For its 40th anniversary, the Festival is expanding in the city and announces a new site in Verdun

Montréal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is proud to unveil its new site in Verdun!

Last spring, the festival announced an ambitious development plan that will allow it to increase its presence across the territory and to meet citizens where they live. In relation with the new Cultural Policy of the City of Montréal and the new Tourisme Montréal Development Strategy, the Festival will promote the discovery of the cultural wealth of the various neighbourhoods of the city by anchoring itself in several of them. Thus, in addition to continuing to occupy its central site in the Quartier des Spectacles with large-scale gatherings, indoor shows and family activities, the global Festival will reach a local public thanks to the creation of new festival hubs.

Following a “request for interest”, the evaluation of particularly stimulating applications, as well as many discussions and meetings, the choice of Verdun was obvious for the Festival. Starting in 2019, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will also take place in the Verdun borough!

“I’m very proud that our project created so much interest. We received applications from 15 boroughs. Every proposal was very interesting and original. As such, we have inspiration for many years to come. But for the first iteration of the concept, we chose Verdun because of the dynamism of that borough and its population, the SDC Promenade Wellington and the merchants of the sector. We’ll be able to count on solid partnerships, and their financial participation in the project shows the potential of the concept. Wellington Street reminds us of the years of the Festival on St-Denis Street. We’re happy and proud that the Festival will continue its development in the service of our beautiful city.” Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

The new site will host original experiences created especially for the borough and the communities that live there, in collaboration with community organizations, merchants and citizens. It will be accessible for free and will offer the same artistic quality as the rest of the Festival, in addition to respecting sustainable development and eco-responsibility principles.

By further reaching communities and inviting Montrealers and tourists to visit a neighbourhood with which they are less familiar, the new site will foster citizen meetings and generate new benefits for the borough, in a spirit of inclusion and integration.

photo 1Of course, the free programming wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of our major sponsors, particularly TD Bank Group, Rio Tinto and Casino de Montréal, as well as the Government of Quebec, the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Verdun Borough and the SDC Promenade Wellington.

“After 40 years of contributing significantly to Montréal’s cultural dynamism, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is reinventing itself this year. By deploying in the Verdun Borough, it is increasing local culture. The Gouvernement du Québec salutes the vision of the Festival’s organizers who, by this initiative, are contributing to the development of tourist districts outside the Quartier des spectacles, thus enhancing the tourist experience while generating economic impacts for the metropolis.” Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region, Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the French Language, and Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism

“I am thrilled to see the first local jazz event take place on Rue Wellington, in Verdun. This new initiative by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is in line with our efforts to make our neighbourhoods as lively and dynamic as possible. What better way to accomplish this than through music.” Valérie Plante, Mayor of the City of Montréal

“For a number of years now, Verdun has been investing in culture to define itself and forge its identity. We promote expression in all its forms, by creating quality events at unique and magical places, such as the Quai 5160 – Maison de la culture de Verdun, the Verdun Auditorium, the waterfront and also on the street, where people go out and gather naturally. That is why we are very proud of this partnership which provides us with an opportunity to host the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. It is not only recognition of the collective efforts that have been made to develop culture in Verdun, but also a springboard for the Festival, which gets closer to the neighbourhoods!”, noted Verdun Mayor Jean-François Parenteau, who is also a member of the Executive Committee.

“We’re honoured to be part of this iconic Montreal festival. This is a wonderful recognition of the work done locally in recent years. In my view, this is the outcome of the continuous and positive collaboration between the Borough of Verdun and SDC Wellington.” Billy Walsh, Executive Director – SDC Wellington

“Tourisme Montréal is very proud to be participating in the Jazz Hub project, which we believe holds a lot of promise for our destination. We hope it will encourage tourists to venture into the city’s different neighbourhoods, explore our diverse arts and culture scene, and come away with a truly authentic Montréal experience. This initiative supports our strategic vision to promote tourism in neighbourhoods across the city. It’s also a concrete example of how tourism can benefit the entire community,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.Yves Lalumière, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal

The programming and detailed concept will be unveiled in the spring.

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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A new series of colourful artists added!

Blue Rodeo, Leslie Odom Jr., Dominique Fils-Aimé, Stacey Kent, Chucho Valdés, and many more!

