Montreal 375th Anniversary:

by | Apr 21, 2017 | 3 comments

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In 2017, Montréal will turn 375 years old.

It is hard to imagine how much have changed since the founding of Montreal in 1642.

The municipality worked hard to tell the story of the city in the nicest possible way. With as many multimedia content as possible like only Montrealers know how to.

Aura @ Basilique Notre-Dame

Pointe à Caillière - Museum of Archeology and History

Light Show @ Jacques- Cartier Bridge

Montréal Avudo

Cité Memoire

Festival des Arts de la Rue

Electro Parade

In Montreal there will always be something to do in 2017. But why 375th and not 350th ? Why not to wait for 400th.
The reason is simple and rather logic : ” Any generations should be able to enjoy a celebration such as this one “
Plus it will be the 150th anniversary of Canada.

Living Connections : Jacques-Cartier Bridge : (Starting May 17)

Moment Factory and other local multimedia and lighting studios teamed up on this one. The bridge for the next 10 years will be a giant data-responsive light installation. According to the seasons and to social media, the intensity, speed and density of these lights will change (depending on how often Montreal is mentioned on social media for example).

Pointe-à-Caillière : Archaeology and History
This is the right place to retrace the path of the first settlers. The Museum is built on the exact spot where Montréal was founded.
A multimedia show will make you travel through time from the first encounter with the Iroquois, to WW2.
The other part of the visit will tell you more about practices and customs and you will understand how this still has a very important influence on social behaviour.

Avudo :
On the Saint Laurent from May 17 to September 2 the Old Port will come alive.
The outdoor show was created to attract over 180 000 people. Illustrations, animations and archive documents will be played on four water screens as well as on containers columns (94 of them).

Cité mémoire : Old Montréal
More than 20 different animations scattered in the streets of old Montreal. Download the application Montreal en Histoires to get more info about each augmented reality and much more. Each of them describes a character having participated in the evolution of the city.

Aura at Basilique Notre-Dame :
Madonna, Cirque du Soleil, Olympic Games Opening, you name it. Moment Factory Team has been working for the biggest show. Specialized in multimedia and interactive technology, the mission to cover in virtual images the Basilique Notre-Dame is a success. The 17 minutes show brought “going to church” to an all new level.

Space for Life : Butterflies go free
If the weather is not on your side you can always head to Montréal Botanical Gardens next to Montréal’s Olympic Park.
A planetarium, a Biodome and an Insectarium will keep you dry for hours.

With over 100 festivals a year, an Entertainment and an Innovation District, Museums, an amazing nightlife, with tons of bars, there is no way you will get bored in Montreal.
And if you are more of a Foodaholic, we’ve got you covered.

Happening Gourmand in Old Montréal – January
Le Chop – January
Montréal Poutine Week – February
Je t’aime au Chocolat – February
Montréal en Lumière – February / March
Chef à l’Erable / Sugar Shack – March / April
Fete du Croissant – May
Invasion Cocktail – May
Mondial de la Biere – June
Taste of the Caribbean – June
Yul Eat – September
Burger Week Montréal – September
Oysterfest Montréal – September
Omnivore Food Festival – September
Martinique Gourmande – September
MTL à Table – November
La Grande Degustation de Montréal – November
Fete des Vins du Quebec – November
Made with Love / Mxology – December

In a nutshell:

For any more info :

Thanks to the Montréal Tourism Board who helped us planning the itinerary. We feel like we truly did manage to feel Montréal vibes and learn more about where does the culture come from. Even so we only scratch the surface. 

We can only recommend to hire a guide for few hours. René Lemieux did a fantastic job to share his love for Montreal. Brighten up our morning with information which cannot be found in any books.


  1. Loesje

    Hello from The Netherlands. Nice article, do you know when Avudo will be playing ? Do you need to buy tickets ? We are going to Montreal in June.
    Thank you

    • Banana Journey

      Good afternoon Loesje.
      The show will be free, so we highly recommend to get there early. There will be around 100 representation spread out between May and September.
      Check for more info.


  2. Yves C

    Je suis un vrai fan du travail de Moment Factory, mais nous nous attendions avec ma famille à un “spectacle” plus long.



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