On Thursday, March 30, the Belvedere of the Old Port of Montreal overheated with positive energy as it played host to the 10th anniversary edition of the Soirée District Party. A tour de force of culture and camaraderie, this networking and discovery event, vibrant and jubilant, hosted nearly 700 guests, with a spotlight shining brightly on the Old Montreal community.
The evening unveiled the rich offerings of the historic district. 70 local businesses – the highest ever in the history of the Soirée District Party – participated, infusing the event with their unique brands of creativity and entrepreneurship. The result was a showcase of the district’s best-kept secrets.
As guests immersed themselves in the enchanting atmosphere of the Belvedere, they were introduced to an array of local establishments. An impressive 70 neighborhood businesses were on-site, offering an unforgettable journey through the city’s gastronomic, retail, and cultural scenes. Their Signature offers, presented in a format that elegantly combined discovery stations with personalized spaces, highlighted Old Montreal’s treasures.
As the guests wandered through the venue, the personalized site dressings, special offers, and contest prizes – worth more than $5,000 – bore testament to the immense support garnered by the event.
In line with the evening’s ethos of discovery and celebration, the Soirée District Party also marked several important anniversaries within the Old Montreal community. The Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historical Site / Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel celebrated its 250th anniversary; Sandrini Shoes marked its 45th year; the Vieux-Port Steakhouse was in its 40th year; the Pointe-à-Callière museum celebrated its 30th anniversary, and the Jardin Nelson terrace restaurant turned 25.
Moreover, the Soirée District Party itself returned after a three-year hiatus, due to the global pandemic. The evening’s success served as a heartfelt homage to the recently passed anniversaries that were unable to enjoy high-profile celebrations due to the pandemic’s constraints.
As the evening unfolded under the stars, it was evident that the Soirée District Party was more than just a festive event – it was a testament to the resilience of the Old Montreal community. “The strength of our community is to have risen and supported each other in recent years. The Soirée District Party is an example of collective enthusiasm for its neighborhood, where good neighborliness definitely resonates,” emphasized Mario Lafrance, General Manager of the SDC Old Montreal.
As the evening concluded, the attendees left with their hearts full and their spirits high. The 10th edition of the Soirée District Party served as a powerful reminder of Old Montreal’s vibrant culture, its resilient community, and its undying love for celebration. It marked the beginning of a new chapter, one that we hope will be filled with unity, prosperity, and more unforgettable evenings.
The force behind Soirée DISTRICT Party
The SDC Old Montreal is a sectoral development company composed of a group of around 2400 members. The primary mandate of the SDC is to bring together its members and form a unified business community. It must tirelessly work on sharing ideas, addressing common issues, finding realistic solutions, and creating a living and working environment where good neighbourliness prevails.
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