MEL: the ideal winter destination!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Prudencio, Narcity

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

Guide Ulysse (France)

 

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

Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail

 

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

Regis St-Louis, Lonely Planet (USA)

 

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

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

M. Peng Jingtao, Consul General of China in Montréal

 

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

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

A festival of flavours

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

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

Guide Debeur

 

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

Anthony Dong, honorary president from Shenzhen, guest of Renoir

 

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

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

 

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

Jérôme Ferrer, chef Europea

 

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

Ana Sortun, chef from Boston, guest of Graziella

 

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

Daniel Vézina, chef Laurie-Raphaël

 

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

Corinne Cauhapé, co-owner of Le Margaux

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

Hakim Chajar, guest chef of La Fabrique

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

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, chef of Le Mousso

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

Jean-Pierre Curtat, chef of Le Montréal

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

Lydia Shire, guest of Saint-Gabriel

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

Le Lait

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

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

 

Dazzling, dynamic performing arts

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

Testimonials - Shows and Concerts

The free outdoor site: it’s Party Time!

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

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

RBC

 

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

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

 

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

Casino de Montréal

 

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

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

 

Nuit blanche à Montréal: a blazing red Nuit!

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

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

 

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

Suzanne Galaise, directrice générale Société généalogique canadienne française

 

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

Marie-Hélène Tapin, Soham Yoga

 

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

Christine Bérubé, TOHU

 

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

Denise Pelletier, responsable des programmes d’animation UNEQ

 

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

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

 

On a l’impression d’être les Beatles !

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

 

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

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

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

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2.0

 

Media at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its partners

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

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

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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE rolls out a big welcome!

Shenzhen, grand featured city,
Boston, featured American city,
Laval, Québécois region to discover,
along with special events, tons of activities
and new gourmet additions
 

Montreal, Wednesday, December 9, 2015 — Thanks to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, February now means “gourmet heaven” in Montreal. And this 17th edition of the festival consolidates that reputation with an irresistible gastronomical presentation including hundreds of gourmet activities! Start with the incredible flavours of our grand featured city from China, Shenzhen—the prestigious first Asian guest in the history of MEL—as well as Boston, our featured American city, and Laval, our Québécois region to discover, but also the many other facets offered by our 50 festival’s Finest Tables, along with 9 series conceived to help fans design their own personal schedules from a program guaranteed to satisfy every appetite. And the excitement is right around the corner: February 18 to March 5, 2016! 

Nine series to fill up your personal itinerary 

Shenzhen, grand featured Chinese city 

Anthony Dong

A rapidly growing city of immigrants, Shenzhen unites the gastronomical traditions of all the regions of China, honorably representing the eight great culinary traditions of the country. Its abundant natural resources make it an especially opportune location for Cantonese cuisine. Overflowing with colours, flavours, aromas and textures, this is a cuisine that changes with the shifting seasons. To offer us the best possible overview, MEL welcomes Anthony Dong, of the Futian Shangri-La in Shenzhen, who will present his Honorary President’s Dinners in the Renoir Restaurant, Sofitel Montréal, along with chefs Ruitian Yu of the Westin Shenzhen Nanshan hosted by Chez Chine (Holiday Inn Downtown), Mark Wu of the Grand Mercure Shenzhen Oriental Ginza hosted by Europea, and Scott Xu of the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen hosted by Toqué! 

Boston, featured American city 

Located at the junction of pastureland and sea, the city of Boston is a fertile source of gastronomic offerings. Unveiling the many facets of its fine dining, we welcome Tim Cushman, O Ya Restaurant (hosted by Maison Boulud), Tru Lang, Journeyman (Laurie Raphaël), Barbara Lynch, Menton (Pullman), Tim Maslow, Ribelle (État-Major), Jeremy Sewall, ROW34 (Verses), Lydia Shire, Scampo (Le Saint-Gabriel), Ana Sortun, Oleana Restaurant (Graziella) and Gregory Torrech, The Beehive (Alexandre et fils). 

