MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, an engine of promotion and prestige for our city

The Délice network and the Illuminart convention come to Montreal this winter

Montreal, Thursday, February 16, 2017 — With the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, just around the corner, Montreal is getting ready to experience a major burst of excitement as it celebrates its 375th birthday: the festival features two major events certain to make Montreal an essential international destination this winter. On one hand, the arrival of the Délice network promises the greatest diversity of international chefs ever to visit our city. All of these talents and flavours, assembled from the world over, guarantee this will be our richest, most diverse edition ever! On the other, the international Illuminart convention, devoted to the theme of light festivals and events, held March 2 to 4 in Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM, offers a series of meet-ups, encounters, presentations, seminars and guided tours, encouraging discussions and exchanges between different players on the domain, positioning Montreal in the highest echelon of research and innovation in lighting events, and generating a genuine laboratory of creativity at the heart of an international network. No doubt about it, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is an absolute engine for the promotion and prestige of our city, raising its global profile and contributing to the vitality of its creative, tourism and cultural sectors!

“This convention, organized as part of Illuminart, will spotlight the tremendous talent and creativity of Québécois artists on the world stage. An impressive delegation of international events organizers will take part in these three days dedicated to new technologies, lighting, emerging trends, artisans and above all, artists!”

—    Mikaël Fascadore, vice-president of Production for L’Équipe Spectra and programmer of Illuminart

“Tourisme Montréal is delighted to welcome Délice, the international network of gourmet cities, to the largest winter festival anywhere, an event that allows Montreal to showcase its culture and gastronomy, all while drawing tourists from all over the world. Our city is renowned as a venue of creative cultural exchanges, the perfect site for some sixty network members to discuss and share ideas on gourmet trends.”

—     Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

A crossroads of creativity

In this 18th edition, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes its most diverse delegation of international chefs ever, with 14 chefs from global member cities of the Délice network. The chefs will be welcome to our famed Finest Tables by their major Montreal counterparts, for delicious moments of shared culinary creativity!

Søren Jakobsen and William Jørgensen (Aarhus, Denmark), hosted by Cons Servent; Pascal Nibaudeau (Bordeaux, France), hosted by Richmond Griffintown; Alexandre Dionisio (Brussels, Belgium), hosted by La Chronique; Neil Jewell (Cape Winelands, South Africa), hosted by Ikanos; Ryan McCaskey (Chicago, U.S.), hosted by Tapas 24; Håkan Thörnström (Göteborg, Sweden), hosted by La Fabrique; Filip Langhoff (Helsinki, Finland), hosted by Mousso; Kemal Demirasal (Izmir, Turkey), hosted by Ikanos; Rafael Rodriguez (Lausanne, Switzerland), hosted by État-Major; Pepa Muñoz (Madrid, Spain), hosted by Helena and Portus 360; Ruth Ruiz Diaz (Puebla, Mexico), hosted by Ê.A.T.; Juris Dukalskis (Riga, Latvia), hosted by Laloux; Kjartan Skjelde (Stavanger, Norway), hosted by Chez Victoire; and Giovanni Grasso (Turin, Italy), hosted by Graziella.

A hub of expertise

Meanwhile, the Illuminart convention will offer a tremendous platform for cultural exchanges and encounters. With 200 guests from 28 countries, the convention assembles organizers of local and international light festivals, artists, creators, videographers, educators, designers, business leaders, concept developers, specialty firms, specialists, researchers and government organizations.

In addition to work sessions planned with members of the International Lightfestival Organisation, the schedule will feature a number of seminars and presentations:

  • Lecture by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, concept developers behind Cité Mémoire, a circuit featuring 20 portraits recounting the history of Montreal, stretching across the entirety of Old Montreal (March 2, 7 p.m.).
  • Presentation of the International Lightfestival Organisation (ILO), by Mikaël Fascadore (March 3, 1 p.m.).
  • Seminar on exporting works internationally (March 3, 1:30 p.m.).
  • Seminar on innovations and emerging trends in lighting, design and technologies with Maxim Bonin, Jonathan Bonneau, Claudine Boulanger, Jean-Maxime Dufresne and Luc Courchesne (March 3, 3:15 p.m.).
  • Presentation of Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, by Gilles Flouret (March 4, 3:45 p.m.).
  • Presentation of the Glow Eindhoven festival, by Robbert Ten Canten (March 4, 4:30 p.m.).

