Variety is in the spotlight this summer at the festival

Montréal, Monday, February 4, 2019 — In this freezing weather, it helps to look forward to summer and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, which is pleased to announce a second wave of names for its 40th edition, that will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Covering blues, folk, rock, electro, metal, and, of course, jazz, music lovers from all walks of life will be delighted! Tickets for these concerts will go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

photo 1Buddy Guy/Colin James —                                                     July 6, 7:30 p.m., Salle photo 2Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — It only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well, the 18th studio album of the greatest monument of blues still alive, Buddy Guy, to realize that the album title is absolutely true. It presents a raw and pure sound, a real pleasure for both devotees and new fans of the genre. This show will be a new opportunity to admire Guy’s incredible talents as a performer. And if being a blues musician is about always maintaining a certain dialogue with the past, Colin James, singer and Canadian musician, will also prove to the audience that this style of music is still firmly in the present. He will wow his audience with songs from Miles To Go, his latest album, released in September. An unmissable blues night for the 40th anniversary of the festival!

Événements spéciaux TD series

Rodrigo y Gabriela — July 3, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, Place des Arts — photo 3Originally from Mexico City, this duo of virtuoso guitarists who came to the festival four years ago bring their instrumental and singular amalgamation of metal, jazz, rock and world music into the setting of the Maison symphonique! Five years after the release of their last album, the highly qualified musicians will give us the opportunity to hear the tracks of their upcoming album, to be released in April 2019, Mettavolution.
Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta Air Lines series

photo 4Lou Doillon — July 3, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It’s easy to see that Lou Doillon has a lot going on within herself, but luckily, she wanted to share it with us, add music to it, throw it to some of the most daring French producers, and take a new step in a career that never ceases to amaze. After the inaugural Places in 2012, entrusted to the care of Etienne Daho, and Lay Low three years later, where she moved her sensitive little world to Taylor Kirk, of Timber Timbre, here is Soliloquy, the third album of a singer-songwriter who likes nothing more than to shake up her habits and flee her comfort zone to explore new musical territory. On this opus, she collaborates with The Shoes and The Do, in addition to offering a sublime duet with Cat Power. After performing in front of a packed Metropolis at Montréal en Lumière in 2016, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sister, also an actress, will once again make her magnificent, rough voice resonate.

Les Rythmes series

Omara Portuondo, One Last Kiss Tour — June 27, 8 p.m.,                                    Théâtre Maisonneuve, photo 5Place des Arts — A true gem of the Cuban musical culture, the legendary figure of the Buena Vista Social Club will celebrate her life and music during a farewell tour that will stop in our city. A great opportunity to see one last time, a woman who has been singing professionally for 70 years and who, while revolutions and wars were shaking the world, pursued her career with indomitable elegance and unquenchable passion.

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

photo 6First Aid Kit — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It may be the beauty of their harmonies, the originality of their song writing, or their captivating presence on stage, but the appeal of the Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit is undeniable and has resulted in ten stellar years on the music scene. After four studio albums, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have gained an undisputable international reputation. Their most recent opus, Ruins, released in January 2018, was also certified gold in their native Sweden in August. First Aid Kit is a band of rare harmonic perfection, whose finely chiseled songs are sometimes poignant and romantic, sometimes bold and powerful. Their performance at MTELUS is certain to captivate you!
Les Rythmes series

Madeleine Peyroux — June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, photo 7                             Place des Arts — Each one of Madeleine Peyroux’s eight albums can be read as a new chapter in the extraordinary musical journey she began 22 years ago. The singer has not stopped challenging the limits of jazz, always venturing further into the fertile fields of contemporary popular music with a curiosity that’s never satisfied. In her new album, Anthem, the singer-songwriter is collaborating with writers and musicians Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald; together, they cast a sober, poetic and sometimes even philosophical look at the current state of the world.

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

photo 8Voivod. Opening acts:  René Lussier & Robbie Kuster — June 30, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Formed in 1982 in Jonquière, Voivod began its career by devising a speed metal formula that the group would constantly evolve over the years. After nearly 30 years and with a rich discography of fifteen studio albums, not to mention hundreds of shows around the world, Voivod is indisputably part of the legends of metal. Opening acts: René Lussier, Montreal guitarist recognized worldwide in the avant-garde movement, accompanied by the magical Robbie Kuster on drums.
Les Couleurs SAQ series

Youn Sun Nah — June 28, 8 p.m., Monument-National —                                          Two years after a notable photo 9appearance at the festival, the South Korean jazz singer with an exceptional voice returns to delight the Montreal public. Her breathtaking vocals combined with a unique blend of varied influences set her apart from the conventions of vocal jazz. Let’s bet that this performance will leave us speechless!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

photo 10Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — July 1, 8 p.m., Monument-National — A New Orleans native, Christian is one of today’s most prominent young jazz musicians. Immersed in the Indian traditions of Mardi Gras since birth, he has been known as a jazz trumpeter since his teenage years. He has since created his own artistic reality, which he calls “stretch music” – a mix of styles and approaches, with a good dose of groove. Since the beginning of his career, he has remained a staunch advocate for human rights and a harsh critic of injustices around the world. The last time he was at the Jazz Festival, the one who was called by JazzTimes Magazine “Jazz’s young style God” sold out three nights in a row! This is not to be missed!
Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

Already announced, also on sale

Bryan Adams, Shine A Light — July 2, 8 p.m., Bell Centre —                                     Armed with a career photo 11 ENspanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Canadian icon Bryan Adams announces that he will return to Canada as part of his massive world tour. One of the most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters, Bryan Adams is known for hit singles (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Summer Of ’69 and his Rod Stewart and Sting collaboration All for Love. The Grammy winning artist has seen success from a string of number 1’s in over 40 countries and has sold in excess of 65 million records worldwide. His thirst for performing and unique take on live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or com
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or com
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or 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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A Party for Your Taste Buds at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — Now in its 20th edition, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, has proven that Montréal culinary art has nothing to envy of any other major city in the world. This year, a new gourmet committee was formed with, among others, Philippe Mollé, Catherine Lessard, Élise Tastet and six other people passionate about fine dining. These lovers of the pleasures of the table contributed to the new gourmet orientation of the festival: “Celebrate, feast, create… Montréal style!” For the twentieth anniversary, everything has been done to satisfy every palate. All kinds of new features are on the menu — including the Quartier Gourmand, located at the Maison du Festival, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, as well as the Nuit Gourmande, an unusual event that will thrill gourmets! From February 21 to March 3, in partnership with our 45 participating Air France Finest Tables, including four that have been partners with us for 20 years—Au Petit Extra, La Chronique, Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche—, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take you on a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! A flavourful party to discover what’s cooking in kitchens here and elsewhere!

The Quartier Gourmand,
Epicentre of Montréal Fine Dining

The Quartier Gourmand, truly the headquarters of fine dining during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, will open its doors to festivalgoers, offering more than 45 fascinating activities, including more than 30 free ones. During the first weekend, from February 21 to 24, the Quartier Gourmand will showcase the theme of a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! Come and enjoy soups from all over the world (Japan, Quebec, India, Portugal, Mexico); a soup – wine pairing will also be suggested by the SAQ. Come to the QUÉBEC MAPLE booth and try the four delicious MAPLE syrup colors! You will have the opportunity to explore the richness of producers of the Côte-Nord, to attend discussions with Philippe Mollé, Josée Di Stasio or Kim Thúy, and to discover the world of edible seaweed harvester Antoine Nicolas. Do you know the milk from here? Enter the quiz to meet a producer and get a chance to win exchangeable treats at the “kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées”!

