Friday August 21st 2015 : 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – Arrive at New City Gas Company (141 Ann)

6:15 p.m. – Welcome, Claudine Déom (associate professor of the School of Architecture at the University of Montreal, and director of the Masters in Conservation of the built environment)

6:30 p.m – Two speeches by distinguished guests, Émilie Vézina-Doré (general director of Action Patrimoine) and Christophe-Hubert Joncas (vice-President of L’Enclume)

7:00 p.m. – Food + Wine (Au Quai Roulant) + Music (Caravandals)


Saturday August 22nd 2015 : 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m. – Meeting point at New City Gas Company (141 Ann)

10:00 a.m. – An animated visit to the Darling Foundry, a truly unique Griffintown space, by Caroline Andrieux (founder and artistic director for Quartier Ephemère and the Darling Foundry) and Mardjane Amin (graduate in Conservation), followed by an urban walk with stops at several iconic neighbourhood buildings

11:30 a.m. – The walk continues through Old Montreal to the controversial Viger Square. The walk will be animated by Jonathan Cha (associate researcher at the Canada Chair in Urban Heritage)

12:30 p.m. – Lunch at Viger Square

Food Trucks Crêpe-moi will be made available for you

12:45 p.m. – Discussion surrounding the history and conservation of the Viger Square

“Who’s afraid of the Viger Square and its Agora?” by Marie-Dina Salvione (professor at the School of Design in Modern Architecture and Heritage, UQAM)

« Une sociabilité en trois temps pour le Square Viger » by Natalie Boucher (post-graduate researcher at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique Centre Urbanisation Culture Société)

3:00 p.m. – Guided tour of Sherbrooke’s Golden Square Mile,  “The Stone Building Tour” by Istvan Kovacs and Salvatore Nudo (senior architects at DFS Architecture & Design). Meeting point at McGill Campus, Roddick Memorial Gate (845 Rue Sherbrooke O)

5:00 p.m. – End of Guided tours

Three creative, mobile mini-workshops will also be spontaneously included throughout the day. The results of these mini-workshops will be presented and debated upon in our concluding session on Sunday, called “Why Heritage Matters”

7:30 p.m. – Drinks and BBQ PICNIC in Saint-Jacques Market (meeting point at the corner Amherst street and Ontario street).


Sunday August 23rd 2015 : 9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

9:h45 a.m. – Tour of the Montreal Art Center  (1844 Williams street)

10:h15 a.m. – “Griffintown” – Heritage and Urban Planning, questions and guided debate, presentation and discussion with Allan Diamond (Art Center founder) and Jonathan Cha (Ph.D. in Urban Planning and researcher at the Canada Chair in Urban Heritage)

12:00 p.m. – Vernissage of the exposition Why Heritage Matters at the New City Gas Company (141 Ann)

12:50 p.m. – Festival closing words

1:00 p.m. – End of Festival Vivre le Patrimoine!


The Festival and all of the walking tours will go on, rain or shine !

In honour of the Montreal Heritage Festival, the MTL HI is offering stays for 20$/night, please contact them directly and mention you are attending this Festival.


1030, rue Mackay
Montréal, Québec H3G2H1

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