Farewell Chef Paul!

Montréal, Thursday, February 15, 2018 — Organizers of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, were deeply saddened to learn of the passing this past January 20 of the illustrious Paul Bocuse, a giant of global gastronomy and symbol of French culinary prestige worldwide. Named “the pope of cuisine” and elected “Chef of the century” by Gault & Millaut, Paul Bocuse is especially dear to the memory of this festival, dedicated to the flavours of the world, as he served as its first honorary president. The 19th edition of the festival, held from February 22 to March 4, will therefore be dedicated to this legendary chef, with a number of our Air France Finest Tables serving up special menus specially conceived in his honour. In addition, five new gourmet soirées have been added to the program at Maison Boulud, La Chronique and Mousso. Details and reservations: montrealenlumiere.com

 Farewell Chef Paul: special menus as part of Air France Finest Tables

Lyon-style hors d’oeuvres
Oeuf meurette (egg poached in Beaujolais wine sauce)
Pike quenelle with crayfish and Nantua sauce
Poultry fricassee with cream and morels
Sweet treats and temptations
President’s cake

Au Petit Extra
Artichoke gratin à la Lyonnaise: fresh artichoke cooked in white wine and creamed veal stock, browned with local cheeses
Sea bream with potato scales, orange and rosemary sauce
Aged beef fillet à la Rossini with slices of foie gras and Madeira sauce
A sampling of Mr. Paul’s desserts: miniature crème brûlée, three-bite Tatin, pear poached in spices, dark chocolate sauce

 Added to the program

1. The Reunion of the Mentor and his Students
February 19 and 20 — Maison Boulud — Five-course menu: $195 (taxes and service not included)

Thomas Haas Maison Boulud

Thomas Haas

Maison Boulud celebrates knowledge by hosting three young Canadian chefs, along with Riccardo Bertolino, of course. These four emerging chefs, who continue to raise the bar of culinary art in Canada, will be gathered around their mentor, Daniel Boulud, to create a unique menu during the festival. Riccardo Bertolino has a deep knowledge of classics, having worked with the greatest chefs in France and with training in the European traditions. Patrick Kriss’ success story as the #1 restaurant in Canada gives testimony to his focus, talent, creativity, and ambition. Dale MacKay’ precision, passion and love for western Canada have made him one of the most talented Western Canadian chefs. Finally, Thomas Haas has an impressive background and is considered by Daniel Boulud as the best pastry chef in the country.

2. Maison Boulud Hosts Gaetano Trovato
February 24 — Maison Boulud — $125, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Gaetano Trovato

Gaetano Trovato

During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chef Riccardo Bertolino and Maison Boulud will welcome Italian chef Gaetano Trovato of restaurant Arnolfo, one of Tuscany’s most essential gourmet destinations. Not only famed for the quality of the regional Italian products that he proudly uses in his cuisine, chef Trovato is renowned for his spectacular presentation of dishes that we might even describe as “culinary architecture.” He also teaches at the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine, where he shares his experience and know-how. These two great Sicilian chefs now meet for the first time ever to collaborate on a contemporary, elegant and succulent menu, in the tradition of the Maison Boulud, one of Montréal’s most refined and essential gourmet destinations. Make your reservations quickly, because this unique event will take place one night only.

3. Antonin Mousseau-Rivard Welcomes Atsushi Tanaka: a Symphony of Succulence and Elegance
February 27 and 28 — Mousso — $150, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Atsushi Tanaka Le Mousso

Atsushi Tanaka

Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, renowned for his creative, innovative and delicious dishes, welcomes Japan’s Atsushi Tanaka, owner of Parisian restaurant AT, celebrated for his delicate, powerful and modern cuisine. Though an ocean separates them, these two young chefs share a love for the lands where they were born and draw deep inspiration from them in crafting dishes that thrill the taste buds… and the eye. Both men place a tremendous importance on the presentation of their dishes, seeking to offer an experience that transcends the world of flavours and aromas to offer visually dazzling cuisine. From Montréal to Japan to Paris, an unforgettable culinary voyage to the realm of the senses awaits.

4. The New School
March 1 — Mousso — $150 (taxes, wine and service not included)

Sean McDonald Le Mousso

Sean McDonald

Looking for the New School? Meet Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, Sean MacDonald, Matt Lambert and Atsushi Tanaka. Like the Nouvelle Vague in film, this “Nouvelle École” in gastronomy is not solely the result of revolutionary culinary techniques, but also the immediate product of an assemblage of a number of next generation chefs—one that began on Instagram and culminated in an encounter at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. How? With Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, we’ve discovered that everything is possible! The virtual encounter began when the four chefs mutually admired photos of culinary creations from their respective restaurants. A desire was sparked to transform that virtual admiration into reality: they decided to connect in the flesh to share their common passion for gourmet presentation, in the same kitchen. Now, this unique encounter between culinary artists will happen in the kitchens of restaurant Le Mousso, for one night only during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. On the menu: bedazzlement for the eyes, wonderment for the taste buds.

5. The Bocuse Event at La Chronique
February 27 to March 3 — La Chronique — Five-course menu: $85 (taxes, wine and service not included)

BocuseLa Chronique, a classic of French gastronomy in Montréal, presents a five-course menu of signature dishes inspired by the legendary Paul Bocuse, first honorary president of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.


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Jazz, jazz… and not just jazz!

39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Montréal, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto ,now unveils a second series of concerts in its 39th edition. From jazz in every style to world music, soul, electro-pop; from blue-chip tickets to newcomers, from home and abroad, a slew of talented artists are on their way to our Festival stages to thrill us once again. Tickets for these concerts go on sale this Friday, February 16 at noon, except for the concerts by Jain and Sons of Kemet, already on sale. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers (infolettrespectra.ca): tomorrow, Thursday, February 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

KamasiKamasi Washington — June 30, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — A genuine sensation on the global jazz scene, Kamasi Washington ranks highly among those musicians with the brilliant talent to push jazz beyond its known boundaries. With an impressive CV including tours with jazz and hip-hop stars Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Lauryn Hill, he honours us with a first Festival visit, armed with his latest EP, Harmony of Difference.  

Snarky PuppySnarky Puppy — June 28, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — We’re delighted to welcome the return of Snarky Puppy, instrumental fusion group led by the charismatic Michael League. After packing the Métropolis in 2015, the Puppy returns with Culcha Vulcha (Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album). And we can’t wait!

metronomyMetronomy. Opening act: Duchess Says — June 29, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) — It’s a first Festival visit for this group, celebrated for their refreshingly dance-tastic electro-pop sound. Almost 20 years into a career filled with live festival triumphs around the world, the English quartet is back with their latest release, Summer 08. The only thing left to do is surrender to their groove!

Ry CooderRy Cooder. Opening act: Joachim Cooder — June 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (Grands concerts Rio Tinto)Legendary musician, producer and composer Ry Cooder has built his reputation creating music at a crossroads of influences, nations and musical legacies. Named one of the ten greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone,his life’s work is a rich tapestry featuring varied collaborations with the Buena Vista Social Club, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, as well as such original film soundtracks as Paris Texas.

Chris BottiChris Botti July 2, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)American trumpeter Chris Botti has spent several decades ruling the instrumental music charts. With an array of Grammy Awards, millions of albums sold and prestigious concerts worldwide, his style and talent have established him as one of the jazz-pop greats.

Holly ColeHolly Cole July 5, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)One of this country’sgreat jazz singers, Holly Cole recently launched a new album, simply entitled HOLLY, on Universal Music Canada. Featuring such classics as They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Everybody Loves Somebody and Teach Me Tonight, it’s a collection that reveals the dynamism and flat-out talent of an extraordinary artist who brings a personal touch and flair to the timeless tracks of the songbook.

Beth HartBeth Hart — July 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Grands concerts Rio Tinto) One of the most magnetic voices in modern blues rock, American Beth Hart is well on her way to world conquest. Quite simply dazzling in her last Festival visit in 2015, she’s already won the respect of Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck. She returns with a new album, Black Coffee, driven by her powerhouse voice and spine-tingling songs.

JainJain (additional show) — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes) Since appearing on the French scene, Jain has caused a sensation. With her multicultural melting-pot pop, a savvy irresistible blend of reggae, electronica and groove, she racked up the 2017 Victoire award for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka.

