Montcalm to Emerge as Arts District

Montcalm to Emerge as Arts District

The “quartier des arts” in Montcalm is starting to emerge. Many projects are trying to give life to Cartier Street and the whole sector so they can become the centre of cultural and touristic attraction this summer. For 2014, merchants even dream to have their own festival where all art forms will be united.

When the pilot-project failed last year, a project that consisted of restricting cars to circulate on the street during certain hours, the Montcalm merchant Association came right back with a new concept for their clients to have a chance to eat outdoors. For three weekends, including the ones during the Festival d’Été and the Off Festival taking place at the same time, parking spaces on the street will be car-free to allow merchants to set tables outside.

The new test will start on Thursdays and Fridays from noon and Saturday and Sunday the whole day. To know the restaurant menus, theatre programs, or program of the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec, citizens and tourists will use the tactile stand set up at the Morris tower in front of the Cinema Cartier. It will look like a giant Ipad. The Halles du Petit Quartier will also have a lifting to make them more attractive and modern. The entrances will be renovated and have better lighting and the windows and signs will also be changed.

Soon, the whole sector should be rejouvenated. Wireless internet will be available to attract university students and keep them longer in the shops. All these changes will be thought of in order to keep the authentic aspect which gives strength to the place. The total budget available for the projects will be $300,000.

…………………………………………………………….. Staff Writer

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