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:

Conferences

-       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 Tastet.ca 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 TASTET.ca—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 PotluckMTL.com 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 montrealenlumiere.com (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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Flavour, fun, know-how—and one heck of a party!

Wrap-up of the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Montréal, Monday, March 5, 2018 — And the curtain comes down on the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! Presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, this edition gave us plenty to remember: huge crowds on the outdoor site flocking to our free installations, classics and new additions (encouraged and enhanced by the weather!); great media visibility, both locally and internationally; in gastronomy, foodies were thrilled by the 50th anniversary of the ITHQ, a fine tribute to the Chef of the Century, Paul Bocuse, mentor of many chefs and first honorary president of this festival, and an unprecedented celebration of knowledge; a hundred shows featuring folk, dance, flamenco, theatre, rock, opera, classical and electronic, under the honorary presidency of Isabelle Boulay; and a fabulous Nuit blanche celebrating its 15th birthday as boldly and creatively as ever! Thanks to all of our chefs, artists, partners and above all, fans from home and abroad who join us year after year. And even as we close the curtain on this edition, our spotlights are trained on the next. Next year, for the incredible 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we will celebrate with a global tour of gastronomy that will make the world’s head spin… Details to come!

In the meantime, here are some images from this edition:

A gourmet world at your doorstep

There’s no doubt: Montrealers love to combine know-how and flavour, and love to discover new things! For ten days and nights, we all shared an incredible experience: mentors, teachers and students, chefs and clients, with a re-energized openness to share recipe books, experiences and tips.

Dedicated to Paul Bocuse, this edition hosted 28 activities in tribute to the master: four Air France Finest Tables (La Chronique, Europea, Au Petit Extra, Le Valois), “Special Bocuse” menus revisiting his classics, fusing simple ingredients with masterful execution.

Among our top-flight guests, the ITHQ showcased the entire breadth of its greatness: a wealth of knowledge, and a source of tremendous talent, which radiated throughout the festival.

Photo 1 NB GastroThis edition also made its mark for the number of guest chefs, including 16 international chefs and 5 Michelin-starred chefs: including Alain Verzeroli (L’Atelier Joël Robuchon), Julien Lefebvre (La Chronique) and Gaetano Trovato (Maison Boulud), who drew huge crowds.

Among the many success stories, let us also mention a special region, the Côte-Nord, whose northern flavours thrilled the public and energized the creativity of our own local chefs, at Chasse-Galerie, Blumenthal and Ikanos.

Finally, we must emphasize that the theme of this edition—celebrating knowledge—was a massive success, with the pros and the public. All 14 workshops and conferences were sold out! In the scientific conferences, the Nordic Food Lab drew 300 people to L’Astral to experience a sustainable vision of food… and gourmet insects!

Heading towards the 20th…

For 20 years, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival has illuminated our winter season, making its mark by virtue of its eclecticism and creativity, in the very image of our effervescent, insatiable city. In celebration of that, the festival plunges into its own history, reconnecting with some of the cities and regions it has showcased over the past two decades, which have featured over 550 chefs from around the world. From there, fans are taken on a gourmet voyage… one that promises to be even more delicious and exciting in its next incarnation!

31 guest chefs as part of our 32 Air France Finest Tables
8 countries
8 series
of activities
230 gourmet activities, some of them free
9 teaching chefs and 8 schools
22 activities in partnership with the 50th anniversary of the ITHQ

“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE a été une super expérience que j’aimerais beaucoup renouveler. J’ai eu le bonheur de travailler et échanger avec Jérôme Ferrer et son équipe du Restaurant Europea. Nous avons non seulement découvert une grande table, mais aussi une entreprise florissante.”
— Christophe Haton, professeur at Ferrandi Paris, hosted by Europea (France)

« Je pars de Montréal avec des grands souvenirs, car j’ai découvert des parfums, des saveurs et gens qui m’ont fait sentir comme si j’avais une deuxième maison. La beauté de ses paysages, la convivialité de ses restaurants et le froid extrême font un mélange exceptionnel. »
— Marco Antonio Estrada Gallardo Aliat Universidades (Mexico)

“Savoureux, même sous la neige.”
—    Juliette Camus, Paris Match (France)

“If Montreal is a gastronomic capital today, a good part of that is due to this festival.”
— Lesley Chesterman, Montreal Gazette (Québec)

« La 19e édition du festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE débute aujourd’hui ! La métropole devient la destination gourmande la plus en vogue, jusqu’au 4 mars prochain. »
— Anne-Lovely Étienne, 24 h (Québec)

NB Gastro 2“It’s not surprising that for the past 18 years the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival has taken place in February. This is a city that turns winter into an art form so it makes sense that this is when you’d have a festival celebrating the arts and food. Enough eating and drinking for just one week, n’est-ce pas? You have to walk for about a month to work it all off.”
— Grapefriend.com

“Montrealers know that the city is a gourmet destination but this festival adds some tasty exclamation points onto that statement by inviting many renowned chefs and wine producers to tantalize you with tastes!”
— Andre Gagne, OttawaLife.com (Canada)

“Let the light shine on Canada’s premiere winter party. So, what’s the best way to get a taste of everything? You got it—attend the upcoming festival of lights. […] During those 11 days the crème de la crème of Canada’s culinary and collaborative arts scenes get the spotlight they deserve.”
— Metro US (U.S.)

“THE ULTIMATE gourmet destination.”
—    Barry Hoy, asianmapleleaf.com

An improved outdoor site

Given the great weather, it was no surprise that the outdoor site was so packed throughout the festival! And of course, our iconic MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE installations were as super-popular as ever: the RBC Zip-line, the Milk Urban Ice Slide and the Québec Maple Ferris Wheel racked up the crowds on the outdoor site.

Fans were thrilled to discover all the new additions, adding to the experience. First and foremost, the Chalet Bell was a musical oasis, welcoming fans with its relaxed ambience right in the heart of the Place des Festivals, featuring concerts and shows, video games, workshops and friendly 5 à 7. Fun, and very popular!

And Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal deployed its 2nd edition around Place des Arts and the Place des Festivals: no need to leave the site to discover this incredible circuit of wonderful creations.

Discover some of the works here:

Last but not least, fans enjoyed a plethora of new free installations: Air France culinary workshops, a galaxy of treats served up by Maple from Québec, Zone Énergir shows, and the CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic Zone to keep the Games going!

225 km of cable
22,000 electrical connections
56 radiant heaters
1,400 lighting devices and 1,000 LED lights
6 km of cabling for the Illuminart artwork Apparatus Florius
Approx. 600 students participating in La grande nuée
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 Ice Slide
20 metres (66 feet): Ferris Wheel, with 16 gondolas and a capacity of 60 adults and 90 children (4,600 kg)

“Montreal is home to one of the largest winter festivals in the world, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. From Feb. 22 to March 4, this Canadian eclectic city literally lights up.”
— Tiffany Thornton, USA TODAY (U.S.)

“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is an amazing city-wide festival that never ceases to surprise each year.”
— Michelle Cadieux, mtlblog.com(Québec)

Foule NB“Montréal n’a pas peur de l’hiver bien au contraire. La ville s’anime et ses habitants se croisent lors du festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, le plus créatif des festivals d’hiver. […] Il n’y a qu’à Montréal que l’on peut trouver un festival mélangeant toutes les formes d’art. Le design, la gastronomie, le contemporain, la danse, la musique, les arts numériques et de rue.”

“À l’occasion de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, il y a le parcours Illuminart à ne pas manquer. Un parcours d’œuvres technologiques, de créations lumineuses et interactives fascinantes. Absolument magnétique.”
— Sabine Bouchoul, Rocknfool.net (France).

