The musts according to Alain Grégoire
Alain Grégoire

Chief Executive Officer
Maison Théâtre


The UQAM garden

Rue Sanguinet, devant le pavillon de Design

Although it’s only a stone's throw from St. Catherine Street, this discreet enclave, located in front of the Design pavilion, is an oasis of calm. Nestled among the trees, its benches and tables offer a peaceful retreat. I like this quiet spot that enables you to escape from the constant hustle and bustle of the area and where, between classes, students come to relax when the weather cooperates. And what many people don't realize is that, in the evening, no matter what season, the walls come alive thanks to video projections that feature all sorts of images created by artists. It's totally unexpected –  somewhere between a dream and magic –  a place you might come across, randomly, but whose effect remains with you long after you've left.


After Babel / A Civic Square (1993)

Place Albert-Duquesne

Perched atop two distinct columns are a mask in the shape of a human face and the silhouette of a wolf peering down towards a second identical wolf, on the ground, that is raising its muzzle in their direction. This bronze and steel installation by John McEwen and Marlene Hilton Moore on the theme of non-verbal communication fascinates me. It’s certainly unexpected to find a human form and two wild animals in an urban square! What are they telling each about? What are they talking about? If only we could cross the language barrier! I think we can imagine all kinds of stories based on this unusual scenario conducive to igniting the imagination of the man of theatre in me, as well as the imagination of people taking a break behind the Quartier des spectacles.

Place Albert-Duquesne (one of the pioneers of Quebec theatre), at the intersection of St. Urbain St., Ontario St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd.


The wooded area at Habitations Jeanne-Mance

Entre les rues Sanguinet et Saint Dominique, Ontario et de Maisonneuve

Nestled in the courtyard of the Habitations Jeanne-Mance is a well-kept secret: a wooded area that’s over half a century old. It’s made up of linden tress planted during the early days of the “Dozois Plan,” in 1954, and is an ideal spot in which to relax when the weather is right. Designed for families, it is also open to passers-by and I enjoy strolling through it to get away from the city sounds for a few moments. Don’t miss the four murals on the theme of Montreal’s seasons and keep an eye out for the hyper-realistic mural "L'air du temps," a new initiative of MU. It is the first of a new cycle of four works based on the four elements, created during the fall of 2012 by muralist Phillip Adams, assisted by four fine arts students. Kudos to this partnership between the Corporation d'habitation Jeanne-Mance, Ville Marie borough and Ville de Montréal that offers us a poetic and colourful diversion in a surprisingly calm environment in downtown Montreal!

Between Sanguinet St. and Saint Dominique St., Ontario St. and de Maisonneuve Blvd.


MU on Téléjournal 18h de Radio-Canada | 7 septembre 2012 from MU on Vimeo.

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