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Station F-MR

On February 28, 2018, MR-63 unveiled the plans for Station F-MR, a temporary public square to be set up from June to September 2018 at the Place des Bassins, part of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, in collaboration with Parks Canada. This square, in the heart of the Quartier de l’Innovation, became a summer destination in the city for Montrealers and visitors alike. In total, four MR-63 metro cars were integrated into this space, which consisted of an art gallery, a design shop, a food counter, a stage and a relaxation area.

Station F-MR offered 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 was announced following a major call for projects from Montreal’s talents in art, design and gastronomy. Part of the program was left open for citizens who wanted to develop activities.

 

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Photo Credit : Jean-Michel Seminaro
Photo Credit : Jean-Michel Seminaro

This temporary project was the prototype for a future permanent venue called MR-63, a hybrid complex to be built with former subway cars and dedicated to the discovery of Montreal’s talent, initially to be opened in 2022. For the organizers, Frédéric and Étienne Morin-Bordeleau, the Station F-MR project tested the cultural offer in view of the permanent project, to improve it through public input and to start fulfilling the mission of stimulating interest for Montréal’s culture and the talents that compose it.

To support Station F-MR, the Secretariat for the Metropolitan Region of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation provided $175,000 from the Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole.

This project is also supported by Parks Canada, Loto-Québec, PME Montréal, and the Quartier de l’Innovation.

Photo Credit : Jean-Michel Seminaro