Place des Arts: a multipurpose cultural complex

Place des Arts was inaugurated during a period that would prove to be one of Montréal’s most prolific in terms of major construction projects that went on to change the metropolitan landscape. Place Ville-Marie, Place Bonaventure, the Metropolitan Expressway, the Metro, the Stock Exchange Tower, Expo 67, Île Notre-Dame, and Habitat 67 all rose from the dust during the 1960s in Montréal, as did Place des Arts, which welcomed its first spectators on September 21, 1963.

Classified as a building of exceptional heritage value, Place des Arts—which has become an all-important cultural hub—was born of the desire of Montrealers to endow themselves with a concert hall that lived up to the city’s expectations. In 1955, at the initiative of Montréal’s mayor, Jean Drapeau, a group of influential businessmen laid the foundation for the project. The Centre Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Corporation was officially created in 1958, and it was through this entity that the project was taken to completion. Construction began on February 11, 1961.

Made up today of six performance halls comprising of a total of 8,000 seats, Place des Arts also includes rehearsal halls, a costume workshop, warehouses, and office space that make it a true crossroads of Montréal and Québec cultural life, located at the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles in Montréal.

Highlights

The inaugural concert at Place des Arts took place on September 21, 1963 and was led by two eminent conductors, Wilfrid Pelletier and Zubin Mehta, in the Grande Salle. This 2,990-seat hall was renamed Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in 1966, as a tribute to the famous Montréal-born conductor.

In 1964, the Centre Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Corporation was dissolved and replaced by the Régie de la Place des Arts, which in 1982 became the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal, reporting since that time to Québec’s Minister of Cultural Affairs, today the Minister of Culture and Communications.

In 1966, the Place-des-Arts Metro station was inaugurated as part of the official opening of Montréal’s subway system. The following year, in order to allow for the hosting of the World Festival of Entertainment—a major cultural event taking place concurrent to Expo 67—the Place des Arts complex was enhanced by the addition of the Theatre Building, housing Théâtre Maisonneuve and Théâtre Port-Royal. A modern version of a theatre in the Italian style, Théâtre Maisonneuve was inaugurated on April 30 by Jean-Louis Barrault and his troupe Théâtre de France Renaud-Barrault, who—along with the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde troupe—performed a program entitled Saint-Exupéry. This hall can seat 1,453 spectators.

Théâtre Port-Royal was officially inaugurated on May 3 with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. However, the first performance to have actually taken place in the hall was on the previous evening, on May 2, by Haile Selassie I’s folk theatre ensemble, under the presidency of the Emperor of Ethiopia. Théâtre Port-Royal is today called Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, in honour of the well-known man of the theatre, founder of the company that bears his name. This hall has a seating capacity of 765, with tiered seats offering excellent sightlines of its exceptionally wide stage measuring 42 by 17 metres.

Théâtre du Café de la Place was inaugurated in November 1978; This room now bears the name Salle Claude-Léveillée in honour of the pioneer of Quebec Francophone song who was the first Quebec “chansonnier” to appear at Place des Arts. It has 128 seats and is mainly dedicated to performances of French-language song, through the work of the SACEF, which continuously strives to keep Francophone song alive by offering a venue for emerging singer-songwriters and performers.

As for Place des Arts’ Cinquième salle, dedicated to contemporary artistic expression, it was inaugurated on May 29, 1992 and includes 421 seats. That same year, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal opened its doors on the Place des Arts plaza. In 1993, a joint inauguration served to highlight Place des Arts’ outdoor Esplanade and the museum’s Sculpture Garden.

The Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal has been the owner and administrator of the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette since 1995. This outdoor amphitheatre, known for its great acoustics, can hold 2,000 spectators under its covered portion and an additional 8,000 on its lawn. Each year, the Festival de Lanaudière—the largest classical music event in the country—welcomes thousands of people to the amphitheatre. Place des Arts is also in charge of the artistic programming in this performance space during off-festival periods.

A major milestone in Place des Art’s development was reached in 2011 with the inauguration of the Maison symphonique, a new concert hall mainly intended for use by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, meeting the most stringent international norms for acoustics, stage design, and architecture.

That same year, after undergoing major indoor renovation work, Place des Arts changed the name of its Hall des Pas perdus to the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, an indoor public space brought to life through the presentation of performances, exhibitions, and talks. Lastly, the Esplanade was given new lighting as part of the lighting plan carried out through a partnership with the Quartier des spectacles.

