A new chapter begins in the great history of a legendary concert venue
Montreal, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — After a year of eager anticipation, L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS are pleased to announce that the MTELUS is opening today. Montreal’s legendary concert hall will continue its mission of hosting world-class shows. Audiences, artists, technicians and employees alike can now enjoy an amped-up experience in a space that was redesigned and modernized without a single show being cancelled while work was underway. To celebrate the official opening, a free concert is being held tonight featuring Radio Radio, A Tribe Called Red, Marieme and Di Astronauts with Sabrina Sabotage and K.O.K.A DJ Set (Karim Ouellet and King Abid).
The ten-year partnership between L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS is the result of a shared passion for culture and technology. The two companies are bringing their respective expertise to this ambitious project. “We are absolutely thrilled with this partnership with TELUS and the results of this major undertaking. Together, we built a relationship of close cooperation and now that it’s a reality, we are extremely proud of this incredible space, which will delight many future audiences and promises to deliver great moments of musical enjoyment,” remarks Jacques-André Dupont, President and CEO of L’Équipe Spectra. “It is a source of great pride for us to able to provide the public with a venue of this calibre. Thanks to a major investment from TELUS, we managed to preserve the spirit of this iconic venue in the Quartier des spectacles, which will improve the audience’s experience and enjoyment.”
The opening of the MTELUS is the culmination of a partnership that will leave Montreal a cultural legacy on the occasion of its 375th anniversary. “This landmark investment is tangible evidence of TELUS’ commitment to Montreal,” affirms François Gratton, Executive Vice-President, TELUS and Partner Solutions, and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec. “By partnering with L’Équipe Spectra, TELUS, and the 3,200 members of its team in Montreal, are confirming their continued support for arts and culture. It was a natural fit for TELUS to harness its technology skills and expertise to benefit the venue, which will give audience members a brand-new experience. It is a privilege to play a part in shaping the history of this cultural hub in Montreal.”
Honouring a rich history
L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS made it a top priority to honour this space and shine a spotlight on its historic character; traces of a living legacy can be found amidst the modernized venue. The arches in the lobby have been preserved, as have all of the theatre’s mouldings, columns and architectural features. On the façade, LED architectural lighting will now highlight the arches on the historic building. The stage’s proscenium arch will also be illuminated. The enormous frieze decorating the stage has been restored and will be lit to bring out the beauty of the space.
The key aspects of this revitalization effort focus primarily on the audience’s experience and enjoyment. With fully modernized sound and lighting systems, the venue now offers better quality acoustics and visuals. Access via the main entrance has been redesigned to separate the public entrance from the box office, improving crowd flow, and a new bar has been added. The old signboards, both behind the bars and on the famous Ste. Catherine Street marquee, have been replaced by dynamic digital screens. Connected show goers will also be delighted to learn that they can enjoy access to Wi-Fi on Canada’s largest and fastest network.
This extensive renovation and restoration project will boost the international reputation of the performance hall, which remains an exceptional venue in the heart of Montreal. The favourite show venue of Montrealers and the many visitors who flock to it to cheer on the biggest and greatest artists on the planet, the MTELUS will continue its role as a springboard for talent from near and far.
A number of Montreal-based companies helped make this project a reality. The bar and new lobby were designed by Patty Xenos Design, the lighting was revamped by Lumenpulse and the project was managed by QMD.
About L’Équipe Spectra
Since its founding in 1977 by Alain Simard, André Ménard and Denyse McCann, L’Équipe Spectra has contributed to developing and raising the profile of the Montreal cultural scene at both the national and international level, with an array of major productions and events including: major popular events such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the FrancoFolies de Montréal and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, that celebrate music, the arts and gastronomy; a rich variety of high-quality stage productions, conceived and developed for touring purposes; Spectra Musique, a dynamic artists’ agency and a bold record label featuring both emerging stars and big names on the local and international scenes; the Maison du Festival, a one-of-a-kind cultural complex housing a live showroom, restaurant, jazz resource centre, and a boutique, all right in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles; three renowned concert halls; a complete service for organizing corporate events and cultural sponsorship.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $13 billion of annual revenue and 12.8 million subscriber connections, including 8.7 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.3 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. TELUS is also Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 7.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 12 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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One venue, 133 years of history
In its 133 years in business, the concert hall at 59 Ste. Catherine Street East in Montreal has been put to all kinds of different uses. Today, a new page is being added to the illustrious history of this legendary venue.
- The building was originally used as a skating rink in 1884, then—starting the next year—as a summer theatre.
