Back to abnormality
Work has been reinvented; let's reinvent the return to work.
These building lobbies, traffic corridors, interior courtyards, food courts, esplanades and parking lots are all interstices to be filled, places to be invested with unprecedented uses. So that through them the city calls out to me, appeals to my senses, captures me. So that once again, I love working downtown.
Innovators, creators, artists, designers: let's reinvent the parameters, let's divert these places from their accepted functions, let's transform them, let's make them refreshing, attractive and euphoric, so that we can think about them, dream about them, meet each other, marvel at them. For work to come alive everywhere, for work to be fun.
So that the return to normalcy is not just a return to normal.
Supported financially by the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation (MEI), the Chamber aims to support original, high-quality creative projects in private and semi-private spaces in the extended downtown area, to be deployed over 12 to 18 months. These projects will provide practical ways of making downtown an even more attractive place to work.
This call for projects is part of the relaunching platform " I love working downtown", a Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal initiative, supported by the Government du Québéc.
Deadline for submission of projects: August 6, 2021
The budget is $3 million dollars.
Objectives of the initiative
- Increase the attraction of downtown as a place to work and hold business meetings;
- Offer quality interventions in private and semi-private spaces in the downtown area that enhance Montréal's creative offer, in complementarity of present and futur projects;
- Increase traffic in the short, medium and long terme by enhancing the attractiveness of downtown while fostering traffic in businesses and restaurants.
They include, but are not limited to, immersive, interactive or narrative creations. The creations may be cross-disciplinary, involving visual or digital arts (screen projections, multimedia installations, etc.), design, architecture, etc.
- Original, quality projects that will draw lots of people in
Tempt us, make us react, make us want to reconnect with the downtown area and stay a few more hours.
- Distinctive, original or new creations
Show us something we've never seen before, something that will make us ask our colleagues: "Have you seen this project? You absolutely have to go and see this!"
- Signature projects for Montréal
Share a vision of the city, beautify it, show us your vision of the city.
- The projects will be carried out in private and semi-private spaces in the extended downtown area, i.e. spaces that are privately owned but accessible to the public such as common spaces in office towers, esplanades, underground spaces, food courts, etc.
- Projects that have the support of the owner or property manager of the broadcast venue
- Projects starting up and operating from fall.
- Projects with a minimum overall cost of $150,000
- Semi-permanent or permanent projects, to be broadcast for a minimum of 3 months
These criteria are based on the desire to fulfill the mandate granted by the MEI to support promising projects that demonstrate positive effects on the return of workers to the downtown area.
All the details are in the Applicant's Guide.
Submit a project Download the Applicant's Guide
Attend the virtual information session
Sign up for the virtual information session on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. We will outline the Call for Projects and answer your questions.
Available private spaces
The Chamber makes it easier for creators to connect with property managers and owners. Demonstrate your interest in proposing a project for one of the available private spaces in the extended downtown area.
The available spaces
If you have any questions about the Call for Projects please contact us.
T 514 871-4000, poste 4500