Montréal, Monday, March 25, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, brings a little springtime sunshine into your day with this third wave of artists announced as part of the program of its 40th edition, from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Tickets for these remarkably varied concerts go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Photo 1Blue Rodeo. Opening act: Elisapie — June 28, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — Since their formation, Blue Rodeo have blazed a trail across the Canadian music scene, selling more than 4 million albums over the past 35 years. Their most recent, 1000 Arms, marks a return to harmonies sung in duet or call and response. And even though the bands two leaders, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, have seen several musicians move in and out of the combo, they’ve never lost their cohesion. A true gem of Canadian country rock music. Opening act: the intense and touching Elisapie, ambassador of Inuit culture, brings the very poetic pieces from her latest album — The Ballad of the Runaway Girl — to Place des Arts.

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Photo 2Stacy Kent Symphonique — June 30, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — An orchestral project by this American singer, I Know I Dream combines classics of bossa nova, French chanson, standards from the “Great American Songbook”, and original compositions written by her husband, saxophonist Jim Tomlinson. Lyrics are by major figures: Kazuo Ishiguro (Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017), poet Antonio Ladeira and Nashville songwriter Cliff Goldmacher. Her sensual voice, limpid and fluid, colored by swing and jazz, draws the audience into a sweet reverie they never want to leave. For this unique show, the singer will be accompanied for the first time by an orchestra.

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Photo 3Brad Mehldau Quintet featuring Ambrose Akimusire, Joel Frahm, Joe Sanders & Leon Parker — June 27, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — Ahead of some carefully selected summer dates, Brad Mehldau assembled a special quintet featuring some of his favorite instrumentalists: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Leon Parker. A one-of-a-kind ensemble of musical leaders, this project opens up an entirely new realm of expression for the virtuoso pianist.

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Leslie Odom Jr. | Dominique Fils-Aimé — July 6, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Multi-faceted artist Leslie Odom Jr. made his mark on Broadway with his role as Aaron Burr in acclaimed musical Hamilton, winning a Tony Award for his performance. We’ve also seen him on the silver screen (Murder on the Orient Express) and on TV (Smash, CSI: Miami, Persons of Interest). His debut self-titled album soared to #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart, a feat repeated by his second release, Simply Christmas.

Photo 5A year after her brilliant performance at the Festival, Dominique Fils-Aimé brings us songs from Stay Tuned!, the second album in her trilogy, released this past February 22. Stay Tuned! Is a reminder and call for revolution. Aiming to soar beyond standards and traditional songs, Dominique unveils a show focused on musical freedom musical forms.

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Photo 6Chucho Valdes, Jazz Batá. Opening act: Edmar Castaneda trio — June 28, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — One of the most influential personalities in Afro-Cuban jazz, pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés first made an impression with Irakere, the first Cuban band to win a Grammy. At 77, he remains fiercely active having started the Trance tour last year and launched Jazz Batá 2, an album featuring a trio of pianists accompanied by Batá, the double-headed hourglass drums used in the rituals of the Santería.

Le Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines series

Photo 7Double bill: Ravi Coltrane Quartet | Antonio Sanchez & Migration — June 30, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Over the course of a prolific career, saxophonist, band leader, producer and composer Ravi Coltrane has made his bones as an accompanist, of course, but also recorded a slew of remarkable albums in addition to founding the major independent label RKM. His mother Alice had a tremendous influence on her son, and vice versa; he was the one to encourage her to return to the studio after a long absence. Ravi played on and produced her powerful film Translinear Light, released in 2004. He comes back to the Festival after two years!

Photo 8On his latest album, Lines in the Sand, Mexican drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez explores the injustices and horrors experienced by immigrants from the south pushed back by the belligerent policies of US president Trump, even using recordings from police raids. Composer of the splendid film soundtrack to Birdman, he continues to channel his anger in textured and evocative music, a response to North American turmoil.

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Photo 9Strumbellas. Opening act: Elliot Maginot — June 27, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — This Toronto squad has been on a roll since the international success of Spirits, earning a Juno for Song of the Year, beating out Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes. Their fourth album, Rattlesnake, released this year, reflects the evolution of the sextet and lifts their folk to another level, speedier and more playful, resolutely optimistic, although still focused on the acoustic guitar. Opening act: Elliot Maginot presents the songs of his second opus, Comrades, a more pop album with sounds reminiscent of Phil Collins, The War On Drugs and Peter Gabriel.

