Newswire | The Chamber Announces $2.4 Million in Funding to Support 6 New Creative Projects for Downtown Workers

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Montréal, August 8, 2022 ‒ The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal is thrilled to announce the winners of its call for creative projects as part of phase 2 of the “I love working downtown” initiative. This call for projects by invitation allowed local creators, originators and designers who stood out during the selection process for phase 1 to propose original projects to enhance spaces frequented by workers, in collaboration with downtown property owners. After a rigorous evaluation process, the Chamber selected 6 projects for their exceptional quality and ability to increase traffic in the downtown core.

With $2.4 million in funding and the support of the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), the Chamber will help bring these projects to life. The projects will be carried out over the next few months in several private and semi-private spaces in the downtown area. They are part of the second phase of a successful initiative that has given rise to new iconic symbols for Montréal, including two permanent installations: The Ring by Ivanhoé Cambridge, and Generations of Greatness by the Montréal Canadiens, LNDMRK and Lumenpulse.

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“We are pleased to be able to generate more creative projects for the downtown core. The excitement surrounding the first phase of our ré·CRÉATIONMTL program has proven that signature creative projects help make downtown more appealing. The Chamber’s involvement, with the support of the MEI, also fosters closer collaboration between cultural and creative industry leaders and downtown property owners. These 6 new art installations will make downtown that much more vibrant and offer workers a nicer downtown experience,” said Michel Leblanc.

“By supporting these projects, we are making a tangible contribution to giving workers the urge to come back to downtown Montréal more often, with new inspiring and entertaining spaces. It is also an opportunity for local artists to revive the energy of this central location while expressing their originality and talent. This initiative will undoubtedly have a significant impact on economic activity in the heart of the city,” said Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region.

In March 2021, the MEI gave the Chamber a mandate to support downtown Montréal’s economic recovery, thanks to an $8.5 million contribution. A year later, the Chamber obtained an additional $6 million in funding to enhance and extend its most promising efforts for relaunching downtown Montréal.

In this second phase, the Chamber will enhance its ré·CRÉATIONMTL program with the installation of additional creative projects in private and semi-private spaces. The Chamber and the Quebec government wish to amplify the effect of these projects with a greater volume of creative interventions and an abundance of original offerings that will make the downtown core hum with activity for an extended period. To this end, the Chamber conducted a call for projects by invitation for the applicants who had stood out during the first call for projects, in order to recognize the work of those whose projects were particularly outstanding.

The funding is allocated as follows:

Project name* Applicant(s) Collaborator(s) Target area(s) Season of unveiling Contribution offered
DANS LE FLEUVE Jobel Art for Earth and Rodeo FX BentallGreenOak, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), David Suzuki Foundation 1250 René-Lévesque Boulevard (corridor between Bonaventure metro station and the building) Winter 2023 $378,400
La cour du centre-ville : Les Fleurs Sont Partout Les Productions LNDMRK Inc. LeBicar, Elephant Play, Lucion Média Inc. Location to be confirmed Fall 2022 $570,000
La MUe de la Place Dupuis MU Place Dupuis Winter 2023 $206,600
Les salles extraordinaires : Station d’été PVM et Station d’été Maison Notman Aire commune Ivanhoé Cambridge, Notman House Esplanade PVM and Notman House Spring 2023 $280,000
MÉDITATIONS INTERACTIVES MASSIVart, Sid Lee Architecture, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Nicolas Grenier and Jasmine Wang Place Ville Marie Spring 2023 $395,000
Portail Moment Factory To be confirmed Gare Viger Winter 2023 $570,000

*Project names are subject to change.

Details of the projects will be disclosed in the coming weeks. The contributions announced will be issued subject to a formal agreement with the developers. The full program will be available on the Chamber’s website.

About the “I love working downtown” initiative

“I love working downtown” is an initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal carried out with support from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation. Its objective is to accelerate the relaunch of downtown Montréal.

About the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

With a network of over 8,000 members, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (“the Chamber”) is active on two fronts: being the voice of the Montréal business community and delivering specialized services to businesses and their employees. For 200 years, it has acted on issues that are decisive for the prosperity of the city’s businesses. With the support of its Acclr experts, the Chamber’s goal is to accelerate the creation and growth of businesses of all sizes, at home and around the world.

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