Montreal’s Place des Festivals fountains, granted, are not like the fountains at the famed Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. But ask yourself this: since when has the Bellagio allowed civilians to control the fountains on their own? The answer: never.

Maëstro is a system designed by developer, ATOMIC3, that allows regular people to control the Place des Festivals fountains in a fun and accessible way. Since Thursday, May 14th, pedestrians interested in this quirky, interactive activity at the Place Des Festivals fountains, will be given a wand, can stand in front of a lectern equipped with motion sensing technology, and will be able to control 157 of the 235 fountains at the Place des Festivals. The technology is so cool that it can sense the intensity of the movement of the wand, which, in turn, affects the intensity and movement of the fountains, which can reach up to 10 metres high!

Music Options of the Place des Festivals Fountains

  • Bizet’s Toreador
  • Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

This fun and interactive event will take place on Thursdays through Sundays until May 30th at specific times during the days. You can log on to the Quartier des Spectacles website for the specific schedule for this event. After May 30th, the Place des Festivals fountains will take a break from your control and will return from August 6th until the 10th. Happy conducting!

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