Guy Laliberté and Lune Rouge Entertainment present
PY1, a fascinating pyramid-shaped venue
If there’s one area in which Montreal dominates in terms of diversity, it’s the entertainment sector. Guy Laliberté and Lune Rouge Entertainment provide one more example of this with their astonishing pyramid, the PY1 multimedia performance hall.
The curtain rises on PY1 with theimmersive production Through the Echoes, which harnesses thecreative genius of multi-disciplinary artist and designer Gabriel Coutu-Dumont and pushes the limits of digital technology through sound, spectacular lighting, music, atmosphericspecial effects, lasers and 360-degree projections. Through the Echoesis a 60-minute odyssey that explores our origins and speculates on a myriad possible futures.
PY1 and Through the Echoes: an adventure like no other.
2200 Stanley Street
Built in 1914, the 2800-seat Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste is the third largest church in Montreal and a show unto itself. Visitors are welcomed at the entrance by a row of imposing columns and seven stone sculptures. The interior is filled with colour and works of art, including an abundance of magnificent stained glass windows, handsomewoodwork, huge original chandeliers and moulded plaster ornaments. The altar is made of white marble, and the organ cases ofits two Casavant instruments are carved outof oak.
The church has three performance spaces, each of which is greatly appreciated by spectators and producers alike, and hosts classical and popular music concerts as well as dance, theatre and corporate events. Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste has welcomed legions of artists, including Cirque du Soleil, who held their 30th anniversary concert in this church.
4237 Henri-Julien Avenue
Located in the space formerly occupied by Club Soda, the Fairmount Theatre opened in its current incarnation in 2015. This multi-purpose concert venue ismostly known for its live music, but it also presents comedy shows and theatre productions. One of the Fairmount’s most vaunted attributes is its intimate setting, which brings fans close to the action and their favourite artists. The Fairmount Theatre can accommodate 300 people seated or up to 600 [KP1] standing guests.
5240 Du Parc Avenue
Formerly known as the Saidye Bronfman Centre, the Segal Centre’s mission is to present world-class English-language theatre. Its programming focuses on popular classics, contemporary works and Canadian musicals. The performing arts centre [KP2] is dedicated to creation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborationsas well as inspiring the next generation of artists. With two spaces that can accommodate 306 and 186 people, it welcomes over 65,000 visitors a year.
The Centre also celebrates and explores Jewish identity. It is home to the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, named for the company’s founder, which has presented more than 85 plays since 1958. The Segal Academy also offers the Young Actors for Young Audiences (YAYA) program, a musical theatre training program committed to preserving the Yiddish language and culture.
5170 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road
If the vocation of the MAI Centre had to be summarized in a few words, it would be “fostering inclusion through the arts.” MAI offers a multitude of services and programs via its theatre, gallery, coffee shop and rehearsal studios. It is a home for arts of all origins and genres: theatre, music, dance, visual arts and others.
Created in 1999, this organization doesn’t draw any identity lines; dualities and pluralities such as age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, language, religion, disability are all bridged. The goal of MAI’s programmingis to forge links between artists, the public and communities, to allow everyone, without exception, to exchange and liberate themselves through the arts.
3680 Jeanne-Mance Street