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Photo 10Jacob Collier. Opening act: Madison McFerrin — July 2, 9 p.m., Club Soda —  A series of viral YouTube videos propelled young prodigy Jacob Collier to stardom, also catching the eye and ear of the legendary Quincy Jones. In 2016, Collier released the album In My Room, on which he singed and played multiple instruments. This album, which he recorded in his childhood bedroom, has eventually lead to collaborations with Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer. On New Year’s Day 2018, Collier launched into the daring Djesse, a four-album cycle composed entirely in 2018, featuring musical contributions from all over the world. On these four albums, Collier adopt the idea of globalization, plays with it and lives it through songs that fight for something – music, and its power to remind us of the bonds we all share: the pains and joys of being human at all.

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Photo 11Alex Henry Foster. Opening act: Sheenah Ko — July 5, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Alex Henry Foster is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter and producer, better known as leader of post-rock/noise group Your Favorite Enemies. A fervent advocate for human rights, Foster has worked as a very active spokesman over the past decade in denouncing racism, the growth of street gangs – where he spent his teen years – and the resurgence of populism and extremism, among other issues. On November 9, 2018, Foster released his debut solo album, an intimate, poetic collection addressing peace, faith and hope through the lens of grief, depression and suffering. Opening act: atmospheric and emotional music by Sheenah Ko, also known as keyboardist for The Besnard Lakes.

Les Couleurs SAQ series

Photo 12Yungblud — July 6, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Doncaster UK artist Yungblud has fired up the world of rock with a vital new energy. Born Dominic Harrison, Yungblud spent most of 2018 on the road, spreading an anti-conformist message to a growing audience thanks to his powerhouse energy and irresistible charisma and stage presence. In July 2018, his debut album 21st Century Liability channeled Foster’s energy into provocative, catchy songs. Already working on his sophomore release, Yungblud draws inspiration from stories his fans tell him on the road. His goal is for his music to be a conversation – a spark to unite people into a strong new community.

Les Couleurs SAQ series

Photo 13Marianne Trudel and Karen Young, Portraits: Songs of Joni Mitchell — June 29, 6 p.m., L’Astral — Best known as a jazz singer, Karen Young is also a gifted musician. Blessed with a deep sensitivity, she has explored all forms of music. Never one to turn down a musical challenge, she has sung in more than 20 languages ​​on over 40 albums. Marianne Trudel is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger, a true dynamo on the instrumental music scene in Canada, active here and abroad. These two extraordinary artists unite to revisit the Joni Mitchell — who just turned 75 — repertoire in a movingly original show.

TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+ in collaboration with ICI Musique series

Photo 14Tamino — July 2, 10 p.m., L’Astral — A genuine revelation on the Flemish scene, Tamino has been crushing it since the release of Habibi, an EP that unveils a stunning voice and a deep musical sensibility. The young singer-songwriter of Egyptian extraction has been hailed with universal praise. On his first album, Amir, he was accompanied by a collective of mainly Middle Eastern musicians, some of whom have refugee status in Belgium. “An enigmatic romanticism bolstered by with Asian accents,” according to Les Inrocks.

Le Club Heineken in collaboration with Stingray series

Photo 15PJ Morton — July 5, 10 p.m., L’Astral —  PJ Morton is the buzziest man in R&B. Sure, he’s performed alongside Maroon 5 and collaborated with the likes of legend Stevie Wonder, Solange and Erykah Badu, but his solo career also took off with the albums Gumbo and Gumbo Unplugged, racking up Grammy nominations in the past two years. Also in 2018, PJ dropped a notable performance in NPR’s Tiny Desk. In November 2018, Morton released the perfect holiday gem Christmas with PJ Morton.

Le Club Heineken in collaboration with Stingray series

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers: Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 Saint-Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine St. E.; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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LE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL, LES FRANCOS DE MONTRÉAL AND MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE JOIN FAME AND LE RÉMI TO HIGHLIGHT THE GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE 2019-2020 FEDERAL BUDGET.

