Celebrating Knowledge

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

Six series of activities filled with discovery and delight

Celebrating Knowledge

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

Chef Pairings for the Air France Finest Tables

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

ITHQ Extravaganza

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre

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

ESKA, a refreshing companion to your fine foodie moments

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


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

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

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

Planète Montréal

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

BaleineFeatured region: Côte-Nord

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events

Knowledge Conference with Nordic Food Lab and Michael Bom Frøst.

Michael Bom Frøst

Michael Bom Frøst

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

Incredible Maple and SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ

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

Festival of Our Cheeses

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

The Mondial des Cidres 2018, presented by SAQ

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

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

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

The Potluck: Montreal fine dining in real time

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

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

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

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


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

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

Concerts added to the program

Tickets for these concerts are on sale now

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

La BronzeLa Bronze Pleins feux sur la relève Bell — February 28, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This autumn, La Bronze (aka Nadia Essadiqi) launches Les corps infinis, an 11-track electronica-charged pop opus built around her beloved French horn, with plenty of love for piano and percussion as well. Armed with electronic keyboards and rock guitar, she delivers a powerful, passionate pop-rock with trip-hop accents. Exquisite.

Vincent VallieresVincent Vallières, Le temps des vivants — March 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Now a defining figure on the Québécois music landscape, Vincent Vallières is currently on tour with his new show, featuring Andre Papanicolaou on guitar, Amélie Mandeville on bass and keyboards, and Marc-André Larocque on drums. Moving from festive to intimate, this concert invites you to discover Vincent’s new songs and rediscover all of his beloved classics.

Lary KidLary Kidd Pleins feux sur la relève Bell— March 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Famed for his work with the group Loud Lary Ajust, Lary Kidd approaches his art more masterfully than ever. With Contrôle, his debut solo album, Lary delivers a dialectical album that addresses the unsuspected depths of despair among the twentysomethings of the third millennium.

JackBroadbentJack Broadbent — March 3, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This talented British singer/songwriter started his career busking, and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his unique style of slide guitar. He draws inspiration from blues legends (Hooker, Johnson, Hendrix) but adds a more current songwriting sensibility. He is now considered one of the most exciting modern bluesmen of our time. Experiencing Jack Broadbent live is an opportunity not to be missed!

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


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

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

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

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


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Jazz under the Christmas tree!

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Tickets on sale this Friday at noon

Montréal, Wednesday, November 29, 2017 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is already announcing the first series of concerts for its 39th edition! Decorate the Christmas tree and fill stocking with: a double bill, major names, young virtuosos, rising stars, a world premiere… And Diversity sets the tone! Tickets for these concerts, including additional performances of SLĀVgo on sale on Friday, December 1 at noon. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers (infolettrespectra.ca): Thursday, November 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Jethro TullIan Anderson presents: Jethro Tull, 50th Anniversary Tour — July 7, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — Rock music likely would not be what it is today without the contributions of a pioneer in the genre: Ian Anderson, the voice and flute of Jethro Tull. With some 30 albums and thousands of concerts to their credit, the illustrious band marks its 50th anniversary with its very first visit to the Festival. A legendary concert on the horizon.

Événements spéciaux TD series

Double bill: Ólafur Arnalds | Jean-Michel Blais — June 29, 7 p.m., MaisonOlafur symphonique de MontréalTwo artists, as talented as they are innovative, share the Maison symphonique for a double bill of sheer finesse. Poised between minimalist chamber music and ultra-modern sounds, astonishing Iceland multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds, as part of his All Strings Attached tour, and Québécois pianist Jean-Michel Blais, armed with material from his new album, unfold contemplative melodies with absolutely spellbinding sensitivity and elegance. Sheer delight.

Festival à la Maison symphonique series

Dee DeeDee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Memphis Yes I’m Ready… — June 30, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des ArtsDee Dee Bridgewater presents a revolutionary reinterpretation of American blues and R&B classics, pouring out all the intelligence and power of a jazz diva with an undeniable soulful sensibility. Accompanied by Memphis Soulphony, Bridgewater pays thrilling tribute to a musical legacy she helped forge.

Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones — July 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Bela FleckMaisonneuve, PdABanjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his supremely talented Flecktones—Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy—are globally renowned for their magisterial performances and musical potpourri seasoned with bluegrass, African music, electric blues and Eastern European folk. Eight years after their last Festival visit, they finally make a highly anticipated return. Unmissable.

Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

DanielCaesarDaniel Caesar — July 2, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — With his gospel-infused indie soul, Daniel Caesar ranks as one of the most popular Canadian artists. He won smash success with Praise Break (one of the top 20 R&B albums according to Rolling Stone), and Pilgrim’s Paradise. This year, the rising young Torontonian brings the fab Freudian to MTELUS after a sold-out North-American tour.

Rythmes series

Jain — July 5, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — Since first appearing on JAINthe French scene, Jain has been nothing less than a sensation! Her sparkling, utterly convincing multicultural “melting pop”delivers an irresistible fusion of reggae, electronica and groove, winning her the 2017 Victoire (French Grammy) for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka. She brings us a second album, guaranteed to be as tasty as her debut!

Rythmes series

GogoGoGo Penguin, A Humdrum Star Live — July 1, 9 p.m., Club Soda — High-voltage electroacoustic jazz, tightly-wound tempos, virtuoso musicianship: trio GoGo Penguin forged a unique sound that immediately propelled them to the forefront of the international jazz scene. After signing with Blue Note for their most recent album (Man Made Object), the Manchester group returns in February with the highly anticipated A Humdrum Star. Brilliant and refreshing.

Couleurs SAQ series

Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV— June 26 to 30, and July 2 SLAVto 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre du Nouveau MondeGiven the enthusiasm generated by the first sale of the SLĀV show, six new performances are added to the agenda. Combining the innovative expertise of Ex Machina, the staging brilliance of Robert Lepage and the incomparable voice of Betty Bonifassi, SLĀV is a theatrical odyssey inspired by and focused on traditional African-American slave and work songs, from cotton field plantations to railroad yards, immortalized by John and Alan Lomax during the ’30s. An astonishingly visual tribute to music as an engine of resilience and freedom.

 Tickets on sale this Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers:
tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
  • Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-6668 or tnm.qc.ca

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2018.


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Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi present SLĀV – A theatrical odyssey based on slave songs


A major world premiere event for the 39th edition of the Festival

Montréal, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 — In a major world premiere as part of its 39th edition, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is thrilled to welcome SLĀV, conceived by Robert Lepage, produced by Ex Machina and starring Betty Bonifassi. Tickets for the show, presented in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde from June 26 to 30, 2018, go on sale Friday at noon.

Renowned as an incubator for an innovative theatre launching new artistic forms and genre fusing, the Ex Machina company, recognized for creating inventive and surprising visual spectacles, brings the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal the premiere of its new spectacle: SLĀV. Presented for just a few evenings in Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the spectacle will unfold a theatrical odyssey based on traditionnal African-American chants, immortalized by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.

As director, multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage is internationally renowned for his supremely original approach, upending the conventions of scenic writing, often making innovative use of new technologies.

The cast includes six choristers, and stars incomparable singer Betty Bonifassi, whose celebrated albums Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir and Lomax—vibrant tributes to the spiritual resilience, dignity and beauty of African slaves transported to America—are the core influences of this project.

SLĀV examines genres of song and chant: call songs, to accompany awakening slaves; work songs, to punctuate their gestures repeated a thousand times on railway sites; gandy dancers’ railroad songs, emphasizing the backbreaking efforts required to lay tracks; the less rhythmic field songs, to ease the boredom of picking cotton and tobacco; prisoners’ songs, speaking of lost liberty; and the laments and lullabies, to mark the end of another day’s hard labour, expressing hope about one day being free.

SLĀV is an odyssey from North to South, a journey from slavery to segregation to mass incarceration, still present today, to finally arrive at the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s. And since the show is directed by Robert Lepage, the subject is richly illustrated: archival film projections, a set design with rail tracks unfolding on the ground and in the air, and traces of secret codes, embroidered on quilts, to guide the fleeing slaves on the underground railroad to freedom… In short, the show promises to be a compelling, visual and theatrical treat.