Spotlight on Montreal savoir-faire

In addition, specialists from all over the world can discover Montreal know-how, opening the door to possible future benefits and spinoffs for local artists and creators beginning as early as next year. With more than 115 light festivals worldwide, local artists have the opportunity to more easily circulate their works internationally. Features:

  • Guided tour of the Cité Mémoire project (March 2, from 8 p.m.).
  • Tour of the Illuminart circuit and the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE site (March 3, from 7 p.m.)
  • Presentation and open visit unveiling the Nuit blanche à Montréal (March 4).
  • Presentations by local artists, including Serge Maheu, Daniel Iregui and Atomic 3 (March 4, from 1:30 p.m.).

The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will run from February 23 to March 11, 2017

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About the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.

The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see 375mtl.com

To learn more about the contribution of the Québec government to Montréal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations, click here.

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One “Nuit” in 1967!

Saturday, March 4 to Sunday, March 5


Montreal, Monday, February 13, 2017 — Just imagine: turning the wildest night of the year into a magical immersion in the most futuristic moment of our past? As one of the most remarkable eras in the history of Montréal, 1967 stands out in our collective memory as the year of the International and Universal Exposition, but also as the symbol of an era of bountiful creativity, a thirst for freedom, and passion in every form. As we mark the 50th anniversary of Expo, as well as the 375th anniversary of Montréal and the 150th birthday of Canada, the Nuit blanche à Montréal invites Montrealers and tourists to plunge into its 14th edition and relive the excitement and effervescence of that landmark moment in our history for one wild night, with 200 incredibly diverse activities, most of them free, as part of the official program of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. From dance to comedy, film, visual arts, games, sports and literature, with something for every age and taste… there will be over 200 ways to revisit the spirit of Expo 67! With action spread throughout 3 neighbourhoods and 2 poles on the night of March 4 to 5, the city will be rocking as it showcases every facet of its abundant, vibrant creativity, from yesteryear to today!

“We are truly proud to launch this 14th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal and to witness how this extraordinary event has become one of the essential go-to experiences for festival fans. And with 1967 as the theme of the celebration—a landmark year in Montreal history that everyone dearly remembers or has heard about—this is certain to be the most unifying edition ever!”

—    Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of L’Équipe Spectra

“The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Nuit blanche à Montréal 67, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Montréal’s Universal and International Exhibition—an event that marked the city and opened our country to the rest of the world. I invite all Canadians and visitors to immerse themselves in this memorable year.”

—    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Montréal is pleased to be associated with La Nuit blanche à Montréal, a great vehicle for the democratization of culture. The city also acknowledges Expo 67, another important anniversary to celebrate this year. I invite Montrealers to enjoy the fine programming and visit us at city hall.”

—    Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal

 “Expo 67 was one of the great pivotal moments in the history of Montréal. The Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th anniversary is delighted to partner with the Nuit blanche à Montréal 1967, the year of Expo, for a night that promises to plunge us all back into that effervescence and optimism of the ‘yéyé’ era.”

—    Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of the Celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal

The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, the heart of the Nuit Blanche

As the epicentre of all Nuit blanche activities, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site will be jam-packed with action and surprises: on the Place des Festivals, the Place des Arts esplanade, the Promenade des Artistes and Ste. Catherine Street, the spirit of celebration reigns supreme! And to kindle that spirit, opening hours for the site will be extended: from noon to 3 a.m., fans can experience a one-of-a-kind “Nuit.” On the program: the Ferris Wheel, illuminated Curling and tons of other free activities on the outdoor site. Add in the otherworldly installations of Illuminart, presented by the Casino de Montréal, extended for the Nuit blanche, and you’ve got the ingredients for sheer magic!

At 8 p.m., the Coors Light Stage turns up the volume with a concert starring Coleman Hell, the man behind the smash hit 2 Heads (9 million viewings on YouTube), followed by Bell DJs M O N I T O R S and Misstress Barbara, ready to get the crowd dancing, tripping and grooving, with wild visuals courtesy of Bell VJs Yanneek and Bewoy!

Over at the Maison du Festival, the party hits on all cylinders! Enjoy a special evening— Brave la Nuit !—organized by Coors Light on the 2nd floor in the Lounge, while over in the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse+, a CISM team takes over the space for a series of interviews and encounters with the artists and activity organizers of the Nuit blanche. A lively glimpse behind the scenes! Also, the young protégés of Joy Ride Records take over L’Astral to heat up the Nuit: with Shash’U, Rymz, Karma and David Lee in the house, expect the sound system to be rockin’!