The second weekend of the festival, from February 28 to March 3, will be focusing on urban agriculture! Come and discover a modern henhouse or an urban mushroom farm. Do you know what is Buddha’s hand? Did you know that it grows in Quebec? O’Citrus will have answers for you at the Quartier Gourmand. The myths and realities of kombucha will be unveiled with RISE. Gourmet vegetarian food will be offered by Le Kitchen restaurant.

Captivating, unique conferences to feed the body and the mind will be presented at L’Astral and Blumenthal with such special guests as Matty Matheson, Camille Becerra and Dan Giusti. Don’t miss it! Throughout the festival, the Bar ESKA will offer creative cocktails and other beverages based on its carbonated natural spring water. Come and discover the tasty beers of Brasseur de Montréal. A perfect moment to cool off! To know everything about the Quartier Gourmand, a new feature of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, visit!

The Nuit Gourmande, “Montréal style”

A flavourful experience on the first Saturday of the festival!

In the night of February 23, in addition to all the gastronomic offers available on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, experience the very first Nuit Gourmande in Montréal. This event wants to introduce people to the culinary riches of the city with the help of local shop owners, in a festive atmosphere accessible to all! Thanks to the active implication of the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) de la Petite Italie et du Marché Jean-Talon, and the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) – Les Quartiers du Canal, activities have been specially organized for the occasion throughout locations where taste buds are stimulated: restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, bars, bakeries, specialty boutiques…

Wander around the four zones of participating establishments, following your instincts in order for this gourmet stroll to be unforgettable!

Petite-Italie Zone

A safe bet for Montréal gourmets, the Petite-Italie neighbourhood is filled with renowned establishments. They are strategically located around the essential Jean-Talon market, cooking its fresh local products with equal parts know-how and passion.

Wellington Zone

Close to downtown and the Old Port of Montréal, Wellington Street and its surroundings are an invitation to take a pleasant walk. Gourmets strolling there are never disappointed by the diverse, original, first-rate selection of restaurants.

Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne Zone

There’s a particular vibe coming off the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, with its creative culinary offer in constant effervescence. The bars, cafés and restaurants located there feature various innovative concepts, while never neglecting quality!

Downtown Zone

Posh and modern, downtown culinary establishments are also very welcoming and festive. Their ideal location, near the other activities of the festival, will give you a good excuse to rest and warm up during your visit!

The exclusive gourmet offerings will include outdoor barbecues, an ice bar, beer tastings, signature cocktails and terroir products, in addition to vegan options, culinary stations in bars, a nighttime brunch and special offers on the outdoor site of the Quartier Gourmand. The Jean-Talon market (Allée des saveurs) and the Marché des Artisans will also stay open late!

A Nuit during which you will enjoy great food, as friendliness goes hand in hand with know-how and celebration!

To learn everything about the rich programming of this surprise-filled Nuit, visit!

New activities available
at these
Air France Finest Tables!

  • Miel and Chasse-Galerie Kitchen Swap: Chasse-Galerie and Miel will do a kitchen swap on February 25 and 26, thus offering a six-course menu in the style of their respective restaurants, but in a different context. Chef Alexandre St-Amand Tremblay and his team will bring their expertise to Miel on February 26, and chef Hakim Chajar will do the same with his team at Chasse-Galerie on February 25.
  • Hoogan & Beaufort: After opening the restaurant Les 400 coups, recognized as the 4th best new restaurant in Canada in 2011, Marc-André Jetté is now the chef-owner of Hoogan & Beaufort restaurant, located in the Technopôle Angus neighbourhood. He will welcome pastry chef Patrice Demers and chef Jason Franey for his first participation to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Jason Franey has built an impressive career in such renowned American establishments as Campton Place in San Francisco or Eleven Madison Park in New York, where he worked for six years as a sous chef with the famous Daniel Humm. He was named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine in 2011, and one of the 161 Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux in the world in 2013. In a magnificent décor, discover modern cuisine made with local ingredients and fresh vegetables, to which chef Franey will certainly add a touch of magic and sophistication.
  • Manitoba: An entertaining evening with a social flavour to benefit the Tablée des Chefs led by former Noma chef Dan Giusti. Four young chefs will experience a complete evening in a professional kitchen under the guidance of two talented chefs. A high-level tasting menu, for a good cause.
  • Renoir: For Ibarboure brothers, the restaurant and hotel business is a family affair. Their gastronomic restaurant on the Basque Coast (Bidart, France), which has a Michelin guide star, is now managed by a new generation of brothers, Xabi and Patrice Ibarboure. On February 20 and 21, in the kitchen of Olivier Perret (Maître Cuisinier de France) at Renoir, Xabi Ibarboure will introduce Montrealers to a gastronomic menu with Basque overtones. This exceptional six-course menu will include incredible dishes unique in Montréal—an experience not to be missed!
  • Rosélys: During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Rosélys restaurant will welcome you with not just one, but four great chefs! On February 23 and 24, Ronan Kervarrec, a chef with 2 Michelin stars from La Table de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion, France, as well as executive chef Baptiste Peupion and executive pastry chef Jean-Marc Guillot from Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, plus the chef of Rosélys, Maxime Delmont have a particularly gourmet evening prepared for you! Children from 6 to 12 enjoy a 50 % discount, while children 5 and under eat for free.

It’s still possible to reserve the festival’s Air France Finest Tables!

The festival’s 45 Air France Finest Tables are waiting for you with fine dining and wine activities for every taste and budget. To create a gourmet itinerary within our programming, you only need to visit (Fine Dining tab). You can make a reservation right now: Agrikol, Alexandre et Fils, Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Au Petit Extra, Bar George, Bistro Lustucru, Brasserie T !, Chez Chose, Candide, Chez Victoire, Christophe, État-Major, Europea, Ferreira Café, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri, Helena, Henri Brasserie Française, Hoogan et Beaufort, Ikanos, Kitchen Galerie, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, La Chronique, Le Blumenthal, Le Local, Le Chasse-Galerie, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Petit Mousso, Le Quartier Général, Le Valois, Leméac, Maison Boulud, Nom Nom Cantine (W Montréal restaurant), Portus 360, Radicelle, Renoir, Restaurant de l’ITHQ, Restaurant Manitoba, Restaurant Pastel, Rosélys, La Société des arts technologiques (Foodlab and SAT Café), et Vertige. We remind you that the Air France Finest Tables greatly appreciate that festivalgoers fulfill their reservations.

You can also check our site to purchase tickets for the conferences that will take place at the Quartier Gourmand, the expert tours, and the Market-to-Table Dinner.

Festival of our Cheeses

For its 13th edition, the Festival of our Cheeses will once again give people the opportunity to meet Quebec cheesemakers. It will be their pleasure to answer the questions of visitors and to talk about their creations and the regional specificities that give cheese its taste and character. Everyone will have the chance to taste Quebec “classics” and to make surprising discoveries, in addition to taking advantage of special prices on cheese. Anthony Kavanagh, proud ambassador of Fromages d’ici, will be here to meet you on Friday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Fromages d’ici, from February 21 to 23, Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, Free Admission.

During a “Fondue” dinner with Cheeses from here, Quebec artisan cheesemakers will be in the spotlight in the comforting atmosphere of Auberge Saint-Gabriel on February 22 and 23, by reservation.

Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ

The Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019 invites the public to admire the knowhow of more than twenty local artisan cider makers and to discover cider in all its variations: sparkling, sweet, dry, ice, flavoured… Tastings, contests, gourmet stations and theme nights! March 1 to 3, Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins

LES CHEFS! culinary demonstration at the Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019

The Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019 and Radio-Canada team up to invite the public to a refined culinary experience. Host Élyse Marquis, in the company of some participants of the 2018 brigade of the TV show LES CHEFS!, which aired on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ last spring, look forward to seeing festivalgoers at the Complexe Desjardins on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. for a technical demonstration that will impress the audience, followed by a tasting that will stimulate the most gourmet taste buds.

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The Nuit blanche of the Future

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Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — While the Nuit blanche à Montréal, in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, gets ready to launch its 16th edition presented during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we’re thrilled to see that it remains one of the favourite wintertime events of Montréal’s fearless night owls. Nearly 200 activities, most of them free, will be offered from Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 3 in nearly 140 locations spread across seven boroughs throughout the city— and some 300,000 people are expected to enjoy them. This year, the Nuit looks towards the future: discover visionary works, new points of view, and surprising futuristic performances! An amazing time-travel journey that will give you a promising taste of what the future holds!

Nine Hubs to Wander Around the City All Night

You can experience the Nuit anywhere! On March 2, the entire city will teem with activities, divided over nine hubs and twelve categories: action, visual arts, film, dance, exhibits, fantasy, games, light, words, music, comedy, and multidisciplinary. Here are a few suggestions to give you an idea of what awaits you:

  1. Quartier des spectacles Hub

Acting as the epicentre of the Nuit blanche, the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will offer a diverse array of activities! At Chalet Bell and the Énergir stage, concerts will make you dance all night. First, Beat Market and their guests invite you to a party you’ll remember for a long time: electronic music played live with skilful improvisation. Then, Fafa Khan, a Canadian DJ of Japanese, Pakistani and Finnish origin, will serve you a delightful mix of hip-hop hits. At the Énergir stage, discover Canadian duo Paris & Simo, who blends old-school house with more modern pop. Over at the Maison du Festival, Soran, with support from indie pop band Jordann, will perform his well-crafted songs that span reggae, folk, pop and funk. His set will be followed by a free performance by Nomadic Massive, a hip-hop collective renowned for their explosive live shows.

Around Place des Festivals and the Place des Arts Esplanade, have a drink at the Bar Coors Light and enjoy the activities that will continue non-stop until 3 a.m.: the RBC Sports Zone with its RBC Zip-line, the Place de la famille du Lait with its Urban Slide, the INCREDIBLE MAPLE World with its Ferris Wheel, as well as installations combining art, light and technology by Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal. The Promutuel Assurance squad is there to immortalize your best moments at the site and offer you a souvenir photo that you can pick up at the kiosk in the format of your choice. You’ll also be able to warm up with a Tim Hortons coffee, the official coffee of the Nuit blanche, at their truck, as well as try to score against a virtual goalie at the Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge. Delight your taste buds with the drinks available at Bistro SAQ, be it a delicious glass of wine, cider, or the famous Quebec cocktail, Quebec Royal!

a. Quartier des spectacles Hub – Radio-Canada promises an inspiring Nuit blanche!

At Complexe Desjardins, you will take part in a refined culinary experience by attending a technical demonstration hosted by Élyse Marquis and given by former candidates of the last edition of LES CHEFS!. Top off your experience with a tasting that will feature a perfect harmony of cider and bite-sized delicacies to delight the most discriminating palates! The ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE program GRAVEL LE MATIN will invite members of the public to attend a special Nuit blanche presentation live from the Salon urbain of Place des Arts. Find out what happens when Alain Gravel and his team step away from the morning grind and dive into the festive, relaxed atmosphere of a Saturday night to bring you a rocking evening of fun! Among the program highlights: Philippe Brach and the zany group Bleu Jeans Bleu will give a musical performance, then Antonin Mousseau Rivard, Élisabeth Cardin and vegan chef Jean-Philippe Cyr will be interviewed. ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE’s literary talk show PLUS ON EST DE FOUS, PLUS ON LIT! will also be settling in to the Salon urbain later that evening. Festival-goers are invited to come and meet host Marie-Louise Arsenault and her entire team, as well as their special guests. Program highlights include a journey into the world of Jean-Paul Daoust’s prose and poetry, plus fiery readings and passionate interviews with guests such as actors Catherine Trudeau and Francis Ducharme as well as one of the most prolific writers of his generation, Simon Boulerice. The audience will also enjoy exciting live musical performances by the band Les Louanges. And of course, there will be the traditional Combat des mots where our two competitors – Marie-Lise Chouinard and Charlotte Aubin – will face off in a three-round verbal sparring match under an assigned theme. It will be all free of charge, and everyone is invited to come experience a literary Nuit blanche to remember!

The Wilder Building will host dance-related events, notably a musical marathon streaming online, featuring the best DJs in the city spinning vinyl records for 24 hours, and a wild dance battle at Agora de la danse. You’ll be in the midst of action with Dance Roulette at the Centre de Création O Vertigo, at Place des Arts, where you will decide the types of performances by the dancers by spinning a wheel. Artexte will provide an intriguing selection of science-fiction shorts about various themes such as feminism, the return to ancestral knowledge, and intergalactic exploration. Zoofest in collaboration with Montréal’s independent radio, CIBL, present La Nuit des podcasts, featuring hilarious podcasts and lively discussions. SAT will take you on a journey with its “retrofuturistic” program—film screening, mixologists, comic book artists in action, T-shirt bar—all night, in addition to DJs and VJs for dancing under the Satosphere dome. At Le Balcon, Fwonte invites you to party during an electronic music night with Afrofuturistic influences. The Maison du développement durable will present fantastic tales, unusual images, trippy music, and an art installation created with bioluminescent glass objects. At the Goethe-Institut, artist group RaumZeitPiraten will present Cinéma éclaté, a conglomerate of opto-acoustic devices and machines that will transform this venue and its architectural properties into an ambulatory creation.

  1. Downtown Hub

At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, six special guests will propose a toast to a person, a place or an idea they would like the whole world to forget. Each toast will be followed by lively musical performances. At the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, an evening itinerary has been designed around the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibit with visits, a creative workshop and a musical performance inspired by the famous artist’s muses. The McCord Museum will take you on an adventure throughout the history of Canada and into the future. At the southern end of the hub, at L’Arsenal, Festival du nouveau cinéma will introduce you to the festive, inclusive world of voguing with Gérald X Reyes, who will give a demonstration and a class, in addition to a screening of Brazilian documentary Bixa Travesty.

  1. Quartier latin and Village Hub

Watch some live sculpture in virtual reality interwoven with graffiti at the Fresh Paint gallery. At UQAM’s Pavillon Sainte-Catherine, you’ll be immersed in La mécanique des fluides, which will make you experience the natural power of water. At the Grande Bibliothèque, young and old will get to participate in a phosphorescent party at L’Espace Jeunes, as well as a “Giant Living Library.” As part of the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, discover the rap of tomorrow with performances by Saramée, Naya Ali and Kirouac & Kodakludo at the Cinémathèque québécoise. The Montréal joue festival will present interactive techno games, a fair, and winter sports. Finally, the must-see “Nuit aux flambeaux sur les faubourgs” will depart from either the Écomusée du fier monde or the Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto, on a discover of the neighbourhood and its many attractions, lit up by torches and in the company of a tour guide.

