The 25th edition of Complexe du Canal Lachine’s Open House was another great success with over 2,000 visitors on June 1st, 2017. The building was hustling and bustling way before the doors officially opened at 3 pm, with visitors wandering the building, popping their heads into the magical, creative studios of more than 60 talented tenants.
Each year, Complexe du Canal Lachine invites everyone to explore its art, culture, and history during its Open House the first week of June. This is an opportunity for the artists to show off their work, for the small businesses to showcase their products and services, and for the community to discover these local gems. The event is free and includes free valet parking along with an onsite babysitting service for children by Popup Camp.
This year’s open house was especially exciting with numerous additions to the lineup, including a game called “Find the Artist,” multiple workshops happening in artist’s locals, a new mural on the third floor, as well as the second annual exhibition, Cadence, in the E.K. Voland Art Gallery. There was also Complexe du Canal Lachine’s very own, locally produced, all natural honey for sale with the proceeds benefiting local arts programs.
The new game, “Find the Artist,” was a kind of scavenger hunt that encouraged visitors to see all of the incredible art throughout the complex. Those who completed the game were entered into a draw to win an original painting by Holly Friesen.
The Open House saw the unveiling of the latest mural, painted by the incomparable Cree artist, Tim Whiskeychan. A renowned painter, the Royal Canadian Mint chose his design for the $5 silver coin in 2014. Tim joined the Open House this year all the way from Waskaganish, Quebec and hosted workshops on a new technique that he has mastered which involves painting with feathers.
One of the highlights of the event was the second annual exhibition, Cadence, in the E.K. Voland Art Gallery. Cadence is a curated art show featuring 30 Montreal artists. It was organized by tenant Holly Friesen with the intention of showcasing the talent within the complex and the E.K. Voland Art Gallery.
The historic building, originally the Simmons Company mattress factory, was built around 1919. It has since evolved into one of the first creative ecosystems of its kind in Montreal. Since it’s rejuvenation, it has become a vibrant hub for artists and businesses and a key part of the community.
For a taste of what to expect next year, take a look at this video from our 2015 Open House.
Complexe Canal Lachine is located on the Lachine Canal, just a short walk from Metro Place St-Henri.
4710 St-Ambroise Street, suite 100
Montreal, Quebec, H4C 2C7