The Montreal comic Arts Festival on Saint-Denis
The Montreal Comic Arts Festival Takes Over Saint-Denis Street on May 27, 28 and 29, 2022
Montreal, February 16, 2022 – The Montreal Comic Arts Festival (MCAF) and the Société de développement commercial (SDC) Rue Saint-Denis are pleased to announce the arrival of the Montreal Comic Arts Festival on Saint-Denis Street on May 27, 28 and 29, 2022.
Since 2011, the Montreal Comic Arts Festival has been welcoming an ever-growing number of comic creators and fans. A true meeting place for the industry’s movers and shakers and the public, the Montreal Comic Arts Festival is a free, bilingual and public event that celebrates the “9th Art,” with an ongoing mandate to promote the comic arts and those who create them.
“This partnership between MCAF and the SDC Rue Saint-Denis is excellent news for the upgrowth of the festival and rue Saint-Denis. This demonstrates, once again, the importance of this cultural industry in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal and the complementarity between culture and economic development in Montreal.”supports the mayor of Plateau-Mont-Royal and responsible for economic and commercial development on the executive committee of the City of Montreal, Mr. Luc Rabouin.
MCAF 2022 to Take Place on Saint-Denis Street
For this 11th annual edition, the Montreal Comic Arts Festival will be held on the famed Saint-Denis Street! MCAF, previously held in the heart of La Fontaine Park, will have a new home this year, and the organizers of the Festival are proud to bring a new dimension to the event.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to install the Montreal Comic Festival in the form of a street fair on a major public thoroughfare that is closed to traffic—a first for this section of Saint Denis! This change of location ensures greater visibility and better attendance while maintaining the friendly atmosphere so appreciated by our audience and the comic arts community.“says Johanne Desrochers, Executive Director of the Montreal Comic Arts Festival.
For the occasion, the commercial artery will be closed to traffic in order to accommodate a street fair with more than 100 exhibitors and more than 200 artists under the tents. The public will also have the pleasure of participating in various activities around the theme of comics.
Modeling of MCAF on Saint-Denis Street, illustration by Tristan Morissette
A Unique Collaboration
Part of the Saint-Denis Street Recovery Plan, the arrival of this first edition on a commercial street also marks the first partnership between the Montreal Comic Arts Festival and the SDC Rue Saint-Denis.
“We are very happy to welcome the Montreal Comic Arts Festival on our beautiful thoroughfare and to collaborate with MCAF. The promotion of culture through our merchants working in this area and the holding of events is a subject that is close to our hearts. We hope that the public will have as much pleasure in visiting the Festival as we had in organizing it,”says Kriss Naveteur, General Manager of the SDC Rue Saint-Denis.
For the past 11 years, the Montreal Comic Arts Festival has provided a platform for exchanges and encounters between comic book creators and publishers and the medium’s ever-growing audience. Through its annual spring event, MCAF promotes Quebec and Canadian comics locally and internationally, while contributing to the development and dissemination of knowledge about the “9th Art.” MCAF has also recently stimulated and supported the work of comic book creators with its annual publications under the banner Les Presses du FBDM | MCAF Press. To learn more about MCAF, visit fbdm-mcaf.ca.
The FBDM would like to thank its partners for their precious collaboration: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Heritage Canada, Emploi Québec, SODEC, Service de la culture – Ville de Montréal, Arrondissement Le Plateau Mont-Royal.
About the SDC Rue Saint-Denis
A non-profit organization created in 2010 and representing more than 270 members, the Société de développement commercial Rue Saint-Denis brings together all the businesses located on Saint-Denis Street from Gilford to Roy. Its mission: To contribute to the evolution, dynamism and attractiveness of Saint-Street as a quality commercial, cultural and tourist destination, in order to make it an exceptional and distinctive living environment. To learn more about the SDC Rue Saint-Denis, visit ruesaintdenis.ca.
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