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

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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A (re) MIXed Nuit

March 3, 2018 — 15th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal

Montréal, Monday, February 12, 2018 — Fifteen years of wild creativity—that calls for a celebration! As the Nuit blanche à Montréal gets set to kick of its 15th edition, presented as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we’re thrilled to note how Montrealers have taken it to heart as one of the essential winter events. And no wonder! Over 200 activities, most of them free, from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4 at 152 sites throughout the city… and about 300,000 nighthawks eager to plunge in. And here’s some (more) good news for this major event: the Casino de Montréal joins the adventure as sponsor of the 15th Nuit blanche. This year, the Nuit blanche is dedicated to the theme (re) MIX: revisiting artworks, cross-breeding disciplines, reconceiving genres, playing with influences and sparking dialogues between artists… A true challenge, and brilliantly realized! The unprecedented, original and surprising result uncorks a night full of endless possibilities. Create your own!

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

The epicentre of the Nuit blanche, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site sparkles like QDSa 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  3At 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 portHead 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 libreArtLounge 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!

9. Art Souterrain

Art souterainFor 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.

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 Montréal.



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Winter happens here!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE free outdoor site

Montréal, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — Cold… What cold? There’s no reason for the February blahs when MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is ready to raise the curtain on its reconceived, revamped outdoor site! For its 19th edition presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has something for all of your eyes, ears and tastebuds with, as an added bonus, oceans of adrenalin and tons and tons of fun. Get ready for wild experiences on our refrigerated ice slides, the Zip-line, the giant ferris wheel, as well as athletic challenges, concerts and DJs, and everything to get you out to play! Last year’s massive success, Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal, is back with installations fusing art, lighting and technology, casting a magic glow throughout the Quartier des spectacles and charming our curious fans hungry for discovery. New additions include the Chalet Bell, inviting visitors to discover a vast heated pavilion featuring shows, videogames, food and family workshops, right in the heart of the Place des Festivals. And this winter, to mark the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the outdoor site takes on a sportier ambience than ever with activities specially conceived to awaken the athlete in all of us… while inviting you to enjoy our many Gourmet Stations, of course! It’s a different slice of winter!

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.

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.



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), Marie-Pierre Arthur (February 24, presented by Francos de Montréal), Aliocha (March 1, presented by Osheaga), Eman X Vlooper (March 2, presented by Francos de Montréal), and Canailles (March 3).
Sundays, February 25 and 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 Richardson Zéphir (February 25) and Alphé Gagné (March 4), performers will include Olivier Martineau, Yannick De Martino, Mehdi Bousaidan, Sylvi Tourigny, Mélanie Ghanimé and David Beaucage (February 25), and Martin Perizollo, Les Grandes Crues, Didier Lambert, Arnaud Soly, Maude Landry and Guillaume Beauregard (March 4).

A 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.

Finally, the Bell DJs and VJs take over to get everyone grooving every evening from 8 p.m.: Domeno (February 22), TIZI (February 23), Voyage Funktastique (February 24), LUDO (March 1) and Toddy Flores + Zack Cola with the Gotsoul Sessions for the Nuit blanche (March 3).

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., families can enjoy a variety of enlightening, creative workshops! Saturdays, February 24 and March 3, young people can discover the secrets of turntables, and Sundays, February 25 and March 4, 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.
On Thursday, March 1, for the après-ski thematic evening, comedians from the popular series Le Chalet on VRAK will be present to meet fans during a photo and autograph session.

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.

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.

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.

CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic Zone
The Winter Olympic Games, live from MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! Check out the thrilling exploits of our athletes in giant screens; sharpen your reflexes with virtual reality games, including live competitions; develop your sweeping skills in outdoor mini-curling games; enjoy videogames, table hockey and unique encounters with Canadian athletes and Games mascots! An unmissable Olympic rendezvous.


Ari Cui Cui

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 February 24 and 25 (3 p.m.), the sparkling Ari Cui Cui heads off to discover the world… of her imagination! Her journey explores a variety of rhythms, dances and traditional cuisine from Africa, Asia and Oceania, all while singing of the simple pleasures of “camping out at home”. 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!

Don’t miss the Énergir Generator, where generating energy activates a mechanism that delivers a fun little surprise!

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!

Les Tuques bleues
Off-site, discover Les Tuques bleues, a nocturnal snowshoe adventure on Mont-Royal, the annual benefit event held by Les Amis de la montagne, 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15. A fun activity that contributes to the conservation of Mont-Royal. Registration: tuquesbleues.com

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.

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

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

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.

PropolisPropolis — École des médias de l’UQAMPropolis is an interactive and fun installation inspired by the collective operation of bees. To participate, users must mobilize in a collective effort to create a natural substance with decontaminating properties.
Project conceived by interactive media students of École des médias, UQAM. mi.uqam.ca

Vague espiègle — Students of the Presentation Design program, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal — This illuminated installation consists of a series of modules of different dimensions and heights. The alternating motion, the force and the fluorescent reflection of the colours recall childhood and the nature of play. Once the structures are illuminated, the modules come to life.
Conceived by Bianka Marchand, Chloé P. Bourgie and Josianne Pinard, under the supervision of Pascal Duplantie (professor), Francine Proulx (technical support) and Philippe Giroux (lighting programmer). cvm.qc.ca/designdepresentation

NOR MINDNOR MIND — Daniel Iregui, Iregular NOR MIND is an interactive sculpture that reacts to the touch of the audience. Geometric patterns cover its surface and evolve constantly. With interaction, the random movement of the patterns is disrupted to follow the hand and body movements of the person interacting.
Iregular is a Montréal-based studio founded in 2010. Working at the intersection of art and technology, the studio combines geometry, typography, light and sound with software, mathematics and algorithms. iregular.io
In collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Luminuits — La CamaraderieLuminuits are timid creatures. Usually lurking out of sight in the night, these shadow figures emerge from their hiding places and await you on the Place des Festivals… The only way to reveal their personalities is through flash photography!
La Camaraderie is a multidisciplinary design studio combining graphic communication, space design, interactivity and public participation. lacamaraderie.com
A pair of tunnels on the Illuminart circuit offer a different interpretation of illumination.

Finally, La grande nuée,an otherworldly collective work created by the students of two schools in the la CSDM:École Marguerite-Bourgeoys and École Saint-Gabriel-Lalemant in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Judith Portier, a specialist in environmental design. Presented in collaboration with Lait.

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.

 A festival of flavours

World of Incredible Maple
You’re all invited to a space specially designed to offer free rein to the love of fine food, creativity, fun and imagination, where visitors can join in entertaining activities, enjoy the warm, delightful setting and savour a range of maple products: maple syrup taffy, soups, maple sausages, maple milk and much more!

Two gourmet soirées at SAQ Bistro
The SAQ Bistro will host two gourmet evenings accompanied by wines specially selected by an expert SAQ sommelier: a 4-course meal highlighting Québec Maple (February 23, from 6 p.m.) and a SAQ Workshop hosted by the ITHQ (March 1, 8 p.m.). A wide-ranging menu will be served, as well as a selection of wines, beers, and the “Québec Royal”, recently named the official cocktail of Québec.
Reservations: montrealenlumiere.com

fromage_iciFestival of Our Cheeses
In its 12th edition, the Festival of Our Cheeses awaits fans in a newly redecorated site, ready to showcase a range of over 70 Québec cheeses. Artisanal cheesemakers on-site will be happy to answer your questions and share the secrets of their creations, which are often specific and unique to their region. When you check out the competitive pricing at this event, you won’t want to leave empty-handed!
Presented by Our Cheeses. February 22 to 24, Complexe Desjardins’ Grande Place, free admission

Air France Express Workshops: culinary workshops for all ages
Headed by a genuine chef, these 30-minute workshops allow you to whip up tasty little appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, all based on foie gras and duck. Enjoy your creations on-site, or take them home!
And little chefs—pick up your spatulas! These fun, user-friendly family workshops teach cookie decorating and colouring.

cidres_glace_qcMondial des cidres 2018 presented by the SAQ
Mondial des cidres SAQ 2018 invites you all to discover the know-how of twenty local artisanal cider producers and experience this wonderful beverage in all its forms: sparkling, still, dry, ice, flavoured… Tastings, contests, gourmet stations and theme soirées!

Complexe Desjardins’s Grande-Place, March 2 to 4
Gourmet Stations
Food trucks
Dairy Bar and Our Cheeses Gourmet Station:
dairy classics, flavoured café au lait, Québecgrilled cheese and mac’n’cheese.
The essential A to Z on coffee: workshops offered by Café Touché and Café Jura (Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m., Chalet Bell).
Cabral Porto & Douro: exclusive range of Douro ports, mulled ports and wines.
Bistro SAQ Express: wines, sodas, grilled marshmallows and sausages.
Bar Coors Light: beers, sodas, grilled marshmallows and sausages.

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.
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 program of the Nuit blanche à Montréal will be unveiled on February 12.

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

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Alain Lefèvre performs a benefit recital for Haitian child refugees

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Alain Lefevre_Photo par Caroline BergeronMontréal, Thursday, December 14, 2017MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Maison d’Haïti proudly announce a special benefit recital starring internationally renowned piano virtuoso Alain Lefèvre, preceded by talented Haitian-born pianist David Bontemps. This prestigious recital will take place in the Gesù theatre on Sunday, February 25 at 7 p.m., part of the 19th edition of the festival presented in collaboration with Bell, from February 22 to March 4, 2018. Only 400 tickets will go on sale this Saturday, December 16 at noon. All profits will be donated to the Maison d’Haïti to help finance activities of the Byenvini à Montréal project, launched last September.


David Bontemps

First and foremost, Alain Lefèvre offered his talents free of charge for this exceptional evening in an extraordinarily intimate venue because the cause of immigrant/refugee children awaiting official status is especially close to his heart. However, he also wants to introduce us to the talents of young Montréal pianist David Bontemps, whom he has already showcased on his program Dans les carnets d’Alain Lefèvre, broadcast on ICI Musique. 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 (Bien grandir à Montréal) project, which aims to facilitate the sociocultural integration of the latest wave of Haitian asylum seekers. Spinoffs generated by the evening will help children aged 6-17 to experience fun, artistic, educational and athletic activities, including cultural outings and homework assistance offered by volunteer instructors.

Launched by educator Elourdes Pierre, winner of the 2015 Reconnaissance award from UQAM, and the 2003 YMCA Peace Medal for a similar project, Byenvini à Montréal was created in partnership with the Maison d’Haïti, UQAM and TD Bank Group.

Tickets on sale Saturday at noon

  • Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4036; legesu.com

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


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Celebrating Knowledge

Montréal, Monday, December 4, 2017 — Montreal’s greatest winter celebration is approaching! Presented in collaboration with Bell, the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE features dozens of fine dining activities revolving around an inspiring and unifying theme: the sharing of knowledge. Thus, culinary expertise from all over the globe will find its way to Montréal. What’s more, the ITHQ—one of the most prestigious places for the sharing of knowledge in Quebec—will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and teaming up with the festival to offer a boldly delicious program. Also, Côte-Nord, our featured region for this year, will reveal some of the sweet secrets of the boreal forest… From February 22 to March 4, 2018, in partnership with 34 Air France Finest Tables, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will offer a feast for the senses through six series of activities to savour the delights of winter. The festival’s arts program includes 120 shows in disciplines ranging from music and dance to circus arts and theatre.

Six series of activities filled with discovery and delight

Celebrating Knowledge

The world of fine dining is full of wonderful secrets, and this year’s festival offers more opportunities than ever to discover them. It’s a time for chefs to sharpen their skills or broaden their palette, a time for the secrets of the gods to be revealed to common mortals, and a time for youngsters to get their first taste of cooking. Of course, our taste buds teach us about food, but so do our heads. Knowledge never tasted so good!

Chef Pairings for the Air France Finest Tables

Over twenty renowned chefs from the greatest hotel schools throughout the world will come share their expertise for the Air France Finest Tables: Alain Verzeroli, hosted by L’Atelier Joël Robuchon; a chef from ALMA culinary school (Italy), hosted by Mercuri ; Marco Antonio Estrada Gallardo (Mexico), hosted by Chez Victoire; Vincent Bezy and Jessica Gilly (France), hosted by Blumenthal; Christophe Haton (France), hosted by Europea; Jean-Baptiste Thomaes, Johan Forton, Emmanuel Simon, and Laurent Devos (Belgium), hosted by Restaurant de l’ITHQ;  Julien Lefebvre (France), hosted by La Chronique;  Claes Grännsjö (Sweden), hosted by the Auberge Saint-Gabriel; Nicolas Borombo (France), hosted by W Montreal’s restaurant; David Baroche (France), hosted by Bistro La Société; Joseph Viola (France), hosted by Renoir; Bernard L’Hôte (Québec), hosted by Vertige; Suzy Rainville (Sherbrooke), hosted by Le Chasse-Galerie;  Hakim Chajar (Québec), hosted by Alexandre et Fils; Jocelyn Myre from the Waswanipi vocational school (Nord-du-Québec), hosted by Portus 360; Glenn Forbes (Baie-Comeau), hosted by Ikanos; Jean-Sébastien Sicard (Tadoussac), hosted by Chasse-Galerie; and Martin Brisson (Tadoussac), hosted by Blumenthal.

In addition to these many chef pairing events, the ITHQ will offer a wide range of special activities featuring its professors, students, and graduates.


-       Famille de chefTwo Family Cooking Workshops to introduce children to the joys of cooking with their parents — February 24 and March 3, 11 a.m., ITHQ

-       Four Air France workshops featuring culinary professors from foreign hotel schools:

  • Belgian Beers and Hors d’Oeuvres (Institut Roger Lambion) — February 26, 6 p.m., ITHQ
  • Gourmet Aperitif (Ferrandi Paris) — March 2, 6 p.m., ITHQ
  • Cooking in ashes and other Mexican traditions (Instituto Gastrónomico Corbuse/ Aliat Universidades) — February 24, 1 p.m., ITHQ
  • Italian Aperitif (Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana ALMA) — February 22, 6 p.m., ITHQ

-       Three SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ to shed light on the delicate art of food and wine pairings.

