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!
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!
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.”
THE WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE
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.
QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel
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.
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
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. www.hubstudio.co/
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.
Influx — HUB Studio (Quebec), coproduction with the Quartier des spectacles Partnership — Light 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). www.hubstudio.co/
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. www.ocubo.com
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. www.firebrandglass.ca
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. www.cvm.qc.ca/designdepresentation
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. www.edm.uqam.ca/medias-interactifs
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 spectacles — Interactive 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. www.edm.uqam.ca/medias-interactifs
Danse chromatique dans la neige, a collective piece created by students from two CSDM schools — the 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: experienceilluminart.ca. 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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