Maria Callas, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Charles Aznavour, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, The Red Army Choir, Ella Fitzgerald... all have graced the grand stage of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is the largest multi-purpose concert hall in Canada, featuring the most state-of-the-art technical equipment and facilities. Built in 1963, the hall was first known as the Grande Salle before being renamed in honour of the eminent conductor Wilfrid Pelletier. Featuring a seating capacity of 2,990, the hall's versatility makes it the ideal venue for all types of performances and presentations from opera to rock, dance to symphony to musical comedy. In addition to the multitude of acclaimed international artists it showcases each year, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is home to two world renowned resident companies: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and Opéra de Montréal.
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Special needs services
Assistance for persons with reduced mobility
During the shows, a member of the reception staff is specifically designated to assist persons with reduced mobility. Customers who require assistance must report to the main security desk.
Aids for the hearing-impaired
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is equipped with an audio system that enables hearing-impaired spectators to tune their FM receivers into the frequency of the system in order to receive the signal of the show. Members of the audience wishing to avail themselves of this service must bring their own FM receivers. Frequency 90.9 FM.
Cloakroom service is available during the season (from November to April) at a cost of $3 per item.
During the first few years of Place des Arts’ existence, all the bars in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier were located in the Bar Pellan, located behind the Piano Nobile. It was named in honour of the artist Alfred Pellan (1906-1988) whose stained-glass mural takes up the entire back wall of the bar. Although, over the years, theatre-goers have preferred the smaller portable bars located in the various foyers, Bar Pellan is still equipped to accommodate 75 people. A kitchen adjacent to the bar is made available to caterers during receptions.
Located on the 7th floor, the Bar Galerie is equipped to accommodate 75 people on the mezzanine and balcony levels.
Foyers on the even- and odd-numbered parterres
Show audiences may relax before the show or during the intermission in the foyers located on both the odd- and even-numbered sides of the parterre level. The foyer on each side has a capacity of 450 people and can be used as an extension to the Piano Nobile for a reception of 100 people. The area can also accommodate approximately 200 people for conferences or discussions.
Located on the odd-numbered side of the corbeille level (dress circle), this foyer was named after artist Micheline Beauchemin who bequeathed her tapestry entitled “La chute d’Icare”. The foyer has a capacity of approximately 200 people standing; it can seat 150 people for conferences or banquets.
Located on the even-numbered side of the corbeille level (dress circle), this foyer was named in honour of artist Robert Lapalme (1908-1997) who bequeathed a tapestry filled with light and shadow effects. The Lapalme Foyer can accommodate up to 200 people standing; it can seat 150 people for conferences or banquets.
The word “piano” in Italian means storey. In architecture, the term “piano nobile” is used to describe a central area to which higher secondary storeys are connected. Place des Arts’ Piano Nobile is a majestic area that is ideal for private receptions, conferences and discussion sessions. This “noble area” opens on to two grand staircases that are dominated by Les Anges radieux, by Québec artist Louis Archambault (1912-2003). Illuminated by the high front bay windows, the Piano Nobile offers a spectacular view of the Esplanade and the work of Claude Bettinger (1942-1998). It can hold approximately 500 people standing; it can seat 300 people for conferences or 150 for banquets.
Located in a backstage rotunda in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the VIP lounge is the ideal location for meetings with artists and for various special events. Capacity: 60.