From May 25 to September, 2023

A diverse, culturally rich, festive living space - 100% Montreal!


The Jardins Gamelin are back in force for their 8th season!

Rediscover your Jardins Gamelin as you knew them: festive, musical, green and gourmet. We're waiting for you with a wide range of activities, performances by artists from all over the world and a ton of opportunities to dance with your friends! In a relaxed atmosphere, take a break on the large terrace with the return of the Casse-croûte and its bar, to enjoy the beautiful summer days with friends and family.

Established eight years ago at Place Émilie-Gamelin in the Quartier des Spectacles, the spirit of the Jardins Gamelin is rooted in the values of social inclusion, collaboration and cohabitation. It is a true place of life where urban agriculture is at the forefront. Throughout the four-month season, there are thematic gardens, a redesigned layout and free cultural and musical programming reflecting the diversity and artistic richness of Montreal.

The Jardins Gamelin initiative and the revitalization of this public space are being carried out by the Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles and thanks to the support of the borough of Ville-Marie and numerous partners, including Sentier Urbain, the Société de développement social and the SPVM.

Place Émilie-Gamelin, Quartier des Spectacles
Du 26 mai au 2 octobre 2022
Ouverts tous les jours jusqu'à 23 h.
Toutes les activités sont gratuites.


Les Jardins Gamelin offers free program for all, 7 days a week, for everyone. There are 15 diverse activity series taking place each day, from noon to evening, with dancing, concerts, urban agriculture workshops, music of every genre and a host of fun activities for both adults and children. Several festivals will also use the site as a venue over the course of the season.

  • Karaoké
  • BAnQ sort de ses murs
  • Côté Jardins - Causerie
  • Côté Jardins - Atelier
  • Jardins en cabaret
  • Bals de l'été
  • Ce soir on danse !
  • T’as de beaux jeux
  • Soirées Salsafolie
  • Matinées familiales avec Petits bonheurs
  • Jardin tropical
  • Midis à la carte
  • Donne-moi du funk !
  • La LIMM s’invite à Gamelin
  • Planète Gamelin

Consult the complete program on


Snack bar

The beloved Jardins Gamelin Snack Counter is back! Check out the new varied menu prepared by Les Survenants for a satisfying al fresco lunch, happy hour or dinner. The street food pros will host some special guest chefs over the summer, and they have several food and drink surprises in store for you. Stop by for hot dogs, salads, burgers and lobster rolls—old classics are reinvented with Gamelin sauce to delight your taste buds! Need lunch and pressed for time? You can order online to avoid the line-up.

About Les Survenants

Les Survenants is an NPO recognized in the creation of gourmet villages and temporary markets. Since 2014, the organization has built a solid experience street food event planning. By promoting restaurants, artisans, merchants, farmers and other local entrepreneurs, our events contribute to enhance Montreal spaces, in a spirit of coexistence and inclusion of the various expressions of the culture of our community.

Ambiance music by Radio-Canada OHdio

The Jardins Gamelin’s musical atmosphere is brought to you by Radio-Canada OHdio. The festive, danceable and diverse playlist is available 24/7 on the Radio-Canada OHdio app and features Francophone and global music.

Urban Agriculture

Thanks to the Sentier Urban organization, nature is making a comeback in the heart of the city. Explore the thematic gardens and the butterfly house, and drop by the greenhouse for a chat with Sentier Urbain’s facilitators. Feel free to ask them anything about the dozens of plant and flower varieties growing on the site. They can also give you some excellent gardening tips!

About Sentier Urbain :

Sentier Urbain is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster greener communities. Its activities make ongoing, tangible contributions to individual eco-responsible action, environmental awareness, socio-professional advancement for young people, and the beautification of living spaces. With its many partners, Sentier Urbain contributes to improved health and quality of life in local communities.

Artistic interventions

Discover what stage the multidisciplinary design studio EN TEMPS ET LIEU has set this summer. For the second season in a row, they have added a splash to the Jardin Gamelin with a colourful and gourmet artwork that adorns the furniture, planters, terrace and snack bar.

Outdoor exhibits

Stop by all day to discover free outdoor exhibits specifically created for the Jardins Gamelin. From May to July, the Société de développement social de Ville-Marie presents portraits of people experiencing homelessness, and in August and September, the BAnQ takes over to showcase a selection of archival images that have been reimagined by artists. Stay tuned for more information!

Croisement de rue

This open-air exhibition showcases in images the enriching encounters that are at the heart of Société de développement social (SDS)’s activities. Croisement de rue illustrates an aspect of homelessness that is all too often overshadowed by the suffering those who are homeless experience—the individuals’ philosopher, storyteller, exuberant, wise, multifaceted side. In short, it highlights the beautiful and interesting aspect of the clients that psychosocial workers meet every day on the streets of Montréal.

Over the course of her experience as a photographer and a psychosocial worker at SDS since 2016, Céline Côté has paid particular attention to these facets of the people she meets who are experiencing homelessness. Through her portraits and the testimonies she has recorded, she shares their stories with us in a caring way. To hear their stories, scan the QR code found on the image.

The Giant Games

Have some big outdoor fun all summer with our giant games! Chess, Connect Four, bean bag toss, checkers and Jenga – there are plenty of ways to play in Les Jardins Gamelin! Also available: free ping-pong and foosball tables.


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The Jardins Gamelin initiative and the revitalization of this public space are being carried out by the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and thanks to the support of the borough of Ville-Marie and numerous partners, including Sentier Urbain, the Société de développement social and the SPVM.

  • L’Arrondissement de Ville-Marie
  • Le Service de police de la Ville de Montréal


In the spring of 2015, Place Émilie-Gamelin showed a new face to Quartier des Spectacles residents and visitors with Les Jardins Gamelin, open from May to September. A large, green and inviting civic space in the heart of downtown, Les Jardins Gamelin return every year with an original temporary layout and a versatile set of facilities. The space’s unique, accessible and human-scale programming, which has now completed five seasons, has become a part of daily life for residents and visitors, making Les Jardins Gamelin an inclusive gathering place in true Montreal style. The initiative, led by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and thanks to the support of the borough of Ville-Marie and numerous partners, including Sentier Urbain, the Société de développement social and the SPVM.

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The Quartier des Spectacles is Montréal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 85 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal.


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