"MONT ROYAL, A TERRITORY TO DISCOVER"

2011-11-09

Les amis de la montagne inaugurate the new permanent exhibition at Maison Smith


Photo: Samuel Montigné

 


LES AMIS DE LA MONTAGNE INAUGURATE THE NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT MAISON SMITH

MONTREAL, November 9, 2011 – Today marked the official inauguration of the permanent exhibition, “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover”, at Maison Smith in Mont-Royal Park. The new exhibition spreads throughout this historic domain, allowing visitors to discover the many riches of the mountain.

Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President of Les amis de la montagne, inaugurated the exhibition with the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Alan DeSousa, Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for sustainable development, the environment and parks, Dominique Malack, Chef du Service des immobilisations et du patrimoine, Direction de Montréal, Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition feminine and Amélie Picher, Regional Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, together with Catherine Leconte, Executive Director of the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement and Christine Bélanger, Project Coordinator of the Fondation de la faune du Québec.

“For 30 years, Les amis de la montagne have dedicated themselves with energy, passion and enthusiasm to the discovery, appreciation and conservation of Mont Royal,” said Peter A. Howlett, C.M. “By way of the “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover” exhibition, Les amis de la montagne invites visitors to familiarize themselves with the mountain territory and to become aware of its many treasures before setting outdoors to discover more of this unique site.”

“For Montrealers, not only does Mont Royal form a part of the landscape, but it is also a magnificent site for recreation and an environmental treasure of inestimable value,” added Alan DeSousa. “I also extend an invitation to all Montrealers to explore the many activities that revolve around this exhibition, an excellent way to discover the attractions that make Mont Royal a destination of choice, a natural environment that benefits from a protection and enhancement status.”

L to R: Catherine Leconte, Directrice Générale, Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement, Dominique Malack, Chef du Service des immobilisations et du patrimoine, Direction de Montréal, ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President, Les amis de la montagne, Alan DeSousa, Vice-Chairman of the Executive of the Ville de Montréal and responsible for sustainable development, the environment and parks, Amélie Picher, Regional Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Christine Bélanger, Coordonnatrice de projets, Fondation de la faune du Québec. Photo © Les amis de la montagne/Martin Roy.

Dynamic exhibits, historic photos and a mural timeline, artefacts, audio-visual elements, games and touch screens are dispersed over three floors of Maison Smith. “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover” offers an interactive and immersive experience to visitors of all ages, and admission is free.

Uniting a network of experts, partners and institutions to develop the Mont Royal permanent exhibition, Les amis de la montagne will develop a new series of programs and activities inspired from the exhibition content, such as learning tools for students and their teachers, interpretation activities for the general public and tourists, and temporary exhibits in line with the various themes.

The exhibition project was developed in two phases. The first phase was launched in October 2008 in the form of an interactive map that focuses on the historic and natural heritage of the mountain in a novel way, using interactive technologies. In addition to the public and private partners that provided funding for this first phase of the project, Les amis de la montagne welcomed the participation of 16 institutional and association partners on Mont Royal. The interactive map is still available for free on Les amis’ website.

Les amis de la montagne thank their partners for their financial support of the second phase of this ambitious project: the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal in the amount of $403,000, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation in the amount of $75,000, the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement in the amount of $30,000 and the Fondation de la faune du Québec in the amount of $15,000, for an overall total of $523,000.

 


ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNERS OF THE PHOTO CONTEST "LA MONTAGNE EN IMAGES"

MONTREAL, November 9, 2011 - As part of the official inauguration of the permanent exhibition, “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover”, Les amis de la montagne and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation announced the winners of the photo contest, “La montagne en images.”

The photo contest is aimed at highlighting the heritage, activities and beauty of Mont Royal through photography. The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, partners of this second edition of the contest, also provided financial support to the permanent exhibition, “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover”, through a donation of $75,000.

“Not only do the photographers express their creativity by immortalizing the mountain through photography, they also help to sensitize those who admire their work of the natural, social and heritage riches of Mont Royal,” said Amélie Picher, Regional Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “We are therefore pleased to contribute to the enhancement of the mountains’ beauty as seen through the eyes of photographers. We congratulate the winners of the contest and invite members of the community to visit the exhibit in great numbers to admire these unique artistic creations.”

Amélie Picher joined Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director of Les amis de la montagne, to preside over the prize ceremony to recognize the top three winners in each of the contest categories, including: Works of art and buildings, Activities and pastimes, Fauna of Mont Royal, Trees and forests of Mont Royal, and Light, as well as the Grand Prix du Jury, the Prix des Amis, the Honorable Mention and the Jury’s Pick.

“Les amis de la montagne are pleased that the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation are partners in the realization of the exhibition “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover” and particularly of the photo contest, that benefitted this year from an increase in participants, enamoured by Mont Royal. The mountain has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists through time, as witnessed by the winning photos of the contest. I would like to thank all the contest participants for their important contribution towards the enhancement of Mont Royal and I invite Montrealers to visit Maison Smith to enjoy the exhibition,” said Sylvie Guilbault.

