Les Printemps du Palais set the stage for design

Our public spaces are blooming with new vibes thanks to Les Printemps du Palais. This 100% local lineup of cultural, art- and design-driven experiences is the Palais’ way of inviting Montréalers to come rediscover their iconic convention centre through a number of initiatives strictly by artists from here.

Montréal is a city of design, and this is amply reflected in the lineup put together in tandem with MASSIVart. The Palais now houses numerous public living spaces that are serving to energize our common areas.

Îlot vert – A coworking space

It begins with a coworking space designed by Aire Commune and occupying a portion of Place Riopelle Hall, where professionals or students can meet and work. This innovatively designed area furnished with swing tables is meant to foster creativity and productivity, in a friendly lounge-like atmosphere. Equipped with power outlets, this unusual workspace will fit your needs perfectly for hosting fruitful meetings.

Stimulating ping-pong tables

Labodeco created these custom made stimulating ping-pong tables specifically for the Palais, so visitors could let loose during their coffee break. A ping-pong match among coworkers or friends is a great way to get your mind off things. You’ll find the glowing yellow tables in Place Riopelle Hall and the box office area.

Contemporary lounge furniture

And finally, the design studio Machine expertly put together this Palais-inspired multicoloured furniture in Viger Hall where the public can come relax. The small colourful compartments allow you to kick back for a spell, while interacting with others or meeting new people.

All of these public living spaces are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why not drop by?

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Some amazing installations at Les Printemps du Palais

Creating unforgettable moments and experiences is at the core of the Palais des congrès de Montréal’s new vision. Les Printemps du Palais, this lineup of all-local art-and design-driven experiences jointly put together with MASSIVart, meets this objective 100%.

Alongside the ephemeral works and public living spaces being presented, the Palais has also added a series of new installations intended to stir interaction and energize its common areas.

Public pianos with a Montréal touch  

In order to add a touch of ambiance to the shopping mall, the Palais has installed public pianos that everyone is free to use. Whether you play professionally or for fun, you can pull up a piano bench and entertain passersby, who will welcome the experience of shopping to the sounds of local musicians.

Committed to showcasing local creatives, the Palais asked three Montréal artists to personalize the appearance of the pianos with something unique. Despite pianos making for an unusual canvas, artists La Charbonne, Cyndie Belhumeur and Maylee Keo let their imaginations roam free, resulting in an impressively symbiotic interplay between the visual arts and music.

Inspiring self-serve libraries

You can now share your love of books with thousands of local and foreign visitors via our self-serve libraries. The premise is simple, and it is growing increasingly popular: you simply bring in any book and swap it for another. Since the Palais hosts tourists from all over the world, you can be sure the books will be travelling quite a bit! The libraries act like a trading floor of ideas and discoveries, helping to fulfill the Palais’ mission on a daily basis. These fun facilities tailor built for the Palais by Labodeco can be found as you exit the Place-d’Armes metro station and inside Place Riopelle Hall.

Pedal-powered charging stations

Rounding out the new additions at the Palais are the pedal-powered charging stations that enable visitors to charge their mobile phones while working out. These stations designed by the Montréal firm DIX au carré are a great way to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, while making sure your phone never dies. Try them out at Viger Hall!

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Les Printemps du Palais: A showcase for local artists

The Palais attracts nearly 850,000 visitors annually, and its shopping mall is passed through 13,000 times a day, making it a perfect venue for putting the talent of our local artists on display.

As part of Les Printemps du Palais, a 100% local lineup of art- and design-driven experiences put together in collaboration with MASSIVart, the convention centre is giving Montréalers and international visitors unique access to the works of local creatives. As a bonus, this large-scale initiative will also help beautify our public spaces.

RAYON – An impressive log structure

The brainchild of design workshop EN TEMPS ET LIEU, and adorning the street corner of Viger west and Saint-Urbain, this immense illuminated structure built with logs recalls the long winters we know so well and the promise that warmer spring weather inevitably follows. The materials used are going to be repurposed once the exhibition is over – a worthy green deed.

The Galeries du Palais Bear – Recycled cardboard art

If you enter the Palais from the Place-d’Armes metro station, you’ll be greeted by the Galeries du Palais Bear, setting the tone for the rest of the lineup we have in store for you. Crafted by artist Laurence Vallières from recycled cardboard, this animal sculpture evocative of the province’s wildlife will no doubt capture the imagination of young and old alike.

Maple Syrup Cans –  An ode to sugaring off season

Place Riopelle Hall is where you’ll find the display of massive maple syrup cans created by Montréal artist Whatisadam, aka WIA. Set up at the edge of Claude Cormier’s Lipstick Forest permanent installation, these iconic symbols of Québec culture are here just in time for sugaring off season!

Art Souterrain: The festival is extended at the Palais

And finally, the popular Montréal underground art festival will be enjoying an extended run at the Palais. Which means the public will have the chance to enjoy a range of works, including Stéphanie Morissette’s Volière, Justin Langlois’ Decisions, decisions, Francisco de la Barra’s Musée de carton, and Philippe Ramette’s Prothèses-sculptures.

