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  1. "Projet Le projet prévoit dans un premier temps l'agrandissement du 1564, rue Saint-Denis afin d'accueillir les nouveaux bureaux de France-Film, des salles de cours de l’UQAM et un restaurant au rez-de-chaussée. Le nouveau volume, résolument contemporain, est d’une hauteur d’environ 25 mètres répartie sur six étages. Des modulations volumétriques au niveau des plans de façade sont proposées pour dégager les maisons, et ce malgré une implantation à la limite de l'emprise des rues. Dans une seconde phase, il est planifié de procéder au démantèlement des façades du Théâtre Saint-Denis afin de réaménager un hall, un foyer, une terrasse et des aires de bureaux et services. Enfin, deux modules d’enseignes commerciales à message variable diffusant les événements culturels du Quartier Latin sont intégrés à même le nouveau volume et sur une nouvelle marquise. Les matériaux de revêtement envisagés comprennent de la maçonnerie (pierre calcaire), mais principalement du verre clair pour le volume principal et la nouvelle enveloppe du théâtre. " Question Où peut-on voir ces plans dont il est question ? http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/documents/Adi_Public/CA_Vma/CA_Vma_ODJ_LP_ORDI_2016-03-15_19h00_FR.pdf
  2. Le TNM voit grand Le Devoir Édition du vendredi 04 avril 2008 Douze ans après la rénovation du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, l'institution de la rue Sainte-Catherine rêve de réaliser la seconde phase de son expansion en 2010-11, dates respectives du 100e anniversaire du bâtiment et du 60e anniversaire du TNM. «L'explosion du Quartier des spectacles était bonne occasion» de ranimer le projet, a expliqué la directrice, Lorraine Pintal. Un étage additionnel abriterait une deuxième salle de répétition, des locaux d'archives et d'entreposage ainsi que des bureaux administratifs. L'estimation précise des travaux reste à faire. La directrice a bon espoir que les gouvernements appuient son projet.
  3. Culture: on ferme le robinet Publié le 21 mars 2012 à 08h06 | Mis à jour le 21 mars 2012 à 08h07 Paul Journet La Presse (Ottawa) Après une croissance de 34,6% des dépenses en culture depuis 10 ans, Québec commence à fermer le robinet. Les dépenses se stabilisent. Les nouvelles mesures annoncées dans le budget Bachand sont ciblées. La principale annonce: un «legs» de 125 millions pour célébrer le 375e anniversaire de Montréal, en 2017. L'argent ira notamment à l'Espace pour la vie (45 millions pour un nouveau pavillon de verre au Jardin botanique, un cinquième écosystème au Biodôme, l'agrandissement de l'Insectarium et le nouveau Planétarium). À cela s'ajoutent une promenade le long du fleuve au parc Jean-Drapeau (35 millions), la reconfiguration de l'oratoire Saint-Joseph, avec un centre d'observation dans le dôme (26,4 millions) et un nouveau pavillon au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (18,5 millions). La ville de Québec reçoit aussi de l'aide. Le gouvernement provincial financera jusqu'à 30 millions de la construction du Théâtre Le Diamant. C'est la moitié du coût total prévu pour ce théâtre dont Ex-Machina, la société de Robert Lepage, sera le promoteur. Le Fonds du patrimoine sera aussi bonifié de 60 millions d'ici 2020. Les musées recevront quant à eux 11 millions de plus (dont 4 millions aux musées d'histoire McCord et Stewart). Rien n'est annoncé pour le Musée d'art contemporain. Québec «contribuera éventuellement», si le fédéral et le privé investissent.
  4. Announcé lors de la séance de l'arrondissement Ville-Marie le 13 avril 2011 Après le Programme particulier d'urbanisme (PPU) du Quartier des grands jardins et celui de Sainte-Marie, c'est au tour du Quartier des spectacles de faire l'objet d'une telle démarche. Les membres du conseil ont en effet mandaté l'arrondissement pour initier une démarche de planification avec tous les services corporatifs concernés. Le territoire de ce nouveau PPU englobe le Quartier latin et différentes institutions qui contribuent au dynamisme culturel du Quartier des spectacles, notamment la Grande Bibliothèque, l'Université du Québec à Montréal, la Cinémathèque québécoise, le cégep du Vieux-Montréal, le Théâtre Saint-Denis et la Salle Pierre-Mercure. Le quartier comporte également plusieurs noyaux résidentiels, le plus visible étant les Habitations Jeanne-Mance qui regroupent 788 logements répartis dans 28 immeubles. http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=5798,42657625&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&id=16270&ret=http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/url/page/prt_vdm_fr/rep_annonces_ville/rep_communiques/communiques
  5. (Courtesy of CBC News) I remember hearing about this about 1-2 years ago. I am just surprised it is not playing at the Segal theater.
  6. Culture: on ferme le robinet Publié le 21 mars 2012 à 08h06 | Mis à jour le 21 mars 2012 à 08h07 Paul Journet La Presse (Ottawa) Après une croissance de 34,6% des dépenses en culture depuis 10 ans, Québec commence à fermer le robinet. Les dépenses se stabilisent. Les nouvelles mesures annoncées dans le budget Bachand sont ciblées. La principale annonce: un «legs» de 125 millions pour célébrer le 375e anniversaire de Montréal, en 2017. L'argent ira notamment à l'Espace pour la vie (45 millions pour un nouveau pavillon de verre au Jardin botanique, un cinquième écosystème au Biodôme, l'agrandissement de l'Insectarium et le nouveau Planétarium). À cela s'ajoutent une promenade le long du fleuve au parc Jean-Drapeau (35 millions), la reconfiguration de l'oratoire Saint-Joseph, avec un centre d'observation dans le dôme (26,4 millions) et un nouveau pavillon au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (18,5 millions). La ville de Québec reçoit aussi de l'aide. Le gouvernement provincial financera jusqu'à 30 millions de la construction du Théâtre Le Diamant. C'est la moitié du coût total prévu pour ce théâtre dont Ex-Machina, la société de Robert Lepage, sera le promoteur. Le Fonds du patrimoine sera aussi bonifié de 60 millions d'ici 2020. Les musées recevront quant à eux 11 millions de plus (dont 4 millions aux musées d'histoire McCord et Stewart). Rien n'est annoncé pour le Musée d'art contemporain. Québec «contribuera éventuellement», si le fédéral et le privé investissent.
