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Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations - Events for the month of May - Three major events planned to mark Montreal's anniversary week


MONTREAL, April 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The month of May is set to be a memorable one as the celebrations marking the city's 375th anniversary continue. May 17 marks the official date that Montreal turns 375, and to mark the occasion a number of special events are planned, most notably the illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the launch of the AVUDO show and a visit from the Giants from May 19 through the 21. Also kicking off on May 12 is La Grande Tournée, a signature event that will tour each of the city's 19 boroughs over the course of 19 different weekends. These events are not to be missed!


Les contes de Verdun
A summer program featuring three interactive tales – all written by local authors – which tell the story of Verdun's history. These tales will be presented in the form of performances open to the public; no reservations required.  
May 1 to November 30 – Promenade Wellington

Pierrefonds-Roxboro par les voix du 375e de Montréal
A traveling performance and exhibition project that will travel to various parts of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, offering residents an entertainment program.
May 1 – Port de Plaisance Marine in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, with other locations to follow

Pierr-Rox 3.75 project
The short video blog – Pierr-Rox 3.75 – seeks to document the history, nature, society and culture of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough through the lens of its very own 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.
Mai 2017 – to be confirmed

This unique event is sure to make people smile! Everyday manholes will be transformed into sites of creative expression – all in a fun and collaborative atmosphere. On the menu: live painting, theatre, music, a circus and puppetry. A street art project will also bring 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.
May to September – Open stage

Free Space for Culture 375
Free Space for Culture will temporarily occupy 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 1 to December 31 – Vacant lot at the corner of Notre-Dame St. and D'Orléans St.

Montréal, toute une histoire
An engaging and historical tour that takes participants on a journey along the Saint-Lawrence River between the Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Lachine Museum with the help of a free mobile app, a game, and a series of outdoor panels. Close to 50 places of interest have already been identified on the route, totalling 17 km in length. This route will be divided into different sections for those wishing to explore the course on foot and or by bike but don't necessarily want to travel the whole length of the trail. 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 the second – ideal for families – involves a playful quest.
Starting May 3 – Along the Saint-Lawrence River, from the Maison Saint-Gabriel to the Lachine Museum

Where will Montreal take you?
This creative project brings together seven authors and three photographers with the mission of travelling to seven neighbourhoods in an effort to reinvigorate our perceptions of a modern and ever-changing Montreal. Using their urban travel notebooks, these tourist-artists will be tasked with creating a piece that situates itself somewhere between fiction and documentary. Subject matter will be presented in the form of notes, songs, collected conversations and invented stories: open and engaging storytelling is what is sought-after.  
May 5 to May 12Théâtre Aux Écuries

Streets of Montreal
The Streets of Montreal project aims to tell the story of eight historic locations in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and five in the Plateau-Mont-Royal. There will be an outdoor exhibit which will run from May through to October, and a free online publication available throughout 2017. Thirteen Montreal comic authors will take on the task of making you rediscover the history of each of the featured districts. This project is brought to you by the PLANCHES magazine and the Montreal Comic Arts Festival.
May 6 to October 26Baldwin Parc

Vivre ensemble : Montréal, nouveau monde
In addition to highlighting the history of the founding of Montreal and the initial encounter with Aboriginal peoples, this unique exhibit will emphasize the different waves of immigration of various cultural groups throughout the centuries. Each of these communities contributed in shaping the personality of Montreal: a French-speaking, cosmopolitan metropolis with a diverse population. Exhibit made possible by the Montreal History Center and the Office of the President of the Council.
May 2017 – Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall   

Flashmob in your neighborhood
Every Friday throughout May and June 2017 families will be able to enjoy Flashmob – a dance performance using digital projections and entertainment in front of various historical locations peppered throughout Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Kids and adults alike will be able to enjoy weekly shows and can win prizes!
Every Friday from May 6 through June 2 – Olympic Stadium Esplanade

Blank Page
A blank page is the beginning of all creation! It is represented here by an outdoor public space that will serve as a meeting spot for artists and residents who will share a moment of reflection and make a creative gesture together. Photography, painting, dance, literature or music – there's a place on the page for all forms of art! Meetings with residents will serve as a source of inspiration for 20 guest artists whose final works will be presented at an event celebrating these unique encounters. Every Saturday in May through October two locations in the borough will host BLANK PAGE – one in the morning and in the evening – with different artists attending each one. A unique and one-of-a-kind creation will be produced at each location.
May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Pelican Park

