Undiscovered Montréal event venues

published on October 27, 2020
Working Smarter Montréal Partners

Montréal has great venues. While some are downright massive (the Olympic Stadium) and some are built for large-scale conventions (the Palais des congrès de Montréal), others are smaller and subtler.

From a punk rock bar to a Parisian-style theatre, these event venues speak to the diversity and charm of offsite options in Montréal.

An iconic lakeside pavilion. An early example of Quebec post-war modern architecture, with its undulating floating roof, the Beaver Lake Pavilion is a landmark destination on the mountain. Its all-glass facades provide visitors with spectacular views of the lake and wooded surroundings. Completely restored in 2006. lemontroyal.qc.ca

A socially-minded art gallery. Nestled in the heart of the Mile-Ex neighborhood, Never Apart is a versatile space featuring 12,000 square feet of gallery, music production and creative space. It houses a theatre for screenings, a versatile mezzanine and an archive of 10,000 vinyl records. neverapart.com 

A former bank revamped into a coworking space. Once the head office for the Royal Bank of Canada, Crew Café is a venue with a story. The Beaux-Arts style building — with soaring 15-metre ceilings — has been renovated into a café and dedicated coworking space. Meeting space available to rent. crew.co/cafe

A rooftop exposition space. Located in the heart of Montréal’s downtown, Place Ville Marie is a 47-storey, cruciform office tower. The Observation Deck of the 46th floor highlights the architectural heritage and history of Montréal, while an exhibition space enables guests to network and connect in a relaxed and stunning setting. ausommetpvm.com

A versatile alt-rock venue. Montréal’s edgiest bar and venue since 1983, Les Foufounes Électriques serves affordable drinks, awesome bands and good times. In addition to live music, the venue also hosts a variety of other events, including barbecues, art shows and sideshows. foufouneselectriques.com 

An art-inspired Indigenous cultural space. Located at Place Jacques-Cartier, the Ashukan Cultural Space is the first and only permanent structure dedicated to the dissemination of Aboriginal arts, artists, and cultures in Canada. It is home to exhibitions and a boutique respecting the principles of fair trade, where the public can view and purchase original works and other cultural products. sacredfireproductions.ca 

A stunning turnkey meeting room. Think of Breather as the “Uber” of office space — but instead of a car ride, you get a handsome space to chill out. Each Breather is a room equipped with a desk, a comfortable couch, a selection of plugs (to recharge your devices) and high-speed Wi-Fi service. Ideal for small groups. breather.com 

A handsome Parisian-style theatre. Built in the early 1920s, the Rialto Theatre was inspired by one of the finest neo-Baroque buildings of the 19th century, the Paris Opera. The interior decor is adorned with artistic woodwork, hand-painted medallions and original decorative panels. theatrerialto.ca 

The courtyard of a former military depot. The Stewart Museum, situated in the heart of one of Montréal’s greatest green spaces, celebrates the influence of European civilization in New France and North America. Available all four seasons of the year, the courtyard is ideal for a country-style gathering, a large cultural event, a team-building sports activity — or other events. Enjoy beautiful views of the illuminated Jacques Cartier Bridge. stewart-museum.org 

A “wicked” 80s-style club. Situated in the heart of downtown, Club Electric Avenue is an original location for both corporate events and private parties. The club offers large, fully equipped room (up to 3,500 sq. ft.) as well as turnkey reception packages for every taste and budget. clubsmontreal.com

An unforgettable 360° viewpoint. Perched atop the Mariner’s House in the Pointe-à-Callière museum, the high floor to ceiling windows of the Montréal 360° Space offers unobstructed views of Old Montréal, the majestic St. Lawrence River, Old Port and downtown with enough space to thrill 200 attendees with its unbroken vistas. pacmusee.qc.ca

Once a bank, now a banquet hall. Under the guiding hand of local venue impresario Ezio Carosielli, the Théâtre St-James converts the grand halls of one of Montréal’s largest banks into stunning event spaces. The grand Imperial Hall offers space for 500 in banquet format and 600 for cocktails, while both the Princess Grace Mezzanine (presently undergoing renovations including the construction of a separate entranceway) and White Star Vault Room are perfect for more intimate gatherings. stjamestheatre.ca

A converted church with a view of the bridge. A stately sister venue to the beautiful Théâtre St-James, the Théâtre Cartier is a new kid on the block, transforming an epic church interior into an unforgettable hall that will leave your attendees in awe. Named for its proximity to Montréal’s iconic glittering Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the Théâtre Cartier is sure to be a hit. theatrecartier.ca

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