Montréal’s premier venue introduces world-first OASIS immersion
Innovation is alive and well in the meeting and events community. Leading the charge is the Palais des congrès de Montréal, which recently launched cutting-edge OASIS immersion exhibition spaces to help planners connect their guests in fresh and engaging ways.
“As hybrid events continue to assert themselves as the current standard, we continue to innovate by adding three immersive rooms to its permanent facilities, which are a world first among convention centres,” says Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais. “The spectacular rooms that are OASIS immersion will set the Palais and Montréal apart on the world stage, and will help business restart efforts.”
The rooms are available for rent and offer 2,000+ square metres of state-of-the-art spaces that are ideal for hybrid conferences, film shoots, training initiatives, or any event that calls for something out of the ordinary. The rooms are outfitted with 105 laser projectors and 119 surround sound speakers that combine to “immerse” occupants in 360° projections, rich audio soundscapes, and real-time hybrid meeting elements. Importantly, the rooms are also subject to the Palais’s exacting health and safety standards.
Putting on a show
The Palais’s newest ultramodern event spaces are supported by the OASIS immersion creative team and they are the new addition to their Palais Média Propulsion digital studios services. Meeting planners who wish to make use of the immersive spaces have a choice of personalized or turnkey packages, all of which make full use of the venue’s next-gen talent and technologies.
“Open year-round, we hope OASIS immersion becomes a prime space to hold events or business activities in an environment where technology is at the service of creativity,” explains Mercure. “This initiative is a perfect fit within the scope of our vision for the ‘Palais of the future,’ especially in the way it integrates local talent and innovation to enable us to distinguish ourselves nationally and internationally, and transforms the Palais into a meeting place for Montréalers and visitors where ideas and discoveries come together.”
Québec Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx has also had a chance to see the OASIS Immersion in action. Speaking to the venue’s contribution to the industry, she noted, “With its permanent addition of immersive venues, the Palais des congrès has once again demonstrated its ability to lead the way by innovating and by continually elevating the quality of its offering to remarkably new levels.”
Immersion on display
The spaces will be rentable for events, and will also host a rich array of walkthrough exhibits put together by OASIS immersion for the general public. The first one is called Inspirations and it
will take guests on a virtual space mission guided by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques. It will also feature multimedia performances by pianist Alexandra Stréliski and an inspiring presentation by renowned YouTuber Émile Roy.
Through the spaces’ unique 360-degree visuals and sounds, participants will also have the opportunity to explore eight of the world’s new architectural wonders, enjoy a playful and poetic tribute to Québec creativity, and experience a taste of hygge, the Danish wellness lifestyle.
“OASIS immersion resides at the intersection of technology, art, and discovery, and speaks to the latest experiential trends,” says Nicolas Lassonde, SVP Business Strategy and Cofounder of OASIS immersion. Think of this first exhibition as the first issue of a new-genre immersive magazine, where the topics of the day are presented on the walls and floors of an innovative immersive space. It also serves as a platform for local creative and technical talent.”
“We are privileged to be able to count on such an amazing pool of creative developers, designers, musicians, and tech experts, who have all played an integral role in the project’s process,” he adds.
For information on booking an OASIS Immersion space, visit www.congresmtl.com.