“Février tire à sa fin et l’hiver commence à vous déprimer ? Réjouissez-vous, la métropole reprendra un peu de couleurs dans les 10 prochains jours, avec la 19e édition de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.”
— Marie-Josée Roy, quebec.huffingtonpost.ca(Québec)

Heartstreets NB“To say that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE surpassed my expectation would be a massive understatement. They pulled out all the bells and whistles this year and pretty much threw a long party! With lots of fun events both outdoors and in, taking your loved one, friends or even family will end up leaving you asking yourself why you hadn’t done this sooner.”
— Soheila Hakimi, Soheilaonline.com (Canada)

“This is a way to live winter and to see that even in winter it’s friendly, it’s fun, and we can do things that are very artistic.”
— Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press (Canada)

“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest and most eclectic winter festivals in the world. […] Families can participate in a plethora of activities from slides, shows, and Ferris wheel rides. Of course, Montreal’s festival of lights would not be complete without taking part in the Illuminart circuit of interactive light installations around the city.”
— Alyssa James, TravelMag.com (Spain)

Nuit blanche: re(MIX)!

In the wee hours of Sunday, March 4, the 15th edition of the Nuit blanche closed out the biggest party of the year! A creative, surprising, astonishing, joyous night, packing museums, theatres, galeries, bars, boutiques, book shops, outdoor sites…. and even an arena!

dance metro 2Mild weather invited everyone to come out and play, take on the streets and join in the many activities running into the wee hours. Weather makes all the difference! The outdoor site was packed from the outset, with a genuine sense of euphoria in the air. Many activities were SRO in many Pôles, and the excitement was palpable in every discipline; our partners were left amazed by the enthusiasm greeting this 15th edition.

Among the highlights: tremendous patronage of our museums, including 2,200 visitors to the McCord Museum, approx. 3,000 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2,789 at Pointe-à-Callière, and 6,000 at a packed Musée d’art contemporain. City Hall welcomed 2,000, with 2,200 flocking to La Vitrine, 900 at McGill University’s Otto Maass Chemistry Building and 4,800 at the Cinémathèque!

Other home runs: the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Pôle Centre-ville (approx. 500), Atelier circulaire (900), Galerie Station 16 in Pôle Plateau-Mont-Royal (approx. 900), the Maison de l’architecture (400) in the Pôle Vieux-Montréal and the Segal Centre (approx. 300) in the Pôle Nord.

Crédit photo: Maryse Boyce
We can now recognize how deeply the Nuit blanche has penetrated the cultural DNA of our city by these huge evolutionary leaps. Starting with some 30 sites, growing to encompass 70 by its 4th edition in 2007, it embraced 150 partner sites all over our city in 2018!

And so, hats off to all those who have been with us since the very first edition, and who continue to invigorate, encourage and excite our nighthawks, 15 years hence. No doubt: Lion d’or, Café Campus, the Cinémathèque, École nationale de l’humour, Tours Kaléidoscope, Musée d’art contemporain, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Pointe-à-Callière, the SAT, UNEQ, Usine C and Montréal City Hall have been and remain our staunchest allies. Thank you all.

AgoraAnd we’re also thrilled to welcome new partners every year: Helm and La Cabane, Bref, Société Textile, Société V, Studio Earth II and XX Files, La Petite Librairie Drawn and Quarterly, Optica in Pôle Mile-End, as well as Medley Simple Malt, Nestor, Coton, Cinéthique Villeray and Café Chez l’Éditeur, Etoh, Studio Mouvement Humain and Casa d’Italia in the Pôle Nord.

And with the addition of the Pôle Hochelaga this year, the Nuit blanche is spreading even further throughout the city. And get ready for more next year!

The best-attended one-day Montréal event of the year!
208 activities spread out over 152 sites and 9 Pôles
179 free activities (86% of activities)
Over 300,000 Nighthawks, with more than 30,000 in one site!
Fantastic weather, encouraging our nighthawks to party, party, parrty!

“The highlight, especially for art lovers, is Nuit Blanche. […] Montréal’s wildest night of the year! It’s the perfect way to discover places in the city you may not have thought to visit.”
— Andre Gagne, Ottawa Life (Canada)

An incredible array of high-quality shows

AlaniEvery facet of our culture was showcased during this 19th edition of the festival. We are especially proud to have once again offered local artists the opportunity to make their Montréal premieres, including: Coco Méliès, Gabrielle Shonk, Papagroove, Lary Kidd, Random Recipe, Marie-Josée Lord and Isabelle Boulay, all of whom found a new and larger audience with new material, thanks to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

600 artists
200 onstage performances
28 venues and stages

“The anticipated MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival once again brings music, circus arts, theatre, and world-renowned gastronomy to Quartier des spectacles. This 11-day spectacle is one of the largest winter festivals in the world.”
—      Marina Kay, Herald Sun (Australia)

Tha Franklin“Imagine nearly two weeks of outdoor fun, music, shows, fair rides and fine food, during the winter, in one of Canada’s most iconic cities, and you have arrived at Montréal’s annual festival known as MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Montréal certainly knows how to throw a party, even in the winter, and I was treated to a packed itinerary, as well as plenty of free time to explore this vibrant city.”
—      Karen Booth, lavenderandlovage.com (UK)

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2.0

637,000 website visits
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: over 110,000 subscribers
9,000 users of our mobile applications
40 video capsules with over 200,000 viewings on Facebook and YouTube
Interviews by Julie Taillon, Diandra Deschamps, Camille Laventure and Marc-Antoine Montpetit
PotluckMTL.com: more than 35 exclusive articles

Incredible media coverage

Once again, this 19th edition of the festival was treated to complete media saturation coverage! In all, over 200 Québécois, Canadian and international media outlets covered the event. A selection:
Germany (ariva.de, Die Tageszeitung, greenbeltofsound.de); Caribbean (caribbeannewsdigital.com); Australia (eglobaltravelmedia.com, Herald Sun); Belgium (lalibre.be); Brazil (ibahia.com); Canada (Acadie Nouvelle, Cape Breton Post, edmontonsun.com, huffingtonpost.com, nationalpost.com, ottawalife.com, theglobeandmail.com, thesuburban.com, vacay.ca, winnipegfreepress.com); Chile (elmostrador.cl); China (Wings of China); Denmark (jyllands-posten.dk); U.S. (bizbash.com, broadwayworld.com, business.dailytimesleader.com, clickondetroit.com, consumer affairs, gothamist.com, matadornetwork.com, metro.us, news-herald.com, usatoday.com, washingtonian.com); France (femmeactuelle.fr, laprovence.com, Le Figaro, Le Progrès Lyon, L’Express Théma, reead.com, rocknfool.net); Italy (cooperazione.ch, finedininglovers.com); Malaysia (malaysianfoodie.com); Mexico (pulsoslp.com.mx, yucatan.com.mx); Québec (24 h, 985fm.ca, Beauport Express, canoe.ca, debeur.com, Écho Vedettes, hollywoodpq.com, Il Cittadino Canadese, Journal Comercio Latino, lapresse.ca, Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montréal, Le Journal de Québec, ledevoir.com, Le Soleil, mamanpourlavie.com, Métro, montreal.ctvnews.ca, nightlife.ca, quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, sorstu.ca, SRC nouvelles, The Gazette, tvanouvelles.ca, Voir); Czech Republic (OK Magazine); UK (brinkwire.com); Switzerland (Le Matin).

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, the Casino de Montréal, and Les Producteurs de lait du Québec; our official sponsors, the Société des alcools du Québec, Énergir, Air France, Maple from Québec, Promutuel Assurance, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, Coors Light, the ITHQ, Complexe Desjardins, 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 and SODEC — 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.

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

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It’s the last weekend to enjoy the activities!

