Les Passages Insolites: An Ephemeral Art Walk Through Québec City

Les Passages Insolites: An Unusual Passages Art Walk

Last Updated on July 5, 2021 by Pamela

Les Passages Insolites (Unusual Passages) is one of Québec City’s ephemeral experiences I look forward to each summer. Beginning late June and running until mid-October, Les Passages Insolites features unique thought-provoking art installations.

2021 Passages Insolites - Nicole Banowetz (Denver, CO)
2021 Passages Insolites – Nicole Banowetz (Denver, CO)

Organized by EXMURO, a public arts non-profit funded by the City of Québec, Les Passages Insolites held its first event in 2014.

This ephemeral event highlights contemporary artists from across Québec, and around the world. Adding excitement and intrigue as one wanders around the city on foot.

This year’s art walk winds through the neighbourhoods of Petit-Champlain, Place-Royale, Vieux-Port, Saint-Roch, and Saint-Sauveur; with satellite installations at l’Assemblée nationale de Québec, Le Grande Théâtre de Québec, and Citadelle-Musée Royal 22e Régiment.

The Artists

2019 Passages Insolites - Endgame (Nagg & Nell) by Max Streicher
2019 Passages Insolites – Endgame (Nagg & Nell) by Max Streicher
2016 Passages Insolites - Migration Pathway by Giorgia Volpe
2016 Passages Insolites – Migration Pathway by Giorgia Volpe

The 2021 edition of Passages Insolites highlights 19 artists, 12 of which are from the Province of Québec.

Self-Guided Tour of Québec City with Les Passages Insolites

June 26, 2021 – October 11, 2021

Begin your journey through Les Passages Insolites in Petit-Champlain, where it meets Boulevard Champlain. Here you will find Le Piège by BGL – this is no ordinary mobile ice cream shop, but you will need to discover that for yourself!

As you wander around Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale, there are 3 more installations to discover before making your way towards Musée de la Civilisation, where you will find pieces on rues Saint-Pierre and Dalhousie.

Sans Titre by Mark Jenkins, Les Passages Insolites 2021
Sans Titre by Mark Jenkins, Les Passages Insolites 2021
La Sculptrice by Valérie Potvin, Les Passages Insolites 2021
La Sculptrice by Valérie Potvin, Les Passages Insolites 2021

From here, walk to rue Saint-Paul, where La Sculptrice by Valérie Potvin is an inspiring piece speaking to the strength of women. As well as the need for more recognition, and support for female artists.

Heading back towards the Saint-Lawrence River, behind Café du Monde to discover another installation, then follow the bike/walking path towards the marina, stopping at Espace 400e. Here, you’ll not only find a Musée of Bad Art, but paper maps of Les Passages Insolites 2021, which will come in handy as you continue into Saint-Roch, and Saint-Sauveur.