Walk, watch, listen, experience, understand the architecture of your city through this walking documentary!



The walks are created to increases awareness of architect and give more visibility to bold, innovative, and yet largely unrecognized works.

Current walks include cities:
Toronto, ON
Montreal, QC
Quebec City, QC
Vancouver, BC
Winnipeg, MB
Halifax, NS

The walk is available for download here.

Some 60 experts and architects, urbanists, designers, and historians have participated in the compilation of the documentary so far. Through their stories, it is the tale of a modern country that is told, one where art, architecture, and design take a prominent place.

The Canadian Modern  Project:

In 2017 Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Toronto Downtown Modern is part of a larger project on major Canadian cities curated and directed by architect Sophie Mankowski with the collaboration of Antoine Bédard and Serge Rhéaume (all 3 founders of Portrait Sonore). Its goal is to contribute to the emergence of a pan-modern architectural awareness among the general public and give more visibility to bold, innovative, and yet largely unrecognized works. The works selected in each city include significant post-World War II buildings, witnesses to the architectural effervescence of the 1950s through the 1970s, and buildings that marked the development of Canadian downtowns.

This walking documentary was launched on May 28, 2016 in the context of DX 17th annual Doors Open. It is also promoted by Spacing.

Portrait Sonore creates podcast documentaries rich in content and sound textures. These portraits are immersive and dynamic: interviews, archive pictures and original music inspired by what is actually seen on site. It’s an independent non-profit organization that uses mobile technologies to enable knowledge sharing and help people experience differently the city and its heritage.

More specific information on Portrait Sonore can be found here.