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Montreal Night Summit

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PHI Centre Espace 4
315 Saint-Paul St West
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2A3

Day 1 - May 17
Doors: 8:30 AM
Event: 9 AM

Day 2 - May 18
Doors: 9 AM
Event: 10 AM
Cocktail: 8:30 PM

All ages

NOX ✦ SPATIUM — the infinite space of the night

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MTL 24/24 is proud to present the 4th edition of Montreal Night Summit at the PHI Centre and will focus on the theme NOX ✦ SPATIUM — the infinite space of the night!

Night is not only time, it is also space. Space to bond, build, dance, dream, create, experience and celebrate the cities we inhabit, together.

PROGRAMMING

SPEAKERS

This year's Montreal Night Summit will feature the following visionaries:

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CIARA POWER

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST & FREE THE NIGHT (IR)
PHI Event Centre MT Lausommetdelanuit Julie Larsen

JULIE LARSEN

CITY OF VANCOUVER & SPACES TEAM (CA)

May 17 Program

MORNING (9:00 AM)

1. CREATIVE FOOTPRINT MONTREAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VIBELAB

PRESENTATION
✦ Diana Raiselis, VibeLab (DE)
Mirik Milan, VibeLab (NL) 

VibeLab presents key research findings and urban policy recommendations from Creative Footprint Montréal — the first comprehensive study of Montréal’s music and nightlife spaces and communities since COVID-19. Conducted in collaboration with PennPraxis, Montréal is the fifth city in the Creative Footprint research project — joining Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Stockholm.

2. IT TAKES A VILLAGE: HOLZMARKT BERLIN

PRESENTATION
✦ Benjamin Scheerbarth, Holzmarkt Berlin, Office ParkScheerbarth (DE)

Berlin exemplifies the productive synergies between alternative culture, identity, and the emergent knowledge economy. While history created a testbed for cultural diversity, today’s market pressures and regulatory frameworks threaten its existence. Amidst the turmoil, resourceful actors of the subcultural scene turn to urban development themselves — join in the awkward dance by learning from Berlin’s Holzmarkt project, a creative village in downtown Berlin with roots in the nightlife scene.

3. DESIGNING A NIGHT TIME CITY (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MCGILL UNIVERSITY)

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Luc Gwiaździński, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Toulouse (FR)
Edna Hernández González, Université de Bretagne Occidentale (FR)
Lo Marshall, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London (UK)
Hosted by Will Straw, Professeur, McGill University (QC)

Cities and buildings are usually designed for the day. How might planners, architects and urban designers better imagine the spaces of night-time culture in cities? What kinds of night-time spaces do we need to make our nights lively, safe and inclusive? What can Montreal learn from the experience of other cities? This panel discussion brings together four leading experts on night time culture and the built environment to address these questions.

AFTERNOON (1:30 PM)

4. PRESENTING PIP INTER-CITY: THE NEW CULTURAL PARK IN THE HAGUE

PRESENTATION
✦ Steven van Lummel, Artistic Director, PIP Den Haag (NL)
✦ David Schoch, Director, PIP Den Haag (NL)

For more than 16 years PIP Den Haag has been a multifaceted cultural space, contemporary urban incubator, production house and training universe. INTER-CITY evolves from PIP and will be The Hague’s new cultural hub. Located at an arm’s length from Central Station, on the fringes of the burgeoning real estate development in the former industrial Binckhorst area, INTER-CITY is a last attempt to resist gentrification and monoculture, to stand up to the suffocating market forces that increasingly rob cities of their character, humanity and diversity.

5. CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND REAL ESTATE

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Rebecca Godfrey, CBRE Tourism Consulting (CA)
✦ Nik Ives-Allison, Night Lab (CA)
✦ Julie Larsen, Cultural Planner, City of Vancouver (CA)

A conversation on the convergence of cultural placemaking and real estate, this panel will explore ways to bring creative communities and development, tourism and leasing interests together in alignment in the City of Montreal and beyond.

