On February 28th, 2018, MR-63 unveiled in our offices, the Station F-MR, a public square in place from June to September at the Place des Bassins at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, in collaboration with Parks Canada. This square, in the heart of the Quartier de l'innovation, will be a summer destination in the city for Montrealers and visitors alike. In total, four MR-63 metro cars will be integrated into this space, which will consist of an art gallery, a design shop, a food counter, a stage and a relaxation area.
The Station F-MR will offer a multidisciplinary cultural program with the city's talents and activities such as : art exhibitions, film screenings, creative workshops, concerts, shows and local produce markets. The detailed program will be announced following a major call for projects from Montreal's talents in art, design and gastronomy, which will take place during the month of March 2018. Part of the program will also be left open for citizens who would like to develop activities.
This ephemeral space is the prototype of a future permanent venue called MR-63, a hybrid complex built with former subway cars and dedicated to the discovery of Montreal’s talents, which will open in 2020. For the organizers of the Station F-MR, Frédéric and Étienne Morin-Bordeleau, this project allows to test the cultural offer of the permanent project, to improve it with the public and to start fulfilling the mission of stimulating the interest for the Montreal’s culture and the talents that compose it.
In support to the Station F-MR, the Metropolitan Secretariat of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy is providing $175,000 from Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole.
This project is also supported by Parcs Canada, Loto-Québec, PME Montréal and the Quartier de l'innovation.