Photo : Martin Roy


WINNERS OF THE 2011 PHOTO CONTEST “LA MONTAGNE EN IMAGES”

Click here to view the winning photos.

Grand Prix du Jury: Richard Duret, Chalet du Mont-Royal
Prix des Amis: Jean-Guy Morisset, Entre ciel et terre
Honorable Mention: Vicky Robinson (photo taken by her father’s best friend at the lookout in 1938), Mount Royal 1938
Jury’s Pick: Samuel Montigné, Percée de soleil

Works of art and buildings
1st prize: Jake Bloomfield (student, St-Georges High School of Montreal), Drops
2nd prize: Clairette Paquette, La halte
3rd prize: Joanne Lévesque, Une visite au chalet de la montagne

Activities and pastimes
1st prize: Jean-Bernard Vidal, Neige
2nd prize: Patrice Clouthier, Leap of faith
3rd prize: Maddie Steinsacks (student, St-Georges High School of Montreal), Above

Fauna of Mont Royal
1st prize: Carole Lambert, Fragile robe ailée
2nd prize: Yves Déry, Maitre piqueur
3rd prize: Clairette Paquette, Nageons sur les nuages

Trees and forests of Mont Royal
1st prize: Jean-Michel Villanove, Neige tardive
2nd prize: Jordan Stern, Mount Royal
3rd prize: MoeMents (Mohamed Nagi), I hear your voice calling my name

Light
1st prize: Hannah Palmer, Renard de Cedar
2nd prize: Luc Therrien, Aurore
3rd prize: Richard Duret, Demi-jour sur le lac

The winning photographs are on display at the Café des Amis at Maison Smith in Mont-Royal Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, until springtime. Les amis de la montagne would like to underline the excellent work of the members of the jury, Céline Martin, Environment Advisor, TD Assurance, Stéphane Dionne, professional photographer, and Daniel Leblanc, Director of Outdoor Services and Sales for Les amis de la montagne, and also an amateur photographer. Finally, Les amis de la montagne thank Photo-Service for their generous contribution of gift certificates to the first-place prize winners in each of the contest categories. Congratulations to the winners!


UNVEILING OF THE HISTORIC WALL MURAL AND LAUNCH OF THE BOOK "THE HILL THAT WANTED TO BECOME A MOUNTAIN"

MONTREAL, November 9, 2011 - The historic wall mural hand-painted by Montreal illustrator Alain Pilon was unveiled today at Maison Smith in Mont-Royal Park and depicts 17 moments chosen in the history of the mountain. The unveiling was held as part of the official inauguration of the new exhibition, “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover.”

Photo : Martin Roy

At first glance at the wall mural, visitors are pleasantly surprised, charmed and captivated by this intriguing mountain timeline, which is illustrated in an original and humorous fashion. The wall mural was created using the technique of vinyl transfer, coloured by hand using paints in vibrant yellows and oranges, grey and black.

To complement the wall art, an attractive book has been published featuring Alain Pilon’s 17 illustrations, entitled “The hill that wanted to become a mountain”, accompanied by equally imaginative and informative texts by Jean-Michel Villanove, an educator with Les amis de la montagne,  responsible for the exhibition project.

“The hill that wanted to become a mountain” is available for sale at the Maison Smith nature boutique, also available in the original French version, “La colline qui voulait devenir une montagne”. The book was published with the financial support of the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel du Montréal.

Photo: Samuel Montigné

 


OPEN HOUSE AT MAISON SMITH ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 AND 13

On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2011, Les amis de la montagne invite all Montrealers to take part in a variety of family-friendly activities as part of the inaugural ceremonies of the new exhibition, “Mont Royal, A Territory to Discover”, at Maison Smith in Mont-Royal Park.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants may visit the new exhibition accompanied by members of the Les amis de la montagne educational staff, explore the interactive terminals and giant touch-screen map of the mountain, view the winning photos of the “La montagne en images” contest, and visit the temporary exhibit “La montagne comme dans un conte, dessinée en noir et blanc” presented by artist Charles L’Heureux. At noon and again at 3 p.m., the artist will lead exploratory walks in the forest.

Also, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Shakti Ortega St-Amant will present a series of short tales specially crafted for this occasion, and at 2 p.m., Élisabeth Desjardins will perform her tale, entitled, “La femme qui parle avec les arbres.”

Finally, at the Café des Amis in Maison Smith, coffee, tea and cookies will be served to exhibition visitors, on the house!

Come one, come all!

 


THANK-YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

Les amis de la montagne thank their partners for their generous financial support of this ambitious project: the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal in the amount of $403,000, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation in the amount of $75,000, the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement in the amount of $30,000 and the Fondation de la faune du Québec in the amount of $15,000, for an overall total of $523,000.