MONTRÉAL, QC. (March 19, 2019) – Made public this afternoon, the federal budget is very well received by le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière, all proud members of FAME (Festivals et événements majeurs Canada) and le RÉMI (Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux au Québec).

The budget includes an important increase of the sums allocated to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the main existing Canadian government programs supporting the industry and the various performing arts presenters. The creation of the Canadian Experiences Fund, as part of the new Federal Strategy on Jobs and Tourism, is also good news, as are the measures ensuring the safety of citizens during major popular gatherings.

“We welcome this news with much joy,” says Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière. “These new funds will allow us to invest more in supporting Canadian artists, developing accessible, free activities for the whole community, and potentially increasing the international reach of our culture. Since safety is an important issue for such major gatherings as festivals, we’re also happy that the government is recognizing that. Finally, the Canadian tourism industry will be given a new vision, which obviously delights us.”

A few months ago, a KPMG study assessed that a group of 17 Canadian events generated annual economic benefits of $290.8 million (added value at market prices), that it created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (full-time equivalent) and generated tax revenues of $66.6 million, including $17.3 million for the Government of Canada. The same study concluded that the Government of Canada recouped 1.78 times its investment in events by way of taxes and fees.

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LE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL, LES FRANCOS DE MONTRÉAL AND MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE JOIN FAME AND LE RÉMI TO HIGHLIGHT THE GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE 2019-2020 FEDERAL BUDGET.

MONTRÉAL, QC. (March 19, 2019) – Made public this afternoon, the federal budget is very well received by le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière, all proud members of FAME (Festivals et événements majeurs Canada) and le RÉMI (Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux au Québec).

The budget includes an important increase of the sums allocated to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the main existing Canadian government programs supporting the industry and the various performing arts presenters. The creation of the Canadian Experiences Fund, as part of the new Federal Strategy on Jobs and Tourism, is also good news, as are the measures ensuring the safety of citizens during major popular gatherings.

“We welcome this news with much joy,” says Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière. “These new funds will allow us to invest more in supporting Canadian artists, developing accessible, free activities for the whole community, and potentially increasing the international reach of our culture. Since safety is an important issue for such major gatherings as festivals, we’re also happy that the government is recognizing that. Finally, the Canadian tourism industry will be given a new vision, which obviously delights us.”

A few months ago, a KPMG study assessed that a group of 17 Canadian events generated annual economic benefits of $290.8 million (added value at market prices), that it created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (full-time equivalent) and generated tax revenues of $66.6 million, including $17.3 million for the Government of Canada. The same study concluded that the Government of Canada recouped 1.78 times its investment in events by way of taxes and fees.

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LE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL, LES FRANCOS DE MONTRÉAL AND MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE JOIN FAME AND LE RÉMI TO HIGHLIGHT THE GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE 2019-2020 FEDERAL BUDGET.

MONTRÉAL, QC. (March 19, 2019) – Made public this afternoon, the federal budget is very well received by le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière, all proud members of FAME (Festivals et événements majeurs Canada) and le RÉMI (Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux au Québec).

The budget includes an important increase of the sums allocated to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the main existing Canadian government programs supporting the industry and the various performing arts presenters. The creation of the Canadian Experiences Fund, as part of the new Federal Strategy on Jobs and Tourism, is also good news, as are the measures ensuring the safety of citizens during major popular gatherings.

“We welcome this news with much joy,” says Jacques-André Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francos de Montréal and Montréal en Lumière. “These new funds will allow us to invest more in supporting Canadian artists, developing accessible, free activities for the whole community, and potentially increasing the international reach of our culture. Since safety is an important issue for such major gatherings as festivals, we’re also happy that the government is recognizing that. Finally, the Canadian tourism industry will be given a new vision, which obviously delights us.”

A few months ago, a KPMG study assessed that a group of 17 Canadian events generated annual economic benefits of $290.8 million (added value at market prices), that it created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (full-time equivalent) and generated tax revenues of $66.6 million, including $17.3 million for the Government of Canada. The same study concluded that the Government of Canada recouped 1.78 times its investment in events by way of taxes and fees.

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Celebrating winter and fearlessness… Montreal style!