Spotlight on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Fourth edition
Activity suggestions for March 1 to 4

 Music

Isabelle Boulay
Isabelle Boulay
After a thrilling tribute to Serge Reggiani, Isabelle Boulay makes her passionate return to the stage with magnificent original songs written by some of the greats. Marking her 25th year as an artist, Isabelle has surrounded herself with veteran musicians to create a uniquely emotional moment for her audience. A major singer/performer and her singular voice in her element, treating us to her greatest hits and the terrific songs from her latest album. The real deal!
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve
isabelleboulay.com

Vincent VallieresVincent Vallières
Now a defining figure on the Québécois music landscape, Vincent Vallières is currently on tour with his new show, featuring Andre Papanicolaou on guitar, Amélie Mandeville on bass and keyboards, and Marc-André Larocque on drums. Moving from festive to intimate, this concert invites you to discover Vincent’s new songs and rediscover all of his beloved classics.
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral
vincentvallieres.com

Roman Zavada
Roman ZavadaWith an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield on the edge of the taiga, Roman Zavada pushed his creative limits inspired by the aurora borealis, one of the most spectacular and majestic phenomena on Earth. An immersive performance in which Zavada proposes a dialogue between the piano’s resonances and the northern lights captured in real time in 360 degrees.
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Gesù
facebook.com/resonancesboreales

Random RecipeRandom Recipe
Random Recipe wear the name well. A fine mixture of human warmth, originality and international musical inspiration, the Montreal outfit presents a hybrid sound unique in its genre, with an absolute lack of pretension enhancing their already fascinating performances.
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Club Soda
randomrecipe.ca

Kim Churchill
Kim Churchill
Kim Churchill lives for his guitar, combining redoubtable technique, complex picking, percussion on the neck and soundbox, two-handed tapping, harmonica, foot percussion and a deep, moving voice. Kim Churchill is a natural performer gifted with virtuosity and humility. He’s here with a new album!
Friday, March 2, 8 p.m., Club Soda
kimchurchill.com

LaryKiddLary Kidd with special guests Joe Rocca, Imposs and Karim Ouellet
Famed for his work with the group Loud Lary Ajust, Lary Kidd approaches his art more masterfully than ever. With Contrôle, his debut solo album, Lary delivers a dialectical album that addresses the unsuspected depths of despair among the twentysomethings of the third millennium.
Friday, March 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral
larykidd.bandcamp.com

Jack Broadbent
JackBroadbent
This talented British singer-songwriter leaves audiences spellbound with his unique style of slide guitar. He draws inspiration from blues legends (Hooker, Johnson, Hendrix) but adds a more current songwriting sensibility. He is now considered one of the most exciting modern bluesmen of our time.
Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m., L’Astral
jackbroadbent.co.uk

Stacey KentStacey Kent
Stunning American jazz singer Stacey Kent has won over a major audience with her crystalline voice and a sparkling discography awarded a number of gold records. She’s back with her latest release, due this fall, a magnificent, dazzling fusion of harmony, beauty and intensity.
Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve
staceykent.fr


Chalet Bell

ALIOCHA

Aliocha

Thursday, March 1, the action begins at 5 p.m.! Get cozy during a special “après-ski” happy hour, with mulled wine and comforting dishes, while actors from Le Chalet TV show meet the fans. At 7 p.m., get the party started as Aliocha steps onstage (presented by Osheaga), followed at 8 p.m. by the Bell DJ/VJ duo LUDO and Yaneek.
Get ready for a slew of free shows during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s last weekend! On the sked:
Eman X Vlooper (March 2, presented by Francos de Montréal), and Canailles (March 3), followed by Toddy Flores + Zack Cola with the Gotsoul Sessions for the Nuit blanche (March 3).

Sunday, March 4, it’s time for comedy! From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., a dozen comics will take turns onstage in a laugh-riot marathon. Hosted by Alphé Gagné (March 4), performers will include Martin Perizollo, Les Grandes Crues, Didier Lambert, Arnaud Soly, Maude Landry and Guillaume Beauregard (March 4).

canadiensA Montréal Canadiens theme night in collaboration with RDS will be held on Friday, March 2, with several surprises, including the presence of former Habs players during happy hour, and the live broadcast of the Canadiens vs. New York Islanders match.


Free Outdoor Family activities

atchoum

Atchoum

Énergir Zone
The Énergir Stage located on Ste. Catherine St. in front of the Musée d’art contemporain is the place to be for live shows! This original and dazzling program will deliver moments of musical passion that will leave fans with magical memories. On March 3 & 4 (3 p.m.), Atchoum trades her balloons for a guitar and a rock vibe guaranteed to get fans of all ages tapping their feet to the beat and falling for her many charms all over again. Every evening at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., experience the powerful fiery illumination of the Black-Light show. On March 2, Montréal DJ MONTANA gets the crowd moving at 8 p.m. And on March 3 (Nuit blanche), from 11 p.m., Bell DJs jojoflores & Cesar take over the wheels of steel for their Bang Bang the Boogie soirée with special guest Quicksound Live!

glissade_laitSlides and games in the Milk Family Fun Zone
Located near the Musée d’art contemporain and easily accessible via Ste. Catherine St. W., the Milk Family Fun Zone is the perfect spot for a good time with the kids. Enjoy giant board games, and slides for the whole clan, including the super Milk Urban Ice Slide and a new micro-slide conceived specially for the little ones.

Québec Maple Ferris Wheel
Enjoy the fresh air and a new perspective as you take a turn on the Québec Maple Ferris Wheel located in the heart of the Incredible World of Maple and admire the splendid view of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site.

tyrolienneRBC Zip-line
The spectacular RBC Zip-line is back! A wild 200-metre descent powered by Arbraska, it’s an adrenalized experience zooming you over the entire outdoor site, from Balmoral almost all the way to St. Urbain. The departure point is located in the RBC Sports Zone.


Nine Activity Pôles for a Great Nuit

And you can plunge into this Nuit wherever you are! On March 3, the entire city lights up with passion, flocking to nine Pôles and eleven activity categories: action, visual arts, film, dance, exhibits, whimsy, games, illumination, words, music, laughter. Here are a number of suggestions to give you an idea of the excitement that awaits:

1. Pôle Quartier des Spectacles
QDS
The epicentre of the Nuit blanche, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site sparkles like a constellation! Action rules the brand-new to Chalet Bell and the Énergir Zone: a concert by Canailles, followed by DJ sets Gotsoul Session and Bell DJ/VJs Bell Toddy Flores + Zack Cola, along with Bang Bang The Boogie from jojoflores & Cesar and special guest Quicksound Live. From midnight in the Maison du Festival, Sarahmée, Naya Ali and Marie-Gold fire off an exceptional evening dedicated to emerging talents in female hip-hop. On the Place des Festivals and the Place des Arts Esplanade, activities roll continuously until 3 a.m.: the RBC Sports Zone and its Zip-line, the Milk Family Fun Zone with its Urban Slide, the World of Incredible Maple with its Ferris Wheel, along with Illuminart installations combining art, illumination and technology, presented by Casino de Montréal.

The entire Wilder Building is overtaken by dance-related events, including a vinyl marathon and a demented dance battle in Agora de la danse. In the Salon Urbain, Place des Arts, music meets comedy with Mara Tremblay, Fred Fortin and Galaxie, along with Jean-Philippe Wauthier, Fred Savard, Olivier Niquet and Jean-Sébastien Girard, joining forces for La nuit est encore blanche (presented by Radio-Canada). The 2-22 hosts an unexpected evening conceived by La Vitrine culturelle, a collage workshop presented by Artexte and a unique exhibition by young artist Erdem Taşdelen (Toronto) and the Chto Delat collective (Russia) at VOX. Cabaret festif no 8 in Monument-National, in collaboration with ZOOFEST, promises to be wilder than ever, with comedy (Les Appendices) and music (Marie-Pierre Arthur, Antoine Gratton and DJ Dee). And by the balustrade, an open mic evening presents spoken word and poetry presented by La Criée.

