Montreal, Monday March 21, 2016 – The Montreal Olympic Park is celebrating 40 years in style! To mark the occasion, a rich and original program has been put together in collaboration with different partners in order to highlight this milestone event. A permanent component will also be added which includes projects that will change the site for years to come.
The Esplanade Financière Sun Life will be at the heart of the celebrations, with programming that offers many cultural, sports, recreational, and gastronomy-related activities. The Stadium will also join the celebration, hosting many large gatherings that are planned for the coming months. The Olympic Park will commemorate this special year by treating visitors to many memorable moments!
Memories of 1976 : One exhibit, three sites
In partnership with the Musée Dufresne-Nincheri and the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, the Olympic Park presents Memories of 1976 from June through September—an exhibit at three sites recounting the highlights of the Olympic Park.
- The Olympic Experience, at the Olympic Park
- The Builders at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve
- The Olympic Park, Architecture Worth Celebrating at Musée Dufresne-Nincheri
The three events of this major exhibit will allow visitors to take a peek behind the scenes at the great adventure that was the Olympic Games. (See other Press Release)
Back to the classics and something new at Esplanade Financière Sun Life:
- The Espace 40e and the Village des athlètes de la Finale des Jeux du Québec – Montréal 2016 at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life.
- The Olympic Park presents the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal on Wednesday August 10th at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life. On the program: The Planets by Gustav Holst.
- First Fridays plus: The biggest gathering of food trucks adds a cultural touch that includes, amongst others, artisans from the east-end of Montreal. From May to October (May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7)
- The Jackalope Action Sports Festival, August 19-20-21. A HUGE surprise is in store!
- Color Me Rad (May 22), Grand défi Pierre Lavoie (May 13-14 and June 18-19), the Fête nationale celebrations (June 24), MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE (July 9-10), Mini Rogers Cup (July 22 to 24), Portes ouvertes sur les fermes du Québec (September 11), Y’a QuelQu’un l’aut’bord du mur, and many more events to come.
Program at the Olympic Stadium:
- Blue Jays baseball (April 1-2)
- Impact soccer (April 9)
- The Monster & FMX Spectacular (April 16)
- The Expo Grands Travaux Show (April 22-23)
- Autorama Montreal (September 30-October 2)
- Montreal Fall Home Expo (October 20-23)
- The Finale des Jeux du Québec (July 17-25)*
- And more events to come
* The 2016 Finale des Jeux du Québec will be held at the Olympic Park 40 years to the day of the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Games. To mark the occasion, a torch relay will be held March 22 during various sports gatherings throughout Montreal. (See other Press Release)
Showcasing the Olympic Park
Many permanent projects will see the light of day throughout 2016, including:
- The Esplanade Financière Sun Lifegarden: The 100 sector of the Esplanade continues its transformation into an urban oasis, open June through September. In collaboration with Pépinière & Co., the site will be rethought thanks to a collective ideation process to help stimulate the cultural, societal and economic development of the area. Urban agriculture and furniture will be added to open up the site and make it more accessible to locals.
- Time Frieze on Pierre-De Coubertin avenue: Some 15 panels will be installed along Pierre-De Coubertin avenue, showcasing photos from the biggest events in the last 40 years at the Olympic Park. This installation will give tourists and locals a chance to discover the history behind the jewel of Mercier – Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
• Publication of two works about the Olympic Stadium: Two books about the Olympic Stadium are set to be launched during the summer of 2016. 40 ans d’émotions by historian Benoît Clairoux uses descriptive stories and many photos to tell the tales of events big and small held at the Olympic Stadium since its construction. Stadorama is a collection of works edited by journalist Catherine Mathys. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the monument that boasts the inclined tower, she gathered together various points of view—different and complementary—to pay homage to this giant of east-end Montreal, which sparked the imagination of the people of the city and province alike.