Walking Through Montreal’s Arts & Culture District

Speaker on Stage at Montreal Theatre
Downtown Montreal has much to offer the traveler who appreciates learning about art and culture and Hotel ZERO1 is located right in this hip district. Read on for a walking tour of the sights and sounds just outside your hotel suite. As you head out the front doors of Hotel ZERO1, take a right, cross the street, walk north and you’ll be walking in front of the historic Monument-National Theatre at 1182 Saint Laurent Boulevard. Since 1893 its seven separate theatres have delighted guests with musical performances, stage presentations, circus acts, dance, comedy, children’s shows and more.

Ballet at Theatre MontrealActors in scene in Montreal play

Continue west on St. Laurent and take a left onto the first cross street, Sainte-Catherine O., and the Montreal Arts & Culture district opens up to you. In the first block, you’ll come to Théâtre du Nouveau Monde where you may enjoy theatre classics of yesterday and tomorrow from around the world. Walk just a bit further west to enter the Place des Arts, the largest cultural and artistic complex in the Quebec. This venue is dedicated to bringing the full roster of performing arts to downtown Montreal. Places to visit include:

  • Théâtre Maisonneuve – an Italian-style theatre with a modern atmosphere, hosting musical comedies, classical dance, film premieres and more
  • Théâtre Jean-Duceppe – a theatre downtown Montreal gives its founder’s namesake to, hosting five unique works each year that showcase contemporary playwrights
  • Cinquième salle – for contemporary performances in theatre, dance, comedy, song, and multimedia
  • La Maison Symphonique – home to Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, jazz and pop concerts, and recitals
  • Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier – the largest multipurpose performance stage in Canada with state-of-the art equipment, hosting remarkable performances from comedy galas to Broadway musicals
  • Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal – one of several museums downtown Montreal has to offer, showcasing both national and international works of art created from 1980 to present

Actors on stageSymphony Conductor at Podium

Just across Jeanne-Mance Street to the west of Place des Arts is the Concert Hall at Place des Festivals. This open-air venue offers festivals, exhibits, concerts, and other cultural events while entertaining participants with an interactive 235-jet fountain.

For a quieter, more intimate experience, continue north just one more block to Agora de la Danse. Local and visiting talent offer contemporary dance performances that have given rise to such artists as Hélène Blackburn, Paul-André Fortier, and George Stamos.

Avant-garde theatre performanceCircus performers on stage

This is a small sample of the culture to experience right here in our neighborhood. More theatres, museums, festivals and attractions are steps away during your stay at Hotel ZERO1. Don’t take our word for it though! The lovely folks at WestJet Magazine named us the place to stay if you like arts & culture in Montreal. You can read more here.

*All images courtesy of venues linked to in post.