  7. http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/arts_et_spectacles/2013/04/25/009-theatre-imperial-diversification.shtml Le reportage de Claude Deschênes Le Cinéma Impérial, qui a 100 ans ce jeudi, redevient un théâtre. La salle de la rue Bleury recommencera à présenter des spectacles vivants tout en conservant sa vocation de cinéma. Les propriétaires ont pris cette décision pour améliorer la rentabilité du lieu. Le théâtre sera prochainement doté de tous les outils nécessaires à la présentation de spectacles grâce à un partenariat avec la firme de location d'équipements de scène APL de Montréal. Le directeur de l'Impérial, François Beaudry-Losique, croit que la présence de cette salle intermédiaire répondra à un besoin. Il a reçu des demandes pour toutes sortes de productions, notamment des comédies musicales, des spectacles de magie et d'orchestres folkloriques. Voici quelques documents d'archives en photo:
  8. La Licorne peut enfin agrandir son théâtre Paul Journet La Presse Le projet d'agrandissement du théâtre La Licorne prend enfin forme. Le gouvernement fédéral a versé une subvention de 2 289 671 $, provenant du Fonds du Canada pour les espaces culturels. Cette somme d'argent s'ajoute aux 400 000 $ déjà amassés par le théâtre, et à une subvention de 3 854 800 $ du gouvernement provincial. Québec avait donné son accord de principe en avril 2008, mais attendait qu'Ottawa s'engage aussi avant de verser la somme. Depuis environ un an, La Licorne attendait donc la confirmation du ministère du Patrimoine pour réaliser le projet, dont le coût est estimé à environ 6,5 millions. C'est maintenant chose faite. «C'est un grand jour pour nous», s'est exclamé Denis Bernard, directeur général de La Manufacture, qui assure la direction artistique de La Licorne. Les travaux doivent commencer en mars 2010 et se terminer en mars 2011. De mars à juin 2010, La Manufacture présentera ses activités à l'Espace GO. L'actuel théâtre et son édifice voisin seront démolis. La superficie du nouveau complexe passera de 840 à 1740 mètres carrés. Les deux salles - La Licorne et la Petite Licorne - resteront à géométrie variable. Elles compteront respectivement 180 et 90 sièges. Les deux salles deviendront aussi indépendantes - la Petite Licorne pourra désormais présenter des spectacles en même temps que sa grande soeur. Le théâtre pourra ainsi accueillir environ 15 000 spectateurs de plus par année, une augmentation de 50 %. «Mais nous allons préserver le caractère intimiste des deux salles, c'est une condition sine qua non des rénovations», a assuré M. Bernard. Même si La Manufacture dit afficher un taux de fréquentation de près de 100 % depuis plus de 10 ans, le théâtre se plaignait de la vétusté de ses installations, qui ne comptaient «pas de coulisses et de dégagement de scène», et dont les scènes étaient «trop petites, mal insonorisées et manquaient de hauteur».
  9. Ahead: A brighter horizon for Cabot Square Plans due; Downtown area in search of an identity Source: The Gazette Cty councillor Karim Boulos is standing in the Canadian Centre for Architecture, airing his optimism over a scale model of what is known as "the Cabot Square area" - a part of the Peter McGill district he represents. But the Cabot Square area is also a stretch of Ste. Catherine St. that makes many Montrealers wince. The thoroughfare between Lambert Closse and Chomedey Sts. has been this city's version of a picture of Dorian Gray, a pastiche of boarded-up storefronts, crumbling facades and grafitti that seems to have spread while other neighbourhoods renewed themselves. However, by this time next Monday, Boulos and the rest of the city will get a bigger glimpse of what might happen to the piece of downtown that's been in search of an identity for nearly a generation. That's when three teams of architects and urban planners will submit their versions of what should be done to revive the Cabot Square area. Boulos, Ville Marie borough mayor Benoit Labonté and members of an alliance of neighbourhood businesses and residents met the press yesterday to detail the attempts to revitalize the neighbourhood. The planning teams were formed after a collection of 25 business, property owners and residents' associations started the Table de concertation du centre-ville ouest. "The properties may be empty but the owners are still paying taxes," Boulos said. "They haven't left, they're waiting to see what's going to happen." The plans submitted by the teams will be judged by a jury that includes architect and Harvard professor Joan Busquest, Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal and founding director Phyllis Lambert of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The successful submission will form the basis for an urban plan that will produced by the borough and submitted to public consultations. Boulos suggests that if everything goes well, changes in the district might begin "by this fall." And for Lambert, whose architectural centre sprawls across the neighbourhood's southern edge, change is what's needed for a district that spent decades losing more than it's gained. "Over the last years, this area has deteriorated miserably," she said. "There used to be the Forum and all those stores where the Faubourg (Ste. Catherine) is. ... But it just goes down the drain further and further. "Then there's the block ... just to the east of the Forum with the (Seville) theatre on it, which has been boarded up for years. "And this just destroys the whole area. People have no respect (for the neighbourhood), and why would you? People just walk down the street and it's so miserable." Lambert's nephew, Stephen Bronfman, is chairman of Claridge Inc., an investment company that owns the Seville Theatre block. Asked in October about the condition of the block, Lambert told The Gazette: "It is coming along. Slowly, but we are working closely with the city and other landlords in the area. It takes time to do properly." Labonté says a development project for the Seville block is under study by the borough's urban committee. Boulos has said in earlier interviews that a private investor plans to turn the block into student residences. "What I can tell you about this project," Labonté said, "is that that there will be lots of room for students - especially for Concordia University - and the design of the building will be quite impressive. ... I'm pretty confident this project at the Seville Theatre will start the renewal of this leg of Ste. Catherine St." A decision by the borough on which development plan will be used is expected in May. But final approval will rest with the city's executive committee. In the meantime, Montrealers and the people who own the storefronts that make them wince wait to see what's going to happen.
  10. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/little-trace-remains-of-montreals-glamorous-theatre-era Little trace remains of Montreal's glamorous theatre era LINDA GYULAI, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from Linda Gyulai, Montreal Gazette Published on: February 27, 2015 Last Updated: May 13, 2015 9:27 AM EDT Undated photo of theatres lining downtown Ste-Catherine St. in Montreal. Undated photo of theatres lining downtown Ste-Catherine St. in Montreal. There are imaginary ghosts dancing behind the plywood that’s temporarily concealing a vacant storefront on Ste-Catherine St. W. as it undergoes renovation. They’re the spirits of vaudeville and Hollywood, of stars of first silent and then talking movies, of singers, dancers and “manufacturers of mirth,” as one newspaper reviewer described a pair of vaudeville entertainers, and of generations of Montrealers who flocked to live shows and movie premieres while the location was known as Loew’s Theatre. You wouldn’t know it today, but the skinny, towering storefront a few metres west of Mansfield St., which most recently housed a Foot Locker shoe store, was once the entrance of a majestic theatre that served as Montreal’s principal vaudeville house and one of its main movie theatres for many years after it was built in 1917. Then: A print from about 1910 of His Majesty's Theatre, which was located on Guy St., just north of Ste-Catherine. Guy St., just north of Ste-Catherine St. Then: A print from about 1910 of His Majesty's Theatre, which was located on Guy St., just north of Ste-Catherine. Guy St., just north of Ste-Catherine St. Now: His Majesty's Theatre was demolished in 1963, where today stands Concordia University's engineering, computer science and visual arts complex. Now: His Majesty's Theatre was demolished in 1963, where today stands Concordia University's engineering, computer science and visual arts complex. