Quartier des Spectacles, To be Shared by All

A Balanced Environment in an Immensely Creative City.

Making changes to a symbolic district represents a exciting challenge for a city. For Montréal, Quartier des Spectacles is a precious asset to be preserved, enhanced and developed.

Over the course of more than a century, this square kilometre of territory has been populated by a profusion of cabarets and theatres. Today, Quartier des Spectacles is a unique treasure trove of cultural diversity, across the spectrum of creation, production, education and performance, from classical to alternative entertainment, from visual to digital arts.

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Building on the Quartier’s Cultural Vocation

As its name indicates, the Quartier possesses an eminently cultural purpose. Working in concert, Ville de Montréal, the Gouvernement du Québec and the Government of Canada are taking part in real estate projects for the cultural sector:

  • the 2-22 Building, which houses La Vitrine, CIBL, VOX, Artexte and the artist-run studios of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec;
  • the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan;
  • the Maison symphonique de Montréal;
  • the expansion of SAT;
  • the Maison du développement durable;
  • the Goethe-Institut

In the same vein, Ville de Montréal has mandated the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership to initiate a program of free cultural activities in the district’s public spaces, adding to the rich cultural offerings now being provided by the partners.

Embracing the Quartier Latin

Following consolidation of the Place des Arts sector to the west, the City wishes to do the same to the east by developing the Quartier Latin. With the support of its partners, planning is underway on the second major step in the Quartier des Spectacles development.

Its principle objective is to make the Quartier Latin district into a lively and inviting home environment in accordance with the needs, desires and expectations of the tens of thousands of people who are there on a daily basis.

The greater Quartier des Spectacles district, where Montréalers LIVE, LEARN, CREATE, and PLAY downtown, in the midst of the action.