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In order to enrich scientific discussions, to promote the discovery of Montreal’s urban and cultural environment and its particular challenges in the field of heritage, and to support new partnership in research and training, the four days of the conference include numerous activities of inquiry and dialog in various areas linked to critical heritage studies, as architecture, urban planning, gastronomy, music, cinema, etc.

Discover them in the schedule  

Most of these activities are free of charge for registered delegates. In most cases however, a specific registration is required for each, in order to plan participation. This can be done here with the email you gave upon general registration.

These activities include an Inaugural Event, Early Bird Events and other opportunities to exchange on heritage issues, either specifically created for conference or offered by partners.

All delegates are also invited to register (at an extra cost) for the very special closing dinner, called “Pawâ.

Follow us to learn about pre- and post-conference tours, as they will be announced very soon.

Early Bird Events : a Different Look on Heritage

On June 5th, 6th and 7th, starting at 7 :30AM, activities relating to the conference themes will be offered to early birds. Each will be offered only once : register soon!


  • Storied Urban Walks with audioguides

Four visits drawn from the audio walks produced by Concordia University and its Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling will be offered on June 6th and 7th. Participants will be asked to download the audio walk in advance. There will also be a limited number (20) of mp3 players available for those without devices.

Fleur dans le fleuve

La Pointe: L’autre bord de la track / The Other Side of the Tracks

Canal: Walking the Post-Industrial Lachine Canal


  • Guided Urban Walks

Around the Université du Québec à Montréal : visit of Chinatown

Around Condordia University : Griffintown

In the heart of Golden Square Mile : explorations of heritage struggles

Through the alleys of Saint-Henri - guided by Pohanna Pyne Feinberg

In Griffintown/ Dans le Griff  and Scandal! Vice, Crime and Morality in Montreal, 1940-1960


  • Discoveries in Heritage

Discovering katajjaniq - Nunavik's Inuit throat signing

Un chant yiddish au creux de l'oreille - Traversée

Film projection and coffee - Citizen Lambert : Joan of Architecture


Other Events


Critical Creation Series

Curated by Stéphane Martelly and  Lilia Topouzova, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University


Some other events are still to be announced !


Other opportunities to discuss and discover heritage issues


  • Museum of Fine Arts

After the keynote by James Count Early in the Museum of Fine Arts, delegates are invited to visit the museum and especially the exhibition "Pompeii".

Access with conference badge.


  • Biosphere

During the conference, on either day, delegates are welcome to visit the Biosphere, the environment museum housed in the spectacular master designed by architect Buckminster Fuller for what was the United States Pavilion during the Expo67 world’s fair.

Access with conference badge.


The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is proud to offer all ACHS delegates and guests a $5 discount on general admission tickets.
You will find the coupon in your delegate bag upon registration.
Our featured exhibition, Pompeii, is the largest exhibition ever to be presented in Quebec on this iconic Roman City at the time Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.
Also to discover are our Canadian & Quebec art collection, Early to Modern International Art and Decorative Art and Design collections.



Dinner / Pawâ

The closing dinner of the ACHS conference will be held Tuesday, June 7th 2016. The proposed course stations will consist in original culinary creations by Agnus Dei caterer, from the renowned Maison Cartier-Besson in Montréal. Called “Pawâ”, according to a French-Canadian tradition borrowed from the Native American lexicon, the dinner will blend art and gastronomy to the originality of Montréal’s cultural and culinary scenes. This gourmet event will surely please all epicureans and enthusiasts of “terroir cuisine”, while providing an ideal opportunity to review the scientific progress and conclusions reached during the congress in a more informal setting, in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal.

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Founded in 1986, Agnus Dei is a family business that has successfully grown to become one of Québec’s most renowned caterers. The Latin name "Lamb of God" stems from the fact that the owners raised lambs. After more than 15 years of breeding, they decided to branch out into the catering business, most notably by offering mechoui BBQs, which have since become a tradition. Agnus Dei is therefore a reference to the noble nature of tender and flavourful lamb’s meat, as if descended from the heavens.

Agnus Dei is a leader in its field for its boundless creativity and event expertise, which has repeatedly been recognized for major events locally, nationally and internationally.

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