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The York Theatre opened in 1938 on the northwest corner of Ste-Catherine and Mackay Sts. Then: The York Theatre opened in 1938 on the northwest corner of Ste-Catherine and Mackay Sts. Now: The York Theatre was demolished in 2001 to make way for Concordia University's engineering, computer science and visual arts building. Now: The York Theatre was demolished in 2001 to make way for Concordia University's engineering, computer science and visual arts building. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: A 1972 photo of the Loews Theatre, on Ste-Catherine just west of Mansfield St. Built in 1917 by architect Thomas W. Lamb. With more than 3,000 seats, it was the largest in Montreal when it opened, and for years was the principal vaudeville stand in the city. Then: A 1972 photo of the Loews Theatre, on Ste-Catherine just west of Mansfield St. Built in 1917 by architect Thomas W. Lamb. With more than 3,000 seats, it was the largest in Montreal when it opened, and for years was the principal vaudeville stand in the city. Now: The Loew's Theatre was subdivided into five cinemas in 1976. Boarded up today, the building most recently housed a Foot Locker store. Now: The Loew's Theatre was subdivided into five cinemas in 1976. Boarded up today, the building most recently housed a Foot Locker store. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The Strand built in 1912 on the southeast corner of Ste-Catherine and Mansfield Sts., and the first major movie theatre in Montreal's downtown. Then: The Strand built in 1912 on the southeast corner of Ste-Catherine and Mansfield Sts., and the first major movie theatre in Montreal's downtown. Roméo Gariepy / collection Cinémathèque québécoise / Roméo Gariepy / collection Cinémathèque québécoise Now: The Strand Theatre ended its days as the Pigalle before being torn down in 1973, with the neighbouring Capitol Theatre, to make way for an office tower. Now: The Strand Theatre ended its days as the Pigalle before being torn down in 1973, with the neighbouring Capitol Theatre, to make way for an office tower. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The Capitol Theatre, about 1925. The Capitol opened in 1921 on the south side of Ste-Catherine, just west of McGill College Ave. Then: The Capitol Theatre, about 1925. The Capitol opened in 1921 on the south side of Ste-Catherine, just west of McGill College Ave. Now: The Capitol Theatre, along with the neighbouring Strand Theatre, was torn down on this block in 1973, to the chagrin of many Montrealers. Now: The Capitol Theatre, along with the neighbouring Strand Theatre, was torn down on this block in 1973, to the chagrin of many Montrealers. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: A print of the Colonial Theatre from about 1915. The theatre was renamed the Regal in 1920. Then: A print of the Colonial Theatre from about 1915. The theatre was renamed the Regal in 1920. Then: The Palace Theatre on Ste-Catherine St. between McGill College Ave. and University St. The Palace Theatre was built as the Allen Theatre for movies in 1921. Then: The Palace Theatre on Ste-Catherine St. between McGill College Ave. and University St. The Palace Theatre was built as the Allen Theatre for movies in 1921. Now: The site of the old Regal (and Colonial) theatres is now the SuperSexe strip club, and the former Palace Theatre, next door, is a restaurant. Now: The site of the old Regal (and Colonial) theatres is now the SuperSexe strip club, and the former Palace Theatre, next door, is a restaurant. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The Gaiety Theatre, on the northeast corner of Ste-Catherine and Aylmer Sts., became a movie house in 1909. Renamed the London Theatre around 1912, later renamed The System, renamed Le Cinéma 539 in the 1970s and showed X-rated films. Then: The Gaiety Theatre, on the northeast corner of Ste-Catherine and Aylmer Sts., became a movie house in 1909. Renamed the London Theatre around 1912, later renamed The System, renamed Le Cinéma 539 in the 1970s and showed X-rated films. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette files Now: The exterior of the former Gaiety Theatre remains recognizable. Building most recently housed a store. Now: The exterior of the former Gaiety Theatre remains recognizable. Building most recently housed a store. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: Bennett's Theatre opened in Montreal in 1907, on the north side of Ste-Catherine at City Councillors St. Then: Bennett's Theatre opened in Montreal in 1907, on the north side of Ste-Catherine at City Councillors St. Now: The former Bennett's Theatre, renamed the Orpheum in 1910, is now the site of an office tower. Now: The former Bennett's Theatre, renamed the Orpheum in 1910, is now the site of an office tower. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: A large crowd gathers outside Montreal's Princess Theatre in 1936 during the opening of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times". Original Princess was built in 1908, on Ste-Catherine at City Councillors, across the street from Bennett's Theatre. Original theatre burned down in 1915. Then: A large crowd gathers outside Montreal's Princess Theatre in 1936 during the opening of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times". Original Princess was built in 1908, on Ste-Catherine at City Councillors, across the street from Bennett's Theatre. Original theatre burned down in 1915. The former Princess Theatre was later renamed Le Parisien, and is now a newly renovated retail outlet up for rent. The former Princess Theatre was later renamed Le Parisien, and is now a newly renovated retail outlet up for rent. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Imperial Theatre in 1913, the year it opened ion Bleury St., just north of Ste-Catherine. Imperial Theatre in 1913, the year it opened ion Bleury St., just north of Ste-Catherine. Now: The Cinéma Impérial. Now: The Cinéma Impérial. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: An undated photo of Montreal's Nickel Theatre at the southeast corner of Ste-Catherine St. W. and Bleury St. After 1912, it became known as The Tivoli Theatre. It was destroyed in a 1923 fire. Then: An undated photo of Montreal's Nickel Theatre at the southeast corner of Ste-Catherine St. W. and Bleury St. After 1912, it became known as The Tivoli Theatre. It was destroyed in a 1923 fire. Now: There's no trace now of the old Tivoli Theatre on Ste-Catherine St. at Bleury St. Now: There's no trace now of the old Tivoli Theatre on Ste-Catherine St. at Bleury St. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The Gayety Theatre, in 1957, at the corner Ste-Catherine and St-Urbain Sts. It was the leading burlesque theatre in Montreal in its day, later transformed into the home of the Comédie Canadienne theatre company. Then: The Gayety Theatre, in 1957, at the corner Ste-Catherine and St-Urbain Sts. It was the leading burlesque theatre in Montreal in its day, later transformed into the home of the Comédie Canadienne theatre company. The site of the former Gayety Theatre today is the Théâtre du nouveau monde. The site of the former Gayety Theatre today is the Théâtre du nouveau monde. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The Ouimetoscope at the corner Ste. Catherine St. E. and Montcalm St., was inaugurated in 1906. Then: The Ouimetoscope at the corner Ste. Catherine St. E. and Montcalm St., was inaugurated in 1906. Now: Condos and a commercial space now occupy the site of the former Ouimetoscope, but a privately erected plaque draws attention to the site's historical significance. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then: The Théâtre National, was built in 1900 on the south side of Ste-Catherine at Beaudry St. Considered the oldest French professional theatre in North America. Now: The Théâtre National, built in 1900, is now Le National, a music and live entertainment venue. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette Then and now: The grand old theatres of Ste-Catherine St. From west to east, here are some of the old theatres that once lined the street, along with what the sites look like now. By the end of its reign in the 1990s, the once glorious Loew’s was a five-screen cinema that had been eclipsed by even larger multi-screen movie theatres. The Loew’s was just one of more than a dozen lost movie and live entertainment palaces that once lined Ste-Catherine, long before Gap and Second Cup made their debuts. And you wouldn’t know that, either, because the story of Ste-Catherine’s role as a theatre row cannot be found on the street. Unlike Sherbrooke St. W. to the north, downtown Ste-Catherine boasts no historic plaques to point out its landmarks and recount the street’s history. “It was the Quartier des spectacles before there was Quartier des spectacles,” Heritage Montreal policy director Dinu Bumbaru said of the downtown stretch of Ste-Catherine. He was referring to the name of the entertainment block the city and the provincial government are building around Place des Arts between Ste-Catherine and De Maisonneuve Blvd. east of Bleury St. On its own initiative, Heritage Montreal installed 19 interpretative plaques along Sherbrooke in 1992 for Montreal’s 350th anniversary. It was an ambitious undertaking for a private, non-profit organization as it sought the cooperation of building owners to put up the plaques. The funding was provided by philanthropist Liliane M. Stewart and a number of foundations. Stewart, who presided the Stewart Museum and the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, died in May. The downtown theatres were the most important theatres in town. — Dane Lanken Heritage Montreal also installed 15 plaques around Dorchester Square in 2004. Stewart and the owners of some of the buildings in the area provided the funding. Now, with Montreal’s 375th anniversary coming in 2017, Bumbaru suggested that the city install historic plaques along Ste-Catherine. Coincidentally, city hall is in the midst of developing a revitalization plan for Ste-Catherine between Atwater and Bleury, which creates an opportunity and a budget for such an improvement, he said. Ste-Catherine began life as a residential street. It was transformed starting 120 years ago into an artery of grand stores, churches and theatres. In 1907, the city of Montreal boasted 53 cinema and concert halls and theatres, notes the Répertoire d’architecture traditionnelle, published by the former Montreal Urban Community in 1985. By 1911, the number had grown to 63. Two years later, in 1913, the city had 77 cinemas, concert halls and theatres. The most popular among them were concentrated on the downtown portion of Ste-Catherine. Today, almost all of Ste-Catherine’s early-20th-century theatres have vanished. Even the buildings that housed the theatres are mostly gone. Among the only traces of the street’s past are the Imperial theatre, still showing movies on Bleury just above Ste-Catherine, and the theatre hub formed by such venues as Club Soda, the Metropolis, the Société des arts technologiques and the Monument National at Ste-Catherine and St-Laurent Blvd. “The corner of Ste-Catherine and St-Laurent is the only place where you can still feel the concentration of theatre,” Bumbaru said. Another hint of Ste-Catherine’s connection to old cinema and live theatre is a discreet bronze plaque – again, privately erected – on a building on the southeast corner of Ste-Catherine and Montcalm St., east of the downtown core. A commemorative plaque recognizes Le Ouimetoscope in Montreal. A commemorative plaque recognizes the site of the historic Ouimetoscope theatre on Ste-Catherine St. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette The plaque pays tribute to Léo-Ernest Ouimet, an engineer and projectionist who erected on the street corner what is widely considered to have been the first theatre in Canada built specifically for movies. Ouimet opened the Ouimetoscope in 1906 out of a former recital hall. Soon after, he tore down the building and built a new and fancier Ouimetoscope dedicated to movies, which opened on the same spot in August 1907. The Cinémathèque canadienne (later renamed the Cinémathèque québécoise) put up the plaque in 1966. A commercial and condominium building sits on the site today. Ouimet, meanwhile, sold the Ouimetoscope in 1915 and moved to Hollywood. In 1920, he produced a feature film called Why Get Married? that played at Loew’s Theatre in Montreal, author Dane Lanken writes in his 1993 book Montreal Movie Palaces, a seminal work on the history of Montreal’s grand theatres. Lanken’s book also notes the Ouimetoscope may have been the first fancy movie palace in the world, and not just in Montreal. Lanken was working as a film critic at the Montreal Gazette in the early 1970s when the downtown theatres started to get demolished or have their grand interiors chopped up into multiple cinemas. Palace theatres were going the way of silent movies decades earlier. “It was really the end of the line for the big old theatres,” Lanken said in an interview. He spent 20 years gathering photos and conducting research and interviews on the city’s movie palaces for his book. People by and large lived in very dreary, cold-water flats. But for a quarter, you could go out and sit in this palace. And the doorman would open the door for you, and there would be an usher who would show you to a seat. You were treated royally for 25 cents. — Dane Lanken Lanken wasn’t the only theatre buff to lament the loss of the palace theatres. Montrealer Janet MacKinnon, who fought to preserve historic theatres in Canada, documented the significance of this city’s theatres with her organization, Historic Theatres Trust. MacKinnon died in 2011, but the Historic Theatres Trust collection is now housed at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The theatres’ history, architecture, ownership and size may be recorded, but Lanken says he agrees with Bumbaru’s suggestion to erect plaques at Ste-Catherine’s landmarks to help keep the history alive. “The downtown theatres were the most important theatres in town,” Lanken said, adding that Montreal’s principal theatres for decades were the Loew’s, the Capitol, the Palace and the Princess, all located within a few blocks of each other on Ste-Catherine. “From the early days of the movies, probably 1920 or so, until the the system broke down around 1970, movies would play first at one of these four downtown theatres,” Lanken said. “And then they would go out on what were called double bills at what were called the neighbourhood houses, like the Monkland in N.D.G., or the Rialto up north (on Parc Ave.). There were a couple dozen of these theatres in the neighbourhoods, but the prestige place to see a movie or for a movie to open in Montreal was at one of these four theatres. That’s why they were so important. And those blocks (along Ste-Catherine) certainly were the Quartier des spectacles of that time.” Most of the early 20th century theatres, such as the Loew’s, offered both films and live theatre. The decorative style of those theatres was classically inspired, based on ancient Greece and Rome, Lanken said. As a result, theatres like the Loew’s boasted columns and plaster low-relief decoration. “The grandeur of these theatres was an important selling point for them,” Lanken said. “People by and large lived in very dreary, cold-water flats. But for a quarter, you could go out and sit in this palace. And the doorman would open the door for you, and there would be an usher who would show you to a seat. You were treated royally for 25 cents.” If the theatres had sprouted somewhat organically on Ste-Catherine in the early 20th century, their destruction was in large part due to an under-appreciation of their architecture, decoration and history, Lanken said. Emblematic of the palace theatres’ plight in the 1970s was the Capitol, on Ste-Catherine just west of McGill College Ave. Lanken calls the Capitol “the greatest theatre ever built in the city.” “It was the grandest, the most spectacular and just about the biggest,” he said. “It’s so rare to walk into a room anywhere where there’s 50 feet of space over your head. But you could certainly get that in a theatre like the Capitol. “A lot of theatres would have walls or columns made of plaster painted to look like marble, but in the Capitol there was real marble. It was a very expensive theatre to build.” The Capitol was built in 1921 by Thomas W. Lamb, the master theatre architect of New York. Lamb who also built the Loew’s and hundreds of theatres across North America, for the then-new Famous Players Canadian Corp., which would become the largest chain in Canada. RELATED A bitter farewell to the Capitol Theatre Now: The Capitol Theatre, along with the neighbouring Strand Theatre, was torn down on this block in 1973, to the chagrin of many Montrealers. Now: The Capitol Theatre, along with the neighbouring Strand Theatre, was torn down on this block in 1973, to the chagrin of many Montrealers. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette In 1973, the Capitol and its neighbour, the Strand, also owned by Famous Players by then, were demolished to make way for an office tower. “They thought there was more money to be made tearing down the theatres and putting up buildings,” Lanken said of Famous Players. It was the era of mayor Jean Drapeau, to boot, so the demolition of the city’s old theatres didn’t seem to bother city officials, he added. However, they were tearing down Montreal’s collective memory. In the early 20th century, the city was on a North American circuit for touring vaudeville acts, Lanken said. Vaudeville shows were a collection of unrelated acts. “It was family entertainment and anybody could go to it,” Lanken said. The Loew’s in its heyday was the main vaudeville venue in Montreal, putting everything from skaters to acrobats to “comedy dancers” on its bill, along with movies. Ste-Catherine also boasted burlesque shows, notably at the Gayety, the leading burlesque theatre in Montreal that was built in 1912 at Ste-Catherine and St-Urbain St. Stripper Lili St. Cyr made her Montreal debut here in 1944, Lanken’s book explains. It has been home to the Théâtre du nouveau monde since 1972. “Burlesque was vaudeville, except that it had a stripper in it and maybe a chorus line,” Lanken said. “And a dirty comedian was a hallmark of it, as well.” Then: A large crowd gathers outside Montreal's Princess Theatre in 1936 during the opening of Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times". Original Princess was built in 1908, on Ste-Catherine at City Councillors, across the street from Bennett's Theatre. Original theatre burned down in 1915. Then: A large crowd gathers outside Montreal’s Princess Theatre in 1936 during the opening of Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”.