  1. Hochelaga Hub

At the Olympic Stadium, the public will enjoy the pleasures of winter with life-size games, a chalet space, a snow skate park, a natural skating rink, and a mini-slide. At the Olympic Park Sports Centre, you’ll also find a series of inflatable Witbit modules on which you’ll have as much fun as a kid! Bistro Le Ste-Cath will host a literary battle based on storytelling, poetry and slam. With random themes and constraints, each player will have to start or continue a story, then return it to their opponent. It should be a blast! The Marc Gosselin gallery will showcase several artists from urban and contemporary backgrounds, in addition to presenting experimental noise music performances.

  1. Old Montréal Hub

The La Petite Vie exhibit will take you into the world of that cult TV show at Pointe-à-Callière! You’ll even be able to watch a selection of the best episodes and to dress up as your favourite characters at the photo booth space! At DHC Art, you’ll participate in a phosphorescent, symbolic dance, a painting workshop designed by Leisure. Phi Centre will let you gaze at the future with its artistic happening, which will include an audiovisual installation as well as musical performances. At the Galerie Bloom, discover new artworks created by Montréal artists with the future in mind.

  1. Plateau-Mont-Royal Hub

At Maison des écrivains, the Ligue d’improvisation littéraire will invent possible futures during a surprising show blending literature, theatre and music. Livart will present the first part of its series of collective exhibits, with 18 artists reinterpreting the future. At Jeunesses Musicales Canada, young and old will groove to the beats of never-heard music on a dancefloor, exploring futuristic fantasies via movement — while wearing pyjamas! At Boutique Geekatorium, you’ll be able to visualize the future of humanity through science fiction by visiting a futuristic art gallery in the company of the artists themselves. Cat’s Corner invites you to a unique world tour of swing dances.

  1. Mile End Hub

Explore textile screen painting, with retrofuturistic, cyberpunk or intergalactic motifs created with fluorescent colours at Atelier Circulaire! Fabric and thread will be available at La Société Textile for a night of “craftivism” (craft + activism), where you’ll be invited to embroider the future! Artists will attempt the impossible at the pavilion of Parc Saint-Viateur: creating a series of works to improve the fate of humanity! No easy task! Contemporary ice skating company Le Patin Libre will take over the Saint-Louis arena to showcase the incredible talent of its artists and make you dance on the ice.

  1. North Hub

Ausgang Plaza will bring festivalgoers into the world of Dâm-Funk, who will be joined by local talents Shash’U, Simahlak and Ruby Jane — a futuristic world where G-funk and hip-hop reign. Cinéthique Villeray will bring together participants to the screening of militant documentary short films in the vindictive present and the uncertain future at literary café Chez l’Éditeur. Eastern Bloc and Never Apart will present Technofuturisme, a celebration both technological, with digital art installations, and musical, on the theme of African diasporas and techno music. At the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, families will unlock the secrets of the mystery forest in the company of Scientix the Owl, who will guide them around the nocturnal laboratories.

  1. Art Souterrain

For its 11th anniversary, the Art Souterrain festival, in the context of its “True or False” theme, will present a unique artistic itinerary throughout the indoor underground network of Montréal. Witness the destruction of artwork by major painters, discover two performers chasing each other, discuss superstitions, listen to surprising news all night, and more! Spread across different buildings, the circuit will include mediators to guide and inform festivalgoers about the works, as well as meetings with artists and performances.

Travelling During the Nuit

Once again this year, the STM is the essential travel partner! The metro will exceptionally be open all night (standard fees apply). The Unlimited evening pass ($5) allows unlimited travel between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning.

All You Need to Know About the Nuit blanche

This is only a glimpse of the activities of the 16th Nuit blanche à Montréal. For everything you need to know, head to the website — you will find all the details, a map of the activities, suggestions of thematic itineraries, and much more!

The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE mobile app, presented by Bell, also allows you to explore the Nuit with all the info at your fingertips. Previously found in the Nuit blanche app, the info is now included in this new app that is essential for your MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Nuit blanche experience. Check out the activities in detail as well as our suggestions of itineraries, and see your current location on the geolocated map. In addition to providing all of the Nuit blanche programming, the app allows you to explore every festival activity, and with the Favourites tool, you can create your customized list of must-see events. Another new feature this year: make sure to have a spot for the RBC Zip-line, the QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel and the Milk Urban Slide with the new “Reserve your spot” function! You will also be able to watch the souvenir video of your RBC Zip-line ride!

The printed program will be distributed for free at the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, at the activity venues, at the information booths of the Nuit blanche, and at La Vitrine (at the 2–22).

Moderation — Fun without the inconvenience

If the Nuit blanche is enjoyed by so many Montrealers and tourists, it’s because of its mind-blowing programming, but also because of its safe, festive atmosphere. In order for the fun to remain fun, we need to remind you that it is forbidden to bring alcohol to the outdoor site of the event — including every itinerary and all the neighbourhoods where activities happen — as is the case for the entire territory of the City of Montréal.


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Tons of fun, electrifying activities!

Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — Don’t wait for mild weather to go outside! For its 20th edition presented in collaboration with Bell from February 21 to March 3, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE proves once again that it’s possible (and even desirable) to spend winter elsewhere than under blankets… or under the tropical sun! The festival offers tons of fun activities that will make you put on your boots, tuques and mittens to (re)conquer winter! Wild experiences like the Milk refrigerated slides, the RBC Zip-line, the QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel, sports challenges, various concerts and the Bell DJs/VJs: all that and much more! Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, is back for the third consecutive year with its installations combining art, light and technology to make the Quartier des spectacles even more magical and to awe an audience looking for discoveries. The Chalet Bell, a vast, heated pavilion featuring shows, culinary demonstrations and other activities during the whole event, will stand again on the Place des Festivals this year.

Activities for the whole family at the Chalet Bell!

For a second consecutive year, come warm yourself up at the Chalet Bell. On the menu, activities for all ages, musical performances, culinary demonstrations, happy hour, and food.

Concerts and Bell DJs/VJs

Music lovers will be in for a real treat with concerts of all kinds presented at the Chalet Bell. Something for every taste! On the program: Alfa Rococo (February 21, presented by Les Francos), Seba & Horg (February 22), Zach Zoya (February 23, presented by Osheaga), De Temps Antan (February 28, presented by Les Francos), and Beat Market & guests (March 2).

On Sundays, February 24 and March 3, get ready to laugh all night with our funny Sundays! From 8 to 10 p.m., many comedians will hit the stage. Hosted by Richardson Zéphir (February 24) and Alphé Gagné (March 3), these shows will feature Daniel Grenier, Christine Morency, Jacob Ospian, Jean-Michel Martel as well as two surprise comedians (February 24), and Sèxe Illégal, Jean-François Provençal, Les Grandes Crues, Michelle Desrochers, Sam Breton, Joe Guérin (March 3). On the same Sundays, Alexo and Bisha will share their contagious passion for circus and clown work, and will certainly have people laugh out loud! Kattam, an experienced musician from Quebec and Morocco, will also bring the whole family to party with his musical trio inspired by world music, encouraging the love of music in others and the discovery of other cultures.

Finally, the Bell DJs will make the crowds dance every night starting at 9 p.m.: Musik Me Luv (February 21), Toast Dawg & Nerve (February 22), Voyage Funktastique (February 23), Nana Zen (February 28), Cherry Cola (March 1, at the Énergir stage), as well as Fafa Khan and Paris & Simo (Énergir stage) during the Nuit blanche (March 2). Each performance will be enhanced by the presence of a Bell VJ, giving you an eyeful!

