Montreal Resources

Support organizations, performance opportunities and venues available for co-presentation and rental for independent dance productions. Each entry has some technical specifications, but the list is not comprehensive. There are many theatres in the city including those in universities and colleges that are uncharted territory for dance. Prices listed are subject to change.

Association pour le métissage artistique et culturel (AMETAC)

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Bain St-Michel

Managed by the city of Montreal, this drained swimming pool is available for artistic productions. No technical equipment.
Capacity: no seats, but there is room for an audience of 150.
Floor surface: tiles on concrete.
Cost: the city lends the space for free, but insurance costs must be paid by renter.
Submission deadline: currently under renovations for at least the next year
Contact: 5300 St-Dominique, 514-872-4767

Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent Warren

Located in the École supérieure de ballet contemporain building, this library constitutes one of the world’s most important collections specialized in dance with over 20,000 documents and all kinds of dance represented. The general public can access resources during operating hours. Their catalogue can be accessed online.
Cost: $30 (annual membership), $25 (RQD members)
Contact: 4816 Rivard, (514) 849-4929,,

Cinquième salle of the Place des Arts

The fifth and smallest stage in the Place des Arts complex presents contemporary dance, multimedia and theatre creators. Although probably unaffordable to most emerging artists, it is an interesting option for larger-scale productions.
Stage dimensions: 20’width x 40’depthx 16’ grid height (modular)
Seating capacity: 250 to 413 seats (configuration can change with mobile platforms)
Floor surface: sprung dance floor
Other: 2 dressing rooms, toilets, showers, bar, aids for the hearing-impaired, assistance for persons with reduced mobility.
Cost: $830 basic rate, plus $490 per day of set-up, rehearsal or day off.
Contact: 260 de Maisonneuve O., 514-285-4200,,

Culture Montréal

Culture Montréal is an independent non-profit organization, bringing together people from all backgrounds interested in promoting culture as an essential element of Montreal’s development.
Cost: $25 per year (professional artists)
Contact: 3680 Jeanne-Mance #317, 514-845-0303,,

Diagramme gestion culturelle

Diagramme is a service organization which assists professional artists – performers, independent creators, creation and production companies, and event organizers – who need support in the management of a particular artistic project or of a program of activities. Our services are provided as package plans for a yearly accompaniment or as short mandates for one-time support. Diagramme also offers production support services, training workshops and individual coaching sessions to the artistic community.

Services : Yearly accompaniment services, one-time support, coaching and training (training workshops and Lunch & Learn Sessions) and Diagramme PLUS (for artists/organizations benefiting from annual support, Diagramme PLUS enhances our basic services by providing special access—at a modest price —to professional resources).

Contact: 205-1210 rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, H2L 1L9, (514) 524-7665,,

Espace Geordie

Geordie Productions specialises in theatre for young audiences and operates the Geordie Space, a small black box theatre in a building with several artist-run galleries.
Stage dimensions: 38’ width x 29’4’’ depth x 10’9’’ height (lowest grid beam at 8’11)
Floor surface: sprung wooden floor, painted black
Seating capacity: 115 – 78 chairs (flexible settings)
Other: lobby for artists, coatroom, dressing room with bathroom
Cost: $1000-$1200 per week
Contact: 4001 Berri #103, 514-845-9810,,

État d’Urgence/ATSA

ATSA (Action Terroriste Sociablement Acceptable) was created in 1997 to create urban interventions of politically-engaged installations and performances. Artists are invited to submit proposals for their État d’Urgence (state of emergency) – a downtown refugee camp every November. Performances take place outside or under a tent.
Contact: 4430 Drolet, 514-844-9830,,

Fringe Festival of Montreal

The Fringe occurs every June with participants presenting their work 6 times over the course of the festival. Technical time and storage space are at a bare minimum. The festival offers promotional and front-of-house of support.
Piece length: anywhere from 15 minutes to 90 minutes
Application procedure: fill out a form; selection is either on a first come, first served basis or by lottery
Cost: the registration fee is $450 to $750, you keep the box office income
Deadline for submissions: December, selection is by lottery
Contact: 3997 St-Laurent, 514-849-3378,,