6. CREATING A ‘CULTURAL SOUND ZONE’ IN SOFIELUND, MALMÖ

PRESENTATION
✦ Nicklas Johansson, Project Manager, City of Malmö (SE)

Working with music and sound for 30 years, Nicklas Johansson will showcase the innovative approaches that the City of Malmö took to mitigate noise from cultural activities and transform an industrial sector into Sweden’s first cultural sound zone. Shifting the narrative from a “bad neighbourhood” that needed to be rebuilt to a diverse cultural destination, the managers of Malmo’s cultural noise district are now tasked to keep developing – in a sustainable and inclusive way – until 2040. Hear how they did it and what will come next.ravaillant dans le domaine de la musique et du son depuis 30 ans, Nicklas Johansson présentera les approches innovantes adoptées par la ville de Malmö pour atténuer le bruit des activités culturelles nocturnes et transformer un secteur industriel en la première zone sonore culturelle de Suède. Passant d’un quartier en réhabilitation à une destination culturelle diversifiée, les gestionnaires du quartier culturel de Malmö ont maintenant pour mission de continuer à le développer – de manière durable et inclusive – jusqu’en 2040. Découvrez leurs histoires.

7. JOUER DEHORS: PLACEMAKING, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND OUTDOOR NIGHT SPACE

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Kady Yellow, Downtown Vision (US)
✦ Anouk Bélanger, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (QC)
Benjamin Scheerbarth, Holzmarkt Berlin, Office ParkScheerbarth (DE)

Public scenes, parks, urban places, viaducts, overpasses, vacant lots, built environments and more give cities their charm and have the potential to transform what’s outdoors into cultural and community spaces. This panel brings expert insights together to discuss outdoor space management, formats and ideas to build capacity, and sustainable, “bottom up” community use.

8. CITY-BUILDING IN THE DUST: WHAT CAN PERMANENT CITIES LEARN FROM BURNING MAN? (FREE)

PRESENTATION
✦ $teven Ra$pa (US), Associate Director of Community Events at Burning Man

Each year, Nevada’s Black Rock Desert gives rise to the world’s largest 24-hour pop-up city. Nearly 80,000 citizens come together to build and experience Black Rock City, a thriving community dedicated to creative collaboration, civic responsibility, and authentic self-expression. Burning Man has become an influential global cultural movement, offering models for public art, civic leadership, tactical urbanism and city design. Burning Man Project’s $teven Ra$pa will draw on his extensive experience working with artists, city leaders, and policy makers to share insights for nurturing DIY-culture, building community, prioritizing nightlife, and shaping civic life with joy and purpose.

9. GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES (FREE)

FILM SCREENING

Directed by Kristian R. Hill
In presence of Jennifer Washington, producer, and Todd Johnson from Festival Charivari


The astonishing story behind one of Detroit’s great contributions to world culture: Techno, the electronic-music phenomenon created by black artists in the 1980s that transformed dance music internationally and blossomed into the multibillion-dollar industry of EDM today. Featuring interviews with Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, among many more, this is a vast, compelling and highly educative cultural history of techno and musical innovation, of heritage and the people responsible for that heritage, with the city of Detroit at its very core.

MAY 18 PROGRAM

MORNING (10 AM)

1. BUONA NOTTE: ITALIAN NIGHT MANAGEMENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANCI

PRESENTATION
✦ Simone d’Antonio, Associazione Italiana dei Comuni Italiani (IT)

This session presents the experiences of Turin and ToNite, a co-funded project with the EU. Creating and promoting new night time activities and services that are co-generated with local stakeholders and innovators, hear about urban regeneration strategies, technologies to monitor resident sentiment, and ways Turin is tackling its urgent urban security challenges. Learn how ToNite, with its innovative governance model, approaches some of the most interesting topics and debates in Italian night policies.

2. SECURE SPACES AT NIGHT (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GLOBAL CULTURAL DISTRICTS NETWORK)

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Nik Ives-Allison, NightLab (CA)
✦ Riccardo Ramello, Nottingham Trent University & Club Futuro (IT)
✦ Carly Heath, Bristol City Council (UK)
Hosted by Randall White, 24 Hour Nation (US)

As we continue to strive towards creating safer and more inclusive public spaces, the topic of security at night has become increasingly important.From physical security and inclusion in public spaces, to harm reduction approaches to COVID-19 and anti-sexual harassment, to crime and violence prevention, this panel of researchers, practitioners and policy experts offer best practices and insights, delving into the various challenges and opportunities associated with ensuring safety in public spaces at night.

3. MONTREAL FEMMES AND SAFETY AT NIGHT (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH URBANIA)

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Camille Desrochers, GRIP (QC)
✦ Anuradha Dugal, President of the Conseil des Montréalaises (QC)
✦ Marilou Arsenault, Collectif Social (QC)
✦ Hosted by Laïma A. Gérald, URBANIA (QC)

How safe is Montreal at night? How does our city’s built environments, festivals, dancefloors, and public spaces take into account the needs of women and nonbinary people? Is it possible to go beyond individual empowerment to create a safer culture within our communities? This expert panel provides insights and actions to ensure that nightlife in Montreal becomes a better space for everyone.

