Place des Arts
The Place des Arts, a complex of different concert and theatre halls, harbors the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM: Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal), the Opera de Montreal, and the city’s chief ballet company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
The plaza on Place des Arts is the home of the most important events during several musical festivals, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Montreal Francofolies, a festival of French-speaking song artists.
Besides, Place des Arts is the heart of Quartier des Spectacles of Montréal and it hosts the Museum of contemporary art of Montreal and five theatres: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Theatre Maisonneuve, Studio-theatre, Theatre Jean-Duceppe, Cinquieme salle (Fifth hall).
This plaza is located in the eastern part of the city’s downtown, between Ste-Catherine and de Maisonneuve St-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance streets.
Place des Arts was built as part of a project to expand the downtown core eastward from the concentration of business and financial activity in the centre-west part of Montreal and it was inaugurated in 1963.
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Shops, services, and a large esplanade decorated with fountains and water cascades are also part of the Place des Arts. The site is decorated with examples of public art. The facilities are connected by an underground mall – part of the Underground city - linked to Place-des-Arts metro station and the Desjardins Complex.