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Discover art in Montréal’s underground pedestrian network

Walking tours are a fantastic way to get a sense of the city – and to get crazy good Instagram pics. In addition to the amazing circuits suggested by Art Public Montréal, an organization specialized in Montréal’s public art offerings, we’ve got a suggested tour for you: underground! Montréal’s Underground City is one of its most famous features: it comprises a network of 32 kilometres filled with shops, cinemas, museums and, lo and behold, public art. It’s a perfect cozy place to be on one of Montréal’s infamous cold winter days, when even your thickest parka feels like it’s made out of paper. So c’mon, let’s head underground and get cultured! Here are some art works you won’t want to miss. Arrêt Sur Image (2013) and Arrêt Sur Image 2 (2015), created by Annie Lebel and Stéphane Pratte (in situ atelier d’architecture) These two sculptural installations are some of the most impressive in the downtown core. Arrêt Sur Image (the original) is an abstract creation located right in the entrance hall at 1000 de la Gauchetière that plays on the effects of light on perception, based on the changing shape of the work depending on where the viewer stands. It… / Read More →

Art goes underground in Montréal with Art Souterrain

Winter will be warming up on February 27! It’s one of the city’s most exciting happenings ever, Nuit Blanche, the all-night, all-arts party that unites thousands. Best of all, that’s also the date that kicks off the underground art fair: Art Souterrain. Nuit Blanche could not be more Montréal – in a testament to Quebecers’ indomitable spirit, crowds of thousand gather in sub-zero temperatures to trek the city in the small hours of the morning, in search of art. That enchanted evening is also the best time to get started on your exploration of Art Souterrain, the seven-kilometre-long art walk through Montréal’s famous underground city. Art Souterrain 2016, curated by Marie Josée Rousseau, Anaïs Castro and founder Frédéric Loury, runs from February 27 to March 20 and asks the question: Must Art Seduce? Over 80 artists turned their attention to that question over 14 sites underground and 10 extra satellite spaces all over the city’s core. There are also tons of special activities, like meetings with the artists, talks, tours for kids and adults, and exclusive visits through private collections. There are artists from all over the country and even a couple of internationals in this edition, but since we’re all… / Read More →

Things to do during a family weekend in Montreal

With a little bit of planning and a diverse range of activities, taking your family to Montreal will be an unforgettable and affordable trip that will become one for memory lane. Here’s an itinerary of three days packed full of fun and food…