A new haven of greenery downtown

On-going

Laura Dumitriu, 2024 © McCord Stewart Museum

Museum Alley

Back alleys are at the heart of Montreal life. They’re a meeting place for locals, and a haven of peace and privacy for all who encounter them. You can hear the neighbourhood chatter, balls bouncing, cats squabbling. Families and friends gather here for barbecues, for birthdays or just to soak up the summer sun. They’re a space for creativity and wonder, where the bright colours of children’s chalk drawings complement the radiant lilac blossoms.

In an effort to bring the Montreal alley experience to the downtown core, the Museum presents Museum Alley, a new pedestrianized space on Victoria Street open 12 months a year. Created by architecture firm KANVA, this space immerses the public in the imaginary world of the Montreal alley, inviting passers-by to sit, linger, meet up and chat, surrounded by heavily laden clotheslines. With its abundant greenery, Museum Alley is reminiscent of the city’s most beautiful ruelles vertes, where Montrealers immerse themselves in nature.

Alleys: Emblematic of Montreal

As a trademark feature of Montreal’s urban planning, alleys were once widespread downtown, but they gradually disappeared from the district in the early 1960s. Initially used as service roads at the rear of house and apartment lots, their usefulness faded away with the emergence of the major boulevards and towering skyscrapers that replaced old residential streets.

More about the Museum Alley

OLIVIER CHARLAND

On the ground, between the green marks illustrating the original subdivision of lots along Victoria Street, a work created by Olivier Charland for the MURAL festival evokes the liveliness of alleyways, capturing the energy and movement of everyday moments through abstract forms.

Roger Aziz, 2024 © Musée McCord Stewart Museum

Olivier is a multi-disciplinary designer & artist from Montréal with more than 10 years of experience in the field.His work spans across different mediums. Rooted in a thoughtful approach, he brings innovative ideas and conceptual depth to each project while maintaining a playful and sensitive aesthetic throughout his practice.


Throughout his practice, he worked for some of the best studios & companies between Montreal, Paris, New York & San Francisco. He also has the chance to share his passion as an adjuct professor at UQÀM School of Design.

A YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMMING

Museum Alley will host a variety of programming all summer long, as well as games and entertainment. It will be open year-round, evolving with the seasons.

Acknowledgments

THE MUSEUM WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS TEAM AND ALL THOSE CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE PRESENTATION OF THIS INSTALLATION.

Conception
Kanva

Project management
François Vallée, Head, Exhibitions

Manufacture and installation
Sollertia

Joinery
OVI

Mural on the street
Olivier Charland

Ground markings
MURAL

Landscaping
La ligne verte

Graphic Designer
Anne-Marie Demers, McCord Stewart Museum


MUSEUM TEAM

Administration and finance
Mario Lafond, Building Manager
David Dupéré, Security Manager
Claudio Pacheco, Maintenance Technician
Dominique Granger, Mechanical Technician

Education, Community Engagement and Cultural Programs
Elysa Lachapelle, Project Manager
Mediation cultural team

Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience
Sandra Nadeau Paradis, Officer, Publicity and Promotions

McCord Museum Foundation
Amélie Saint-Pierre, Executive Director

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Thanks to our financial partners
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And our cultural partners for 2024 summer programming

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