A blend of old and new
If you look at the bridge’s website (http://jacquescartierchamplain.ca), you’ll learn about the other ways the illuminations are affected (they include weather, wind direction, traffic and requests from watchers). With 365 colors to play with, the creators claim that every evening, a unique light show is presented.
Decidedly more low-tech, but just as exciting, is Montreal’s murals district. Every June, artists come from across the globe to leave their mark on the city during a two-week festival. While crowds watch (and bands play), they paint works of all sorts on walls across central Montreal. These stay up indefinitely, and after five years of festivals, there now are more than 80 vibrant murals across central Montreal, including a severalstories-high painting of local hero musician Leonard Cohen, a rendering of the Seven Deadly Sins in ice cream cones and a witty take on the “Mona Lisa.”