Photography: Montreal Day 3 11/17/22: The Ring and Downtown Montreal

If you’ve been frequenting this site over the course of the past month or so. you might recall that earlier this month, I went to Montreal, to cover the 17th edition of M for Montreal (M pour Montreal in French), an annual conference and festival, which takes place over the course of four days in late November in Canada’s second largest city. Since the inaugural edition back in 2005, M for Montreal quickly expanded to feature a selection of over 100 emerging, buzz-worthy and/or breakout acts from across Francophone Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick and parts of Ontario), the rest of Canada and a selection of international acts playing in showcases in Montreal’s top venues. 

Before heading to a Mimosa happy hour, followed by bands at Quai des Brumes, I wanted to wander around downtown — but I really wanted to see The Ring. Located in the Ville Marie section of Montreal, The Ring is an art installation designed by internationally renowned Quebec-born and-based artist Claude Cormier and his landscape architecture and urban design firm Claude Cormier + Associés.

The 98 foot diameter ring is suspended at the entrance of the recently renovated Esplanade Place Ville Marie, The Ring symbolizes the deep connections between Montreal, Montrealers, Place Ville Marie and international visitors. The Ring also represents and highlights the dynamism of Montreal’s downtown center and its cultural vibrancy,

I also stumbled upon the Basilique Cathédrale Marie Reinde Du Monde, while looking for the Orange Line.