The 5th edition of the citywide event unfolds from March 21 to June 21, promising to free your mind and your body with interactive exhibitions and audio-visual performances, architectural installations and contemporary creations that cross artistic and scientific currents. Also known as Printemps numérique, Digital Spring partners with local arts and culture organizations – meaning the whole city gets in on the act, from Place des Arts performances and art installations to the C2 Montréal creativity-meets-commerce conference. A bonus: many of the activities are free.
Digital Spring also stands out as an exciting way to explore the city. Most of the exhibitions and events are localized around the downtown core within the Quartier des Spectacles, from the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal to the SAT to UQAM, the Cinémathèque Québécoise and the National Library. But historic Old Montréal goes high-tech too – significantly at cultural hub the Phi Centre and archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière – as do downtown’s the McCord Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.The festival even sprawls into neighbourhoods St-Henri and Griffintown, the Plateau, Mile End and Mile Ex, and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve where the Planetarium at Space For Life screens immersive films.
Digital things to do
Among the many events this Digital Spring, don't miss these electrifying essentials:
After Hours at the McCord: Montreal A.I. – Montréal Digital Spring launches on March 22 at the McCord Museum with an evening of electronic music, themed cocktails and workshops with humanoid robots, creative mobile apps, facial recognition technology, interactive art and more tech at your fingertips.
21 Swings – Make music with friends and strangers just by swinging on this interactive and illuminated installation outside Place des Arts, opening April 9.
MUTEK_IMG at the Phi Centre – A forum for digital creation with conferences, immersive installations, virtual reality experiences and audiovisual performances, including a premier performance of dance and drones by Daito Manabe, Rhizomatiks Research and ELEVENPLAY, April 11-13.
Chromatic Festival – A lively art-exhibition-meets-party atmosphere for all ages, where DJs make the crowd dance and graffiti artists paint on the fly, May 26 to June 2.
Eurêka Festival – A science festival for curious minds of all ages, featuring over 100 thought-provoking demonstrations, workshops, performances, magic shows and more, June 8-10.