<br />Original Princess was built in 1908, on Ste-Catherine at City Councillors, across the street from Bennett’s Theatre. Original theatre burned down in 1915. Montreal Gazette files Vaudeville disappeared with the advent of “talkies” around 1929, but the Loew’s continued its program of vaudeville and movies for another decade, Lanken said. The Loew’s brought American comedic entertainer Red Skelton to Montreal before his rise from vaudeville to radio and television. Another performer to hit the stage at the Loew’s was Sally Rand, whom Hollywood filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille put in silent movies in the 1920s and who was billed as the world’s most famous fan dancer when she appeared on the bill at Loew’s in 1935 with her vaudeville act. It was said to be tamer than her burlesque act, in which she would use two ostrich feathers to playfully reveal parts of her body – minus the naughtiest parts — as she danced to Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. By the time Leonard Schlemm was taking his first dates to the Loew’s as a McGill University commerce undergrad in the early 1970s, the theatre was strictly showing movies. But the grandeur and elegance of the theatre hasn’t faded for Schlemm, who opened the Mansfield Athletic Club inside the belly of what used to be the Loew’s in 2005. The Loew’s had been built for Marcus Loew, who by 1917 already owned 100 theatres across the U.S. and Canada and would later be a co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Hollywood. With over 3,000 seats, the Loew’s was the city’s largest theatre when it opened. In 2001, Club Med World spent $8 million to renovate the then-vacant space and turn it into an entertainment complex. When the venture failed, the property was divided into two lots, one for the former entrance of the theatre on Ste-Catherine, which was rented to a shoe store, and the other for the interior belly, which opens on Mansfield. The Mansfield side remained empty until Schlemm’s real-estate agent scouted it in 2004 as a potential downtown location for the international fitness centre operator to open a new club. Schlemm had opened a gym in a smaller theatre in Madrid, Spain, and says he saw the potential for the former Loew’s. He bought the nearly 50,000-square-foot lot from a real-estate company that had bought the entire property from Club Med World. The storefront portion on Ste-Catherine, still owned by the real-estate company, has long since lost the old theatre facade. The construction work going on behind the plywood now is on the modern glass exterior, the borough of Ville-Marie says. The work is being done to make way for a new commercial tenant. However, the interior of the former Loew’s is still evident inside Schlemm’s Mansfield Athletic Club, including the high ceilings and a mural. Four of the original architectural drawings for the theatre adorn a wall that leads into the workout space. While many of the grand theatres have been razed, the classically-inspired interior of the former Loew's is still evident inside the Mansfield Athletic Club, including the high ceilings and a mural. While many of the grand theatres have been razed, the classically-inspired interior of the former Loew’s is still evident inside the Mansfield Athletic Club, including the high ceilings and a mural. Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE “Club Med had done an excellent job of refurbishing it,” Schlemm said, adding that the company preserved the decorations from the old theatre. (Lanken credits architect Mandel Sprachman for his “sensitive” renovation when he was hired in 1975 to split the Loew’s into a five-cinema theatre. Sprachman saved the dome in the ceiling and decorative elements on the walls to make it possible to one day restore the interior to its former glory.) Schlemm says he likes the idea of erecting plaques for the theatre landmarks along Ste-Catherine. At the same time, he says he recognizes that the city may have other pressing financial needs. So for now, the preservation of Montreal’s theatre row on Ste-Catherine – its history, its spirits and its few remaining fragments, anyway – relies on the will of individuals such as Schlemm and Lanken. A more concerted effort is needed, Bumbaru says. After all, it’s a street where an important piece of Montreal’s story may be lurking behind any ordinary-looking storefront sent via Tapatalk
  11. Le festival Juste pour rire se décline en version bruxelloise « Juste pour rire » et « Kings of comedy » ont présenté, jeudi après-midi, au Kings of comedy club à Ixelles, leur refonte du Brussels comedy festival dans la formule internationale de « Juste pour rire ». Du 27 avril au 12 mai prochain, les nouveaux talents belges seront mis en lumière par des vedettes francophones du rire au Cirque royal, au théâtre 140 et au théâtre Saint-Michel. Le Kings comedy club accueillera, en seconde semaine, des artistes de la nouvelle vague québécoise. La troisième édition du Brussels comedy festival adopte le nom « Juste pour rire Brussels » pour 2013. Gilles Morin, fondateur de « Kings of comedy », a l’ambition de pousser les humoristes belges sur le devant de la scène francophone internationale et rêve « un cirque du soleil du rire dont l’énergie rayonne hors des frontières ». http://www.lesoir.be/141800/article/actualite/fil-info/2012-12-20/festival-juste-pour-rire-se-d%C3%A9cline-en-version-bruxelloise
  12. Le Cirque du Soleil à vendre ? 16 juin 2008 - 11h21 LaPresseAffaires.com Le Cirque du Soleil serait à vendre. Enfin, c’est ce qu’affirme le London Daily Telegraph dans son édition de lundi. Le populaire cirque qui a des activités partout sur le globe aurait été approché par plusieurs acheteurs potentiels notamment un groupe d’investisseurs de Dubaï. Le nom de ce possible acheteur n’est pas nommé par le quotidien anglais, mais la transaction pourrait valoir 2 G$. Nakheel PJSC, promoteur des fameuses îles de Dubaï, a déjà offert au Cirque du Soleil de construire un théâtre permanent sur un des complexes, la Palm Island. Un porte-parole du Cirque du Soleil a indiqué que la nouvelle selon laquelle la troupe aurait été approchée par Istithmar, une firme associée à Nakheel, n’est que «rumeurs et spéculations».
  13. Publié le 14 janvier 2014 à 14h40 | Mis à jour à 15h12 La Maison Théâtre de Montréal Le gouvernement du Québec a annoncé un investissement de près de 10 millions pour la construction d'une nouvelle salle multifonctionnelle sur le campus du cégep du Vieux Montréal. L'accord de principe, signé hier avec le Cégep, spécifie qu'il partagera ce nouvel espace avec la Maison Théâtre. Rappelons que la Maison Théâtre propose environ 300 représentations par année destinées à un public âgé de 2 à 17 ans. Devant une classe de quatrième année du primaire, la première ministre Pauline Marois a insisté sur «l'importance de l'accès aux arts et à la culture pour les jeunes». L'inauguration est prévue pour 2017. http://www.lapresse.ca/arts/spectacles-et-theatre/theatre/201401/14/01-4728594-la-maison-theatre-de-montreal-sera-agrandie.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B9_arts_244_accueil_POS1
  14. 25/08/2007 Après le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde et le Quat'sous, c'est au tour du Théâtre Denise-Pelletier d'être rénové. Québec et Ottawa ont annoncé, samedi, l'attribution d'une somme totale de 10,5 millions de dollars pour rénover l'institution de l'est de Montréal, qui se consacre depuis plus de 40 ans à faire connaître le théâtre aux jeunes. Le ministère québécois de la Culture versera 7,1 millions, tandis que le ministère du Patrimoine canadien accordera 2,4 millions de dollars. Les fonds serviront à la mise à jour de tous les équipements de scène, ainsi qu'à l'amélioration de l'insonorisation, de l'acoustique et de l'isolation de l'immeuble patrimonial construit en 1929, dans le style des palaces de quartier. La saison 2008-2009 devra par conséquent se tenir dans un autre édifice. Les négociations progressent, mais le lieu n'a pas encore été arrêté officiellement.
