings specially designed for the 375th Anniversary of Montréal, one of the main architectural and historical landmarks of Montréal.

The DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN exhibition will be filled with surprises, documents and models, some of them rarely seen before, reuinted in one place. All architecture, urban design, history, or simply Montréal lovers, will be able to walk through the exhibition and discover the architectural wealth of our city and its unique journey.  

Exhibition schedule :


Exhibition schedule



September 7

2pm to 9pm


September 8

9am to 9pm


September 9

9am to 9pm


September 10

9am to 9pm


September 11

9am to 9pm    


September 12

9am to 5pm


The event joins together many sponsors and partners, many of which are key actors in Montréal architecture and real estate (as of August 23rd) : Groupe Maurice, v2Com newswire, Transports Lacombe, agence Remarke, Immobilier commercial Magazine, agence Phoenix, RJV Communications, Place des Arts, BOMA Québec, Ranger son éclairage, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, Ville de Montréal, Arrondissement Ville-Marie, Complexe Desjardins, Espace publications, Publicité Sauvage, MP Repro, Double G, Ludovica Miniland, Provencher Roy Architectes, Menkes Shooner Dagenais Létourneux Architectes, Groupe Mach, Aedifica Architectes, Images Montréal, Regroupement des gestionnaires et copropriétaires du Québec, Lemay Architectes, Humaniti Montréal - Cogir, Archidata, Prével, Smart Pixels, Nightlife Magazine, Radio Classique, Tentes Fiesta, Index Design, GH+A Design, Global TV, The Gazette, Rachel Julien Architectes, Musée de la Pointe-à-Callière, Musée McCord, Sulpiciens de Montréal - Grand Séminaire de Montréal, Administration portuaire de Montréal, Banque de Montréal, Université de Montréal, EXP Architectes– Transformation rue de la Gauchetière, Société du Vieux-Port de Montréal, Moment Factory – Maquette du Pont Jacques-Cartier, Groupe Brivia (YUL), Scapin Staging, Traiteur Les Allants, Traiteur Chez Red, et Sweet Isabelle.

To learn more about the DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN exhibition : 

About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will highlight Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017.  With a focus on promoting Montréal 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 receives financial support from the Ville de Montréal, the Canadian government and the Québec government, as well as private funding from twelve Great Montrealers : Bell, Banque de Montréal, Bombardier, Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, President's Choice, Claridge, Desjardins, IGA, Power Corporation du Canada, Québécor, RBC Royal Bank and Saputo.

For more information :

To learn more about the Québec government's contribution to Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations, click here.

About Gestion Villes du Futur
Robert J. Vézina, president of Gestion Villes du Futur and RJV Communications has produced many special events of importance in Montréal, Toronto and the United States since 1991. Gestion Villes du Futur produces, amongst others, the biennial exhibitions LE MONTRÉAL DU FUTUR® et TORONTO OF THE FUTURE® which showcase together future projects in real eastate and ground installations. Gestion Villes du Futur exceptionnaly presents the DE VILLE-MARIE À DEMAIN event in 2017 for the 375th Anniversary of Montréal Celebrations.


SOURCE Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

For further information: Source Gestion Villes du Futur, Caroline Rousse, External Relations,, 514 875-1353 ext. 204; Source 375th Anniversary of Montréal, Isabelle Pelletier, Press relations,, 514 238-4178


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