Montreal Celebrates Its 375th Birthday With a Bang

Montreal's birthday party is taking place all around town.


Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon, and Michel Marc Bouchard's tribute to Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" for "Cité Mémoire." Photography by Jean-François Gratton.


1. When Montreal native Leonard Cohen wrote “Suzanne,” he probably never dreamed that a tribute to his song would one day appear at monumental scale on the Tour de l’Horloge from 1922. This projection is one of many in “Cité Mémoire,” for which Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon, and Michel Marc Bouchard are using significant buildings and landscapes as their screens, until 2020.



Montréal au Fil du Temps by Maxime P. Bélanger. 


2. Montréal au Fil du Temps, a children’s book by Maxime P. Bélanger, presents the Quebec city’s architectural history in a format based on the game of hide-and-seek. Illustrations by Marie Bilodeau show key dates since 1642, with buildings and monuments concealed amid the cityscape.



Flags will line 10 blocks of Rue Sherbrooke during "La Balade Pour la Paix." Image courtesy of Claude Cormier + Associés.


3. Flags from around the world will unfurl along 10 blocks of Rue Sherbrooke, accompanied by works by contemporary foreign and Canadian artists, during “La Balade Pour la Paix.” Organized by the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and designed by Claude Cormier + Associés, it launches June 5.



A paper gown by Eleanor Ellis and Robert LaPalme for "Fashioning Expo 67" at the Musée McCord. Photography courtesy of the Musée McCord.


4. In 1967, visitors thronged the International and Universal Exposition in Montreal. What were they wearing? To mark the anniversaries of the expo and the city, the Musée McCord has organized “Fashioning Expo 67.” On view through October 1, it presents outfits from that year, including a paper gown by Eleanor Ellis and Robert LaPalme.


> See more from the March 2017 issue of Interior Design

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