HUB Montreal 2023: an edition that testifies to the creative power of the Montreal ecosystem

More than 70 activities offered to the 750 participants at OASIS Immersion, and beyond its walls, in the Palais des congrès and various emblematic places of digital Montreal.

Montreal, November 2, 2023 – A record year, surpassing all expectations, for this 7th edition of HUB Montreal, presented by Panasonic and in partnership with the National Bank, which took place on October 16, 17 and 18 at OASIS Immersion, and beyond its walls, in the Palais des Congrès and across the metropolis. An edition marked by collaboration, exchanges and highlighting the know-how of the Montreal ecosystem.

Nearly 750 participants, including around a hundred local studios and 160 international guests, gathered to exchange ideas and participate in more than 70 professional activities. It is under the sign of collaboration and highlighting the know-how of the ecosystem that the market-event offered a completely new programming format: international conferences hosted by renowned personalities from the industry, diversified and innovative showcases which were able to expose all the technological know-how of the studios, “focus markets”, workshops and round tables which encouraged discussions and exchanges of knowledge and finally the experimentation with twelve projects presented in the Demo Space powered by Loto-Québec.

International guests were also able to discover digital Montreal thanks to more than thirty key players in Montreal’s digital creativity such as the PHI Center, the Quartier des spectacles international, Arsenal Contemporain, the 7 Fingers and the Montreal Science Centre, to just name a few.

“This 7th edition was a true testimony to the creative power of our ecosystem,” declared Rachel Parent, Director of Programming at HUB Montreal. “The collaboration of the ecosystem in the official programming of the event made it possible to further promote exchanges between participants in order to explore new trends, understand the different opportunities for collaboration and think collectively about the desired future for our ecosystem . What a great success! Of course, all of these achievements were possible thanks to the teamwork at HUB but also thanks to the support of our partners,” added Rachel Parent.

For the opening of this 7th edition, HUB Montréal had the chance to welcome the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, as well as the Minister of Culture and of Communications, Mathieu Lacombe. Both recalled the importance of the creative industry in Quebec in terms of economic development and reaffirmed their support with several important announcements for the consolidation of the ecosystem.

Finally, after 3 days of sharing and discovery, this 7th edition ended with an exceptional closing evening at Cirque Eloize, where guests were able to admire magnificent and grandiose performances performed by Cirque’ artists. It was also an opportunity to highlight the significant contribution of personalities and projects to the industry thanks to the HUB Montreal Awards which were presented. Analyzed by an international jury made up of emerging members of digital creativity, the following five prizes were awarded:

HUB MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH AWARD presented by Investissement Québec international.

The HUB Montreal International Outreach Award rewards a company that has stood out for its achievements outside Quebec. This year, the prize was awarded to LeMonde Studio.

IMMERSIVE HUB AWARD presented by Immersive Tech Week

The HUB Immersif Award rewards an immersive experience or project that has stood out in the field. Congratulations to Studios Félix et Paul and PHI Studio who won the award this year with the “Space Explorers: The Infinite” experience.

HUB INNOVATION AWARD presented by Behavior Interactive

The HUB Innovation Award rewards the project that stands out the most for its original use of creativity and digital technologies. This year, the prize was awarded to the company Les 7Doigts for their “Carry me home” project.

HUB SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD presented by Le Beam

The HUB Social Impact Award rewards a digital creativity project that has a positive impact on society. This year the HUB Social Impact Award was awarded to Productions Onishka, Émilie Monnet, General Director and Artistic Director and also a special mention from the jury to Martine Asselin and Annick Daigneault of LOU with their project “Les Pieds en Haut”.

HUB CREATIVE WOMAN AWARD presented by Cirque du Soleil

The HUB Creative Woman Award rewards a woman in the creative industry who has stood out through her experience and leadership. This year, the Award was awarded to Sandra Rodriguez, Creator of CHOM5KY vs CHOMSKY and Émilie Monnet, General Director and Artistic Director, of Productions Onishka received a special mention from the jury.

For this 7th edition of the HUB AWARDS, the jury was composed of:

  • Dave Patten, Head of New Media at the London Science Museum
  • Christophe Draye, Managing Director, Ignition Live
  • Keri Elmsly, Executive Director of Programming, ACMI
  • Anthea Foyer, Sector Development Officer, Creative Technology, City of Toronto
  • Maria Grazia Mattei, Expert in digital culture and Founder and President of MEET Milan
  • Diane Quinn, President and CEO, the Kravis Center for Arts
  • Philippe Rivière, Digital Director, Art Explora

We would also like to thank all of our partners for their involvement and their contribution to the great success of this 7th edition. Thank you to our major partners Panasonic, National Bank, Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, Gouvernement du Québec, OASIS Immersion, the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Thinkwell, Investissement Québec international, Téléfilm Canada, Solotech, Loto-Québec and FlightHub.

About HUB Montreal

Founded in 2017 by Sébastien Nasra, HUB Montreal is an international event-market, a business catalyst for digital creativity companies in the fields of culture, entertainment and experiential marketing. HUB Montreal presents companies and creators who are redefining the rules in the art of wowing ever-changing audiences. The presence of international buyers, investors and influential decision-makers is central to HUB’s proposition, constituting an essential marketing and export tool for business development for the digital creativity sector.