Where is C2 Montréal
C2 Montréal 2017 will take place at Arsenal, at 2020 William Street, Montréal, QC (H3J 1R8), in Montréal’s historic, innovation-driven Griffintown district. Arsenal is a flagship industrial heritage building that’s been transformed into a vast contemporary art gallery.
Arsenal’s mix of industry and art serves as the perfect setting for what we like to call the C2 village. The C2 village also extends onto park land behind Arsenal, affording access to the historically significant Lachine Canal, a vestige of the industrial age. Every year, this village-like setting is reinvented to serve as a creative playground where curiosity is the norm, risk is encouraged and anything can happen.
There are many options for low- and zero-carbon transportation to get to C2.
Shuttles: Shuttling your way to and from the Arsenal site is an easy and dependable mode of transport. Shuttles will be leaving the W Montréal hotel (901 Square-Victoria in Old Montréal) every 15 minutes between 7:30 and 9:30 am, May 24-26. And you don’t have to be staying at the W to use the service – it’s open to all C2 participants.
Take a cab: Another easy way to get there is a short trip by taxi since the C2 site, while very close to downtown, is not located on a major transit route. There’s a taxi stand at Arsenal.
You should also try the popular app by Téo Taxi, Montréal’s all-electric taxi service. Get a $15 credit on your first ride by entering promo code 17C2TEO (offer valid until May 26, 11:59 pm).
Valet parking: Parking in the vicinity of Arsenal can be quite the challenge. Reserve your spot with Venue Parking here.
Car-sharing services: To get to and from the site, make sure you visit the car2go lounge on Canning Street. The car2go team will park the car for you and even help you connect with fellow participants: get $20 credited to your account each time you arrive or leave while sharing your ride. Register here to be matched.
Not a car2go member yet? Join for free today and get a $10 credit on your first rides using promo code C2MTL.
Combine both car-sharing and valet options: Use Ridesharing.com to find a ride or someone to share your car with. Free on your first trip.
By bicycle: Ride greener with Fitz & Follwell, who will take you on a guided tour from the Old Port to Arsenal via the Lachine Canal. Departures from the W Montréal hotel at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 am. Complimentary for all C2 participants; first come, first served.
Another option is BIXI, Montréal’s bike-sharing system. Popular among Montrealers and visitors alike for both exploring or simply getting from point A to B, the system has more than 460 BIXI bike stations in the city. Check BIXI’s station map to locate the ones that are near Arsenal. Rental payment is by major credit card.
Public transportation: Various buses and the Georges-Vanier metro (subway) are located within walking distance. It costs $3.25 exact change to take the bus or metro. Check the Société de Transport de Montréal’s (STM) schedule and itinerary planner for times and directions.
For those wanting to explore or stretch their legs Arsenal is a 10-minute walk south from the Georges-Vanier metro (subway) station on the orange line. Exit the station and walk south on Georges-Vanier Boulevard. Turn left (east) on Notre-Dame Street for one block and, voila, you’re there. |
The 3-day schedule
May 24–26, you will be completely immersed in C2
Expect three full days and evenings filled to the brim with inspiration, experimentation and connection, from 8 am to late at night – especially on Friday for Illumination Night. Let your team know!
Accreditation and secured access to the site
Do I need to have a pass to get into C2? Yes. Personal passes bearing the name and photo of the pass holder are required at all times by everyone who accesses the site.
Can I share my pass with a colleague? No and yes. No, you cannot share your personal pass with anyone else, not even a colleague. However, yes, there is the option to split a full, three-day pass into separate one-day passes for different people with prior notice. Reach out to your Concierge Extraordinaire for details.
Where do I pick up my pass? You can pick up your personal pass when you check in at the entrance of Arsenal upon your arrival. If you want to skip the infamous first-morning lineup (and why wouldn’t you?) there are two options available:
First, you can get it from the W Montréal hotel (901 Square-Victoria in Old Montréal), May 17-19 AND 21-23, between 9 am and 6 pm.
Second, for those coming from out of country, you can pick your pass up at international arrivals at the Montréal airport, May 21-26, between 9 am and 6 pm (12 pm on May 26).
No matter when or where you pick up your pass, you must do it in person. We will ask you to present proper identification (driver’s licence, passport etc.) and get your picture taken.
Pro tip: Upload a proper ID photo on your klik profile: we’ll use that one on your pass.
Expect to pass security every time you access the site The C2 site at Arsenal is a secure zone: all persons entering the site are required to pass through a security check, which includes metal detection and x-ray inspection for bags. We will do everything in our power to make the process as smooth as possible, but it would be wise to expect entry to take a few extra minutes.
I can’t make it to the event, what do I do? All cancellation requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations cancelled prior to April 24, 2017 will be refunded. No refunds will be issued after that date. A processing fee of $350 per ticket will apply. We reserve the right to change the above policy at any time without prior notice. We also reserve the right to cancel the event, and if this occurs, we shall refund the total fee paid.
Onsite info and services
Places to put your stuff onsite: There’s a complimentary coat check, but we will not accept suitcases, handbags, laptops, man purses or anything of that nature.
Getting online: Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered onsite, and so are charging stations.
Live translation services: Conferences will be translated from English to French and vice versa via an online streaming service accessible from any mobile device. Enjoy the talks from the comfort of your own noise-cancelling headphones.
