Saturday, June 3 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hochelaga Invited to the Museum – Poésie croisée X Joannie Lafrenière

Free activity | No reservation

Hochelaga residents are invited to visit the exhibition Hochelaga – Evolving Montreal for free with the artist Joannie Lafrenière. A fun and poetic day punctuated by activities, including a public reading of the poems created for the project Poésie croisée by la Rue de la Poésie. For this project, four community organizations in Hochelaga created poetic works based on photographs by Joannie Lafrenière. Benoit Bordeleau, poet, and Nelly Desmarais, writer, will also read excerpts from their texts inspired by the neighbourhood.

We invite residents to bring their photos of the neighbourhood for a chance to share fond memories and lively conversation.

A project created in collaboration with la Rue de la Poésie and Bibliothèque Maisonneuve. With La Gang a Rambrou, CJE Hochelaga, La Marie Debout and Le Tour de Lire.

This activity is part of the off-programming of the Festival de la Poésie de Montréal.


  • Guided tours of the exhibition: 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. (duration: 1 hour)
  • Poetry reading: 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Sharing residents’ photos of the neighbourhood: 2 to 3 p.m.


Saturday, June 3, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free for residents of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (proof of address required).
Location: McCord Stewart Museum

About the Guest

Joannie Lafrenière

Joannie Lafrenière holds degrees in journalism and photography. She is interested in all the captivating people who cross her path. Combining her anthropological curiosity with her love for humour, human beings and pop culture, she approaches documentary making as the art of encounter, and her camera as the tool for real connection.

Her previous films, The woman who saw the bear, Snowbirds and King Lajoie, have been shown on television and in theatres around the world. She feels privileged to have recently completed Gabor, a documentary feature film about the oh-so-inspiring individual that is Gabor Szilasi.

Joannie lives, works and plays in Montreal and wherever life takes her.

Benoit Bordeleau

Benoit Bordeleau is originally from Buckingham (Outaouais). His creative approach, combining wandering, writing and photography, has led him to lead and participate in several collective projects, particularly on the web. He holds a doctorate in literary studies (UQAM, 2016): his research focused on representations of the Hochelaga neighbourhood in Quebec literature. He is currently working as coordinator of the Montreal chapter of the Littérature Québécoise Mobile partnership.

Nelly Desmarais

Born in 1986, Nelly Desmarais is originally from Richelieu, in Montérégie, Québec. She is a doctoral student in literature at the Université du Québec à Montréal and has been working in publishing for over ten years. Her first book, Marche à voix basse (Émile-Nelligan Award 2022; finalist, CALQ Award – Œuvre de la relève à Montréal) was published by Quartanier.

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