One thing is certain, this collaboration promises an astonishing staging experience in a grand musical-theatrical celebration of the freedom of the human spirit. An ambitious project already causing a sensation of expectation!

Conception and interpretation: Betty Bonifassi and six choristers

Conception and stage direction: Robert Lepage

Conception and creative direction: Steve Blanchet

Production: Ex Machina

Duration: 100 minutes, approximately

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde: 84 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 866-8668 — tnm.qc.ca

The 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 28 to July 7, 2017.


Université de Montréal presents Alain Simard and André Ménard with an honorary doctorate

Montréal, Wednesday, November 1, 2017The entire team at L’Équipe Spectra offers the sincerest congratulations to its founders, Alain Simard and André Ménard as they receive honorary doctorates from the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music. The convocation ceremony was held in the Ernest-Cormier amphitheatre (Room K-500) in the pavilion Roger-Gaudry, located at 2900 Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard. Alain Simard and André Ménard, were honoured for their influence and the dominant role they have played in the cultural life of our country for four decades. The honorary doctorate is awarded to nationally or internationally renowned figures in recognition of their exceptional contribution to a particular genre in the fields of science, the arts, culture or politics.


Credit: Speq photo

About Alain Simard

Recognized above all as the founder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les FrancoFolies and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Alain has spent almost 50 years working as a tireless builder of our music industry. Since the first underground festivals at La Clef, then with promoters Kosmos, presenting Pink Floyd and Genesis at Université de Montréal in 1971, he has made an unceasing contribution to the cultural development and rise of Québec, its creators and musicians. A passionate and driven man, his work as an artists’ agent and manager, producing shows, albums and television programs, creating festivals, launching venues and special events, has significantly helped professionalize our cultural industries and generated extraordinary spinoffs and benefits in the artistic, social, tourism and economic sectors of Montreal.

About André Ménard

André Ménard numbers among the most influential figures in the Quebec artistic community, having greatly contributed to the cultural life of Montreal. Working in the domain of live show and concert production since 1975, he founded L’Équipe Spectra with Alain Simard almost 40 years ago, and remains vice-president of the company. He is also the cofounder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. He has also been a member of the board of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership since its inception in 2003. Ménard was also responsible for the original idea behind the “Quartier des théâtres”, an idea first taken up and illustrated during a speech by Alain Simard at the Board of Trade in the late ’90s. Driven by his insatiable cultural curiosity, André Ménard travels to more than 300 artistic events every year throughout the world.

About L’Équipe Spectra

Since its founding in 1977 by Alain Simard, André Ménard and Denyse McCann, L’Équipe Spectra has contributed to developing and raising the profile of the Montreal cultural scene at both the national and international level, with an array of major productions and events including: major popular events such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the FrancoFolies de Montréal and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, that celebrate music, the arts and gastronomy; a rich variety of high-quality stage productions, conceived and developed for touring purposes; Spectra Musique, a dynamic artists’ agency and a bold record label featuring both emerging stars and big names on the local and international scenes; the Maison du Festival, a one-of-a-kind cultural complex housing a live showroom, restaurant, and a jazz resource centre, all right in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles; three renowned concert halls; a complete service for organizing corporate events and cultural sponsorship.

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Ten new concerts added to the program

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE


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

Marie Josee LordMontreal Premiere


Marie-Josée Lord and Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Femmes

Charismatic singer Marie-Josée Lord has a warm, moving voice that conjures the great female opera singers of history. Accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval conducted by Alain Trudel, the soprano presents passionate versions of the greatest airs of Puccini, Verdi, Massenet and many more. Quite simply divine!

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

Gregory PorterGregory Porter

A worthy descendent of the great American singers of the ’60s and ’70s, Gregory Porter instantly ascended into the pantheon of contemporary jazz vocal. He comes to the sumptuous Maison symphonique armed with his latest album: Nat King Cole & Me, a thrilling tribute to his central career inspiration.