 Happy Hour

During the festival, happy hours at the Chalet Bell will brighten your evenings! On the night of the Nuit blanche (March 2), come taste Ti-punch with chef Paul Harry Toussaint from Agrikol while listening to beats from the Caribbean! Oyster lovers are in for a treat on February 23, during the Nuit Gourmande — they will get to enjoy these sophisticated molluscs for $2 pre-tax, paired with a glass selected by sommelier and host Natalie Richard/Vins au féminin. Warm up and have fun with your family or among friends during our giant board game nights, and enjoy specials on microbrewery beer on February 24 and March 3. Fun for everyone! Finally, on March 1, experience hockey fever at the Chalet Bell: special guests will be present starting at 5 p.m.! Former Montréal Canadiens players and a live taping of 5 à 7 RDS and Hockey 360. Youppi! will also join us!

The outdoor site comes alive!

RBC Zip-line

The RBC light-and-sound zip-line powered by Arbraska takes you from west to east, from Balmoral Street to near Saint-Urbain Street. Discover — or rediscover — how it feels to fly like a bird… Have fun and smile, as you will receive a free souvenir video of this unforgettable moment on the RBC zip line at the end!

RBC Sports Zone

Test also your inner athlete! Alone or as a team, go through a course of three fun and lively Olympic-themed installations: ice hockey, curling and mogul skiing. You can even win a prize. Guaranteed fun for young and old! You’ll also get to meet Olympic athletes in the RBC Zone.

You can also relax on the Adirondack chairs in front of a fire, and use the RBC braseros to roast marshmallows and sausages throughout the festival site.

Slides and games at Place de la famille du Lait

Now located north of the Place des Festivals, on De Maisonneuve Boulevard, the Place de la famille du Lait is where it’s at to have fun with your family. Play on the giant games and slides. At the Berlingot mobile du Lait, you can enjoy interactive entertainment and even win treats from the “kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées”.

“Quebec milk producers invite families and everyone still young at heart to enjoy many activities during this unique wintertime gathering,” says Julie Gélinas, Marketing Director at PLQ. “The popular and impressive slide will thrill young and old, while the hot chocolate warms festivalgoers. Tasty grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni made with local cheese will satisfy the hungry ones.”


Maple is a unique, authentic, natural and tasty product. An INCREDIBLE product that holds a special place in the hearts of Quebecers. Come discover — or rediscover — QUEBEC MAPLE in a world specially set up to foster indulgence, creativity, fun and imagination. THE WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE is an opportunity to participate in fun activities in a playful, warm décor. This year, come discover the four colours of maple syrup by taking part in a tasting game.


Enjoy the fresh air and take a ride on the QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel in the middle of the WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE! During the Nuit blanche, admire the amber colour of the Ferris Wheel and the splendid view of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site.

Énergir Zone

The Énergir stage, located below the Place des Arts Esplanade, is a must for entertainment! Starting at 3 p.m., the whole family is invited to the show by Les Animeries: a funny story for young and old, combining music and magic. In the evening, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., discover the breathtaking light and fire show eXφ, which will awe and delight fans of electro-spatial music!

The Énergir Generator is back this year! Mechanisms, movement, action and energy meet in this interactive installation. By turning a crank handle, you’ll switch on a treadmill and receive… a small dose of energy or heat… pushing you to act! Isn’t it intriguing?

Organized by Énergir, the Soupe pour elles event is a community movement that assists women who are homeless, victims of violence or in a precarious situation. Come share a soup on Wednesday, February 27 at the esplanade of Place des Arts, from noon to 1 p.m. In the meantime, from February 21 to 24, support the cause by drinking a Tim Hortons coffee for $1; the money will be donated to Soupe pour elles.

Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth

Agents throughout the site wearing a big digital balloon… You’re not dreaming! The Promutuel Insurance squad is there to capture your best moments and offer you a souvenir photo, which you can pick up at the kiosk in the format of your choice. A small gift is waiting for you!

Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge

Come try your luck at the Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge with a virtual goalie projected on a giant screen. Aim for the unprotected holes left by the goalie and try to score against him individually or as a team. After the end of your game, don’t forget to stop by the Tim Hortons truck to enjoy some comforting coffee!

Ici venez vivre l’effet Nord-Côtier

In a festive atmosphere, the Festival des hivernants de Sept-Îles invites you during the first four days of the festival to pay tribute to the travellers who stayed at the fur-trading Vieux-Poste during the winter. Experience the traditional and modern winter, as well as the diversity of the two communities (Innu and allochtone) still living together today in Sept-Îles. Discover the Côte-Nord, a region that is perfect for a change of scenery and to appreciate the warm welcome of the Nord-Côtiers. Meet up at the “Ici venez vivre l’effet Nord-Côtier” space and get to know an artist from the region, Havre-Saint-Pierre’s Keven Landry, who will perform his country folk songs in the Côte-Nord container on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Come meet people from Parks Canada and discover the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada.

Pursue Your Passion — Health Canada

Custom made experiences will be offered to young people in a stimulating environment where they’ll learn more about the way cannabis can affect their brain. They’ll also have the possibility to discover alternatives to cannabis, with similar effects, but none of the risks.

A myriad of amazing flavours

The Festival of Our Cheeses

Twenty cheesemakers from here will meet festival-goers during the 13th edition of the Festival of our Cheeses, as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Thanks to their unique know-how, 86 cheesemakers promote the Québec terroir with their exceptional products, whose production exceeds 32,000 tonnes annually. In a friendly atmosphere, come and chat, taste and purchase the fruits of their labour at competitive prices. A must-attend event! Anthony Kavanagh, proud Ambassador of Fromages d’ici, will be here to meet you on Friday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Fromages d’ici. February 21 to 23, Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins, free admission

Le Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ

The 2019 edition of the Mondial des cidres SAQ invites you to discover or rediscover over twenty cider-makers from Quebec and to enjoy their many products. This unique event also brings together talented mixologists, chefs, and cheese-makers, who will prepare cider-based creations or dishes that bring out the flavours of this fine nectar. Also attend culinary demonstrations offered by Radio-Canada during the Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ featuring some former candidates of LES CHEFS !, hosted by Élyse Marquis on March 1 at 6:30 p.m. and on March 2 at 3:30 p.m .

Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins, March 1 to 3

Gourmet Stations

Kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées: Dairy classics, flavoured café au lait, grilled cheese sandwiches, and macaronis made with Fromages d’ici.

Bistro SAQ: Now located on Ste-Catherine Street, the SAQ Bistro is the place to go for a well-deserved break! Have a nice glass of wine or the famous Quebec cocktail while enjoying the comforting menu. You’ll also find a smaller SAQ Bistro on the Place des Festivals for a variety of drinks.

Bar Coors Light: The party starts at the Coors Light Bar! On the menu: beer, soft drinks, as well as marshmallows and sausages to roast on the braseros.
Cabral Porto & Douro: Come taste an exclusive collection of porto or simply escape the cold with delicious warm porto. You can also discover red or white Douro wine at the Cabral Porto & Douro kiosk, located on the Place des Festivals.

INCREDIBLE MAPLE on the menu: Maple is a unique, authentic, natural and tasty product. An INCREDIBLE product that holds a special place in the hearts of Quebecers. Come discover — or rediscover — QUEBEC MAPLE in a world specially set up to foster indulgence.

Bakehouse Stonemill: An immersive experience that will let you discover why our breads are baked so slowly. All your senses will be stimulated to enjoy our products at Bakehouse Stonemill. Immortalize this moment thanks to our slow-motion video section!