A special Nuit blanche 67 party zone

And that’s not all: to help celebrate this special night, we’re expanding the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site. The frenzy extends all the way to the Parterre (corner St Urbain and De Maisonneuve), where a space designed especially for the occasion will celebrate 1967 and the 50th anniversary of Expo. At 7 p.m., DJ Stefie Shock takes the stage and rocks the turntables to heat up the ambience, before turning things over to Les Vikings, at 9 p.m., for a unique show featuring all the greatest hits from 1967… and there are a ton of them! Light My Fire, Respect, Sunshine of Your Love, Purple Haze… and the list goes on. On the food side, fans can enjoy delights from a pair of food trucks and pop-up bars. And the ambience will be magical thanks to a backdrop of luminous sculptures by Amanda Parer presented as part of Illuminart!

Getting around during the Nuit blanche

To keep the party going, the Metro will remain open all night long (at regular fare) and a free shuttle service (12 shuttles, 4 routes and 62 stops) will run every 10 to 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. thanks to the STM, linking all activities and neighbourhoods. Nuit blanche hosts will ride along as guides to offer info on the program. And since there’s nothing ordinary about the Nuit blanche, Les Étoiles du Métro will be on hand to enhance your trip(s). Explore the city and discover new talents, all in one “Nuit”!

Nuit blanche, à la carte

To design the Nuit blanche of your dreams, dip into 11 categories below, spread through 3 neighbourhoods and 2 poles—Old Montréal; Quartier des spectacles and Downtown; Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile-End; Poles Parc olympique and Ligne Bleue—or choose from our suggested themed circuits (montrealenlumiere.com/CircuitNb).

Action

It’s an evening of warmth and fun in Studios Vert Prana! Get ready for Hula-Hoop action inspired by the ambience of the Beau Dommage era… demonstrations and introductory courses in hoop fitness for all ages! Atrium Le 1000 presents a skating activity where guests can skate all night long among urban works by artist Jamie Janx Johnston. At Village Mammouth, at the foot of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, fans can enjoy the illuminated Eska skating rink, an interactive slide featuring Télétoon hits, food trucks, guest DJs and a wild moment pyrotechnics display!

Visual Arts

It’s time for psychedelia in Atelier Circulaire: bring your fave t-shirt or reusable bag and print it with a totally ’60s emblem—and take it home with you! Centre culturel Georges-Vanier offers writing and illustration workshops as part of Terre des Femmes: a space for inspiration and sharing based on feminine creativity. Espace projet presents a dialogue with artist Edith Brunette: what legacy do we hold from 1967? And how do we articulate that with our current challenges? Discussions with artists and urbanologists will be accompanied by workshops inspired by the island of Montreal.

Film

Nouveau Palais plans an evening of ’60s music and original films produced by autistic teens and young adults, along with four short film collage sequences including a short film on the Montreal Metro in ’67. Dazibao and Diagonale join forces for an evening in partnership with the FNC, featuring a performance by dancer Sophia Gaspard, short film screenings, experimental project The Impossible Blue Rose by Lisa Lipton, and a fiery DJ set. Or head over to Arsenal Art contemporain for a fun cinematic evening including archival films from Expo 67 and guided tours.

Dance

In Centre de création O Vertigo, Place des Arts, 16 artists from the local scene use bodies, sound and light to examine the ideas of gathering and passage, creative urbanity and identity, impressions of space and time. Tango Libre and Studio Tango Montréal present a wild night devoted to the iconic Argentinean dance, with introductory classes, professional dance demonstrations and a dancefloor full of passion! Théâtre Aux Écuries offers a sensorial experience based on step-dancing, an interactive show in the dark driven by visual and auditory sensations.

Exhibitions

A sensorial experience in pictorial art unfurls in Boxotel: two artistic movements of the ’60s spring back to life, hard-edge and colorfield painting, alongside souvenir photos and archival images from 1967. Galerie MainLine presents a new style of cathedral, a glimpse of the winds of change that hit Quebec and its religious practices in the ’60s. L’Accueil Bonneau opens its doors to unveil 140 years of history: discover Terre des Hommes, an exhibition created by the lads of Bonneau, join in creating a collective work and, above all, warm body and soul alike! Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine presents an opportunity for discovery, playfully explaining the importance of research and exploring the architecture of the site.

Flights of fancy

The 3rd edition of the Nuit aux flambeaux (Torchlight Procession), presented by Voies culturelles des faubourgs, launches three circuits unveiling the city’s cultural attractions, with guides on hand. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its Chagall exhibition inspire a stained glass activity, as well as a collective mosaic workshop on the theme of Expo 67. At the Old Port, dive back into the era when the Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau was a showboat sailing along the river. On the program: DJs, an exhibition, massages and much more! Finally, there’s a very special tasting event in Salon 1861: La Cuvée d’hiver, with spirits, fine food and performances in a ’50s-inspired rockabilly ambience.