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

Franklin ElectricThe Franklin Electric

Three years after blowing up on the Montreal scene with This Is How I Let You Down, The Franklin Electric arrive with songs from their 2nd release, Blue Ceilings. Intelligent and sensitive alternative pop-folk, carried to the heavens by the spellbinding voice of John Matte.

February 23 at 8 p.m., MTELUS

VieuxFarkaVieux Farka Touré

Following in the footsteps of his illustrious father, the great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux innovates and expands on the legacy of his father, while carving a path all his own and breaking new ground for West African music. With 11 astounding albums in his repertoire, he has established himself as one of Africa’s most dazzling guitarists as well as one of its most exciting musicians.

February 22 at 8 p.m., Club Soda


The voice of a siren, an otherworldly presence and a musical universe as gorgeous as it is delicate… Immediately registering as one of the most fascinating voices on the scene from the release of her debut, You & I, Ala.Ni bewitches her audience with grace and aplomb. And irresistible encounter with a brilliant artist in the intimacy of the Gesù!

February 22 at 8 p.m., Gesù

David Myles, The Real Love TourDavidMyles

With his refined sensibility and an irresistible groove, Maritimes singer-songwriter David Myles launches a 10th album, Real Love. He’s stepped away from the pop sound of previous albums without abandoning it, celebrating the sound of the ‘50s (a move that suits him perfectly, by the way). It’s a joyous, danceable and very rock’n’roll album sure to fully come to life onstage.

February 24, 8 p.m., Gesù

Roman ZavadaRoman Zavada, Résonances boréales

With an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield on the edge of the taiga, Roman Zavada pushed his creative limits inspired by the aurora borealis, one of the most spectacular and majestic phenomena on Earth. An immersive performance in which Zavada proposes a dialogue between the piano’s resonances and the northern lights captured in real time in 360 degrees.

March 1, 8 p.m., Gesù

DeuxLuxesLes Deuxluxes. Opening act: Laura Sauvage

Hailing from Montreal, Les Deuxluxes are powered by strong vocals, a minimalist yet effective rhythm section, and a pair of wild guitars. The duo has attitude to burn, nerves of steel and a touch of spangles, sequins and sweat, delivering a personal fiery blend of rock’n’roll. The evening opens with a solo project from Vivianne Roy (Les Hay Babies).

February 24 at 8 p.m., Club Soda

Kim ChurchillKimchurchill

Kim Churchill lives for his guitar, combining redoubtable technique, complex picking, percussion on the neck and soundbox, two-handed tapping, harmonica, foot percussion and a deep, moving voice. Kim Churchill is a natural performer gifted with virtuosity and humility. He’s here with a new album!

March 2 at 8 p.m., Club Soda


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

February 24, 8 p.m., L’Astral

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

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

Tickets remain available for these other concerts

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

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

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Master of Horror John Carpenter in concert at MTELUS

Montreal, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 It’s Halloweeeeeen (soon)! On Monday, November 13 at 8 p.m., the legendary director and “Master of Horror” John Carpenter will be visiting MTELUS as part of his Anthology Tour, Movie Themes 1974–1998. It is behind his keyboard and with 5 musicians that we will find him on stage. Tickets for this concert of the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by TD and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal are already on sale.

Legendary director of a dozen cult classics, Carpenter also composes most of the music for his films. The minimalist, hypnotic aural ambience of Halloween, Christine, Jack Burton, Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 is as indelible as the visual signature: timeless pieces that Carpenter brings to the stage in an anthology of his greatest work, all of it accompanied by projections that plunge us into the dark heart of the genius of the “Master of Horror”.  

Tickets already on sale

MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — mtelus.com

Some tickets still remain for these concerts:

  • Martin Goyette — October 13, 8 p.m., L’Astral
  • GoGo Penguin — October 23, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Tami Neilson — October 25, 8 p.m., Club Soda
  • Hauschka — October 26, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Piers Faccini — October 29, 8 p.m., L’Astral
  • Diana Krall, Turn Up The Quiet Tour November 29 and 30, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA
  • Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • José González — February 10, 8 p.m., Monument-National
  • Nils Frahm — March 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS 

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A non-profit organization, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is pursuing its mission of disseminating and developing jazz and its musical cousins for the 17th year in a row, by reinvesting its potential surpluses in the presentation of special concerts at its Jazz All-Year Round series. With support from Canadian Heritage, it can thus offer Canadians and visitors to the city the chance to experience the rhythms of jazz all-year round!