Laval, Québécois region to discover 

Richard Bastien

Just north of Montreal lies another island bursting with culinary treasures. With its passionate chefs and diverse flavours, Laval has what it takes to surprise you. Our Finest Tables welcome chefs Richard Bastien, Le Mitoyen (hosted by Bistro Laurentien La Coupole), Vincent Raffin, Pâtisserie chocolaterie Raffin (Les Cons Servent) and Jonathan Ranger, Le 20 (EVOO), here to introduce us to the unique qualities of the Laval region. You can also enjoy products from 10 Laval specialty producers and transformers on the mezzanine of Jean-Talon Market and attend workshops hosted by Jean-Paul Grappe, chef-advisor to the festival, as well as 9 culinary masters from our guest region. Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Planète Montréal 

A returning fan favourite, this clever and creative series combines outstanding public figures with fine dining establishments! On the “menu”: Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin (hosted by Le Richmond Griffintown), sommeliers Patrick Blondin and Nadia Fournier (both at Au Petit Extra), Jessica Harnois (Bistro Laurentien La Coupole), Élyse Lambert (Graziella), Guénaël Revel (Ikanos), the musicians of The Lost Fingers (Le Montréal) and Milk & Bone (Lili.Co), chefs Hakim Chajar (La Fabrique) and Patrice Demers (Accords), master chocolatier Yves Bonneau (Le Margaux), Ph. D. biochemist Richard Béliveau (Accords – Le Bistro), actors Ingrid Falaise (L’Autre Version) and Martin Watier (La Fabrique), media host Varda Étienne (L’Autre Version), designer Denis Gagnon (Accords), mixologist Lawrence Picard and businessman Alexandre Taillefer (both at Ikanos), as well as artists’ agent Martin Béliveau (La Fabrique). 

The Lost Fingers

And don’t forget the Free Spirits series, with chefs who create thematic evenings beyond the scope of the other series, along with the self-explanatory À boire!, 5 à 7+ and Brunchs et lunchs. 

Special Events 

Anthony Dong: Honorary President’s Dinners 

For the first time, restaurant Renoir will host the Festival’s Honorary President’s Dinners, showcasing this guest chef’s expertise in the culinary tradition of Huaiyang, with its aromatic and flavourful specialties. Experience two unique evenings with Anthony Dong, chef of the Futian Shangri-La in Shenzhen, who will prepare what promises to be an extraordinary seven-course meal, assisted by chef Olivier Perret and his brigade. Renoir Restaurant, Sofitel Montréal, Friday, February and Saturday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. 

Convivial meals with Chinese flavor and flair, with chef Ruitian Yu 

Ruitian Yu

What better Montreal host for a Chinese convivial meal than Chez Chine? Located in Montreal’s Chinatown, the restaurant offers a daily showcase of Asian culinary culture, and now welcomes the chef of the Shenzen Westin, Ruitian Yu, bringing us influences fusing the cuisine of Guangdong with contemporary techniques, who will prepare a characteristic three-course Cantonese family meal. Chez Chine (Holiday Inn Montréal Centre-ville), Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. 

Presenting Québec Chefs and Cheeses—Special Evening: Les Chefs! 

An evening featuring the 4 chefs who made their mark as part of the Les Chefs! program on Radio-Canada. Our young chefs—Suzy, Pierre-Olivier, Francis and Antoine—must once again rely on their wits, imagination and daring in this special contest, concocting 12 culinary creations for 400 guests-judges using Quebec cheeses… with a shot at winning the $5000 prize offered by Les Producteurs de lait du Québec! Presented by Fromages d’ici. Saturday, February 20, 6:30 p.m., Grand Salon of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. 

Festival of Quebec Cheeses 

The popular event returns for a 10th 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 the special taste and character to each of their cheeses. Everyone can taste Quebecois “classics” and make surprising discoveries, all while sampling excellent wines and beers. Presented by Fromages d’ici. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, Thursday, February 18 to Saturday, February 20. Free admission. 

The Mondial des Cidres 2016 

It’s a special event introducing everyone to the savoir-faire of twenty Quebec artisan cider producers and discover the full flavours of cider in all its special varieties. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, Thursday, February 25 to Saturday, February 27 (program and information: montrealenlumiere.com). 

Sensory seminar on maple syrup—Flavour, science and sap 

Le Coeur des sciences invites you to plunge into the incredible world of maple syrup. What makes a good maple grove, and how can we conserve our maple trees? Can we make syrup from other trees? Does maple syrup have qualities that can weaken certain bacteria and lower resistance to antibiotics? And what incredible possibilities does it offer to gourmets? With participating specialists. Agora Hydro-Québec, Cœur des sciences Pavilion, UQAM, Thursday, February 25, 6 p.m. 