2. Pôle Centre-ville
Head to La Factry, the school of science and creativity, where Frenchez l’inconnu gets wilder than ever with a party combining debates, dance, visual arts and music. At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a mini-festival on television channels in critical and poetical performances inspired by reception-transmission methods. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts creates a nighttime event centred around the exhibition Napoléon—Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace, with visits, workshops and a collective mural. Meanwhile, the McCord Museum resuscitates Urban Tales and offers a guided visit of the exhibition The Topsy-Turvy Storyland.

3. Pôle Quartier latin et Village
Salsa  3
At the UQAM Pavillon de design, the issue is happiness, and its attendant clichés… and a guided tour of a circuit of installations helps frame the question. In the BAnQ, a poetry lab for all combines visual, aural and poetical artists, alongside an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the library. Meanwhile, the action heats up in the Metro! At Berri, join in swing dancing with Cat’s Corner and salsa with École San Tropez. The Montréal Joue festival goes techno: videogames, collaborative memory game Mimésis and the interactive installation Propolis created by the students of UQAM. Finally, the incredible Nuit aux flambeaux sur les faubourgs (Torchlight Procession) sets off from Écomusée du fier monde and Maison de la culture Frontenac to discover a neighbourhood and its many attractions, breathtakingly illuminated by flaming torches and accompanied by a guide.

4. Pôle Hochelaga
In its inaugural year, the brand-new Pôle Hochelaga hosts over fifteen activities! Fans can gather at the foot of Olympic Stadium for nighttime skating on the illuminated skating path on the Sun Life Financial Esplanade. Bistro le Ste-Cath shakes up poetry, slam, storytelling, creative workshops and even insect tastings (!). Wow! The Galerie Marc Gosselin turns the spotlight on neighbourhood artists: Karine Demers, Marc Gosselin and Martin Rondeau. At Salon Enchanthé, it’s time to get creative and paint! Join in a collective work created “blind”, ultraviolet body painting, music and an exhibition. Finally, SDC Hochelaga-Maisonneuve serves up a hip-hop show by L’Amalgame, perfect to warm up body and soul!

5. Pôle Vieux-Montréal
Vieux port
Head to City Hall, in partnership with SAT and MU, and unleash your creativity in a collective mural! Galerie Le Bourget presents a performance by artists Nathalie Lapointe and Diana Polizeno. At Pointe-à-Callière, the exhibition Passion: hockey goes into overtime! Mini hockey games, a collective artwork inspired by our national sport, and a visit to the exhibition. And neon takes over Espace VERRE with Gérald Collard and the illuminated pieces of his Atelier Neon Family.

6. Pôle Plateau-Mont-Royal
In the Maison des écrivains, the Ligue d’improvisation littéraire takes several genres by storm, remixing literature, theatre and music. Boutique Geekatorium invites you to create the great adventure of Mika and his Android via collaborative storytelling. In Studio Bizz, the hula-hoop goes tribal with fun demonstrations and introductory workshops. Finally, the ECTO cooperative presents a festive soirée at the crossroad of different eras, between traditional music and the digital world.

7. Pôle Mile-End
patin libre
ArtLounge MTL presents a 100% Montréal multi-sensorial event, with nine multimedia artists and three DJs. The exhibition Performing Lives at Optica gallery aims to shake up the codes of video, inviting visitors to imagine the sequel to David Lynch’s famed Twin Peaks. In Temps libre Mile-End, enjoy the gentle yet powerful poetry of slammer Queen Ka, sensorial workshops and never-before-seen projections. And contemporary skating outfit Le Patin Libre takes over Saint-Louis arena for a massive party on ice.

8. Pôle Nord
Artgang Montréal celebrates social inclusion, cultural diversity and fun with Le Runway! Enjoy fashion, dance, visual arts and musical energy. The Centre des métiers du cuir de Montréal welcomes artist Claire Nadon, whose creations combine leather and jacquard. Cinéthique Villeray gathers the people responsible for Montréal-themed documentaries in literary café Chez l’Éditeur for a night of short doc screenings. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts brings us Big Broadway Sing-Along by Nick Burgess: piano, Broadway tunes and, yes, big crowd sing-alongs!

Art souterain9. Art Souterrain
For its 10th anniversary, Art Souterrain festival lays out a unique artistic circuit through Montréal’s indoor underground network. Spread over seven different buildings, the circuit will be staffed by mediators, there to guide and inform festival fans on the artworks, as well as meet-and-greets with artists, and live performances.

Getting around during the Nuit
Once again this year, the STM is the indispensable partner you’ll need to get around! The Metro will remain open all night long (at the usual fare). The unlimited Soirée pass ($5) lets riders climb aboard at will between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning.

The 411 on the Nuit blanche
And that’s just a glimpse of the activities that await in this 15th Nuit blanche à Montréal. For all the info, visit our new website nuitblanchemtl.com: all the details, a map of activities, thematic suggestions and much more!

Our mobile application presented by Bell also allows you to explore the Nuit with the touch of a fingertip. Addresses, activity descriptions, an interactive map and even a search function to find your friends—you wouldn’t want to lose your tribe during a night on the town!

The printed program will be available on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, at activity sites, at Nuit blanche information kiosks, at La Vitrine (in the 2-22) and at the exit of Metro Mont-Royal.

nuitblanchemtl.com
#NBMTL

Gastronomy

Sean McDonald Le Mousso

Sean MacDonald

The New School
March 1 — Mousso — $150 (taxes, wine and service not included)
Looking for the New School? Meet Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, Sean MacDonald, Matt Lambert and Atsushi Tanaka. Like the Nouvelle Vague in film, this “Nouvelle École” in gastronomy is not solely the result of revolutionary culinary techniques, but also the immediate product of an assemblage of a number of next generation chefs—one that began on Instagram and culminated in an encounter at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. How? With Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, we’ve discovered that everything is possible! The virtual encounter began when the four chefs mutually admired photos of culinary creations from their respective restaurants. A desire was sparked to transform that virtual admiration into reality: they decided to connect in the flesh to share their common passion for gourmet presentation, in the same kitchen. Now, this unique encounter between culinary artists will happen in the kitchens of restaurant Le Mousso, for one night only during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. On the menu: bedazzlement for the eyes, wonderment for the taste buds.

jonathan lapierre

Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem

Belgium in the spotlight at the Restaurant de l’ITHQ
February 27 to March 3
Chef: Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem
with: Emmanuel Simon, Jean-Baptiste Thomaes, Johan Forton, Laurent Devos
Come savour the flavours of Belgium during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! Discover delicious Belgian specialties with our distinguished guests: chef Jean-Baptiste Thomaes from Le Château du Mylord (two Michelin stars) as well as culinary workshop supervisor Johan Forton and pastry maker Emmanuel Simon, who both hail from the Institut Emile Gryzon in Brussels. During the evening, beer expert Laurent Devos from the Institut Roger Lambion and sommelier Eric Chevrier from the ITHQ will offer you a sweet accord. This Belgian delegation will be joined by the Restaurant de l’ITHQ’s executive chef, Jonathan Lapierre, and by a brigade of students supervised by chef and professor Benoît Lenglet.
ithq.qc.ca/mtlenlumiere     

The Bocuse Event at La Chronique
Bocuse
February 27 to March 3 — La Chronique — Five-course menu: $85 (taxes, wine and service not included)
La Chronique, a classic of French gastronomy in Montréal, presents a five-course menu of signature dishes inspired by the legendary Paul Bocuse, first honorary president of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

Boreale tasting evening
March 2 and 3 – Celebrating knowledge
Chefs: Rémi Brunelle
with: Martin Brisson
Martin Brisson is the executive chef of La Galouïne Auberge & Restaurant and the founder of Terroir Boréal and in Tadoussac. This chef of indigenous descent creates uniquely flavoured dishes, such as his home-made smoked ham, duck magret, and salmon. He also offers a wide range of artisanal products, including spreads, syrups, ketchups, onion confits, fleur de sel with boreal flavours, spices, wild mushrooms, and Labrador tea flavoured with berries from the boreal forest. For this unique tasting evening, Martin shares his culinary art spotlighting beautiful boreal flavours.
leblumenthal.com

Sugar shack at Valois
March 3 (9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and March 4 (9 a.m.) – Brunches and lunches
Chef: Nicolas San José
nicolas san jose
Given the incredible success of this activity last year, Valois has decided to repeat the experience. We are pleased to bring you a brunch menu highlighting delicious maple products. Dishes are to be passed around the table and shared, in true cabane à sucre tradition.


