Montreal to pay artists to perform in car-free zones this summer

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As COVID-19 causes most major events to be cancelled this summer, the city of Montreal has decided to take music and the arts to the streets.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante today announced an initiative to host cultural and recreational programming on the new “Active and Safe Paths Circuit,” the temporarily widened pedestrian routes around the city.

The city will showcase events in car-free areas while respecting COVID-19 social distancing regulations, it says.

The events, including ‘cultural discovery surprises,’ will also help keep parks from overcrowding and offer a financial boost to artists and cultural businesses, who will be paid with funding from the city, the Quebec government and the Montreal Council for the Arts.

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“I want to thank all artists who gave hope to the population during these challenging times. Today the Conseil des arts de Montréal is pleased to announce a new program to support your work with the budget of $500,000,” said Nathalie Maillé, director-general of the Montreal Council for the Arts, on hand for the announcement.

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