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An early look at the program

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 

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

Compañía Eva Yerbabuena, AY!

One of the global leaders in flamenco dance, the illustrious Eva Yerbabuena returns for a new flamboyant showcase of her artistry. Renowned for her deeply expressive and personal approach to flamenco, as well as her technical perfection, the Spanish artist presents her new show, AY!

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


Stacey Kent

Stunning American jazz singer Stacey Kent has won over a major audience with her crystalline voice and a sparkling discography awarded a number of gold records. She’s back with her latest release, due this fall, a magnificent, dazzling fusion of harmony, beauty and intensity.

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


Isabelle Boulay, En vérité

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

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


Random Recipe 

Random Recipe wear the name well. A fine mixture of human warmth, originality and international musical inspiration, the Montreal outfit presents a hybrid sound unique in its genre, with an absolute lack of pretension enhancing their already fascinating performances.

March 1, 8 p.m., Club Soda


Karen Young & Coral Egan, Mère et fille

Two superb voices, two accomplished musical careers, singers Karen Young and Coral Egan join forces for Mère et fille, revisiting their favourite songs: tunes from their respective repertoires as well as pop, folk and jazz artists including Djavan, Ayub Ogada, Catherine Major, Radiohead, Steve Lacy and many more!

February 23, 8 p.m., Gesù


Coco Méliès 

Coco Méliès returns with The Riddle, a richly atmospheric new album. Defying all labels, the musical world of Coco Méliès revels in subtle nuances and contrasts. Renowned for their distinctive vocal harmonies and refined folk, the once again presents a show both raw and luminous.

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


Gabrielle Shonk 

Once her first single, Habit, racked up one million listens on Spotify, the record labels came calling: she would go on to sign with Universal. She’s finally here to present her folk-soul material, pouring her rich voice into songs steeped in maturity. A diamond in the rough, with a disarming authenticity.

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


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

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

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

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The MTELUS opens its doors

A new chapter begins in the great history of a legendary concert venue

Montreal, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 — After a year of eager anticipation, L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS are pleased to announce that the MTELUS is opening today. Montreal’s legendary concert hall will continue its mission of hosting world-class shows. Audiences, artists, technicians and employees alike can now enjoy an amped-up experience in a space that was redesigned and modernized without a single show being cancelled while work was underway. To celebrate the official opening, a free concert is being held tonight featuring Radio Radio, A Tribe Called Red, Marieme and Di Astronauts with Sabrina Sabotage and K.O.K.A DJ Set (Karim Ouellet and King Abid).

The ten-year partnership between L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS is the result of a shared passion for culture and technology. The two companies are bringing their respective expertise to this ambitious project. “We are absolutely thrilled with this partnership with TELUS and the results of this major undertaking. Together, we built a relationship of close cooperation and now that it’s a reality, we are extremely proud of this incredible space, which will delight many future audiences and promises to deliver great moments of musical enjoyment,” remarks Jacques-André Dupont, President and CEO of L’Équipe Spectra. “It is a source of great pride for us to able to provide the public with a venue of this calibre. Thanks to a major investment from TELUS, we managed to preserve the spirit of this iconic venue in the Quartier des spectacles, which will improve the audience’s experience and enjoyment.”

The opening of the MTELUS is the culmination of a partnership that will leave Montreal a cultural legacy on the occasion of its 375th anniversary. “This landmark investment is tangible evidence of TELUS’ commitment to Montreal,” affirms François Gratton, Executive Vice-President, TELUS and Partner Solutions, and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec. “By partnering with L’Équipe Spectra, TELUS, and the 3,200 members of its team in Montreal, are confirming their continued support for arts and culture. It was a natural fit for TELUS to harness its technology skills and expertise to benefit the venue, which will give audience members a brand-new experience. It is a privilege to play a part in shaping the history of this cultural hub in Montreal.”

