In 2017, Montréal will turn 375 years old. The city’s major milestone year offers everyone a one-of-a-opportunity to celebrate its wealth of history and culture as well as its rich heritage, its people, its iconic places and its neighbourhoods.
To give you an inside peek at what’s going on in 2017, we’ve prepared a history-themed activity guide so you can make the most of your 375th.
A creation of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, in collaboration with Michel-Marc Bouchard
Imagine yourself strolling around Old Montréal and suddenly people from the city’s past start coming to life on trees and buildings around you. That’s exactly what happens on the Cité Mémoire circuit produced by Montréal en histoire. Discover a colourful cast of characters that were witness to the city’s evolution and learn more about our metropolis. Every evening at dusk, starting May 18.
Historic exhibition as part of Neighbourhoods come alive for the 375th
Montréal’s many different neighbourhoods are what makes it such a fascinating city. In 2017, Neighbourhoods come alive for the 375th will stop in each of its neighbourhooods and feature an array of activities, including a historical exhibition by the McCord Museum that recounts the stories of people throughout Montréal’s history and the unique characteristic of each of its neighbourhoods. A combination exhibition/installation that people of all ages will love.
Marche pour la paix
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
In 2017, we’ll be commemorating the 375 years of the founding of Montréal, but we’ll also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67. For the occasion, a public art exhibition that brings together 67 works by renowned international artists will be presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the McCord Museum and Concordia and McGill Universities. Similar to Expo 67, the Marche pour la paix exhibition will highlight the spirit of tolerance, conciliation and openness that are synonymous with the city. The walk will take place along Sherbrooke Street between the two partner museums.
Encounters in New France
Encounters in New France gives visitors the chance to explore the world of public markets at the time of the French Regime. Get ready to immerse yourself in the daily life of another era while meeting Montréal’s historical characters. You can also shop and admire the handiwork of the First Nations people.
Download the free mobile app and take a stroll along the St. Lawrence River between the celebrated Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Musée de Lachine. You can stop to admire the beauty of the shoreline while learning more about the history of the neighbourhood and the city. All along this historical itinerary, there will be outdoor signs to guide you and organized games to take part in.
Zone 3 / Télé-Québec
Jean-Philippe Wauthier, history buff and television personality, will host the series MTL on Télé-Québec. He’ll take viewers on a fascinating journey as he gets to the heart of what defines Montréal’s DNA. Throughout this documentary series, Jean-Philippe will pore over archives and meet public figures and historians in important places across the city.
Hochelaga, Terre des âmes
François Girard, director of the celebrated feature film The Red Violin will also bring Montréal to the big screen. Terre des âmes will trace the history of Hochelaga over the centuries, from its First Nations roots to modern-day city.
Montréal au fil du temps
Children can enjoy the city’s history too with Montréal au fil du temps, a book created for kids 5 and over. Designed in the “seek and find” style, the book will explore the city’s development and history. An excellent introduction to Montréal’s history and heritage for wee ones.
Camilien Houde, Le p’tit gars de Sainte-Marie
Espace Libre and the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental will tell the story of Camilien Houde, a fascinating figure of municipal and provincial politics. In this show, which mobilizes the citizens of Centre-Sud, audiences will listen to the story of a man who came from a working-class background and lived through major upheavals that shaped the 20th century.
Paul à Montréal
The loveable Paul, created by Michel Rabagliati, will be in Montréal to celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary. This time, though, Paul won’t appear in a comic strip, but in the streets, at the heart of an urban itinerary. Passers-by will have the chance to see a dozen panels in different places throughout the city. From one panel to the next, with the help of a booklet, readers can explore Plateau-Mont-Royal’s streets and history.
Stay tuned because we’ll be unveiling even more events celebrating the city’s history in the next few months! As well, a number of projects selected from the call for neighbourhood projects that showcase Montréal’s history will be revealed over the weeks to come. This past March, the Government of Canada also announced up to $4M in funding for the Society for Montréal’s 375th that will go toward projects commemorating Expo 67. They have already been identified and will be announced at a later date.