Luminothérapie celebrates 10 Years of Winter Creativity in the Quartier des Spectacles

POP! by Gentilhomme (2019-2020)| Photo credit: Ulysse Lemerise – OSA

This year the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is presenting the 10th annual edition of its winter event, Luminothérapie. The anniversary is being marked with an astonishing interactive installation on the theme of celebration: POP! by Montreal creative studio Gentilhomme.


Luminothérapie is Quebec’s largest competition for temporary public installations. For the last 10 years, it has presented captivating and original interactive experiences in the Quartier des Spectacles, with a large-scale installation in Place des Festivals accompanied by an architectural projection. It has become an essential winter event for visitors to Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. 

Loop, by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix (2016-17)| Photo credit: Ulysse Lemerise – OSA

Luminothérapie is aimed at stimulating creativity in the disciplines of urban art installations and digital art. Over the years, it has been a springboard for numerous Canadian artists. The experience is renewed each year with remarkable boldness. The creative use of light makes the experiences immersive, participatory or meditative, as part of a larger goal of encouraging the public to embrace the public spaces of the Quartier des Spectacles.

In 2016, the Partnership won a certificate of merit at the National Urban Design Awards presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The creators of the Luminothérapie works have won a dozen awards in the disciplines of lighting, architecture and digital creation.


o 15 artworks, installations and projections created; 

o More than 150 creators, artists and cultural enterprises;

o 306 proposals submitted to the annual competition.

Several cultural districts around the world have shown interest in the Quartier’s participatory and interactive works created for public space. The installations, made in Montreal for Luminothérapie, have a universal and unifying character, and now tour to the delight of crowds of people around the world. Since 2016, six winners of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership’s winter competition have been exhibited 77 times in more than 35 cities, including New York, London, Brussels, Jerusalem, Lugano, Toronto, Chicago and Washington, D.C.


Five enigmatic monoliths conceal fantastical creatures who love to party. With the public’s encouragement, calls and chanting, each monolith gradually lights up until it opens, freeing a creature who puts on a show. Just to the north, an architectural projection on UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy features all five POP! creatures.

Although funny and irreverent – Gentilhomme signatures – the installation’s simple, playful approach has subtle depth, with several tributes to popular culture and winter folklore. Over the centuries, people have found comfort, hope and joy in gathering and partying to get through the cold, dark winter.


2019-20 – 10th edition 
POP!: Gentilhomme 

2018-19 – 9th edition 
domino effect: Ingrid Ingrid 

domino effect, by ingrid ingrid | Photo credit: Nicolas Gouin – l’Hibou

2017-18 –  8th edition
Impulse:  Lateral Office and CS Design     

Impulsion, by Lateral Office and CS Design | Photo credit: Ulysse Lemerise – OSA

2016-17– 7th edition
Loop:  Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix 

Loop, by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix | Photo credit: Ulysse Lemerise – OSA

2015-16– 6th edition
Impulse:  Lateral Office and CS Design
Projections: Mathieu Le Sourd and Daniel Iregui

2014-15 – 5th edition 
Prismatica: RAW design, in collaboration with ATOMIC3 

Prismatica, by RAW Design, in collaboration with ATOMIC3 | Photo credit: Cindy Boyce

2013-14 – 4th edition
Entre les rangs: KANVA Architecture     
Trouve Bob: Champagne Club Sandwich

2012-13 – 3rd edition
Iceberg: ATOMIC3 and Appareil Architecture
Le jour des 8 soleils: Pascal Grandmaison, in collaboration with Antoine Bédard, Marie-Claire Blais, Serge Murphy, Simon Guilbault and Pierre Lapointe

Iceberg by ATOMIC3 and Appareil Architecture | Photo credit: Martine Doyon

2011-12 -2nd edition
Nuage de givre:  Erick Villeneuve and Jean Beaudoin, Multimédia Novalux Forêt Forêt: Amandine Guillard, Anik Poirier, Albane Guy, TagTeam Studio, Impact Productions
Éclats de verre:  ATOMIC3, Éric Gautron, Michel Granger

2010-11 – 1st edition
Sphères polaires: Lucion 
Champ de pixel: Erick Villeneuve, Jean Beaudoin  

Sphères polaires, by Lucion | Photo credit: Martine Doyon


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