Games

UQAM and Montréal joue present Moveo, a crazy night of retro games activated by a giant joystick powered by a motion detector. It’s a playful trip back in time! Or head to the videogame tent erected on Saint-Denis Street for a wild Nuit blanche in the Quartier Latin, with PlayStations VR, the latest videogames available, and retro consoles. In addition, games of skill will have fans testing out their dexterity and sporting fitness, including games of Finnish skittles. And even City Hall gets in on the fun: giant-sized cooperative games, hot chocolate, an Expo 67 photo booth and other activities organized by Montréal joue.

Illumination

In Espace La Fontaine, an Illuminated Symphony transports visitors with the music and colours of interactive ice sculptures, and Instaketch presents a new large-scale concept in which visitors’ suggestions are transformed into improvised dramatizations inspired by the Quebec of the ’60s, with costumes, lighting effects and musicians. Cité Mémoire immerses you in history with one of the largest projection circuits in the world! And fans can dance all night long to music from the DJs of the Artgang collective in a luminous structure inspired by the Biosphère!

Spoken word

Dawson College presents 50 years of history as related by the Sisters of Congrégation de Notre-Dame. From 8 p.m., a DJ will remix the stories… An evening of unique memories! Reviving the concept of the legendary Nuit de la poésie on March 27, 1970, which drew 4,000 people to the Théâtre Gesù de Montréal, the Musée d’art contemporain presents a show hosted by Marie-Louise Arsenault, broadcast live on ICI Radio-Canada Première: an explosive, intoxicating evening, celebrating words in all their poetic, musical and social expression. Meanwhile, Librairie Gallimard hosts a unique “killer” evening, where André Marois and Laurent Chabin, two of the biggest crime fiction novelists in Quebec, spin tales of how their listeners are murdered! At the Musée du Château Ramezay, a show-seminar invites you to take a peek backstage at Expo 67 by examining ten rare objects and the treasure trove of stories they unleash.

Music

Expect a magical, explosive evening at Monument-National with the 7th edition of the Cabaret de la Nuit blanche! It’s a free-spirited plunge into the Summer of 67 with humourist Arnaud Soly, Fanny Bloom, Daniel Boucher and The Brooks, under the artistic direction of Jipé Dalpé. At the balustrade, it’s an open-mic evening devoted to the living word and poetry: On n’était pas nés. Christ Church Cathedral celebrates the ’60s with a choir, jazz, organ music and a film screening on Leonard Cohen. Marking its 50th anniversary, Café Campus returns to its roots with a dance evening in the spirit of the Summer of Love, Expo 67, youthful optimism and open-heartedness. In the Centre Phi, Nuit Tribe takes over! An evening with the Moonshine collective presents a musical and multidisciplinary program, and Montreal artist Pony presents a pop-up installation. At Eastern Bloc, modernity and futurism implicit in the spirit of Expo 67 serve as inspiration for an utterly contemporary evening combining art and technology.

Comedy

It’s the return of La nuit est (encore) blanche to the Salon urbain in Place des Arts! After last year’s triumphant turn, Jean-Philippe Wauthier and his pals are hotter than ever, in a setting that looks like it jumped right out of the ’60s, live from ICI Radio-Canada Première. At La Vitrine, the comics of Zoofest join the action with their guests: theme karaoke, guest artists, culinary discoveries and much more! Espace La Risée presents a “Pavillon Femmelettes” and a 1967-style comedy show in which the “Femmelettes” are confronted by the technological advances of the era, analyzing a guide to the perfect woman, 1967 version, discovering the new Metro… Edgy and side-splitting!

Underground Art Souterrain

This year, Art Souterrain presents 70 contemporary art projects spread throughout 9 buildings in Montreal’s indoor underground city. A crew of mediators will be on hand to guide festival fans and offer a different perspective on the artworks. Get set for your visit to this edition and its theme “Jeu et diversion” by downloading the audio guide from artsouterrain.com.

All the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

This is just a glimpse of the activities of the 14th Nuit blanche à Montréal. You’ll find all the necessary information in the free publication available on the festival site and from all activity venues and locations.

For the Nuit blanche, head to the information kiosks on the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, at La Vitrine (2-22) and the exit of Mont-Royal Metro station.

Download the free mobile app presented by Bell to plan out your Nuit blanche! Also, locate your tribe wherever they are thanks to the new “friend finder” function.