Schedule of continuous activities

Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, March 4: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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The festival goes on!

Spotlight on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Third edition

Activity suggestions for February 27 to March 1

 

Music

Marie-Josée Lord and Orchestre Symphonique de Laval
MJ LordCharismatic singer Marie-Josée Lord has a warm, moving voice that conjures the great female opera singers of history. Accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval conducted by Alain Trudel, the soprano presents passionate versions of the greatest airs of Puccini, Verdi, Massenet and many more. Quite simply divine!
Tuesday, February 27, 7:30pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve
stationbleue.com/artistes.f/lord_mariejosee.bio.php

La bronzeLa Bronze
This autumn, La Bronze launches Les corps infinis, an 11-track electronica-charged pop opus built around her beloved French horn, with plenty of love for piano and percussion as well. Armed with electronic keyboards and rock guitar, she delivers a powerful, passionate pop-rock with trip-hop accents. Exquisite.
Wednesday, February 28, 8pm, L’Astral
labronze.ca

Eva Yerbabuena


Compañía Eva Yerbabuena AY!

One of the global leaders in flamenco dance, the illustrious Eva Yerbabuena returns for a new flamboyant showcase of her artistry. Renowned for her deeply expressive and personal approach to flamenco, as well as her technical perfection, the Spanish artist presents her new show, AY!
Wednesday, February 28, 8pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve
facebook.com/EvaYerbabuenaCIA

 

Roman ZavadaRoman Zavada
With an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield on the edge of the taiga, Roman Zavada pushed his creative limits inspired by the aurora borealis, one of the most spectacular and majestic phenomena on Earth. An immersive performance in which Zavada proposes a dialogue between the piano’s resonances and the northern lights captured in real time in 360 degrees.
Thursday, March 1, 8pm, Gesù
facebook.com/resonancesboreales

Random RecipeRandom Recipe
Random Recipe wear the name well. A fine mixture of human warmth, originality and international musical inspiration, the Montreal outfit presents a hybrid sound unique in its genre, with an absolute lack of pretension enhancing their already fascinating performances.
Thursday, March 1, 8pm, Club Soda
randomrecipe.ca

Thursday, March 1 at Chalet Bell

ALIOCHA
The action begins at 5 p.m.! Get cozy during a special “après-ski” happy hour, with mulled wine and comforting dishes, while actors from Le Chalet TV show meet the fans.
At 7 p.m., get the party started as Aliocha steps onstage (presented by Osheaga), followed at 8 p.m. by the Bell DJ/VJ duo LUDO and Yaneek.


Illuminart returns for its 2nd edition

Chimes — Collectif Blackbox30 light tubes and 8 speakers come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes. A simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambience of the space and creates new illuminated and aural motifs.
Collectif Blackbox is a collective of six creators with a passion for the world of interactive media. Recently graduated from UQAM, the group is interested in the arts, design and new technologies enhancing the exploration of new media.
In collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

TILTPockets — TILT (France)The Pocket is a reproduction of the old French flashlight or “torch”, an everyday object with old-fashioned charm and vintage colours. As giant-sized recreations, these torches play with scales and surprise passersby around them.
TILT is a French artistic studio, a diverse collection of highly motivated and talented performing artists, creative lighting groups, and lighting enthusiasts, producing towering colourful Luminaires, a combination of sculpture and urban fitting, inspired by nature or items from everyday life. t-i-l-t.com

Festival fans are invited to Espace création Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal (Ste. Catherine St. W.) to discover the playful, fun technologies of Illuminart.
February 22 to March 4, Thursday to Sunday — 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (except for the Nuit blanche, March 3, until 3 a.m.)
For all the details, please visit experienceilluminart.ca. A mobile application also helps festival goers get around during their visit.

Gastronomy

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard Welcomes Atsushi Tanaka: a Symphony of Succulence and Elegance
February 27 and 28 — Mousso — $150, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Atsushi Tanaka Le Mousso

Atsushi Tanaka

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, renowned for his creative, innovative and delicious dishes, welcomes Japan’s Atsushi Tanaka, owner of Parisian restaurant AT, celebrated for his delicate, powerful and modern cuisine. Though an ocean separates them, these two young chefs share a love for the lands where they were born and draw deep inspiration from them in crafting dishes that thrill the taste buds… and the eye. Both men place a tremendous importance on the presentation of their dishes, seeking to offer an experience that transcends the world of flavours and aromas to offer visually dazzling cuisine. From Montréal to Japan to Paris, an unforgettable culinary voyage to the realm of the senses awaits.

The New School
March 1 — Mousso — $150 (taxes, wine and service not included)

Sean McDonald Le Mousso

Sean MacDonald

Looking for the New School? Meet Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, Sean MacDonald, Matt Lambert and Atsushi Tanaka. Like the Nouvelle Vague in film, this “Nouvelle École” in gastronomy is not solely the result of revolutionary culinary techniques, but also the immediate product of an assemblage of a number of next generation chefs—one that began on Instagram and culminated in an encounter at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. How? With Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, we’ve discovered that everything is possible! The virtual encounter began when the four chefs mutually admired photos of culinary creations from their respective restaurants. A desire was sparked to transform that virtual admiration into reality: they decided to connect in the flesh to share their common passion for gourmet presentation, in the same kitchen. Now, this unique encounter between culinary artists will happen in the kitchens of restaurant Le Mousso, for one night only during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. On the menu: bedazzlement for the eyes, wonderment for the taste buds.

The Bocuse Event at La Chronique
February 27 to March 3 — La Chronique — Five-course menu: $85 (taxes, wine and service not included)

BocuseLa Chronique, a classic of French gastronomy in Montréal, presents a five-course menu of signature dishes inspired by the legendary Paul Bocuse, first honorary president of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.


Schedule of continuous activities

Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, March 4: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Opening of the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Address by Jacques-André Dupont, CEO,
and Michel Leblanc, Chairman of the Board

Montréal, Thursday, February 22, 2018 — We are delighted to officially launch this 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented in collaboration with Bell, which will run until March 4. Once again this year, the festival offers hundreds of activities in every genre: gourmet activities, thanks to a program as enticing as it is instructive, celebrating knowledge as its centrepiece; an array of artistic rendezvous, from music to theatre, dance and circus arts; free activities on our illuminated, ever-joyous outdoor site, where we have the pleasure of presenting the 2nd edition of Illuminart with the Casino de Montréal; and some 200 activities in our famed Nuit blanche, celebrating its 15th edition this year, also presented in collaboration with the Casino de Montréal.

For 19 years now, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has struck a match in a darkened cave, changing our perception of our wintry surroundings by its very presence. Each year, this festival pierces the darkness, illuminating our urban space and sending a wave of warmth coursing through the heart of our wintertime cold. And thanks to our many partners, hundreds of new sources of illumination and warmth have been added over the years, so much so that we can now claim the title as the most beautiful of winter celebrations.

Because if there is one thing that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has done since its inception—the source of its worldwide reputation—it is to again and again present new ways to enjoy this metropolis and seize possession of our urban space right in the midst of winter. Once again this year, we are happy to offer an event that is unifying, collective, community-focused, gourmet, luminous, fun, creative and open to the world, just like our city.