Mike SternMike Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy
June 30, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal) — It’s the dream team of jazz fusion: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy. Each musician in this concert is a virtuoso with a CV sparkling with prestigious collaborations. An evening in Monument-National that promises to be explosive; not to be missed under any pretext.

Brian BladeBrian Blade & The Fellowship Band July 3, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal) Equally renowned for his solo work and his collaborations with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter and Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade returns with his longtime pals, the Fellowship Band. On the repertoire: a technically accomplished, languorous new southern-accented album, Body and Shadow (Blue Note).

MarinahMarinah (Ojos de Brujo) — July 7, 9 p.m., Club Soda (Couleurs SAQ) — As custodian of the wild energy of former Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, singer Marinah returns to Club Soda with her unstoppable musical fiesta: an irresistible fusion of flamenco, rumba and hip-hop, not to mention joie de vivre. Hot-hot-hot!

Guillaume PerretGuillaume Perret, Free June 28, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)After recording two excellent albums with his group Electric Epic, French saxophonist Guillaume Perret went solo with Free in 2016: with funky grooves and abstract harmonies, impressions of a retro-futurist Africa and post-psychedelic U-turns, it’s a fusion of all forms of jazz, where all influences collide. He performs solo.

Sons of KemetSons of Kemet July 2, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)British phenomenon Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka & The Ancestors) leads this unique outfit (saxophone, tuba and two drummers) into roiling new territory, bubbling with trancey incantations, between jazz, punk, Afro-futurism, electronic and jubilant free jazz. Les Inrocks has compared this magnificently dazzling quartet to a spiritual seance during an earthquake!

FRANCOIS_BOURASSAFrançois Bourassa Quartet July 3, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+) Thirty years into his storied career, pianist François Bourassa is considered a reference point in contemporary Canadian jazz. He heads into L’Astral with his historic quartet (André Leroux, Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie) and pieces from his critically acclaimed latest album, Number 9.

BombinoBombino July 4, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)Fusing traditional Berber rhythms with rock’n’roll energy in pacifist songs, Omara “Bombino” Moctar won Montréal’s heart a few years back with the album Nomad, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Last year, the voice of the Sahara and the Sahel released Azel, a more acoustic take on desert blues rock.

JordanOfficerJordan Officer July 5, 6 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)A Festival darling, guitarist Jordan Officer is renowned for a refined style accented with blues, jazz, country and R&B grooves.With his explosive virtuosity, he presents a 4th album, inspired by a road trip through the southern U.S., accompanied by his favourite musicians. An absolutely transporting show!


Ranee LeeRanee Lee Octet, Dark DivasJuly 6, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+) A Festival regular, Ranee Lee ranks among Canada’s most renowned jazz chanteuses. She now brings us her newest project, Dark Divas, plunging into the lives and songbooks of seven of the most celebrated and fascinating jazzwomen of the 20th century, including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

ERREmie R Roussel Trio and guests, Intersections July 7, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)Armed with their most recent release, Intersections, the Emie R Roussel Trio return to back up their reputation as one of the most important groups in Canadian jazz. Racking up prestigious awards and worldwide tour dates, the talented Emie R Roussel and her trio serve up a dazzlingly spellbinding creative jazz, one we’re always happy to welcome here.

Keyon HarroldKeyon Harrold June 28, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit) — He is the “future of trumpet” according to the illustrious Wynton Marsalis. Match virtuosity with creativity and you get Keyon Harrold, an extraordinary trumpeter who sends jazz soaring over genre boundaries, between electronica, R&B, blues and hip-hop. With an impressive CV featuring collaborations with JAY-Z and Beyoncé as well as Gregory Porter and Gary Clark Jr, he delivers his new album, The Mugician.

Marius NesetMarius Neset — June 29, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit) — In 2011, saxophonist Marius Neset made a resounding entrance onto the jazz scene with his debut album, Golden Xplosion, drawing comparisons with Jan Garbarek and establishing himself as a leader of the new wave of Scandinavian jazz. Armed with exemplary technique, creative energy and dazzling virtuosity, he makes his Festival debut with his latest album, Circle of Chimes.