Moderation: fun, without a downside

The Nuit blanche is certainly beloved by thousands and thousands of Montrealers and tourists for its wildly entertaining programming, but also for its festive and safe atmosphere. In order to ensure that good times remain good, we remind everyone that it is prohibited to bring alcohol onto the outdoor site during the event—including all routes and districts where activities are held—as is the case for the entirety of the city of Montreal.

About the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

The Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the festivities and socioeconomic initiatives that will mark Montreal’s 375th birthday in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montreal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for an assemblage of initiatives to fulfill its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, manage public funding wisely, develop an exceptional program of events and promote the festivities.

The Society receives financial support from the Ville de Montréal and the Government of Québec, as well as private funding from 11 Great Montrealers. For more information: 375mtl.com

To learn more about the Government of Québec’s contribution to Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations: mamot.gouv.qc.ca/375e-anniversaire-de-montreal/a-proposThe 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 23 to Saturday, March 11.

Everyone outside!

Spotlight on the free outdoor site

Montreal, Monday, February 6, 2017 — From February 23 to March 11, 2017, the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell unfurls a ton of new additions! First, this year’s festival welcomes the very first edition of Illuminart, presented by the Casino de Montréal, bringing an absolutely magical new allure to the Quartier des spectacles, with lights, creativity and interactive installations spread all over the downtown core and overflowing on the MEL outdoor site, illuminating our entire city. It’s the perfect way to join in the first celebrations of the year, part of the official program of the 375th anniversary of Montreal! Continue reading

We’ll melt winter away!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 18th edition

Montreal, Monday, November 28, 2016 — It’s time to raise the curtain on the complete program of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell! Over 100 shows from classical music to jazz, pop, folk, world music, circus arts, theatre and dance await festival fans from February 23 to March 11, 2017, starring a major name in francophone music as honorary president: Manitoba native Daniel Lavoie. Naturally, the program will feature an array of Montreal premieres confirming the festival’s status as an incomparable showcase for artists and an essential launchpad for our music scene! Following the 30 concerts already announced, we’re adding two new exclusive shows to the festival agenda. Tickets for these new concerts go on sale at 3 p.m. All that’s left is to get ready for winter and enjoy! Continue reading

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: our most bountiful, diverse edition ever

Montreal, Monday, November 28, 2016 — As the city of Montreal celebrates its 375th birthday, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, is preparing an 18th edition packed with an unprecedented array of culinary expertise from the world over. Curious about the ingredients of our most bountiful, diversified event ever? Let’s start with the fact that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is part of the official programming of the celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. What a great way to kick off this exceptional year! Also, our grand featured city is Lyon, with its peerless international reputation for fine dining. Lyon and Montreal have enjoyed a 25-year friendship. Not only are they sister cities, but the Fête des Lumières in Lyon is one of the major inspirations for the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, launched in 2000. Furthermore, an impressive cohort of international chefs from the cities of the Délice network is here to thrill Montreal with flavours from all over the globe. It’s simple: this will be the largest number of great international chefs our city has ever hosted! Add our fifty participating Air France Finest Tables and an impressively diversified array of gourmet activities spread through 7 series, and there’s no doubt: an unprecedented culinary voyage awaits us next February 23 to March 11! Continue reading

The program gets even better

18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

Montreal, Wednesday, November 2, 2016 — The program of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell comes into focus! From February 23 to March 11, 2017, winter’s most joyous festival adds 13 new concerts to its calendar. Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Friday, November 4 at noon (exclusive pre-sale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers, Thursday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), except for concerts by Matt Holubowski and Alexandre Da Costa, which are already on sale. Continue reading

MEL: the ideal winter destination!

MEL: the ideal winter destination! - Illuminating Montreal, hand in hand

Une des 10 destinations mondiales à vivre durant l'hiver ! - National Geographic

Montreal, Monday, March 7, 2016 — The 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, has just ended, and the wrap-up is perfectly simple: what a feast for the senses! The city’s main winter event cast its magic spell, with excitement hitting a fever pitch over the past 3 weeks, and Montreal was humming with energy during this usually slack winter period. Of course, many people contributed to this success, because first and foremost, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a team effort in the fullest sense of the term, the union of a phenomenal amount of partners bringing their know-how and talents to an event that has become the ideal winter destination… for Montrealers, of course, but also in the opinion of people all around the world!

Le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE est l’un des plus grands festivals d’hiver au monde avec une réputation fort enviable sur la scène internationale.

Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre (during a conference in Lyon) – Lyon 1ère 90,2 FM

Si c’était pas du festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, le mois de février serait probablement le pire dans l’année.

