3rd EDITION – DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES
LIRE MONTREAL 3RD EDITION – ST-HENRI
Below, you can find description of activities by date :
- activities taking place for several days on the week-end
- activities taking place Friday May, 3 only
- activities taking place Saturday May, 4 only
- activities taking place Sunday May, 5 only
Mathieu Baril, photographer and videographer / Curator: Samuel Mathieu
Caisse Desjardins, 4545, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Friday & Saturday, 8 pm
This projection attempts to bring to light St-Henri residents’ ownership of the public realm. Through anonymous artistic interventions, Baril illustrates the confrontation that exists between the living beings and the static buildings of this changing neighbourhood. The two photographic projections will be shown on an iconic building and will associate elements taken from diverging creative environments with a distinctive temporality. As the fundamental nature of this working class neighbourhood is changing, Baril reflects on the dialogue that exists between the residents’ public interventions on their immediate environment and the timelessness of the local architecture.
Audiotopie and its partners
Start point: Metro Place-Saint-Henri /or free walk
Friday to Sunday – Audiotopie will be there Saturday and Sunday, from 12 pm to 4 pm at the start point
Audio tours must have been downloaded at: www.audiotopie.com/app
Géophonie is an interactive audio tour inspired by the ambiance of the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, the history of the RCA factory and objects from the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner. Using a downloaded iPhone application, six possible paths have been set out to explore the audio environments reinvented and set off by geolocation. The experience will blend sound textures and moments of narrated poetry for an artistic exploration of the area. Please note: Professor Louis-Philippe Lavigne’s high school class of Saint-Henri High School contributed to the creation of this project. This project received support from the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner, from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and from the program Libres comme l’art.
COMIC BOOK EXHIBIT
Saint-Henri Library – 4707, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Friday to Sunday – Comic book author will be present on Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm
Geneviève Giroux will exhibit panels of her new comic book inspired by the Saint-Henri neighbourhood. The story is about a young woman who goes to Saint-Henri to visit her aunt. Every year the old woman commemorates the anniversary of her husband’s sad death, a labourer who died in a work accident. The author draws inspiration from photos taken in the neighbourhood, historical research and different cultural elements. Her artistic work reflects her personal interests: daily life in Montreal neighbourhoods, urbanism and Quebecois culture.
Charles Robert Simard
Saint-Henri Library – 4707, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Saturday & Sunday
Emile Berliner, the inventor of the gramophone whose office was located in St-Henri, played an important role in the birth of the recording industry at the beginning of the 20th century. Berliner Remix pays tribute to this cultural and technological marker of St-Henri by offering an acoustic montage that juxtaposes the two first recordings of music history (1860 and 1889) and a contemporary piece composed entirely on an iPad. Berliner Remix is designed as an educational device and a musical piece.
5/ THE THEATER OF THE OLFACTORY MEMORY
SEMI-GUIDED WALK, it is not required to register but strongly suggested that the risk of not being able to participate if the group is complete. Registration : firstname.lastname@example.org
Point of departure: metro station exit Place-Saint-Henri
Friday: one walk at 8.30 pm – Saturday: two walks at 4 pm and 10.30 pm – Sunday: two walks at 11 am and 4 pm
You are invited on an urban outing that will take you on a trip through the smells of Saint-Henri. Continually circulating throughout the city, smells alter our perception of the environment by stimulating our memory. Without our being completely aware, every day we move through the city, through different situations that we’ve lived or imagined, that our memory presents to us as the present moment. The activity will be composed of two parts: first you’ll follow the route set out on a map provided and afterwards a discussion will be held on everyone’s olfactory experience. Children ages 8 and over accompanied by an adult are welcome. Please try not to wear any perfumed products. The activity will take place rain or shine.
Amy Keith & Daphne Ferguson
Café Saint-Henri, 3632, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Saturday & Sunday
People were invited to fill up a small sketchbook with expressions of St Henri. Every participant have received a free sketchbook of approximately 20 pages that they filled with words, drawings, collage, photographs, or any other medium on the theme of St Henri. The distribution of the sketchbooks was in early March and the final presentation takes place in café St Henri over the course of the Lire Mtl weekend.
