Montreal 2023

22 – 26 May | Co-hosted by Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles


GCDN’s 2023 Annual Convening will bring together international cultural and civic leaders to consider the value of cultural districts in a changed world. Co-hosted by the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, it will take place in Montreal, 22-26 May.

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GCDN is an initiative of AEA Consulting. Find out more about GCDN here and please contact us if you have any questions.

All information on this webpage is subject to change – last updated on 22 November 2022.


GCDN Membership provides free registration to the convening for two representatives – and a 25% discount on any additional registration – please contact us if you require the code to book your complimentary/discounted tickets.


Confirmed speakers include:

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Venues and map

These are the main convening venues. Please refer to the map below for additional places of interest and directions.

Double Tree by Hilton: Day 1 + Hosted Dinner venue
Société des Arts Technologiques: Day 0 + Day 2 venue
Place des Arts: Day 3 venue
Esplanade Tranquille: Day 2 afternoon workshops venue
Maison du développement durable: Day 2 afternoon workshops venue


To avoid printing and encourage pre/post-event exchanges, the programme of the GCDN 2023 convening is hosted on the platform Swapcard. Click on the button below to access the full programme.

We encourage registered attendees to create a profile on Swapcard to access the full programme, sign up for break out sessions, and interact with other participants before, during and after the event.

The convening programme is also available on the Swapcard app for iPhone and Android. Use the buttons below to download the app for your smartphone.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question about the schedule or if you encounter any issue navigating Swapcard on your browser or phone.

You may also find tutorial videos in English and French to familiarize yourself with Swapcard’s features: Tutorial Playlist



Event Sponsor


Convening attendees have access to special discounted rates at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Downtown Montreal.

: DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal (< 5min walk from all convening venues)

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding accommodation.


Recommended travel dates: to enjoy the experience of the convening to the fullest, GCDN recommends planning to arrive in Montreal by mid-afternoon on 22 May and leave in the evening of 26 May.

Recommended itinerary (air travel): land at Montreal Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and then take a taxi to the hotel.

Visas: Please visit this webpage to check entry requirements for your country of origin. If your country of origin requires a visa to enter Canada, we recommend starting the process as soon as possible. For attendees coming from visa-free countries, you will have to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada.

Covid-19: please refer to this official local government webpage for current information on the situation in Montreal and any Covid-19 related entry requirements/restrictions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on travel plans.