Griffintown A Great Success!

Was an excellent event. Over 1600 people made their way through art, music, non stop poetry, installations, performance art, lectures, and much more. It was incredibly well organized and just seemed to run itself. Montreal needs more of this. Unfortunately, my point and shoot tended to not react well with the lighting but here are some shots that might give a sense of the place.


Horse by Esther Hageman

Linda Swanson

Ken McKenzie playing the pipes and Chris Crilly with the bodhran

MONTREAL LOVE aka “would you please tell me that you love me” – the 10′x10′ projection screen of a close up head shot of a woman by Anna Papadakos and Winston McQuade. This piece is an offshoot of PEEP! (created for the Factory Project in 2008) by Anna Papadakos


Marisa Portolese


The two guys painting are from O Ciel Embassy


David Hanna giving a tour of Griffintown’s history.

THE CAWL (a staged play reading of a work in progress) by Anna Papadakos. Actors: Laura Mitchell and Janis Kirshner. Musician – Janet Lumb. The photo is easily identifiable – it is the one with two woman (one standing at the lectern another sitting ). There are scattered papers and and outline of red created by paper. 2 lecterns.

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14 responses to “Griffintown A Great Success!

  1. Kudos to the organizers and many participants of the event at the New City Gas Building in Griffintown… A very impressive feat.

  2. I can’t identify all of the artists, but the horse in the first photo is the work of Esther Hageman. The “icicle” installation was done by Linda Swanson. That’s Ken McKenzie playing the pipes and Chris Crilly with the bodhran. The sixth shot is of one of Marisa Portolese’s photographs. I hope other people can fill in the blanks.

  3. David Hanna giving the lecture (which was really good) on the history of Griffintown. Kristian Gravenor also gave a good talk on philanthropy in Griffintown in the 19th century and Pierre St Cyr gave a fascinating look into the infamous, and mysterious, military plane crash in Griffintown in 1943.

    I think Griffintown has served notice as being a very serious producer of culture in the city. The city needs to go back to the drawing board with development there. It’s a diamond in the rough that just needs some polishing and you have a place people would come to from around the world.

  4. “Tell me that you love me” is the installation of Winston McQuade
    http:www.winstonweb44.net

    and the bottom photo shows the performance of Anna Papadakos’ The Cawl

  5. Nuit Blanche at the New City Gas Complex in Griffintown was just incredible. Who ever said Griffintown is a no-man’s land? The enthusiasm and excitement of organizers, participants and visitors was just awesome. There really is a community here and it just keeps growing stronger! The place was just brimmng with great energy. Art, Live entertainment, Some great lectures Kudos to all. What a great event!!!! Who knew that the New City Gas is the largest of 4 remaining gas works of that era in the World? Wow!!! Hope we get to do this again!!

  6. and we should all give a huge thank you to Esther for building a kitchen, doing all the cooking and almost single-handedly running a fabulous cafe for the event!

    • Food that I will remember. I picked at some one’s plate till I practically emptied it and I NEVER do that. Plate #2 soon came along.
      Thank you to Esther and bless her creativity, generosity and that incredible energy that got it all together in the most beautiful and delicious manner.
      One can be a cook and one can be a COOK with IMAGINATION and TALENT and LOVE ….Esther is just that!!!!!

  7. Yes, I want Esther to be Mayor! Seriously, not enough can be said about how Esther and Harvey pulled this off. They had help, and some remarkable folks they were too, but it took some very special people to provide the place and the inspiration needed for this particular event. Thank You!

  8. Great that this was put together …..wonderful evening and event all around. Thoroughly enjoyable!!!!
    One thing I would like to see is identification of the artists and/or their work.

    1) MONTREAL LOVE aka “would you please tell me that you love me” – the 10’x10′ projection screen of a close up head shot of a woman by Anna Papadakos and Winston McQuade. This piece is an offshoot of PEEP! (created for the Factory Project in 2008) by Anna Papadakos

    2) THE CAWL (a staged play reading of a work in progress) by Anna Papadakos. Actors: Laura Mitchell and Janis Kirshner. Musician – Janet Lumb. The photo is easily identifiable – it is the one with two woman (one standing at the lectern another sitting ). There are scattered papers and and outline of red created by paper. 2 lecterns.

    It is important that we know who the artists are.
    Thank you for putting all this together!!
    I would do it ALL over again….thanks to everyone!!!

    • neath,
      Thank you for taking me up on my proposal and identifying the works. I hope every single photo has a name!!
      Yes, you are indeed a wonderful documentarian. There’s plenty to capture for all of us to see….share more …please.
      Anna

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