In 2010, Groupe Paradoxe, a community organization and social economy that promotes social and professional integration in the field of entertainment and events, acquires the former Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and imagines a brand new design. for this one. The unique architecture, the great versatility and the vastness of this space are ideal for the implementation of the project of converting the church into a theater with a triple vocation:
Socioprofessional intervention: To propose a training platform for Paradoxe Group's program. Every year, 30 young people in exclusion are offered technical training in the field of performing arts, this training is paid and based on real work situations because in a real theater. To complete this teaching, psychosocial monitoring, exploratory courses and support for returning to school or employment are added to the technical training. After the program 92% of these young people enter the workforce or decide to return to school.
Respect the environment. This objective was present from the conception of the project preserving as much as possible the architectural heritage, in fact the church preserved its original style and its furniture was reused on site by converting for example the old benches into bars. Groupe Paradoxe, already a professional event organizer on external events, regularly deplored the degree of environmental negligence in this industry. This is why, beyond the preservation and reuse of heritage, they have invested in low-energy lighting for the theater and its stage (LED, compact fluorescent). They also moved their premises to the theater in order to make this new room available for all their equipment. This measure avoids C02 emissions related to the transportation of equipment rented outside. Finally, each event at the Paradox Theater limits the use of plastic to the maximum benefit of true dishes and Ecocup. Also recycles and compiles everything that can be. Since October 2015, Théâtre Paradoxe is one of the first eco-friendly scenes certified Gold of Greater Montreal.
Revitalization of the Ville-Émard neighborhood in the Sud-Ouest borough by stimulating economic and cultural growth in this area. Théâtre Paradoxe aims to offer an eclectic, diversified and accessible program to the population of Southwest and surrounding areas. Many efforts are also made to offer the room to alternative producers and emerging companies while involving as many other companies as possible.
On February 12, 2014, Théâtre Paradoxe is officially OPEN to the general public! Behind its large wooden doors and stone facade, is now installed a multi-disciplinary and multi-responsible theater with an incomparable cachet. The stained glass windows and original woodwork offer a signature unique to this platform for dissemination and presentation of events. Whether for a show, an event, a corporate event, a wedding or a wedding, the modular structures make it possible to transform the room according to your needs. Many possibilities are possible under the nave of the Paradox Theater, do not hesitate to tell us about your projects.