A full range of artistic expression

Place des Arts’ mission is to promote artistic and cultural life in Québec, and to provide increased accessibility to the various forms of performing arts. Since its inauguration, it has welcomed artists from around the world into its halls and onto its stages. It now presents over 1,000 performances each year, welcomes close to a million spectators into its halls, and offers programming that showcases the full range of artistic expression.

With the collaboration of hundreds of producers, it stages performances of Québec, Canadian, and foreign classical music, opera, jazz, theatre, dance in all its forms, circus arts, song, pop music, comedy, world music, musicals, literature, and film. Playing an increased role in producing shows, Place des Arts more and more frequently acts as a co-producer or co-presenter of various events and programmes.

Place des Arts provides a residence to three major arts organizations: the Opéra de Montréal, Les Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal, and Compagnie Jean-Duceppe, all of which contribute to enhancing the institution’s cultural programming. In addition, since 1995, the Société pour l’avancement de la chanson d’expression française (SACEF) has produced and showcased the new generation of singer-songwriters in the Studio-théâtre.

Place des Arts is also host to major international festivals including the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal, the Just for Laughs Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the World Film Festival, the Festival Montréal en lumière, the Festival TransAmériques, and the Festival du monde arabe de Montréal, presenting their activities in its halls and on the outdoor Esplanade. Each year, Place des Arts welcomes over four million spectators into its halls and to its outdoor stages.

For several years now, the Société de la Place des Arts has increased its efforts in the areas of outreach, cultural democratization, and increased accessibility to the arts. Through its Accessibility to Performing Arts Program, it makes use of an array of activities ranging from open opera dress rehearsals and lectures by choreographers, to performances by the up-and-coming generation of French-language singer-songwriters and exhibitions in the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme’s exhibition room. The Mélodînes series, Sons et brioches, Les week-ends de la chanson Quebecor, the Ma première Place des Arts competition, the Nuit Blanche, International Dance Day, and the Journées de la culture are all part of this eclectic programming.

At the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, Place des Arts remains an essential communications link between creators, producers, and the public. Playing a major role in the development of performing arts from both home and abroad, Place des Arts—through the integration of all of its halls into an architectural whole, and through the programming it presents—forms the largest multipurpose cultural complex in Canada.

The Place des Arts Logo

It was in 1960 that a member of the Board of Directors, Claude Robillard, proposed the idea of holding a public competition for the choice of a symbol to identify the architectural complex. Some one hundred projects were submitted meeting the following criteria: the symbol had to include three fundamental elements, that is, the three performance halls in the initial project. Gilles Robert, a professor of graphic arts in Montréal, was the winner. His sketch was an interlaced design based on the letter A, the first letter in the word Art. Three interlocking coloured spots represented Place des Arts’ three main performance halls. While remaining true to the original design, Place des Arts’ logo was updated twice: in 1992 by Pierre-Yves Pelletier, who gave the A a more stylized look, and on the occasion of the institution’s 40th anniversary, when the logo was rejuvenated by the placement of the stylized letter in a circle and the addition of the Place des Arts name.


Artists who have performed at Place des Arts


(Non-exhaustive list)

  1. Classical Music - Opera

    Conductors - Classical Music
    Raffi Armenian
    Gilles Auger
    Mario Bernardi
    Alexander Brott
    Boris Brott
    Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Franz-Paul Decker
    Charles Dutoit
    Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Serge Garant
    Agnès Grossman
    Pierre Hétu
    Anton Kuerti
    Jacques Lacombe
    Éric Lagacé
    Neville Marriner
    Zubin Mehta
    Kent Nagano
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Wilfrid Pelletier
    Joseph Rescigno
    Mstislav Rostropovitch
    Stanislav Skrowaczewski
    Yuli Turovsky
    Pinchas Zukerman

