This fall, the Montréal métro turns 50. With a festive spirit, the STM invites its customers and all Montrealers to mark this historic anniversary and celebrate their métro, under the theme « 50 ans au cœur de Montréal ».
- The Montréal métro turns 50 this fall
- Montrealers and STM clients altogether are invited to take part in a special day of celebrations on Friday, October 14.
- OSM is marking this anniversary by gifting the STM with two musical creations
- A photo contest takes place on Twitter and Instagram, with the hashtag #50ansmétromtl
On October 14, 1966, the Montréal métro welcomed the first riders in the network’s initial 26 stations along the Green, Orange and Yellow lines. Public transit in Montréal had just taken a huge leap forward! Today, 50 years, 48 stations and several expansions later, our public transportation systems makes it possible for hundreds of thousands of people to get around the city each day. From yesterday to today, the métro plays a leading role in Montréal’s economic and urban development.
With a festive spirit, the STM invites its customers and all Montrealers to mark this historic anniversary and celebrate their métro, under the theme « 50 ans au cœur de Montréal ».
Friday, October 14, 2016 will be the high point of celebrations and transit riders can take part in a number of special activities. Place-des-Arts station will be the meeting ground for free activities throughout the day. The program includes musical performances, with an appearance by Brigitte Boisjoli, live entertainment, historic vignettes and a multimedia installation, and numerous prizes awarded among those in attendance.
With its stations each featuring a uniquely individual architectural style, its magnificent artwork collection and iconic blue and white trains, the Montréal métro has long been a source of inspiration for both professional and amateur photographers alike. To mark the métro’s 50th anniversary, the STM invites its customers to take a picture of their favourite station and publish it on Instagram and Twitter using hashtag #50ansmétromtl for a chance to win free public transit for a year. Winner will be randomly drawn from all submitted photos. The contest begins today and ends October 2.
Kent Nagano celebrates the Montréal métro
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is marking the métro’s 50 years by gifting the STM with two musical creations by world composers Robert Normandeau and José Evangelista. Indeed, the connections woven by the métro between the city’s neighbourhoods and communities were the inspiration for these premiere works.
Kent Nagano and OSM will interpret the orchestral composition by José Evangelista, in a world premiere, at concerts held October 20, 22 and 23. The electroacoustic piece by Robert Normandeau will also be performed during these three concerts. Inspired by the underground world of trains, the composition was first played as part of OSM’s Classical Spree, last August 11.
To find out more about the history of the Montréal métro and program of activities of its 50th anniversary, visit the STM web site.