July 2016
Montréal en Histoires

Cité Mémoire : a showcase for Montréal savoir-faire

Cité Mémoire, a showcase for Montréal savoir-faire

Every night in Old Montréal, friends and families gather to experience Cité Mémoire. The new free activity, launched in May 2016, has become a summer fixture. Comprising of 19 nighttime tableaux, the work is made possible by state-of-the-art technology, and appeals to a wide audience. The uniqueness of Cité Mémoire has only added to the originality of Montréal: it is one of the largest series of permanent video projections in the world.

Cité Mémoire is a major original production that offers a clear example of Montréal’s artistic, technical, and technological savoir-faire. 200 actors, 140 technicians and craftspeople, 425 costumes, 41 days of shooting, 89 projectors, hundred kilometres of cables – these are only some of the elements that made it possible! In total, nearly 600 people contributed in some way to the creation of Cité Mémoire. The work will be presented every night, 10 months a year, summer and winter, rain or shine, from 2016 to 2019.

Loosely based on people and events that marked the history of Montréal, Cité Mémoire offers a vision of the city that ranges from poetic to playful, all through a series of around 20 tableaux (19 in 2016, and four in 2017 for Montréal 375th anniversary celebrations) that incorporate images, words and music. Cité Mémoire has been populating the walls, ground, and trees of Old Montréal and the Old Port every night since May 17.

The free mobile application Montréal en Histoires for iOs and Android is the best way to optimize your experience of Cité Mémoire, with audio content offered in four languages: French, English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Users can connect to the free network Mtl WiFi.


The origins of Cité Mémoire

The story of Cité Mémoire began on foot. Wandering around the streets of the old city, the artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon became inspired by the history still alive in the walls around them.

Cité Mémoire springs from a simple and deeply-felt desire to reveal another side of the people who built and lived in Montréal, this curious, sensitive, and intelligent place we love so much”, explains Michel Lemieux, co-creator of Cité Mémoire.

Inspired by the evolution of the city, Cité Mémoire offers a highly immersive walking tour of the historic centre of the city. A number of partners contributed to this landmark project, which will continue to be appreciated by enthusiasts of this fascinating city both now and in the future.