FRIDAY, MAY 3rd
7/ BIBLIO MOBILE
Stop at different places : Place Saint-Henri, Parc du premier chemin de fer, Square Saint-Henri.
Friday, 1 – 4 pm
The Mobile Library of the Sud-Ouest will go from one site to another to present library services and a variety of documents.
SATURDAY, MAY 4th
8/ ON THE HEELS OG THE TIN FLUTE (BONHEUR D’OCCASION)
Société historique de Saint-Henri
GUIDED WALK, must RSVP: email@example.com
Leaving from the Historical Society of Saint-Henri, 521, Place Saint-Henri, 3rd floor
Saturday, 10 am
This guided visit will lead people on a walk to discover the streets of Saint-Henri. With texts in hand, visitors will find themselves in the midst of the Tin Flute, like the author Gabrielle Roy’s characters, while wandering through the places that inspired this Canadian writer’s famous novel.
9/ MINI STREET LIBRARY
Anne-Carole Papierny & Nathalie Gagnon
Maison des jeunes La Galerie, 3643, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Saturday, 10 – 12 am
This activity offers the possibility of creating and installing mini libraries in the streets of St-Henri. Participants are invited to share their manual and artistic talents for this collective creation. The idea is quite simple: anyone can take a book that someone has previously left in this free trade library or can leave a book there for others to read. Be the first to share your readings!
10/ READING TENT
Sir George-Étienne-Cartier park
Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
Collège Frontière seeks to make reading accessible by offering activities in parks, festivals and other outdoor events. Children are invited under a tent to read or to listen to stories being read by volunteers wishing to share their love of reading.
Ceci n’est pas une bombe
Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier park, in front of the fountain
Saturday, 1 pm
Become the perpetrator of a literary attack: “free” your books so they can be found and read by others who will in turn let them go. Act alone by equipping yourself with vignettes for your books – available at certain stores in the neighbourhood – or join us for a collective attack! Follow your book’s course and meet the community by liking our Facebook page (Ceci n’est pas une bombe).
12/ STORY OF SQUARE SAINT-HENRI
Mehdi Ghafouri, Anneissa Antar and students from the social science program at Vanier College
Square Saint-Henri (Streets: Agnès and Saint-Antoine Ouest)
Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm
The Saint-Henri Square has played a key role in the social, cultural, civic, and economic development of the neighbourhood. In this activity, the goal is to tell the story of the square since its creation using different mediums such as photography, newspapers and archives, spread throughout the square. Residents are also encouraged to tell their stories to contribute to the memory of the square.
13/ VISIT OF THE ARCHITECTURE AND CHARACTERS OF THE AREA AROUND ATWATER MARKET
La Maison de l’architecture du Québec (MAQ), in collaboration with architect Philippe Lupien and actor Ariel Ifergan
GUIDED WALK (in french), must RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Point of departure: North West corner of Saint-Ambroise Street and Atwater Ave.
Saturday, two tours: 1 pm and 3 pm (Please arrive 10 min. before it starts)
Activity duration: 90 minutes
How to “read” the area surrounding the popular Atwater Market? The Maison de l’architecture du Québec will lead a narrated walk in this emblematic sector of Saint-Henri. The walk will be guided and narrated by architect Philippe Lupien, host of the show Visite Libre and co-designer of the urban planning of the public spaces and parks around the market and along the Lachine Canal for the Schème Consultants firm. During the walk, actor Ariel Ifergan, artistic director of Pas de panique! Productions, will personify a few of the key characters who influenced the literary, social and urban history of the area. So, come experience the meeting of contemporary landscape architecture, history and literature at this vibrant square.
SUNDAY, MAY 5th
14/ HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD
Historical Society of Saint-Henri
Historical Society of Saint-Henri, 521, Place Saint-Henri, 3rd floor
Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm
You’ll find over 250 images and objects that evoke childhood in Saint-Henri. The photographs are from the Historical Society of Saint-Henri’s collection and illustrate the neighbourhood’s history with scenes from everyday life: at school, first communion, scouts, outside activities, the Christmas celebration, etc.
