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- It was a rainy day so the museum was a great way to experience art and its collection of Canadian artwork. The Basquit exhibit was interesting and informative, especially I wasn't familiar with him. The exhibit gave me a better understanding of his art and music. The museum complex is an interconnection of old and new buildings but tied together well. Besides the artwork, the museum had nodes of spaces where you can see out to Montreal and various neighborhoods, which I thought was well thought out. Overall, we enjoyed the museum and the arts.Written December 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This was a nice little Museum. Not overwhelming. You are able to get background and interesting information on particular people or cultural events of Canada. We enjoyed it.Written February 22, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Did not see the permanent collection, and am not sure they have one. Three exhibitions were excellentWritten November 4, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Château Dufresne is so beautiful! The outside and the inside are both impressive. The self guided tour with the iPad was great and allowed us to learn about the history of each room. I suggest visiting in the morning, if you are going during the summer, since there isn’t air conditioning.Written August 2, 2022
- I've visited Centre Phi twice; once for a VR exhibit several years ago and just recently for the Yayoi Kusama exhibit; really enjoyed the Infinity Room!
Building properties are very nice and intimate for holding exhibits.
Staff is generally friendly and perfectly bilingual
Entry is pricey but they frequently do offer free tickets for some exhibits (Yayoi Kusama being one such example)
Clear written descriptions of all pieces of artwork
Ticket ordering process was quite straightforward on their website; thankfully I didn't have to wait too long in the "virtual queue" :)
Only two comments (with regards to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit)
- Staff should have informed us about the audio guide option at the start of of the visit; we only found out about this towards the end
- More time should have been given in the infinity rooms
I would come back depending on what's being shownWritten August 6, 2022
- Beautiful crafts, primarily First Nations and Inuit art, in a relaxing modern setting. A single large exhibition space so not overwhelming..Written March 13, 2022
- A little pricey ($27 per person no discounts ever) but submissive art is definitely the way to go!
Regular art feels too boring now:)
The one in Paris was cheaper, better music, longer, had 2 other exhibits and more benches.
Still didn't stop me from retrning a sercond time to immerse in the show here in Mtl...Written February 11, 2020
- From the minute we walked into the gallery we felt welcome. The gallery owner greeted us and spent time educating us about Rene Gagnon’s amazing life story. His low pressure approach to promoting the artist’s work was refreshing. The oil on wood artwork is truly beautiful. I’m considering a purchase if we can find the right piece for our home. This gallery is truly a gem in the heart of Old Montreal!Written February 27, 2018
- This exhibit was exceptional if only because it made an otherwise banal interior staircase (that people have to use frequently) a space that stirs the imagination. Great work!Written October 13, 2018
- Great first expo! So beautiful and inspiring! And the team is welcoming. Feels good to see people and go out for an expo again! Their COVID safety rules are spot-on. Definitely recommends!
Take the time to read the text in the first room to maximize understanding of the rest of the show...Written February 25, 2021
- This is a unique museum that looks at the hand-crafted objects both old and new. Quebec has an extraordinary material culture - pottery, furniture, ironwork, silver - all beautifully presented in a historic church building. Weaving in contemporary craft - giving young artisans a place to show - added to the experience. LOVED the videos of working artisans - their stuff and storiesWritten August 4, 2017
- This place is directly above Ben & Jerry's. It showcases contemporary paintings by diverse indigenous artists from around Canada, as well as Inuit soapstone sculptures, beaded leather handicrafts, and giant dreamcatchers. Their gift shop section has a small but nicely curated selection of high quality souvenirs made by Indigenous-owned businesses, like handmade soap, beautiful beaded earrings, local fruit preserves, and ethically harvested sage bundles and sweetgrass.Written August 2, 2019
- I attended a so-called film festival as a member of
http://www.meetup.com/European-Expat-Meeting-Group/events/211012652/ . The event consisted of a BYOW light supper in which two Italian movies with French sub-titles were shown. For the forgetful, wine is available at a Metro grocery store just east of the Jean-Talon Metro station. I would be inclined to call the event a "showing" as opposed to a "festival".
The venue can be reached from the north exit of Jean Talon Metro station by getting off the south end of the Orange line platform and heading north underneath Jean-Talon. On exiting, one can turn left (east), cross Berri (one-way south) and enter the building through the west wall. http://goo.gl/maps/gUdck offers a Google Maps street view looking west along Jean Talon. The Metro exit is in the apartment building. The disused main door at 505 Jean-Talon E, next to the 92 bus stop, is labeled "A". Panning right reveals the large stained-glass windows that, according to the venue management, had been sold off and then recovered and donated back to Casa d'Italia by a member of Casa d'Italia.
I don't remember if the entrance is wheelchair-accessible or not. However, once inside, an elevator gives access to the first floor hall with a stage where the event was held. Unsupervised coat racks were set up in an adjoining room. The hall has a beautiful wooden floor that might be nice for dancing. Bathrooms are in the basement. When the lights are turned off, the street lights shine through the aforementioned stained-glass windows.
For the event, chairs and long tables were set up in four rows of about 20 seats wide facing the stage. When I arrived, I was happy to discover that those who had registered with Meetup.com's European Expat group and another group had been assigned individual reserved seats in the front row by the venue, but apparently without regard to people wanting to sit together. Serving of the first course started before the scheduled time of 18:30. As a result, there was some friction between those who had started eating, and those arriving later expecting to sit together and asking the previous arrivals to shift over to create contiguous space. Since both groups functioned with social interaction in mind, the later arrivals seemed to accept being divided.
The catered food was delicious, but I could easily have eaten more than what was offered. The "welcome toast" was mineral water. The first two courses were served at the tables, but participants had to go the back of the hall for dessert and coffee (american or espresso). I would have appreciated an announcement or an on-screen message about the change in procedure.
The venue manager made a short presentation at the beginning of the evening. I had no trouble hearing her, but I felt the back row might have liked her to use a microphone. She announced that a similar event would be held during Montreal's annual "Nuit Blanche". See www.montrealenlumiere.com/nuit-blanche-en/ .
The movies started with little warning. Because peole wanted to mix and mingle, and because the bathrooms are in the basement, a five-minute warning, or perhaps a countdown timer on the screen, would have helped people to be in their seats before the beginning of each film.
The multi-channel sound was at a pleasant level, and there were no glitches in running the movies. The venue manager said she made a practice of testing the DVD's prior to showing.
Overall, I had a good time, and would happily attend another similar event. The Casa has an e-mail list covering its upcoming events.Written January 24, 2015
- Once again, an incredible exhibit. Montreal artist with International recognition. Outstanding curation of clay ceramics, paintings, and charcoal drawings. Accompanied by a video of the artist at work. Congratulations and appreciation to Isabelle de Mevius, & Jean-Pierre Laroque for sharing this extraordinary body of work.Written June 19, 2019
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