FAQ: cancellation of Sainte-Catherine Célèbre 2023

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Montreal centre-ville

Montréal centre-ville is ready for the summer season and is delighted to welcome the 9.5 million visitors expected this summer. Learn more about the actions taken by the SDC to welcome them. 

However, the new priorities of customers and businesses, combined with the significant reduction in the number of merchants participating in the Sainte-Catherine Célèbre event, have led us to cancel the sidewalk sale in 2023.

In the past few years, we noticed a drastic reduction in the number of merchants participating in the Sainte-Catherine Célèbre sidewalk sale due to a lack of labor and rising production costs. Furthermore, construction works are planned this summer on Sainte-Catherine street, between Peel and Mansfield. These findings lead us to cancel the holding of this event in the summer of 2023.

The decision to renew the event is taken each year according to the available budgets and the interest of retailers. We are currently assessing the event format to offer a more distinctive and attractive experience for the different customers of downtown Montreal. 

Sainte-Catherine street between Saint-Urbain and de Bleury will be pedestrianized all summer in order to offer an optimal experience to festival-goers and allow them to enjoy all of the attractions and activities in the area.

The two editions of the Marché Shoni revealed the sector’s strong potential for attractiveness, particularly through its gastronomic offer. The SDC Montréal centre-ville is therefore continuing this year with a process of territorial enhancement of the Shaughnessy Village over the entire summer season rather than over four days.

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More than twenty festivals will make downtown Montreal vibrate all summer. Events such as the Grand Prix, the Jazz Festival and the Francofolies, as well as the return of the Giants on the Esplanade Ville Marie are scheduled.