    Musicians - Classical Music
    Martha Argerich
    Claudio Arrau
    Emanuel Ax
    Kathleen Battle
    Henri Brassard
    Alfred Brendel
    Sarah Chang
    Kyung-Wha Chung
    Alexandre Da Costa
    Michel Dalberto
    Angèle Dubeau and La Pièta
    Horacio Gutierrez
    Ida Haendel
    Marc-André Hamelin
    Matt Herskowitz
    Angela Hewitt
    Vladimir Horowitz
    Chantal Juillet
    Leonidas Kavakos
    Alexandre Lagoya
    Lang Lang
    André Laplante
    Alain Lefèvre
    Cho-Liang Lin
    Louis Lortie
    Radu Lupu
    Yo-Yo Ma
    Yehudi Menuhin
    Hélène Mercier
    Sabine Meyer
    Anne Akiko Meyers
    Carlos Montoya
    Anne-Sophie Mutter
    David Oistrakh
    Gerhard Oppitz
    Itzhak Perlman
    Ivo Pogolerich
    Maurizio Pollini
    Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Vadim Repin
    Rudolph Serkin
    Ravi Sjankar
    Ignat Solzhenitsyn
    Vladimir Spivakov
    Isaac Stern
    Alain Trudel
    Maxim Vengerov
    Eugenia Zukerman

    Ensembles - Classical Music
    Boston Chamber Players
    Ensemble Amati
    I Musici de Montréal
    L’Arsenal à musique
    McGill Chamber Orchestra
    Ménestriers de France
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Naples Scarlatti Orchestra
    National Arts Centre Orchestra
    Orchestre de chambre François Dompierre
    Orchestre métropolitain du Grand Montréal
    Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
    Orchestre symphonique de Québec
    Orchestre symphonique
    du conservatoire de musique de Montréal
    Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal
    Quartetto della Scala
    Red Army Choir
    The New York Philharmonic
    The Molinari Quartet
    The Vienna Philharmonic
    Vienna Boys Choir
    Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra
    Violons du Roy
     

    Singers - Opera
    Pierrette Alarie
    Cecilia Bartoli
    Colette Boky
    Maria Callas
    José Carreras
    Nathalie Choquette
    Claude Corbeil
    Victoria De Los Angeles
    Placido Domingo
    Wilhelmenia Fernandez
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Renée Fleming
    Maureen Forrester
    Hélène Fortin
    Lyne Fortin
    Karina Gauvin
    Sharon Graham
    Barbara Hendricks
    Ben Heppner
    Marc Hervieux
    Suzie LeBlanc
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux
    Julia Migenes-Johnson
    Jessye Norman
    Marie-Danielle Parent
    Luciano Pavarotti
    Leontyne Price
    Gino Quilico
    Louis Quilico
    Florence Quivar
    Joseph Rouleau
    Robert Savoie
    Léopold Simoneau
    Daniel Taylor
    Kiri Te Kanawa
    José Van Dam
    Jon Vickers

    Ensembles - Opera
    Beijing Opera
    Bolshoi Opera
    Hamburg Opera
    La Scala di Milano
    Opéra de Montréal
    Opéra royal de Wallonie
    Royal Swedish Opera
    Vienna Opera