Apérofest: cocktails for all! 

At MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, “flavor” doesn’t end with food! We’re mixing up the party in cocktail form as well, since Montreal is increasingly recognized as a Cocktail Capital, and for its production of local spirits. To fully embrace this trend, we introduce Apérofest: a collection of cool, playful, fun encounters sure to tantalize your tastebuds from every angle. Cheers! In collaboration with Ateliers & Saveurs, Invasion Cocktail and Lab, Comptoir à Cocktails (program and information: montrealenlumiere.com). 

Pay Your Age!—The Winter Break week never tasted so good! 

We all know kids love to play “grown-up”—why not indulge them by bringing them to a restaurant during the Winter Break? This original formula—children 16 and under pay the price corresponding to their age—introduces the kids to fine dining. And we’re not talking about the “kids menu”—we mean genuine gourmet fare! The principle is simple: a child of 6 pays only $6, a 16-year-old pays $16… it’s an incredible bargain! February 29 to March 5 (list of participating Finest Tables: montrealenlumiere.com) 

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

For the past 12 years, 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, festivagoers, bloggers and journalists to share content and discuss topics related to the festival, as well as Montreal fine dining in general. During preparations for MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and throughout the event, Potluck also lets chefs and restaurateurs treat festival fans to exclusive behind-the-scenes info on their activities: photos, menus, recipes, etc. Best of all, Potluck aims to be a year-round blog; you’ll be able to follow (and participate in!) the gastronomy scene throughout the year, publish opinions, discoveries and suggestions, stay informed on the latest news and even find out last-minute changes and details on participating restaurants. In other words, it’s a perfectly accessible, welcoming, communal platform—like the festival itself! 

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

Our fifty festival’s 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 Finest Tables: Accords, Accords — Le Bistro, Alexandre et fils, Au Petit Extra, Bistro Beaver Hall, Bistro Laurentien La Coupole (Hôtel Le Crystal), Bistro Lustucru, Brasserie T! , Chez Chose, Chez l’Épicier, État-Major, Europea, EVOO, Flyjin, Graziella, H4C — Place St-Henri, Hambar, Helena, Hôtel Herman, Ikanos, La Chronique, La Fabrique, La Société Bistro (Hôtel Loews Le Vogue), Laloux, Laurie Raphaël Restaurant / Boutique, L’Autre Version, Le Balmoral, Le Local, Le Margaux, Le Montréal (Casino de Montréal), Le Mousso, Le Quartier Général, Le Restaurant de l’Institut (ITHQ), Le Richmond Griffintown, Le Saint-Gabriel (Auberge Saint-Gabriel), Le Valois, Les 400 coups, Les Cons Servent, Lili.Co, Maison Boulud (Hôtel Ritz Carlton), Mercuri, Pullman, Renoir (Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile), Restaurant Christophe, Toqué!, Verses (Hôtel Nelligan) and Vertige. We remind you that our Finest Tables greatly appreciate it when diners honour their reservations.

Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

The free official program with all the info on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE gastronomy and arts programs is available from all Renaud-Bray and SAQ outlets in greater Montreal, participating venues, CD stores, Centres Infotouristes, theatres, the restaurants of the festival’s Finest Tables, and from most Montreal cultural sites. 

montrealenlumiere.com; Info-Lumière La Presse+ 514 288-9955 or toll-free at 1 85LUMIERES 

The free outdoor site program will be unveiled on February 2, while the program of Nuit blanche à Montréal will be revealed February 9. The 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 18 to Saturday, March 5, 2016. 

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Even more shows!

Zaz, Radio Radio, Kurt Vile and the Violators,
Makaya, and two dance pieces in Usine C

Montreal, Monday, December 7, 2015 — Everyone was already celebrating the quality and diversity of the artistic program of the 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, but now we’ve added even more great new artists—and not just anybody! Start with very popular French singer Zaz, whom we’re delighted to have sharing the honorary co-presidency of the festival with another great singer, Quebec’s own, Betty Bonifassi. Don’t forget that this edition will run for an extra week, from February 18 to March 5. Tickets for these concerts are already on sale, except for the Zaz concert, which goes on sale today at noon. 

