MONCTON – During Festival Inspire this summer, Dutch muralist and illustrator Eelco Van Den Berg (Eelco) painted a few pieces for Canvas Moncton, a new boutique hotel that will open as part of the eight-storey mixed-use residential building FiveFive Queen.
With work ongoing at the downtown hotel, the piece remains covered for now. But it will be unveiled when Canvas opens in the fall as the first Hilton Tapestry Collection Hotel in Canada.
“We want the space, the hotel itself to be more of an experience-based property, if you will. So a lot of originality, a lot of creativity and art,” said Bill Hennessey, president of FiveFive Developments. “We want it to be unique. We like what was happening in Moncton in the art scene…to kind of circle back to the experience side, we wanted a sort of a cool, artistic place when you walk in.”
Hilton’s Tapestry Collection features upscale, unique hotels across the U.S. that offer “an authentic connection to its city,” according to a press release.
Canvas, with 97 rooms and suites, as well as 2,900 square feet of meeting space, will add to FiveFive’s offering of luxury condos for purchase and rent, as well as a Gahan House pub and brewery and NB Liquor’s boutique wine store Experience.
FiveFive has also commissioned Eelco to do a 25-foot piece in the hotel’s lobby, as well as other art for the hotel reception area. The hotel’s lobby will also have doors that lead directly into the Gahan House and the wine store.
“So in those entrances, we want art to be kind of predominant. And again, significant five-foot-by-six-foot-pieces, and all original artwork, preferably by local artists,” Hennessey said.
The hotel is owned by 55Opal Developments, Inc., a joint venture between FiveFive Queen Developments and Opal Hospitality, which will manage Canvas.
Formed in 2018, Opal Hospitality also own and operate the Quality Hotel Harbourview in St. John’s, Newfoundland, which will soon be part of the Doubletree by Hilton brand.
“Opal Hospitality believes in creating simple but memorable experiences. We believe that it’s all the little things that help create wonderful experiences, and we are very excited to share this perspective with Moncton,” said Perry Vashee of Opal Hospitality in a release. “We are beyond excited that Canvas Moncton will be part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand, and are certain that Canvas Moncton will bring a new level of uniqueness and excellence to the community and its visitors.”