Getting people to connect starts with getting them in the same room. So, in November 2021, Arc’teryx Montreal created its first film festival, Nos Aventures d’Ici, to showcase their Quebec athletes and Quebec-based adventures.
Several films were screened including Em, a spotlight on Quebec-raised climber Em Pellerin who is doing big things in the climbing world, and two ski films made by the Estski association: Au pays de Chéticamp and Bienvenue à Nain.
Included in the festival was a film supported by Arc’teryx Montreal and directed by Nicolas Bellavance featuring ambassador Henri Do. An ultra-distance cyclist known as one of Quebec’s ultra-cycling elite, the film profiles Henri Do, who has completed several 400, 600 and 1000km cycling challenges in less than 48 hours. If you want to watch the film, here it is:
With the success of the festival, the second coming is now scheduled for next fall. Arc’teryx is doing its part to make sure it does by launching a grant to help finance other video projects.
The first project will be a documentary of a ski trip from Abitibi to Montreal by Guillaume Rivest, to be broadcast this fall.
Next up is a documentary on a group of young people who decide to move to the Chic Choc region to practice a lifestyle more in line with their values. They guide skiers in the Gaspé mountains in winter, and farm their land in summer.
As part of a partnership with Jackalope, Arc’teryx will also be organizing a pre-party with Allez Up in their new climbing gym in Verdun. On the agenda: friendly competition, DJ, food, beers, and clinics with brand ambassadors. For more information, the link is here.
Still looking for more good times with Arc’teryx? There’s always something going on at one of their three stores: Sainte-Catherine, Laval, and Westmount. Be on the lookout for a trail running club, film screenings, rock climbing initiation or improvement workshops, mountain hikes to pick up litter, and more!