“This show should be a staple on the Montreal festival calendar every summer…”
— Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
“A new immersive ‘happening’ that plunges spectators into the colourful, festive and welcoming atmosphere of the 1967 Montreal World’s Fair.” — Samuel Pradier, Journal de Montréal
September 22, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Since its world premiere last Monday, Expo 67 Live by multidisciplinary artist Karine Lanoie-Brien has drawn more than 1,000 spectators to the Place des Arts Esplanade every night. Fifty years down the road, viewers can experience the Montreal World’s Fair as if they were actually there! Joining event ambassador Louise Latraverse to inaugurate the larger-than-life production were Denis Coderre, Gilbert Rozon, Oliver Jones, Michelle Sweeney and a host of other personalities.
A one-of-a-kind, cinematic storytelling experience from the National Film Board of Canada, the 27-minute Expo 67 Live is presented free of charge until September 30, so there’s just over a week left to discover it. Four shows take place every night, at 8:00, 8:45, 9:30 and 10:15 p.m. Larger-than-life, innovative, and geared towards all audiences, the event features spatial audio and 52-foot-high images projected onto different surfaces, including the walls of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and the Maison Symphonique. This journey through the greatest moments of Expo 67, pieced together from archival treasures from around the world, is presented in association with Radio-Canada and Place des Arts as part of the official programming lineup for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. Produced by NFB executive producer René Chénier, this cutting-edge project was brought to life by a multidisciplinary team numbering close to 100, who worked closely with creator, writer and director Karine Lanoie-Brien.
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Photos from the launch evening on september 18. Credit: Julien Faugère (NFB)
To watch the opening night video click here.
Additional information can be found at nfb.ca/expo67live. You can also stay up to date through NFB social media channels and by following the hashtag #Expo67Live. FACEBOOK: facebook.com/nfb.ca TWITTER: @theNFB @onf INSTAGRAM: @ONF_NFB
About Karine Lanoie-Brien
Karine Lanoie-Brien, alias “K,” is a multidisciplinary creator who has worked in the fields of communication and visual arts since 1997. After cutting her teeth in television as a researcher and animator, she began to conceptualize, art direct and direct works that focused on the relationships between humans and their natural and cultural environments. This led to a number of projects, including the benefit gala Le soir de la Terre at Défi pour la Terre, le show! (2007); the Mode Réc’Up fashion show (2007); the exhibit 1000 jours pour la planète / Camp de base (special multi-disciplinary award at the 2012 Grands Prix du design 2012); and the documentary Reeves, Suzuki et nous (2014), which features a virtual conversation between two legendary environmentalists. Expo 67 Live is the first project she has directed at the NFB.
Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopsis: Expo 67 Live
Launch evening: Images and video.
NFB – Expo 67: 50 years later
Place des Arts Esplanade
Place des Arts
Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
About the NFB
Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.
About Place des Arts
The objectives of the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal are to operate a business for the dissemination of the performing arts, to administer the Place des Arts de Montréal and the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette, and to establish the arts programming at the Maison symphonique for organizations other than the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. These activities are to be conducted, more specifically, so as to provide a residence for major arts organizations and improve access to the various types of performing arts, and to promote arts and culture in Quebec. The Société produces, co-produces, and hosts artistic works originating in Quebec or abroad, featuring both emerging artists and international stars, in collaboration with arts organizations, producers, creators, and the entire cultural community.
About the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the festivities and socioeconomic initiatives that will mark Montreal’s 375th birthday in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montreal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for initiatives that come together to fulfill its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, manage financial resources wisely, develop an exceptional program of events and promote the festivities.
The Society receives financial support from the Ville de Montréal, the Canadian government and the Quebec government, as well as private funding from 12 great Montrealers. For more information: 375mtl.com
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