- In 1893, it became the Théâtre Français, whose stage was graced by the legendary Sarah Bernhardt in 1905.
- In 1923, the site was converted into a movie theatre called the “Loew’s Court.”
- After two fires, it was rebuilt in early 1930 and returned to service as a theatre. This time, the interior was designed by Emmanuel Briffa, who also decorated the Outremont Theatre.
- The venue became a movie theatre again from 1960 to 1981, and screened adult films under the name of Cinema Eros.
- After closing for six years, the site reopened as a discotheque and showbar known as the “Métropolis.”
- In 1997, L’Équipe Spectra bought the Métropolis and redesigned it to focus exclusively on concerts. Since then, it has welcomed such prestigious artists as David Bowie, Pierre Lapointe, Prince, Kaytranada, Arcade Fire, Beck, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Rita Mitsouko, Charlotte Cardin, Éric Lapointe, Kraftwerk, Louis-Jean Cormier, Radiohead, Daniel Bélanger, Björk, Dead Obies, Ariane Moffatt, Stromae, Plume Latraverse, along with Jean Leloup, who holds the record for most performances. In addition, major events such as Just For Laughs, Mutek, M pour Montreal and Pop Montreal are regularly featured.
- Every year, the concert hall welcomes about 130,000 visitors and 150 concerts.
- Starting on September 12, 2017, the adventure continues under a new name: MTELUS.
A free concert to kick things off
Tuesday, September 12, starting at 8 p.m.:
- Radio Radio
- A Tribe Called Red
- DJ sets by K.O.K.A. (Karim Ouellet and King Abid)
- Marieme, accompanied by Di Astronauts with DJ Sabrina Sabotage
There are still a few pairs of tickets to be won. Visit the MTELUS Facebook page for more details!
We’ve got a great fall season ahead of us! Overview of upcoming shows:
- Dead Obies (September 14)
- Simple Plan (September 18)
- Rodriguez (September 19)
- Boyce Avenue (September 20)
- Oh Wonder (September 21)
- Nick Murphy (September 22 and 23)
- Pixies (September 27)
- Tash Sultana (September 29)
- Glass Animals (October 3)
- Mastodon (October 9)
- A Day to Remember (October 10)
- Phoenix (October 13)
- Daniel Bélanger (October 21)
- John Carpenter (November 13)
- The Barr Brothers (November 24)
- The National (December 7 and 8)
Benefits for all audience members and performers
- A fully connected concert experience thanks to free Wi-Fi
- A new, freshly renovated hall
- An all-new bar set up in the lobby
- An improved visual and acoustic experience
Tons of benefits for TELUS customers
Benefits available at all times (except on the opening night):
- Fast priority access (with three friends) at the door
- Fast access to coat check and bar
- Free coat check
Occasional or surprise benefits:
- Advance ticket sales
- Discount prices on concert tickets
- Meet with performers
- Backstage access
- Upgrade to the MTELUS lounge
- Discount prices on drinks
- Free drinks
- Free swag
For access to advance ticket sales and discounts on concert tickets, TELUS customers can visit mtelus.com to set up an account and become MTELUS+ members. The other surprises will be made available through contests on the venue’s Facebook page. So be sure to keep an eye out!
About TELUS in Quebec
Over the next four years, TELUS plans to invest more than $2 billion in the construction of new infrastructure and installations across Quebec. Between 2000 and the end of 2020, TELUS will have invested more than $27 billion in the province to expand its leading landline and wireless telecommunications infrastructure. TELUS has extended its fibre optic network directly to homes, businesses, schools and health care facilities in numerous urban and rural communities as part of its commitment to deliver innovation and help drive economic growth in the province.
Staying true to the company’s goal to give where we live, TELUS and its team members and retirees have contributed more than $54 million and 540,000 volunteer hours to charitable, non-profit and community organizations throughout Quebec since 2000. Created in 2005 by TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle, these 15 local community boards direct the company’s support actions to local charities. Since their founding, the three Quebec-based Community Boards have donated more than $12.45 million to thousands of local charitable projects conducted by organizations like L’Ancre des jeunes, Motivaction Jeunesse and the CRBM foundation, among others.
In September 2012, TELUS opened a state-of-the-art Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, Quebec. TELUS chose to build the centre in Rimouski due to the availability of a skilled workforce in the community, abundant green features (including an abundance of hydroelectricity), and the cool local climate. In 2015, the TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, recognized as one of the world’s most technologically innovative and energy-efficient facilities, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award for sustainable development.