Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Astral Out-of-Home Unveils New Street Furniture in Montreal

Bell Media’s Astral Out-of-Home division today announced the launch of a major project in Montréal's Quartier des Spectacles, to install 14 new innovatively-designed advertising structures.

The result of a partnership with the Ville-Marie Borough, Bell Media’s OOH advertising division, and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, this project will help promote the distinctive character of the Quartier des Spectacles.

“Astral Out-of-Home is very proud to contribute more than 25 years of expertise and innovation in support of Montréal's Quartier des Spectacles by adapting the design of its structures to represent the creative spirit of this vibrant sector,” said Luc Quétel, President, Astral Out-of-Home. “As the OOH industry leader in Montréal, we are also pleased to pursue the deployment of our digital network in the city’s downtown with the addition of ten new structures. The new installations – equipped with LCD screens and NFC and QR Code technology –   are located entirely in downtown Montréal. This increases our network of advertising faces to 40.”

Unique and modern, these new columns offer advertisers their choice of locations in the heart of the vibrant Quartier des Spectacles. Astral Out-of-Home turned to renowned designer Michel Dallaire to create a model that captures the essence of the Quartier des Spectacles. Recognized for his involvement in designing BIXI, the self-serve bike system, and street furniture in Montréal's Quartier International, he also worked with Astral Out-of-Home to design the digital column located in front of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

“I am thrilled to continue working with the Astral Out-of-Home team and contribute to the deployment of new, contemporary street furniture structures that are infused with creativity. They are an extension of the vitality of Montréal's Quartier des Spectacles,” said Michel Dallaire. “Astral Out-of-Home and its partners’ desire to achieve seamless integration of OOH structures into downtown Montréal demonstrates their genuine willingness to promote Montréal as the remarkably smart and innovative city of the 21st century.”

These structures provide advertisers the opportunity to reach a large number of festival-goers and tourists, in key sectors where 47,000 workers and 45,000 students converge daily. They also allow the city to broadcast messages that contribute directly to the promotion of Montréal's artistic and cultural vitality.

“We are very pleased that the renowned and distinctive character of the Quartier des Spectacles encouraged Astral Out-of-Home to create a design specific to its identity criteria, such as the colour red and lighting, for its OOH structures to be installed in this part of downtown Montréal,” said Jacques Primeau, President of the board, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. “We thank them for helping consolidate this brand image that we are constantly seeking to develop further.”

These new, attractive, and innovative columns blend perfectly with the aesthetics of the Quartier des Spectacles. The displays will also be equipped with control units for traffic lights, effectively reducing the number of visually-unappealing structures located in the area.

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