Tired of all that dirt on your feet when enjoying a show at Osheaga, or the giant mud-pool that happens anytime it rains during a major event at Parc Jean-Drapeau? Yeah, we all are, but good news everyone! The city of Montreal has just given go-ahead for a huge outdoor amphitheater to be built at the park, with a price tag of $30 million.
Mayor Denis Coderre is touching upon the project at a press conference held today, and will go into a bit more detail on the redevelopment of Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène. But some preliminary details have already been released, so here's what to get excited about.
According to La Presse, the new "natural amphitheater" will be able to hold 65, 000 people, and will be created specifically for the purpose of making major shows and festivals more enjoyable for attendees. Preliminary sketches show that the amphitheater will be built so that viewers can see the skyline of Montreal behind musicians, which could make nighttime performances a bit more dynamic.
Originally, this new construction was supposed to be built for 2017, to coincide with Montreal's 375th anniversary. But as with all things built in Montreal, the project has been delayed, and now the completion date is being pushed back to 2019.
2019 is a ways away, but you should definitely look forward to it, as the amphitheater is only on feature of an entire redevelopment project for Parc Jean-Drapeau. $70.4 million is being spent on redeveloping the park, with $30 million going towards the amphitheater and the rest to be used on recreating the stretch of space from around the metro station to "L'Homme" sculpture/where the main stage for Piknic Electronik is.
If you want to see some more concept images of the redevelopment project, you can head to the La Presse piece here.
Espace pour la vie and Mayor Valérie Plante announced Thursday that Montreal's Biosphere would reopen to the public as of Friday, August 13.
The structure, which houses an environment museum, was built as the American Pavilion for Expo 67.
In a Facebook post, the mayor announced that to mark the occasion, admission to the museum would be free all weekend.
Earlier in the year, the Governments of Canada and Quebec announced that control of the museum would be transferred to the City of Montreal and that it would become Espace pour la vie's fifth site, joining the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the Insectarium.
Montreal music fans rejoice because your favourite festival, Osheaga, is coming back this fall. But it'll be a mini version of the festival you all know and love.
The Osheaga "Get Together" is a mini-festival that will feature three days of music with some of the brightest Canadian talent out there.
Charlotte Cardin, Jessie Reyez, and Half Moon Run will headline a three-day celebration of up-and-coming local music for the adoring ears of a limited number of fans in an "intimate outdoor setting," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The festival starts on October 1 with Quebec-born indie-pop darling Charlotte Cardin, who has quickly risen to the top of the charts with her new album Phoenix.
On the following day, the Toronto-born and multi-Juno award winner Jessie Reyez will light up centre stage with her delightful RnB pop sounds.
And finally, on October 3, Half Moon Run, Montreal's super talented indie rock idols, will headline the closing night of the festival.
"We are thrilled about this announcement, because we promised fans that we would do everything in our power to get them to Parc Jean-Drapeau to be united by live music again as soon as possible, and we are going to make that happen!" said Nick Farkas, Senior Vice President, Booking, Concerts and Events at evenko and founder of Osheaga.
Single-day and three-day passes will go on sale Friday, July 23 at noon on Osheaga's website.
Tickets start at $85 for a single day and $245 for a three-day pass.
Like a refrigerator or a pair of washer-dryers purchased at a retailer, you can purchase your Osheaga 2021 passes in four equal payments. But, be aware that tickets are more expensive than we're used to.
Osheaga, one of Montreal's most popular summer festivals, recently announced this new feature on social networks.
Payment plans are available for purchases of $325 or more, with no interest and no fees.