Long live MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE!

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

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2.0

  • 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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

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

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

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

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

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Address by Mr. Jacques-André Dupont, CEO

Opening of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Montréal, Thursday, February 23, 2017 — We are delighted today to welcome you to the launch of this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell. We are extremely proud of this special edition celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal, and in many respects.

Above all, we are very proud of the success of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, which has never ceased to grow, innovate, surprise and above all, assemble thousands upon thousands of fans since its creation in 2000. Over the years, MEL has become a unifying event, a genuine cultural engine involving 300 partners from all domains and sectors of the Montreal cultural scene.

With the support of thirty co-presenters, we offer a rich and diverse artistic program ranging from music to the circus arts, theatre, opera and fine arts, in 40 different venues. In addition to this year’s honorary president, the grand Daniel Lavoie, the festival welcomes a number of prestigious artists including rising classical music star Alexandre Da Costa with his fabulous project Stradivarius à l’opéra, as well as Benjamin Biolay, Tryo, Al Di Meola, Agnes Obel, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Rickie Lee Jones.

This year’s gourmet program is another tremendous unifying force that’s even more tantalizing than ever… And what’s better than fine dining and a wonderful meal in good company? With Lyon as our grand featured city, we can unanimously declare that this looks like an edition beyond compare. A global gourmet capital renowned for its gastronomical treasures and generosity, Lyon brings us its internationally renowned chefs, with our two honorary co-presidents, Jérôme Bocuse and Christophe Muller, as its most prestigious ambassadors. And with the chefs of the Délice network also joining the program, we can affirm that this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will present an unprecedentedly diverse gourmet offering.

Yet beyond all of these wonderful surprises, we are delighted to note how this festival manages to renew itself, offering fans a revitalized experience every year. That’s right—the most luminous and unifying edition ever awaits us!

Why? In addition to all the unforgettable elements that have built the festival’s reputation at home and abroad—including all of its wild free activities, the magical Nuit blanche and its electrifying outdoor shows—this year’s MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes a fabulous new addition that completely changes the game: Illuminart, an oasis of light that sets the Quartier des spectacles ablaze with 25 luminous creations by artists from here and abroad. Together, we have literally illuminated winter, piercing through the darkness to create a wonderland of light that enchants the entire city, and we invite all Montrealers and tourists to join us and enjoy this moment of collective joy. Transcending communities and differences, uniting all ages, the only thing required to discover this magical circuit is a sense of curiosity. Assembling such a variety of impressive and technically demanding creations in the downtown core in the midst of winter was an imposing challenge—a challenge that was vigorously undertaken by our production team, for the benefit and pleasure of all. To recap, Illuminart 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 Montréal in autumn 2014. This was a commitment we took up in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, aiming to spotlight Montreal as a smart and digital city, affirming its position as an innovative metropolis and inspiring Montrealers’ civic pride with an annual event that is original, unprecedented, urban and accessible free of charge.

Winter has become an undeniable asset for the cultural and tourist vitality of our downtown core! Creating a fun, playful event that shakes up winter routine and lassitude, focusing on the pleasure of being outdoors and taking advantage of the benefits of winter, a comforting ambience and the pleasure of getting together… What better way to showcase our nordicity and make the most of everything that makes our city special!

As a result, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has evolved into a formidable cultural and touristic attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of festival fans every year. And what more can we say about the 350,000 entries racked up by the Nuit blanche—the event that draws the biggest crowd in a single day on the annual Montreal event calendar!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has also become an indispensable engine for our cultural vitality. The festival has become a launchpad for our local artists, offering them the opportunity to make their Montreal returns in midwinter—something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Alain Lefèvre, Matt Holubowski, Alejandra Ribera, Bruno Pelletier, Bobby Bazini, Alex Nevsky, Charlotte Cardin, Daniel Lavoie, the Hay Babies, Peter Peter, Valaire and Suuns will all present the Montreal premieres of their new shows at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

And on the strength of that success, with the wind in our sails, we look towards the future and the next challenge facing us: the 2018 edition. Indeed, in view of the success of the artistic and gourmet programming of this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the enthusiasm greeting the first edition of Illuminart, we hope above all to be able to assure festival fans that this wonderful adventure will continue in the future. We hope that Illuminart becomes a recurrent event and an essential element of our winter season, so that the joie de vivre and pleasure of getting together that fill the Quartier des spectacles will endure and become an integral part of Montreal’s cultural life and tourism sector.

We also hope to witness the growth of another facet of Montreal’s cultural wealth: gastronomy. Drawing inspiration from the Lyon model, wherein gastronomy is a tremendous tourism draw that enjoys an enviable visibility and strong support, we would like to see the magnificence of Montreal’s gourmet scene supported with the same enthusiasm and steadfastness as the performing arts, circus arts and dance. Given all of our talented, creative and innovative chefs, Montreal can develop another facet of its international reputation with the right support.