Les midis Ville-Marie
Les midis Ville-Marie features 24 informal, playful, and participatory get-togethers with researchers from some of Ville-Marie's major research institutions. Taking place in 24 of the borough's outdoor public spaces and staged and hosted by theatre students, Les midis Ville-Marie will include simple yet surprising experiences in which members of the public are invited to engage and perform in.
May 11 to October 19 – 24 different public spaces throughout the borough

Rhythm of the Rapids
RHYTHM OF THE RAPIDS has two components: a show that combines theatre, song and dance and a must-see historic route that will be held on May 12 and 13, 2017. Students from the Marguerite-Bourgeoys de LaSalle School Board are taking part in the project, from beginning to end, in collaboration with the Cavelier de LaSalle Historical Society.
May 11 to 14 – Des Rapides Park

Kitchen Parties
Kitchen Parties – presented by When Art Takes Action – features an art project made possible through the collaboration of various communities that have fled oppression and which now call Montreal, and its surrounding suburbs, home. A Quebec-style kitchen party will feature Le Temps d'une Soupe one-on-on conversations, seminars, testimonials, exhibit and lively performances, all of which will help bring to life this exploration of the human condition.
May 12 to 14 –Place des Arts Esplanade

La Grande Tournée
A major event being held to mark the 375th anniversary, La Grande Tournée, presented by Cirque Éloize, will travel from one end of the city to the other all summer long to celebrate Montreal's history and people, all the while bringing fun and wonder to communities. It will give everyone who loves Montreal the chance to discover the city's many charms and secrets, celebrate with their families and get to know their neighbours. The fun will also spill out onto an adjacent street or back alley where other events will also await.
May 12 to May 14 – Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
May 19 to May 21Outremont
May 26 to May 28 – Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles

Living Connections – The Illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge
An architectural icon and a fixture in Montreal's landscape, the Jacques-Cartier Bridge will, on May 17, reveal a luminous signature as ambitious as it is innovative. The lights will pay homage to the unique engineering of this historic structure. The world's first-ever connected bridge will come alive each night with the help of intelligent programming meant to adapt to the city's ever-changing seasons and energy, creating a unifying, dynamic and sustainable symbol.
Beginning May 17 – Jacques-Cartier Bridge

Montréal AVUDO
Montréal AVUDO – a spectacular show that pays tribute to the Saint-Lawrence River – will come to life with enormous projections inspired the city's history. Get ready to travel back in time! This poetic multimedia performance, created uniquely for Montreal's 375th by the celebrated Compagnia Finzi Pasca, will be taking over the west sector of the Old Port of Montreal, near the King Edward Pier and the Montreal Science Centre. Young and old will be dazzled, moved and transported by the magic of images and scenes projected on rippling water walls and other spectacular installations.
May 17 to September 2 –King Edward Quay, Old Port of Montreal

The ScaveNDGers project is divided into three separate events. "Marathon" participants will take part in a week-long mission to accomplish creative and engaging community-oriented tasks. "Sprint" participants will take part in a one-day race to complete smaller tasks throughout the NDG area. The entire community will then have the opportunity to interact with a temporary exhibit at the NDG Cultural Centre that will showcase the completed tasks in the form of photographs, videos, and artwork.
May 19 to June 9 – NDG

The Giants
The Giants bring together, from America to Europe, the small and the fantastically big, the world of yesterday and the city of today. They will wind their way through city streets, travel across the river and even move among passersby. Their heavy steps will strike our imaginations, and their gentle nature will touch our hearts. With eyes lifted skyward, Montrealers will experience a very first: watching the epic journey of the Royal de Luxe Giants.
May 19 to May 21 – Secret locations

Encounters in New France
Learn what daily life was like in the city under the French regime. Meet characters that played a part in our history, and admire the know-how of the First Nations. The whole family will enjoy listening to strolling musicians and spending some time with craftspeople and street performers at the heart of this huge celebratory event!
May 19 to May 22 – Place d'Youville, Old Port of Montreal

