In 2010, the Groupe Paradoxe , a community and social economy organization that promotes social and professional integration in the field of entertainment and events, acquires the former Church of Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours and imagines a whole new plan for it. On February 12, 2014, the Théâtre Paradoxe is officially open to the public! Behind its large wooden doors and its stone facade, is now installed a multidisciplinary performance hall with unparalleled cachet. The original stained-glass windows and woodwork offer a very unique signature to this platform for the dissemination and presentation of events. For all kinds of events, modular structures allow you to transform the room as needed.
We offer a training platform for the Paradoxe Group program. Every year, 30 young people in a situation of exclusion are offered technical training in the field of the performing arts. This training is paid and based on real work situations. To complete this teaching is added to the technical training a psychosocial follow-up, exploratory internships as well as a support for the return to studies or to employment. After the program 92% of these young people enter working life or decide to resume their studies.
respect the environment
This objective was present from the design of the project while preserving the architectural heritage as much as possible. The church has preserved its original style and its furniture has been reused on-site, for example converting the old benches into bars. This is why we have invested in low-consumption lighting for the theater and its stage (LED, compact fluorescent). We also moved our premises to the theater in order to provide this new room with all our equipment. This measure avoids C02 emissions linked to the transport of equipment rented outside. Finally, each event at the Paradoxe Theater limits the use of plastic as much as possible in favor of real dishes and Ecocups. We strictly recycle and compost whatever can be. Since October 2015, the Paradoxe Theater has been one of the first eco-responsible venue to be certified Gold in Greater Montreal.
revitalization of our neighborhood
Our goal is to stimulate the economic and cultural development of the South West of Montreal. The Paradoxe Theater aims to offer an eclectic, diversified program that is accessible to the population of the South-West as well as to those of the surrounding area. Much effort is also being made to offer the venue to alternative producers and emerging businesses while involving other integration businesses as much as possible.