Exceptional Spaces for Your Next Event

The CCA building was conceived in the 1980s around a historic mansion known as the Shaughnessy House, one of the rare nineteenth-century Montreal houses open to the public. As of now the second floor of the house, next to our exhibition galleries and the Paul-Desmarais Theatre can host external events. Our venue includes numerous spaces for a range of events, both cultural and corporate, from workshops and cocktails to film projections. We offer a unique setting, technical expertise, and event-management support. Below are some details to help you plan your event.

Shaughnessy House

Originally designed in 1871 by William T. Thomas, the Shaughnessy House offers the possibility to host events in five interconnected rooms with a total floor area of 326 m2. The rooms can be opened up for a large party or closed for small meeting. A kitchen is available. All rooms overlook the CCA sculpture garden located across Boulevard René-Lévesque.

● The grand salon

● The Salon Sotsass

● The Petit salon

● The Founder’s salon

● The salon bar


For meetings, 100 people.

For presentations, 130 people.

For cocktails, 225 people

Paul Desmarais Theatre

A design inspired by Roman theaters combined with top-quality acoustics.

Total area of theatre: 21 x 11m | 69 x 36 ft

Surface area of the stage: 9,75 x 6 m | 32 x 20 ft

Size of retractable screen: 6 x 8,2 m | 20 x 27 ft

Capacity: 217 seats

Rental Costs

Details on rental costs

Duration Standard rate Non-profits
Shaughnessy House Max 8hrs $4000 $3000
Paul Desmarais Theatre Max 8hrs $4000 $3000
Shaughnessy House
& Paul Desmarais Theatre
Max 8hrs $6000 $4000
$250/hr/room $250/hr/room

Prices posted above do not include tax or administrative fees (15% of total bill), nor any additional costs for either catering or technical requirements. Please also note that the CCA works with a specific list of caterers.

To request information about availability and costs for your event, please fill out the events enquiry form to save your spot. The more information you can provide us, the more accurate our estimate will be.

The CCA reserves the right to refuse events which contravene our institutional values, such as those promoting war, smoking, political ideologies or the sale of arms.

Past clients include: MAC, FIFA, La Chapelle Bon-Pasteur, Centre d’Études et de Recherches Intersectorielles en Économie Circulaire (CERIEC), Musées Montréal, Grantham Foundation, Passez Go, Architectural Digest, La Presse.


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