MEL19_entete_communique_bilanWrap-up of the 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Montréal, Monday, March 4, 2019 — The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell from February 21 to March 3, just ended, and we can only be nostalgic. Once again, the festival made us rediscover the joys of winter in an enchanting setting and impressed us by the quality of its bold programming. Many new features were introduced during this anniversary edition, where fine dining was showcased — including the Nuit Gourmande, the Quartier Gourmand, as well as the “Reserve your spot” booking service. Party-loving Montrealers outdid themselves, as many people from here and abroad visited the free installations on the outdoor site, enjoyed concerts by Whitehorse, Dominique Fils-Aimé – presented by 98.5 – and Soran – presented by RBC – at l’Astral, and participated in the 16th Nuit blanche, Illuminart and the other awesome activities from the different sections of the festival.

A successful gamble — the groundbreaking choices of the programming committee, which took the latest trends into consideration, stimulated the imagination, the belly and the mind. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE enjoyed great media exposure, both locally and internationally, under the theme “A journey around the world… And to the heart of our world!” And as this grandiose edition closes, we can already dream about the 21st, which will undoubtedly be just as superb. See you next year!

In the meantime, here’s a look back at this edition:

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2019, a time to

CELEBRATE

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  • Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival

Far from resting on its laurels, the 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE was a joyful excuse to explore new avenues and refresh this popular rendezvous. Following a healthy and necessary introspection regarding its past filled with bright memories, a new orientation was decided upon for the festival. Some risks were taken, leading to marvellous moments we will still remember in 20 years! From the initial inspiration of its theme to its execution, by the way of the elaboration of the programming, the new identity of the festival successfully energized the city during the long winter months. Kudos!

  • Celebrate Jean-Paul Grappes extraordinary contribution to Quebec fine dining

During the opening cocktail of the festival, the Grappe Gourmande, an honorific award recognizing the important contribution of a person to Quebec fine dining, was given to Mr. Jean-Paul Grappe. The chef and former ITHQ professor received this honour from Jacques-André Dupont, Chief Executive Officer of L’Équipe Spectra, and then named Ashley Whalen, sous chef at Toqué!, as the winner of the first emerging culinary talent award of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

  • Celebrate and provide food for thought

During this rich edition, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented in French and English all kinds of conferences, luncheons, workshops and discussions about fine dining, each more interesting than the next. A wonderful opportunity to share the unique knowledge of passionate people about their respective disciplines. These events were in tune with the current times, with themes such as social gastronomy, Instagram, the presence of women in fine dining, latte art, kombucha, mixology, etc.

photo 2photo 3photo 4« Depuis 20 ans, Montréal en Lumière fait vibrer la métropole en plein cœur de l’hiver. Dynamiser et apporter un peu de chaleur, de lumière, de festivités et de folie en plein coeur de l’hiver, l’idée de départ d’Alain Simard est toujours d’actualité. Ce festival est une occasion pour les Montréalais de sortir de chez eux et pour les touristes de voir à quel point Montréal fait fi des intempéries pour adopter une ambiance festive. » Lyne Alias Urbaine, Mission Cuisine Urbaine

« Rendez-vous culturel effervescent et dynamique, le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE est un exemple convaincant de l’envergure et de l’originalité des événements auxquels sont conviés les Québécois. Ce festival de calibre international représente une occasion parfaite pour apprécier la qualité et la vitalité de l’offre culturelle de Montréal. » – Nathalie Roy, ministre de la Culture et des Communications et ministre responsable de la Langue française, Canada Newswire

« To my memory came the first edition of this unique winter festival, which at that time was seen as a bold move on the part of the Spectra team: yes, Montrealers are tough, and most of the events were programmed indoors, but would they respond to those outdoor activities when temperatures may get around minus 20? Well, twenty years later, Montréal en Lumière is already one of the iconic festivals in our city. » Sergio Martinez, Montreal Times


FEAST

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  • Feast at the Quartier Gourmand, this space dedicated to culinary discoveries

