Just in case you didn't know, today marks the 374th anniversary of Montreal. While that's quite a big milestone, this year's birthday has already been eclipsed by the 2017 celebration of Montreal's 375th anniversary. And rightfully so, because a lot is already on the docket for next year.\nAside from the celebration plans and parties lined up for Montreal's 375th anniversary, tons of new building projects and initiatives have been announced, making us wonder whether or not half of them are going to happen or not.\nSorry, we can't help but be suspicious, because as we all know, this is Montreal, and building projects tend to get delayed quite a bit. That's why we've included the likelihood of these projects being completed, using nothing other than our arbitrary reasoning (along with updates and who was already on-board) to assess each project.\nSo as a means to both get everyone excited and to keep tabs on everything the city has promised us, here are 30 things Montreal is supposed to have by 2017, for the city's 375th anniversary.\nViaduct 375\nAn ode to Montreal's railway history, Viaduct 375 is a special project being put on by the Plateau that will have the Van Horne overpass become a pedestrian walkway for events and special walking tours.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nGlowing Lights On The Jacques Cartier Bridge\nPretty, but not all that needed, the City of Montreal announced plans to light up the Jacque-Cartier Bridge with glowing lights last summer, a project that will cost the city $39.5 million. Montrealers sure weren't pleased to hear about this use of money, though.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High (unfortunately)\nThe New Mont-Long Street Art Festival\nCome July of 2017, Montreal will play host to a gigantic “open air theatre event” where artists from around the world will perform right on the roads of the city. These artists will provide 800 street performances for any and all who wish to watch, every day for a full month. Read more here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate-to-High\n$15 Million Worth Of New Bike Paths\nAnnounced by the City of Montreal, a $15 million upgrade to the city's bike paths will be completed between 2016-17. 57 kilometers of bike paths will be added, along with a link between the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and de Maisonneuve, bicycle priority lights, and more.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nThe Path From Mount Royal To The Old Port\nDubbed “Promenade Fleuve-Montagne,” this proposed 3.8km walkway will link the Saint Lawrence River and Mount Royal, two of Montreal's most iconic features. The path itself will be beautified, and you can read more here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nFixing The Ramps To Nowhere\nFolks in Dorval have been mighty pissed about the "ramps to nowhere," as they've been calling the ramps off of Highway 20. The city has promised the construction will be done by 2017, but we wouldn't be surprised if the ramps continued to sail off into the abyss for a bit longer.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate-to-High\nA Movie All About Montreal\nTitled Hochelaga, terre des âmes, the film will be directed by Francois Girard and will serve as an ode to the founding of Montreal 375 years ago.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nPretty New Sewer Lids\nYup, even our manhole covers are being prettified for 2017. An idea put forth by Projet Montreal, this project was deemed important enough that the City council actually voted unanimously in approval, so it's almost definitely going to happen.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nThe Old Port's $78 Million Makeover\nAlexandra Pier and Iberville passenger terminal will be getting some upgrades as the city gears up to its 375th birthday. Better access to the water for both pedestrians and boats will be a feature of the new pier, as will a year-round lookout on the roof of the planned station. Find out more here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nLe KM23 du Quartier des Spectacles\nSet to be "a flagship project of public art in the Quartier des spectacles," Le KM23 will feature 15 new works of public art and will remain in the entertainment sector of Centre-ville for six weeks. Artworks will be created by both local and international artists.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nThe Weird Statues From Quebec City\nMore than a little creepy, Quebec City is giving Montreal a series of bronze statues that will be housed in a new park on Pie-IX and Sherbrooke. Each statue will be adorned with a jersey that marks an important year for Montreal, making the gift both an ode to the city's sports history and ongoing cultural legacy.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nThe Green Energy Public Building\nA first for Montreal, the proposed building (which will be housed in Ahunistic's Basile Routhier park) will feature a "net zero" energy system, meaning that the structure will produce its own electricity through solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal energy.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nThe First-Ever Canada Pride\nBecause we all need more pride for our LGBTQ+ communities, Montreal is going to play host to the nation's first-ever "Canada Pride." The event will last ten full days over the summer of 2017, and you can read more details here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nMontreal's "The Wall" Opera\nGiven the green light by Roger Waters himself, Place des Art is hosting an operatic re-envisioning of Pink Floyd’s iconic album “The Wall,” to be held inside of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier beginning March 2017. Read more here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Pretty much guaranteed.\nThe Lachine Canal Ice Rink\nTests were supposedly completed this winter for the giant ice rink to be set up on the Lachine Canal, but we didn't hear any news on the project, so we're a little wary as to whether it's actually going to happen. We can hope, though, because the project sounds pretty sweet.