Right on time for Halloween, the Quartier des spectacles is in full transformation! Montrealers and all the lovers of our city are invited to 3 days of free activities for the whole family. Those will be taking place at the Place des Festivals where the Trouble-Fête, a malefic creature come from the mists of time to haunt our city, will unfurl for the 375th anniversary of Montréal.
October 6th to 15th – Auditorium Paul-André-Michaud
“Imaging a metamorphosis” is an immersive, multidisciplinary creation that sets the viewer on an historical, emotional and poetic journey. It is a deeply moving adventure through the great transformations that our beautiful, diverse city has undergone since its founding. Under the spotlight, artists meet and give a voice to Montreal’s founders.
October 12th 2017 – Centre des sciences
The ingenuity of Indigenous Peoples from North America is all around us. Through an interactive quest, discover how indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity, and discover interactive frescoes.
October 14th – Musée Pointe-à-Callière
Commonly known as «the city of a hundred spires», Montreal keeps track of its religious presence throughout its territory. “Spoken Archives” is the opportunity to be surprised, to rediscover what surrounds us, the richness of words of the past and the beauty of old images.
October 16 to 25, 2017 – Hall Viger, Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Montreal was founded on an unceded Indigenous territory. Currently, there are more than 25,000 Indigenous people from different nations living in Montréal. Unlike other cities in the world, indigenous culture is absent from the built environment of this future metropolis of reconciliation.
October 22nd 2017 – Place des Festivals
On Sunday, October 22nd, you are invited to the Place des Festivals for La Grande marche of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie in collaboration with the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ). The course, a loop of 5 km, will lead you into the effervescence of the city center.
October 19th to November 12th, 2017 – Segal Centre for Performing Arts
For Montréal’s 375th anniversary, The Segal Centre has commissioned and will produce the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Roch Carrier’s beloved story: The Hockey Sweater.
October 27 to October 29 – Place des Festivals
The Place des Festivals will be getting a total Halloween revamp, complete with free entertainment and activities. According to a legend loosely based on Montréal’s history, for centuries, an evil creature has been sleeping in the depths of the St. Lawrence River. Stirred from its slumber by the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge on May 17, it has haunted the city ever since and will come to terrorize Montréal during the last weekend of October. A spectacularly spooky decor and festive ambiance await young and old on this unforgettable Halloween weekend as part of Montréal’s 375th.
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 mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com
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