Illuminart presented by Casino de Montréal,
back for a 3rd edition

For the third consecutive year, Illuminart will present free works of art in a revisited, transformed urban space. In total, around ten installations by local and foreign creators will be spread around Place des Arts and the Promenade des Artistes. These pieces combine art, technology and light to awe young and old. It’s guaranteed!

Pulpe HUB Studio (Quebec) Video micro-mapping — Inspired by macrophotography, Pulpe invites viewers to take a fresh look at food; a unique point of view featuring gastronomy and its organic nature in an immersive atmosphere. Discover it inside the Quartier Gourmand.
HUB is a creative studio specialized in the design and production of multimedia experiences. At the crossroads of arts, design and innovation, they use creative technologies to tell stories on stage and in the public space.

Probabilités de Neige = 100%
Cyrielle Tremblay (Quebec), in collaboration with the Quartier des spectacles — Projection circuit in the Quartier des spectacles — The illustrator Cyrielle Tremblay offers you a funny and enjoyable outlook on winter. Through a series of three architectural projections with rhythmic, visual atmospheres reminiscent of collage, discover the joys of winter in the city… Hockey, ice castles, snowplows, colds and hibernating groundhogs a plenty!
Cyrielle Tremblay works in and with the public space. She builds dreamlike worlds where memories, poetry, humour or absurdity prevail. Between traditional and mural painting, her plastic and conceptual explorations also include illustration, photography and self-publication.

InfluxHUB Studio (Quebec), coproduction with the Quartier des spectacles PartnershipLight sculpture Influx is a sculpture created from the data visualization of the BIXI network. From busier neighborhoods such as Ville-Marie to more residential areas such as Ahuntsic and Parc-Extension, it is the number of bike trips over the course of a year that generated the unique shape of the installation. The highest junctions of the sculpture correspond to Montreal neighborhoods where BIXI stations are the most sought after, while the lowest points represent areas where BIXI bicycles are the least used. Each bright pixel represents the path of a user in that network. The animation of the sculpture allows you to visualize in an accelerated way the movements of Montrealers. Influx is a work of art that reflects the pulse of the city through its arteries that citizens make vibrate by their movements.
Designed and produced by HUB Studio, PQDS + Spectra (curator), Civilia (data analysis), Robocut Studio (digital manufacturing), Guillaume Simard (structure), Latéral (engineering), Louis-Thomas Schreiber (technical drawing).

CYCLE Serge Maheu (Quebec)Interactive bench CYCLE is inspired by the principles of astronomy, particularly the Saros cycle, which makes it possible to predict Solar and Lunar eclipses. This circle-shaped piece features two rings of light, inward and outward, reminding of the circular light produced during these eclipses, whether they’re partial or total. Passersby are invited to sit or walk on the structure to activate various animated light scenarios. Cyclical mood music also evolves depending on the level of interactivity. An infinite variety of combinations offers users the possibility to explore the visual and sound environment of the piece.
Serge Maheu is a Montréal artist/designer/programmer who likes to tackle everything in his work: video, animation, photography, musical creation and sound design, programming, mathematics, interactivity, electronics and design. He’s interested in creating innovative pieces full of digital poetry, while exploring mankind’s relationship with the digital world.

Urban Poetry — OCUBO (Portugal) — 3D Video Mapping — This project plays with the idea that, increasingly, nature is being replaced and dominated by the concrete world created by mankind. With a poetic approach, we can observe the amalgam of these two worlds, one natural, the other urban, mixing hard, strong elements with the intensity and delicacy of nature. By making the city its own, the character teaches everyone a way to live well with their current condition, to be resilient, to overcome all obstacles and to free their imagination!
Ocubo has become an international reference in video mapping and interactive projections thanks to remarkable projects worldwide. From conceptualization to content creation, analysis of the site to equipment rentals, set-up to the actual exhibit/performance, Ocubo creates and delivers “all-in-one” projects. Sharing the light with people, giving them the power to create with it, and the possibility to make the urban space their own again: those are the motivations behind every Ocubo creation.

Souffle d’hiver/Winter’s Breath Tyler Rock & Julia Reimer (Alberta), coproduction with the Flying Canoë Volant Festival Blown Glass Light Installation — The main zone features eye-level mirrors tilted in an octagonal shape. The surface of the mirrors includes crystalline glass shapes, which imitate frost and light up when the space is activated by a spectator entering the installation. The mirrors create an impression of infinite, multiple space. The interaction between the light, glass and mirrors create optical effects and a sense of wonder in the spectator, in addition to reflection evocative of winter landscapes. At the entrance of the installation, at one point, the spectator’s breath is revealed to them, connecting them to this wonderful experience in a “frosted” space.
Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer are glass artists from Alberta who have been honoured by the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Pyrite — Display Design students from Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (Quebec)Interactive Light Installation — Pyrite transforms the Grand Parterre into a luminous cave. Go through the pyrites to see them awake, and have two experiences: one mystical, the other playful.
Designed by Camélie Hallé and Jade Cuillerier, display design students at Cégep du Vieux Montréal.

La Mécanique des Fluides Le Delta École des médias de l’UQAM (Quebec), in collaboration with l’UQAM, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Quartier des spectacles Interactive Projection and Installation Le Delta is a vast landscape that includes glaciers. The completely frozen surface is cracked when you go through it, revealing water where you’ll be able to create currents with your movements. Turn the glaciers from solid to liquid in the projection by sitting on the one of your choice, and observe the impact of your actions in this riveting environment.

Students graduating with a Bachelor in Communication — Interactive Medias from UQAM were tasked with producing two installations in two locations of the Quartier des spectacles.

La Mécanique des Fluides – La Centrale École des médias de l’UQAM (Quebec), in collaboration with l’UQAM, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Quartier des spectaclesInteractive Installation La Centrale is made up of a multitude of light conduits connected to a turbine. By connecting the conduits, you accelerate the gas flow and transform these movements into kinetic energy.

Danse chromatique dans la neige, a collective piece created by students from two CSDM schoolsthe Charles-Lemoyne school (Pointe-Sainte-Charles) and the Saint-Gabriel-Lalemant school (Villeray) — A tribute to multidisciplinary artist Françoise Sullivan. Inspired by her checkerboards, the children have created small monochrome spaces that gather in a luminous choreography. Colours dance in the winter like the artist did herself.

Finally, two tunnels and Illuminart bubbles punctuate the circuit, each offering a different interpretation of light.
February 21 to March 3, Thursday to Sunday — 5:30 to 11 p.m. (except during the Nuit blanche, March 2, until 3 a.m.)

Complete details: The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE mobile app also guides festivalgoers during their visit.

Illuminart creation space presented by Casino de Montréal

To discover the installations in another way, visit the Illuminart creation space on the Place des Festivals, where you’ll go on a fun, creative adventure combining artificial intelligence technology and Illuminart’s installations.

Continuous Activity Schedule

Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22: 5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24: 2 to 11 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1: 5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, March 2: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Sunday, March 3: 2 to 11 p.m.

The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019

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Norah Jones will charm
the festival’s audience in June!

Montréal, Monday, January 28, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is proud to welcome Norah Jones on June 27th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, part of the 40th edition of the festival. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, January 31st, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Norah Jones has announced Summer 2019 North American tour dates following the 9-time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter’s tour of Australia and New Zealand in April. The first leg of the North American tour will kick off on the East Coast in Pittsburgh on June 18 and includes appearances at jazz festivals in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Saratoga Springs. The tour’s second leg heads out West beginning July 14 in Cheyenne, Wyoming followed by an unforgettable evening at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks with the iconic Mavis Staples. The tour will also bring shows to Utah, Montana, and Washington state before concluding with Norah’s debut appearances in Alaska.