Fleur d’asphalte

The mission of the studio is to encourage and facilitate training, creation and presentation for dance professionals. The studio is beginning to offer residences and a series of six performances (shared programs) per year.
Space dimensions: 640 square feet plus reception area
Seating capacity: 40 people (6 tables, 40 chairs)
Floor surface: hardwood floors
Other: reception area, piano, ballet bars, complete sound system.
Cost: call for rates
Contact: 6847 St-Hubert, 514-529-6635,,


Le Gesù is a multidisciplinary centre for whom art is a privileged space of dialogue, of spiritualization. They present, offer residencies and rent two technically-equipped spaces: the Amphithéâtre (Italian-style theatre) and the Salle Aline Letendre (the church).
Amphithéâtre: 37’ width x 27’ depth x 16’ height, 425 places, hardwood floor and dance floor, $850-$950 per night.
Salle Aline Letendre: 20’ width x 32’ depth, 120 places, linoleum and dance floor, $350 per night.
Contact: 1200 Bleury, 514-861-4378,,


Close to the McGill and Place-des-Arts metro stations, José Navas/Compagnie Flak’s studio can be rented for rehearsals, classes, workshops or auditions. Availability depends on the Company’s creation and touring schedule.

Stage dimensions: 1,800 ft2 (60’x 30’) and a 12’ ceiling

Floor surface: Black dance floor 40’x 30’
Cost: contact them directly
Contact : 486 Rue Ste-Catherine O., 514-876-1313,,

Journées de la culture

Québec annually holds these ‘culture days’ in late September by encouraging arts groups and organizations to offer free events, which are listed in the Journées de la culture brochure. Appropriate for an open rehearsal.
Deadline for submissions: May
Contact: 4750 Henri-Julien, suite R-050, 514-873-2641,,

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse

Founded in 1973, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse is one of Quebec’s oldest artist-run centers. Its mandate expands on a history of feminist art practices and aims to provide a platform for contemporary art that is informed by feminist and gender theory, as well as intercultural and trans-disciplinary practices. To encourage intergenerational dialogue, La Centrale welcome artists at any stage of their career.
Capacity: 100
Gallery surface: 12m X 5m, hight 3,5m or 36′4″ X 18′, hight 11′
Cost:call for rates
Contact: 4296 boul. St-Laurent, 514-871-0268,,

La Danse sur les routes du Québec

La Danse sur les routes du Québec supports a network of 14 multidisciplinary presenters of dance in nine regions of Québec. With a goal of increasing the circulation and influence of dance in Québec, they help coordinate tours, thereby lengthening the life-span of a work. Go to their events and invite them to your shows as they have a hand in most provincial tours of contemporary dance!
Contact: 4530 St-Laurent #305, 514-985-4294,,

La Poêle

La Pôele is a studio space located in the Mile End, run by dance artist Sarah Bild and dance and music artist Susanna Hood. In addition to hosting various types of public art events, the space is available for rental for rehearsals and teaching.
Stage dimensions: 1000 pi. ca.
Floor surface: wood
Cost: 12$/hr for rehearsal; 15$/hr for course
Contact : 5333, Casgrain, Studio 307,,

Montreal’s Escales Improbables

Billed as a meeting place for art without borders, this 5-day event takes place every September on or around Labour Day, presenting free site specific performances and interactive installations . There is no call for submissions, but you are encouraged to make yourself and your practice known to the director, Sylvie Teste, if it fits in with the mandate and the aesthetic of the festival.
Contact: 4060 St-Laurent #703A, 514-313-6667,,

Mange mes pieds

Mange mes pieds is a non-profit studio that encourages art and well-being. Residencies are possible in summer and during Christmas vacations.

Space dimensions: 22’ width x 42’ depth, no posts

Seating capacity: 80 people (60 chairs,15 benches and a few mats)

Floor surface: hardwood

Other: general studio lighting, sound system, VHS player and monitor, changing room, piano, mirrors and curtains.

Cost: $250 per night

Contact : 10 des Pins O. #214, 514-963-1850,,

Nyata Nyata

Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata is a contemporary dance company. It is possible to rent the studio for rehearsals, classes, workshops, auditions, shooting, etc.
Stage dimensions: 1500 pi2 /ft2
Floor surface: hardwood floor with dance carpet.
Cost: check website
Contact: 4374, Boul. St-Laurent, 2nd floor, (514) 849-9781,,

O Vertigo

Located in the heart of Place des Arts, the Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV supports the research, creation and production of new choreographies. From initial concept to final production design, our fully equipped creation studio functions as an incubator for ideas and a catalyst for new talent.

