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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.