Accessing the venue

Getting to the Venue

Fall convocation ceremonies are held at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts. Please refer to Google Maps or Place des Art's website to determine the best route to access the venue.

The entrance to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is at the Place des Arts metro level. Graduands are asked to arrive ONE HOUR before the ceremony. Place des Arts ushers will be onsite to show graduands where they can prepare for the ceremony. Once all the graduands have been let in, family and guests will be welcomed into the venue. 

Please click this link for Montreal’s public transportation website.

Guests arriving by airplane can consult this website for information on how to get to the city from the airport.


Guests and Seating

Fall Convocation is a ticketed event, and each graduand may have a maximum of five (5) invited guests. Tickets will be distributed with your academic dress and line-up card, so we advise picking them up the Friday before the ceremony (November 23rd) between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; however, if necessary, you may also pick them up two (2) hours prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Tickets are for general seating on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that no guest will be admitted to the venue without a ticket. We ask that you only request the number of tickets you need. If you require more than your allotted five (5) tickets, we will distribute any leftover tickets on the day of convocation outside the entrance to the venue, but there is no guarantee on the number that will be available.

Guests must enter the venue through the Place des Arts metro level, where ushers will be available to help direct people.


Parking and Accessibility

Parking

The best option is to leave your car at home and avoid the traffic in the city core. Montreal has many one-way streets and traffic customs you may be unfamiliar with. All street signs will be in French. 

However, if you must bring your vehicle downtown, Place des Arts offers paid indoor parking, and there is metered street parking available. There are also a few parking lots close to Place des Arts. For further information, consult this site.

Other modes of transport

Bike share

Bixi is a public bicycle sharing program originating in Montreal. A day pass costs $5, while a three-day pass costs $14. Bikes can be checked out at 30-minute intervals and returned to any of the hundreds of parking spots in the city. After returning, you can pick up another bike in a few minutes. 

Metro/Bus

The Place des Arts metro station is located right next to the venue on the green line, providing a convenient transportation option.

Public transportation in the city is handled by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). Fares:

$3.25 for one trip; $6.00 for two.
Unlimited evening pass (6:00pm-5:00am): $5.00.
Day pass: $10.00.
3-day pass: $18.00.
Unlimited weekend pass: $13.75.

If you are arriving from the airport on the 747 bus, you will already possess a 24-hour day metro/bus pass.

Learn more about STM transit fares.

 

Accessibility

Convocation is committed to being as accessible and barrier-free as possible for students, faculty, and guests. For complete accessibility details at Fall Convocation, please visit the Place des Arts website

If a graduand has accessibility needs, please send an email to convocation [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Special%20Accommodation%20for%20Convocation) . For any family or guests requiring accommodation, please contact Place des Arts directly.

Access Ramps

The main entrances to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (175 rue Sainte-Catherine) is equipped with a ramp and drop-off area, outdoors and indoors, to facilitate access for people with reduced mobility or who use wheelchairs.

Parking

People with reduced mobility have access to a number of reserved indoor parking spaces at Place des Arts. Learn more at the parking attendant’s box or reserve your space by calling 514 842-2112.

Accessible parking spaces for people with reduced mobility can be found easily on all three levels of the P-1 parking lot. They are located close to an elevator that leads to the venue entrance. Other spaces are located in section P of the P-2 parking lot on the same floor as the main lobby leading to the show venues.

Getting Around Inside

If you need a wheelchair to facilitate your moving around inside Place des Arts, visit the central security station near the rue Saint-Urbain entrance. Please note we have a limited number of wheelchairs.

People Who Are Hearing-Impaired

All venues at Place des Arts are equipped with an audio system that enables people who are hearing-impaired to tune in to the show’s signal. Simply bring your portable radio or music device with headphones and tune in to the dedicated frequency for the venue, 90.9 FM.