If you’ve been searching for a place to go after a long workday to wind down, or a place to have a cocktail and appetizer before heading out for the night, the McCord Museum might just be the place. This past Thursday the museum left their doors open a little longer for the 2nd edition of After Hours, a 5 à 9 cocktail event.

The event was catered by chef Olivier Perret from Renoir and included an aesthetically appealing and delicious menu of oysters from les Iles de la Madeleine, a quinoa and crunchy vegetable salad, prosciutto ham, coppa and garlic sausages, and chocolate lollipops for dessert.

Sony, as the event’s main sponsor, kept guests busy with an interactive photo center. Guests could get their picture taken in front of a green screen, choose the background and add graphics to their picture before having it printed out. Sony also focused on their headphones and the importance of music quality and set up a booth where guests could listen to the difference between their media player and iTunes. There were a number of contests throughout the night, mostly through social media that gave guests the chance to win prizes like Sony headphones or museum memberships.

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The entire event was very focused on music and guests had access to the McCord’s exhibit “Music – Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire” (unfortunately now closed).

In the main event room, DJ Abeille, one of Montreal’s best, kept things exciting and vibrant with her electro pop mixes but the event still had a very professional atmosphere. Guests could be seen grabbing drinks at the bar in the main room while jamming out to the music or sitting down at tables, chatting with their friends and sharing appetizers.

The McCord museum has come up with an event that is a great example for other Montreal museums. The event displayed  a lot of potential and was a total success for only its second edition.

The museum plans to make this a bimonthly event occurring on every second Thursday. If you weren’t able to make it, be sure to be there for the 3rd edition of After Hours at the McCord Museum on November 13th.

Photographs by Isabelle Grégoire.