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ATSA, quand l'Art passe à l'Action


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Created by ATSA, When Art Takes Action, in collaboration with Fred P Corson, thanks to the support of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Le Club des Amoureux des Bacs Organiques expresses the unique relationship we have with our organic bin, an extension of our homes to love as our pet.

Starting in August, 15 Montreal artists are paired with 15 families from the Plateau-Mont-Royal to inspire the creation of an original work of art expressing the complexity of our love-hate relationship with this faithful companion : the brown bin. CABO ‘s bins will be exhibited from september 17 to 26 on the Fleurs-de-Macadam place. Citizens will be called to replicate the works of the artists during a workshop / parade on September 26. A do-it-yourself kit will be distributed to celebrate our new relationship with our bin throughout the Plateau Mont-Royal. An intervention that we could soon see all over Montreal !

Residents of the Plateau Mont-Royal are invited to register now for workshops :

CABO takes place from August 11 to September 26 with a four-part program :



From August 12 to August 24
15 artists create 15 original works on the bins of 15 homes in the Plateau Mont-Royal. The artist will be inspired by a telephone exchange with the family to design his work. Participants are invited to involve other members of the household in the exchange. The fifteen artists and their families will be unveiled by September 7th on the ATSA facebook page.




September 17 to 26
CABO’s bin will be on display from September 17 to 26, 2020 at Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam on Avenue du Mont-Royal in order to challenge the population to this environmental cause.

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Saturday September 26 (Sunday 27 in case of rain)
A one-day brown bin grimming workshop will be offered to neighborhood residents on September 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam. You will need to register on the ATSA website. This day will end with a parade of the bins-pets and their masters and mistresses on Mont-Royal avenue with a presentation of prizes worthy of the biggest beauty contest !


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From September 26 (27 in case of rain)
The distribution of "Do it yourself" kits will be part of the workshop day and will end this charming operation, allowing all citizens who wish to easily reproduce the artists' works on their own bins.




« When we know that 55% of landfilled waste is organic and compostable, we see that there is a lot of room for improvement. It was to help us increase composting and the use of brown bins that we gave ATSA carte blanche to design an original awareness campaign on Le Plateau ».

- Luc Rabouin, mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. 

« We started to compost with our Industrial Park project, which spoke of overconsumption. We learn through artistic projects to have better practices ! The city of Montreal has moved forward since that time with the allocation of one compost bin per household and an organic waste treatment system. It’s sad how our bins can be abused or unused. The ball is in the citizens' backyard now and it’s up to us to do our part and love our bin. We hope that CABO will rekindle the flame to take care of our tank and therefore our planet. Waste treatment is a pillar in the fight against climate change ».

- Annie Roy, creator and co-founder of ATSA, When Art Takes Action

« Our household rituals and the weekly routine that surrounds the brown bin are very special. We have them stolen, we become possessive of "his" bac. This sometimes unloved object is an extension of our houses, towards the sidewalk, towards our neighbors. And this, even during the confinement that we have experienced. It's time to give them back some love and assert their role! ».

- Fred P Corson, artistic collaborator and coordination



We look forward to welcoming you to the Organic Bin Lovers Club !

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