Jessica Prudencio, Narcity

Faire la nique à l’hiver le temps d’un festival […] Une vraie cure de luminothérapie […] Le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE apporte un brin de magie à l’hiver québécois.

Guide Ulysse (France)

 

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, coming to the Quartier des spectacles in February, looks like just another occasion to take the kids downtown, eat some food and listen to music.

Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

 

Created to help shake off the late-winter doldrums, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a kind of wintry Mardi Gras with concerts, exhibitions and fireworks.

Regis St-Louis, Lonely Planet (USA)

 

It’s a partnership of creators, chefs, artists, cultural organizations, businesses and, of course, Montrealers, but also a collaboration with tremendous reach. Witness the festival’s fantastic chemistry with the dynamic city of Shenzhen. In cuisine, onstage and on the outdoor site—we’ll never forget the sight of all those remarkable Kongzi figures— our grand featured Chinese city was simply brilliant. And the response from the public was incredible! We also immensely appreciated the outreach and rapprochement with Montreal’s Chinese community, who were prominently represented and truly appreciated this year’s theme.

Première représentante d’Asie à participer à MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, la ville de Shenzhen a connu un grand succès lors de cette édition. Elle nous a permis de présenter aux Montréalais la richesse et la diversité de la culture chinoise sous différents angles, tout en faisant découvrir aux Chinois, par les différents médias, le dynamisme et la vitalité de Montréal. Cet échange culturel a créé beaucoup d’opportunités entre autres pour la coopération économique, commerciale et éducative entre les deux villes.

M. Peng Jingtao, Consul General of China in Montréal

 

Thanks to strong box office, great attendance (especially thanks to the idea of integrating the winter break week into the festival) and good sales on our site, the festival attained his budget goals. Just as importantly, our other partners—restaurants, merchants and hotels—experienced a serious energy boost during our event.

Pour les hôteliers montréalais, le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE représente, d'année en année, un événement phare de la période hivernale.

A festival of flavours

Antoine Corriveau, chef chez Ateliers et saveurs à Québec Grand gagnant de la Soirée découverte chefs et fromages d'iciMONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE definitely lit up the gourmet landscape of Montreal, with a truly irresistible offering, 200 activities for every taste and budget, especially from our fifty Finest Tables—50 restaurants and their chefs and brigades, enlisting in the adventure every year to transform Montreal into a North American hub for gourmet experiences! Alongside Shenzhen—with honorary president Anthony Dong—, Boston, our featured American city, and Laval, our Quebec region to discover, also shared their unique special flavours. Also, our new additions included the Pay You Age! format, offering children a genuine grown-up gourmet menu at kids’ prices during the winter break week, and the Mondial des Cidres SAQ 2016 in Complexe Desjardins.

Grâce à MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, février est maintenant synonyme de paradis gourmand à Montréal. Et la 17e édition du festival consolide cette réputation avec une offre gastronomique irrésistible qui compte des centaines d’activités gourmandes en quelques jours !

Guide Debeur

 

Quel bonheur que cette belle collaboration avec le chef Perret et l’équipe du Renoir. Nous avons vécu une expérience inoubliable !

Anthony Dong, honorary president from Shenzhen, guest of Renoir

 

C’était magique ! C’est pour des soirées comme ça que je voulais travailler dans la restauration.

Chantal Fontaine, co-owner of Accords and Accords Le Bistro

 

Pour nous, c’est tout un défi de recevoir le grand chef Mark Wu de Shenzhen. On a commencé hier à 22 h en cuisine, on ne s’est pas couché, nous voilà 24 h plus tard, on est toujours en cuisine, alors oui ça va être tout un défi de faire le service en santé et en forme ce soir, mais c’est du plaisir !

Jérôme Ferrer, chef Europea

 

It was such a wonderful experience to be with Graziella and her team. They were amazing, inspiring, warm and professional. It will stay with us forever. We are grateful to have been a part of it.

Ana Sortun, chef from Boston, guest of Graziella

 

J’essaie toujours de choisir une étoile montante dans une ville, un jeune qui est dans sa créativité, qui essaie à tous les jours de se réinventer. [Le chef Tru Lang de Boston] est venu sans sous-chef ici, c’est vraiment un bosseur.

Daniel Vézina, chef Laurie-Raphaël

 

Une belle réussite pour nous ce 17e festival, nous avons passé de beaux moments, les clients étaient ravis et comblés.