All of this involves teamwork and a vision of the future. We are proud of this collective effort, this unity that powers our event and surpasses itself every year. 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.

Have a great festival!

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Address by Mr. Jacques-André Dupont, CEO

Montréal, Thursday, February 23, 2017 — We are delighted today to welcome you to the launch of this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell. We are extremely proud of this special edition celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal, and in many respects.

Above all, we are very proud of the success of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, which has never ceased to grow, innovate, surprise and above all, assemble thousands upon thousands of fans since its creation in 2000. Over the years, MEL has become a unifying event, a genuine cultural engine involving 300 partners from all domains and sectors of the Montreal cultural scene.

With the support of thirty co-presenters, we offer a rich and diverse artistic program ranging from music to the circus arts, theatre, opera and fine arts, in 40 different venues. In addition to this year’s honorary president, the grand Daniel Lavoie, the festival welcomes a number of prestigious artists including rising classical music star Alexandre Da Costa with his fabulous project Stradivarius à l’opéra, as well as Benjamin Biolay, Tryo, Al Di Meola, Agnes Obel, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Rickie Lee Jones.

This year’s gourmet program is another tremendous unifying force that’s even more tantalizing than ever… And what’s better than fine dining and a wonderful meal in good company? With Lyon as our grand featured city, we can unanimously declare that this looks like an edition beyond compare. A global gourmet capital renowned for its gastronomical treasures and generosity, Lyon brings us its internationally renowned chefs, with our two honorary co-presidents, Jérôme Bocuse and Christophe Muller, as its most prestigious ambassadors. And with the chefs of the Délice network also joining the program, we can affirm that this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will present an unprecedentedly diverse gourmet offering.

Yet beyond all of these wonderful surprises, we are delighted to note how this festival manages to renew itself, offering fans a revitalized experience every year. That’s right—the most luminous and unifying edition ever awaits us!

Why? In addition to all the unforgettable elements that have built the festival’s reputation at home and abroad—including all of its wild free activities, the magical Nuit blanche and its electrifying outdoor shows—this year’s MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes a fabulous new addition that completely changes the game: Illuminart, an oasis of light that sets the Quartier des spectacles ablaze with 25 luminous creations by artists from here and abroad. Together, we have literally illuminated winter, piercing through the darkness to create a wonderland of light that enchants the entire city, and we invite all Montrealers and tourists to join us and enjoy this moment of collective joy. Transcending communities and differences, uniting all ages, the only thing required to discover this magical circuit is a sense of curiosity. Assembling such a variety of impressive and technically demanding creations in the downtown core in the midst of winter was an imposing challenge—a challenge that was vigorously undertaken by our production team, for the benefit and pleasure of all. To recap, Illuminart 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 Montréal in autumn 2014. This was a commitment we took up in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, aiming to spotlight Montreal as a smart and digital city, affirming its position as an innovative metropolis and inspiring Montrealers’ civic pride with an annual event that is original, unprecedented, urban and accessible free of charge.

Winter has become an undeniable asset for the cultural and tourist vitality of our downtown core! Creating a fun, playful event that shakes up winter routine and lassitude, focusing on the pleasure of being outdoors and taking advantage of the benefits of winter, a comforting ambience and the pleasure of getting together… What better way to showcase our nordicity and make the most of everything that makes our city special!

As a result, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has evolved into a formidable cultural and touristic attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of festival fans every year. And what more can we say about the 350,000 entries racked up by the Nuit blanche—the event that draws the biggest crowd in a single day on the annual Montreal event calendar!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has also become an indispensable engine for our cultural vitality. The festival has become a launchpad for our local artists, offering them the opportunity to make their Montreal returns in midwinter—something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Alain Lefèvre, Matt Holubowski, Alejandra Ribera, Bruno Pelletier, Bobby Bazini, Alex Nevsky, Charlotte Cardin, Daniel Lavoie, the Hay Babies, Peter Peter, Valaire and Suuns will all present the Montreal premieres of their new shows at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

And on the strength of that success, with the wind in our sails, we look towards the future and the next challenge facing us: the 2018 edition. Indeed, in view of the success of the artistic and gourmet programming of this 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the enthusiasm greeting the first edition of Illuminart, we hope above all to be able to assure festival fans that this wonderful adventure will continue in the future. We hope that Illuminart becomes a recurrent event and an essential element of our winter season, so that the joie de vivre and pleasure of getting together that fill the Quartier des spectacles will endure and become an integral part of Montreal’s cultural life and tourism sector.  

We also hope to witness the growth of another facet of Montreal’s cultural wealth: gastronomy. Drawing inspiration from the Lyon model, wherein gastronomy is a tremendous tourism draw that enjoys an enviable visibility and strong support, we would like to see the magnificence of Montreal’s gourmet scene supported with the same enthusiasm and steadfastness as the performing arts, circus arts and dance. Given all of our talented, creative and innovative chefs, Montreal can develop another facet of its international reputation with the right support.