Fort Ville-Marie
Montréal's roots are showing—and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum wants you to take a look! With its brand-new Fort Ville-Marie Pavilion, you can travel back in time to the city's birthplace to see authentic traces of the first settlement that housed Montreal's founders. This touching exhibit provides a unique look at what life was like during the city's earliest days. Not only is it steeped in history, but it's infused with the enthusiasm that drove the first Montrealers to pursue their dream to start a new life in North America. This symbolic, memory-filled site is a must-see.
Starting May 20 –Fort Ville-Marie Pavilion, Pointe-à-Callière Museum

Franchir un mur pour construire des ponts
This collaboration between the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), the Commission scolaire de Montréal and MU will celebrate Montreal's 375th anniversary by hosting a block party at Pierre-Dupuy High School as well as through a series of video and mural art workshops. The highlight of this project will be the creation of a video mural, prepared with the help of students from three schools in the boroughs.
May 24 –Pierre-Dupuy High School

Festival jeunesse-Active ta couleur – Part 1
On May 24, 25 and 26, Francophone and Anglophone high school students from Saint-Leonard will run the distance between Quebec City and Montreal on the Chemin du Roy. When they finally reach Saint-Leonard, elementary school students will join them to run the remaining kilometers. Upon their arrival, music and festivities will take place at the rendez-vous.
May 24, 25, 26 – Saint-Leonard

Small Streams Become Large Rivers
The year 2017 marks Montreal's 375th anniversary, Lachine's 350th anniversary and Concerts Lachine's 40th anniversary. To celebrate this occasion, we offer you a musical project named SMALL STREAMS BECOME LARGE RIVERS that celebrates the rich history and the cultural background of Lachine. The show is built around music from different periods that marked our history. Come listen to ensembles and choirs from various schools of Lachine that will offer a voyage through our musical history.
May 25 – Marina d'escale or Église Saints-Anges (in case of rain)

Saint-Laurent in 7 beats
Saint-Laurent in 7 beats is a virtual reality production that you can enjoy, free of charge, at the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, starting in late May. Come immerse yourself in a 360° video experience while local children present seven short stories based on the borough's history. Don't miss this new and original, technological and poetic creation for all ages.
May 25 – Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec

100 % Montréal
In this survey probe by the masters of documentary theatre the Rimini Protokoll collective, Montrealers will see themselves as they really are. Who commits tax fraud? Who is against the headscarf in public spaces? Who has cheated on his/her lover or spouse? Without any filters, without beating around the bush, the courageous participants of 100 % Montréal will respond to all questions, both the banal and the very serious. Moving onstage as though in an organic diagram – never have statistics been so full of life! – they will incarnate public opinion in sensitive fashion, dramatically revealing its unpredictable movements. A candid look at the multiple identities of our city.
May 25 to May 28 – Théâtre Jean-Duceppe

Sur les rails
In partnership with the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, the Commission scolaire of Montréal and the Technopôle Angus, Toxique Trottoir creates an amazing theatrical walk with 100 children and adolescents from neighbouring schools as well as citizens from Rosemont. This creation, being held at the old Angus Shops, invites you on an exciting journey in the neighbourhood's memories, but also, through children's eyes, to discover today's Rosemont.
May 26 – Old Angus Shops

Montréal : De passion et de liberté
A popular choral music concert coupled with an evening of storytelling that traces the major historical events of the city and neighborhood. We begin with the birth of Mount Royal and move to the arrival of the Native Americans, the founding of Montreal, the French and English regimes, and finally to modern-day Montreal and its development as a multicultural metropolis. Skillfully connecting each tale, storyteller Joujou Turenne takes audiences by the hand and brings to life the fabulous destiny of an island full of passion and freedom.
May 27 –Saint-René-Goupil Church

La Sculpture en Folie!
A Festive and interactive day of sculpture that includes an exhibition of various works and a demonstration of and introduction to sculpture, during which the public can participate in the creation of a model of the borough.
May 27 – Bibliothèque de Saint-Léonard (Galerie Port-Maurice)

Montréal Museums Day
May 28 is the traditional Montreal Museums Day, when 43 museums throw their doors open for the public to enjoy their wealth of exhibitions and activities. For this 375th anniversary edition, we're offering a museum rally: 43 unusual objects, each telling little-known stories about our city. Look for these historical curiosities – they're marked with a "Musée MTL" sticker next to them. Guaranteed fun!  On your own or with a partner or your family or friends… Which one will be your favourite? Enter our contest!
May 28 – In 43 Montreal museums