Long-term Residency – A single choreographer receives a two-year residency to support the research and production of a large-scale work. This residency includes major production support and up to three year’s worth of touring support. (Call for submissions: May 2018 for projects starting in Sept 2019)

Short-term Residencies

  • Simple: One week of exclusive access to the creation studio.
  • Technical: 1-2 weeks of exclusive access to the creation studio plus up to $2000/week for technical expenses.

(Call for submissions: March 2018 for projects between July 1, 2018 and June 30 2019)

Diffusion : The CCOV is a production house, not a presentation venue. This said, the CCOV’s Artistic Curator programs a variety of cultural mediation activities and other events designed to stimulate creative dialogue. (For more information, visit our website and/or contact Andrew Tay.)

Auto-production : The creation studio is not available for presentation activities, but may be hired for rehearsals.

  • Price: Contact the CCOV for details
  • Dimensions: 16m75 x 16m15 (55’ x 53’) Grid height: 6m05 (19’10”)
  • Floor: Sprung, black battleship lino (Harlequin and Rosco carpets available)
  • Other: Complete lighting & sound systems, curtains, cyclorama

(Contact the CCOV for detailed technical information)

Contact: Place des Arts, 175 Ste-Catherine W.,,

Quebec Drama Federation (QDF)

QDF promotes English theatre in Québec. Membership gives access to a resource list (theatres, media, grants, technicians, etc.), borrowing of books, videos and reports as well as being listed on their ‘talent bank’.
Cost: $30/year (individual)
Contact: 460 Ste-Catherine W. #807, 514-875-8698,,

Sala Rossa

This is a cabaret-style venue usually used for alternative music events. It has an elevated proscenium stage and a bar. Booking should be done at least 2 months in advance for weekends.
Stage dimensions: 21’7’’ width x 13’7’’ depth
Capacity: 220 maximum capacity, 150 chairs, 22 tables
Cost: $250-$400 per night
Contact: 4848 St-Laurent, 514-284-3804,,

Société des arts technologiques (SAT)

The SAT is a large transdiciplinary centre devoted to the development and the conservation of digital culture. It is particularly interested in projects that question and use high-speed networks, immersive environments, open-source software and original technological research for multimedia shows. The centre programs events and offers residencies for up to a month with research support.
Submission deadline: No deadline, but two periods are privileged; summer (June, July, August) and winter (December, January, February)
Contact: 1195 St-Laurent, 514-844-2033,,


Tangente’s mandate is to generate public interest in new dance by presenting new artistic tendencies and international youth choreography. Their regular season is comprised of various series, with each program running for four nights. Danse Buissonnière, always the first show of the fall season, is a showcase of seven emerging artists on a shared program, selected by a committee of previous participants. Tangente’s documentation centre houses extensive information about choreographers, presenters, and schools, enabling Tangente to offer a consulting service to artists, critics, researchers, and the general public.
Submission deadline: Proposals are accepted all year and bookings are done over a year in advance for regular season, or January and February for Danse Buissonnière.
Contact: 840 Cherrier E., 514-525-5584,,

MainLine Theatre

MainLine Theatre is the official venue and offices of the Fringe Festival. It’s a technically equipped theatre, renovated in 2009 and the seating configuration can be easily modified to suit different work.
Stage dimensions: 24’ width x 24’ depth (standard configuration)
Seating capacity: 102 seats on three sides of stage area (standard configuration)
Floor surface: vinyl covered cement.
MiniMain space: 35-40 seats. Also available for rehearsals @ 10$ an hour.
Cost: Negociable, contact for rate.
Contact: 3997 St-Laurent, 514-849-3378,,

wants&needs dance (Piss in the Pool, Short & Sweet)

With a goal of diversifying the audience for contemporary dance, the company has become known for their unique productions that take place in non-traditional dance spaces. Piss in the Pool gives 10 choreographers a week to adapt their unique visions to the unconventional space that is Bain St. Michel, presented in 2 evenings of dance at the end of the week in June. Short & Sweet is an underground dance series happening twice a year. Experienced and emerging choreographers create a concise idea in piece of 5 minutes or less, in just 2 weeks.

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