The Palais des congrès will double as a bona fide art gallery during Les Printemps du Palais, and in the process also put on display its new vision: advocating for Montréal creativity and creating unforgettable experiences.

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Springtime events at Les Printemps du Palais

Les Printemps du Palais’ lineup of works and installations created entirely by local artists also includes many springtime activities!

Sugaring off at the Palais

A must every spring in Québec, sugaring off is a seasonal tradition we all eagerly await. Visitors can indulge their sweet tooth at Place Riopelle Hall, where we are serving maple taffy on a stick. The first 350 sticks are free, and only $2 after that.

Our charming maple taffy stand is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, until April 13, 2019.

A great way to offer international visitors a taste of Québec!

 

Palais workouts

To welcome spring and stay in shape, the Palais and Cardio Plein air are inviting the public to take part in the Palais workouts: jogging cardio classes with the convention centre as your running trail. It’s a fine way to train while rediscovering this iconic venue! Four beginner classes and four high-intensity classes are available for first-timers and seasoned exercisers, respectively. Since spots are limited to 35 participants per class, you must sign up quickly.

Signup procedure:
1) Go to this: cardiopleinair.ca/inscription
2) Create a Cardio Plein account or log in if you already have an account
3) In the Company field, enter the code: congresmtl
4) Under “Book a session,” select “Palais des congrès de Montréal – Printemps 2019”
5) Pick how many classes you would like
6) Pick a date and the type of class you would like
7) Click on “Payment (Free)”
8) Click “Confirm”

The Palais presents

The NFB and Tourisme Montréal have taken over the Palais’s screens with a series of short films and videos that bring their unique perspective to the city’s attractions and Québec culture. International visitors will get a glimpse of the wonders the city has in store for them, while Montréalers will have the opportunity to see their city from a different angle.

 

Les Printemps du Palais mean spring is here, and the celebrations are on at the Palais.

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Your electric car is welcome at the Palais!

Did you know the Palais des congrès de Montréal has two EV charging stations located inside its indoor carpark at 1025 Chenneville? The Palais actually joined the Electric Circuit in 2014 in order to grow the green services it offers and also pursue its commitment toward sustainability.

In addition to these two charging stations, there are 12 public charging stations on Saint-Antoine street, just steps from the Palais, and 12 other stations less than a 5-minute walk from one of our entrances. See this interactive map for all the locations!

Electric mobility is a trending topic these days, as evidenced during the recent Montreal International Auto Show. You can be sure your electric car won’t run out of power in and around the Palais.

…And should the owners of these vehicles need to recharge their batteries, they’ll find everything at the Galeries du Palais!

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Science talks for the general public at the Montreal International Auto Show

The Montreal International Auto Show at Palais des congrès de Montréal is just days away, and the 200,000-odd visitors expected from January 18 to 27 will be able to attend free science presentations for the general public at the Hydro-Québec Stage within The Generator, a new zone dedicated to electric mobility.

Among the variety of general audience presentations offered by FLO, CAA-Québec, and Équiterre, there are those organized by the new Centre Déclic. In plain language that everyone can understand, the sessions will cover various facets of electric mobility, explaining concepts and fostering dialogue between scientists and the public.

See the program of events put together and facilitated by science journalist and communicator Valérie Borde, who founded Centre Déclic.

The Future for Intelligent Cars (in French only)

January 19 and 27, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The cars of tomorrow will be autonomous, connected, and intelligent. But what exactly does that mean? Is it true that we’re on the verge of a new era in transportation? Which technologies are on the starting line? Join our researchers for a ride into the future!

 

The Battery Challenge  (in French only)

January 20, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Batteries limit the range of electric cars as much as they limit how much time we can spend on our cell phones. Why is it so hard to produce high-performance batteries? What’s the outlook for progress? How does a battery actually work?

 

An all-electric future? (in French only)

January 26, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There’s more and more talk about electric cars, but what about buses, trucks, and other big vehicles? Can we make everything electric? What new charging technologies are in the pipeline?

 

See the full schedule of events for the Montreal Auto Show.

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This year’s Montréal International Auto Show is sure to be electrifying!

About 200,000 visitors are expected at Palais des congrès de Montréal for the 76th Montreal International Auto Show, the biggest consumer show in the province! From January 18 to 27, automobile enthusiasts will flock to this year’s event, where the spotlight is on electric mobility.

New, high-voltage zone: The Generator

New for 2019 is The Generator, a zone dedicated to electric mobility. Here visitors will be able to learn more about electric products and services.

At the Hydro-Québec stage within The Generator, visitors will be able to attend a variety of general audience presentations on different facets of electric mobility. Auto Show ticket holders can attend science talks offered free of charge by Centre Délic, FLO, CAA-Québec, and Équiterre.

This new zone is a great add-on to this year’s record of 42 electric cars on display!

