Oratoire St-Joseph du Mont-Royal
     (St.Joseph's Oratory)
   Queen Mary Road / Reine Marie
   Montréal, Québec, Canada
   LL: N 45.49165, W 73.61809
Site locator map


   Andrée-Anne Doane, Carillonneur   (C)
   7356 rue Chouinard
   Lasalle, PQ  H8N 0A5
   H: (514)369-4552
   W: (514)733-8211x2581
*Past carillonists:
   1956-75 Emilien Allard   (1915-77)
   1976-80 Andrea McCrady   (C)
   1980-2009 Claude Aubin   (C)


   Oratoire St.-Joseph
   3800 Queen Mary Road
   Montréal, QC  H3V 1H6


   Silent during relocation


   Some bells installed in 1955.
   Instrument originally designed for the
   Eiffel Tower in Paris; plans changed.
   Original keyboard 6 octaves C-C.
   Major renovation by Taylor, 1981,
   including new playing and practice
   keyboards, range unknown.  A bass bell
   acquired in 2004 was cast in 1949
   for Saint-Jean-de-la-Croix, Montreal
   (now closed); plans to connect it to
   pedal B were not carried out.  Another
   bass bell from a different redundant
   church has also been acquired;
   both are by Paccard, and in storage.
   Sep.2018: bells removed; to be
   reinstalled in a new tower.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 56 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is D# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C G   /    C C 24
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 1956
     with bells made by Paccard     
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                  1 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:    6 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:   9 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  99%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1970

The Oratory Website has a tiny drawing and a partial photo of the main building on the home page.  French, English and Spanish versions are available, but are not identical; the French is most extensive, and the Spanish the least.  A long page about the carillon includes a photo of the instrument.

Near the bottom of the home page of the Website is a link to a blog article by A-A Doane on the status of the Oratory carillon upgrade; with several photos.

A Waymarking page for these bells has 6 photos of the old carillon building.

An information page has front and aerial views of the building complex; in the aerial view, the carillon is atop the rear corner of the L-shaped building to the right of the front of the Basilica.

A French-language page has photos of the main building but says nothing about the carillon.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in QU.

Index to all tower bell instruments in QU.

   This page was built from the database on 20-Sep-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2018/09/10
   and on technical data last updated on 2013/06/25

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