Les aventures du cœur de l’île invites Montrealers to a summer-long celebration of the performing arts in the downtown core

A huge variety of cultural activities kicks off on June 26

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Montréal, June 17, 2021Les aventures du cœur de l’île, the summer initiative presented by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Montréal centre-ville in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal to revitalize downtown Montreal, will bring in 600 artists for close to 450 performances in the expanded downtown core. Every week from June 26 to September 26, all art forms share the limelight with safe, one-of-a-kind, all-ages cultural experiences in public spaces.

While following current safety measures, all kinds of cultural events will energize Montreal — from spontaneous and wandering performances of music, dance, circus arts, theatre, and comedy, to on-the-spot creations of visual arts and digital arts. This amazing cultural programing is the result of over 250 proposals submitted last May. There will always be something to see and do from one end of the downtown core to the other, right up until the fall. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground and come discover what’s happening in the heart of our metropolis. Let Montreal’s arts and culture energize you!

The signature event: Les arts debout by La Résistance

The performance arts are picking up their pace and will reverberate throughout downtown Montreal this summer. The ground is going to shake with short, spontaneous dance performances of a dozen artists. After a long break, the talented choreographers and dancers from La Résistance Lydia Bouchard (a judge on TVA’s Revolution) and Merryn Kritzinger lead the way with all their artistic power and passion. For their collaboration with the Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles, they blend contemporary dance and hip hop to celebrate the rebirth of performance arts at a victorious, contagiously energetic point in time.

Themed weekends and spontaneous events

On top of that, four not-to-be-missed themed weekends take it all to another level, doubling the number of free outdoor shows with performances by local artists. Circus arts take the spotlight for the first themed weekend in July. More themes will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!

To find out about spontaneous events, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Our website will also have more information about the Oases that will host performances and the locations of wandering performances and activities.

Thank you to all the partners who collaborated on this summer’s cultural events: OSM, Radio-Canada OHdio, Innovation Jeunes, Place des Arts, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the McCord Museum, Place Ville Marie, SDC Quartier latin, SDC Village Montréal, XP_MTL and Montréal centre-ville.

Don’t forget that three new Oases are added to the fun-filled, safe aventures du cœur de l’île route and will be ready to greet one and all as of June 21. Created by local designers in collaboration with local institutions and organisations, a total of 11 Oases provides welcoming spaces where members of the public can have a bite to eat, relax, or reconnect with friends while enjoying everything Montreal has to offer in the great outdoors. Featuring spontaneous performances, these urban islands will be open every day to support our cultural milieu and local businesses that were hard-hit by the pandemic. Note that six of these Oases will feature original background music produced by Radio-Canada OHdio.

Full details of the program for Les aventures du cœur de l’île will be released in the coming weeks.

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The result of a productive partnership between the Quartier des Spectacles and Montréal centre-ville, in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal and with the financial support of the Ville de Montréal, Les aventures du cœur de l’île is downtown Montreal’s summer relaunch project. Bringing together the cultural and economic sectors, the initiative features a variety of activities specific to the project as well as the partners’ programming. From Atwater to Papineau streets, between Sherbrooke Street and the St. Lawrence River, downtown is the setting for next-generation activities thanks to several new pedestrian zones, safe designs for public spaces, spontaneous performances and an enhanced cultural offer. From June to the fall, these initiatives will welcome Montrealers and residents of neighbouring regions to be part of the city’s revival and enjoy the Island’s wonders.  

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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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Montréal centre-ville is the city’s downtown business development corporation (SDC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the development, animation and promotion of downtown Montreal. The association has nearly 5,000 member businesses located between Atwater Avenue and Saint-Urbain Street and between Sherbrooke and Saint-Antoine streets. Montréal centre-ville was founded in 1999 and is the largest organization of its kind in Canada. 

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Tourisme Montréal is a private, non-profit organization that has been positioning Montréal as a world-class leisure and business travel destination for over 100 years. The organization leads innovative tourism strategies that have a twofold objective: to ensure visitors enjoy a quality experience and to balance economic growth with the city’s long-term interests. Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal’s tourism industry, and advises on issues related to the city’s economic, urban and cultural development. 

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Les aventures du cœur de l’île (cultural and artistic components and installations)
Mélanie Mingotaud
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