Honouring a rich history

L’Équipe Spectra and TELUS made it a top priority to honour this space and shine a spotlight on its historic character; traces of a living legacy can be found amidst the modernized venue. The arches in the lobby have been preserved, as have all of the theatre’s mouldings, columns and architectural features. On the façade, LED architectural lighting will now highlight the arches on the historic building. The stage’s proscenium arch will also be illuminated. The enormous frieze decorating the stage has been restored and will be lit to bring out the beauty of the space.

The key aspects of this revitalization effort focus primarily on the audience’s experience and enjoyment. With fully modernized sound and lighting systems, the venue now offers better quality acoustics and visuals. Access via the main entrance has been redesigned to separate the public entrance from the box office, improving crowd flow, and a new bar has been added. The old signboards, both behind the bars and on the famous Ste. Catherine Street marquee, have been replaced by dynamic digital screens. Connected show goers will also be delighted to learn that they can enjoy access to Wi-Fi on Canada’s largest and fastest network.

This extensive renovation and restoration project will boost the international reputation of the performance hall, which remains an exceptional venue in the heart of Montreal. The favourite show venue of Montrealers and the many visitors who flock to it to cheer on the biggest and greatest artists on the planet, the MTELUS will continue its role as a springboard for talent from near and far.

A number of Montreal-based companies helped make this project a reality. The bar and new lobby were designed by Patty Xenos Design, the lighting was revamped by Lumenpulse and the project was managed by QMD.

About L’Équipe Spectra

Since its founding in 1977 by Alain Simard, André Ménard and Denyse McCann, L’Équipe Spectra has contributed to developing and raising the profile of the Montreal cultural scene at both the national and international level, with an array of major productions and events including: major popular events such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the FrancoFolies de Montréal and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, that celebrate music, the arts and gastronomy; a rich variety of high-quality stage productions, conceived and developed for touring purposes; Spectra Musique, a dynamic artists’ agency and a bold record label featuring both emerging stars and big names on the local and international scenes; the Maison du Festival, a one-of-a-kind cultural complex housing a live showroom, restaurant, jazz resource centre, and a boutique, all right in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles; three renowned concert halls; a complete service for organizing corporate events and cultural sponsorship.


TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $13 billion of annual revenue and 12.8 million subscriber connections, including 8.7 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.3 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. TELUS is also Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 7.7 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS’ 12 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company’s support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

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One venue, 133 years of history

In its 133 years in business, the concert hall at 59 Ste. Catherine Street East in Montreal has been put to all kinds of different uses. Today, a new page is being added to the illustrious history of this legendary venue.

  • The building was originally used as a skating rink in 1884, then—starting the next year—as a summer theatre.
  • In 1893, it became the Théâtre Français, whose stage was graced by the legendary Sarah Bernhardt in 1905.
  • In 1923, the site was converted into a movie theatre called the “Loew’s Court.”
  • After two fires, it was rebuilt in early 1930 and returned to service as a theatre. This time, the interior was designed by Emmanuel Briffa, who also decorated the Outremont Theatre.
  • The venue became a movie theatre again from 1960 to 1981, and screened adult films under the name of Cinema Eros.
  • After closing for six years, the site reopened as a discotheque and showbar known as the “Métropolis.”
  • In 1997, L’Équipe Spectra bought the Métropolis and redesigned it to focus exclusively on concerts. Since then, it has welcomed such prestigious artists as David Bowie, Pierre Lapointe, Prince, Kaytranada, Arcade Fire, Beck, Les Cowboys Fringants, Les Rita Mitsouko, Charlotte Cardin, Éric Lapointe, Kraftwerk, Louis-Jean Cormier, Radiohead, Daniel Bélanger, Björk, Dead Obies, Ariane Moffatt, Stromae, Plume Latraverse, along with Jean Leloup, who holds the record for most performances. In addition, major events such as Just For Laughs, Mutek, M pour Montreal and Pop Montreal are regularly featured.
  • Every year, the concert hall welcomes about 130,000 visitors and 150 concerts.
  • Starting on September 12, 2017, the adventure continues under a new name: MTELUS.