  15. I was never a fan of the Loto-Quebec/Cirque proposal on the Bikerdike Pier. BUT why the Cirque doesn't have plans to build a flagship, classic theatre (reminiscent of the grand old theatres that used to line Ste.Catherine street) within the QdS has been on my mind for a long time... My adopted hometown has the right idea: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/07/cirque-du-soleil.html
  16. Infrastructures artistiques - De l'action malgré la crise Le Devoir Martine Letarte Édition du samedi 28 et du dimanche 29 mars 2009 Mots clés : Théâtre, Infrastructures, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Prix, Culture, Québec (province) « Avant, les gens devaient attendre dehors... » Travaux en cours au Théâtre Denise-Pelletier Les compressions budgétaires du gouvernement Harper et leurs conséquences font les manchettes depuis plusieurs mois. Si tout n'est pas rose, tout n'est pas noir pour autant. Plusieurs compagnies artistiques sont actuellement en train de bâtir de grandes réalisations pour leurs infrastructures. L'un des grands projets en cours est la reconstruction du Théâtre de Quat'Sous. Le projet, né il y a près de 15 ans dans l'esprit de l'équipe du Quat'Sous, a été annoncé officiellement en décembre 2006. «L'ouverture est prévue le 27 avril. Ce sera l'aboutissement de plusieurs années de travail», se réjouit Éric Jean, directeur artistique et général du Quat'Sous. Parmi les nouveautés, on retrouvera des éléments aussi essentiels pour un théâtre que des loges, une salle de répétitions, un chauffage adéquat, un système de climatisation et un hall d'entrée plus spacieux. «Avant, les gens devaient attendre dehors, s'exclame M. Jean. Nous utiliserons aussi le hall d'entrée pour accueillir d'autres formes d'art, comme des expositions de photos, des lancements de livres ou de disques, etc.» Après 54 ans d'existence, le Quat'Sous est donc sur le point de renaître, sans toutefois se dénaturer. «Nous demeurons un théâtre à l'italienne à l'échelle humaine, avec nos balcons et nos sièges fixes», précise-t-il. La reconstruction du Quat'-Sous a nécessité des investissements de 4,5 millions de dollars. Le ministère de la Culture a fourni 3,7 millions et le reste est venu du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, de la Ville de Montréal et d'une campagne de financement. Théâtre Denise-Pelletier Le Théâtre Denise-Pelletier bénéficie également d'une importante rénovation depuis l'automne dernier. «On refait la pente de la salle, le système électrique, le système de cin-tres, les passerelles, et on restaure le foyer d'origine du hall d'entrée», indique Rémi Brousseau, directeur général du Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. Pour sa part, la salle Fred-Barry aura droit à un système de climatisation et à une salle de répétitions. On refait aussi tout le revêtement extérieur du bâtiment, qui se mariera davantage à celui du Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. Une nouvelle marquise sera également installée au Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. «En défaisant l'ancienne, qui datait des années 70, on a découvert de petites balustrades qui mettaient en valeur la marquise originale des années 1930. Nous avons décidé de remettre à l'honneur ces éléments architecturaux, qui s'harmoniseront avec la nouvelle marquise, et celle-ci rappellera beaucoup la marquise d'origine», explique M. Brousseau. La réouverture est prévue à l'automne. Pour entreprendre sa cure de rajeunissement, le Théâtre Denise-Pelletier a pu compter sur le ministère de la Culture (8,1 millions) et sur Patrimoine Canada (2,4 millions), en plus d'avoir organisé une campagne de financement qui a rapporté 600 000 $. À la SAT La Société des arts technologiques (SAT) se lance également dans des travaux majeurs pour que son immeuble du boulevard Saint-Laurent, un ancien marché public, réponde mieux aux besoins. «Il faut réaménager tous les espaces et acheter de l'équipement», affirme Jean-François Jasmin, coordonnateur des communications à la SAT. Le projet le plus spectaculaire concerne certainement la façade, qui s'élèvera sur 12 mètres et sur laquelle se greffera une oeuvre lumineuse développée par Axel Morgenthaler. «Ce sera comme un immense store pixellisé qui sera installé sur la façade. Captée et réfléchie par les lattes motorisées, la lumière du jour ou de la nuit s'harmonisera avec la lumière technologique des pixels», explique M. Jasmin. Sur le toit de la SAT, on aménagera également une terrasse avec un service de restauration et la SATinoire, une installation lumineuse interactive destinée aux jeunes. La SAT présentera également différentes installations sonores éclatées, comme le rideau sonore à l'entrée qui évoluera avec les mouvements lumineux de l'oeuvre de Morgenthaler. Les travaux doivent commencer à l'automne, et tout devrait être opérationnel au début de 2010. «Jusqu'à maintenant, nous savons que le ministère de la Culture nous donne au moins deux millions, et nous avons plusieurs partenaires privés», précise M. Jasmin. Marie Chouinard Après plusieurs années de travail acharné, LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE-Espace Marie Choui-nard a été inaugurée en janvier dernier. En plus des bureaux et d'un entrepôt, l'immeuble complètement rénové du 4499, avenue de l'Esplanade comprend un gymnase spécialisé, des vestiaires, des douches, une cuisine, un salon vert et deux studios avec planchers résilients, dont un de 3625 pieds carrés, sans colonnes. Enfin, l'immeuble a une vue imprenable sur le mont Royal, élément d'inspiration très important pour la créatrice depuis ses débuts. Toujours dans l'attente Si des projets se concluent, d'autres attendent toujours la première pelletée de terre. C'est le cas, évidemment, de la déjà future salle de l'OSM. Après avoir remis leur proposition technique en novembre dernier, les trois consortiums intéressés par le projet ont déposé au début du mois leur proposition financière auprès de l'Agence des partenariats public-privé. Le nom de la firme qui obtiendra le contrat sera connu très bientôt, d'autant plus que la livraison de la future salle est prévue en 2011. Le nouvel espace pourra accueillir 1900 spectateurs, 200 choristes et 120 musiciens. Le budget total du projet, évalué à 105 millions en 2006, sera revu à la hausse. Au théâtre La Licorne, on attend toujours des sous du gouvernement fédéral pour lancer le projet d'agrandissement qui permettrait aux deux salles d'accueillir plus de spectateurs, mais aussi de fonctionner de façon indépendante. «Actuellement, ce n'est pas possible puisque l'insonorisation est déficiente et que nous manquons d'espace dans le hall d'entrée», indique Danièle Drolet, directrice administrative et des communications. Le théâtre, qui n'a pas bénéficié de rénovation majeure depuis 20 ans, réorganiserait aussi son espace et améliorerait ses équipements pour être en mesure de mieux accueillir les productions actuelles. Et, enfin, La Petite Licorne serait climatisée! «Nous sommes prêts, indique Mme Drolet. Nous avons amassé 400 000 $, et l'immeuble voisin nous est réservé. Nous avons une entente de principe avec le gouvernement provincial et nous espérons une réponse du fédéral au printemps.» http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/03/28/242181.html (28/3/2009 13H34)
