The musts according to Marie-Pier Tessier De l’Étoile
Marie-Pier Tessier De l’Étoile

General Director, Chromatic Festival


Virtual Reality Garden at the PHI Centre

407, rue Saint-Pierre

Inaugurated just this year, this absolutely unique permanent installation in Montreal is dedicated to the dissemination of some of the most innovative works of virtual reality around. I especially enjoy this entirely new way of experimenting in the visual arts and cinema. Admission is free of charge at all times and, at the four stations equipped with Oculus Rift-style headsets, the public can regularly discover imaginative and varied programming offered by the Centre Phi team. NYT VR par The New York Times is on to the end of May. And why not take the opportunity also to see, as of mid-June, the new exhibition Embodied Narrative: Sensory Stories of the Digital Age bringing together 13 works by pioneers in emerging technologies from around the world?

© Centre Phi, photo: George Fok

Art Mûr Gallery

From July 11 to August 28, 2016

5826, rue St-Hubert

Founded twenty years ago, this spacious and beautiful Montreal gallery dedicated to contemporary art is presenting, from July 11 to August 28, the 12th edition of the exhibition “Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction.” This show promotes the work of emerging artists from across Canada. By joining forces with visual arts departments from eight universities, the gallery puts together an exhibition that introduces us to some new talent with huge potential. This is an absolute must for anyone who wants to be among the first to see tomorrow’s great artists.

Photo : Mike Patten, exposition Culture Shift - Une révolution culturelle, 3e Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone.

Village au Pied-du-Courant

From June 2 to September 23, 2016

2242, rue Notre-Dame Est

I’m charmed by this “village” because it’s a lovely project, close to the people, that throughout the summer becomes not only a place for local residents and tourists to meet, but also one where design, music and arts of all kinds come together through friendly and participatory activities. Street food, a sandy beach, flea markets and a Sunday food market are also on offer to visitors. And how could one not enjoy the absolutely unrestricted view of the St. Lawrence River? Le Village au Pied-du-Courantt (formerly known as Le Village éphémère), is a truly lovely initiative by Pépinière & Co. who took this disused piece of land and transformed it into a festive space for all to enjoy. This year it will be open from June 2 to September 23.

Photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro.

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