  1. Song

    Salvatore Adamo
    Paul Anka
    Isabelle Aubret
    Hugues Aufray
    Charles Aznavour
    Joan Baez
    Joséphine Baker
    Barbara
    Alain Barrière
    Guy Béart
    Julos Beaucarne
    Beau Dommage
    Gilbert Bécaud
    Harry Belafonte
    Daniel Bélanger
    Gilles Bélanger
    Dan Bigras
    Jane Birkin
    Johanne Blouin
    Daniel Boucher
    Isabelle Boulay
    Jacques Brel
    Edith Butler
    Francis Cabrel
    Pierre Calvé
    Robert Charlebois
    Gregory Charles
    Nicola Ciccone
    Petula Clark
    Renée Claude
    Julien Clerc
    Bruce Cockburn
    Leonard Cohen
    Paolo Conte
    Corneille
    Sylvain Cossette
    Elvis Costello
    Dalida
    Joe Dassin
    Chris De Burgh
    Luc De Larochellière
    Dennis DeYoung
    Véronic DiCaire
    Céline Dion
    Sacha Distel
    George Dor
    Claude Dubois
    Bob Dylan
    Eva
    Diane Dufresne
    Yves Duteil
    Lara Fabian
    Jean-Pierre Ferland 
    Léo Ferré
    Bryan Ferry
    Louise Forestier
    Michel Fugain et le Big Bazar
    Patsy Gallant
    Juliette Gréco
    Petru Guelfucci
    Darryl Hall et John Oates
    Corey Hart
    Roger Hodgson
    Engelbert Humperdinck
    Julio Iglesias
    Laurence Jalbert
    Michel Jonasz
    Tom Jones
    Diane Juster
    Patricia Kaas
    Mory Kante
    Serge Lama
    Daniel Lanois
    Éric Lapointe
    Pierre Lapointe
    Plume Latraverse
    Bernard Lavilliers
    Daniel Lavoie
    Maxime Leforestier
    Jean Leloup
    Lynda Lemay
    Ute Lemper
    Claude Léveillée
    Monique Leyrac
    Gordon Lightfoot
    Helmut Lotti
    Michel Louvain
    Enrico Macias
    Catherine Major
    Marjo
    Renée Martel
    Mireille Mathieu
    Maurane
    Kate et Anna McGarrigle
    Danielle Oddera
    Sylvie Paquette
    Bruno Pelletier
    Claire Pelletier
    Marie-Denise Pelletier
    Pierre Perret
    Paul Piché
    Radio Head
    Serge Reggiani
    Renaud
    Ginette Reno
    Michèle Richard
    Zachary Richard
    Judy Richards
    Michel Rivard
    Alys Robi
    Demis Roussos
    Martine Saint-Clair
    Chloé Sainte-Marie
    Henri Salvador
    Véronique Sanson
    Michel Sardou
    Daniel Seff
    Marie-Claire Séguin
    Richard Séguin
    Nathalie Simard
    René Simard
    Paul Simon
    Bruce Springsteen
    Sting
    Tears for Fears
    Lynda Thalie
    The Platters
    Marie-Jo Thério
    The Tragically Hip
    Marie-Élaine Thibert
    Charles Trenet
    Vincent Vallières
    Gino Vanelli
    Sylvie Vartan
    Gilles Vigneault
    Roch Voisine
    Rufus Wainwright
    Roger Whittaker
    Brian Wilson

  1. Humour, Variety and Musicals

    Humour and variety

    Victor Borge
    Arturo Brachetti
    Ronnie Burkett
    George Burns
    John Cleese
    Colombaioni
    David Copperfield
    Michel Courtemanche
    Yvon Deschamps
    Ding et Dong
    Frank Dubosc
    Fernandel
    André Gagnon
    André-Philippe Gagnon
    Groupe sanguin
    Bernard Haller
    Louis-José Houde
    Patrick Huard
    Imperial Ice Stars
    Anthony Kavanagh
    Gary Kurtz
    Jean Lapointe
    Michel Leeb
    Pierre Légaré
    Daniel Lemire
    Lévesque et Turcotte
    Jerry Lewis
    Liberace
    Roland Magdane
    Marcel Marceau
    Jean-Pierre Marielle
    François Massicotte
    Martin Matte
    Jean-Guy Moreau
    Mummenschanz
    Jean-Marc Parent
    Marie-Lise Pilote
    Jerry Seinfeld
    Sol
    Ti-Gus et Ti-Mousse
    Pierre Verville
    Johnny Wayne and Frank Schuster

     

    Musicals

    Annie
    Beauty and the Beast
    Cabaret
    La Cage aux folles
    Can-Can
    Cats
    Chicago
    Defending the Caveman
    Evita
    Fame – The Musical
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Forever Tango
    Gala
    Grease
    Jeanne la Pucelle
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    The King and I
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    La Légende de Jimmy
    Mame
    Mamma Mia!
    Man of La Mancha
    Me and My Girl
    Miss Saigon
    The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
    Music of the Night
    My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy
    Napoléon/Lama
    The Phantom of the Opera
    Phantom, The American Musical Sensation
    Rain – The Beatles Experience
    Rent
    Singin’ in the Rain
    Smokey Joe’s Café
    Sophisticated Lady
    Starmania
    Stomp
    La Vie parisienne
    West Side Story
    42nd Street