  17. Source: Taylor Noakes Je ne suis pas souvent d'accord avec ce type, mais ce billet est intéressant. Cliquez le lien pour y voir les photos nécessaire pour bien comprendre l'article. Came across an interesting conversation on Montreal City Weblog that started out about a bit of news that the Hilton Bonaventure is up for sale but ended up on the subject of some of our city’s ugliest buildings. The question was whether the entirety of Place Bonaventure was on the block or just the Hotel (and what the Hotel’s stake in the building was, by extension), and one commentator stated he’d prefer to see the building destroyed and replaced with a ‘proper European-styled train station, a worthy Southern Entrance to the city’ (I’m paraphrasing but that was the gist of it). Ultimately it is just the hotel that is for sale. Of note, the Delta Centre-Ville (another building I have mixed feelings about) recently announced it is closing in October, putting some 350 people out of work. The University Street building, co-located with the Tour de la Bourse is to be converted into – get this – high-end student housing. I don’t know if the rotating restaurant on the upper floors is still operational, but I’m going to find out. I can imagine a high-priced and slightly nauseating meal with a fantastic if intermittent view awaits… The Hilton Bonaventure occupies the top floors of Place Bonaventure, a building designed from the inside-out that was originally conceived as an international trade centre and convention space. When opened in 1967 it boasted an immense convention hall, five floors of international wholesalers, two floors of retail shopping, a collection of international trade mission head offices and the aforementioned hotel. The building was heavily modified in 1998, losing its wholesale and retail shopping component as it was converted into office space. The exterior is in the brutalist style of poured, ribbed concrete, some of which has cracked and fallen off. Though an architecturally significant building, it’s far from a beauty. The rooftop hotel is perhaps the building’s best feature, involving a sumptuous interior aesthetic heavy on earth tones interacting with plenty of natural sunlight, bathing the hotel’s multiple levels while simultaneously exposing the well-cultivated rooftop garden and pool. In any event, the discussion on Montreal City Weblog brought up general disinterest in Place Bonaventure’s looks, but commentators had other ideas about what they considered to be our city’s truly ugliest building. Montreal Forum, circa 1996. Montreal Forum, circa 1996. Weblog curator Kate McDonnell’s pick is the Cineplex Pepsi AMC Forum Entertainment Complex Extravaganza (brought to you by Jonathan Wener at Canderel Realty). I won’t disgrace the pages of this blog by showing you what it looks like – just go take a waltz around Ste-Catherine’s and Atwater and when you start dry heaving you’ll know you’re looking at one of the worst architectural abominations to ever befall a self-respecting society. The above image is what the Forum looked like pre-conversion, probably shortly after the Habs moved to the Bell Centre (formerly the Molson Centre, formerly General Dynamics Land Systems Place). This would’ve been the Forum’s second or third makeover since it was first built in the 1920s, and as you can see, a strong local Modernist vibe with just a touch of the playful in the inter-lacing escalators deigned to look like crossed hockey sticks is pretty much all there is to it. Simple, straightforward, even a touch serious – a building that looked like the ‘most storied building in hockey history’. But today – yea gods. Frankly I’m surprised we haven’t formed a mob to arson it all the way back to hell, where the current incarnation of the Montreal Forum aptly belongs. From what I’ve heard Satan needs a multiplex on which to show nothing but Ishtar. All that aside, I agree that the Forum is awfully ugly, but it’s not my choice for ugliest city-wide. Other suggestions from the conversation included the Port Royal Apartments on Sherbrooke and the National Bank Building on Place d’Armes, though commentators seemed to agree this was mostly because they felt the building was out of place, and rendered ugly more by the context of its surroundings, or its imposition upon them, than anything else. The Big O was mentioned, as was Concordia’s ice-cube tray styled Hall Building. La Cité was brought up as an ultimately failed project that disrupts a more cohesive human-scale neighbourhood, and so were some of McGill’s mid-1970s pavilions. Surprisingly, the Chateau Champlain wasn’t brought up, though I’ve heard many disparage it as nothing but a fanciful cheese-grater. 1200 McGill College - Centre Capitol 1200 McGill College – Centre Capitol But after all that is said and done, I’m not convinced we’ve found Montreal’s ugliest building. My personal choice is 1200 McGill College, the building above, a drab and dreary brown brick and smoked glass office tower of no particular architectural merit or patrimonial value that I personally believe is ugly by virtue of marring the beauty of the buildings around it, notably Place Ville Marie and just about everything else on McGill College. Worse still, it replaced what was once a grand theatre – the Capitol – with something that would ultimately become a large Roger’s call centre. Ick. However much corporate office real estate our city happens to have, we could all do without whatever this puny out-of-style building provides. Suffice it to say, I would gladly sell tickets to its implosion. But in writing this article I remembered a building even more hideous and out of place than 1200 McGill College: This monstrosity… Avis Parking Garage on Dorchester Square - credit to Spacing Montreal Avis Parking Garage on Dorchester Square – credit to Spacing Montreal There is simply no excuse for a multi-level parking garage conceived in such ostentatiously poor taste to occupy such a prime piece of real estate as this, and so I can only infer that the proprietor is either making a killing in the parking game or, that the proprietor is waiting to try and get building height restrictions relaxed. It’d be a great spot for a tony condo complex, but given that it’s wedged between the iconic Sun Life and Dominion Square buildings it’s likely the lot has some significant zoning restrictions, making a tower – the only really viable residential model given the size of the plot – highly unlikely. I can’t imagine a tower on this spot would do anything but take away from the already hyper precise proportions of the square. Personally, I think the spot would be ideal for a medium-sized venue, especially considering it’s adjacent to the preserved former Loews Theatre, currently occupied by the Mansfield Athletic Association. In better days the city might have the means to redevelop the former Loews into a new performance venue; a gym can go anywhere, an authentic turn of the century vaudeville-styled theatre is a precious commodity these days. Think about it – a medium-sized theatre and performance complex in the middle of a pre-existing entertainment and retail shopping district. I think that might work here. Either way – boo on this parking lot. And come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind seeing just about every single modernist apartment tower built in the McGill and Concordia ghettoes in the 1960s and 1970s removed from the skyline as well. But I leave it to you – what do you think is the single ugliest building in Montreal? Feel free to send pics if you have them.
  18. Le vieux théâtre sera démoli Le Théâtre de Quat'Sous, un des lieux mythiques du théâtre montréalais, sera démoli mardi prochain. L'ancienne synagogue de la rue des Pins qui abritait le Théâtre de Quat'Sous depuis 40 ans, sera remplacée par un nouveau théâtre plus moderne et plus grand. Après avoir retiré l'amiante et certains éléments de la structure interne, les ouvriers procéderont mardi à la démolition de la structure afin de procéder à l'excavation du site. Le nouveau Quat'Sous sera deux fois plus grand que l'ancien. Le projet de 4 millions de dollars, financé en grande partie par Québec, comprend aussi une salle de répétition, des espaces publics plus vastes et des loges plus spacieuses. L'équipe du Quat'Sous espère être en mesure d'utiliser ses nouveaux espaces au cours de la saison 2008-2009. Le petit théâtre fondé par l'acteur Paul Buissonneau a fêté ses 50 ans en 2005.
