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by brigitte hasbron & jay kana
| photos courtesy of frédérique ménard aubin & benoit rousseau
On May 17, 1642, a small colony called Ville-Marie was founded by a small group of 50 explorers from France. The little colony would soon be known as Montreal and 375 years later, a city of 1.7 million is ready to celebrate their big birthday as a premier Canadian destination to visit in 2017 thanks to an exciting line-up of festivals and events, which include:
Cité Mémoire Brings History to Life
Every night throughout 2017 and beyond except April 10 to May 10 Cité Mémoire illustrates Montreal's history through multimedia projections around Old Montreal - on buildings, cobblestone streets and trees. Download the free "Montreal en Histoires - Cite Memoire" app as it includes a map and best viewing times for each projection. Installations include "Suzanne", on the Clock Tower Quay set to matching Leonard Cohen song, and "The Face of Montreal", featuring projections on trees along Jacques-Cartier Quay.
bridge will display a different colour and the design of lights will be changed to reflect things such as the weather, special holidays, and big sports wins.
Pointe-à-Callière Opens New Fort Ville-Marie Pavilion
May 17 and onwards Pointe-à-Callière Museum is built where Montreal was originally founded and offers visitors an archaeological circuit combined with cutting-edge technology and makes the birthplace of Montreal accessible to the public for the first time. The museum is also restoring the Collector Sewer, which connects the pavilion to the main museum facility underground.
New Open-Air Museum: La Balade pour la Paix
May 29 to October 27 Sherbrooke Street will turn into an openair museum, inviting everyone to join in a "walk for peace" through artworks reflecting Expo67. Created by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the McCord Museum, Concordia May 17 and onwards University and McGill University, this Montreal's exact birthday is May 17 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge will be lit in celebration exhibition showcases 67 works of art carrying via thousands of LED lights! Each month, the a message of peace.
Jacques-Cartier Bridge Lights Up
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Leonard Cohen Exhibit at Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal
November 9 to April 1, 2018 Well before his passing in 2016, the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal was preparing a retrospective to pay homage global star and famous Montrealers life; Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything and will feature a collection of new works created by artists who were inspired by Cohen's works.
No celebration is complete without food, so we’ve put together a list of wonderful dining options we highly recommend for you to enjoy during your visit to Montreal.
Le Quartier Général
Le Quartier Général‘s ultra-charming restaurant was listed as a hot spot to discover in EnRoute’s 2010 issue. They encourage guests to bring their own wine to personalize their meal and contribute to the culinary creativity provided. The menu smartly omits lengthy descriptions to encourage engagement and have the staff explain what exactly their meal choice will consist of.