For the first year, festival-goers had the chance to explore the Quartier Gourmand, located at the Maison du Festival. This buzzing place, with its unique design, has recorded 5000 entries during the first weekend, for a total of 15,200 during the 10 days (including events and concerts at the Astral and Blumenthal)! With nearly 50 activities, it is an understatement to say that there was something for everybody! Throughout the festival, the ESKA Bar offered creative cocktails and other beverages based on its carbonated natural spring water. We also explored the importance of Quebec products and its producers in our gastronomy; we tasted seaweed, chaga mushrooms, cranberry and “chicoutai” jam. From February 21 to 24, flavors from here and elsewhere were honored, with soups from 5 different countries, tastings of delicious specialties from the Côte-Nord – the featured region of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE –, local beers with Brasseur de Montréal, rich products from Les Producteurs de Lait du Québec, and maple products from Quebec. During the second weekend, from February 28th to March 3rd, urban agriculture was celebrated by the presence of exhibitors such as the modern henhouse Poc Poc, RISE Kombucha, the Lufa farms, the urban mushroom farm Blanc de gris, and several others. The Quartier Gourmand was beautifully decorated to present more than thirty high-quality spirits in a funky setting during the Tikivernale. There was truly something for all tastes!

  • Feast while crisscrossing the city during the Nuit Gourmande and the culinary tours

About 25,000: this is the number of steps taken by the die-hard festival-goers who explored the 4 zones of the brand-new Nuit Gourmande, located in Petite-Italie, Centre-Ville, Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne and on Wellington Street. In addition to developing a new clientele for the 60 participating establishments, Nuit Gourmande has allowed Montrealers to travel in their own city and rediscover it with their taste buds. The same goes for the culinary expert tours and TASTET’s culinary tours, which focused on the Middle East, Italy and Japan, “Montreal style”; these 14 gourmet tours presented Montreal’s riches in a new light, through the eyes of gastronomy enthusiasts.

  • Feast at one of the 45 Air France Finest Tables including 14 new ones (!)

This edition certainly distinguished itself by the number of guest chefs – 39 –, including 28 from abroad and 11 Canadian (10 from Quebec). Festival-goers were able to enjoy the haute cuisine of Amélie Darvas, Viktor Örn Andrésson, Jouvens Jean, Daniel Eddy, Teheiura Teahui, Xabi Ibarboure, Maria De Frias, Ever Cubilla, Arnaud Bloquel, Uri Jeremias and Alexandre Dionisio, among others. 15 countries were represented at the festival, including 3 new ones (Israel, Panama and Iceland). More than fifteen pairings were organized with winemakers, seven activities with local producers, five with artists, for a total of 196 activities over the whole duration of the festival. Few restaurants have not sold out during most of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Unheard of!

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  • Create magical moments at the outdoor site

Although the weather had its ups and downs, many festival-goers were not discouraged by it: throughout the festival, the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE stayed continuously busy, with people from 7 to 77 years old! Classical activities such as the RBC Zip-line, the Milk Urban Slide and the QUÉBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel have not stopped! Those who were thirsty were able to get a delicious drink at the new Bistro SAQ and at the Bar Coors Light. The “Reserve your spot” reservation service, a novelty this year, was also a great success; for several days, more than 98% of the spots were reserved for the RBC Zip-line and the Milk Urban Slide! Thanks to this service, people were also able to get a souvenir video reminding them of their crazy experience in the RBC Zip-line!

 A lot of people enjoyed the Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge! Activities at kiosks such as “Ici venez vivre l’effet Nord-Côtier”, Pursue Your Passion (Health Canada), and the Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth also enhanced everyone’s experience. A space that was as inviting as it was exciting, the Chalet Bell has made everyone happy with its many shows, its board game nights and its cool “5 à 7”.

Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal deployed its third edition in a revisited urban space, around the Place des Arts and the Promenade des Artistes. The 15 works of art mixing new technologies, art and light fascinated young and old alike.

Finally, a multitude of other activities delighted festival-goers, be it the Énergir Zone with its shows and its Generator, THE WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE, the “Place de la famille du Lait” and the RBC Sports Zone!