Zaz — February 23, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — As mischievous as ever, Zaz gets ready to vault to the next level. For the past 4 years, she has been one of France’s most successful worldwide artists, selling over 3 million copies of her first two albums… She now announces a new tour with a brand-new show featuring songs from her latest release, Paris, along with the hits that have made her famous. It’s a new show bridging the Paris of yesteryear and the intensely alive city of today, where Zaz makes her home. 

Radio Radio. Light the Sky launching show — February 22, 8 p.m., Club Soda — With their ultra-festive Ej Feel Zoo, released in spring 2014, joyous band Radio Radio have proven they have the magic touch when it comes to throwing a capital-P Party. Brilliant rhythms, a tight connection with the crowd, delivering hip-hop fired up with eclectic electronica influences… And good news: the band is back with Light the Sky, a new album and a new show ! On your mark, get set, party!
 

MakayaFebruary 19, 8 p.m., Upstairs — One of Haiti’s highest mountains, Makaya is also a Montreal-based creole jazz quintet. Nominated in 2010 for the TD Grand Jazz Award, and winner of the bronze medal at the Syli d’Or World Music competition in 2007, Makaya released an eponymic record in 2009. With a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Makaya will release the album Elements in February during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, confirming its position as “a real hope in Creole jazz” (Yves Bernard, Le Devoir). 

Kurt Vile and the Violators. Opening act: Xylouris White — February 20, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre — A shimmering standout figure on the American indie rock scene, the prolific Kurt Vile continues his personal, authentic musical mission with B’lieve I’m Going Down…, his 6th album in 7 years. Poised somewhere between Neil Young and Bob Dylan, the album shines as a gem of nonchalant folk steeped in blues-rock, glowing with hypnotic guitars and fluid lyrics. The artist brings in his Violators and invites us to float off on a lovely, psychedelic musical voyage. The evening opens with an unprecedented collaboration between lutenist George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White: Xylouris White. 

Intensional Particle — February 18 to 20, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Usine C — Choreographer and former B-boy Hiroaki Umeda is a major player in exploring the links between dance and digital arts, on a quest for a form of meta-movement that fuses the two. As part of the Temps d’Images festival in Usine C, he’ll present a new piece with a gorgeous delicacy. The performer finds himself suspended weightless over an undulating landscape, ringed by metallic flames or transfixed by rays of light conjuring an infinite poetry.

Cold Blood — February 18 to 20, 8 p.m., and February 21, 3 p.m., Usine C — After the global success of Kiss & Cry and its stunning nanodance, Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael return with a sensational new creation. After their first experience creating a piece live, right before the eyes of their audience, the team plunges deeper into the magic of changes of scale, working with lyrical, tragic, mysterious or dreamlike themes. Their intricate, ingenious effects and subtly interlocking onstage devices once again suggest micro-worlds, miniatures that echo the infinitely large macrocosms that contain them. A passionate, moving show. 

Venue change for Lou Doillon 

The Lou Doillon concert scheduled for Club Soda on February 19, 8 p.m. has been moved to Métropolis (same date and time). Great news: a larger venue, and more tickets available! Tickets already sold for Club Soda will be honoured by Métropolis. 

Tickets already on sale
Except for the Zaz concert, on sale at noon 

Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

The gastronomy program will be unveiled on December 9; the programs of the free outdoor site and the Nuit blanche will be announced in February. Information: montrealenlumiere.comInfo-Lumière La Presse+ (514 288-9955 or toll free 1 85LUMIÈRES) 

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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: a blizzard of entertainment!

17th edition
The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Lou Doillon, Yannick Rieu, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, The Seasons, I Musici, Thomas Hellman, AaRON, Basia Bulat, Thus Owls, Calum Graham,
the grand return of Charles Dutoit with the OSM…

Montreal, Wednesday, November 4, 2015 — As we unveil the artistic program of this 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, it’s clear that this winter is going to be very, very busy! From theatre to concerts, chanson, dance and the circus arts, new sensations to blue-chip favourites, Montreal premieres to long-awaited returns, there will be something for absolutely every possible taste! In addition, the festival takes great pleasure in welcoming Shenzhen as the grand featured city of the 2016 edition! In yet more good news, this edition spotlighting the treasures of China will run for an additional week of fun, extending from February 18 to March 5… allowing festival fans and their kids to take advantage of the mid-winter break and experience their MEL to the max! Continue reading