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PCMTL's guide and schedule to Grand Prix du Canada Crescent Street Montreal
Got tickets to the Grand Prix? We show you how to get by car to the Island as close as possible, hopping onto the Yellow Line metro station. Plan to hang out during the festivities? We've got maps of great parking places for the Crescent Street Festivals. Crescent Street Festival schedule, and Formula One Grand Prix Canada Montreal Schedule.
June 7 th to 9 th 2007
9 th edition of the Canadian Grand Prix Festival on Crescent
The F1 party to attend during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend is undoubtedly the legendary Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival. This year will mark the 9th edition of this world renowned Grand Prix celebration. Experience an unrivalled Grand Prix atmosphere during this extravagant four day party. You can take part in a variety of race related activities, visit our various F1 merchandise booths and take in some spectacular live outdoor shows every night. For the ultimate Grand Prix experience, come see how we party on Crescent Street!
Crescent Street Grand Prix of Canada Festival
Thursday, June 7, 2007
11:45 am Opening Ceremony - Dizzy Racers presented by Budweiser
4:00 pm Official Weigh-In for the “Gala de Boxe du Grand Prix”
4:45 pm Budweiser presents DJ LouLou and Guest
7:00 pm Budweiser presents Minority (Green Day Tribute) in concert
9:00 pm Budweiser presents Young Soul (Alternative Rock) in concert
Friday, June 8, 2007
12:30 pm Budweiser presents The Vets in concert
4:45 pm Budweiser presents DJ LouLou and Guest
7:00 pm Budweiser presents Electric Waves (80s Tribute) in concert
9:00 pm Budweiser presents Joshua (U2 Tribute) in concert
Saturday, June 9, 2007
12:30 pm Budweiser presents SIC (Alternative Rock) in concert
4:00 pm Budweiser presents DJ LouLou and Guest
4:30 pm Groupe Yvon Michel and BBF Promotions & Events present “Fast & Furious” (Public boxing training and autograph signing session)
6:30 pm Budweiser presents Synchronicity (The Police Tribute) in concert
8:15 pm Budweiser presents Dizzy Racers in concert
9:00 pm Budweiser presents Rebound in concert
Site web: http://www.crescentmontreal.com
Peel Street festivities for the Grand Prix of Canada - The pioneer festival celebrates its 25th anniversary!
MONTREAL, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Peel Street is revving up, as usual, to welcome the most exciting motorsports event of the year. More festive than ever, the street is celebrating the 25th edition of the "Peel Street Festivities" on the occasion of the Grand Prix du Canada, organized by the Regroupement des commerçants de la rue Peel, which is the Peel Street merchants' association.
Every night of Grand Prix weekend, from Thursday, June 7th to Sunday, June 10th, Peel Street will turn into a pedestrian street, between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Ste- Catherine Street, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, except for Sunday, and it will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. Some 250 outstanding cars, of the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Austin-Healey, Fiat 500 and Alfa Romeo will respectively take over this section of the street for the pleasure of Montrealers and tourists gathering by the hundreds of thousands in the downtown core for the festivities.
Initiated in 1982 by Alain Creton, owner of Chez Alexandre restaurant, the Peel Street Festivities went from a one-night party to a four-night festival, becoming an exciting annual event open to the general public. Peel Street was the first to become pedestrian during the Grand Prix.
"All of the Peel Street merchants are delighted to be actively involved in this tremendous Grand Prix spectacle by welcoming locals and visitors alike to the glamour of the Peel Street Festivities, which embody the panache and elegance that are on a par with this elite sport," said Mr. Creton, the Peel Street merchants' association spokesperson. "We're thrilled to see that by getting the ball rolling on Grand Prix week festivities we have helped make the Montreal race one of the most highly regarded events on the F1 circuit," he added, speaking at a news conference today at Alexandre & Fils, with a number of dignitaries on hand for the occasion.
The Peel Street Festivities, which has been in existence almost as long as the Montreal Grand Prix itself, got its start almost by chance. When the event was in its fourth year, the catering services of the restaurant Alexandre were required for a party organized by a neighbouring merchant for the Luigi Ferrari Club of Quebec. This resulted in a throng of people on Peel Street admiring the guests' sleek Ferraris. Police eventually arrived to disperse the traffic jam, and they suggested to the restaurant owner that proper arrangements be made in the future to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
The following year, Alain Creton, owner of Alexandre & Fils, and spokesperson of the Peel Street merchants' association, took the initiative to close Peel Street to traffic, making it a place where pedestrians could leisurely stroll and take a look the magnificent collection of Ferraris. Today, hundreds of thousands of people are able to admire, free of charge, these impressive vehicles.
