Cultural canal

The canal is a source of inspiration for many artists, local and not local alike. Dabblers and professionals see in it an interesting subject for painting, photography, monumental art, artistic professions…

Photo exhibition, the Soulanges cycle path banners

From the start of the 2010s, thanks to a project initiated by the “Autour de nous” artist collective and the Soulanges Cycling Path committee, the Soulanges cycling path is adorned with 27 banner holders (1 per kilometer on the 27 first kilometers of the cycle path) which allows out-of-walls exhibitions, for the cyclists’ and walkers’ happiness.

A call for photographers was launched in 2020 to renew the exhibition and eleven citizen amateur photographers were selected. Accompanied by artist-curator Caroline Hayeur, the participants had the chance to be guided through various technical workshops aimed at developing their artistic approach to photography. The series born from this project are oriented towards themes that are related to Vaudreuil-Soulanges: rurality, mountains, water and heritage. Thanks to our partners, the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Ministère de la Culture et des communications du Québec and the Conseil des arts et de la Culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

  • Samuel Anger
  • Caroline Campeau
  • Philippe Chevalier
  • Patricia Chousa
  • Caroline Forget
  • Claire Gervais
  • Alain Lajoie
  • Valérie Langlais
  • Nancy Lépine
  • Natacha Marleau
  • Stéphanie Toulouse

Archipel, le documentaire sonore

Né de la collaboration des artistes sonores Guillaume Côté et Guillaume Campion en 2016, le Projet Archipel propose une exploration des berges de l’archipel de Montréal à travers des captations sonores et des entrevues. Après avoir lancé une première série sur les berges du Saint-Laurent, les deux artistes se sont intéressés à notre beau canal pour leur deuxième série du Projet Archipel.

10 capsules sonores ont donc été co-réalisées par 12 citoyens Vaudreuil-Soulangeois en 2019. Celles-ci dressent un portrait singulier du majestueux canal de Soulanges, témoignant de l’attachement des riverains envers ce vestige d’une autre époque et des efforts de mise en valeur actuellement en cours.

  • France Biron
  • Sebastien Roy
  • Annie Binette
  • Sophie Daoust
  • Philippe Chevalier
  • Justine Verreault Fortin
  • Caroline Thivierge
  • Réal Ménard
  • Natacha Marleau
  • Valérie Langlais
  • Marjolaine Campion
  • Marilou Fortin

These art pieces that surround us

Sébastien Borduas, 2020

The Passage art piece narrates the past, present and future of the Les Cèdres municipality. A character pointing to the horizon… symbolizing these canoeing travelers of the past who would stop on the shores to rest, before the portage that would lead them to the crystal-clear waters of the St-François lake.

A small tractor, a child kneeling down in the tall grass, a bicycle set down there… Les Cèdres in the present with its agricultural soul, and its cycling network. Waves on the River, hand prints left by school kids…the city’s vitality, the future awaits!

Artwork made possible thanks to the financial support of the Fonds d’Appui au Rayonnement des Régions du ministère des Affaires Municipales et de l’Habitation, in collaboration with the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the CACVS.

Municipal wharf, Les Cèdres

Oeuvre Les Coteaux canal de Soulanges
Sonia Haberstich, 2019
De la rive à la rivière

Once a relay for travelers, merchants and missionaries, Les Coteaux is born from the fusion of the Coteau-Station and Coteau-Landing municipalities. The artwork evokes the water via the metal’s reflecting surface.

The stone base and the Corten steel are reminiscent of the railroads that roam the land. The Saint-François lake shores are celebrated by the peak of the first steel sheet. The sinuous and dynamic flow of the Delisle river is represented by the second sheet.

Artwork made possible thanks to the financial support of the Fonds d’Appui au Rayonnement des Régions du ministère des Affaires Municipales et de l’Habitation, in collaboration with the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the CACVS.

Laurier-Léger building, Les Coteaux

Sonia Haberstich, 2018
Cocreated artwork, Point de vue sur le canal

“Point de vue sur le canal” marked the start of our interventions at the canal. A shipping container served as our consulting office, and the artist Sonia Haberstich created bubbles with the citizens who would come visit us there. Reproduced and stuck on the container, they remind us of the citizen process that inspires our actions around the canal.

The citizen consultation “Point de vue sur le canal” happened during the summer of 2018. The consulting container roamed the lands of Pointe-des-Cascades, Les Cèdres, Coteau-du-Lac and Les Coteaux to meet the citizens. Today, the shipping container covered in citizen bubbles is a master piece of our animations. Since the summer of 2019, it’s positioned each summer in Coteau-du-Lac’s city centre, and is used as a kayak rental kiosk.

Kayak rental container, Coteau-du-Lac

Murale art canal de Soulanges Sophie Wilkins
Sophie Wilkins, 2007
Coteau-du-Lac fresco

This fresco, painted by artist Sophie Wilkins, was inaugurated on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of Coteau-du-Lac, in 2007. It tells the significant moments and elements of its history. Represented on it are elemnts such as the work’s building, the agricultural and maritime identity, the presence of Natives, among others.

We can reach the mural by the chemin du Fleuve in Coteau-du-Lac, or by foot via the chemin du Vieux-Canal which leads near to the bridge.

Monseigneur-Langlois bridge

The cultural projects along the canal are made possible thanks to the precious collaboration of the Conseil des arts et de la culture de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

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