A free concert to kick things off

Tuesday, September 12, starting at 8 p.m.:

  • Radio Radio
  • A Tribe Called Red
  • DJ sets by K.O.K.A. (Karim Ouellet and King Abid)
  • Marieme, accompanied by Di Astronauts with DJ Sabrina Sabotage

There are still a few pairs of tickets to be won. Visit the MTELUS Facebook page for more details!

We’ve got a great fall season ahead of us! Overview of upcoming shows:

  • Dead Obies (September 14)
  • Simple Plan (September 18)
  • Rodriguez (September 19)
  • Boyce Avenue (September 20)
  • Oh Wonder (September 21)
  • Nick Murphy (September 22 and 23)
  • Pixies (September 27)
  • Tash Sultana (September 29)
  • Glass Animals (October 3)
  • Mastodon (October 9)
  • A Day to Remember (October 10)
  • Phoenix (October 13)
  • Daniel Bélanger (October 21)
  • John Carpenter (November 13)
  • The Barr Brothers (November 24)
  • The National (December 7 and 8)

Benefits for all audience members and performers

  • A fully connected concert experience thanks to free Wi-Fi
  • A new, freshly renovated hall
  • An all-new bar set up in the lobby
  • An improved visual and acoustic experience

Tons of benefits for TELUS customers

Benefits available at all times (except on the opening night):

  • Fast priority access (with three friends) at the door
  • Fast access to coat check and bar
  • Free coat check

Occasional or surprise benefits:

  • Advance ticket sales
  • Discount prices on concert tickets
  • Meet with performers
  • Backstage access
  • Upgrade to the MTELUS lounge
  • Discount prices on drinks
  • Free drinks
  • Free swag

For access to advance ticket sales and discounts on concert tickets, TELUS customers can visit mtelus.com to set up an account and become MTELUS+ members. The other surprises will be made available through contests on the venue’s Facebook page. So be sure to keep an eye out!

About TELUS in Quebec

Over the next four years, TELUS plans to invest more than $2 billion in the construction of new infrastructure and installations across Quebec. Between 2000 and the end of 2020, TELUS will have invested more than $27 billion in the province to expand its leading landline and wireless telecommunications infrastructure. TELUS has extended its fibre optic network directly to homes, businesses, schools and health care facilities in numerous urban and rural communities as part of its commitment to deliver innovation and help drive economic growth in the province.

Staying true to the company’s goal to give where we live, TELUS and its team members and retirees have contributed more than $54 million and 540,000 volunteer hours to charitable, non-profit and community organizations throughout Quebec since 2000. Created in 2005 by TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle, these 15 local community boards direct the company’s support actions to local charities. Since their founding, the three Quebec-based Community Boards have donated more than $12.45 million to thousands of local charitable projects conducted by organizations like L’Ancre des jeunes, Motivaction Jeunesse and the CRBM foundation, among others.

In September 2012, TELUS opened a state-of-the-art Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, Quebec. TELUS chose to build the centre in Rimouski due to the availability of a skilled workforce in the community, abundant green features (including an abundance of hydroelectricity), and the cool local climate. In 2015, the TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, recognized as one of the world’s most technologically innovative and energy-efficient facilities, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award for sustainable development.

Charles Dutoit awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s gold medal

Montreal, Thursday, August 17, 2017 — One of classical music’s highest honours, the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, has been awarded to the Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. He becomes the 103rd recipient since the medal was founded in 1870 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Beethoven (London’s Philharmonic Society commissioned Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and enjoyed a close association with the composer).


The medal will be presented to Charles Dutoit at the BBC Proms, tonight as part of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall (and live on BBC Radio 3) by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Charles Dutoit is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducts a programme that includes Saint-Saën’s 3rd Symphony, commissioned by the Philharmonic Society in 1886.

