Curated Panel


CANADA 150 / Montréal 375 – Animating Urban Spaces / Performances / Rebellion

Curated and moderated by Wes Pearce, University of Regina


Canada 150 / Montréal 375 celebrations featured many events that transformed the urban environment into provocative, at times contested, sites of public performance.

This panel examines a number of specific instances in which performers used urban landscapes as a site of engagement with spectators, with the past, and with the notion of urbanity. From the spectacular to the sublime, performances in Montréal, Ottawa and Regina challenged what is meant by performance space, what is meant by performance and how performances of commemoration can also be read as acts of subversive acts of rebellion.