Press release


From October 22 to October 29, 20177
Make place for those who tell stories and tap their feet

Beggars are en route to Maison Saint-Gabriel! It has been confirmed. Beggars have been seen in several neighbouring villages and, just by chance, they should all arrive at the museum at the same time, on Sunday October 22, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., led by a certain François Lavallée, a story-teller by trade.

Maison Saint-Gabriel is prepared to greet them with open arms, for a few days, if the welcome satisfies them, of course. Since, there is nothing more independent than a beggar! We've set out the beggar's bench in the large common room, to give them a chance to rest next to the fire. Be prepared... this wave of lively, varied story-telling could set you head over heel!

Alexis Roy
Photo: Pierre Guzzo

Sunday, October 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Opening of Beggars' Week under the honorary president of François Lavallée, with Francis Désilets, Éric Michaud, Alexis Roy and Marc-André Fortin. The beggars will be welcomed with music and beggar's soup will be served to visitors.

Tuesday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. 
Maison Saint-Gabriel presents the Great Beggars' Evening with Lucie Bisson, Marc-André Fortin, François Lavallée, Alexis Roy and Francis Désilets. The fiddler Marie Neige Lavigne will accompany them during a few hours of story-telling and anecdotes.

Sunday, October 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Spend a wonderful afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with story-tellers François Lavallée, Francis Désilets, Éric Michaud, and Lucie Bisson. They will be accompagnied by musicians, Mia Lacroix and Pierre-Olivier Dufresne.

The guides at Maison Saint-Gabriel will tell you more about the beggars' lives during tours of the house, from Tuesday through Sunday, at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Closed Monday. Maison Saint-Gabriel is located at 2146 Place Dublin, in Pointe-Saint-Charles, a few steps from Marguerite-Bourgeoys Park, less than five minutes by car from Vieux-Montréal, and near the Charlevoix metro station (Bus 57 East).

Information: 514 935-8136