Construction has just wrapped up on a $73.4 million project to transform the festival grounds and surrounding area at Parc-Jean Drapeau, the enormous green space that occupies the entirety of Île Notre-Dame in the St. Lawrence River.
The new grounds, called Espace 67, are "a multi-purpose event site with many different sectors that can play host to a variety of activities for the local population and beyond," according to a press release.
"With the completion of Espace 67, Parc Jean-Drapeau now has international-calibre infrastructures for hosting events, along with being able to reinstate two magnificent works — the Biosphere and Alexander Calder's Les Trois disques sculpture to a place of prominence," noted Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau chairman Renaud Coulombe.
The new space recalls the glories of the festival for which Parc-Jean Drapeau was created — Expo '67 — and includes features to optimize and enhance the festival experience. New towers with mounts for speakers will envelop concert-goers in music.
"The site is now able to accommodate 65,000 people, compared to the previous total of 45,000," the press release continues. Above all, the space has become a more welcoming venue, says MTLBlog reporter Alex Melki.
You can watch his tour of the new space below:
Planners took care to "combine nature and culture," Melki notes, while adding new amenities and attractions. Perhaps most excitingly, a restaurant with an expansive terrasse now sits in the space.
Other permanent features ensure that Espace 67 will be a yearlong destination. A new lookout provides sweeping views of the Montreal downtown and better connects visitors with the St. Lawrence River. The space is also universally accessible.
For more information on the new Espace 67 in Parc Jean-Drapeau, refer to the park website here. You can also read the press release about the opening of the new space here.
This will be the first edition of Osheaga on its new grounds. Thousands of people are set to enjoy a heightened concert-going experience.