The MTELUS opens its doors.
Montreal — 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 3200 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. The old signboards, both behind the bars and on the famous Ste-Catherine Street marquee, have been replaced by dynamic digital screens. Connected showgoers will also be delighted to learn that they can enjoy access to WiFi 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 café and new lobby were designed by Patty Xenos Design, the illuminated and remodelled façade was created by 4U2C and Solotech, 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.
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