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Montréal Avudo
May 17th to September 2nd, 2017 - Quai King Edward, Old Port of Montréal
Montréal Avudo, a spectacular show that pays tribute to the St. Lawrence River will come to life with enormous projections inspired the city’s history. Get ready to travel back in time!

From May 17 to September 2, this poetic multimedia performance, created uniquely for Montréal’s 375th by the celebrated Compagnia Finzi Pasca will be taking over the west sector of the Old Port of Montréal, near the King Edward Pier and the Montréal 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. Montréal Avudo will beautifully superimpose archive images, original documents, illustrations and 3D animations to take us on a voyage through history.

The larger-than-life installations will come alive primarily on the water. Water jets from 30 or so fountains will create massive 30 X 11.5 metre tall screens of water. The scenography will also include 94 shipping containers, creating the world’s highest container tower at 11 stories tall. An original music score composed by Maria Bonzanigo and recorded with the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal will accompany this exquisite production.

Montréal Avudo’s touching and poetic nature promises to strike a chord with Montrealers and visitors. Through the water, spectators will be able to explore the river’s memories through different eras, seasons and weather, thanks to sound effects and juxtaposed images. Not only will it pay homage to Montréal’s rich past, but it will give us a one-of-a-kind glimpse at its future.

Over 180,000 spectators will be able to attend one of the 100 shows of this larger-than-life performance created by Daniele Finzi Pasca and his Compagnia Finzi Pasca (Corteo, Rain, La Verità, closing ceremonies of the Turin and Sochi Olympic Games and others).

Montréal Avudo gives everyone who loves Montréal a unique chance to come together in the Old Port at the very place where the river and ships brought our ancestors, against many odds. It’s a symbolic, seminal location to celebrate how the mighty St. Lawrence River has shaped us.


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Montréal Avudo will be presented from May 17 to September 2, Thursday to Saturday. In July, Wednesday to Saturday.
2 performances each night: 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Length: 30 minutes

On the days of the show, a ticket office will also be open onsite from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Group reservations will also be available. For questions regarding reservations, go to


The Compagnia Finzi Pasca creative team:
- Daniele Finzi Pasca: cofounder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, author, stage director, producer and lighting co-designer
- Julie Hamelin Finzi: cofounder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca – author of the project
- Maria Bonzanigo: cofounder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, musical direction and composition
- Hugo Gargiulo: cofounder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, stage design
- Antonio Vergamini: cofounder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, line producer
- Alexis Bowles: production manager and lighting co-designer
- Geneviève Dupéré: artistic director, research and staging assistance
- Marc-André Goyer: project manager
- Roberto Vitalini: video consultant
- Fabio Lecce: sound co-designer

Guest designers:
- Gabriel Coutu-Dumont: video design (Silent Partners Studio)
- Davy Galant: musical direction, editing and arrangement
- Laser Quantum: water and laser effect
- Tammy Beauvais: costume design
- Francis Back: historical illustrations

- Parks Canada
- Orchestre métropolitain
- Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
- Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History
- DestiNations
- Village Québécois d'Antan
Learn more
Listen to our podcasts and delve into the imaginative world of Avudo.
Discover the creators’ approach to the show and gain a unique perspective on the city.
A visual poem
Discover the main theme of Montréal Avudo: the dream of a little girl with Iroquoian roots. It is a tribute to the river as well as to the city, its neighbourhoods and its residents.

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The cane that launched spring
The Gold-Headed Cane is given to the captain of the first ship that enters the Port of Montréal each year. Many winters ago, when the port used to be blocked with ice, this award also signalled the arrival of spring.

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The peoples’ tavern
Joe Beef wasn’t like any other tavern. Everyone was welcome, even bears and monkey...

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Merchants to remember
Montréal owes a debt of gratitude to its merchants: men and women who started from nothing and contributed greatly to the city’s reputation.

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Montreal's ice castle
With its winter carnival and its gigantic ice castle, Montréal has always been the stuff of children’s dreams.

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May 17th to September 2nd, 2017 70 Quai King Edward, Old Port of Montréal
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