What to do in Downtown Montreal Between July 31 and August 6

As part of the downtown recovery plan, here is a series of activities planned between July 31 and August 6 in downtown Montreal.

– Terraces and urban development

  • These new public squares and TULIP (Free Urban Terraces to the Public) are now open and accessible to visitors:
    • The Place des Festivals and its green area, a design conceived of by the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles . As well as a TULIP, at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Jeanne-Mance streets.
    • TULIP Centre St Jax, at the corner of St. Catherine and Bishop streets. Designed by XP_MTL in collaboration with Le Monastère.
    • The Terrasse Prenez Place at Hydro-Québec Park, on St. Catherine Street, at the corner of Clark. Designed by ADHOC architects in collaboration with Maude Lescarbeau.
    • Jardins Gamelin, at the corner of Berri and St. Catherine. Designed by the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, in collaboration with Pépinière & Co.
  • XP_MTL offers 5 HUB around the downtown ara. These facilities allow visitors to stop off at various locations throughout their visit on St. Catherine Street. The Radio_XP will broadcast in its hubs a musical atmosphere 100% Quebec, created especially for the project by local artists.

– Installations and visual arts

  • Relaxation stops have been designed by Montreal artists, designers or groups encouraging the rediscovery iconic downtown locations. They are called the Placott’Arts and are true open-air works, presented in collaboration with MASSIVart.

Six of them will be installed and accessible to the public from August 1. They are located in the following locations:

  • Place Jean-Paul Riopelle –  Ça va bien aller! and Waxhead’s home for bird friends (Artists: Judith Portier and Waxhead)
  • Place de la Paix –Cartes Monumentales: Rocher Percé  (Artist: HUB Studio)
  • Vieux- Montréal (facing Place Jacques-Cartier) – Los Trompos (Artiste: Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena)
  • Vieux-Port (in front of the Centre des Sciences) – The Wave (Artist: 2×4 and Lucas Tisné)
  • Village (on St. Catherine, between Saint-Timothée and Montcalm Streets) – ÇA A VA BIEN – Artist: Ten 2
  • Quartier Latin (rue Saint-Denis) – Oscillations (Artiste: The Urban Conga)
  • The iconic 21 Swings are back in the Quartier des spectacles for a 10th year. This is your last chance to see this installation! The swings will be there until August 9th.
  • Floor frescoes have been designed by MU and can be found on Rue Saint-Denis in the Quartier Latin.

– Animations

  • Cultural entertainment, ambient music and scheduled and spontaneous performances will animate the city centre on weekends throughout the summer. Search for these musical, theatrical, circus acts and the travelling Cabaret, which will move through the city centre.

– Attractions 

  • The Grande Roue de Montréal and its 42 cabins with ultra-clear tempered glass windows are open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Come and admire the panorama of Montreal from the top of the tallest structure of its kind in Canada.

– Exhibitions

  • At the Galerie Blanc in the Gay Village, an open-air art gallery on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Wolfe, you can see the exhibition Village Motel, which challenges the codes of popular culture through forty works from a group of visual artists.
  • This is your last chance to visit Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration at the McCord Museum. The exhibition, which explores the sources of inspiration and creative work of the Montreal designer, who has marked the world of ready-to-wear in Canada, ends on August 2.
  • The featured Journey to Space exhibition continues throughout the summer at the Centre des sciences of Montréal.

– Getting around

  • Free rickshaw transportation is available to passers-by as part of the Cours pour ta cause program, which raises funds for causes that are important to local athletes. Find them on Sainte-Catherine, between Atwater and De Bleury, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and travel to your favourite shops!
  • For cycling in the city centre, new parking lots are now available, accessible at all times and free: Rally stations. Four Rally stations have been installed: Rally Guy, Rally Place des Arts, Rally Peel and Rally Bishop. Located along the bike path, they are regularly cleaned by a cleaning brigade, equipped with hydroalcoholic gel.
  • Downtown Montreal is served by numerous bus routes and more than 10 STM metro stations, on the green and orange lines, serve the area.

These initiatives are part of the development and animation of the summer revival happening in the downtown area, an initiative of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, in collaboration with the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Tourisme Montréal, and supported by the City of Montreal and Desjardins.

Full schedule: www.mtl.org

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