In collaboration with Miel Montréal, TOHU is already housing some 80,000 bees in two hives.
Help us pollinate the bee colony: Your donation of just $10 will allow one of our bees to gather nectar and add life to the SMEC!
Get buzzin’… so TOHU’s bees can collect their nectar!
By giving just $5, you’ll be part of our mission to pollinate the colony and support the development of environmental projects.
Located at the heart of the Cité des arts du cirque, TOHU is a major hub for the dissemination, creation, experimentation, and convergence of culture, environmentalism and community engagement in North America.
Setting up next to the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex in 2004, TOHU wanted to help revitalize the Saint-Michel neighbourhood and take part in this large-scale environmental-rehabilitation project. Inspired by the site and the neighbourhood, from its very beginnings TOHU was committed to having an environmental and social mission—a natural extension of our cultural mission, which is linked to circus arts. TOHU has been a visitor centre for the SMEC since 2004, providing guided tours of the site for over 120,000 people.
Since 2013, TOHU has been developing an urban beekeeping project. As well as housing beehives, we have also planted flowers and vegetation and offer educational programs about pollinating insets.
The new called Frédéric-Back Park is a part of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) and is in the final stages of becoming Montréal’s other metropolitain park, along with Mount Royal. The site’s history is a symbol of environmental rehabilitation and citizen action.
At the end of the 19th century, the site held a handful of small limestone quarries that were regrouped under the Miron name in 1945. The limestone extracted was a key ingredient in the cement used to build such iconic Montréal structures as Place Ville-Marie and the Bonaventure autoroute.
During the late 1960s, the SMEC was used as a garbage landfill. In 1984, the City of Montréal took over the site after pressure from the neighbourhood community. The city imposed norms created by the Quebec Minister of Environment and slowed down landfill activities, finally putting and end to them altogether in 2009.
As the largest environmental rehabilitation project undertaken by the City of Montréal, today the SMEC park offers citizens 30 hectares of land, including a multi-functional 5.5-km path. To mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary, two new sectors will be opened, offering the public an additional 18 acres. The park’s transformation is set to be completed by 2023, with 153 acres open to the public.
The park’s transformation is a prime example of sustainable development. In fact, this kind of social movement was the foundation for the transformation of the site, and citizen participation remains vital for the adoption and daily use of the park. When it comes to the environment, the project is based on finding value in the residual material on site and reusing recyclable material.
Set at the entrance to the park since 2004, TOHU is the SMEC’s welcome centre. It provides guided tours of the park and its transformation to the general public, local schools and companies that specialize in the environment.
Once the park’s new sectors open in 2017, TOHU with also offer cultural and sports activities.