Summer continues with a dozen of free activities and events in the Quartier des Spectacles

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Montreal, August 24, 2023 – Until the end of September, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will present a dozen of free outdoor activities and events. Montrealers and visitors are invited to keep enjoying the summer as long as possible with interactive and musical installations, new original video projections and a creature walk. Not to mention the highlights of this lively and festive late-summer month, which will undoubtedly be the major exhibition Vibrer ensemble, 20 ans d’expériences mémorables in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Quartier des Spectacles, La grande rentrée du Quartier Latin and the Fête du Quartier.

New art installations to discover

Until September 17
Le Parterre

Lucia is a new multimedia work by Mirari and Anne Lagacé that combines classical music, sculpture, animation and dance. It invites passers-by to become part of a tale with universal appeal, echoing the past and reflecting the present, by turning the cranks on a giant music box.

A presentation of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Le chant de l’arbre
September 21 to 24
Procession from Sainte-Catherine St. West to Esplanade Tranquille

Nine creatures from the forest bring their benevolent presence to the urban landscape, inviting spectators of all ages to celebrate nature. They are descendants of trees, moving slowly as they spread waves of greenness and enchantment.

This show by Toxique Trottoir is co-presented by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the National Theatre School of Canada and the Regroupement des arts de rue du Québec.

Histoires à tisser
September 25 to October 27
Place Pasteur in the Quartier Latin

Place Pasteur will be transformed into a harbour where the public can take a break with an installation made of recycled rope by Maelle Bellemin and Shaza Bazzi. A place rich with intertwined stories that invites you to sit among the ropes and stay grounded in the present.

A presentation of the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, in collaboration with Reford Gardens.

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Quartier des Spectacles

Exhibition: Vibrer ensemble, 20 ans d’expériences mémorables
September 13 to November 12
Promenade des Artistes

This exhibition, designed by Urbania, celebrates the Quartier des Spectacles’ 20th anniversary through the prism of the memories it has helped make for the citizens, artisans and artists who have contributed to its success or witnessed its evolution up close. The participatory project comprises seven panels that highlight every facet of the Quartier des Spectacles.

A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Video projection tribute: 20 ans d’audace et de culture
September 13 to November 12
Façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy

This video projection, created by multidisciplinary artist Élizabeth Laferrière, is a tribute to the artists, artisans and professionals whose careers have been closely linked to the Quartier des Spectacles. It features 20 portraits depicting 25 remarkable people, including a special mention for Yvon Deschamps in recognition of his illustrious career.

A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Block parties in the Quartier

La grande rentrée du Quartier latin
September 7 and 8
Place Pasteur and Saint-Denis St. in the Quartier latin

For its second edition, this back-to-school event will present a packed program of music, dance, improv theatre and street performance, bookended by two big parties: the all-nighter, when local bars will stay open until 6 a.m. and a wrestling extravaganza organized by CHOQ.CA, with special appearances by CISM, CKUT and CJLO.

An event presented by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and SDC Quartier latin, in collaboration with CHOQ.CA, the Cinémathèque québécoise, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and UQAM.

Fête du Quartier
September 30
Esplanade Tranquille

This annual get-together for residents of the Quartier des Spectacles will return with a program focused on culture and fine food. Free activities will be organized for residents to encourage them to meet each other and get to know the people who make the Quartier tick.

A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

A cornucopia of digital art

La Mécanique Ondulatoire
September 12 to 24
Façade of the WILDER Building – Espace danse

La Mécanique Ondulatoire, by Isotone and Ovvo studio, in collaboration with Ottomata studio, is an interactive video projection that explores the connections among emotions, movements and group dynamics. The experience takes a fresh look at the workings of the world and the individual’s place in society.

A production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, in collaboration with Panasonic.

Soleil (Sun)
September 27 to October 29
Façade of the WILDER Building – Espace danse
September 27 to November 15
Façade of the building adjacent to Saint-Laurent metro station

Over the course of a year, Japanese artist Yoshirotten created 365 hand-coloured drawings of the sun. Each one is unique, blending realism, the passing seasons and science fiction. The public is invited to discover our star through this original video projection.

A presentation of MAPP_MTL, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.


Jardins Gamelin
Until September 17

The ninth season of Les Jardins Gamelin is still in full swing with a diverse program featuring up-and-coming local musicians daily from noon until night. On September 5, the Ligue d’Improvisation Musicale de Montréal (LIMM) will take over the big stage in the Jardins to perform in response to challenges and prompts from emcee Patrick Guérard.


MUTEK, August 22 to 27 / Festival M.A.D. (Mode, Arts et Divertissement), August 24 to 27 / JOAT festival, August 29 to September 4 / L’Estival du nouveau cinéma, August 31 to September 3 / DISTRIX festival, September 1 to 3 / Festival Quartiers Danses, September 6 to 17 / TEMPÉO, Dance and music Festival, September 14 to 23 / Festival international de la littérature (FIL), September 20 to 30.


  • Public transit: numerous STM bus routes and three metro stations (orange and green lines) serve the area.

  • Cycling: numerous all-season bike lanes crisscross the downtown core, and bike racks are available at Saint-Laurent metro station, just steps away from Esplanade Tranquille. Several Bixi stations are available.

  • Driving: in addition to street parking, the district has five indoor parking garages that are open to the public.

Plan your visit with the help of the Quartier des Spectacles website.


The Quartier des Spectacles is 20 years old! 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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Mélanie Mingotaud
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Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Chloé Goldstein
514 812‑2193