AFTERNOON (1:30 PM)

4. FANTOM: UNDERGROUND NIGHTLIFE CONSULTATION

PRESENTATION
✦ Isis Gray, Program Manager, FANTOM

FANTOM shares the results and key takeaways from its consultation on the needs of Montreal’s underground nightlife communities, followed by preliminary recommendations and an outline of proposed projects. With over 100 responses from predominantly queer, trans, and BIPOC participants, FANTOM’s recent survey highlights emerging challenges and considerations that come directly from the artists, workers, and organizers in this field.

5. ALTERNATIVE, INDEPENDENT, DIY AND ‘THIRD’ SPACES

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Amy Gottung, DIY Space Project (CA)
Arno Robin, L’Espacemaker (QC)

Grassroots, do-it-yourself projects and 24-hour access to community spaces outside of the home and workplace requires grit, tenacity, creativity and collaboration from venue operators and co-locators. Gathering programmers, promoters and community organizations at the forefront of alternative scenes in Montreal and beyond, this panel explores what it takes to reclaim and repurpose spaces for the underground, what economic models are viable and what policy possibilities exist to ensure that these spaces can thrive.

6. TRANSFORMING NIGHTLIFE IN NORTHERN IRELAND

PRESENTATION
Ciara Power, Queen’s University Belfast and Free the Night (IR)

Free The Night is a non-profit organisation committed to creating a safe, progressive and culturally rich environment for nightlife in Northern Ireland. Presenting findings from “Transforming nightlife in Northern Ireland,” their largest research project to date, PhD candidate Ciara Power shares data and insights collected from her PhD project on electronic music and nightlife in Belfast and Dublin. Using Northern Ireland as a primary case study, the keynote explores progressive licensing regulation and how it enhances sociocultural aspects of the night time economy.

7. ALCOHOL EXTENSION PILOT PROJECTS

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Max Honigmann, Exposé Noir (QC)
✦ Tasha Morizio, SDCBSL (QC)
✦ Thomas Peltier, Ville de Montréal (QC)
Hosted by Mathieu Grondin, MTL 24/24 (QC)

Following positive results from the MTL 24/24 NON STOP pilot event in 2022, the City of Montreal launched a call for projects last fall for nonprofits wishing to also experiment with an extension of alcohol sales hours. This panel unpacks results from the initial testing phase of this measure, and looks forward to future regulations for events and cultural venues in the city.

8. NIGHT GOVERNANCE LESSONS FROM THE USA

ROUNDTABLE
✦ Raheem Manning, director of the night economy of the City of Philadelphia (US)
✦ Dominique Greco, Orlando Hospitality Alliance (US)
✦ Mathieu Grondin, MTL 24/24 (QC)
✦ Hosted by Randall White, 24HourNation (US)

Entertainment, the arts, events, sports, nightlife, tourism, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, and technology not only stimulate a city’s economic activity and growth but imbues that city with its identity and provides residents with a place to work and belong. The urban night also poses challenges, masks injustices and serves as an early warning system for economic and social instability. How can cities best govern a night time economy to maximize potential and minimize risks? We’ll answer that and more in this panel on night governance with experts working within models from the USA.

9. CLUBS AS CULTURE (FREE)

ROUNDTABLE
✦ DJ Minx, Women on Wax (US)
✦ David Lezhava, ACT4Culture (GA)
Hosted by Mirik Milan, VibeLab (NL)

Nightclubs and raves are cultural spaces in their own right. In 2022, the Berlin Senate even granted clubs a similar status to museums. But on this side of the Atlantic, clubs are still generally considered merely commercial activities, despite being privileged, community-building spaces for equity seeking affinity groups.

10. POSSIBILITIES FOR MONTREAL AT NIGHT

PRESENTATION
✦ Mathieu Grondin, MTL 24/24 (QC)

11. MONTREAL AT NIGHT (FREE, IN COLLABORATION WITH VRAI AND NUMERIQ)

FILM SCREENING
In the presence of videoreporters Étienne Brière and Julien Lamoureux

How can Montreal become a city where it’s easy, legal and safe to party until the sun comes up? This film showcases the visions of night advocates, workers and users, who paint a picture of what happens when most residents are asleep.

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