Luminotherapie Lights Creative Sparks in Montreal

kanvaluminotherapieExecutives who want to inspire creative teams and unleash the creativity of team members can always count on discovering something fresh and unique in Montreal. For example, Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles (Festival Zone) is the 1 sq. km. corridor in the city’s downtown core with public spaces for festivals and the highest concentration of event and cultural venues. From this area, Montreal hosts over 40 cultural and arts festivals throughout the year with activities that can be incorporated into meetings and events.

Luminotherapie in the festival zone is a great experience to ignite creative sparks during the winter.  Luminotherapie first took place in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles in 2010. This free outdoor event uses digital art, music, and design to offer Montrealers and visitors unique, interactive, and immersive experiences during the longest days of the winter. It’s  a creative way to provide the benefits of light therapy, proven to be effective in combating depression and seasonal affective disorder (SADS) during winter’s short days and long nights The other goal of Luminotherapie is to promote Montreal internationally and underscore its status as a UNESCO City of Design.

In the spring, artists are invited to submit proposals for the next Luminotherapie. Based on this competition, the art installations are selected. The winners are announced in October and the installations take shape in early December.

From December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016, Luminotherapie is again shining a light on creativity with a number of particularly engaging installations. Event planners can find inspiration for their own events.


Impulse is an illuminated playground with giant seesaws of various sizes. As children of all ages play with them, the speakers and LED lights produce a variety of sounds and lighting effects. Toronto-based Lateral Office and Montreal-based CS Design, and EGP Group collaborated to design and create Impulse.

luminotherapieprojectionThe projections were designed by Montreal-based artists Maotik1 and Irregular and Mitchell Akiyama from Toronto created the soundtracks to accompany them. What is unique about these installations is that they are interactive.

Here is Prismatica from 2014/2015 .

Video Projections

In May, 2015, Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles unveiled 9 permanent outdoor projection sites including Saint-Laurent metro station, Université du Quebec à Montreal (UQAM), Cegep du Vieux Montreal, and Pavillon President-Kennedy – UQAM. All 9 projection sites are in full use during this year’s Luminotherapie.

Luminotherapie makes visual art accessible by integrating it into the urban landscape where people work and play.

Photo Credits: art_inthecity


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