Initial Visions for Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles Unveiled

The Quartier des spectacles, known for its varied functions as a centre for community, student, and artistic life is considered to be a cultural hub, but one in need of strategic planning. A Quartier des spectacles partnership (QDSP) was formed in 2003 to develop financial and other tools necessary to spur the establishment of cultural businesses, artist residencies and property access programs for all residents. On June 22 they unveiled their initial vision pursuant to a 2002 Montreal Summit that recognized the importance of improving the city’s urban fabric. The QDSP is formed of 21 member organizations from the public and private sectors. Initial policy initiatives are being translated into a series of images meant to develop ideas into an eventual reality. NOMADE architecture and Brire Gilbert + Associs have been hired to facilitate the planning process with visuals that vary from massing diagrams, perspectives, and the branding of the complete initiative. The QDSP is calling for a more unified streetscape and is intended to eliminate vacant lots and regenerate the existing urban fabric. Links to the Palais des congrs, Chinatown, the business district and Plateau Mont-Royal will also be strengthened. Local interventions include measures to protect cultural assets, increase residential densification and the general management of parking and traffic. Other development efforts include strengthening the cultural anchors of Place des Arts and the Quartier Latin, in addition to creating a community area near Habitations Jeanne-Mance. The existing area delineated by City Councillors Street to the west, Berri Street to the east, Sherbrooke Street to the north and Ren-Lvesque Boulevard to the south, has 28 entertainment venues and provides 8,500 jobs from 264 cultural initiatives. Nonetheless, the area has 47 vacant lots representing 10% of the land. There are plans to coordinate and integrate the existing resources and the approximately 40 real estate projects being assessed in the area. For more information, please visit