  • Hip Hors d’Oeuvres and Local Wines With Hakim Chajar — February 26, 7 p.m., ITHQ
  • Wine and Dessert With Ann-Rika Martin — February 27, 7 p.m., ITHQ
  • Vino e cucina italiana with Sœur Angèle and Liza Frulla — February 28, 7 p.m., ITHQ

ITHQ Extravaganza

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the ITHQ invites you to indulge in a unique sensory experience! Make your way to the ITHQ on Saint-Denis for a five-course culinary journey, created by five of the school’s star graduates: Marie-Fleur St-Pierre (Tapeo and Mesón), Danny St-Pierre (Petite Maison), Martin Juneau (Pastaga), Ann-Rika Martin (winner of the TV show Les Chefs ! in 2017), and Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem (executive chef at the ITHQ). March 1, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., ITHQ

ESKA, a refreshing companion to your fine foodie moments

Throughout the evening, ESKA is pleased to offer you a selection of its products. A mixologist will also be available to serve cocktails made with ESKA’s carbonated spring water.


Legumes moches-       Ugly Veggies: a Source of Culinary Inspiration February 24, 3 p.m., ITHQ

-       Quebec’s Ice Ciders — March 3, noon, Mondial des cidres, Complexe Desjardins

-       Potatoes galore! A conference for the senses combining discussions and tastings — March 1, 6 p.m., Agora Hydro-Québec, at UQAM’s Cœur des sciences pavilion

Planète Montréal

Combining surprising celebrity guests and mouth-watering menus, this year’s Planète Montréal series features Brigitte Boisjoli (Le Montréal), Dr. Richard Béliveau (H4C), Florence K (Helena), Alexandre Bilodeau (Vertige), Jessica Harnois (Alexandre et Fils, Le Chasse-Galerie), and Les Voix Ferrées (Au Petit Extra).

BaleineFeatured region: Côte-Nord

Discover the best of Quebec’s boreal flavours. From Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, producers and chefs from the Côte-Nord region boast unique gourmet experiences, bringing you little-known culinary treats from northern Quebec :

-       A boreal tasting event with Martin Brisson (La Galouïne, Tadoussac) hosted by Rémi Brunelle on March 2 and 3,at Blumenthal.

-       A special activity with Jean-Sébastien Sicard (Chez Mathilde, Tadoussac) hosted by Alexandre St-Amand Tremblay at Le Chasse-Galerie, February 22 to 24.

-       At Ikanos, Glenn Forbes (La Cache d’Amélie, Baie-Comeau) is hosted by Constant Mentzas for two exquisite evenings, March 2 and 3.

And add in the Free Spirits series, in which chefs from our Finest Tables create cheerful, convivial, unprecedented and uncommon thematic evenings that stand apart from the other series, the Brunches and lunches seriesand its mid-day activities, as well as the Happy Hour series, featuring activities spotlighting wine and spirits.

Special Events

Knowledge Conference with Nordic Food Lab and Michael Bom Frøst.

Michael Bom Frøst

Michael Bom Frøst

A first in Montreal! Combining scientific and humanist approaches with culinary techniques from all over the globe, the Nordic Food Lab imagines a world where diversity and deliciousness share the centre of the plate. This project, conceived in the Food Innovation and Health program at the University of Copenhagen, addresses our experience of food, at three levels: sensorial, biological and semantic. An event not to be missed! February 26, 7 p.m., L’Astral

Incredible Maple and SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ

ErableThe SAQ Bistro will host two special gastronomic evenings accompanied by wine specially selected by a SAQ expert sommelier: a four-course meal that explores Quebec maple (February 23, starting at 6 p.m., SAQ Bistro), and a SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ on the Place des Festivals (March 1, 8 p.m., SAQ Bistro).

Festival of Our Cheeses

The popular event returns for a 12th edition, inviting the public to come down and meet Quebec’s finest cheesemakers. They’ll be delighted to answer visitors’ questions, and discuss their creations and the regional distinctions that contribute to the special taste and character to each of their cheeses. Everyone can taste Quebecois “classics” and make surprising discoveries, while also taking advantage of attractive prices on fine cheeses. Presented by Fromages d’ici. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, February 22 to 25, Free admission

The Mondial des Cidres 2018, presented by SAQ

Apple, pear, sparkling, syrup, ice or even fire… discover cider in all its forms. With 20 local artisanal cider producers, tasting sessions, theme evenings, contests, and gourmet stations. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, March 2 to 4

La Tablée des Chefs: young apprentices enter the kitchens of the
Air France Finest Tables!

Table des cherfsSince 2002, La Tablée des Chefs has assembled chefs and cooks to contribute to the battle against food insecurity. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE renews its support for the cause, and offers young participants in the organization’s Brigades Culinaires program an experience in the kitchen with our chefs! For participating restaurants and special soirées, just look for the Tablée des Chefs logo in the Fine Dining program.

The Potluck: Montreal fine dining in real time

The PotluckMTL.com blog is back! PotluckMTL.com allows chefs, restaurateurs, festivalgoers, bloggers and journalists to share content and discuss topics related to the festival, as well as Montreal fine dining in general. It’s a perfectly accessible, welcoming, communal platform—like the festival itself!

Reservations are now being taken for the festival’s Air France Finest Tables

Our festival’s 34 Air France Finest Tables await you with hundreds of gourmet and wine offerings, and activities for every taste and budget. To draw up your own gourmet itinerary from our program, just visit montrealenlumiere.com (Fine Dining tab). Make your reservations now with the festival’s Air France Finest Tables: Alexandre et Fils, Au Petit Extra, Bistro La Société, Bistro Lustucru, Blumenthal, Brasserie T !, LeChasse-Galerie, Chez Chose, Chez Victoire, Christophe, Restaurant de l’hôtel W, État-Major, Europea, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri,Hambar, Helena, Ikanos, Kitchen Galerie, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, La Chronique, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Quartier général, Le Valois, Les Cons Servent, Maison Boulud, Mercuri, Portus 360, Renoir, Restaurant de l’ITHQ and Vertige.

We remind you that our Finest Tables greatly appreciate it when diners honour their reservations.


Flavours and aromas of Old Montreal: discover the culinary, cultural and historical charms of Montréal’s oldest neighbourhood. February 24 & 25 and March 3 & 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m

Information: montrealenlumiere.com/en-CA/Tourisme/BaladesCulinaires

Concerts added to the program

Tickets for these concerts are on sale now

Q-A Dan Bigras27 juin 17Dan Bigras, Le temps des Seigneurs — March 2, 8 p.m., GesùLe temps des Seigneurs, an autobiography recently published by Québec Amérique, raises the curtain on the tumultuous life of Dan Bigras. As two-fisted as ever, he accompanied the book with an album featuring classic 25 songs from the past 25 years. Discover the multimedia show based on his book and his songs, all in the intimate confines of the Gesù.

La BronzeLa Bronze Pleins feux sur la relève Bell — February 28, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This autumn, La Bronze (aka Nadia Essadiqi) 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.

Vincent VallieresVincent Vallières, Le temps des vivants — March 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral — 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.

Lary KidLary Kidd Pleins feux sur la relève Bell— March 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral — 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.

JackBroadbentJack Broadbent — March 3, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This talented British singer/songwriter started his career busking, and has since been leaving 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. Experiencing Jack Broadbent live is an opportunity not to be missed!

Not to mention all the other performances that have already been announced and are co-hosted by the festival’s many partners:


  • In L’Astral: Coco Méliès; Gabrielle Shonk; Papagroove (Pleins feux sur la relève Bell series);
  • In Centre Bell: Amplified Concert;
  • In MTELUS: The Franklin Electric; DVSN; LP;
  • In Club Soda: Vieux Farka Touré; Geoffroy; Les Deuxluxes; Random Recipe; Kim Churchill;
  • In Gesù: Ala.Ni; Karen Young & Coral Egan (Mère & fille), David Myles (The Real Love Tour); Roman Zavada (Résonances Boréales);
  • In Place des Arts and Maison symphonique: Marie-Josée Lord and Orchestre symphonique de Laval (Femmes); Isabelle Boulay (En vérité); Stacey Kent; Patrice Michaud (Théâtre Maisonneuve); Gregory Porter (Maison symphonique);
  • In Le Balcon: Misunderstood: A Nina Simone Celebration with Nadia Theobal; Las Reinas Del Ritmo with Katy, Miranda and The Cuban Martinez Band; Gospel Brunches with Imani Gospel Singers; Amazing Motown, Soul, Disco and R&B with Meredith & The Soul Marshalls; Édith Piaf : Ma vie en rose et noir with Claire Garand; Salsa Legends: Hector Lavoe, El Cantante de los Cantantes with Lengaïa; Best of Soul, Motown and Jazz with Snooksta and Coco Thompson; Motown & Disco Inferno with The Velvets;
  • In Lion d’Or: Jérôme Charlebois and Marco Calliari; Caroline Planté with Blood and Glass and guests (Clair de terre); Sophie Pelletier (Les Météores); Les Guerres d’l’Amour; WD-40;
  • In The Schulich School of Music of McGill University: Schulich in concert: Musicians from soundscape; Cappella Antica & Schulich Singers (Spem in alium); McGill Jazz Orchestra I (Tribute to Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington); Johannes Moser (Musical Chairs Festival); Rafael Rosenfeld (Musical Chairs Festival);
  • In Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Bourgie Hall): L’écho des batailles; Bach Cantatas; The Passion of Joan of Arc; Baroque Matinee; Jacques Kuba Séguin; Impressionist Harp;
  • In Théâtre Outremont: Marie Denise Pelletier (Léveillée, entre Claude et moi); Marie Michèle Desrosiers, Luce Dufault, Martine St-Clair and Marie-Élaine Thibert (Entre vous et nous); Les Respectables (25th Anniversary Tour and Heart of Stone); Andrea Lindsay (Entre le jazz et la java); Daniel Lavoie (Mes longs voyages);
  • In Phi Centre: Misc, Raveen, Die Pod Die, Collectif Kohlenstoff and Kae Sun (album release show);
  • And also: Daniel Taylor (Le chemin du paradis, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours); Gabs Sings Babs (Segal Centre for Performing Arts); Alan Doyle (Corona Theatre); La Compagnie Créole (30 ans de fêtes au Québec !, Théâtre Saint-Denis).

Dance: Compañía Eva Yerbabuena (AY!) and Martha Graham Dance Company(Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts).

Theatre: Amok (Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts) ; Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts); Chansons drôles et drôleries chancelantes, La Ligue d’improvisation montréalaise and Arnauld Soly (Lion d’Or); Hurlevents, L’orangeraie and Minuit (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier); Les robots font-ils l’amour ? (Usine C); L’homme éléphant (Théâtre du Rideau vert) and Le Chemin des Passes-Dangereuses (Duceppe).

Circus: Freakeasy Circus (Lion d’Or); Coups de cœur (TOHU).


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Ten new concerts added to the program

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE


Montreal, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 — With the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, 2018, getting ever closer, here’s yet another opportunity to celebrate with the addition of ten new concerts to the program! Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Friday, October 27 at noon (exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers this Thursday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), except for the concerts starring David Myles and Papagroove, already on sale.

Marie Josee LordMontreal Premiere


Marie-Josée Lord and Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Femmes

Charismatic 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!

February 27 at 7:30 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Gregory PorterGregory 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.

February 23 at 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal

Franklin ElectricThe Franklin Electric

Three 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.

February 23 at 8 p.m., MTELUS

VieuxFarkaVieux Farka Touré

Following in the footsteps of his illustrious father, the great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux innovates and expands on the legacy of his father, 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.

February 22 at 8 p.m., Club Soda


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. And irresistible encounter with a brilliant artist in the intimacy of the Gesù!

February 22 at 8 p.m., Gesù

David Myles, The Real Love TourDavidMyles

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.

February 24, 8 p.m., Gesù

Roman ZavadaRoman Zavada, Résonances boréales

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.

March 1, 8 p.m., Gesù

DeuxLuxesLes Deuxluxes. Opening act: Laura Sauvage

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).

February 24 at 8 p.m., Club Soda

Kim ChurchillKimchurchill

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!

March 2 at 8 p.m., Club Soda


Montreal PremiereWith its high-energy afro-funk fusion influenced by Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, Parliament’s groovy funk, James Brown’s passionate soul, Bruno Mars’ bubbly pop and Jimi Hendrix’s rock intensity, Papagroove is easily recognizable for their raw spirit, mastery of improvisation and explosive presence. Born to be wild and free, the indomitable beast puts itself in the hunter’s boots with its 3rd album, The Hunt.

February 24, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Tickets on sale Friday at noon
(exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers starts tomorrow at 10 a.m.)

  • Place des Arts et Maison symphonique: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112 or 1 866 842-2112; placedesarts.com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine St. East; 1 855 790-1245; ticketmaster.ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd; 514 286-1010; clubsoda.ca
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. West; 1 855 790-1245; ticketmaster.ca
  • Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4036, 1 855 790‑1245; admission.com

Tickets remain available for these other concerts

  • Coco Méliès — February 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral, Maison du Festival
  • Gabrielle Shonk — February 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral, Maison du Festival
  • Karen Young & Coral Egan, Mère et filleFebruary 23, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Compañía Eva Yerbabuena, AY!February 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
  • Random Recipe — March 1, 8 p.m., Club Soda
  • Isabelle Boulay, En vérité — March 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts
  • Stacey Kent — March 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

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

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An early look at the program

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

Montreal, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
— As we await the kick-off to the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, 2018, fans can bolster their patience with this early glimpse of the program! Grooving from flamenco to vocal jazz, with stopovers in chanson, pop and folk, six new concerts go on sale this Friday, September 29 at noon (exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers begins Thursday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), in addition to the Isabelle Boulay concert previously announced, already on sale.

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!

February 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Stacey 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.

March 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Isabelle Boulay, En vérité

Following on the heels of her dazzling tribute to Serge Reggiani, Isabelle Boulay makes her thrilling return to the stage with a set of magnificent songs from the grandest songsmiths. A great interpretive singer, her singular voice beguiles us anew as she delivers her greatest hits along with the wonderful songs from her latest album.

March 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts


Random 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.

March 1, 8 p.m., Club Soda


Karen Young & Coral Egan, Mère et fille

Two 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!

February 23, 8 p.m., Gesù


Coco 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.

February 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral, Maison du Festival


Gabrielle 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.

February 23, 8 p.m., L’Astral, Maison du Festival


Tickets on sale Friday at noon
(exclusive pre-sale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112 or 1 866 842-2112; placedesarts.com
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd; 514 286-1010; clubsoda.ca
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. West; 1 855 790-1245; ticketmaster.ca
  • Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4036, 1 855 790‑1245; admission.com

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

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Wrap-up of the 18th edition

Montreal, Monday, March 13, 2017 — The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented from February 23 to March 11, 2017 by RBC in collaboration with Bell, was heralded as a superlative special edition to offer the proper launch to a major year of celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. And mission accomplished! Over three weeks of festivities, conviviality and fun, the festival was a major success, confirming its importance and its role in our winter tourism and event calendar. As part of the official 375thanniversary program, we will never forget the immense popularity of Lyon as our grand featured city, the dazzling gourmet diversity served up by the Délice network, the highly promising success of Illuminart, presented by the Casino de Montréal, drawing large crowds despite the unpredictable weather, and our new illuminated curling activity!

The flavours of Montréal… a memorable edition!

The gourmet program of this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE was a success right across the board! Having Lyon as our grand featured city guaranteed that this edition would be an absolute feast for Montrealers and tourists in love with French gastronomy. With our two honorary co-presidents, Jérôme Bocuse and Christophe Muller, the Institut Paul Bocuse and prestigious chefs including Joseph Viola, the savoir-faire and talent of Lyon chefs shone forth throughout the festival.

Likewise, the impressive diversity of flavours served up by chefs from member cities of the Délice network attracted huge numbers of gourmets and won over every crowd, while also ensuring that the international spotlight was trained on Montreal. More than ever before, our city was the North American hub of fine dining! Meanwhile, the festival also functioned as a crossroads of professional expertise, with a business delegation from the Délice network holding a conference in Montreal from March 1-3 on the evolution of culinary trends.

When it came to fine dining, this was a particularly popular edition, with record attendance and 65 sold-out activities, including chef Joseph Viola’s culinary voyages to Lyon in the Balmoral, the honorary co-presidents’ dinners and brunches in Maison Boulud, the Institut Paul Bocuse hosted by the ITHQ, Mousso x Ask, Sylvain Cossette cooking in restaurant Le Montréal, the Lyonnais brunch at Chez Chose and a dinner hosted by Patrick Senécal. Also, local and guest chefs alike were delighted with all the successful pairings of various different kitchen brigades, generating productive moments of shared creativity and know-how.

And let’s not forget the second straight year of the “Pay Your Age!” program, offering kids the opportunity to experience a gourmet menu at minimal cost during the winter break week; or furthermore, the Mondial des cidres SAQ, a celebration of cider in Complexe Desjardins, as well as the 11th edition of the Festival of Our Cheeses, also in Complexe Desjardins.

  • 29 guest chefs participating in our 44 Air France Finest Tables program
  • Chefs from 14 different countries
  • Over 240 activities for every budget, including some free of charge
  • 12 youths from La Tablée des chefs participating in an activity
  • 65 sold-out activities
  • 4,500 Lyonnais soups concocted by Joseph Viola, served up free of charge on the outdoor site and in community organizations
  • 2,500 kg of cheeses enjoyed and purchased during the Festival of Our Cheeses
  • Over 70 different cheeses presented by 19 Québec cheesemakers
  • 12,000Nespresso coffees distributed on the site


« La gastronomie est présentée comme le fer de lance du festival. Depuis sa première édition, environ 500 chefs, vignerons et conférenciers de renommée y ont pris part. Outre les activités culinaires proposées, c’est le concept de jumelage qui fait l’atout du festival. Chaque année, les meilleurs chefs montréalais et les plus grandes toques des cinq continents se rencontrent en cuisine. »

—     Sabine Menet, Sud-Ouest

“This festival will delight foodies with dozens of culinary activities for every taste and budget. If food isn’t your passion, you might also enjoy the concerts and performances taking place all over the city. ”

—     Joy D’Souza, The Huffington Post Canada

Happy, creative chefs

« L’accueil et l’organisation de l’événement ont réellement dépassé nos attentes. Outre l’aspect commercial et professionnel de cet échange très enrichissant, l’aventure humaine vécue pendant cette semaine a été fantastique. Le Bistro La Société nous a accueillis de belle manière et j’espère que les échanges quotidiens avec l’ensemble des équipes auront été aussi prolifiques pour Le Bistro La Société qu’ils l’ont été pour nous. »

—    David Delsart, chef de Lyon invité à La Société Bistro

« MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE m’a permis, dans les 18 dernières années, chaque année, d’avoir des nouveaux amis. Une particularité de ce festival, qui pour moi m’a toujours inspiré, c’est par rapport à cette relation qu’on développe avec les gens à travers la planète. »

—    Graziella, chef Graziella

« C’est vraiment l’échange avec l’autre chef qui est merveilleux, c’est ça qui est magique. »

—    Helena Loureiro, chef Helena

« C’est année est un succès de A à Z. On surpasse toutes les autres années à MONTÉAL EN LUMIÈRE en termes de ventes. C’est du jamais vu. »

—    Éric Chevrier, maître d’hôtel et sommelier Le Restaurant de l’Institut

“Congratulations to everyone for organizing this landmark event in the world.”

—   Pepa Muñoz, chef invitée de Madrid, reçue au Portus 360 et chez Helena 

Spotlight on our artists

When it comes to the artistic program, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE once again illustrated its essential role in Quebec cultural life. Presenting 13 shows in their Montreal premieres, the festival has created a new “homecoming” season in winter—a perfect new match for the traditional one in September!

Under the honorary presidency of the great Daniel Lavoie, the festival offered a vivid, diverse program, featuring memorable star turns by many of our homegrown artists. Some of the biggest-selling shows included concerts by Matt Holubowski, Charlotte Cardin, Champion et ses G-Strings, Valaire, Peter Peter, Bobby Bazini, Alexandre Da Costa and Daniel Lavoie, as well as the tribute show Piaf a 100 ans. Vive la Môme!, ending its tour on a high note in Place des Arts. The festival is proud to help promote and energize our cultural scene!

  • 600 artists
  • 226 performances
  • 41 venues and stages
  • 9 series


“It sounds counterintuitive to go to Montreal in February, but that’s when they have the fantastic MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival of Lights, with fashion, music (especially jazz), art, food and more—all designed to get Montrealers out of hibernation after a long, hard winter.”

—    Lisa Skolnik, Chigaco Tribune

« Alliant classique, jazz, pop, folk, rock, musiques de monde et électro, la programmation musicale de la 18e édition de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE a de quoi ravir les mélomanes. »

—    Vanessa Guimond, Journal de Montréal

« Qui a dit que lʹhiver était une saison triste ? Chaque année, plus de 1 300 000 visiteurs se pressent dans le froid canadien pour assister à lʹimposant festival Montréal en lumière. Plus de 600 artistes, 300 activités et spectacles, 13 pays représentés… Les chiffres du festival Montréal en lumière donnent le tournis.

—    L’EXPRESS.fr

“One of the largest winter festivals on the planet.”

—     John Oseid, Forbes

A remodeled, re-energized experience on the free outdoor site!

Hats off to all the hardy festival fans who braved the unpredictable weather to enjoy the festival’s outdoor site! From torrential rain to frigid cold, nothing stopped our fans from celebrating, dancing or discovering, whether it was the rain-soaked show by Rymz or the sheets of ice spun out by Mother Nature!

And when it comes to must-see, popular activities presented free of charge on the outdoor site, the RBC Zip-line and the Milk Urban Slide remain indisputable favourites with our fans. That’s no surprise: they stand both as major attractions and genuine iconic symbols of festival, both at home and on the international scene! And even the wee ones joined in the action all festival long, because our Milk Mini-Slide was more accessible than ever, with a new refrigeration system that kept the ride open continuously. Shows on the Coors Light Stage starring Lisa LeBlanc and Coleman Hell, and Bell DJ/VJ shows including the famed Misstress Barbara completed the fun-filled action.

