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What's New with Megaphone? Montreal mayoralty candidates, Léa Clermont-Dion, Greenpeace… and more

Press release


Montreal mayoralty candidates will take part in a verbal sparring match on Friday, October 11, presented by ICI Radio-Canada and hosted by Michel Désautels; the Institut du Nouveau Monde confronts the city's social inequalities (October 3); Léa Clermont-Dion speaks about the challenges of gender equality (October 9); École Urbania/UQAM launches its publication Imaginer Montréal with special guests (October 3); Greenpeace presents Montréal, ville sans pétrole (October 5); and Josée Blanchette, Dominic Champagne, Jacques Languirand and economist François Delorme will take part in a public debate on the environment called Dans la cour des verts (October 2), launched by the newspaper Le Devoir, which is also organizing another session called Plume folle sur la ville (October 9). Click here for complete calendar of events.

Make yourself heard loud and clear.... there's only one month left!

In addition to participating in these events, members of the public are also invited to take the microphone themselves on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 11 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays until 1 a.m.

The voices that are rocking the city
Compiled by Louis-René Beaudin, Megaphone master of ceremonies

We've heard some surprising speeches, remarkable as much for their subjects as for the willingness of citizens to get up and speak in front of others—determined to share what they have to say. When someone is speaking, people stop and listen, and the crowd can grow from 20 to 100 people.

•     Megaphone even features declarations of love—for other people and for the city. Montreal is celebrated and deeply loved by both residents and visitors. The city promotes freedom of speech more than any other place in the world, as an Egyptian woman who had just arrived here a few hours earlier told us.

•    École Urbania/UQAM suggested creating a café in the last car of each Metro train, to bring people together. They could meet others and share a cup of coffee instead of wrapping themselves in a cocoon with their cell phones.

•    A homeless man spoke about the challenges he faces, bouncing between police arrests and psychiatric hospitalization.

•    A seven-year-old girl launched a debate on the environment, drawing on her experience at school.

•    During a discussion on the Quebec Charter of Values, which followed Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois' speech, a veiled woman was told to go back to where she came from. Sitting idly by and not saying anything was simply not an option.

A few candid moments

Watch excerpts from Comedy Out Loud and the soirée de slam, and enjoy a few of MC Louis-René Beaudin's impressions as well as the informative Gilles Boulianne from the Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM), speaking about the voice-recognition technology he developed for Megaphone.

Did you know...

... that in French, people speak more about themselves than others? “Je” (“I”) is one of the words most frequently spoken in French by those using Megaphone. In English, it's “You.”

Megaphone is an interactive public-speaking experience in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles on the Promenade des Artistes. To complement this installation, an audiovisual exhibition presenting Quebec's greatest orators has been set up along the Promenade. It runs until November 4, Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 7 p.m. Watch the demonstration video.

Megaphone was co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and the Quartier des spectacles, created by the Moment Factory, and directed by Étienne Paquette.

For more details, visit megaphonemtl.ca.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

The Quartier des spectacles

The Quartier des spectacles has been the cultural heart of Montreal for over a century. Today, it's also a hub of economic, urban and cultural development that builds on its many strengths to consolidate Montreal's position as a major cultural city. Alive, creative, open to artistic and cultural diversity, the Quartier has something for everyone, from lovers of digital art to fans of world music. At all times of the day, 12 months a year, Montrealers and visitors flock to its 80 venues, its more than 40 festivals and its seven public spaces. Located in a unique urban setting that stands out for its bold lighting design, the Quartier des spectacles is a key destination for encountering the excitement of culture. For more information, visit quartierdesspectacles.com.

Moment Factory

Moment Factory is a new media and entertainment studio specialized in designing and producing multimedia environments that provide memorable experiences through a combination of video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects. With over 300 projects to its credit since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has developed a unique expertise. Its clients to date include Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Nine Inch Nails, Microsoft, Euronews, the Atlantic City Alliance, the City of Barcelona, Madonna and the Los Angeles International Airport.



For the National Film Board of Canada

Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca
Twitter: @PatDoftheNFB

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Tel.: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca

For the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles

Marie-Joëlle Corneau, Media Relations
Tel: 514-879-0009, ext. 260
Cell: 514-348-9676
E-mail: marie-joelle.corneau@quartierdesspectacles.com