“The small life” moved to Pointe-à-Callière

Martine Letarte
Special Collaboration

November 17, 2018

«La petite vie» s’installe à Pointe-à-Callière

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The popular comedy series “The small life”, broadcast between 1993 and 1998, has broken canadian records for the hearing, gathering sometimes up to 4 million viewers in front of the small screen.

This text is part of a special booklet.

The event The small life, to mark the 25th anniversary of the series, the unsurpassed popularity, is likely to attract many Quebecers during the holiday vacation to Pointe-à-Callière. It is also the moment to discover the new version of the permanent exhibition, The builders of Montreal , and, of course, to participate in the family activities of Christmas.

The popular comedy series The little life in Pointe-à-Callière, Museum of archaeology and history of Montreal. Surprising ? Not at all, according to Francine Lelièvre, executive director of Pointe-à-Callière.

“Yes, we are located on archaeological sites, and we have historical buildings, but above all we are the Montreal museum,” she explains. We are also interested in the society, the economy, politics and culture : we are a museum transdisciplinary. “

This comedy series aired between 1993 and 1998 has broken canadian records for the hearing, gathering sometimes up to four million viewers in front of the small screen. And even today, the occasions attracting close to 600 000 people to their tv sets on Saturday evening.

The small life, it has become a true intangible cultural heritage that has transcended time, ” says Francine Lelièvre. And this is one of the few series in which all the costumes and scenery have been preserved, so why not give a chance to all those who have watched the show, or who discover it today, to be invited in-Decked ? “

Visitors to the exhibition, on display from December 5 to April 7, will thus be able to visit the apartment of Daddy (Claude Meunier) and Mother (Serge Thériault), and then to be photographed in their bed vertical. It is even possible to take a seat at the edge of the car Decked out, with his tv on the hood.

The fair will also feature many video clips of the series, in addition to interfering in the intimacy of the filmmaking with the presentation of bloopers. You will also learn about the background to the writing of the series by its author, Claude Meunier. It will also be possible to participate in different interactive activities. Do you dare measure yourself against Rénald (Marc Labrèche) in a burst of Bamba ?

“This exhibition is of course a tribute to the actors, creators and artisans of this series,” says Francine Lelièvre.

After having collected a host of awards in the 1990s, The small life was elected by the public favorite series of the past 25 years at the 25th anniversary of the Gemini awards.

Children can also express their creativity by letting himself be inspired by the changes of Daddy to make crafts from recycled materials. It will also be possible to resume the pattern banana-cherry wallpaper kitsch of the series in silk screen printing and produce a small scene in stop motion. These workshops will be held from 2 to 6 January, from 13 h to 16 h.

The builders of Montreal

Pointe-à-Callière is also in the process of giving a makeover to its permanent exhibition, The builders of Montreal, which will be presented to visitors as early as 21 December. The Museum has even dared to for the opportunity to embark on the adventure of artificial intelligence.

“Our new virtual characters of the Eighteenth century will be able to answer questions asked by visitors on their own time,” explains Francine Lelièvre. They can respond to thousands of questions already and their information bank will continue to strengthen. We begin with three characters and, if all goes well, we might see happen in future. “

The new version of the exhibition will find his ancestors came to Montreal among three data banks : franco-catholic, anglican, protestant and jewish.

A time line is created over the objects found on the site of the archaeological crypt, rich with centuries of occupation, will also be to discover.

Who is the real father Christmas ?

Pointe-à-Callière offers finally Who is the real father Christmas ? December 15 and 16, and 22 to 31 December. This family activity, thought specifically for children 4 to 9 years of age, proposed to the meeting of the fathers Christmas around the world. In this visit of 45 minutes, in the company of the guides and leaders of the Museum, young people will learn about the Holiday traditions in four countries through four characters : Babouchka, Black Peter, Melchior, and father Christmas.

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