Jones will be joining Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, and others as part of the performance lineup at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles during Grammy Week. Jones has recently released a series of eclectic singles including collaborations with Jeff Tweedy—“Wintertime” and “A Song With No Name”—as well as the organ-and-horn drenched soul song “It Was You” featuring drummer Brian Blade, bassist Christopher Thomas, organist Pete Remm, trumpeter Dave Guy, and tenor saxophonist Leon Michels, and the riveting song “My Heart Is Full,” a collaboration with Thomas Bartlett.

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 Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing pop music of the time. Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums worldwide and become a 9-time GRAMMY-winner. She has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums—Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), Little Broken Hearts (2012), and Day Breaks (2016)—as well as albums with her collective bands The Little Willies and Puss N Boots. The 2010 compilation …Featuring Norah Jones showcased her incredible versatility by collecting her collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, and Foo Fighters. Little Broken Hearts, produced by Danger Mouse, was a fascinating step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters. With Day Breaks, Norah returned to her jazz roots while also proving her to be this era’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Most recently, Jones has released a series of eclectic singles including collaborations with artists and friends such as Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or

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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A journey around the world…
And to the heart of our world!

Montréal, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 — It’s already been 20 years for Montreal’s favorite winter rendezvous! 20 years of surprising discoveries, enriching encounters and gastronomic incursions into more than 20 countries! Our city is recognized worldwide for its festive spirit, its gastronomy, its culture and its creativity. Imagine a festival that brings together all these in a unique public event in the world. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, it’s the crème de la crème of Montreal! This year, thanks its new gourmet committee, made up among others of Philippe Mollé, Catherine Lessard, Élise Tastet, and six other people passionate about gastronomy, a new gourmet orientation has been determined for the event: “celebrate, feast, create… Montreal style”! From February 21 to March 3, in partnership with our 45 participating Air France Finest tables, four of which have been teaming up with us for 20 years — Au Petit Extra, La Chronique, Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche — MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, offers a multitude of gourmet activities centered around a particularly rich theme: a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! For its 20th edition, not only will the world’s gastronomic experts meet in Montreal, but local producers and artisans will also be honored. And since 20 years is a perfect opportunity to celebrate, a host of novelties await festivalgoers who will feast on a deliciously eclectic gastronomic program, in addition to being able to attend three electrifying concerts.

Pairings within the Air France Finest Tables

This year is no exception: more than 40 of the most creative and innovative chefs in the world will join their Quebecer equivalents behind the stove to create extraordinary meals that will delight the taste buds of festivalgoers. Some attendees will be able to undertake a rich culinary journey and learn about the traditional and modern flavors of more than 15 different countries, including three countries represented at the festival for the first time: Iceland, Panama and Israel. Wine-growers, distillers, microbreweries and wine agencies will work together with great chefs to create evenings that will be discussed for a long time. Interesting fact: the chefs themselves chose with whom they were going to be paired. The goal is to maintain human and creative ties with foreign chefs on the long term… and to create even more magical experiences!

It was also essential for the festival to offer a spotlight for local producers as part of its 20th anniversary; gastronomic pairings will also be carried out with well-known companies, such as maison Cassis Monna & Filles, Gaspor Farms, the Île-aux-Grues cheese shop, and many more. It will be a perfect opportunity to (re)discover their remarkable products.

Moreover, focusing on unique encounters between public figures and exquisite menus, several special guests will participate in some of our Air France Finest tables; Bïa — who will be hosted by Helena restaurant — as well as Ariane Moffatt and Gregory Charles (Casino de Montréal’s Le Montréal restaurant) are among them.

What’s new:

Quartier Gourmand, a hub of delicious surprises

Located at the Maison du Festival, the Quartier Gourmand during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be the capital of local and international cuisine. There will be two floors where the pleasures of the palate will be highlighted during several conferences, tastings, gourmet offerings, talks and captivating workshops. In addition to this, the ESKA Bar will be available to quench your thirst and offer you personalized cocktails and other drinks made with their spring water.

Here is a promising preview of the many events that will take place:


-       Social gastronomy in Québec, from the heart to the table, presented by the SAQ — A discussion around this theme with several guests, including Jean-François Archambault from La Tablée des Chefs and John Winter Russell from Candide — February 21, L’Astral

-       The grilled critic, presented by SAQ — A look into the life of a professional food critic with Jean-Philippe Tastet — February 28, L’Astral

-       Instagram and gastronomy: for better and for worse presented by SAQ (in English only) — A discussion about Instagram between editor-in-chef Élise Tastet, Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, and international chef Camille Becerra February 25, Le Blumenthal

-       Various conferences on Côte-Nord products, a featured region of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE for the second consecutive year

Activities and demonstrations

-       Public discussion with Josée Di Stasio moderated by Jean-Philippe Tastet — The famous TV hostess presents her new book, À la soupeFebruary 23, La Galerie

-       Latte art presented by Touché — Demonstration on latte art by experts and curators of Café Touché and Maxime Richard of Café Pista — February 23 and 24, Salle Gourmande

TASTET’s culinary tours

Élise and Jean-Philippe Tastet, from—visited by more than two million readers annually—offer three culinary tours. The concept? Discover the inside story of some of the site’s favorite spots, while also learning more about the cultures, cuisines and geographic locations highlighted in the tours.

-       Italy in Montreal — with Élise Tastet February 23, March 2 and 3

-       The Middle East in Montreal — with Jean-Philippe Tastet — February 23, March 2 and 3

-       Japan in Montreal — with Jean-Philippe Tastet and Kuniko Fujita — February 24 and 25, March 3

Culinary experts tours

Three culinary tours will be presented where experts from the world of wine, cocktails and beer will share their knowledge and passion: the sommelier tour, the microbrewery tour and the mixologist tour.

–       The sommelier tour — Visits of the following restaurants and boutiques with Natalie Richard: Vinum Design, Henri Brasserie Française, Labo culinaire Foodlab and Taverne F — February 26

–       The microbrewery tour — Visits of the following microbreweries with Bianca Thériault: Cheval Blanc, L’amère à boire, Saint-Bock and Saint-Houblon — February 22

–       The mixologist tour — Visits of the following establishments with Natalie Richard: Hôtel Monville, Club Pelicano, Le Mal nécessaire and Le Lab — February 27

Montreal’s Nuit Gourmande

On Saturday, February 23, the Nuit Gourmande, an event full of variety and flavor, will present a plethora of amazing gastronomic activities for gourmet night owls.

Market-to-table dinner

How would you feel about a tour of the Jean-Talon market with renowned chef Stelio Perombelon to buy food that will be used to prepare a tasty meal with him, for you and a plus-one of your choice? You will then enjoy wines suggested by sommelier Éric Chevrier of the ITHQ and a dessert demonstration with pastry chef Éric Champagne from Asado restaurant. Saturday, February 23

The festival of our cheeses

For its 13th edition, “the festival of our cheeses” will once again offer the opportunity to meet Quebec’s cheesemakers. They will be happy to answer visitors’ questions and to talk about their creations and the regional specificities that give cheese its flavor and character. Everyone will be able to taste Quebec “classics” and make surprising discoveries, in addition to accessing high-quality cheese at great prices. Presented by Fromages d’ici. February 21 to 23, Grande-Place du complexe Desjardins, Free admission

Also enjoy cheeses from here at a “Fondue” dinner where Québec artisan cheesemakers will be honored in the comforting atmosphere of Auberge Saint-Gabriel on February 22 and 23.

Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ

The Mondial des cidres SAQ invites the public to learn more about local cider producers and to discover cider in all its variations: sparkling, sweet, dry, ice, flavored… Tastings, contests, gourmet stations and theme nights! March 1 to 3, Grande-Place du complexe Desjardins

Culinary Demonstration with Les Chefs! at Mondial des cidres 2019

The Mondial des cidres 2019 and Radio-Canada are teaming up to invite the general public to a refined culinary experience. TV hostess Élyse Marquis, accompanied by some candidates from the 2018 edition of Les Chefs!, broadcast on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ last spring, will be meeting festival-goers at Complexe Desjardins on Friday evening, March 1st and Saturday, March 2 in the afternoon, for an impressive demonstration, followed by a tasting that will awaken the taste buds of gourmets.

 “La Tablée des Chefs”: young apprentices in the kitchens of our Air France Finest Tables!

Since 2002, La Tablée des Chefs has been working to feed people in need and develop culinary education for the youth thanks to the involvement of many chefs and cooks. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE renews its support for the cause and will allow young participants in the La Tablée des Chefs Culinary Brigades training program to have a cooking experience with chefs.

Potluck: Montreal gastronomy in real time

The participative blog is back! It allows chefs, restaurateurs, festivalgoers, bloggers and journalists to share content and exchange, both about the festival and gastronomy in Montréal in general. It’s a unifying and convivial platform, just like the festival!

Book now for the Air France Finest Tables

Forty-five Air France Finest Tables await us with gastronomic and winemaking activities for all tastes and budgets. To plan a gourmet itinerary, just go to (Fine Dining tab). You can book now at: Agrikol, Alexandre et Fils, Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Au Petit Extra, Bar George, Bistro Lustucru, Brasserie T !, Chez Chose, Candide, Chez Victoire, Christophe, État-Major, Europea, Ferreira Café, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri, Helena, Henri Brasserie Française, Hoogan et Beaufort, Ikanos, Kitchen Galerie, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, La Chronique, Le Blumenthal, Le Local, Le Chasse-Galerie, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Petit Mousso, Le Quartier Général, Le Valois, Leméac, Maison Boulud, Nom Nom Cantine (W Montreal’s restaurant), Portus 360, Radicelle, Renoir, Restaurant de l’ITHQ, Restaurant Manitoba, Restaurant Pastel, Rosélys, La Société des arts technologiques (Labo culinaire Foodlab and Café SAT), and Vertige. Please remember that the Air France Finest Tables greatly appreciate that festivalgoers honor their reservations.

You can also go on our website to purchase tickets for the Quartier Gourmand conferences, TASTET’s culinary tours, culinary experts tours, and the market-to-table dinner.

Tickets for these concerts are already on sale 

Dominique Fils-Aimé — presented in collaboration with 98,5 — March 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral

WhitehorseFebruary 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Soran. Opening act: Jordann — presented by RBC March 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral

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Luminous shows to celebrate
the 20th anniversary!

Montréal, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 — To celebrate its 20th anniversary, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, is proud to announce the artists that will be performing at this year’s festival, which will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019. Three shows are scheduled with three eclectic artists that will ignite your imagination and brighten up your winter! Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 30 at noon (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).


Dominique Fils-AiméMarch 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral Dominique Fils-Aimé will unveil Stay Tuned!, the second album of her trilogy (to be released February 22, 2019, one year after the release of her debut album). Moving on from the blues-tinged Nameless—which boldly confronted historical silences and sorrows—Stay Tuned! is both a call for and reminder of revolution expressed with the fury of red-hot jazz. Wanting to break away from the standards of traditional compositions, Dominique presents a body of work focused on liberating herself from musical forms.
Presented in collaboration with the 98.5

WhitehorseFebruary 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Ethereal folk, psych rock, spaghetti western, intergalactic blues, dark pop; Whitehorse offers a bit of everything all at once. Never content to stay in one place, it is a constantly evolving creative partnership that challenges both artists to explore new instrumental and lyrical terrain with each project. Since its debut in 2011, the band from Ontario has grown from a magnetic folk duo to a full-blown rock band. The release of their next album, The Northern South Vol. 2, a blues album, is scheduled for January 18, 2019. They will be performing as a trio this time.

Soran. Opening act : JordannMarch 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral — With his special tone of voice and charisma, Soran immediately grabbed the attention of the coaches and the public during his appearance at La Voix IV. After getting signed by Audiogram and releasing a catchy first single, this young artist will offer a show that will match his personality and unveil his latest compositions. Opening act: Jordann, a Montreal indie-pop band with hip-hop influences.
Presented by RBC as part of the Nuit blanche

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Flagship artists are back
for a grand celebration

Montréal, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is pleased to announce a first wave of names for its 40th edition, which will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Many artists who wrote the history of the festival are coming back to Montreal to dazzle you with their music. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 23 at noon. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).


Melody GardotMelody GardotJune 29, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des ArtsWelcoming Melody Gardot at the Festival always has something magical about it. The magnetic singer-pianist-guitarist, who has been a sensation since her debut on the jazz scene in 2008, really needs no introduction. She’s coming back to the Jazz Festival, one of her favorites, after the release of an album last February, Live in Europe.

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Bobby Bazini, first artist announced for this summer’s Festival!

Montréal, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is delighted to unveil the first name from the program of its 40th edition, which will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. It’s none other than native son and international star Bobby Bazini, headlining MTELUS, June 29, 8:30 p.m. with a concert that’s sure to be a stirring emotional experience. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 5 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers from 10 a.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday).

Bobby Bazini-2A genuinely gifted artist, Bobby Bazini made his mark with his very first album Better in Time, highly acclaimed by critics and powered by the smash radio hit I Wonder. Since that blockbuster debut, the Laurentians native has racked up hits including C’est La Vie, winning the SOCAN No. 1 Song Award.

Now, after a long successful world tour, the singer-guitarist returns home with a 4th album, deeply rooted in the musical universe that is his brand, boasting unique songs inspired by the blues, soul, folk and jazz and his suave, spellbinding voice.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers from 10 a.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.

  • MTELUS : 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or

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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Jazz All-Year Round welcomes Ólafur Arnalds
to the program!

Montréal, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 —The Jazz All-Year Round series presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD Bank Group, welcomes brilliant Icelandic singer-songwriter Ólafur Arnalds to its 2018/2019 program. Tickets for this concert go on sale Thursday, September 20, at noon. Exclusive pre-sale for Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Newsletter subscribers: Wednesday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Olafur Arnalds-2Ólafur Arnalds February 9, 2019, 8 p.m., Église Saint Jean-Baptiste de MontréalAfter dazzling the Maison symphonique audience with his performance this past June, the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist returns to thrill yet another rapt crowd in Montréal’s majestic Église Saint Jean-Baptiste. The artist will present his 4th solo album re:member, released in August and composed  on his “stratus” piano, an instrument specially modified by the musician, allowing him to produce unique sounds. The composer describes this latest opus as “an album that soars beyond the beaten path, incorporating raw, unfiltered influences.” Weaving dreamlike melodies and melancholy poetry, the music of Ólafur Arnalds invites listeners to plunge their senses into a sweet, spellbinding torpor. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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