The new Quartier des Spectacles (Entertainment District) in Montreal is known for its animation, its friendliness, its cultural activities and creativity.
The qualities the Quartier des Spectacles possesses today are not what were originally planned for the area.
This is why over a period that the area facing the Montreal Place des Arts has been transformed to accommodate the changes.
After the Place des Festivals, the Promenade des Artistes and the Parterre, it is now the turn of the Sainte-Catherine Street West, one of the most famous commercial streets in North America, to follow suit.
The Montreal Quartier des Spectacles is actually a 250 acres entertainment section within the downtown district area of Montreal.
To date it is the largest city improvement project in a North American urban center.
In a distinctive environment of international quality, at the height of the cultural metropolis that is Montreal, the street will now offer Montrealers and visitors a more enjoyable place to walk safely, shopping, eating, or enjoy the most festive of occasions that will take place there.
The heart of the Quartier des Spectacles is a place that creates an atmosphere which is conducive to being at a party whilst you are enjoying the most spectacular of summer celebrations.
The area is transformed into one large open space that is free from all forms of physical restrictions, such as street furniture and street trees. This is what makes the area so special as a center for festivities.
From May 17 to September 3 each Monday to Friday the area will be pedestrianized to allow a festive program of street theatre that will combine both humorous and unusual performances.
Similar performances will take place in the early evenings each Thursday and Friday.
The new layout of the Sainte-Catherine Street West creates a unique public space in Montreal. The Quartier des Spectacles was specifically adapted to accept the very large crowds.
The entertainment district is transformed into one large open space that is free from all forms of physical restrictions, such as street furniture and street trees. This is what makes the area so special as a center for festivities.
The Quartier des Spectacles with its rich and diverse cultural offerings, features numerous cultural events.
The Sainte-Catherine Street West will be pedestrianized between Bleury and Saint-Laurent Street. This will allow everybody the perfect opportunity to experience a unique urban experience.
The street will actually allow people a great place to walk freely to enjoy the many festivals that will take place there.
This will provide pedestrian, Mondays to Fridays during the lunch hour, and at home from work Thursday and Friday, an animation of the most festive street theater combining a program of fun and unusual performances. Sainte-Catherine is available, whatever your mode of transport.
Did you know that Montreal is known around the world for its artistic vitality? Drop by the Quartier des Spectacles and you will realise why.
The area is the center of where all the creative disciplines converge to display the artistic vitality that Montreal is famous for.
Summer is the time of the year I am seriously thinking about having to clone, quit my job or at least take a sabbatical, Montreal has so much to offer.
I'm not complaining! I like the idea of ??living in a city where one does not wonder what you will do, but how you can find enough time to do everything. It's a nice problem to have.
There are more than 30 theaters in and around the district that stretches around the Sainte-Catherine and Saint Laurent Streets.
For example, the Place des Arts hosts the Montreal Festivals crowd in major festivals like: