THE VILLAGE AU PIED-DU-COURANT

 

The Village au Pied-du-Courant is a reinvented public space. Built anew every year by a collective effort, the project is made possible thanks to the participation of dozens of teams of designers and the support of countless collaborators. Dynamic in nature, the Village is an urban living lab for the experimentation and development of new practices in design, entrepreneurship and the arts. In order to prioritize accessibility and encourage community engagement, entry and all programming is -- and always will be -- free.
 

The Village au Pied-du-Courant has been managed by La Pépinière | Espace collectifs since its creation in 2014. A non-profit, the project subscribes to the goal of revitalizing an under-utilized urban space, while also permitting the local community to reappropriate it. For this reason, the project’s DNA can be broken down into four intertwined components:


WHERE IS THE VILLAGE AU PIED-DU-COURANT?

At the foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and facing the St. Lawrence River.

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HOW TO GET THERE?

On foot, by bike or metro (Papineau station on the green line).

From Papineau station, Follow de Lorimier Street underneath the bride, then along the river towards the Est to get to the main entrance. Another entrance is located near Fullum Street.

No parking spaces are available on site, but some parking spaces can usually be found on fullum Street (acces via Sainte-Catherine St.).

 

DATES OF OPERATION - 2017 EDITION

June 1st to September 16th

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Thursday "Mini Village" : 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

The Village will be exceptionally open for Wednesday-night fireworks on July 11th and 18th and August 1st and 8th. 

 

〰️ How can I get involved as a volunteer?
First of all, thank you for your interest! Please fill this form


 

〰️ Is the site wheelchair-accessible?
Absolutely! The zones that are the most easily accessible will soon be indicated clearly on a plan.


 

〰️ Can I bring my dog to the Village?
Yes, your dog is welcome as long as she’s on a leash. Our policy: your dog, your responsibility.


 

〰️ I let loose on the dancefloor and lost my watch/bag/sunglasses
on a big night out at the Village. 
How can I retrieve them?
All lost objects are brought to and stored at the bar, so come see us during our open hours!


 

〰️ I’m a musician and I would love to play at the Village. How does the programming work?
You can write to bonjour@aupiedducourant.ca 


 

〰️ I have a food truck/I’m a chef/restaurateur/gastronomy buff
and I would love to feed the Village-goers this summer. Who should I be in touch with?

You can write to bonjour@aupiedducourant.ca 

 

〰️ I’m an artisan and I would love to take part in one of the Sunday markets. Who do I contact?
This summer, we’re organizing a large market featuring exclusively local products on August 5th.  If you are interested you can fill out this form!
We will also be hosting a huge garage sale on July 9th! If you wish to participate, just fill out this form.
For more information, please contact alexia@pepiniere.co

 


〰️ I really want to join your dream team. How can I make that happen?
Although our 2018 team is currently full, we accept spontaneous applications for other projects.
Please send your CV to talents@pepiniere.co.


 

〰️ Can I bring a picnic (chips, juice boxes, sandwiches) to the Village?
Yes, food is permitted at all times! That said, we ask that alcoholic beverages from outside the Village stay outside the Village.
We also ask that you refrain from bringing glass containers or bottles for safety reasons.


 

〰️ What’s the cigarette policy on-site?
Cigarettes are allowed at the Village (like in any public space) with the exception of the terraces, the kids’ playgrounds and sports areas.
That said, we ask that you be conscientious of the cleanliness of the site and of the rosy-pink lungs of nonsmokers!


 

〰️ You have many sports & games areas, but do you have equipment too?
Yep! All necessary equipment is available on-site for a small rental fee. Ask for more information at the beach bar.


 

〰️Are kids allowed on-site?

Yes, the space is open to all: big, small or in-between.


 

〰️ Can I use my debit or credit card on-site?
No, cash is necessary for buying food and drinks, as well as for renting sports equipment.
There are ATMs on site.

 

I would like to use the site for a private event. Is that possible?
Please note that we don’t grant exclusive access to the site during our regular hours of operation. We are, however, happy to discuss ways to make the space useful and open to a greater variety of people and initiatives. For more information, contact charlesolivier@aupiedducourant.ca

 

〰️ When does the 2018 season of Village au Pied-du-Courant end?
Our last evening together with our toes in the sand will be September 15th.

Want to get involved with the Village au Pied-du-Courant this summer?

The Village couldn’t function without its valuable volunteers. Come with your friends and help get the project running by planting leafy greens or planning workshops. To let us know what you have in mind, fill out this form and we'll shortly be in toutch or contact directly


The team at the Village au Pied-du-Courant thanks you and looks forward to meeting you this summer!


There are three types of volunteering needed at the Village:
 

1. BUILD A VILLAGE:  Help get the Village off the ground (May 8th-31th)

Physical tasks will include:
-  Spreading the sand
-  Painting
-  Assistance with building the kids’ play areas

Other tasks related to the construction of the site as determined by the volunteer coordinator and site supervisor

 

2. GREEN THUMB:  Planting and garden maintenance

Physical tasks will include:
-  Planting on-site
-  Watering the gardens and greenhouses every two days
-  Tend ing to weeds and tidying up of green spaces once a week

 

3. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:  Activity support and community-based project promotion

Site decoration and/or welcome booth for special events
-  Supervision of playground areas and rental station
-  Host activities at the Village
-  Become an ambassador of the Village in your community: Help lead community consultations and distribute promotional materials in your neighbourhood
-  Answer visitor questions related to our hours of operation, activities and on-site services
-  All ideas are welcome; send us an email if you want to propose something special!

 

NOTE : All volunteers who wish to get involved with the Village will have to sign a waiver concerning safety issues and the responsibilities of each participant (the volunteer and La Pépinière, the organization responsible for the Village au Pied-du-Courant)