A dazzling debut for Illuminart

And this year’s edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE included a ton of exciting—and popular—new additions! Illuminart, presented by the Casino de Montréal as part of the official 375thanniversary program, was an immediate must-see, one we absolutely plan on presenting once again next year! As the culmination of the “Rendez-vous de la créativité multimédia interactive et lumineuse”, presented during the Je vois Montréal forum and organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal in 2014, Illuminart burst into life with 25 projects combining illumination and technology, spread over a 3.6 km circuit in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. A unifying event with a dazzlingly diverse program, Illuminart offered a fantastic showcase for artists from home and abroad, also focusing the attention of the entire world to Montreal and its incredible potential for creativity and innovation! Meanwhile, at the Illuminart convention from March 2 to 4, a delegation of professionals gathered in Montreal to share their expertise and know-how on the latest trends affecting international light festivals. Curling en lumière, presented as part of the 375th anniversary program’s Les Hivernales, celebrated a sport everyone has always wanted to try but never had the chance, in an exciting and innovative version featuring lighting, play-by-play hosts and a wildly fun atmosphere! In addition, the spectacular Bell Luminescent Experience offered video souvenirs featuring fantastically luminous décor, and the Gaz Métro Energy Zone thrilled friends and family alike.






  • 150 km of cables
  • 18,000 electrical connections
  • Approx. 1,600 lighting projectors
  • 200 LED projectors and approx. 300 feet of LED strips for Curling en lumière and its 12.7-ton steel structure
  • Approx. 400 workers and 2 weeks of assembly & set-up
  • The RBC Zip-line: a 180-metre (600 foot) descent from a height of 15 metres (48 feet)
  • The Milk Urban Slide: 110 metres (360 feet) long
  • The Slide is maintained at a medium temperature of -15o C
  • 2,500 litres of propylene glycol (refrigeration system using non-toxic food-grade propylene glycol), driven by a cooling unit with a 50-ton capacity
  • 3 km of tubes transporting propylene glycol
  • The Ferris Wheel: 20 metres (66 feet) high, with 16 gondolas and seating capacity for 60 adults and 90 children (4,600 kg)

« Les artistes qui ont créé les œuvres lumineuses d’Illuminart, une exposition extérieure d’art visuel, ont joué pour leur part à donner une nouvelle apparence à la ville de Montréal. En tout, 25 œuvres éparpillées sur 3,6 km dans le Quartier des spectacles, provoqueront tantôt l’émerveillement, tantôt de profondes réflexions chez leurs observateurs. »

—    Mélina Soucy, atuvu.ca

“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is like going to the carnival, only it’s downtown and it’s wintertime.”

—    Katherine Wilton, Montreal Gazette

« C’est beaucoup de nouveau qui arrive en 2017, car Montréal s’est faite belle pour son 375e anniversaire avec de brillantes créations des artistes et ingénieurs d’ici comme Illuminart et le Curling en lumière. […] L’activité, qui est présentée à l’occasion des Hivernales du 375e, met en valeur les arts multimédias et technologiques qui font de la métropole une ville avant-gardiste en la matière. »

—    Lili Mercure, Labibleurbaine.com

« Dans le cadre des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE est plus lumineux que jamais grâce à son nouveau volet Illuminart. »

—    Agnès Gaudet, Journal de Montréal

“MONTREAL EN LUMIERE sheds new light on curling, by taking the timehonoured game outdoors and to dazzling new heights.”

—    Eturbo News

“There’s no way around the cold, but Montreal offers plenty of indoor diversions and activities worth venturing outside for, like MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, a festival that runs from Feb. 23 to March 11 with concerts, food, and must-see art installations.”

—    Barbara Kiviat, Time Magazine     

Nuit blanche 1967: one Nuit bridging yesterday and today!

  • The best-attended single-day event in Montreal!
  • 213 activities spread over 135 sites, 3 quartiers and 2 pôles
  • 60% of activities linked to the theme of this edition: 1967
  • Approximately 300,000 nighthawks, sometimes more than 30,000 in one site!
  • 17,000 late-night attendees for Art souterrain, a 7 km circuit featuring 70 contemporary art projects
  • Saturday’s temperature–the coldest of the year: -18.6 o C
  • How that weather felt to crowds of seasoned, celebratory nighthawks ready to party all night long: hot, hot, hot!
  • Number of hit songs from 1967 played by Les Vikings: 15
  • Some exciting footage to help you relive this magical Nuit…: youtube.com/watch?v=ov8BRTh-ZlU

“No one does winter better than Montrealers. […] The entire city has come out to party their poutine off.”

—    Pamela Wright, Northern New England

« Point dʹorgue de lʹévénement : la grande Nuit blanche, avec pas moins de  200 activités pour découvrir la ville sous un autre jour. »

—    L’EXPRESS.fr

“And last but not least, the world-famous Nuit Blanche (white night), a party from dusk to dawn. A night to remember.”

—    Jodi, Legal Nomads

“It may be cold out there but MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Nuit Blanche is heating up the night!”

—    Ottawa Life Magazine


  • 575,066 website visits
  • Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: over 71,000 subscribers
  • 11379 mobile app users
  • 40 videos viewed over 290,000 times on Facebook and YouTube
  • Interviews conducted by Melissa Maya Falkenberg
  • PotluckMTL.com: over 50 published articles
  • Our official blogger: Marie-Noël Ouimet

Unprecedented media coverage

This 18th edition received unprecedented media coverage! All told, 335 media outlets covered the event—which is double the amount from last year. Outside Quebec and at the international level, the festival welcomed:

Canada (Vancouver Courier, Canada NewsWire, Edmonton Sun, Niagara Falls Review, Toronto Sun, Community Press, Melfort Journal, Kenora Daily Miner and News, Hinton Parklander, Wallaceburg Courier Press, Peace River Record Gazette, Nanton News, Beacon Herald, Gananoque Reporter, 24 Hours Toronto, Camrose Canadian, Hanna Herald, Devon Dispatch, Thorold Niagara News, Vermilion Standard, Drayton Valley Western Review, North Bay Nugget, Wiarton Echo, Nipawin Journal, The Crag and Canyon, Sault This Week, Cochrane Times Post, Fort Saskatchewan Record, Edmonton Examiner, Fort Erie Times, The Petrolia Topic, Paris Star, Chatham This Week, Sarnia and Lambton County This Week, Kingston This Week, Mayerthorpe Freelancer, Lucknow Sentinel, National Post, Maclean’s Magazine, The Toronto Star, Ottawa Sun, The Huffington Post Canada, Ottawa Family Living Magazine, A Luxury Travel Blog, Ottawa Citizen, Money News, theSceneinTO, Sky Scanner, Modern Mississauga, ca.finance.yahoo.com, cashboxcanada.ca, cnw.ca, drinksfeed.com, exclaim.ca, fyimusicnews.ca, globalnews.ca, huffingtonpost.com, intravelreport.blogspot.ca, leaderpost.com, legermainhotels.com, macleans.ca, marketwired (English), modernmississauga.com, money.ca, multiculturiosity.com, nationalpost.com, ottawacitizen.com, ottawafamilyliving.com, La Presse canadienne, reportca.net, skyscanner.ca, theglobeandmail.com, thesceneinto.com, thestar.com, thesuburbannews.ca, torontosun.com vanartgallerylibrary.wordpress.com, vancourier.com, SoHeilaOnline.com, TheFoodTease.com, Taste and Travel Magazine, Boulevard Magazine, Roundhouse Radio, gunnarolla.com, Dine Magazine, Vacay.ca, Magazine Elite, feelingpeckish.ca, tastemade.com, ottawaroadtrips.com)

