The Partnership’s new board of directors and a review of a lively 2022
Montreal, April 28, 2023 – The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is pleased to announce the composition of its board of directors for 2023-24. The election of directors took place at the annual general meeting on April 26. During the meeting, the Partnership highlighted last year’s projects by presenting its 2022 annual report.
The Partnership’s board comprises 21 directors from the cultural, socio-economic (business, tourism, education) and community sectors. The board has 14 members elected at the annual general meeting and seven members appointed by the board.
This year, seven directorships in two categories were open for election. The cultural-sector positions were filled by two new directors, Suzanne Guèvremont (NFB), Jenny Thibault (SAT) and Grégory Kunz (BAnQ), and two returning directors, Luci Tremblay (Montréal en Histoires) and Paul Toussaint (Kamúy). In the business, tourism and institutions sector, the vacancies were filled by two re-elected directors, Diane Langlois (CCMM) and Glenn Castanheira (Montréal centre-ville). Because there were seven candidates for the seven vacancies, all candidates were elected by acclamation.
The Partnership thanks all members who stood for election and the directors for their generous involvement. The Partnership salutes Magda Fusaro (UQAM), Marcel Jean (Cinémathèque québécoise), Nassib El-Husseini (Les 7 Doigts) and Claude Joli-Coeur (NFB), who completed their terms on the board this year. Special thanks to Jacques Primeau (Spectra), who is leaving after 20 years of involvement and investment, including seven years as board chair.
See the full list of 2023-24 directors below.
AN EXCITING AND IMPACTFUL YEAR
The Quartier Latin was central to the dynamism of the Quartier des Spectacles in 2022: Les Jardins Gamelin welcomed 65,000 visitors in its eighth year as a green and diverse space with free programming for all ages; and a new festive event for students, La grande rentrée du Quartier latin, was inaugurated on Saint-Denis St.
The pedestrianization of Sainte-Catherine St. W. and Saint-Denis St. remained at the heart of the planning strategy for the Quartier des Spectacles. It helped increase the number of visits and boosted merchants’ sales while promoting sustainable transportation in the downtown core. Among other things, this was achieved with high-quality urban design, greened street furniture and engaging activities. Agora Maximus, a greened space on Saint-Denis St., made a notable contribution to the Quartier Latin’s summertime revitalization.
A campaign called L’été de tous les festivals underscored the large-scale return of summer festivals to reclaim their rightful place in the Quartier des Spectacles, attracting large crowds. In the fall, the exhibition L’Espace René-Lévesque à Montréal : le parcours d’un homme d’exception gave Montrealers, particularly young people, the chance to connect with some key moments in Quebec’s history.
Meanwhile, winter was a dazzling season thanks to the Moments lumineux du cœur de l’île, a coordinated communication initiative led by the Alliance pour le centre-ville de Montréal and its partners. The initiative showcased local creativity with, among other things, the 13th edition of Luminothérapie and Au bord du lac Tranquille, a unique interactive experience on ice.
The Esplanade Tranquille skating rink was a resounding success with some 250,000 visitors, once again demonstrating the importance of such spaces for the Quartier as well as the high standards the Partnership meets in its hospitality and activities.
Finally, throughout the year the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership continued to produce new projects with the essential collaboration of its committed partners and 12 working groups organized by the Partnership, in keeping with the 2022-26 strategic plan.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR
250,000 skaters on the Esplanade Tranquille rink
65,000 Jardins Gamelin visitors
More than 1,400 artists
45 programming partners
35 productions presented in public spaces
328 days of video projections on the façades of the Quartier, with 23 different projections
8 major urban design initiatives
1 major collaborative summer project
ABOUT THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES PARTNERSHIP
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is 20 years old! The 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.
More information: quartierdesspectacles.com
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Left to right and bottom to top: David Lavoie, FTA - Festival TransAmériques; Maude Brouillette, L’Équipe Spectra; Diane Langlois, CCMM; Monique Simard, chair of the board, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Éric Lefebvre, executive director, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Marie-Josée Desrochers, Place des Arts; Manon Blanchette, Cinéma Impérial; Christian Lecours, KPMG; Dany Gauthier, Mouvement Desjardins – Services immobiliers Desjardins; Madeleine Careau, OSM; Marc-André Fortin, Table de concertation du Faubourg St-Laurent; Grégory Kunz, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Luci Tremblay, Montréal en Histoires; Paul Harry Toussaint, Kamúy; Jenny Thibault, Société des arts technologiques; Lyne Thériault, Festival Juste pour Rire
Not shown: Louis Baron, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Glenn Castanheira, Montréal Centre-Ville; Thien Vu Dang, MAPP_MTL; Annie Derome, Prével; Manuela Goya, Tourisme Montréal; Suzanne Guèvremont, National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Photographer: Vivien Gaumand
THE 2023-24 BOARD OF DIRECTORS, QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES PARTNERSHIP
Manon Blanchette*, Cinéma Impérial
Marie Josée Desrochers*, Place des Arts
Christian Lecours*, KPMG
Glenn Castanheira*, Montréal centre-ville
Louis Baron, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Maude Brouillette, L’Équipe Spectra
Madeleine Careau, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Thien Vu Dang, MAPP_MTL
Annie Derome*, Prével
Marc-André Fortin, Table de concertation du Faubourg St-Laurent
Dany Gauthier, Mouvement Desjardins Services immobiliers Desjardins
Manuela Goya, Tourisme Montréal
Suzanne Guèvremont, Office national du film du Canada (ONF)
Gregory Kunz, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)
Diane Langlois*, Chambre de commerce du Montréal Métropolitain (CCMM)
David Lavoie, Festival TransAmériques (FTA)
Lyne Thériault, Festival Juste pour rire
Jenny Thibault, Société des arts technologiques (SAT)
Paul Harry Toussaint, Travailleur culturel - Kamúy
Luci Tremblay, Montréal en Histoires
* Executive committee member