The Château Dufresne, built between 1915 and 1918, was a beaux-arts style mansion owned by the Dufresne brothers, leading members of Montreal’s French bourgeoisie. Today, the Château Dufresne houses a museum dedicated to the history of Montreal’s east end.
Wednesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum will be closed December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014.
Guided tour of the Château Dufresne Museum in english (45 minutes duration) Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Children 4 years and under: Free
Children 5 to 17 years: $ 5.00
Students and seniors: $ 8.00
Adults: $ 9.00
Family (2 adults & 2 children) : S 20.00
2929 Jeanne-d’Arc Avenue, Montréal
Pie-IX, Pie-IX west exit
The exhibition François Brault, Chronicle of A Filmmaker and Photographer, on display at the Chateau Dufresne Museum, is intended as a retrospective of the cinematic and photographic œuvre of François Brault.
The exhibition puts on display numerous aspects of his career during which he was closely associated with Quebec independent cinema as director, producer, cinematographer and screenwriter. Born in Montreal in 1941, he worked first as a cameraman, notably at Télévision de Radio-Canada, where he filmed hundreds of news stories. The film À soir on fait peur au monde (Tonight We Scare People), co-directed with Jean Dansereau in 1969 about Robert Charlebois and Louise Forestier’s French concert tour, brought him wide recognition. In 1976 he directed a documentary on Tricofil workers in Saint-Jerome, and another in 1983 on the fishermen of Saint-Yvon in Gaspesie, who were threatened by excessive commercial fishing and their village being shut down. In the 1970s he took an interest in cultural heritage, treating Quebeckers’ traditional way of life in the series Un pays, un gout, une manière (A Country, A Taste, A Style), in which he captured on film special knowledge and practices that were on the verge of disappearing. In the decade to follow, he filmed for the National Film Board 24 documentaries on the religious arts, making us rediscover and appreciate that rich cultural legacy. Over time his documentaries have taken on a cultural heritage value in their own right.
Alongside his cinematic œuvre, François Brault worked also as a photographer. A second exhibition display is dedicated to his prodigious photographic output which touches upon, among other subjects, the religious arts. His photos and films make us rediscover Quebec’s architecture, sculpture and traditional fine-metal work, together with its funerary and religious heritage, much of which were dangerously close to disappearing or had already done so.
The exhibition is made possible thanks to the financial participation of the Notre-Dame Basilica, of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, and to the Dignity Centre of the Côte-des-Neiges Cemetery.
François Brault is cinematographer for the series Visite à l’Expo (Visit to the Expo), filmed on the site of Expo 67, on Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame Islands, and aired on Radio-Canada in 1967. Producer André Fleury, Productions 8/16. François Brault Archives
Mr. Marc Poirier, Chair of the Board of the Société du Château Dufresne and Vice-President, Operations at Magnus Poirier Inc., has officially launched the Château Dufresne Museum’s annual fundraising campaign, to be put toward properly conserving the Museum’s collections and offering visitors a rich and varied program and high-quality exhibitions.
To send us your donation, just mail it to us at: Château Dufresne Museum, 2929 avenue Jeanne-d’Arc, Montreal, H1W 3W2 .
You can also make your donation over the telephone, by calling (514) 259-9201.
Thank you for your generosity.