Our public partners have always played an essential role in this festival. In fact, 19 years ago, it was our three levels of government, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal, and Tourisme Montréal who wanted us to create this event, asking us to find a way to free Montréal from the massive annual darkness of February. The request was no easy one, but the vision was simple: the mandate assigned to Alain Simard and L’Équipe Spectra was to do in winter what they had managed to do in summer with the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Francos de Montréal.

As the festival prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, we are proud to note the progress made and results achieved by this vast project. And we are immensely enthusiastic to be embarking upon a major new avenue, so that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE can continue to fulfill the mission it has accomplished for 19 years. Our goal is to go ever further, to continue to innovate and create a collective wealth for all, at the social and cultural levels as well as in tourism and the economy.

To do so, the support of our partners is essential. I would first like to thank our co-presenter Bell; our three major partners, RBC, the Casino de Montréal, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec; our official sponsors, the Société des alcools du Québec, Énergir, Air France, Québec Maple, Promutuel Assurance, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, Coors Light, the ITHQ, Complexe Desjardins, 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 and the Ministry of Canadian Heritage, the Government of Québec—Ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine and SODEC; as well as the Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Have a great festival!

Jacques-André Dupont, CEO
Michel Leblanc, Chairman of the Board

The 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE runs from February 22 to March 4, 2018

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FINALLY: It’s MEL time!

Opening of the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Spotlight – Second edition

Music

Ala.ni


Ala.Ni

The voice of a siren, an otherworldly presence and a musical universe as gorgeous as it is delicate… Immediately registering as one of the most fascinating voices on the scene from the release of her debut, You & I, Ala.Ni bewitches her audience with grace and aplomb. An irresistible encounter with a brilliant artist in the intimacy of the Gesù!
Thursday, February 22, Gesù
ala.ni


Vieux Farka Touré
Following in the footsteps of his illustrious father, the great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux innovates while carving a path all his own and breaking new ground for West African music. With 11 astounding albums in his repertoire, he has established himself as one of Africa’s most dazzling guitarists as well as one of its most exciting musicians.
Thursday, February 22, Club Soda
vieuxfarkatoure.com

Gabrielle ShonkGabrielle Shonk
Once her first single, Habit, racked up one million listens on Spotify, the record labels came calling: she would go on to sign with Universal. She’s finally here to present her folk-soul material, pouring her rich voice into songs steeped in maturity. A diamond in the rough, with a disarming authenticity.
Friday, February 23, L’Astral
gabrielleshonk.com

Gregory Porter
A worthy descendent of the great American singers of the ’60s and ’70s, Gregory Porter instantly ascended into the pantheon of contemporary jazz vocal. He comes to the sumptuous Maison symphonique armed with his latest album: Nat King Cole & Me, a thrilling tribute to his central career inspiration.
Friday, February 23, Maison Symphonique de Montréal
gregoryporter.com

David Myles
David Myles

With his refined sensibility and an irresistible groove, Maritimes singer-songwriter David Myles launches a 10th album, Real Love. He’s stepped away from the pop sound of previous albums without abandoning it, celebrating the sound of the ‘50s (a move that suits him perfectly, by the way). It’s a joyous, danceable and very rock’n’roll album sure to fully come to life onstage.
Saturday, February 24, Gesù
davidmyles.com

Les Deuxluxes
Hailing from Montreal, Les Deuxluxes are powered by strong vocals, a minimalist yet effective rhythm section, and a pair of wild guitars. The duo has attitude to burn, nerves of steel and a touch of spangles, sequins and sweat, delivering a personal fiery blend of rock’n’roll. The evening opens with a solo project from Vivianne Roy (Les Hay Babies).
Saturday, February 24, Club Soda
lesdeuxluxes.com

Alain 3Alain Lefèvre – Récital-bénéfice pour les enfants-réfugiés haïtiens
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Maison d’Haïti proudly present a special benefit concert starring internationally renowned piano virtuoso Alain Lefèvre, preceded by talented Haitian-born pianist David Bontemps. The two musicians will present some of their preferred compositions, alternating with favourite pieces from the classical repertoire. All profits generated by the evening will help finance the activities of the Byenvini à Montréal project.
Sunday, February 25, Gesù
www.alainlefevre.com

Activities for all in the new Chalet Bell!

Bell is proud to bring Chalet Bell to the heart of Place des Festivals and offer a unique program that will appeal to all festival-goers,” said Martine Turcotte, Bell’s Vice Chair, Québec. “Showcasing technological innovations and offering workshops for the whole family, happy hour themes and a variety of live musical performances, Chalet Bell is a welcoming gathering place for visitors to warm up while enjoying the celebrations.

Heartstreets

Heartstreets

Shows and Bell DJ/VJs
Musically, get ready for a slew of free concerts every day, for fans of chanson, rock, hip-hop, folk… In other words, something roe every taste! On the sked: Dubmatique (February 22), Heartstreets (February 23, presented by Osheaga) and Marie-Pierre Arthur (February 24, presented by Francos de Montréal).

Sunday, February 25, it’s time for comedy! From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., a dozen comics will take turns onstage in a laugh-riot marathon. Hosted by Richardson Zéphir, performers will include Olivier Martineau, Yannick De Martino, Mehdi Bousaidan, Sylvi Tourigny, Mélanie Ghanimé and David Beaucage.

Finally, the Bell DJs and VJs take over to get everyone grooving every evening from 8 p.m.: Domeno (February 22), TIZI (February 23) and Voyage Funktastique (February 24).

Excitement on the outdoor site!

RBC Sports Zone
Time to test your athletic abilities! Alone or as part of a team, festival fans are invited to test their mettle on a circuit of four fun, dynamic installations conceived around the Olympic theme: ice hockey, cross-country skiing, mogul skiing and basketball. Win fun prizes! Who will be the rookie of the year? Guaranteed fun for sports fans of all ages! Also, chill out on Adirondack chairs in front of a fireplace and grill sausages and marshmallows on the RBC braziers located throughout the festival site.

Many of our own Canadian Olympic stars will even stop by the CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic Zone to meet the public. RBC Olympic Athletes will include swimming champion Sandrine Mainville, synchro swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau and famed female hockey player Caroline Ouellette.

glissade_laitSlides and games in the Milk Family Fun Zone
Located near the Musée d’art contemporain and easily accessible via Ste. Catherine St. W., the Milk Family Fun Zone is the perfect spot for a good time with the kids. Enjoy giant board games, and slides for the whole clan, including the super Milk Urban Ice Slide and a new micro-slide conceived specially for the little ones.

Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth
A crew of agents crisscross the site, wearing huge digital balloons on their heads… No, you are not hallucinating! The Promutuel Assurance Squad is here to capture fans’ magical moments in a souvenir photo, which you can pick up at the kiosk. And pick up an added special gift!

Illuminart returns for its 2nd edition

For a 2nd consecutive year, Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal, will present its works free of charge in a reconceived and transformed urban space. In all, a dozen installations created by artists from home and abroad will be showcased around Place des Arts and on the Place des Festivals.

Nexus Viktor Vicsek (Netherlands) — Standing at the RBC Zip-line arrival tower, an immense luminous structure greets visitors to the site. A complex assemblage of 200 coloured interlocking tubes, Nexus symbolizes the social bonds forged between the inhabitants of a space and its new arrivals.
Nexus was created by Viktor Vicsek, produced by the Amsterdam Light Festival and presented by Light Art Collection and Illuminart. 3dprojectionmapping.net

DekyvereApparatus Florius — Tom Dekyvere (Belgium) — Installed at Place des Arts, this structure symbolizes the instinctive flow of a plant, taking over the city in search of light. The work questions the balance between the human adaptation and digitalization of our natural environment.
Artist Tom Dekyvere explores the deeper layers of reality and mind. His work probes for unexpected connections, in search of the boundaries between nature and technology, between man and robot, between dead and living matter. tomdekyvere.com

Gastronomy

Maison Boulud Hosts Gaetano Trovato
February 24 — Maison Boulud — $125, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Gaetano TrovatoDuring MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chef Riccardo Bertolino and Maison Boulud will welcome Italian chef Gaetano Trovato of restaurant Arnolfo, one of Tuscany’s most essential gourmet destinations. Not only famed for the quality of the regional Italian products that he proudly uses in his cuisine, chef Trovato is renowned for his spectacular presentation of dishes that we might even describe as “culinary architecture.” He also teaches at the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine, where he shares his experience and know-how. These two great Sicilian chefs now meet for the first time ever to collaborate on a contemporary, elegant and succulent menu, in the tradition of the Maison Boulud, one of Montréal’s most refined and essential gourmet destinations. Make your reservations quickly, because this unique event will take place one night only.

