Outdoor art abounds in Montréal

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

Montréal abounds with must-see outdoor exhibitions. Here are a few discoveries across the city to soothe your soul or spark your imagination. 

Motel blanc: an impressive art exhibition

One of Montréal’s best-kept secrets, the Village Motel exhibition offers people around 40 works of art that cast a critical and amusing eye on pop culture, while challenging our standards of beauty. Enjoy colour-saturated retro photos rooted in the present!

Where? Galerie Blanc 1130 Sainte-Catherine Street East

Go there to:

  • snap some totally Instagram-worthy pics.
  • get inspired by its Hollywoodesque vibe and LGBTQ+ drag culture.

Go play outside!: dive back into your childhood memories

Travel these days is definitely out, but travelling back in time definitely isn’t. The McCord Museum’s 15th photography exhibition invites you to take a trip back to the past and your childhood. Steal through Montréal’s streets and parks from 1870 to 1990 and relive kids’ favourite pastimes. A great idea for an outing with old friends.

Where? McCord Museum (outside) McGill College Avenue

Go there to:

  • see the nostalgia-inducing selection of photos by William Notman
  • compare landscapes of past and present

Vitrines sur l’art: an exciting, engaging and multifaceted initiative

Vitrine sur l’Art, an initiative created in 2016 by Art Souterrain, turns empty storefronts into showcases for current artworks to kickstart the neighbourhood’s economy and familiarize the public with contemporary art.

Where? Storefronts along Sainte-Catherine Street and Atateken Street

Go there to:

  • support the neighbourhood’s culture and economy
  • go on a unique art tour

MURAL ESTIVAL: bringing a breath of fresh air to our city

When the Festival Mural organizers had to cancel this summer, they took their proverbial lemons and made them into lemonade with Mural Estival, which features a program of visual art and online music. Discover virtual mural visits, live performances and conferences through the panoply of live and online activities offered.

Where? Online and at various locations

Go there to:

  • see the Stella Artois “Together apart with street art” giant art terrasse
  • discover some of the neighbourhoods hidden art gems

Exposition Quartier Latin: an innovative urban art experience

The Quartier latin now boasts around 15 new colourful pieces of urban art, giving visitors the chance to kick back and take back this normally very busy corner of the city. It also includes a visual art exhibition featuring some 30 murals, developed in collaboration with Art souterrain.

Where? Saint-Denis Street, between Sherbrooke Street East and De Maisonneuve Boulevard East

Go there to:

  • order take-out from one of the Quartier latin eateries and have an urban picnic
  • see works by renowned artists such as Gab Bois, Alex McLeod and Scott McFarland

Photography exhibition by Alexandre Champagne: the faces of Old Montréal

Celebrated photographer Alexandre Champagne treats us to a series of portraits that are the fruit of his many meetings with residents, business owners and workers of Old Montréal. An exhibition you’ll love!

Where? Le Royer Street and Saint-Claude Street

Go there to:

  • discover the people of the neighbourhood
  • stroll its vibrant and lively streets

Un cœur nomade: hommage to Dany Laferrière

Through words, images and sounds, Un cœur nomade follows the life of Québec writer Dany Laferrière. The seven-panel work immerses you in the author’s world, from his birth in Haiti to his induction into the Académie française right to his life in Montréal.

Where? At the Promenade des artistes in the Quartier des spectacles

Go there to:

  • discover the inspiration for his novels: L’exil vaut le voyage, Vers d’autres rives and Autoportrait de Paris avec chat.
  • delve deeper with a video of his most recent work  L’Exil vaut le voyage, created in collaboration with the National Film Board (NFB), projected onto the façade of UQAM’s  Pavillon Président-Kennedy after dark.

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

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