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Pointe-à-Callière's Public Market celebrates its 25th year!


Pointe-à-Callière's Public Market celebrates its 25th year!

Canada NewsWire

A not-to-be-missed event this summer, in Old Montréal
Saturday, August 25, from 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday, August 26, from 10 am to 6 pm
In Place Royale and the area around the Museum

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 10, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The year is 1733, and it's market day. This will be the backdrop once again this year at Pointe-à-Callière, The Museum of Montréal, setting the scene for its now famous 18th Century Public Market, which takes visitors back to the heart of New France. For the occasion, merchants, entertainers, craftspeople, and natives—all in period costume—will meet at the marketplace on August 25 and 26, in the area around the Museum and in Place Royale, in Old Montréal.

Pointe-à-Callière's Public Market has been one of the Museum's main events for the past 25 years now. In a family-friendly atmosphere, the area around Pointe-à-Callière is transformed into an entertaining and illuminating hub of historical activity.

A European tradition
Pointe-à-Callière recreates the marketplace on the very site where it stood during the French regime. At the time, the market was held twice a week, and—in keeping with European tradition—the marketplace was the city's main public square. That was where the bailiff would read out decrees, and where peasants, merchants, innkeepers, workers, travellers, soldiers, sailors, noblemen, middle-class citizens, and civil servants mingled to buy and sell, while discussing the news of the day and the latest gossip... Strolling musicians, street entertainers, and craftspeople also were on hand to make market day truly delightful!

Two days of activity—as it all happened in the days of New France
In addition to musicians and craftspeople, the Public Market will also be host to plenty of other activities involving some one hundred figures enthusiastically re-enacting period scenes. Two military regiments and a native encampment will also be part of the festivities.

New this year:
The Little Urban Market: To celebrate urban agriculture, local consumption, and eco-friendly practices used in the 18th century that still hold true today, visitors can explore the Little Urban Market, featuring some ten exhibitors.

Talks: At 10:30 am and 1 pm, on both Market days, visitors will be able to learn more about food, clothing, and their roots.

About Pointe-à-Callière, The Museum of Montréal
Rising above the birthplace of Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière is the city's largest history museum. The Museum's mission is to raise awareness and foster an appreciation of the history of Quebec's largest city, and to forge bonds with regional, national, and international networks concerned with archaeology, history, and urban issues. Its mandate consists of preserving and increasing access to Montréal's heritage, which led to its creation of the Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, a world-class cultural and tourism complex that will showcase some ten historic and heritage sites in Old Montréal.

Pointe-à-Callière thanks the partners and sponsors that provide financial support for the Public Market: the SDC du Vieux-Montréal, Canadian Heritage, the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones, and the Ville-Marie borough.

The Museum is subsidized by the City of Montréal.


SOURCE Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaelogy and History

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