Place des Arts celebrates 60 years

Photo credit : JF Savaria
Photo credit : JF Savaria

Place des Arts, the largest performing arts centre in Canada, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The inauguration—on September 21, 1963—of La Grande Salle (now known as Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) signalled the start of an extraordinary step forward in arts promotion and artistic development that transformed the cultural landscape in Quebec and its metropolis.

Today, Place des Arts consists of six performance halls—including the Maison symphonique—in addition to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, which is housed within its quadrilateral, and the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre in Joliette, which it has managed since 1995. A major performing arts venue, it presents 900 incredibly diverse shows and events to nearly a million spectators. This is made possible thanks to its producers, partners, resident organizations and associates: Duceppe, Les Grands Ballets, Opéra de Montréal, Orchestre métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and Danse Danse—as well as festivals of all kinds that bring its public spaces to life before hundreds of thousands of people.

Place des Arts, as seen by...

Historians and privileged witnesses share their vision and memories. (In French)


60 ans Place des Arts

Dive into an artistic journey


Place des Arts is presenting an exhibition entitled Une traversée artistique (An Artistic Journey), produced by Montréal en Histoires. Get carried along on this artistic journey through the eras, peppered with images from notable performances, evocative anecdotes, and eloquent first-hand accounts. See it at the Espace Culturel Georges-Emile-Laplame.

Learn more about the exhibition



Test your knowledge of Place des Arts!



Landmark Events

Journey through a few of Place des Arts’ significant events.

Free activities

Une traversée artistique

Une traversée artistique

Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
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