A place in the heart of Montréal


The concert halls, theatres, museum, shops and restaurants of Place des Arts make it a great destination for anyone who loves the arts. And at the centre of this giant complex is the Esplanade, a place for gatherings and artistic events that is highly valued by Montréalers.

This large public square will be completely restructured and transformed into a huge open-air stage. More welcoming, more accessible, it will become a place where large-scale public events can be held.

The architecture firm of Provencher Roy, a specialist in urban planning, has designed this ambitious project as a large area planted with trees like maple, elderberry, lilac and crab-apple (Montréal’s emblematic tree), to provide shade and freshness to passersby. There will be two water basins (over 1,000 metres square) with fountains and a flexible system for lighting and lighting effects. All these changes will make the Esplanade an accessible, welcoming and festive place, a zone for celebrating the vitality and creativity of Montréal in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.