2007 Peel Street Festivities schedule
Inaugurating the festivities on Thursday, June 7th around 5:30 p.m. the Club Luigi Ferrari of Quebec will make its grand entrance with a fleet of some 40 gleaming Ferraris accompanied by a Montreal police motorcade and will take
over Peel Street until midnight.
On Friday, June 8th from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, the Club Austin-Healy of Quebec will be the star attraction, with the participation of its president, Mr. Roger Hamel and, visiting from his native England, Mr. Jerry Cocker, the car's designer who just celebrated his 83rd birthday. Austin-Healys are the official cars that transport the racers during the Grand Prix parade.
On Saturday, June 9th starting at 5:30 p.m., Fiats and Alfa Romeos will occupy center stage, in the presence of Mr. Paolo Spataro, president of the Club Fiat 500 of Montreal.
Then, on Sunday, June 10th from 9 a.m., Peel Street will welcome the Club Porsche of Quebec, displaying more than 60 exotic cars. The festivities will end with a post-race "Mumm Cordon Rouge" night at the restaurant Alexandre & Fils.
For further information: Alain Creton, spokesperson, Regroupement des commerçants de la rue Peel, (514) 240-7831, firstname.lastname@example.org
City revs its engines for Grand Prix week
Speeds will be slower downtown but the intricate manouevres necessitated by blocked streets, huge crowds and the ever-present scourge of double-parkers will challenge the driving skills of mere mortals and send blood pressure soaring.
If you want to get anywhere fast in the downtown core between Thursday and Sunday, you'd do better on foot than in your car.
The car is king on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and downtown pedestrian gawkers will rule as major thoroughfares are closed to vehicular traffic and sleek Ferraris, Porsches, Austin Healeys and Alfa Romeos will be on display.
Street closings will disrupt north and south traffic starting Thursday when Crescent St. becomes a shopping mall, Peel St. turns into the most expensive parking lot in town , and St. Laurent Blvd. shuts down to motorized traffic for schmoozing and boozing by the beautiful people.
To add to the craziness, there's the 7th edition of Festival Mode and Design going on on McGill College Ave. between President Kennedy and Ste. Catherine St. all week so forget about using that as an alternate route.
Merchants on St. Laurent Blvd. who have been in construction hell for eight months get a reprieve from roadworks to take advantage of the high rollers coming to town.
"The merchants are saying Thank God' for the break from road work negotiated by the merchant's association with the City of Montreal infrastructure department," said Valrie Paquin, cultural development agent for the Socit de dveloppement du boulevard St. Laurent.
The Main will be blocked off to motor traffic from Sherbrooke St. to Mount Royal Ave. as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday to bar closing on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
There will be vintage cars parked on the street, swing-dancing on Saturday afternoon and an unending festival of people watching, particularly outside some of the trendier bar/restos.
Crescent St. is holding the 9th annual Canadian Grand Prix Festival Thursday to Saturday and the street will be closed to through traffic between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Ste. Catherine from midnight Wednesday to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
As in previous years there will be booths selling all sorts of F1 paraphernalia, bands performing on a stage at de Maisonneuve and some fancy cars on display.
On Peel St., the name of the game is high octane horsepower with conspicuous consumption. Think $50 cigars and $300 bottles of champagne.
"Crescent is a fun beer place but Peel is a champagne destination, we will sell champagne like water," said Alain Creton, owner of Alexandre et Fils and spokesperson for the Peel St. merchant's association. "Peel St. is elegant and the merchants want to keep it that way."
The street will shut down for traffic between de Maisonneuve and Ste. Catherine Thursday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m to midnight and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight. Forty Ferraris will be on display on Thursday; Austin Healey cars will reign on Friday; Fiat and Alpha Romeo are on tap for Saturday and Sunday belongs to 60 Porsches.
Causing no traffic delays but a little rubber-necking is some location shooting for the Hollywood movie Get Smart. On Monday, the elegant Peacock Alley of Le Windsor was full of extras in formal dress for a scene from the Steve Carrell and Anne Hataway remake of the 1960s sitcom.
Going to Crescent Street Festivities (and surrounding)
Crescent Street will be closed off for a weeklong outdoor party. Free parking is available in the recommended purple areas which allow favourable walking distances. Alternate parking sites include parking near Atwater, Lionel Groulx, and Place St-Henri subway stations, after you park the car, take the subway to Guy-Concordia.
The best view to see the whole Crescent Street is from the top floor terrace of Newtown.
Going to the Island (Grand Prix)
The only vehicles allowed to the Montreal Casino are ones going there to drop people off. You can drive there, drop people off at the Casino front door, and then leave. There is no parking on the Island during the entire Grand Prix weekend. The closest drive is to park at metro Berri-UQAM, take one metro stop to the Island, once there, you can walk to the track by following the crowd.
Bring water, it will cost $3+ and up on the Island