 Tickets on sale Friday at noon

Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter tomorrow, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(excluding concerts byJain and Sons of Kemet, already on sale)

Place des Arts and Maison symphonique de Montréal: 175 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com
MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine St. E.; 1 855 790-1245 or ticketmaster.ca
Club Soda: 1225 Saint-Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or clubsoda.ca
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Gesù: 1200 De Bleury St.; 514 861-4378 or legesu.com
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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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A (re) MIXed Nuit

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

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

Nine Activity Pôles for a Great Nuit

And you can plunge into this Nuit wherever you are! On March 3, the entire city lights up with passion, flocking to nine Pôles and eleven activity categories: action, visual arts, film, dance, exhibits, whimsy, games, illumination, words, music, laughter. Here are a number of suggestions to give you an idea of the excitement that awaits:

1. Pôle Quartier des Spectacles

The epicentre of the Nuit blanche, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site sparkles like QDSa constellation! Action rules the brand-new to Chalet Bell and the Énergir Zone: a concert by Canailles, followed by DJ sets Gotsoul Session and Bell DJ/VJs Bell Toddy Flores + Zack Cola, along with Bang Bang The Boogie from jojoflores & Cesar and special guest Quicksound Live. From midnight in the Maison du Festival, Sarahmée, Naya Ali and Marie-Gold fire off an exceptional evening dedicated to emerging talents in female hip-hop. On the Place des Festivals and the Place des Arts Esplanade, activities roll continuously until 3 a.m.: the RBC Sports Zone and its Zip-line, the Milk Family Fun Zone with its Urban Slide, the World of Incredible Maple with its Ferris Wheel, along with Illuminart installations combining art, illumination and technology, presented by Casino de Montréal.

The entire Wilder Building is overtaken by dance-related events, including a vinyl marathon and a demented dance battle in Agora de la danse. In the Salon Urbain, Place des Arts, music meets comedy with Mara Tremblay, Fred Fortin and Galaxie, along with Jean-Philippe Wauthier, Fred Savard, Olivier Niquet and Jean-Sébastien Girard, joining forces for La nuit est encore blanche (presented by Radio-Canada). The 2-22 hosts an unexpected evening conceived by La Vitrine culturelle, a collage workshop presented by Artexte and a unique exhibition by young artist Erdem Taşdelen (Toronto) and the Chto Delat collective (Russia) at VOX. Cabaret festif no 8 in Monument-National, in collaboration with ZOOFEST, promises to be wilder than ever, with comedy (Les Appendices) and music (Marie-Pierre Arthur, Antoine Gratton and DJ Dee). And by the balustrade, an open mic evening presents spoken word and poetry presented by La Criée.

2. Pôle Centre-ville

Head to La Factry, the school of science and creativity, where Frenchez l’inconnu gets wilder than ever with a party combining debates, dance, visual arts and music. At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a mini-festival on television channels in critical and poetical performances inspired by reception-transmission methods. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts creates a nighttime event centred around the exhibition Napoléon—Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace, with visits, workshops and a collective mural. Meanwhile, the McCord Museum resuscitates Urban Tales and offers a guided visit of the exhibition The Topsy-Turvy Storyland.

3. Pôle Quartier latin et Village

Salsa  3At the UQAM Pavillon de design, the issue is happiness, and its attendant clichés… and a guided tour of a circuit of installations helps frame the question. In the BAnQ, a poetry lab for all combines visual, aural and poetical artists, alongside an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the library. Meanwhile, the action heats up in the Metro! At Berri, join in swing dancing with Cat’s Corner and salsa with École San Tropez. The Montréal Joue festival goes techno: videogames, collaborative memory game Mimésis and the interactive installation Propolis created by the students of UQAM. Finally, the incredible Nuit aux flambeaux sur les faubourgs (Torchlight Procession) sets off from Écomusée du fier monde and Maison de la culture Frontenac to discover a neighbourhood and its many attractions, breathtakingly illuminated by flaming torches and accompanied by a guide.

