La grande rentrée du Quartier latin : 3 days of parties to welcome students back to class

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Montreal, September 8, 2022 – Today marks the beginning of La grande rentrée du Quartier latin, the back-to-school event on September 8, 9 and 10 on pedestrianized Saint-Denis St between Sainte-Catherine East and Sherbrooke St. . This ambitious inaugural edition of the free event is an initiative and a production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and the Société de développement commercial (SDC) du Quartier latin in collaboration with the Université du Québec à Montréal, Cégep du Vieux Montréal and the Cinémathèque québécoise. The project is made possible by the financial support of the Gouvernement du Québec and the Ville de Montréal.

For three days, from noon to night, La grande rentrée du Quartier latin presents a cultural program developed by and for students. Nearly a hundred students from UQAM, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Concordia University and Cégep du Vieux-Montréal will present dance, improv and short films. There will also be live music, circus acts and roving performances. Come join the party – the Quartier Latin is going to be hopping!


In Les Jardins Gamelin at 6 p.m., La grande rentrée du Quartier latin gets underway with Le party de la grande rentrée. The next evening features the Nocturne du Quartier latin overnight from September 9 to 10, and Le Grand Jam de la rentrée closes the event on September 10!

“We are delighted to see La grande rentrée du Quartier latin become a reality. It is the first cultural project resulting from the Comité Quartier latin’s action plan, initiated by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. This event is the product of an exceptional collaboration with the SDC du Quartier latin and local stakeholders, who share the common goal of revitalizing and energizing this historic neighbourhood. There’s no better time than the start of the fall semester for getting together and celebrating this lively student district! I invite all Montrealers and visitors to join the Quartier Latin’s 50,000 students for this big party,” said Monique Simard, chair of the board of directors for the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

“I am proud of the work of everyone involved in organizing this event, which will be an essential part of the fall semester in Montreal for years to come. La grande rentrée du Quartier latin caps an exciting summer and will, through its programming, showcase the neighbourhood’s cultural and festive character,” said Frank Subra, executive director of the SDC du Quartier latin.


La grande rentrée du Quartier latin
On Saint-Denis Street, Quartier des Spectacles
From September 8 to 10, 2022 

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The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues. Year round, the district is home to countless festivals and events, and hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design, immersive environments or interactive digital spaces. The Quartier des Spectacles is a showcase for new multimedia technology, making Montreal a global leader in the urban exhibition of digital content.

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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The SDC Quartier latin is a commercial development corporation (Société de développement commercial in French) and a non-profit organization comprised of 185 business members. It’s territory is located on Saint-Denis Street between Sherbrooke and Sainte-Catherine, on Emery Street and on Ontario and Maisonneuve Streets between Sanguinet and Berri.

The SDC Quartier latin plays an important role in the commercial and cultural development of the Quartier Latin, an iconic and historic strip of Montreal.

The Quartier Latin is the commercial heart of Montreal's francophone culture and a major student hub, accessible to all. Recognized for its nightlife, it has the largest concentration of bars and restaurants in town and 8.5 million visitors a year.

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Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles
Mélanie Mingotaud
514 582-5272

SDC du Quartier latin
Sandra Raymond
514 849-4906


Marie Lamoureux
Senior Advisor – Strategic Communications, Partners and Media
514 923-6772