Project Description

Saint-Laurent in 7 Beats

Saint-Laurent in 7 Beats is a virtual reality presentation, available at the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec. The activity is included in the Museum’s admission fee. Come and experience 360° viewing and let yourself be told the history of the borough, divided into 7 phases and interpreted by the children of the neighbourhood. It is an original, technological and poetic event for children aged 8 and over.

Available at the Museum on request.
Reservations required for groups of more than 8 people and more.
Age: 8 years and over.

“This project is funded by the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Saint-Laurent en 7 temps is an event in the official program of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations.”

7 Beats, from 1701 to the Present Day

The adventure (lasting about 12 minutes) begins with the Great Peace of Montreal, initiated by Chief Kondiaronk, which allowed the first settlers to settle on the Coste Saint-Laurent. From the 1700s to the 2000s, the themes of agriculture, education, cultural influence, transportation, industrialization.

Today, Saint-Laurent is the largest borough in Montreal and also the most multicultural! 166 cultural communities live here: 55% of the population was not born in Canada and, with their children, over 85% of the population is related to immigration.

A Collaborative Project…

For the technical realization, the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec partnered with Beam Me Up.

This young company is located in the Technohub district of Saint-Laurent. The 360 camera captured the images of the presentation.

The artistic realization is entrusted to William Mazzoleni and Robin Cerutti.

… & Participatory

The participation of the Saint-Laurent schools is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board.

In all, 9 classes from 3 elementary schools (Laurentides, Trésor-du-Boisé and Henri-Beaulieu) and 2 high school classes are associated with the project.

Students in grades 5 and 6 are the only actors in the 7 chapters. In class, they prepared by making their costumes, addressing the themes they participated in (including a workshop on Aboriginal realities for Henri-Beaulieu School), and sometimes rehearsing their roles before the shootings.

The students at Saint-Laurent high school prepared accessories during their art classes. They were able to tackle themes of history and also art history (they notably reproduced costumes inspired by those of the artist Alfred Pellan).