Place-des-Arts is a beautiful art venue nested in the middle of the Montreal. It's one of my favourite places in the city. It's a great spot to hangout as there is always something to see, do or hear in there. It is the largest cultural and artistic complex in Canada.
Histoire de la musique à Montréal (1967), painted glass and wrought iron realized by Frédéric Back. This artwork is installed in the Place-des-Arts metro station.
This living art complex is a MUST see if you are planning to visit Montreal. From June to August, this place is packed! The street vibe is lovely, there is no admission fee and it is child friendly!
Multimedia zone - 35 digital screens designed by Érick Villeneuve where original digital works are displayed for millions of passersby
Place-des-Arts is Montreal's central entertainment complex. This fun entertainment area hosts many concerts, plays , festivals, parties and many other events (Opera, theatre or Broadway musicals). Among the major ones you can find The International Jazz Festival, Just for laughs, Les Francofolies and Montréal en lumière.
Multimedia zone is a corridor connecting Place des Art metro station to Complex Desjardins shopping centre
In the past years the complex has seen a new facelift. It got bigger and more tourist friendly.
Artworks in the underground tunnel of Place-des-Arts
Tourists and locals enjoy spending time here regardless the season. The Esplanade is a vast outdoor space connecting all of Place-des-Arts’ show venues. This outdoor plaza has fountains and an ornamental pool and it is attached to the Complex Desjardins shopping centre via an underground tunnel.
Place-des-Arts play area
Many of the concerts are held inside of the complex of theatres in the area, but there are a lot of free ones held outdoors. There also are plenty of shops and restaurants around, in case you get hungry or want to go shopping.
Place-des-Arts ornamental pool
One of the things that I love about Montreal is the city’s commitment to public art. In Places-des-Arts you can see comedy shows, public street performers, giants, free entertainment/play areas with games.
View over Complex Desjardins
Some of the artists I have seen performing in Place-des-Arts are Pink Martini, Cesaria Evora, Goran Bregovic, Norah Jones and many others less famous.
Place-des-Arts is easily accessible by metro. Even the underground lobby connecting the metro station to the Arts complex and the Desjardins shopping centre has been renovated. Everything breaths art in there, from the artworks on the wall, or the lights installation to the visual exhibitions or interactive sculptures.
The Esplanade itself is nice place to sit, relax and admire the urban architecture. You can grab a snack and enjoy the views.
TD stage -
Did I mention that during winter there is a free entry huge skating rink where you can practice your skating skills? Also, the Christmas Fair which is held in December is simply amazing!
Rio Tinto stage
The winter Carnival attracts lots of people even in freezing temperatures.
Moose -Montreal First People Festival
This past August, Place-des-Arts hosted the 28th edition of Montreal First People Festival, an event highlighting American aboriginal art, history and traditions.
The multidisciplinary event celebrated Aboriginal cultures from throughout the three Americas.
The newly reconfigured Esplanade is a giant stage capable of hosting major public events all year round.
This $34 million facelift turned the Esplanade into the signature space of a great cultural metropolis.
I was fascinated by these artworks I have seen around Place-Des-Arts. They are all part of a major artwork, designed in five scenes by Stephen Schofield.
L'Effigie et les enfants by Stephen Schofield
La directrice et le figurant by Stephen Schofield
La cadence by Stephen Schofield
Le petit théâtre by Stephen Schofield
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