The musts according to Marie-Hélène Falcon
Marie-Hélène Falcon

General and Artistic Director
Festival TransAmériques

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The Canadian Centre for Architecture

1920, rue Baile

Museums are wonderful places for making discoveries. I particularly enjoy the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a jewel that is the envy of many cities. Created in 1979 by Phyllis Lambert, it remains as avant-garde today as it was when it first opened. The exhibitions and conferences are all designed to teach us more about architecture and design and to open our eyes to the urban world that surrounds us and that we often take for granted. Don’t miss the exhibition “Streetview”, which closes on May 5: this show transports us through the streets of Montreal to witness – through the eyes of the photographers – their evolution over the course of the 20th century. Fascinating.

Streetview: Alain Leloup, photographer. Boulevard Saint-Laurent. 1980-1982. Gelatin silver print, 23.9 x 30.6 cm. CCA Collection. PH2010:0005:209 Gift of Beatrice Kowaliczko © Alain Leloup


The Cinémathèque québécoise

335, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est

I love places that deal with memories and the Cinémathèque – which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this April – is full of gems, with its 40,000 films, thousands of TV shows, posters, photos, documents, and its collection of cameras. It is an inexhaustible treasure trove for amateurs, students and researchers. The program offered is eclectic and I also appreciate the interesting exhibitions. “Secrets et illusions, la magie des effets spéciaux,” beginning April 19, will reveal the clever tricks and sophisticated techniques of cinema artisans who, from Georges Méliès to today’s digital artists, know how to thrill us.

Photo : Martine Doyon


Le Port de tête

262, rue du Mont-Royal Est

This charming neighborhood bookstore offers a great selection of new and used books. It’s hard to leave: I could stay for hours just leafing though books on philosophy or social sciences, getting carried away by poets and the writings of great authors. It is a feast for the spirit and nourishment for the mind that I cannot do without. Book launches and conferences keep me coming back to this warm and welcoming spot that stocks everything…except for best-sellers!

Libraire Le port de tête

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