Current RPS Gold Medallists include Martha Argerich, Janet Baker, Daniel Barenboim, Alfred Brendel, Placido Domingo, Bernard Haitink, György Kurtag, Antonio Pappano, Thomas Quasthoff, Simon Rattle, András Schiff, John Tomlinson and Mitsuko Uchida.

Distinguished conductors previously awarded the RPS Gold Medal include: Thomas Beecham; Bruno Walter; Arturo Toscanini; Felix Weingartner; Adrian Boult; John Barbirolli; Herbert von Karajan; Leonard Bernstein; Georg Solti; Colin Davis; Pierre Boulez; Claudio Abbado; Charles Mackerras and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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Wrap-up from the Prez

Thank you all!

Address by Jacques-André Dupont, CEO

Montreal, Saturday, July 8, 2017 — Impressive crowds, delighted fans and a passionate program… the 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto concludes today on a note that’s equally positive and promising for the future. 2017 was a vintage edition of the Festival… and a smiling audience is all the motivation we need to do it all again next year!

From June 28 to July 8, the Festival’s outdoor site was packed non-stop, with many of our outdoor events drawing record crowds—a “sea of people” according to Sarah Blackwood of the band Walk Off the Earth. That stunning attendance allowed the Festival to attain its budget goals.

Certainly, our partnerships with Canada 150 and the Society of the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary gave us the financial means to create extraordinary events and amazing celebrations. As a pre-opening night, Sessions 375 offered the audience an unprecedented sample of local artists who’ve earned renown on the international stage. And on July 1, Discothèque unfolded 50 years of Canadian hits, proving that the entire country can come together musically from coast to coast to coast. Thanks to the additional means made available this year, the Festival was able to invest in special projects that had an impressive impact on raising the profile of artists and our city, as well as affecting attendance of the event. Fans from every background benefited, and the happiness level of our audience went through the roof!

The facts are undeniable: these investments are extremely profitable, and it’s absolutely essential to repeat this type of initiative. In the final analysis, the primary goal is to continue to grow the Festival’s cultural, social, tourism and economic spinoffs. Because if there is one mission that we hold dear, it is to improve everything we do year after year, at every level and from every perspective.

The major successes of this edition of the Festival included a new project we established in collaboration with the Conseil des Montréalaises: the “Hirondelles” (swallows). The project was inspired by our desire and concern to enhance the security and well-being of festival fans, especially women, members of the LGBTQ community and all those who may feel a sense of vulnerability during our events.

This project notably opened the door to constructive public discussions. Moreover, there were very few incidents reported during this edition, and many festival fans stated that they felt a sense of reassurance thanks to the measures we put in place. We remain nonetheless well aware that there is still a way to go, and that this initiative would benefit from being repeated every year. Beginning next year, we hope to improve the project, and we are thrilled to announce that a number of festivals have requested permission to take up the concept and logo that we conceived for the occasion. We were certainly delighted to agree.

And if the Festival can experience this level of popularity, it’s thanks to the invaluable partners who contribute to financing the event. Yes, the Festival’s free programming provides benefits for everyone, but we must remember that the free program comes with a cost, and without that essential support, none of this would be possible. Thanks to our three levels of government—the Governments of Canada, Québec and the Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, and our invaluable sponsors, including presenter TD Bank Group and co-presenter Rio Tinto, who have accompanied us for years and years, as well as all our partners and official suppliers.

Thanks also to all our Festival teams, who contributed to making this edition a success. Finally, this event remains enduringly impressive for its power to bring people together, drawing an incredibly diverse audience every year to assemble in our unique urban musical village…

After 38 years, we take the same admiration in watching this magnificent melting pot of people from all walks of life converge upon the Festival: people who would otherwise never find themselves in the same place, at the same time; youths having fun alongside seniors; music devotees assembling from the four corners of the Earth, speaking every language, as though the Festival were the United Nations of music. All in all, the true stars of the Festival are the Montrealers and guests from all over the world who seize the moment of Musical Now in a spirit of harmony, all assembled as one.

And so thanks to all our festival fans for joining us and being there, year after year. We already can’t wait for the next edition of the Festival, which will run from June 28 to July 7, 2018!

Jacques-André Dupont



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