The opening reception on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 6pm, was held at the Mess Hall of the Black Watch, a few steps from the Hotel Delta. The building is home to the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, one of Canada's oldest regiments and its oldest surviving Highland Regiment, established by Scottish residents of Montreal's Golden Square Mile, whose descendants were the driving force behind the construction of the armoury. The primary façade is faced with rusticated and textured grey Montreal limestone and with motifs suggestive of a Scottish baronial castle (Parks Canada). The reception was organized with the support of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, one of our most generous sponsors for the conference.
The chamber music concert was held on Friday evening, October 17, at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. Built in 1847, the chapel was restored in 1987 and is now considered one of the best concert halls in Montreal for chamber music. The program featured music from Couperin, Bach, Haendel, Rameau, Pergolesi and Mozart.
Conference attendees could also visit the Stewart Museum for free, from 15 to 19 October 2014, by just showing their conference badge. The Museum is housed in the Arsenal of the British military depot on St. Helen's island. The Stewart Museum celebrates the influence of European civilization on the history of New France and North America.