With Warm Summer Days quickly fading and the kids off to a new start at school for the 2017- 2018 Academic Year, it may appear that quieter times are ahead…

However, the city of Montreal is ever bustling with activities for its 375th Anniversary and Gen’s Delights is happy to share what’s new, exciting and happening this week:

 


The 12th World Press Photo Exhibition

Presented daily at Bonsecours Market from August 30th to October 1st,

Hailed as Montreal’s flagship cultural attraction of the fall season, the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition will present the 150 prize winning photographs of 2016 as well as many additional side exhibitions in Bonsecours Market’s mezzanine space.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its headquarters in Amsterdam. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide

Often dubbed as the Oscars of photojournalism, the World Press Photo is the most prestigious press photography contest on the planet. During the year, the exhibition travels to 100 cities in over 45 countries and is seen by more than 4 million visitors. In 2016, the Montreal exhibit welcomed over 50, 000 visitors. In February 2017, the jury sifted through more than 80,000 images submitted by over 5,000 photojournalists hailing from 125 countries.

A loggerhead sea turtle swims entangled in abandoned fishing gear off the coast of Tenerife Canary Islands. A 1st prize nature picture taken by Spanish photographer Francis Perez for the World Press Photo exhibit in Montreal

At the official press launch held on August 29th,  Montreal was proud to welcome spokesperson, actor and musician Sébastien Ricard, Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici of the Associated Press, winner of the World Press Photo of the Year and  Canadian photographer Amber Bracken, 1st place winner in the Contemporary Issues category.

Partners of the 2017 edition of World Press Photo Montreal

The Montreal edition of World Press Photo is produced by Arkar, in collaboration with ICI RDI, LaPresse+, Newad, Planète+, La Vitrine Culturelle, Urbania, Nightlife.ca, Publicité Sauvage, L’itinéraire, Oxfam-Québec, the SDC Vieux-Montréal and the Maison de la photo de Montréal.

The amazing Oxfam Quebec / Congo team with photographer Eric St-Pierre

For more information on opening hours and admission price please visit : www.worldpressphoto.org


KM3 : A New Public Art -Walk and Special Events this Fall

From August 30th  until October 15th Montrealers and visitors are invited to discover a new participatory large scale public art walk called #KM3 (kilometer cube), in the #quartierdesspectacles, as part of #montreal375 celebrations !

Converging lines and diverging forces blend in Vincent Morisset and Caroline Robert ‘s piece : Bridge – Bench , located in a skate park!

More than 20 original works have been installed throughout the Quartier des Spectacles – on the facade of buildings, around public parks, sidewalks, windows and even in surprising places!

The installation invites the public to see the city under a new light: surprising, dreamlike and reinvented.


A series of special events will also occur to complement this unique art-walk experience,  such as last evening’s “Exquisite Banquet” : a special food event created by #NicholasFonsecs and #JudithPortier featuring culinary creations by 8 chefs working from instructions inspired by the poetic and somewhat surrealistic, #corpsegame.

To make the most of your visit, I recommend reserving a guided tour by either foot or bicycle ($) .  Expect to spend at least 3 hours to tour and interact with all 22 installments.

For a complete schedule of activities and a description of the KMart installations,  please visit their website : HERE 


 

Expo 67 celebrated !

In 1967, Montreal hosted a universal exposition that embraced modernity and that changed the face of Quebec to the world on a fantastic scale.

As Montreal celebrates its 375th , the city pays dual homage to the 50th anniversary of this unforgettable, historic encounter with several themed exhibits and activities in several museums across the city.

McCord Museum

Discover the world of Expo 67 & experience the effervescence of Montreal’s fashion scene with the FASHIONING EXPO67 exhibit at the McCord museum.

Here is your chance to view rare Archival Footage, Drawings, Photographs and over 60 detailed outfits from a time that embraced visual image, display, and spectacle to promote its optimistic and forward-looking world view.

Expo 67 was a modern mix of art, architecture, technology and design that conveyed a message of boldness and creativity that resonated well with young Canadian designers and manufacturers.

They boldly took advantage of this exceptional world showcase to leave their mark in history by seizing the opportunity to participate in projects such as on – site futuristic fashion magazine spreads, designing local uniforms for hostesses, and producing live fashion shows with roller skating models.

Credit : McCord museum

The exhibition currently runs from March 17th until October 1st 2017.

For more information please visit the McCord’s main site : HERE


IN SEARCH OF EXPO 67

Cheryl Sim, Un jour, One Day, 2017Film still.

A major exhibition of new works by contemporary Québec and Canadian artists, inspired by Expo 67.

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) proudly presents a contemporary artistic exploration of one of the greatest moments of Quebec history. In Search of Expo 67 brings an original perspective to the big issues the World Fair addressed.

Visitors can browse and interact with 19 architecture, sound, visual, film and musical works by contemporary Quebec and Canadian artists, including 16 new pieces.

Driven by committed artistic and archival research, the artworks highlight the exceptional creative liberty given to the artists, architects, filmmakers and designers who took part in the original world exhibition.

Visitors can admire their experimentation with state-of-the-art technology and ponder the diverse nature of their creations.

Water fountain with strobe light effect by #OlafurEliasson

For more information on the exhibit please visit: HERE


To fully enjoy an amplified experience of Expo67, obtain your free passport at any of the participating museums , register it and enjoy a bevy of exclusive offers and discounts.

Discover the entire program celebrating Expo67’s 50th anniversary on the 375mtl.com/en/expo67 site.