  19. DHC/ART met Montréal sur la carte Phoebe Greenberg, artiste, femme d’affaires et diplômée de l’École internationale de théâtre Jacques-Lecoq, à Paris, a créé la fondation DCH/ART, qui versera notamment 1,3 million par année aux artistes contemporains. Photo André Pichette, La Presse Mario Cloutier La Presse Le nouvel espace d’exposition DHC/ART ouvre ses portes vendredi dans le Vieux-Montréal avec une quarantaine d’œuvres récentes de l’artiste britannique Marc Quinn, sa première exposition individuelle au Canada et sa plus importante organisée à ce jour en Amérique du Nord. Jusqu’au 6 janvier 2008. [/url] Ce nouveau lieu de diffusion permanent accueillera ensuite des expositions internationales, trop grandes pour la plupart des galeries et comparables à ce que font plusieurs musées. Derrière tout ça, une nouvelle fondation, qui versera notamment 1,3 million par année aux artistes contemporains. La mécène Phoebe Greenberg en a voulu ainsi. Elle nageait sous la surface depuis longtemps à Montréal. Doucement, craintivement presque, elle émerge avec un immense cadeau à sa ville d’adoption, elle qui est née à Ottawa, au sein d’une famille reconnue pour sa philanthropie, et qui a aussi vécu en Europe. «Tout a commencé avec une idée : réfléchir à la condition humaine. J’aurais pu créer une fondation dans un autre domaine, mais les arts comptent vraiment pour moi. C’est là ou je peux exceller», explique-t-elle. Artiste, femme d’affaires, Mme Greenberg nous vient du théâtre. Elle est diplômée de l’École internationale de théâtre Jacques-Lecoq à Paris. Elle a joué, elle a produit des spectacles, produit et écrit un court métrage de Denis Villeneuve l’été dernier. Mais l’œuvre de sa vie, c’est indéniablement cette galerie à couper le souffle, avec ses puits de lumière, ses murs rétractables et un ascenseur transparent. La Presse a eu la chance d’y pénétrer sur la pointe des pieds avec la maîtresse des lieux. Les employés s’affairaient à ouvrir les boîtes contenant les pièces de Marc Quinn, ou pourrait-on dire, les «cercueils» de ses troublantes sculptures. «Les artistes qui sont venus voir aiment les dimensions. L’édifice présente des défis, mais nous avons tenté de créer un espace flexible sans être une boîte blanche», dit-elle en déambulant dans ce joyeux bordel pré-exposition. L’art en avant-scène Auparavant, DHC/ART avait aidé David Altmejd pour son séjour à la Biennale de Venise cette année. Plus tôt encore cette année, le groupe avait aussi présenté en primeur à Montréal le film Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle. DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain est une OSBL qui ne fonctionne qu’avec des dons privés. «Le secteur a une responsabilité face aux arts», croit Mme Greenberg. DHC sont les lettres de sa compagnie de production, Diving Horses Creations, un nom inspiré d’un divertissement populaire dans les années 1880 où un cheval plongeait de très haut dans une piscine. Pourtant, Phoebe Greenberg ne semble pas de celles prêtes à se lancer dans le vide. Mais elle n’aime pas parler d’elle-même. Son amour pour l’art prend toute la place. Elle en parle avec chaleur et pertinence. Au long de son parcours, de ses voyages, elle a vu que le talent existe à profusion chez nous et que celui qui triomphe à l’étranger veut venir respirer l’air créatif de Montréal. «Montréal est une ville jeune et vibrante, dit-elle. Nous avons besoin de voir des expositions internationales. Il y a énormément de talent ici. Dans mes voyages, en visitant les biennales, j’ai compris que les artistes étaient inspirés par l’idée de venir à Montréal, même s’ils ne sont jamais venus. Marc Quinn est un grand artiste et je suis honorée qu’il ait accepté notre invitation.» _________________________________________________________ Marc Quinn à la galerie DHC/ART, 451, rue Saint-Jean, à partir de vendredi. Infos : www.dhc-art.org.
  20. http://blog.rayside.qc.ca/theatre-paradoxe-place-au-spectacle/ Théâtre Paradoxe – Place au spectacle! Le réaménagement de l’église Notre-Dame-du-Perpétuel-Secours, dans le quartier Côte-St-Paul – Ville-Émard, à Montréal, est un projet dont nous sommes particulièrement fiers. Il s’agit pour Montréal de la première église de grande envergure transformée en salle de spectacles. Le projet est synonyme de succès puisqu’il permet de conserver un bâtiment à haute valeur patrimoniale et qu’il s’intègre dans son quartier d’accueil tout en répondant à des enjeux sociaux locaux. Désormais occupée par le Groupe Paradoxe, un organisme de réinsertion professionnelle œuvrant sur deux volets, soit la formation de la main-d’œuvre et les services multimédia (support à l’organisation d’événements, enregistrements audio et vidéo, etc.), l’église contient une salle multifonctionnelle de 850 places pouvant accueillir différents types d’événements. La salle est en fonction depuis septembre dernier. Le sous-sol regroupe différents locaux tels des salles de pratique, d’enregistrement audio et vidéo ainsi que des salles d’entreposage. Le presbytère, dont la construction devrait s’achever en juillet prochain, accueillera les bureaux de l’organisme de même que des logements pour mères monoparentales et des chambres de transition. À travers ses activités, l’organisme offre des programmes de formation et des emplois à des jeunes marginalisés. Le parti architectural choisi est simple, mais représente un défi de taille : donner une nouvelle vie à l’église tout en préservant autant que possible ses caractéristiques architecturales et en assurant l’intégration du site au milieu environnant. De nombreux détails architecturaux ont été préservés dans le cadre du projet de transformation ainsi que certaines parties du mobilier. Les bancs d’église ont notamment été réutilisés pour construire les bars! Les vitraux ont été préservés et ajoutent à l’ambiance des spectacles. Plusieurs interventions ont également été nécessaires pour transformer la nef, qui représente toujours un défi architectural de taille dans les projets de conversion d’église. L’acoustique de la salle a été atténuée pour éviter les échos lors des événements. PLAN REZ-DE-CHAUSSE PLAN SOUS-SOL À une époque où de plus en plus de nos églises doivent être fermées et démolies, le projet Paradoxe est un exemple inspirant d’une église à laquelle on a su redonner vie. De plus, elle continue, à travers ses nouvelles fonctions, de jouer un rôle central au sein de la communauté. Le théâtre Paradoxe est une célébration du passé tournée vers l’avenir. Vidéo produite par Paradoxe sur la construction du projet > Pour plus d’information sur le projet http://www.theatreparadoxe.com/ http://www.patrimoine-religieux.qc.ca/fr/telechargement/cahier_4_theatre_paradoxe_montreal2.pdf http://decouvrez.gcaimmobilier.com/2015/03/06/theatre-paradoxe-reconvertir-une-eglise-pour-batir-un-quartier/ sent via Tapatalk
  21. Théâtre Saint-James. Avant The Canadian Bank of Commerce vas être rénoné en Théâtre. Je n'ai pas plus d'info. . Yvon L'Aîné
  22. Théâtre Alphonse-Desjardins Firme gagnante: Architectes FAB
  23. Old Damascus is quite unique, it is enclosed by very high walls and it can only be accessed by very few doors ( i believe 7 of them). Streets are never wider than the width of two cars, and most of them are unmapped and wide enough for one person to pass. Old Damascus is composed of a good sized Christian Minority, and you can find packed Churches on Sundays and other Holidays. Old Damascus is the heart of the oldest still inhabited city in the world, Damascus goes back to over 4000 years before Christ. So I'm not going to spoil any surprises, check the pics and some commentaries... i tried to be as concise as possible, but if you do have questions, just ask. If you haven't checked the first part: Going to Old Damascus There's no detached houses in Damascus, its all 3-4-5 stories with no elevator. Thats why you don't see many fat Syrians :-) The almighty Minister of Finance... aka Mafia. My host in his '78 Mercedes annoyed by my too many pics... he hasn't seen nothing yet. The usual 3 lanes become 6 lanes traffic in Syria. More fountains... Notice the fruits on the left, that guy makes amazing fresh pressed juice... I was always having one too... 25sp or 50 cents. That's the most important commercial street in Damascus, the mazout deliverer and his horse perfectly blend. The almighty Commercial Bank of Syria... the biggest fiasco I've ever witnessed in my life... it takes maybe 5 or 6 signatures to cash in a regular cheque (45 minutes)... to bad I couldn't take any pics inside. A roundabout, very common. Another common sight... ok maybe not, a fellah wit his lamb :-) A vestige of old railroad tracks. Thats a movie theatre... look at those sexy women. BTW, going to the movies in Syria is seen as a bad thing by the masses. A viaduc. Thats the old central station. Good luck in getting in. Can't remember what was that building. Thats the telegraph and communication central... if you want a phone line, you go there. (the waiting list for a phone line was so long that we got it nearly 10 years after we already moved to Canada) Market (Souq) al-Hamidiyya and Roman ruins So we wanted to visit Al Hamidiyya, unique I confess, and encolsed in Old Damascus. These are the walls of Old Damascus. Thats the new part of the markt... not intresting. That guy on the left doesn't seem to like being taken in a picture :-) Here we are... it is encolsed by roof. This is the prime spot of the Sook (which spans on many many blocks). Secondary streets where the sook spans.