1812 : Objets to Discover In 3 web capsules

Montreal, July 22, 2014The Château Ramezay – Montréal Museum and Historic Site invites you to explore a littleknown side of Canadian history. As part of cross-Canada commemorations of the War of 1812, the Museum has produced three web capsules based on items in its collection linked to people and events that marked this decisive event.

The capsules, each represented by a famous historical figure, provide three different viewpoints on the War of 1812. The first, on Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, gives the Canadian angle, outlining the rise of the hero of Chateauguay and his august family through objects once in their possession. Artifacts related to the Duke of Kent, a dear friend of Salaberry, and the works of painter and miniaturist Anson Dickinson are also displayed.

The second vignette, on the British angle, focuses on Sir George Prevost, Governor-inChief of British North America. The works of influential artists of the period, such as Jean-Baptiste Roy-Audy, and certain military objects, give a better understanding of the British Colony’s defence in the face of an American invasion.

The third vignette, highlighting the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, examines the War of 1812 from the First Nations’ standpoint. The work of artists and illustrators such as Huron painter Zachary Vincent and American artist George Catlin, and key artefacts such as the dagger used by Tecumseh, one of the heroes of 1812, tangibly illustrate the Amerindian side of the question.

This project was made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage. The videos are now available on both our YouTube site and our Internet site.The script was produced by Isabelle Trudeau, with the assistance of military history expert Luc Lépine.

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Métis-sur-Montréal 2014

Itinerant Pods by North Design Office

Montréal, July 3, 2014 – As part of the 6th edition of Métis-sur-Montréal, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal and Reford Gardens present Itinerant Pods. This installation created by North Design Office invites you to rest and leisure in the peaceful décor of the place De La Dauversière from July 3 to October 13, 2014.

Itinerant Pods evokes a herd gathered in a pasture in the heart of Montréal’s historic district. These futuristic beasts seem to be lumbering across the site. Their gentle presence encourages passers-by to pause for a moment and appreciate the green oasis around them. Over the seasons, the installation intensifies the connection to surrounding elements through a play of shadows, textures and reflections. The installation becomes an ideal place for conversation, a meditative stroll, a picnic with friends or a festive celebration.

Founded by Pete and Alissa North, North Design Office is a landscape architecture, urbanism and design firm established in Toronto in 2005. Starting from a profound understanding of space, context and community, the firm designs urban environments that have garnered it several prizes across Canada and the United States.

The free installation Itinerant Pods runs from July 3 to October 13 on Place De La Dauversière between the Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, across from Montréal’s City Hall. While you are there, visit the exhibition The History of Public Markets in Montréal, presented in the same location.

Reford Gardens, located at the beginning of the Gaspé Peninsula, along the majestic St. Lawrence River, was recently classified a historic monument by the Québec government. It features some 3000 species and varieties of plants in addition to 25 contemporary gardens from the 14th International Garden Festival. Reford Gardens is renowned for its wonderful marriage of horticulture and gastronomy. For more information, visit

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The History of Public Markets in Montreal

Montréal, July 3, 2014 – This summer, the Château Ramezay – Historic Site and Museum of Montréal invites you to discover the evolution of Montréal’s public markets. Produced in collaboration with Marchés Publics de Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal, the free exhibition The History of Public Markets in Montréal is receiving visitors on Place De La Dauversière from July 3 to October 13, 2014.

Since 1676, public markets have played a key role in the Montréal community. First introduced at the time of New France, markets multiplied, reaching the height of their popularity in the 1800s. In addition to being a preferred location for obtaining supplies, they were a favourite place for gathering and entertainment. The public management of the City’s markets contributed to their unique character, which in turn shaped Montréal’s identity. Today, marketplaces are gradually regaining popularity after a decline in favour of supermarkets a few decades ago.

Through maps and old photographs, you will discover the layout of the City’s first marketplaces and the traces they have left behind in today’s urban organization. This backlit outdoor exhibition is free and open day and night, from July 3 to October 13 on Place De La Dauversière, located between the Château Ramezay and Place Jacques-Cartier, across from City Hall.

For something a little more contemporary on Place De La Dauversière, the Château is also presenting the installation, Itinerant Pods, a production by North Design Office, as part of the 6th edition Métis-surMontréal, in collaboration with Reford Gardens. This installation invites you to take a relaxing stroll through the tranquil setting of Place De La Dauversière from July 3 to October 13, 2014

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