Summer’s not over in the Quartier des Spectacles!

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton is the community director for QueerMTL, an internationally-touring musician with his projects Woodpigeon and Frontperson  and a graduate studies student of history researching LGBTQ+ activism in the city. He’s lived in Montréal since 2015, during which time he’s most often spotted atop a BIXI bike usally running a few minutes late.

Here in Montréal, we like to live out every minute of summer until its very end. And this year, there’s still so much to see and do in the Quartier des Spectacles that it feels like summer’s just getting started!

Le sentier du cœur de l’île: a new discovery walk

As part of the Les aventures du cœur de l’île summer programming, Le sentier du cœur de l’île is a 15km discovery walk that takes in over 100 of Montréal’s must-sees. Winding past over 40 public artworks, 60 cultural sites and 11 specially installed urban Oases throughout the heart of the island, it’s a walk is one you won’t soon forget!

Faces on facades: Les Visages de Montréal

Based on the vista-changing large-scale artworks of French artist JR, his award-winning Inside Out Project has come to Montréal to document and highlight the faces of everyday Montréalers throughout the Quartier des Spectacles. Photographing portraits in their roving van and either postering or projecting on several building fronts, Les Visages de Montréal puts faces on facades and pays tribute to the resilience of the city’s residents.

The streets are alive with performance!

Throughout the streets of the Quartier des Spectacles, roaming groups of artists treat the world as their stage with a series of eye-popping performances. Keep those cameras and mobile phones at the ready – you never know where the next #mtlmoments are going to happen.

Relaxing installations sure to cause at-home FOMO

Made up of attention-grabbing rest areas created by local designers, the 11 summer oases throughout the Quartier des Spectacles and downtown offer selfie-ready chill zones ideal for a momentary respite. Great for picnics, summer dates or recharge breaks, they also make your Instagram feed look hella cool.

An Asian market in the heart of Chinatown

The Marché Asiatique de Montréal brings together several of the city’s finest Asian dining experiences at Place des souhaits at the entrance gates to Chinatown. Thrill your taste buds with everything from fresh fruit slushes to curried fish balls and steamed dumplings, and take a rest under the beautifully decorated tree at the place’s centre.

Get your park on at Jardins Gamelin

An iconic resting spot on the edge of the LGBTQ+ Village, Jardins Gamelin greets every summer with a full slate of on-stage performances, shady resting spots and prime people-watching. There’s also a greenhouse, butterfly house, large-size board games for everyone to enjoy and the terrasse is the perfect spot for a refreshing drink and snack.

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton is the community director for QueerMTL, an internationally-touring musician with his projects Woodpigeon and Frontperson  and a graduate studies student of history researching LGBTQ+ activism in the city. He’s lived in Montréal since 2015, during which time he’s most often spotted atop a BIXI bike usally running a few minutes late.

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