  1. Dance

    Compagnies
    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
    American Ballet Theatre
    Armitage Ballet
    Australian Ballet
    Ballet Antonio Gades
    Ballet British Columbia
    Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève
    Ballet folklorico de Mexico
    Ballet Preljocaj
    Ballet Roland Petit
    Ballets africains
    Ballets C. de la B.
    Ballets de Monte-Carlo
    Ballets du XXe siècle
    Ballets jazz de Montréal
    Ballets modernes du Québec
    Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
    Ballett Frankfurt
    Batsheva Dance Company
    Béjart Ballet Lausanne
    Antonio Canales’s Ballet Flamenco
    Carbone 14
    Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble
    Compagnie de danse Eddy Toussaint
    Compagnie Marie Chouinard
    Dutch National Ballet
    Ensemble de folklore national Les Sortilèges
    Feux Follets
    Grands Ballets canadiens de Montréal
    Hopak Ukrainian Dance Company
    Kirov Ballet
    La La La Human Steps / Edouard Lock
    Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba
    Lord of the Dance
    Lyon Opéra Ballet
    Margot Fonteyn and the New London Ballet
    Mark Morris Dance Group
    Martha Graham Dance Company
    Merce Cunningham Dance Company
    Momix
    National Ballet of Canada
    Nederlands Dans Theatre
    O Vertigo
    Paul Taylor Dance Company
    Pilobolus Dance Theatre
    River Dance – The Show
    Royal Winnipeg Ballet
    Rubberbandance Group
    Sanka Juku
    Stars of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets
    Toronto Dance Theatre
    Trisha Brown Dance Company
    Ukrainian Dance Company
    Warsaw Ballet
    Wen Wei Dance


    Dancers
    Frank Augustyn
    Mikhail Baryshnikov
    Pina Bausch
    Maurice Béjart
    Juliette Binoche
    Anik Bissonnette
    Carolyn Carlson
    Marie Chouinard
    Paul-André Fortier
    Margie Gillis
    Jeff Hall
    Karen Kain
    Akram Khan
    James Kudelka
    Ginette Laurin
    Louise Lecavalier
    Maguy Marin
    Fernand Nault
    Rudolf Noureev
    Jean-Pierre Perreault
    Louis Robitaille
    Pierre-Paul Savoie
    Win Vandekeybus

     

  1. Jazz and World Music

    Woody Allen
    Kenny Barron
    Tony Bennett
    George Benson
    Paul Bley
    François Bourassa
    Dee Dee Bridgewater
    Dave Brubeck
    Ray Charles
    Holly Cole
    Harry Connick Jr.
    Chick Corea
    Jamie Cullum
    Miles Davis
    Jack Dejohnette
    Paco De Lucia
    Lorraine Desmarais
    Al Di Meola
    Michel Donato
    Dr. John
    Cesaria Evora
    Maynard Ferguson
    Ibrahim Ferrer
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Aretha Franklin
    James Gelfand
    Joao Gilberto
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Egberto Gismondi
    Philip Glass
    Dexter Gordon
    Jean-François Groulx
    Charlie Haden
    Herbie Hancock
    Mahalia Jackson
    Etta James
    Al Jarreau
    Keith Jarrett
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    Hank Jones
    Oliver Jones
    BB King
    Diana Krall
    Bireli Lagrene
    Ranee Lee
    Michel Legrand
    Manhattan Transfer
    François Marcaurelle
    Ellis Marsalis
    Wynton Marsalis
    Bobby McFerrin
    John McLaughlin
    Pat Metheny
    Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir
    Mystère des Voix bulgares
    Guy Nadon
    Gary Peacock
    Oscar Peterson
    Astor Piazzola
    Pink Martini
    John Pizzarelli
    Jean-Luc Ponty
    Dianne Reeves
    Max Roach & Mal Waldron Duets
    Sonny Rollins
    George Shearing
    Wayne Shorter
    Horace Silver
    Mike Stern
    Toots Thielemans
    Mel Tormé
    McCoy Tyner
    Uzeb
    Jean Vanasse
    Vic Vogel
    Charlie Watts
    Carol Welsman
    Jean-Pierre Zanella

  1. Theatre

    Artists
    Jean-Louis Barrault
    Raymond Bouchard
    Michel Côté
    Jean Duceppe
    Michel Dumont
    Françoise Faucher
    Sami Frey
    Gabriel Gascon
    Marcel Gauthier
    Benoit Girard
    Andrée Lachapelle
    Rita Lafontaine
    Jean Leclerc
    Monique Leyrac
    Hélène Loiselle
    Louise Marleau
    Monique Mercure
    Marc Messier
    Monique Miller
    Jean-Louis Millette
    Patricia Nolin
    Sir Laurence Olivier
    Béatrice Picard
    Gérard Poirier
    Guy Provost
    Madeleine Renaud
    Paul Savoie
    Jean-Louis Trintignant
    Louise Turcot