Schedule of continuous activities
Thursday, February 22,
and Friday, February 23: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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The 19th edition de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE runs from February 22 to March 4, 2018

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I.A.rt Colloquium: Artificiel Intelligence and Data Serving Creative Work for Public Spaces

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Montréal, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 — As its 2nd edition approaches, Illuminart is proud to participate in the I.A.rt Colloquium: artificial intelligence at the service of creation in public space, presented by the Quartier des Spectacles Pertnership in collaboration with Montréal joue and UQAM, to be held Thursday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pavillon Sherbrooke of UQAM (200 Sherbrooke St. W.). Addressing the way in which data and artificial intelligence can contribute to new artistic and creative experiences in public space, this symposium extends and deepens the artistic thinking that underpins Illuminart: that of showcasing interactive, unifying and innovative works in the heart of urban spaces. In addition, this symposium allows Illuminart and all our local creators to enlarge their networks and increase their international reach and profile. Thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage, a dozen foreign broadcasters will be present to support local creators and promote the export of works. Illuminart is presented by the Casino de Montréal from February 22 to March 4 as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

A unique event that opens avenues of thought

Hosted byMatthieu Dugal, the I.A.rt Colloquium offers an entire day of conferences and project presentations unveiling the possibilities and perspectives of new technologies. Speakers will include designers from such organizations as Ubisoft, Element.ai, National Film Board of Canada, IBM, Réalisations and UQAM.
Complete program: quartierdesspectacles.com/en/colloque-i-a-rt

Experience this extraordinary event by purchasing tickets at the fares below:
Symposium and cocktail — Full fare: $80 — Student: $40
Cocktail only — Full fare: $20

The I.A.rt Colloquium is supported by the City of Montréal, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire and Canadian Heritage.

Illuminart: art, illumination and technology serving a collective creative experience

With 13 installations fusing art, illumination and technology in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, Illuminart presented by Casino de Montréal explores a number of issues addressed by the I.A.rt Colloquium. Each of the works presented takes its own approach to questioning the links between art and public space public, contributing to creating an enriching and dynamic interactive experience.

PropolisAs an example, Propolis, presented by Bell and created by the students of the UQAM École des médias interactifs, unfolds in two distinct zones of the Quartier des Spectacles: on Émery Street, and the Promenade des Artistes. Inspired by the collective activity of bees, the work allows the public gathering in two different spaces to interact, creating—together and separately—a natural substance with unpolluting properties.

NOR MINDSimilarly, NOR MIND, conceived and created by Daniel Iregui, is an interactive sculpture that reacts to touch, with geometric patterns covering its surface in constant flux. Invited to interact with the piece, the public disrupts the rhythm of the patterns with the movements of their hands and bodies. Via geometric shapes, natural undulations and synthetic sounds inspired by nature, the experience explore contradictory emotions, divided into four different chapters. NOR MIND is co-presented with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

The 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE runs from February 22 to March 4, 2018

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Three days until the massive winter celebration!

Spotlight on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
First edition

Activity suggestions for February 19 to 24

Music

Vieux Farka Touré
Vieux FarkaFollowing in the footsteps of his illustrious father, the great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux innovates while carving a path all his own and breaking new ground for West African music. With 11 astounding albums in his repertoire, he has established himself as one of Africa’s most dazzling guitarists as well as one of its most exciting musicians.
Thursday, February 22, Club Soda
vieuxfarkatoure.com

Coco MeliesCoco Méliès
Coco Méliès returns with The Riddle, a richly atmospheric new album. Defying all labels, the musical world of Coco Méliès revels in subtle nuances and contrasts. Renowned for their distinctive vocal harmonies and refined folk, the once again presents a show both raw and luminous.
Thursday, February 22, L’Astral
coco-melies.com

The Franklin Electric
The FranklinThree years after blowing up on the Montreal scene with This Is How I Let You Down, The Franklin Electric arrive with songs from their 2nd release, Blue Ceilings. Intelligent and sensitive alternative pop-folk, carried to the heavens by the spellbinding voice of John Matte.
Friday, February 23, Mtelus
thefranklinelectric.com

Karen Young & Coral Egan, Mère et fille
Karen Young & Coral EganTwo superb voices, two accomplished musical careers, singers Karen Young and Coral Egan join forces for Mère et fille, revisiting their favourite songs: tunes from their respective repertoires as well as pop, folk and jazz artists including Djavan, Ayub Ogada, Catherine Major, Radiohead, Steve Lacy and many more!
Friday, February 23, Gesù
bonsound.com/fr/artiste/karen-young-coral-egan

Gregory Porter
Gregory PorterA worthy descendent of the great American singers of the ’60s and ’70s, Gregory Porter instantly ascended into the pantheon of contemporary jazz vocal. He comes to the sumptuous Maison symphonique armed with his latest album: Nat King Cole & Me, a thrilling tribute to his central career inspiration.
Friday, February 23, Maison Symphonique de Montréal
gregoryporter.com

PapagroovePapagroove
With its high-energy afro-funk fusion influenced by Fela Kuti’s politicized afrobeat, Parliament’s clever groovy funk, James Brown’s passionate soul flavour, Bruno Mars’ bubbly pop sound and Jimi Hendrix’s rock intensity, Papagroove is easily recognizable on stage by its raw spirit, its mastery of improvisation and its explosive presence. Born to be wild and free, the band is yet again ready to surprise us. This fall, the indomitable beast puts itself in the hunter’s boots with its 3rd album, The Hunt.
Saturday, February 24, L’Astral
papagroove.ca

Les Deuxluxes
Les deuxluxesHailing from Montreal, Les Deuxluxes are powered by strong vocals, a minimalist yet effective rhythm section, and a pair of wild guitars. The duo has attitude to burn, nerves of steel and a touch of spangles, sequins and sweat, delivering a personal fiery blend of rock’n’roll. The evening opens with a solo project from Vivianne Roy (Les Hay Babies).
Saturday, February 24, Club Soda
lesdeuxluxes.com

Activities for all in the new Chalet Bell!

Shows, videogames, workshops and tasting stations await festival fans in this new multifunctional space conceived for every audience taste. It’s the perfect warm spot for fun, to recharge and relax, right in the heart of the Place des Festivals.

Dubmatique

Dubmatique

Shows and Bell DJ/VJs
Musically, get ready for a slew of free concerts every day, for fans of chanson, rock, hip-hop, folk… In other words, something roe every taste! On the sked: Dubmatique (February 22), Heartstreets (February 23, presented by Osheaga) and Marie-Pierre Arthur (February 24, presented by Francos de Montréal).
Finally, the Bell DJs and VJs take over to get everyone grooving every evening from 8 p.m.: Domeno (February 22), TIZI (February 23) and Voyage Funktastique (February 24).


Workshops
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., families can enjoy a variety of enlightening, creative workshops! Saturday, February 24, young people can discover the secrets of turntables, and Sunday, February 25, learn how to make jewelry using fiber optics.