All of this involves teamwork and a vision of the future. We are proud of this collective effort, this unity that powers our event and surpasses itself every year. 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.

Have a great festival!

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

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

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

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

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

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New at the festival:
Atelier Nespresso

Normand Laprise, Joseph Viola, Sébastien Bouillet and Roland Del Monte hosting four exclusive gourmet encounters!

Montreal, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 — Presented for the first time ever in North America, Atelier Nespresso, which is held on March 11 and 12, invites guests to distinguished gourmet gatherings: in an intimate space on St. Alexandre Street, renowned Montreal and Lyon chefs Normand Laprise, Sébastien Bouillet, Roland Del Monte, Joseph Viola and sommelier Élyse Lambert will concoct extraordinary menus which include coffee in their ingredients. It’s an exclusive experience in gastronomy, reserved for 26 honoured guest participants per sitting, part of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell from February 23 to March 11. (Reservations: ticketmaster.ca / 1 855-790-1245)

Launched by Nespresso in 2003, Atelier Nespresso is a concept developed around the three key “coffee moments” of the day, allowing Michelin starred chefs, up-and-coming talents, major sommeliers and Nespresso coffee ambassadors to create unparallelled gourmet experiences based on coffees and food-wine pairings. The concept has been a major success in France, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, England and Germany. Nespresso chose the culinary capital of Montreal to keep the hot streak going with an introduction to North America.

For the duration of Atelier Nespresso, a magnificent loft on St. Alexandre Street, just steps from the festival’s outdoor zone, will be completely transformed for the occasion. The 26 guests will be seated around a large dining table and can interact with the chefs, who will serve extraordinary menus paired with wines selected by Élyse Lambert, Master Sommelier. Reserved parking will be provided for all guests.

Luminaries from the world of gastronomy

Nespresso welcomes elite chefs, pastry chefs and sommeliers to present its prestigious workshop:

–    Normand Laprise is the chef-owner of restaurants Toqué! and Brasserie T! He has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Ordre national du Québec and the Ordre du Canada for his contributions to the development of Québécois gastronomy.

–    Sébastien Bouillet is a pastry chef chocolatier at Maison Bouillet in Lyon and in Japan. He trained alongside Patrick Chevallot and Philippe Segond, both named Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, and chez Gérard Mulot in Paris.

–    Roland Del Monte is head pastry chef at Hotel Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile. He was also a pastry chef at restaurant Europea in Montreal. He was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 1994.

–    Joseph Viola is head chef to three Lyon “bouchons,” all awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Guide Michelin. He was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2004.

–    Élyse Lambert has received a number of sommelier awards, including Best Sommelier in Canada 2015, was ranked among the top five sommeliers in the world in 2016, and most recently, was recognized with the title of Master Sommelier, held by only 232 people worldwide.

The four gourmet encounters in Atelier Nespresso

March 11, noon and 7 p.m.
Chefs: Normand Laprise and Sébastien Bouillet
Sommelier: Élyse Lambert

March 12, noon and 7 p.m.
Chefs: Roland Del Monte and Joseph Viola
Sommelier: Élyse Lambert

Quartier Central, 1461 St. Alexandre Street
26 seats available per time slot
$225 (with wine, tax, service and parking; box office fee not included)
Reservations: ticketmaster.ca / 1 855 790-1245

Nespresso Lounge

And don’t forget: festival fans can join us in the Nespresso Lounge, located in the heart of the outdoor site on Ste. Catherine near St. Urbain Street, where they can discover and enjoy their favourite Grand Cru coffees, offered free of charge throughout MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

Get all the info…

Have you got questions during your visit to the site? The Info-Lumière La Presse+ Kiosk are ready with the answers. You’ll also find all the info on the free outdoor site programming in the free official program. Pick one up on the festival site, in RBC branches in Greater Montreal and in most Montreal tourism sites.

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


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One “Nuit” in 1967!

Saturday, March 4 to Sunday, March 5


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

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

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

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

—    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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

—    Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal

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

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

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

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

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

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

A special Nuit blanche 67 party zone

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

Getting around during the Nuit blanche

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

Nuit blanche, à la carte

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

Action

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

Visual Arts

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

Film

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

Dance

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

Exhibitions

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

Flights of fancy

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

Games

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

Illumination

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

Spoken word

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

Music

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

Comedy

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

Underground Art Souterrain

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

All the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

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

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

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

Moderation: fun, without a downside

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone outside!

Spotlight on the free outdoor site

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

We’ll melt winter away!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 18th edition

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

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: our most bountiful, diverse edition ever

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

The program gets even better

18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

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