    Compagnies
    Comédie française
    Compagnie Jean Duceppe
    Japan’s Kabuki Theatre
    National Theatre of Greece
    Piccolo Teatro di Milano
    Royal Shakespeare Company
    Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

  1. Festivals

    Festival des Films du Monde
    Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal
    Festival international du film sur l’art
    Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
    Festival international de la littérature
    Festival Juste pour rire
    Festival Mondial d’Expo 67
    Festival Montréal en lumière
    Festival TransAmériques
    FrancoFolies de Montréal
    Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois


Chairs, General Directors, and members of the Board of Directors of Place des Arts

  1. Chairs

    Until 1963    Louis-A. Lapointe
    1963-1968    Me François Mercier
    1968-1972    Me Marcel Piché
    1972-1974    Raymond Crépault
    1974-1982    Me Jean-Claude Delorme
    1982-1987    Guy Joron
    1988-1992    Danièle Touchette Robitaille
    1992-1995    Roger D. Landry
    1995-2002    Me Clément Richard
    2002-2003    Normand Legault
    2003-2004    Judge Alan B. Gold
    2004-2008    François Macerola
    2008-           Jean Laurin

    Dr. Wilfrid Pelletier (Lifetime Honorary Chair)

  1. General Directors

    Until 1964    Maurice Germain
    1964-1986   Gérard Lamarche
    1986-1993   Guy Morin
    1993-1994   Roger D. Landry
    1994-2000   France Fortin
    2000-2001   Clément Richard
    2001-2012   Marie Lavigne
    2012-          Marc Blondeau

     

  1. Members of the Boards of Directors of the Centre Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Corporation
    From 1956 to 1964

    Jules Bazin
    Guy Beaulne
    Roland Bock
    Augustin Brassard
    Samuel Bronfman
    A.-J. Campbell
    Albert Castonguay
    Vincent Chené
    Nantel David
    Régent Desjardins
    Jean-Louis Doucet
    Jean Drapeau
    Jean Dupire
    Armand Dupuis
    Guy Frégault
    Paul Gouin
    George Gould
    Graham Gould
    Jean-C. Lallemand
    Claude Laurence
    Robert Letendre
    Roger Martel
    Roger Mathieu
    Cecil J. McDougall
    J. Bartlett Morgan
    Jean Octeau
    Herbert J. O’Connell
    Roland Paquette
    Claude Robillard
    John P. Rowat
    Charles Roy
    Paul-Émile Sénécal
    John Lynch Staunton
    Roy E. Wagar

  1. Members of the Boards of Directors of the Régie and Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal

    From 1964 to 2009

    Janine Beaulieu
    Michel Bélanger
    Louis Bernard
    Louise Lemieux-Bérubé
    Alain Bouchard
    Frédérique Cardinal
    Madeleine Careau
    François Chagnon
    Sylvie Chagnon
    Nathalie Chalifour
    André Charron
    Corinne Côté-Lévesque
    Nantel David
    Céline Delorme
    Roch Demers
    Claude Des Rosiers
    Paul-A. Dionne
    Charles Doucet
    Suzanne Mia Dumont
    Michael Fainstat
    Monique Ferron
    Roger Galipeau
    Louisiane Gauthier
    Rolland Giguère
    Margaret Rose (Margie) Gillis
    Jacques Girard
    Sylvie Godin
    Yoland Guérard
    Jean-Paul Jeannotte
    Flore Jutras
    Naïm Katan
    Jean-Claude Keromnes
     

    Laurence-Alexander Lafford
    Marie Lambert
    Georges-Émile Lapalme
    Marie Lavigne
    Nicole Leblanc
    Hélène Loiselle
    John P.S. Mackenzie
    Jean Morissette
    Gratia O’Leary
    J.P.S. Ostiguy
    Louise Otis
    Myriam Ouimet
    Salomon Oziel
    Victor Panaccio
    Marie-Thérèse Paquin
    Marcel Pepin
    Germain Perreault
    Denis Piché
    Soeur Stella Plante
    Maurice Podbrey
    Gaston Pouliot
    Rachel H. Renaud
    Jean-Louis Roux
    Salvatore Sciascia
    Barbara Seal
    Louise Sicuro
    Léopold Simoneau
    E. Noël Spinelli
    Michel Tourangeau
    Marcel Trudeau
    Robert Vinet