Corinne Cauhapé, co-owner of Le Margaux

Je fais voyager les gens sans billet d’avion aujourd’hui. Je suis très heureux, la réponse est là.

Hakim Chajar, guest chef of La Fabrique

Cette année, on voulait vraiment développer sur les 5 sens, aller chercher le point de vue de la couleur, de la vue du plat, dans la “déconcertation” de certains plats, comme des plats tout noirs. De voir la réaction des gens, on voulait s’amuser un peu avec tout l’univers artistique des couleurs.

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, chef of Le Mousso

On reçoit les Lost Fingers qui sont des gens hyper sympathiques, une musique qu’on adore, extrêmement vivante et ça complète une soirée qu’on veut parfaite. Et cette soirée-là, c’est la combinaison de tous les ingrédients du bonheur selon moi : c’est une bonne compagnie, une bonne cuisine, du bon vin et on termine sur toutes les émotions que la musique peut nous amener.

Jean-Pierre Curtat, chef of Le Montréal

I’m so happy to be here. This is one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life. I’m very happy I had the chance to be here.

Lydia Shire, guest of Saint-Gabriel

Les Producteurs de lait du Québec sont heureux d’avoir contribué au succès de cette récente édition de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. La Place de la famille le Lait et son unique Glissade urbaine ont encore une fois fait vivre des moments amusants aux festivaliers. De plus, les 19 fromagers participants à la 10e Fête des fromages d’ici étaient fiers de faire découvrir leurs produits au grand public et ainsi mieux faire connaître le savoir-faire des artisans québécois.

Le Lait

L’édition 2016 du Mondial des Cidres SAQ a été un franc succès et ces résultats étincelants sont également attribuables au prestige et au formidable pouvoir d’attraction du festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, auquel nous avions l’honneur d’être jumelés pour la première fois. Nous désirons saluer la haute qualité de l’organisation de cette grande fête populaire qui a su s’élever en peu de temps au niveau des festivals d’hiver les plus prestigieux de la planète. […] nous formons le vœu de perpétuer cette belle association dans l’avenir.

Michel Jodoin, president of Association des cidriculteurs artisans du Québec and spokesman of Mondial des Cidres SAQ 2016

 

Dazzling, dynamic performing arts

Our indoor venues boasted an incredible array of diversity, with premières and new projects, triumphant returns and amazing discoveries. Start with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, honorary co-presidents Zaz and Betty Bonifassi, Lou Doillon, Basia Bulat, Emilie & Ogden, the fabulous Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, equal to its global reputation, as well as the historic return of maestro Charles Dutoit conducting the OSM in the Maison symphonique. Our presenting partners also made a strong showing, from the TOHU to Kurt Vile and the Violators, and including Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt in the theatrical adaptation of his novel Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qu’ran.

Testimonials - Shows and Concerts

The free outdoor site: it’s Party Time!

Right from the outset, fans experienced the “WOW!” effect of the RBC Zip-line—a dazzling experience as a rider, or just a bystander looking up at the wild action as you entered the site! Bell made its presence felt with the ARTLUX interactive station, and guests could create their very own cooking show in the dumplings bar of the Provigo Interactive Studio. The super slides by Le Lait drew huge crowds, and the Grand Chinese Ferris Wheel was a sensation. L’Espace Casino de Montréal amazed everyone with its Tiki ambience, entertainment and yummy menus, bringing yet more diversity to our Gourmet Stations. Fans could also discover the avant-premiere of the Îlot de chaleur (Island of Warmth), the very first installation of Illuminart, the interactive technological program that will formally open next year as part of the celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. The free shows on the RBC Stage presented something for every taste, with the Shenzhen Pop Music Show, the Vikings, the Boogie Wonder Band and shows for kids starring Atchoum et ses microbes and Ari Cui Cui and, launching the Nuit blanche in grand style, the wild cine-musical Elvis Gratton Picture Show with dynamic band Misteur Valaire. And let’s not forget Théâtre de la Dame de Cœur and their exclusive project created just for MEL, presented almost every day.

Once again, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE highlighted our Northern winter with a wide range of unique activities, reinforcing Montreal as a world-renowned city of festivals. In addition, the RBC zip-line was a real success, allowing Montrealers to live in the moment and enjoy a bird’s eye view of downtown Montreal.

RBC

 

L’Îlot de chaleur, première manifestation du projet Illuminart, a connu un grand succès. Plusieurs dizaines de milliers de festivaliers s’y sont rassemblés. Illuminart sera un parcours d’œuvres interactives qui mettra l’incroyable talent créatif d’ici à l’avant-plan. Soyez de la fête et vive Montréal !