Hochelaga Symphony
Montrealers are invited to a free concert by the Orchestre Métropolitain with the participation of elementary and secondary school students from Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Hochelaga Symphony is an unprecedented symphonic work of art: composed by four Montrealers and interspersed with historical narratives, it tells the neighborhood's story. Join us as we rock the city for Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
May 28 – Pierre Charbonneau Centre

Cultivons nos racines ! Cultures et savoir-faire anciens : évolution de l'utilisation des ressources
Make your own pompoms using recycled fur! Discover traditional tanning techniques, the frugal use of animal resources and their evolution through history to today.
May 28 – The Fur Trade Museum (outdoor site)

Promenades sur le Plateau : Histoires et cultures
The Plateau-Mont-Royal Historical Society and Mile End Memories invite Plateau residents, Montrealers and tourists alike to explore the  history and heritage of the Plateau. A program featuring 25 guided tours allows participants to stroll to the meeting places, events and communities that have shaped the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood we know today. Along the way, our experts will reveal all of the Plateau's secrets.
May 14 – Coteau Saint-Louis, village of the Pieds Noirs workers 
May 21 – From sweatshops to artist studios: Transformations of Mile End east 28 – A view of Saint-Denis Street

Symphony for Montréal
A unique auditory and visual experience hosted by Kent Nagano, the OSM and Moment Factory. Maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM invite you to an out-of-the-ordinary symphonic experience, the fruit of a collaboration between the internationally heralded young Canadian composer, Samy Moussa, and the equally world-renowned multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory, to create a unique new work celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal. The program will be completed by the stirring "New World" Symphony composed by Anton Dvorak, a work full of promise, a bridging of the past and the future.
May 31, June 1 and 2 – Maison Symphonique de Montréal


La guirlande du 375e – Accrochage
Creative workshops will be held at Centre culturel Georges-Vanier as part of the event La guirlande du 375. Le Carrefour d'éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles (P-S-C) is offering the creation and collective decoration of a 1,400m-long garland that will dress the streets of the P-S-C neighbourhood. Several workshops on various techniques of painting and printing on canvas will be offered in different places of the district in a creative atmosphere where the participants will be able to develop their artistic talents. The garland will be hung in the neighbourhood during a vernissage gathering during the Montreal's 375th anniversary.
May 2017 – Pointe-Saint-Charles

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica's wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame. Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle. Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica.
March 21 to September 30 – Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

50 years later, go back to a future imagined by Buckminster Fuller in the most iconic pavilion of Montreal's International World Fair to explore the Expo's environmental legacy. History, photos, audiovisual production – totally sustainable entertainment!
From April 27 – Biosphere

Expo 67 - A World of Dreams
The Stewart Museum celebrates the big dreams and innovative spirit of Expo 67 through an immersive multimedia exhibition put together from the archives of the NFB and Radio-Canada.
April 26 to October 8 – Stewart Museum 

The 1960s in Montreal
Montreal is transforming itself. The 60's shook up Quebec – especially the bustling metropolis. Place Ville-Marie, the metro, Expo 67… Discover how Montreal came to life during this period through photos from the Montreal Archives.
April 22 to May 6Montreal City Hall

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 17 to October 1 – McCord Museum

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 3 to July 28 at 8:00 p.m. – Bistro Le Ste-Cath

Once a month throughout 2017, POSSIBLES will present the works of 12 artists from various disciplines in collaboration with 12 creative partners in 12 unusual Montreal venues.
May - date to be confirmed

MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie
A pop-up art gallery will appear in several locations around the Rosemont-La Petite Patrie neighbourhood.
Ongoing since December 21 – In the back alley behind Artgang (6524 Saint-Hubert Street) and De Gaspé Park (6699 De Gaspé Avenue)

Cité Mémoire
Projected throughout Old Montreal and loosely inspired by the city's history, Cité Mémoire invites you to meet a host of characters who've witnessed the city's evolution first-hand. Poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful, the tableaux come alive with images, words and music. Don't forget to download the application!
Begins again on May 10 – Old Montreal

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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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