WEBINAR | New Light on Urban Nights


Urban nightlife has suffered greatly in the era of social distancing and curfew. Over the past year, many workers, artists and night owls have been forced to go home. The excitement of the night has given way to silence.

Those who depend on the night for their livelihood are now deprived of their workspace and their audience. In some cases, their social and economic marginalization has only worsened. Montreal's now silent nights are more than ever synonymous with apprehension and insecurity.

How does the pandemic play out in the transformation of nighttime affects? What are the impacts of the curfew on those who depend on the night for their livelihood? What affects does such a situation generate? These will be the questions addressed during this fourth event of the series Rethinking the City in Times of Pandemic.


  • Magda Fahrni – Regular Member, CIRM; Professor, Department of History, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
  • Daniel Weinstock – Regular Member, CIRM; Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, McGill University


  • Nicolas Kenny – Associate Professor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University
  • Jess Reia – BMO Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRM; Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University; member, MTL 24/24 Night Council
  • Edda Bild – postdoctoral researcher, School of Information Studies, McGill University


Virtual conference presented live from Espace Montréal, through Zoom


The event will be held in English and in French. Registration is mandatory to access the login link.


CIRM is grateful to MTL 24/24 for its collaboration in the presentation of this event. MTL 24/24's mission is to see to the interests of night owls as well as the responsible and benevolent development of Montreal's nightlife.

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