The Partnership and the relevant Ville de Montréal authorities
As part of its mission, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Partnership or PQDS) oversees the animation of the Quartier des Spectacles (QDS) by programming cultural activities and managing public spaces. It therefore hosts a wide range of activities and events in the public spaces under its management. To guide its decisions on the hosting of activities and events, the Partnership has produced the present Policy for the occupancy of public spaces. The policy defines a set of broadly applicable principles. Applications to use the Quartier’s public spaces are assessed in close collaboration with the municipal authorities involved in managing the city’s public spaces:
• the Ville de Montréal’s culture department (Film – Festivals – Events office)
• the Borough of Ville Marie’s planning and economic development department
These authorities follow the same principles defined in this document, and ensure that they are applied correctly. Although the determination of an activity’s or event’s eligibility falls under the purview of different organizations depending on the nature of the activity or event, all decisions concerning the use of public spaces are made in coordination with the Partnership, in terms of programming and other issues related to management of the spaces.
The public spaces of the Quartier des Spectacles
The Quartier des Spectacles is bounded by the following streets: Sherbrooke St. to the north, City Councillors St. to the west, Saint-Hubert St. to the east and René-Lévesque Blvd.1 to the south. The Quartier’s three hubs are the Saint-Laurent hub at the corner of Sainte-Catherine St. and Saint- Laurent Blvd., the Quartier Latin hub to the east, and the Place des Arts hub to the west.
The spaces managed by the Partnership are scattered throughout this nearly 1km2 zone:
Place des Festivals (1), Promenade des Artistes (2), the Parterre (3), Esplanade Tranquille (4)2, Place de la Paix (5), Place Émilie-Gamelin (6), and the section of Sainte-Catherine St. between De Bleury St. and Saint- Laurent Blvd. when it is converted into a pedestrian zone (7).
The Quartier’s network of public spaces also includes spaces managed by independent organization:
- l’Esplanade de la Place des Arts (8) : gérée par la Place des Arts ;
- la place Pasteur3 de l’UQAM (9) : gérée par l’UQAM ;
- la place Hydro-Québec (10) : gérée par la Société Hydro-Québec ;
- la place de l’église Saint-James (11) : gérée par l’Église unie St. James.
The Partnership works in close collaboration with the organizations responsible for these spaces, to ensure efficient coordination in hosting outdoor activities and events in the Quartier des Spectacles.
The main features of the spaces managed by the Partnership are found in Appendix A.
1Sherbrooke St. and René-Lévesque Blvd. are not part of the Quartier des Spectacles
2 Currently under construction.
3 Currently under construction.