Special activities - EXPO EXTRA conferences

The Expo Extra! exhibition area will be hosting activities, conferences and exchanges around Expo 67.

Habitable sculptures: the architecture of Expo 67

Lecture by Roger La Roche
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 13:30

Duration: 90 minutes
At the Centre d'histoire de Montréal

Regular admission fees apply (includes access to all exhibitions in the museum).

Reservations at 514 872-3207

Crédit : photo Roger La Roche

From the beginning, universal exhibition were always a kind of playground for architects and Expo 67 was no different. It’s usually an occasion for the architect to let their imagination go wild because they have more leeway in the design of their building, at least more than if they were designing normal public or private buildings. The main reason for this is that the pavilions are usually temporary buildings that are to be demolished after the World Fair. But that was not the case in Montreal…

Both Maire Drapeau and Lucien Saulnier suggested to the participants that they build permanent buildings that could be used after Expo closed. This had an effect on the pavilions themselves and a more conservative architecture was found in Montreal. But even then, magnificent pavilions were built for Expo and were located in a sumptuous setting. The present talk will discuss the more experimental side of certain pavilions and also will explain the objectives of the overall plan of the site, the objectives of Edouard Fiset, the main architect of Expo 67. We will discuss the pavilions of Germany, France, Québec  and a couple of the theme buildings.

Roger La Roche

Photo Antonio Pierre De Almeida

Active in environmental protection and sustainable development for 25 years, Roger La Roche has taught at Collège de Rosemont and the University of Sherbrooke. He also taught and led educational missions in countries all over the world, including Vietnam, Bolivia, and Benin. For a decade now, Roger has carried out historical research on world fairs with a special focus on the Montreal world’s fair of 1967. His research has resulted in the publication of some fifty historical documents on the pavilions of Expo 67 and on related subjects. In his boundless enthusiasm for his subject, he feels lucky to have worked at Expo 67 and its extension (Man and His World) from 1967 to 1973.

The Infuriating Obsession: Collecting Expo 67

Lecture by Bruno Paul Stenson
Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 13:30

Duration : 1 h 30
At the Centre d’histoire de Montréal

Crédit : The Gazette

Regular admission fees (include the access of the different exhibitions in the museum).

Reservations at 514 872-3207

Some collectors, including those who collect stamps or coins, have it easy: everything that is available in their field appears in reference books. Such is not the case with Expo 67 collectors. The result: an obsession that leads as often to the joy of discovery to the exasperation of not knowing if we have found “everything”. During this lecture, an important collector will share elements of his collection, including Expo corporation documents, store-bought memorabilia, unique objects and much more.

Mr. Bruno Paul Stenson

Crédit : Bruno Paul Stenson

Bruno Paul Stenson has been giving popular lectures in social history and musicology since 1984. Fluently bilingual, he has presented his entertaining, illustrated lectures to very appreciative audiences of all ages.

A graduate of McGill and Concordia universities, he has earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology / Education, and in History, a Master's degree in Canadian History and a diploma in Public Relations Management. He has also fulfilled many educational functions at the Château Ramezay Museum, the Redpath Museum, and for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

His specialties include the social histories of New France, Expo 67, and musical instruments from around the world (of which he owns and plays more than 250 kinds).


Habitat 67: beyond the cube

Lecture by Julie Bélanger
Sunday March 11, 2018 at 13:30

Crédit : Guy Vanier

Duration: 1 h 30
At the Centre d’histoire de Montréal

Regular admission fees (include the access of the different exhibitions in the museum).

Reservations at 514 872-3207

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Universal Exhibition and the construction of Habitat 67. With over 50 million visitors, Expo 67 marked the imagination of an entire generation, here and abroad, and the unique work of Moshe Safdie transformed itself, throughout the years, into an architectural icon celebrated around the world.

Beyond the unique architecture of the residential complex, Habitat 67 remains to this day quite mysterious for a majority of Montrealers and for tourists visiting the city.

Through its geographic location surrounded by the river, its special mechanical and engineering systems and, of course, its incomparable architecture, Habitat 67 is entirely unique.

Julie Bélanger

An Expo 67 geek for as long as she can remember, Julie is one of the most renown specialists on everything Expo 67 and its heritage. 12 years ago, she gave herself a mission: raise awareness amongst the general public of Expo 67’s heritage and the evolution of its location since 1967. To help her achieve her goal, she created a guided visit of the site of Expo 67, which she offers for free between April and October every year since 2007. She is also the creator of the most important group of fans, researchers, authors, architects, museum staff and others on Expo 67. Throughout the years, her group became the best reference on all information related to the Montreal Universal Exhibition. Julie literally has Expo 67 under her skin, as she can be easily recognized for her tattoo of the Expo 67 logo she wears proudly on her arm. An active collector, her living room is home to a front section of an Expo Express. Organizing public visits at Habitat 67 has been Julie’s dream for years and she’s the one responsible for making it possible in 2017.


Explosion 67. Youth and Their World: behind the scenes of the exhibition

Guided tour of the exhibition with Catherine Charlebois
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 15 h 30

Durée : 1 h 30
At the Centre d’histoire de Montréal

Regular admission fees (include the access of the different exhibitions in the museum).

Reservations at 514 872-3207

Crédit : Denis Carl Robidoux

Arranged in evocative spaces, this immersive exhibition will recapture innovative, illuminating moments of Expo 67 through memories of the event that are remarkably vivid and occasionally shatter our expectations – memories recounted by all sorts of people who took advantage of this formative experience during their youth. It will also be an opportunity for those who did not see Expo 67 to get a feeling of what it was like to be there, and to be young in Montreal toward the end of an unforgettable decade. This guided tour with Mrs Catherine Charlebois will reveal more about behind the scenes and the process of making an exhibition at the Center d'histoire de Montréal.

Catherine Charlebois

Catherine Charlebois has been the curator of exhibitions and collections at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal since 2009. There she coordinated several award-winning exhibitions: The Habitations Jeanne-Mance, 50 years, Lost Neighbourhoods, Scandal! Vice, Crime and Morality in Montreal, 1940-1960and Explosion 67 – Youth and Their World. These diverse projects have lead her to specialize in the curation of personnal testimonies in museums. She is the co-author of two award-winning books: Quartiers disparus. Red Light, Faubourg à m’lasse, Goose village (2014) and Scandale! Le Montréal illicite, 1940-1960 (2016) and co-author of the scientific article Les sources orales au cœur de l’exposition muséale. L’expérience du Centre d’histoire de Montréal in the Revue d’histoire d’Amérique française (2015). Prior to this, Ms. Charlebois worked at the McCord Museum of Canadian History as an educational coordinator and at the Museum Village (Monroe, NY) as a curator. She is an alumna of the Cooperstown Graduate Program from which she received her MA in History Museum Studies in 2000.