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate-to-Low\nA Brand New Saint Catherine Street\nWider sidewalks, free wifi, and heated pathways were all put on the docket for the new Sainte Catherine street, and a lot more. But to get that all done in just a year? Colour us skeptical.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Low\nThe Olympic Stadium Makeover\nFocusing on better access to visitors, the Olympic Stadium, and the nearby Espace pour la vie, should be getting a makeover over the next year. An artwork is planned to be placed at the entrance of the stadium, along with an easier-to-understand-and-navigate roadway to the grounds of the complex. Read more here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate-to-Low\nThe Biodome's New Look\nIn relation to the above, the interior of the Biodome is going to be getting a brand new look for 2017, along with the Planetarium, Insectarium, and Botanical Gardens. Different architectural firms will be heading the new additions to each section of Espace pour la vie, and you can check them out here.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nBonaventure Expressway Becoming An Urban Boulevard\nA revamp of the Bonaventure Expressway, the urban project being called "Boulevard Robert Bourassa" will host green spaces, 9 ground level lanes, pedestrian corridors, and will connect to new bike paths. Construction has already begun, but again, projects tend to get delayed a lot here, so we'll see if this is done by 2017.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nParc Jean-Drapeau's Summer Festival Garden Dome\nProposed as a companion structure to the Biodome, this spherical garden-like dome will serve as an amphitheatre during festivals and a chilling space throughout the year. But as beautiful as this would be, we think it's a tad too ambitious to get done by 2017, especially since the city isn't even on-board.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Low\nParc Jean-Drapeau's $30 Million Outdoor Amphitheater\nWhat will be a blessing to all those who attend Osheaga, the proposed outdoor amphitheater at Parc Jean-Drapeau will be able to house 65, 000 people and is being designed specifically for festivals. Denis Coderre already approved of the project, but that was back in 2015, and we've yet to really hear any news since.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nA Cellular Network Across The Metro Network\nA joint venture between Rogers, Bell, Telus and Videotron, the four service providers will be splitting the costs of 50 million dollars to install a mobile network that will work in Montreal’s metro stations, trains and tunnels. Since the STM is regularly rolling out stations, we're pretty confident this project will be done by 2017.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nThe Holt Renfrew-Ogilvy Mega Luxury Store\nFrom the same folks who brought us Dix30 and Quinze40, the Holt Renfrew-Ogilvy mega luxury store has been proposed for 2017. Not just a store, the building will feature a 250,000 sq. ft. residential tower, along with 50,000 sq. ft of commercial space, 75 luxury condos, and a five-star hotel with a 400-person capacity ballroom.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nThe Downtown Fountain Garden Park\nDorchester Square is in desperate need of a makeover. Fortunately one is already ongoing that will ideally be done by 2017. Focusing on the northern section of Dorchester Square, the transformation will cost a total of $709,062. The project will focus on adding an abundance of green to the urban square, while also making it far more accessible and friendly to pedestrians.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate-to-High\nMontreal's Giant New Aquatic Centre\nProposed by Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, the new aquatic center would be more than 43,000 sq.ft and feature offer an 8-lane pool, a jet pool, competitive diving boards, and spectator stands. The thing is, the borough only said it would cover 20% of the $20 million bill, and we haven't heard any funding coming in from the city or province, thus making us pretty sure this project isn't going to be done anytime soon.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Low\nPaul à Montréal Cartoons\nCreated by cartoonist Michel Rabagliati, 12 large artistic works will be placed around Plateau-Mont-Royal, each of which will highlight different aspects of Montreal's history.\nLikelihood of actually happening: High\nWiFi Across The City\nAs part of its plan to become the smartest city in the entire world by 2017, Montreal's Bureau de la Ville intelligente wants to have free wifi access across the city. We'll see if this project, and the overall goal to be the most intelligent city, actually are achieved, though.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Low\nThe Viger Square Makeover\nAll that concrete in Viger Square certainly needs to be revamped, and Projet Montreal feels the same way. But while the city's official opposition stated plans to make the space more hospitable, unless we get word from Denis Coderre, we're not going to hold our breath.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Low\nMontreal Water Taxis\nThe mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles really wanted water taxis in 2014, believing them to be a solid means of transportation for those trying to get onto the Island of Montreal. Honestly, the project seemed like a fanciful pipe-dream from the get-go, which is probably why we haven't heard any updates in two years.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Low\nQuartier des Spectacle's Outdoor Skating Rink\nEasily the coolest (pun!) feature of the proposed "Esplanade Park," the outdoor skating rink will be entirely open to the public, with the entire grounds functioning as a "village square" of sorts. The skating rink will be turned into a giant terrasse in the summer months, if it's built, that is.\nLikelihood of actually happening: Moderate\nBonus: The MTL Sign On Mount Royal\nNever really a possibility, this photoshopped image made the rounds a few years ago and got people in the city very passionate. On the one end, folks wanted to see it happen, and others hated the idea. We still think it’d be cool to have the cross become the “t” in an MTL sign, but in all reality, it ain’t gonna happen.\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.