MCM 2013 continues the tradition of biennial international conferences of the SMCM held on alternating sides of the Atlantic. This year, it takes place in downtown Montreal, hosted jointly by McGill University's Schulich School of Music and CIRMMT, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, also at McGill.
Conference talks will take place in Tanna Schulich Hall in the New Music Building. Entrance to the Hall is through the lobby on the ground floor of the New Music Building at 527 Sherbrooke Street West, or from the second floor of the New Music Building, which may be accessed from the Strathcona Music Building at 555 Sherbrooke Street West via the connecting walkway. The Strathcona and New Music Buildings may be seen side by side in the photograph above, with Mount Royal in the background.
The recommended hotel is L'Appartement Hôtel, just steps from the Schulich School of Music. Rooms at the Appartement-Hôtel have kitchenettes. Montreal is a very walkable city; within twenty minutes' walking distance of McGill there are over 100 choices of accomodation. Conference attendees may take advantage of special University rates at several hotels. Participating hotels may be found here. The conference ends on a Friday and you may wish to enjoy the rest of your visit to Montreal over the weekend. At registration you will receive a list of suggested destinations and activities should you be staying for a few days.
Getting to and around Montreal
Travel by air:
From the Trudeau International Airport (also known as Dorval Airport) you may choose to take a taxi or shuttle bus downtown. Buses travel regularly from the airport servicing main downtown hotels. A taxi from Trudeau Airport to downtown Montreal will cost approx. $38 CDN (plus tip) for a 20-minute to 40-minute trip (depending on traffic).
The 747 Express Bus links the airport to downtown Montreal. The 747 service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year between Montréal’s central bus terminal (Berri-UQAM metro station) and Montréal-Trudeau airport, picking up and dropping off at several downtown hotels. The $9 fare may be purchased from a vending machine at the airport, or paid in cash aboard the bus - coins only, bills are not accepted. This fare also provides travelers with a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network for the next 24 hours.
- For more information, please visit the 747 information webpage.
- The closest stop to McGill's Faculty of Music is the René-Lévesque/Union stop (stop number 6 as seen on the route map here).
- For further information and options, please visit the airport website.
Travel by train:
Montreal's main train station, Gare Centrale, is located below the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on the corner of. René-Lévesque and Mansfield; it also has an
entrance at 895 de la Gauchetière ouest. The station is the major terminus for Canada's VIA Rail trains from Halifax,
Toronto, Ottawa, Québec and the Gaspé, as well as U.S. Amtrak trains from Washington and New York. It also provides
easy access to the city's subway (the Metro), as it is situated at the Bonaventure station (on the Orange Line of the Metro).
From the train station, a 5-minute taxi ride (approximately $8-9 CDN, plus tip) will take you to McGill University. To walk to the campus, head north through the underground shopping concourse of Place Ville Marie, exit at Cathcart and McGill College Avenue; follow McGill College Avenue north three blocks to Sherbrooke Street, where you may cross at McGill's Roddick Gates, turn right and walk a block and a half to arrive at the Schulich School of Music.
Travel by bus:
The terminal for major bus lines is the Station Centrale d’Autobus Montréal, located at 505 de Maisonneuve est, corner of Berri.
From Station Centrale you can take a taxi to the University (approximately $10-12 CDN, plus tip) or take the Metro (subway), as the Berri-UQAM station is connected to the bus terminal; McGill University is located quite sensibly at McGill metro station on the Green Line.
Montreal has an extensive subway system, the Metro. To reach McGill University's
downtown campus, take the Green Line to the McGill
Metro maps, fares, and further information can be found on the STM Web site.
Here follow photographs of McGill's main campus (1, 2, 3); the Schulich School of Music with the Strathcona Music Building on the left and the New Music Building on the right (4); and two typical street views of Montreal outside the downtown core (5, 6).