• Cite Memoire projection art in Montreal

    Cite Memoire projection art in Montreal. (Photo: Jean-Francois Gratton/ShootStudio.ca)

"2017 is a big year," says Martine Venne. The average Canadian might assume she's referring to Canada's 150th birthday, but in fact Venne, a media manager with Tourisme Montreal is talking about a much older milestone: Montreal's 375th anniversary. 

Among the celebrations on order is Cité Mémoire – an app-linked video projection project in Old Montreal and Old Port that aims to publicly show tableaux from Montreal's history. Cité Mémoire isn't limited to walls: projections of the city's historic characters and milestones are played out on streets and even against the leafy background of trees. It's one of the largest projection art installations in the world.

Andrew Gunadie explores the city's anniversary celebrations in the May/June 2017 issue of Canadian Geographic. See Cité Mémoire in action through the video below.