Memory of places


Some places got new names in 2013.

In remembrance of artists

Jordi Bonet, the Spanish-born sculptor and ceramicist from Montréal, who was among the most important artists of Québec was honoured this year by having a street named after him. Rue Jordi-Bonet, located in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, pays tribute to an artist renowned throughout the world.

Parc Roland-Giguère, in Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough, celebrates the career of a district resident, a poet and artist who had a profound effect on Québec culture. The only person to have been awarded two Prix du Québec—one for literature and one for art—Roland Giguère died in 2003.

In tribute to women

On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the Filles du Roy in New France, part of Rue du Parc-Marguerite-Bourgeoys was renamed Rue des Filles-du-Roy. Those young women, who played an active role in the building of Montréal, now have a street named after them that is right by Maison Saint-Gabriel.

Madeleine Parent, a trade union activist and pioneering feminist committed to the values of social justice who died in 2012, has now been honoured with a park in her name. Located in the Sud-Ouest borough, it will enable everyone who visits it to remember this fighter for human rights.

Named in 2012, opened in 2013

Parc Lady-Alys-Robi, named in 2012, was opened this summer. Formerly known as Parc Cabrini Nord and located in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the park will be host to a musical festival every year, in honour of this major artist, one of the first singers from Québec to have an international career.

Place Kate-McGarrigle, in the borough of Outremont, pays tribute to the memory of an artist who freely combined both American and Canadian folk music traditions. Opened during the summer, the square features a public art work by Robert Wilson, the gift of Rufus Wainwright, the singer-songwriter’s son, on behalf of the Wainwright-McGarrigle family.

A name that reflects PdA's Studio-théâtre

A venue that has mainly featured French-language musical performances, the former Studio-théâtre of Place des Arts will now be known as Salle Claude-Léveillée, in honour of the pioneering Québec chansonnier, the first to have appeared at Montréal’s performing arts centre.