If you’re hungry: Pastries, espresso, salads, tapas, ceviches and tartares, tacos, vegan bowls, oysters, grilled everything, impromptu snacks and cocktails under the stars… There will be no shortage of delicious eats and drinks at C2. Montrealers typically know how to have a good time, and there will be no shortage of that, either.
And no need to reserve a table offsite: stick around until dark and enjoy the best patio in Montréal.
Eating healthily and responsibly is a huge priority at C2. This year’s event will be carbon neutral with a major focus on the reduction of waste (e.g., even food truck eating materials will be compostable) in order to make it easier for everyone to make the right choices.
If you’re thirsty: C2 is BYOB: Bring Your Own Bottle. Water will be available on tap, so feel free to bring your own refillable bottle – heck, make it a fun fashion accessory. Empty bottles can also be purchased.
If you’re the other kind of thirsty: Wine and beer will be available at a number of locations and settings.
Your money is no good at C2: It’s important to remember that only major credit cards – no cash, cheques or promissory notes from your parents – are accepted onsite. Another option: securely link your credit card account with your klik profile to pay with your smart badge!
Daycare: Bring your kids to C2! A daycare service will be available for children aged 1 to 10, including themed activities and meals. The service is offered by PopUp Camp and will be open May 24–26 on the same schedule as C2 (from 7:30 am until late – and until midnight on Friday). The cost is $20/hour, paid on premises at 1744 William Street. Fill out this form to secure your spot.
*Please note: Business centre services (printing, etc.) are not offered on location.
Workshops, masterclasses, labs and braindates
What’s a workshop? Workshops are creative playgrounds where you get your hands dirty immersing yourself in new processes while troubleshooting solutions to real-world problems.
What’s a masterclass? After their talk, many speakers will step off the stage and into their masterclass where they’ll work with small interdisciplinary groups of participants to help them mine the gold in their ideas, find the path to solutions, and transform inspiration into action.
How many workshops and/or masterclasses can I take? You can only register for one of these activities per day over the three days of C2. So, for example, you could take two workshops and one masterclass. Or two masterclasses and one workshop. Or three workshops. You get the idea.
How do I register for a workshop or masterclass? All registrations must be done through klik, C2’s official web app and experience planning platform. You’ll be sent a personalized login link in the weeks prior to C2. Note that all workshops and masterclasses require registration, but seats in the 360 Big Top and places in the lab, for example, are available on a first come, first served basis.
Should I register early? Capacity is limited, so an emphatic yes.
Learn more on workshops and masterclasses.
What’s a lab? Labs are unique brainstorming experiences that take you outside your usual frame of mind to encourage the emergence of new solutions to specific challenges. To register, drop in at the counter in the Hangar and grab a ticket for a specific time.
Learn more about labs.
What’s a braindate? Braindates are meaningful 30-minute peer-learning meetups you’ll want to book in advance through klik.
Learn more about braindates.
If you’re interested in all this stuff (as you should be!), here’s an overview of the key elements of the C2 experience, and what you need to know to take full advantage of each.
klik: your smart badge and online schedule
Starting mid-May, all participants will be invited to log into their Klik profile to look over the schedule, book their braindates and register for workshops and masterclasses. Your profile will be linked to your very own smart badge, giving you access to the following functionalities:
Exchange contact info with a single “klik”
Just had an exciting, impromptu conversation while boating around the Lachine Canal? Just “klik” on your respective badges to exchange contact information.
Pay with your badge
Want to treat a new friend to a delicious lunch on the Plaza? Just scan your badge and be on your way. Connect your credit card to your C2 klik account through the secure portal, and voilà! You’ll receive bills directly in your inbox.
Register for workshops and masterclasses
Log into klik to browse programming, favourite your top choices, and register for workshops and masterclasses.
Schedule meetings with the right people
It’s also through klik that you access e180’s Braindate platform.
The klik smart badge and online platform is developed by PixMob and the cashless technology is provided by Connect&GO.
Connect to your klik profile here: c2.klik.co.
Important info for those travelling from outside Canada
Visas and other documentation: Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Learn more here.
Currency and taxes: The currency here is the Canadian dollar. A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5%, as well as a provincial sales tax (TVQ) of 9.975% are added to all goods and services purchased in the province of Québec.
There is also a 3.5% Tax on Lodging for each accommodation unit rented in an establishment located in the Montréal tourism region.
Converting currency: You can convert money at the pricier Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport currency exchange (not recommended), or at your hotel (even less recommended), or simply by using your ATM card at any bank, which will cost a small fee (best option). There are also numerous currency exchanges located throughout downtown that offer competitive rates.
Tipping at restaurants and elsewhere: Service is not included in your restaurant bill, so it’s customary to add a 15% tip to the total before taxes (if you’re with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill). Taxi drivers, delivery people, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 10% to 15%. Porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least $1 per suitcase or per service rendered.
For more information: Please visit Tourisme Montréal.
Hotel accommodations and flight offer
Special rates and packages are also available to C2 attendees at selected hotels and with partner air carriers.
Loews Hotel Vogue is – welcome to Loews Hotel Vogue.
Find out more
Recording and image waiver
C2 Montréal reserves the right to broadcast and transmit recorded content via TV, satellite, cable, internet, and any other means of distribution. C2 Montréal also reserves the right to capture photographic images during the event and use them for promotional purposes. By entering you agree to be filmed, photographed and recorded. You also agree that all material captured by C2 Montréal may be used by C2 Montréal and its partners for promotional purposes, worldwide.