Artists in the collection of visual artwork

(non-exhaustive list)

  1. The Artists

    Barnabus Akkashoonark
    Louis Archambault
    Jean Aubert
    Micheline Beauchemin
    Serge Beaumont
    Luc Bergeron
    Suzanne Bergeron
    Louise Lemieux-Bérubé
    Claude Bettinger
    Max Bill
    David Bolduc
    Jordi Bonet
    Claude Cormier
    Charles Daudelin
    Luis Feito
    Marcelle Ferron
    Lucio Fontana
    Peter Gnass
    Pierre Granche
    Julien Hébert
    Christian Houle
    Jacques Hurtubise
    Innukpuk
    André Jasmin
    Marcel Jean
    Jasper Johns
    Jules Jouant
    Anne Kahane
    Michel Labbé
    Richard Lacroix
    Robert LapalmeTim

    Yum Lau
    Serge Lemoyne
    Rita Letendre
    Gino Lorcini
    Elizabeth MacQueen
    Lauréat Marois
    Jean McEwen
    Jean Messagier
    Claes Oldenburg
    Marthe Pan
    Gérard Papin
    Anne Paré
    Alfred Pellan
    Jean-Pierre Perreault
    Jean-Paul Riopelle
    Dominique Rolland
    Robert Roussil
    Mario Roy
    Hans Schleeh
    Gérard Schneider
    Norman Slater
    David Sorensen
    Elzéard Soucy
    Anaït A. Stephens
    Françoise Sullivan
    Antoni Tapies
    Arto Tchakmaktchian
    Fernand Toupin
    Alice Winant
    Zao Wou Ki

  1. Ephemeral artwork and its designers

    Vert forêt – Éric Sauvé, in 2003
    La Ville aux animaux – Jean-François Cooke and Pierre Sasseville, in 2004
    Alvéole – Marc Dulude, in 2005
    Bâtons de prière – Élyse De Lafontaine, in 2006
    Se mettre au vert – Francis Montillaud, in 2007
    Les Pelleteuses de nuages – Éric Daoust, Jean-François Potvin, and Donald Potvin of BOSSES Design, in 2008
    Arc-en-ciel – Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau, in 2009

Place des Arts’ Architects

  1. The Architects

    Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, Michaud and Sise for La Grande Salle, today called Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, inaugurated in 1963.

    David, Barott, Boulva for the Theatre building housing Théâtre Maisonneuve and Théâtre Port-Royal, inaugurated in 1966.

    David, Boulva and Cleve for the Théâtre du Café de la Place and the design of the underground corridor leading to Complexe Desjardins, in 1975.

    Jodoin Lamarre Pratte and Associates for the Musée d’art contemporain, inaugurated in 1992.

    Dimakopoulos and Associates for the outdoor Esplanade, inaugurated in 1993.

    Bess Pappas for the renovation of the corridor leading to the Metro and the design of the Hall des Pas perdus, carried out in 1995.

    Consortium Menkès, Schooner, Dagenais, Le Tourneux / Provencher, Roy Jean-Pierre Le Tourneux for the Grand Foyer culturel, carried out in 2009-2010.

Place des Arts’ logo

  1. Logo

    It was in 1960 that a member of the Board of Directors, Claude Robillard, proposed the idea of holding a public competition for the choice of a symbol to identify the architectural complex. Some one hundred projects were submitted meeting the following criteria: the symbol had to include three fundamental elements, that is, the three performance halls in the initial project. Gilles Robert, a professor of graphic arts in Montréal, was the winner. His sketch was an interlaced design based on the letter A, the first letter in the word Art. Three interlocking coloured spots represented Place des Arts’ three main performance halls. While remaining true to the original design, Place des Arts’ logo was updated twice: in 1992 by Pierre-Yves Pelletier, who gave the A a more stylized look, and on the occasion of the institution’s 40th anniversary, when the logo was rejuvenated by the placement of the stylized letter in a circle and the addition of the Place des Arts name.