July 21 2021

Gateway: 5 New Bridges Connecting Performing Arts and Hospitality

The Conseil’s brand-new initiative, Gateway, will pair five artists’ collectives or performing arts companies with five Montreal hotels to offer performances from September to December 2021. This pilot program will allow artists to explore opportunities offered by original venues and connect with new audiences including tourists and hotel staff. The first edition of this initiative will bring a novel approach, enchanting spaces through circus and street arts.

Created in partnership with the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal and the five participating hotels, the CAM is granting $146,310 to five collectives or arts organizations.

Here are the five projects selected:

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The Hotel Bonaventure—known for its gardens and swimming pool—will welcome Les Belles Bêtes, who will perform Intensément bleu, a story whose main character takes a fresh look at the world as a deluge threatens to engulf the city.

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Renowned for its European charm, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal will invite Imagicario to perform The Soupis, featuring five almost human-sized puppets that blur the line between reality and fiction.

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Hotel 10, a hive of art and culture, is partnering with Toxic Trottoir and their Le Ciel rue, a fun, poetic piece that spontaneously brings paintings to life with a touch of surrealism.

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At the cutting edge of technology, Hôtel Monville will play host to Branché from Barcode Circus Company. Initially created in an outdoor environment to address the climate crisis, this performance breathes nature into an urban context.

Human Playground has adapted its creation Inscape to explore the luxurious Le Germain Hotel with an immersive guided tour, embodied in three living paintings that will embrace the imagination and symbolism of the premises.

The idea of exploring the hotel sector to develop creative avenues and lasting collaborations with Montreal artists and arts organizations is an opportunity for the Conseil to help increase the visibility and reach of creators while strengthening their ties with the hospitality industry. This project also helps to enrich Montreal’s creativity through unusual venues, while stimulating the recovery of the cultural community in tandem with downtown communities.

Learn more about the program