A lab without lab coats


McGill University is opening a laboratory without test tubes or chemical materials. This will not, however, shield the new Laboratory of Urban Cultural from explosions of creativity!

The Quartier de l’innovation (QI), product of a partnership between McGill and École de technologies supérieure, is a cultural, economic and social ecosystem located in Montréal’s historic southwest borough made up of Grif?ntown, Saint-Henri, Little Burgundy and Pointe Saint-Charles. 

Drawing on the rich history and the contributions of many artists who have lived there over the years, the QI welcomes key players on the Montréal cultural scene, providing space for arts venues, galleries and studios.

QI’s Laboratory of Urban Culture is a unique collaborative space that will benefit the entire community. Artists will develop and present their work while sharing their knowledge and expertise with university students and researchers in the arts, music, film, urban planning, architecture, communications, religious studies and management.

These activities will take place at Église St-Joseph in Montréal’s Little Burgundy district. One of the oldest Catholic churches in Montréal, it has a heritage value close to that of Saint Joseph’s Oratory. In partnership with the property management firm Quo Vadis, the church will bear the name Salon 1861 and host the Laboratory of Urban Culture and other arts-related activities.