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Cité Mémoire brings the past to life in Old Montréal

The storied history of Montréal comes to life every night in Cité Mémoire, the largest outdoor video-projection installation in the world. Cité Mémoire features some 20 tableaux composed of images, dialogue and music projected on walls, in alleys, on the ground and trees in historic Old Montréal, telling stories of famous as well as little-known Montrealers that spectators can also listen to by downloading a free mobile application. Six-years-in-the-making, the Cité Mémoire installation was created by three of Montréal’s most in-demand creative minds: internationally-acclaimed duo Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, who previously devised such large-scale productions as TORUK – The First Flight and Delirium for Cirque du Soleil; in collaboration with playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, famed for his plays Lilies and Tom at the Farm. The trio were inspired by the figures and events that have marked Montréal’s history. “We wanted to create something that had never been done before, something innovative,” says Pilon, noting over 800 people worked on this project, including 400 artists and craftspeople. “I must say choosing the themes and historical figures in our tableaux was very difficult. We began with over 200 stories.” “So we chose stories with themes and values central to Montréal’s identity,”… / Read More →

Montréal en Histoires unveils multimedia historical walking tour

Montréal en Histoires is a large-scale multimedia project celebrating the rich history of Montréal. It highlights the riveting drama of crucial turning points in the city’s history – such as the 1849 fire that destroyed Canada’s pre-Confederation Parliament Buildings in Montréal – and the human stories of such local sports icons as Maurice Richard and Jackie Robinson. Original vignettes and short movies with characters in historical dress are projected on trees, streets and buildings while viewers are able to access audio via a free mobile application that provides dramatic, descriptive and musical content. “This project will enable Montrealers to reacquaint themselves with their own history, but it will also engage tourists,” says Martin Laviolette, founder and executive producer of non-profit historical society Montréal en Histoires. “There are so many things to do in Montréal year-round, but locals and tourists all enjoy wandering through the cobbled streets of Old Montréal. Each stop on our free do-it-yourself Montréal en Histoires tour lasts about two-to-three minutes.” The $11-million Montréal en Histoires is made up of three projects as the city prepares to celebrate its 375th anniversary in 2017: 1) the Montréal en Histoires free self-guided historical walking tour application for smart phones and… / Read More →

Incredible pictures document Montreal’s past

Montreal is marching towards its 375th anniversary in 2017; counting from 1642 when Ville-Marie was founded by Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance. With a history so tumultuous and rich, several museums are dedicated to cataloging everything that’s gone down on this small island sitting tight in the St. Lawrence river…