A quick summary of the outdoor site:

225 km of cable

22 000 electrical connections

56 radiant heaters

1,400 lighting devices et 1,000 LED lights

5,520,000 pixels on the north facade of Théâtre Maisonneuve for the Urban Poetry artwork

More than 700 students participated in Danse chromatique dans la neige

4,740,357 BIXI trips, between 546 stations in 36 neighborhoods, analyzed for Influx

180-metre (600 feet) descent for the RBC Zip-line, from a height of 15 metres (48 feet)

110-metre (360 feet) run for the Milk Urban Slide

20 metres (66 feet): Ferris Wheel, with 16 gondolas and a capacity of 60 adults and 90 children (4,600 kg)

  • Create a unique vision of whats ahead with the Nuit blanche of the future

For 16 years now, the Nuit blanche, presented in collaboration with the Casino de Montréal, has become the night of all possibilities. During these few hours, Montrealers come out of their daily comfort to regain possession of their city and walk through its neighborhoods, to discover creative, sportive, inventive, and festive activities! Thus, museums, theaters, galleries, bars, shops, bookstores, outdoor sites join the party to create a huge happening that make young and old dream. This year was no exception: the outdoor site was buzzing early in the evening. You could feel everyone’s excitement! Thanks to the STM, night owls were able to move easily from one Pôle to the other during the event, since the Metro was open all night long! Several activities were very popular. This was the case of those organized by ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE: Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! en formule cabaret – Spéciale Nuit blanche and Gravel le soir! There was widespread enthusiasm and our partners were just as excited about this 16th edition as we are.

Among the highlights: tremendous attendance at our museum events, including 1,500 at the McCord Museum, close to 3,800 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, over 800 at the Redpath Museum and 2,400 at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. There were 3,000 people at City Hall – 1,000 more than last year! –, 4,100 people at the Olympic Park Sports Center, nearly 1,000 people at the Quai des Brumes during the 10 hours of poetry, nearly 5,000 people at the UQAM activities, 1,200 people at Club Soda for the 10th anniversary of Karnival with Poirier, 1,000 people at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in Belgo, and around 17,700 at Art Souterrain!

Other great successes were at the Observatoire Place Ville Marie (over 1,000 people), the Canadian Center for Architecture (nearly 900 people), and McGill University’s Otto Maass Chemistry Building (more than 400 people) in the Pôle Centre-ville, at Dazibao (nearly 400 people) in the Pôle Mile-End, at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center (850 people) in the Pôle Nord, at the Usine C (700 people) in the Pôle Quartier Latin et Village, and at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (more than 600 people), the Goethe-Institut (more than 700 people) and the Vitrine culturelle (500 people) in the Pôle Quartier des spectacles.

And we’re also thrilled to welcome new partners every year. For this 16th edition, let us underline the fact that a dozen of them were added; the Horizon Roc climbing center and the Maizonneuve in the Pôle Hochelaga, the Forges de Montréal in the Pôle Vieux-Montréal, The Pine Collective in the Pôle Plateau-Mont-Royal, just to name a few. And get ready for more next year!

The best-attended one-day Montréal event of the year!

Close to 200 activities spread out over 140 sites, 9 poles

More than 80 % of free activities

Over 300,000 night owls!

1 and only official coffee: Tim Hortons’!

Good weather (mostly), encouraging our night owls to party!

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652 500 website visits

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram : over 121,100 subscribers

More than 16,000 users of our mobile application

320,000 views for our videos on Facebook and YouTube

5 short “Les Experts du Chalet Bell” clips, moderated by Benoît Gagnon, interviewing Alexandre Champagne, Fanny Gauthier, Josiane and Carolane Stratis, Carl Boudreault and Camille Becerra.

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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its partners

In conclusion, let us underline the essential support of our loyal partners: our co-presenter, Bell; our three major partners, RBC, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec and the Casino de Montréal ; our official sponsors, the Société des alcools du Québec, Énergir, Complexe Desjardins, Maple from Québec, Promutuel Assurance, Tim Hortons, Air France, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, Tourisme Côte-Nord, our official suppliers, Coors Light, Cabral Porto & Douro, ESKA, Fromages d’ici, Pepsi, Camellia Sinensis, Fromage CDA inc., Loue Froid, Lou-Tec, STM, Arbraska, Mondial des cidres, Cafés Touché, Aéroports de Montréal, Location Légaré, Zen le pouvoir des fleurs, Stonemill Bakehouse, La ligne verte, Ciot, as well as all of our other official partners and suppliers. Thanks also to our three levels of government for their constant support: the Government of Canada—Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions and the Ministry of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Québec—Ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the SODEC and the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation—, as well as the Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Quartier des spectacles Partnership. Thanks also to the STM, who made it easy to get around during the Nuit blanche by keeping the Metro open all night.

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