453 St François-Xavier

Conceived + written by: Greg MacArthur
Sound design + audio production: Jesse Ash
Voiced by: Julian Bardesono Fraser, Marlowe Bardesono Fraser, and Lesley Macaulay
Featuring Samples from the music of Pallmer

A building. A future. An audio tour. (Free event)

January 14 - 31, 2021
20 mins


The 20-minute audio tour will premiere Jan. 14 and remain online until January 31st.

This is a place. This is a space. This is a future. Listen. I’m gonna tell you things. I’m a voice from the future. I’m like a jellyfish. You can’t see me but I’m here. I can move through things. I can float through time and space. Don’t worry. I’m nothing to be afraid of. I don’t bite. Come here. Come here. 

“This text + sound installation will use the idea of a historical walking tour to examine a future for the Centaur Theatre building / land plot. Rather than looking into the past, I will project the space and place into the future. Looking through the lens of environmental changes, political and social dynamics, the role and place of art in society, and cultural and social changes, I will write + construct a series of imagined tenants that will occupy this space over the course of the next four hundred years.” – Greg MacArthur

Featuring samples from the music of Pallmer

Artist Interview

Live Interview with Greg MacArthur: Thursday Jan 14, 7PM

Land Acknowledgement

Long before Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence and encountered a nation of Iroquoian people in a place called Hochelaga, the island which the European settlers chose to call Montreal had been a point of conflict, conference, creativity and exchange since time immemorial for many Indigenous peoples including the Anishinaabe, Huron/Wendat, and Abénaki nations.

The people of the Kanienkéha:ka Nation– known in English as the Mohawk – are now considered the caretakers of the land and water around Montreal. In their language this island bears the name of Tiohtià:ke, which means “broken in two” because of the way the river breaks around it.

The river has made contemporary Montreal into a vibrantly diverse city. That diversity is inspiring because it is by telling each other our stories that we build bridges between our different cultures and languages. And so we offer you stories at Centaur Theatre that we hope can build a bridge to you along with everyone in the audience no matter where you come from or where you are. They are all stories that explore our hearts and hopefully open our minds to affirm our collective humanity.

Wildside Festival – Centaur Theatre