Gilbert Rozon, commissioner of the celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal

 

Avec des activités extérieures gratuites, une imposante programmation en salle et un volet gastronomique exceptionnel, cet événement haut en couleur démontre à quel point Montréal est un lieu de divertissement sans pareil, été comme hiver. C’est donc avec fierté que le Casino de Montréal est partenaire de l’événement pour une 4e année consécutive. Merci à toute l’équipe de MONTREAL EN LUMIERE qui réussit année après année à nous offrir un événement qui réchauffe nos sens en plein cœur d’un hiver souvent long et froid.

Casino de Montréal

 

L’Îlot de chaleur s’est joint à l’innovante et originale proposition d’activités développées pour divertir et réchauffer les Montréalais et visiteurs en plein hiver. Cette installation interactive, rassembleuse et conviviale s’inscrivait parfaitement en complément de la généreuse offre présentée dans le Quartier des spectacles durant ce grand événement festif.

Jacques Primeau, president of the board of directors of Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles

 

Nuit blanche à Montréal: a blazing red Nuit!

Merci pour l’opportunité de participer, nous sommes très heureux, ce fut un plaisir ! De nouveaux visiteurs sont venus découvrir l’art de la marionnette parce qu’ils parcouraient la Nuit blanche. C’est ce qu’on souhaite !

Catherine Renaud D., codirectrice générale et directrice de production Casteliers

 

L’achalandage a été au-delà de nos espérances. […] Nous avons adoré l’expérience ! Les gens sont repartis avec le sourire. Merci MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE !

Suzanne Galaise, directrice générale Société généalogique canadienne française

 

C’est la patte molle mais le cœur léger que nous avons quitté notre école de yoga il y a quelques minutes. Cette troisième participation à la Nuit blanche fut encore une fois une très belle expérience pour nous et nous sommes très heureuses du déroulement et de l’achalandage ! Merci encore et bravo pour ce beau projet annuel !

Marie-Hélène Tapin, Soham Yoga

 

Belle soirée à la TOHU, bien heureux de l’achalandage. […] Merci pour tout c’est un événement génial qui nous permet de rejoindre d’autres gens qu’à l’habitude et d’être un peu plus fou.

Christine Bérubé, TOHU

 

C’est avec un grand plaisir que nous recevons cette belle réponse, nous vous remercions pour ce soutien grandement apprécié. Nous sommes tout aussi heureux de poursuivre notre aventure avec vous. […] Pour l’UNEQ, la Nuit blanche à Montréal est un moment important dans nos activités, nous tenons à conserver cet événement.

Denise Pelletier, responsable des programmes d’animation UNEQ

 

L’événement s’est déroulé à merveille samedi dernier — nous sommes ravis ! Nous tenons à souligner que nous sommes très reconnaissants du soutien que le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE et toute l’équipe de la Nuit blanche nous offrent.

Julia Smith, responsable des expositions, des communications et des stagiaires, SBC Gallery

 

On a l’impression d’être les Beatles !

Jean-Philippe Wauthier, devant la foule immense réunie pour l’émission en direct La soirée est (encore) blanche

 

Re-live all the magic of the Nuit blanche through these wonderful images:

N2017: special edition for the 375th anniversary of Montréal… with the spotlight on Lyon!

We are already working on next year’s especially important edition! MEL will have the honour of kicking off the exceptional year of 2017, maximizing international attention on the city right in the midst of winter. In addition to celebrating an important birthday for our city, we’ll welcome our old friend, Lyon. MEL will particularly showcase DÉLICE, le Réseau des villes gourmandes du monde and its chefs in this unique edition, generating a fabulous array of pairings with our Montreal chefs. You’ll also discover the artists of Lyon in our indoor venues, and we’ll even host the famed Fête des Lumières de Lyon on our free outdoor site, especially in the dazzling Illuminart program.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2.0

 

Media at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its partners

In closing, let us emphasize the essential support of our loyal partners, RBC, Bell, the Producteurs de lait du Québec, Casino de Montréal, the Société des alcools du Québec, Sun Life Financial, Shenzhen, our grand featured Chinese city, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, Swiss International Airlines, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, Provigo, Rickard’s, Sunwing, Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, Complexe Desjardins, as well as our other partners and official suppliers. We also thank the three levels of government for their continued support: the Government of Canada—Economic Development Canada and Heritage Canada—the Government of Québec—the ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and SODEC—as well as the Ville de Montréal, Arrondissement Ville-Marie, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and the organizational body for Celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal.

The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from February 23 to March 12, 2017.

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