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Montréal celebrates the 50th anniversary of Expo 67

Montréal hosted the iconic 1967 International and Universal Exposition – more commonly known as Expo 67 – to celebrate Canada’s centennial year. While the city had long been a choice visitors’ destination, Expo 67 put Montréal on the international map, and influenced the worlds of fashion, science, architecture and entertainment. Expo 67 set world records Expo 67 was a Category One World’s Fair, the first to be called “Expo” and became the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. With 60 participating nations and 90 pavilions representing “Man and His World” themes, Expo 67 set a single-day attendance record for a world’s fair, with 569,500 visitors on its third day, and 50,306,648 over six months, not counting over 5 million admissions by performers, the press, official visitors and employees. Today Expo 67 ranks as the fourth most popular world exposition of all time, after Shanghai, Osaka and Paris. Also celebrating its centenary, the CIBC’s on-site branch at Expo 67 served up to 10,000 customers each day, seven days a week – or some 1.8 million customers in 183 days! Montréal welcomes the world in 1967 Many world leaders visited Expo 67, which also drew the world’s greatest orchestras, ballet and theatre companies – including… / Read More →

Expo 67: forever in fashion

Since before it opened its doors and throughout the following 50 years, Expo 67’s effect on Montréal cannot be understated. As the city’s de facto débutante ball entrance onto the world stage, Montréal pre and post Expo 67 are two different cities. And giving proof of Expo 67’s reach into all facets of Montréal life, the Musée McCord’s Fashioning Expo 67 takes a close look at the fashions directly related to, influenced by, and seen at the world’s fair. A fashion kaleidoscope Expo 67’s spotlight on Montréal has been interpreted countless times through its transformative architecture and achievements in bringing the world together on two man-made islands in the St Lawrence. “Though Expo 67 left an indelible legacy, its spotlight on fashion has been all but forgotten,” notes Suszanne Sauvage, the Musée’s President and Chief Executive Officer. For the first time, Fashioning Expo 67 examines the fair’s influence through its fashions and also takes time to collect the opinions of those who wore them. Each pavilion brought along a team of hostesses, all outfitted with a unique look. And while each of these frocks brought with it a sense of national pride, not everyone was happy with her country’s chosen… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: André Ménard

Montréal International Jazz Festival co-founder and artistic director André Ménard has been one of the most influential figures on the Québécois artistic scene for over 30 years. Born in the working-class neighborhood of Tétreaultville in East-End Montréal, he began producing concerts as a student at Collège de Maisonneuve. Montréal’s jazz festival – which Ménard co-founded with Alain Simard in 1980 – has become the largest and most important festival in Canada, drawing more than two million spectators each summer to some 150 indoor ticketed shows and over 350 free outdoor concerts. On top of that, Ménard attends over 300 concerts around the world every year. What is your favourite memory in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? Ella Fitzgerald singing Summertime as her closing song the last time she was here in 1987. What is the craziest moment in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? A man had a heart attack right in front of the main outdoor stage at the end of the 1980s. We were very sad to see a person die at the festival. Later that night we found out he had been revived by the paramedics en route to the hospital. Why did… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: John Zeppetelli

John Zeppetelli had lived in many places and curated for some of the most renowned contemporary art establishments before becoming Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). The avid runner has breathed new life into the institution, thanks to an infectious passion for art and an ability to speak about it in simple, human terms. This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Favourite pastime: Watching dark, Scandinavian TV dramas. The Bridge, The Killing… I had just travelled to Copenhagen a couple of months before watching The Bridge, and I became obsessed! I also love reading. How long have you been a Montrealer? I am a born and bred Montrealer. I’ve also lived in Italy, Scotland, England, and in the United States. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? I’m very happy with my collection show, “New Discoveries and Other Obsessions,” which just opened on February 28. My first exhibition as Director of the MAC was at another museum, oddly enough, the “1+1” exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so this is the first I’ve done in our space. I… / Read More →

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…