Located right across the street from Olive et Gourmando, Centre PHI is a great place to wander before or after gorging on sandwiches and pastries.
The PHI Centre is a versatile space that adapts to accommodate various events: launches, conferences, seminars, screenings, exhibitions, concerts, performances, or interactive installations.
What I love about this space is that at any time, there could be a number of creative inspirations happening. When I visited, a show was in production and I wandered the art gallery looking at an inspiring collection of projects. You could watch a film, attend a fashion show, or hear an intimate concert.
The cherry on top? The terrace. If you're lucky to get up there, it offers one of the best views of Old Montreal across the lake to Habitat 67.
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This fantastically adaptable space opened by the same people as the DHC/ART Foundation is a pan-arts exhibition and exploration centre. Built over four storeys in Old Montreal, its spaces can morph from exhibition space to concert hall to cinema to party room with the simple click of a button – okay, and maybe a series of pulleys and cranks too. In addition to its regular film screenings, it is known for its live music shows – the Phi Centre brings in the best of cutting edge indie acts from all over the world, including the likes of Emmanuel Jal and Zaki Ibrahim. It also has a store on its ground floor where you’ll find the most unusual souvenirs: at times is it taken over by one specific designer as a pop-up boutique, while at others it sells a rotating collection of custom designer goods.
Photo: Susan Moss