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Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles launches an International Competition for interactive mapping projects

24 Jan - 12 Feb 2018

© Martine Doyon


Creators and artists working in all disciplines, residing in Canada or abroad are invited to propose interactive mapping projects for the building façade next to Saint-Laurent metro station in the Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal, a site passed by thousands of people every day.

Montreal’s cultural heart, the Quartier des Spectacles, showcases innovative projects from every video discipline. Its outdoor spaces are canvases for exploring and displaying new forms of work for urban public space. Several building façades in the Quartier des Spectacles are dedicated to architectural video projections.

The purpose of this competition is to explore, in prototype form, new approaches to interactivity using the façades.


A first round of selections will be made based on preliminary concepts. Five semi-finalists will receive a $1,500 CAD grant for developing a prototype for presentation to the jury and the general public during the MUTEK_IMG event in April, 2018. Project leaders will also give a presentation on their creative approach, as part of a conference on mapping.

Next, three finalists will be selected. They will receive a $3,500 CAD grant and an invitation to a workshop with experts in the field, to help advance their prototype toward presentation of an improved version during the MAPP_MTL festival in October 2018. Two $5,000 CAD grand prizes will be awarded during that event: the Jury Prize and the Audience Award. The PQDS will enter into a licensing agreement with each finalist, as follows: by accepting the $3,500 CAD grant, the finalist licences the PQDS to present the prototype produced for the Quartier des Spectacles at a later date, without additional remuneration. Finalists will retain intellectual property rights in their prototype. In addition, the PQDS will be granted the right of first refusal for the future development and production of a more complete version of the work.


The proposal must be submitted no later than Monday, February 12, 2018, at noon.

Further Information

To know all criteria and how to submit, see the call for proposals here.

More about the Quartier des Spectacles are to find here.