Association du design urbain du Québec (ADUQ), in collaboration with the Maison de l’architecture du Québec (MAQ)
GUIDED OR FREE WALK. Must RSVP for the guided version: email@example.com
Point of departure: in front of the fire station outside of the Place Saint-Henri metro station
Sunday, two walks: 1 pm and 3 pm (please show up 10 minutes early) or free walk with a map
Activity duration: 120 minutes
In the spirit of Dadaists, surrealists, lettristes and situationists, for just one day, let’s become nomads again! Let’s walk through the urban landscape, roaming through it as a cognitive strategy to discover and read the forgotten spaces of the city! The Association du design urbain du Québec, in collaboration with the Maison de l’architecture du Québec, invites you to discover the invisible spaces and non-places from the industrial and modern era of Saint-Henri. Interspersed with installations and temporary signage, the visit will be an exploration of the collective imagination and potential for humanisation of these places and aims to reconnect these areas of uncertainty with the neighbourhood as a whole.
16/ THE LITTLE TRAIN OF SAINT-HENRI
Daphne Ferguson and Amy Keith
Famijeunes, 3904, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Sunday, 2 – 4 pm
Children from ages 2 to 8, accompanied by an adult, are invited to participate in an activity that will stimulate the senses, teach about history and create fun for the family. In a room with images and sounds reminiscent of the essential role the train played in the history of Saint-Henri, children can decorate their own cardboard train wagon (materials will be provided.) At the end of the activity, there will be a little parade with the train created by the children: we’ll take the bike path at the park of the first railroad, about a 20-minute circuit.
Literacy sector of CÉDA
Around metro Lionel-Groulx
Sunday, starting at 2 pm (cancelled if raining)
During this guided activity, a public area will be transformed for a few hours into a space of expression. The organizers will gather anonymous anecdotes, thoughts and points of view from passersby and will post them on site. It’s sort of an “Internet Forum in the street.” In a society where human contact is rarer and where our relationship to the world around us is getting more complex, we are interested in learning about how well citizens adapt to their daily life. As leaders in literacy, we’ve noticed that it’s increasingly difficult for illiterate people to orient themselves, but what about the general population for whom society is designed?
18/ SAINT-HENRI, THE 26th OF AUGUST
PROJECTION OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM BY S.WALSH
Saint-Henri Library, 4707, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Sunday, 2 pm
On this 26th of August, it’s the first day of school in Saint-Henri. With a 16-person film crew, Shannon Walsh films this neighbourhood for 24 hours. The result is a funny, moving and fascinating urban chronicle that unveils an eclectic community. Featuring several interconnected stories, the film questions our relationship to the community (ONF).
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PIECE
Place-Saint-Henri Metro: 5 pm / Lionel-Groulx Metro: 5:45 pm / Atwater Market: 6:30 pm
Filer is based on the experience of immigrant women, in particular Latin-American women who live in a cosmopolitan city like Montreal. This piece gives us a peek into the lives of these women who are constantly exposed to cultural differences and often perceived through a fog of stereotypes by others. Through dance and the slant of metaphor, Entr’Âme offers a new and authentic perspective on the reality of immigrant women. Furthermore, it provides a view of Saint-Henri, a neighbourhood that’s been labeled with stereotypes but that has a lot to offer, including an array of inter-personal, community, cultural and artistic opportunities.
IN SITU PERFORMANCE
Point of departure: Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier park, in front of the fountain
Sunday, 5 pm (activity duration: 90 min.)
Under the Turcot Interchange, perched on the canal’s mooring posts, or in the Canada Malt Plant’s courtyard, a handful of moving bodies will make some material from the past vibrate, or at least what’s left of them. Moving in a swarm, they will bring obsolete and inhospitable spaces in Saint-Henri back to life. They aren’t disoriented, but are reorienting: they are occupying and momentarily choosing these landscapes as living spaces before disappearing without leaving a trace. Multicolored, they confront the drabness and imminence of disappearance.
Galerie BBAM!, 3255, rue Saint-Jacques
Sunday, 7 pm
Lire Montréal invites you to come celebrate the closing of this weekend of activities in Saint-Henri. During the evening, the winners of the Lire Montréal 2013 prizes will be announced: two authors who presented a text or comic book on the chosen neighbourhood theme, which was the Turcot Interchange this year.