Place des Arts in Montreal: a great place to hang out

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THE LYME POET @lymepoet
· October 2018 · 5 min read · Canada · #art

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.

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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.

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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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bengy
Bengy @bengyOctober 2018

Looks like a really nice and colourful place to visit. Is it a modern arts precinct? Some of the art looks pretty great, but some of it really isn't to my taste!


It's a mix of modern arts with the older buildings including theatres, Opera and concert halls.


lizelle
lizelle @lizelleOctober 2018

Oh Montreal is just gorgeous, so nice that they encourage art forms, something that is grossly lacking with our city fathers!
Thank you for sharing @lymepoet :)


That's why I fell in love with this city! Each time I return to Montreal, I have thrilled to discover new art projects going on!


Very avant-garde and a symphony of great colors!


It's a great place to visit while passing through the city.


They added so many cool things, since we were there. Loving it!


Each year something changes in there ;0)


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Wow !! This is definitely a happening city. Art & creativity all over the city. I will go nuts just staring at them.


Yes, Art is definitely happening in here ;0)


Oh my word, I would definitely want to attend the international Jazz Festival there, the list of the artists performing there just made my jaw drop!
Greetings from Cape Town :)


Each year there are so many known and new artists performing during the Jazz Fest. If you attended once, you will definitely want to return. ;0)


That looks like a super futuristic art centre! So much to look at and admire the wide range of work that is on display. Thanks for sharing!


You're welcome! Next time you visit Canada, keep Montreal in mind ;0)


Absolutely! I'm heading in the opposite direction next year though so could be a while before I come back across the pond! I have been to Vancouver and national parks around BC and Alberta a few years back, loved it!


natubat
natubat @natubatOctober 2018

That looks lovely! So colourful and vibrant.


It's a wonderful place!


bigtom13
bigtom13 @bigtom13October 2018

Jeeze. It's beautiful. I'm not much of a city sort of guy, but between you and @tattodjay I'm missing the major art there.

I've never been to Montreal. I'm thinking it's time for me to rectify that error. Thanks for a truly wonderful post about a great city. I really do appreciate it.


You should probably plan a visit to both NYC and Montreal then. Give me a shout and we'll meet up. ;0)