China (Shenzhen Economic Daily, theinitium.com, xinhuanet.com, Yangcheng Evening News)

France (atasteofmylife.fr, bewaremag.com, carnetreunionnaise.com, Désirs de Voyages, france3, La Croix, Le Figaro, Le Progrès Lyon, lefigaro.fr, leprogres.fr, lesnewsdunet.com, L’Express, lexpress.fr, lfpress.com, L’Yonne Républicaine, M.P.A—Merci pour l’adresse, NewsPress, pressnews, Sud Ouest, sudouest.com)

Germany (amexessentials.com, arriva.de, badische-zeitung.de, wdr.de, ard.de, funkhauseuropa.de, Badische Zeitung)

Mexico (El Norte, elporvenir.mx, entretenimiento.terra.com, invertour.com, milenio.com, Ultra Noticias, Radio TV Multimedia, Vlex Mexico)

Norway (nrk.no, dagsavisen.no, horecanytt.no, greaterstavanger.com)

Spain (Kobe Magazine, El Mundo Visto Por Esteban Capdevila)

the U.K. (aluxurytravelblog.com, Daily Record, easyvoyage.com, Essentials, irishtimes.com, Lavender & Lovage)

the U.S. (AAA Northern New England, Billboard.com, Bizbash.com, Business.dailytimesleader.com, Chicagotribune.com, Consumer affairs, Eturbonews, forbes.com, Leading Edge, LuxuryWeb Magazine, Manhattan Mercury, myfamilytravels.com, orbitz.com, pollstar.com, Register Guard, seattletimes.com, Seven Days, Sioux City Journal, spoke.com, The Eagle, The Epock Times, The News Herald, The Register Guard, theepochtimes.com, Time Magazine, usnews.com, usofficialnews, vogue.com, yahoo.com, Morning Journal, Blog The Herb Society of America, Blog Grapefriend.com, Current Affairs Magazine, Morning News Headlines)

As well as Australia (eglobaltravelmedia.com), Belgium (La Libre, lacuisineaquatremains.blogs.lalibre.be, lalibre.be), Chile (economiaynegocios.cl), Denmark (jyllands-posten.dk, dr.dk), Finland (Optio Magazine), Greece (luxuryweb.com, traveldailynews.com), Iceland (Wow Airline inflight), Italy (finedininglovers.com, La Republica, repubblica.it), Japan (Go On, Goon Travel Magazine), Latvia (delfi.lv, mixnews.lv, reitingi.lv, Rïga Vilni), the Netherlands (ed.nl, Eindhovens Dagblad), Poland (satprnews.com), Romania (foodandbar.ro), Russia (actualno.com, bgnes.com, info.riga.lv), South Africa (Cape Town Magazine, Eat Out), Switzerland (24Heures Suisse) and Turkey (Food and Travel).

Good news for our next edition

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE joins forces with the ITHQ for its gourmet program:
2018, an edition celebrating savoir-faire!

The first bit of good news: next year, the festival celebrates expertise! With the ITHQ celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Montreal named the favourite city for foreign students (according to a study by British research institute Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., the festival has decided to present a special international edition, welcoming the world’s greatest hotel management/culinary schools. In all, we will host fifteen schools, welcoming as many young representatives of the next generation as we do stars of international gastronomy associated with those schools. In its goal to help the gastronomy industry grow and persist, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE seeks to combine creativity with savoir-faire, the innovative potential of our young people with an exchange of knowledge made possible by expertise. The future of global gastronomy comes to Montréal in 2018!

About the ITHQ

Since 1968, the ITHQ has been Canada’s centre of excellence for education in tourism, hotel and restaurant services. The only hospitality school in the country to offer enriched secondary and post-secondary programs, the ITHQ has built its reputation on the excellence of its education, which was developed to meet the highest industry standards. Innovative training, a 4-star teaching hotel, two teaching restaurants, a gastronomy research centre, a hospitality consulting centre, and a strong network of contacts make the ITHQ the top choice for educating highly qualified staff who know what it takes to be the best.

Isabelle Boulay: honorary co-president 

And here’s yet more good news: Isabelle Boulay will be an honorary co-president of next year’s artistic program! With her new album, En vérité, already on sale, the artist will land in Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts on March 1, 2018 to unveil it to festival fans. After her thrilling tribute to Serge Reggiani, Boulay makes her passionate return to the stage with greatest hits and the terrific songs from her latest album, magnificent original songs written by some of the greats. Marking her 25th year as an artist, Isabelle’s singular voice will be accompanied by veteran musicians to create a uniquely emotional moment for her audience!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its partners

We emphasize the essential support of our loyal partners, RBC, Bell, the City of Lyon, the organization of the Fête des Lumières, Producteurs de lait du Québec, the Casino de Montréal, the Société des alcools du Québec, Gaz Métro, Air France, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, Coors Light, Nespresso, Complexe Desjardins, as well as all our partners and official suppliers. We also thank our three levels of government for their enduring support: the Government of Canada—Canada Economic Development and Canadian Heritage—the Government of Québec—the ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine and SODEC—as well as the City of Montreal, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary.

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


About the Society for the Celebration 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 http://www.375mtl.com

You can find all our press releases and additional pictures and videos in our virtual press room.

Get all the latest news in real time on our Twitter feed: @375Mtl.

Follow us on Facebook.

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

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A Nuit bridging yesterday and today!

 The 14th Nuit blanche à Montréal

Montréal, Monday, March 6, 2017 — The 14th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal—an event included in the official program of the 375th anniversary of Montreal—presented as part of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, wound down in the wee hours of Sunday, March 5, and we can already proclaim it an unqualified success! Under the theme of “1967, the year of Expo”, some  213 activities thrilled the city with all the creativity, pleasure and enthusiasm you’d expect from an event of this magnitude. And despite the biting cold, fans flocked out in major numbers… With approximately 300,000 visitors, the event once again confirmed its enormous popularity! No question, members of every generation assembled to celebrate a retro-futurist Montreal overflowing with inspiration. And we can’t wait to light it all up again next year!

“It is truly a pleasure to see how Montrealers answer the call of the fabulous Nuit blanche year after year. We offer our warmest thanks to all those who worked outdoors to allow Montrealers and tourists to experience Montreal in its finest light. It was brilliant!” stated Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

“There was a playful and festive ambiance at Montréal’s city hall where thousands of Montrealers gathered to experience Nuit blanche’s “1967, Year of the Expo”. Thank you to Nuit blanche for this great recognition! Thank you for allowing the population a unique and privileged access to art and culture in all its forms”, said Mrs Manon Gauthier, member of the City of Montréal Executive Committee and responsible for culture, heritage, design, Espace pour la vie and the status of women.

“The 2017 edition of the Nuit blanche invited Montrealers to discover the Era of Expo 67. The Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary was delighted to join forces with MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE to relive the music of that exciting time. All of Montreal was on hand for this extraordinary night allowing us all to celebrate our nordicity in a fiesta of lights, colours and music,” affirmed Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of the Celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal.