What’s inside the Black Box?

The mysterious Black Box is another new attraction where attendees can enter a mesmerizing immersive space to admire two of the three fastest cars in the world and an exotic car designed entirely in Québec! You won’t want to leave!

A jam-packed program for car fans

With so many new attractions in store, this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss. Regular visitors will be pleased to know that the Auto Show is once again offering the chance to test-drive electric, hybrid, and hydrogen vehicles—a one-of-a-kind experience. This opportunity is offered free of charge to visitors, in partnership with CAA-Québec. The Garage, an updated version of The Performance Zone, is also sure to be popular among modified car fans.

 

The full schedule can be found on the Montreal Auto Show website.

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A rewarding meeting with the hotel and hospitality community

The Palais des congrès de Montréal invited the executive directors and sales and marketing managers from member hotels of the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal (AHGM), as well as management personnel from Tourisme Montréal and the Palais, to the very first Convention Industry Round Table ever organized in Montréal. Held on December 11, the purpose of the meeting was to demystify what the Palais does and how it operates, and also to give the various tourism industry partners an opportunity to share information in order to optimize cooperation.

We surveyed these high-level players from the business tourism sector after the meeting, and the response shows they are committed to working together to attract even more major events, which will benefit both Montréal and the province. The feedback also indicates they truly valued the inaugural meeting of the Round Table and the content that was shared. So much so, they will be meeting again in the spring. The Round Table will convene quarterly.

Among the many comments and ideas we received, here are some aimed at facilitating attracting more conferences:

  • Preparing for the positive repercussions of the Palais expansion project, should it go ahead;
  • Continuing to expand on the customer experience in order to remain competitive;
  • Continuing to spotlight Montréal’s attractions in a coordinated effort with other key industry players;
  • Firmly pursuing innovation, creativity and experience creation as a means of standing out;
  • Consistently touching base with the hotel and hospitality community and other partners, and involving them in the strategies and tactics being rolled out;
  • Rethinking some of the Palais’ venues to render them even friendlier, more welcoming.

Over and above these, the Palais is also working on a host of innovative projects we’ll be telling you about soon. Stay tuned, our new CEO’s vision is taking shape quickly!

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Three consumer shows first-timers at the Palais

This fall, three new consumer shows joined the roster of exhibitions at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, thus contributing to the city’s rich calendar of events! Together, they attracted over 22,000 Montréalers eager to learn more about various topics.

A thriving success for the Montreal Vegan Festival

Although in its 5th year, this was the Montreal Vegan Festival’s first time at the Palais. It was attended by thousands of vegans, vegetarians, foodies and visitors simply curious about veganism. Last October 20 and 21, the consumer show drew more visitors than expected, who were treated to 100+ exhibitors on hand to showcase their products. Congratulations to the volunteers behind this amazing success!

The Sailing Fair drops anchor at the Palais

On November 3, various sailboat masts brushed past the ceilings of the Palais for the first time while sailing enthusiasts watched in amazement. For its 3rd edition, the event invited a number of renowned keynote speakers, and held informative and interactive workshops for the avid boaters who assembled at the Palais.

The death expo that sparked a conversation

The idea was to break taboos and facilitate discussions about subject matters related to death. It would appear the Salon de la mort succeeded on both counts on November 3 and 4. The organizers chose to host their very first show at the Palais, and the colourful and reassuring environment did not disappoint in fostering conversations with the many exhibitors, who fielded sensitive questions from thousands of visitors.

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Do you know the Palais’ official suppliers?

Palais des congrès de Montréal customers can count on the expertise of two official suppliers and one exclusive supplier for their major events. Doing business with service providers we collaborate with daily translates into numerous benefits for event organizers, starting with the impeccable synergy that exists between these providers and the Palais team.

Capital Catering: an unforgettable culinary experience

Thanks to Simon Devost-Dulude and his team of seasoned professionals, Capital Catering, our exclusive food provider, is able to craft creative, succulent menus for all group types in the city’s largest institutional kitchen. The expert kitchen staff loves using local products when designing menus, and they are masters at tailoring the menus based on your food preferences and  diet restrictions.

Freeman Audio Visual: a Canadian leader right here in the Palais

An official supplier of the Palais, Freeman can assist you with all of your audiovisual needs, including equipment rental and technical support, for events of all sizes. Their specialists thrive on innovating in order to impress your guests and providing you with unbeatable service. Choosing Freeman means partnering with someone that works at the Palais daily and therefore has intimate knowledge of the facilities. Also, they have an office onsite and maintain equipment on the premises, so you always enjoy having state-of-the-art equipment readily available when time is of the essence!

GES: the WOW makers

Because an event’s personality only truly comes alive after you decorate and configure the room hosting it, GES Canada will work their magic to transform your event space according to your minutest requirement. This official supplier of the Palais is widely reputed for the quality of their services. GES have lent their creativity to some of the world’s biggest events. They are knowledgeable, they are bold, and they will wow you.

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