Happy Hour
It’s Happy Hour! Every day, we’ll throw a 5 à 7 organized around a different theme: mixology (February 23), microbrewery beer and Québec cheeses (February 24 and March 3), après-ski (March 1) and RDS (march 2) will spice up your early evenings with special menus.


Excitement on the outdoor site

tyrolienneRBC Zip-line
The spectacular RBC Zip-line is back! A wild 200-metre descent powered by Arbraska, it’s an adrenalized experience zooming you over the entire outdoor site, from Balmoral almost all the way to St. Urbain. The departure point is located in the RBC Sports Zone.

Québec Maple Ferris Wheel
Enjoy the fresh air and a new perspective as you take a turn on the Québec Maple Ferris Wheel located in the heart of the Incredible World of Maple and admire the splendid view of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site.

Gastronomy

Thomas Haas Maison Boulud

Thomas Haas

The Reunion of the Mentor and his Students
February 19 and 20 — Maison Boulud — Five-course menu: $195 (taxes and service not included)
Maison Boulud celebrates knowledge by hosting three young Canadian chefs, along with Riccardo Bertolino, of course. These four emerging chefs, who continue to raise the bar of culinary art in Canada, will be gathered around their mentor, Daniel Boulud, to create a unique menu during the festival. Riccardo Bertolino has a deep knowledge of classics, having worked with the greatest chefs in France and with training in the European traditions. Patrick Kriss’ success story as the #1 restaurant in Canada gives testimony to his focus, talent, creativity, and ambition. Dale MacKay’ precision, passion and love for western Canada have made him one of the most talented Western Canadian chefs. Finally, Thomas Haas has an impressive background and is considered by Daniel Boulud as the best pastry chef in the country.

Gaetano Trovato

Gaetano Trovato

Maison Boulud Hosts Gaetano Trovato
February 24 — Maison Boulud — $125, before wine (taxes and service not included)
During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chef Riccardo Bertolino and Maison Boulud will welcome Italian chef Gaetano Trovato of restaurant Arnolfo, one of Tuscany’s most essential gourmet destinations. Not only famed for the quality of the regional Italian products that he proudly uses in his cuisine, chef Trovato is renowned for his spectacular presentation of dishes that we might even describe as “culinary architecture.” He also teaches at the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine, where he shares his experience and know-how. These two great Sicilian chefs now meet for the first time ever to collaborate on a contemporary, elegant and succulent menu, in the tradition of the Maison Boulud, one of Montréal’s most refined and essential gourmet destinations. Make your reservations quickly, because this unique event will take place one night only.

Schedule of continuous activities
Thursday, February 22,
and Friday, February 23: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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The 19th edition de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE runs from February 22 to March 4, 2018

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Farewell Chef Paul!

Montréal, Thursday, February 15, 2018 — Organizers of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, were deeply saddened to learn of the passing this past January 20 of the illustrious Paul Bocuse, a giant of global gastronomy and symbol of French culinary prestige worldwide. Named “the pope of cuisine” and elected “Chef of the century” by Gault & Millaut, Paul Bocuse is especially dear to the memory of this festival, dedicated to the flavours of the world, as he served as its first honorary president. The 19th edition of the festival, held from February 22 to March 4, will therefore be dedicated to this legendary chef, with a number of our Air France Finest Tables serving up special menus specially conceived in his honour. In addition, five new gourmet soirées have been added to the program at Maison Boulud, La Chronique and Mousso. Details and reservations: montrealenlumiere.com

 Farewell Chef Paul: special menus as part of Air France Finest Tables

 Europea
Lyon-style hors d’oeuvres
Oeuf meurette (egg poached in Beaujolais wine sauce)
Pike quenelle with crayfish and Nantua sauce
Poultry fricassee with cream and morels
Sweet treats and temptations
President’s cake

Au Petit Extra
Artichoke gratin à la Lyonnaise: fresh artichoke cooked in white wine and creamed veal stock, browned with local cheeses
Sea bream with potato scales, orange and rosemary sauce
Aged beef fillet à la Rossini with slices of foie gras and Madeira sauce
A sampling of Mr. Paul’s desserts: miniature crème brûlée, three-bite Tatin, pear poached in spices, dark chocolate sauce

 Added to the program

1. The Reunion of the Mentor and his Students
February 19 and 20 — Maison Boulud — Five-course menu: $195 (taxes and service not included)

Thomas Haas Maison Boulud

Thomas Haas

Maison Boulud celebrates knowledge by hosting three young Canadian chefs, along with Riccardo Bertolino, of course. These four emerging chefs, who continue to raise the bar of culinary art in Canada, will be gathered around their mentor, Daniel Boulud, to create a unique menu during the festival. Riccardo Bertolino has a deep knowledge of classics, having worked with the greatest chefs in France and with training in the European traditions. Patrick Kriss’ success story as the #1 restaurant in Canada gives testimony to his focus, talent, creativity, and ambition. Dale MacKay’ precision, passion and love for western Canada have made him one of the most talented Western Canadian chefs. Finally, Thomas Haas has an impressive background and is considered by Daniel Boulud as the best pastry chef in the country.

2. Maison Boulud Hosts Gaetano Trovato
February 24 — Maison Boulud — $125, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Gaetano Trovato

Gaetano Trovato

During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chef Riccardo Bertolino and Maison Boulud will welcome Italian chef Gaetano Trovato of restaurant Arnolfo, one of Tuscany’s most essential gourmet destinations. Not only famed for the quality of the regional Italian products that he proudly uses in his cuisine, chef Trovato is renowned for his spectacular presentation of dishes that we might even describe as “culinary architecture.” He also teaches at the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine, where he shares his experience and know-how. These two great Sicilian chefs now meet for the first time ever to collaborate on a contemporary, elegant and succulent menu, in the tradition of the Maison Boulud, one of Montréal’s most refined and essential gourmet destinations. Make your reservations quickly, because this unique event will take place one night only.

3. Antonin Mousseau-Rivard Welcomes Atsushi Tanaka: a Symphony of Succulence and Elegance
February 27 and 28 — Mousso — $150, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Atsushi Tanaka Le Mousso

Atsushi Tanaka

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, renowned for his creative, innovative and delicious dishes, welcomes Japan’s Atsushi Tanaka, owner of Parisian restaurant AT, celebrated for his delicate, powerful and modern cuisine. Though an ocean separates them, these two young chefs share a love for the lands where they were born and draw deep inspiration from them in crafting dishes that thrill the taste buds… and the eye. Both men place a tremendous importance on the presentation of their dishes, seeking to offer an experience that transcends the world of flavours and aromas to offer visually dazzling cuisine. From Montréal to Japan to Paris, an unforgettable culinary voyage to the realm of the senses awaits.

4. The New School
March 1 — Mousso — $150 (taxes, wine and service not included)

Sean McDonald Le Mousso

Sean McDonald

Looking for the New School? Meet Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, Sean MacDonald, Matt Lambert and Atsushi Tanaka. Like the Nouvelle Vague in film, this “Nouvelle École” in gastronomy is not solely the result of revolutionary culinary techniques, but also the immediate product of an assemblage of a number of next generation chefs—one that began on Instagram and culminated in an encounter at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. How? With Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, we’ve discovered that everything is possible! The virtual encounter began when the four chefs mutually admired photos of culinary creations from their respective restaurants. A desire was sparked to transform that virtual admiration into reality: they decided to connect in the flesh to share their common passion for gourmet presentation, in the same kitchen. Now, this unique encounter between culinary artists will happen in the kitchens of restaurant Le Mousso, for one night only during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. On the menu: bedazzlement for the eyes, wonderment for the taste buds.

5. The Bocuse Event at La Chronique
February 27 to March 3 — La Chronique — Five-course menu: $85 (taxes, wine and service not included)

BocuseLa Chronique, a classic of French gastronomy in Montréal, presents a five-course menu of signature dishes inspired by the legendary Paul Bocuse, first honorary president of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

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