A Nuit with a major hit of Expo 67!

Tons of festival fans pulled on their warmest clothes and plunged bravely into the cold—and the fun! A touch of the divine madness of 1967 made its presence felt everywhere: from the psychedelic look of the reception staff and nighthawks dressed up in ’60s fashions, all the way to sixties music and archival photos… And Twitter and Instagram relayed the action all Nuit long!

  • Downtown and in the Quartier des spectacles, the most well-attended events included the UQAM installations in the Quartier Latin, drawing between 5,000 and 7,000 people; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, welcoming 5,000 visitors; and the Musée d’art contemporain, with 5,000 fans, which included Nuit blanche de la poésie staged by Radio-Canada. And we can’t leave out the 3,800 participants in Zoofest at La Vitrine; 2,000 visitors to Sommet Place Ville Marie, one of the most popular activities from the outset of the evening; 1,400 people at the Centre for Sustainable Development; as well as 2,000 people in Place des Arts, where La nuit est (encore) blanche 2, web-broadcast live on Facebook, drew 185,000 Netizens.
  • Art Souterrain welcomed 17,000 people and presented artistic performances supervised by on-site mediators.
  • On the Parterre, Les Vikings delivered a solid performance, with fans flocking to the dancefloor! It was a wonderful moment of collective euphoric in memorably special 1967 décor.
  • In Old Montréal, 3,500 people flocked to the Pointe-à-Callière museum, while 1,300 responded to the Mayor’s invitation to head down to City Hall for an evening organized in collaboration with Montréal joue. Other popular destinations included l’Arsenal, in its first participation in the Nuit blanche, as well as the Forges de Montréal, where 500 were once again blown away watching the blacksmiths in action!
  • More intimate activities unfolded on the Plateau-Mont-Royal and in Mile-End, in a warm, hospitable ambience. And let’s not forget the enthusiastic support for activities hosted by Dazibao and Diagonale, as well as l’Atelier Circulaire, Temps Libre Mile End and 10 hours of poetry in Quai des brumes.
  • 3,000 brave souls pulled on their snowsuits and headed to Olympic Parc to thumb their noses at Old Man Winter!
  • The Ligne bleue pole made an impact thanks to the Centre de recherche in CHU Sainte-Justine, which opened its doors for the first time during a Nuit blanche and hosted 600 visitors, as well as Cinéma Beaubien, welcoming a large crowd for screenings of short films selected as part of the Regard festival.

“No one does winter better than Montrealers. […] The entire city has come out to party their poutine off.”

—    Pamela Wright, Northern New England

« Point dʹorgue de lʹévénement : la grande Nuit blanche, avec pas moins de 200 activités pour découvrir la ville sous un autre jour. »

—    L’EXPRESS.fr

“And last but not least, the world famous Nuit Blanche (white night), a party from dusk to dawn. A night to remember.”

—    Jodi, Legal Nomads

« La plus belle nuit de l’année, c’est l’incontournable Nuit blanche. Même à -30. »

—    @benoit.z.l

“It may be cold out there but MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Nuit Blanche is heating up the night!”

—    Ottawa Life Magazine

“Montreal, even when your temperature is freezing, you warm up my heart with all your activities and you vibrate with people that build memories.”

—    @josia_marguerite

The STM, an essential ally all down the line

Thanks to the STM’s reconfigured shuttle service, our nighthawks were able to access and get around to the various Nuit activities better than ever. And with the Étoiles du Métro offering entertainment on board, we were delighted with the essential support allowing everyone to travel in a safe, friendly and efficient environment—all of it free of charge!

The new theme circuits: a runaway success unveiling the magic of the Nuit

Inaugurated this year, our six thematic circuits were an immediate hit with festival fans! At least 6,500 visits throughout the Nuit helped our nighthawks fill in their datebooks. And the big popularity contest winner? The Spécial 67 circuit!

Thanks to our partners

Organized as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the 14th Nuit blanche à Montréal offers thanks to our partners: the City of Montréal, the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Thanks also to our 150 other partners—theatres, venues, museums, art centres—who supported the Nuit blanche and worked to organize the event and manage an impressively large swell of nighthawks.

The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, runs through March 11.

The 15th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.


About the Society for the Celebration 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 http://www.375mtl.com

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

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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, a driving force for our city’s international profile

Délice, the network of gourmet cities, and Illuminart present their convention


 Montreal, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 — The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, is just days away, and Montreal is ready to experience even more excitement as it celebrates its 375th anniversary: two major new festival events are set to make this city an essential international destination this winter. On the one hand, the members of the Délice network of global gourmet cities arrive to enhance the festival’s gastronomy program with a thousand flavours from the four corners of the world, gathering in the InterContinental hotel from March 1 to 3 for a conference devoted to evolving culinary trends. On the other, new light-centric event Illuminart welcomes an international conference on the theme of light festivals in the Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM from March 2 to 4.

“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE proudly supports these two conventions presented as part of Illuminart and its fine dining program in collaboration with the Délice network. These are two major events devoted to artisans, artists and the latest trends in gastronomy and the events sector, a tremendous showcase for Montreal and its fabulous creative and innovative potential!”

—    Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

A crossroads of creativity

“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 for creative cultural exchanges. Network members will discuss and share ideas on gourmet trends.”

—    Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

Welcoming the Délice network into the festival’s gourmet program opens the door to an edition that’s richer and more diverse than ever: chefs from all over the world, bonded by their passion for innovation and culinary discovery, arrive to share their savoir-faire with our own Montreal chefs in the renowned pairings of our Finest Tables. In all, 14 guest chefs from South Africa, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the U.S., Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey will participate in 30 tasty rendezvous. We remind everyone that the Délice network was launched by Lyon, the festival’s grand featured city, in 2007.

An array of activities

In the wake of this flurry of gourmet creativity, the Délice convention opens the door to a series of exchanges, discussions and reflections on the subject of current culinary trends and their role in the social evolution of our cities.

-       A guided tour of Atwater Market and the Saint-Henri neighbourhood

-       Tastings in many of Montréal’s famed gourmet spots

-       Conferences on evolving urban gourmet trends and the role of gastronomy in Montréal

-       Discovering local culinary initiatives and artisans

March 1 to 3 at the InterContinental hotel
360 St. Antoine Street West
514 987-9900

A hub of expertise

As Montreal welcomes this new program combining art, light and technology in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, the organizers of Illuminart are delighted to head up an international convention on the theme of illumination events. Featuring a series of encounters, presentations, conferences and tours, the convention will inspire mutually beneficial exchanges between the varied players in the milieu, positioning Montreal at the forefront of research and creativity in the domain of illumination events, and offering a showcase and lab for local creative professionals and artisans, working in the context of an international network. We remind everyone that Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, is the culmination of the “Rendez-vous de la créativité multimédia interactive et lumineuse” project presented at the Je vois Montréal forum, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal in 2014. The project was a commitment made in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership aiming to spotlight Montreal as a smart and digital city and affirm its position as an innovative metropolis.

Featuring 150 guests from 28 countries, this convention assembles organizers of local and international light festivals, artists, creators, videographers, educators, designers, business leaders, concept developers, specialty firms, specialists, researchers and governmental organizations. Among them, we highlight the specialists from Lyon and its Fête des Lumières, pouring their valuable artistic collaboration into the conception and implementation of Illuminart.

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 Frascadore (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, 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 22 to March 4, 2017


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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