4. Pôle Hochelaga
In its inaugural year, the brand-new Pôle Hochelaga hosts over fifteen activities! Fans can gather at the foot of Olympic Stadium for nighttime skating on the illuminated skating path on the Sun Life Financial Esplanade. Bistro le Ste-Cath shakes up poetry, slam, storytelling, creative workshops and even insect tastings (!). Wow! The Galerie Marc Gosselin turns the spotlight on neighbourhood artists: Karine Demers, Marc Gosselin and Martin Rondeau. At Salon Enchanthé, it’s time to get creative and paint! Join in a collective work created “blind”, ultraviolet body painting, music and an exhibition. Finally, SDC Hochelaga-Maisonneuve serves up a hip-hop show by L’Amalgame, perfect to warm up body and soul!

5. Pôle Vieux-Montréal

Vieux portHead to City Hall, in partnership with SAT and MU, and unleash your creativity in a collective mural! Galerie Le Bourget presents a performance by artists Nathalie Lapointe and Diana Polizeno. At Pointe-à-Callière, the exhibition Passion: hockey goes into overtime! Mini hockey games, a collective artwork inspired by our national sport, and a visit to the exhibition. And neon takes over Espace VERRE with Gérald Collard and the illuminated pieces of his Atelier Neon Family.

6. Pôle Plateau-Mont-Royal

In the Maison des écrivains, the Ligue d’improvisation littéraire takes several genres by storm, remixing literature, theatre and music. Boutique Geekatorium invites you to create the great adventure of Mika and his Android via collaborative storytelling. In Studio Bizz, the hula-hoop goes tribal with fun demonstrations and introductory workshops. Finally, the ECTO cooperative presents a festive soirée at the crossroad of different eras, between traditional music and the digital world.

7. Pôle Mile-End

patin libreArtLounge MTL presents a 100% Montréal multi-sensorial event, with nine multimedia artists and three DJs. The exhibition Performing Lives at Optica gallery aims to shake up the codes of video, inviting visitors to imagine the sequel to David Lynch’s famed Twin Peaks. In Temps libre Mile-End, enjoy the gentle yet powerful poetry of slammer Queen Ka, sensorial workshops and never-before-seen projections. And contemporary skating outfit Le Patin Libre takes over Saint-Louis arena for a massive party on ice.

8. Pôle Nord

Artgang Montréal celebrates social inclusion, cultural diversity and fun with Le Runway! Enjoy fashion, dance, visual arts and musical energy. The Centre des métiers du cuir de Montréal welcomes artist Claire Nadon, whose creations combine leather and jacquard. Cinéthique Villeray gathers the people responsible for Montréal-themed documentaries in literary café Chez l’Éditeur for a night of short doc screenings. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts brings us Big Broadway Sing-Along by Nick Burgess: piano, Broadway tunes and, yes, big crowd sing-alongs!

9. Art Souterrain

Art souterainFor its 10th anniversary, Art Souterrain festival lays out a unique artistic circuit through Montréal’s indoor underground network. Spread over seven different buildings, the circuit will be staffed by mediators, there to guide and inform festival fans on the artworks, as well as meet-and-greets with artists, and live performances.

Getting around during the Nuit

Once again this year, the STM is the indispensable partner you’ll need to get around! The Metro will remain open all night long (at the usual fare). The unlimited Soirée pass ($5) lets riders climb aboard at will between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning.

The 411 on the Nuit blanche

And that’s just a glimpse of the activities that await in this 15th Nuit blanche à Montréal. For all the info, visit our new website nuitblanchemtl.com: all the details, a map of activities, thematic suggestions and much more!

Our mobile application presented by Bell also allows you to explore the Nuit with the touch of a fingertip. Addresses, activity descriptions, an interactive map and even a search function to find your friends—you wouldn’t want to lose your tribe during a night on the town!

The printed program will be available on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, at activity sites, at Nuit blanche information kiosks, at La Vitrine (in the 2-22) and at the exit of Metro Mont-Royal.

Moderation: fun, without a downside

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



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Winter happens here!

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE free outdoor site

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

Activities for all in the new Chalet Bell!

Shows, videogames, workshops and tasting stations await festival fans in this new multifunctional space conceived for every audience taste. It’s the perfect warm spot for fun, to recharge and relax, right in the heart of the Place des Festivals.

Bell is proud to bring Chalet Bell to the heart of Place des Festivals and offer a unique program that will appeal to all festival-goers,” said Martine Turcotte, Bell’s Vice Chair, Québec. “Showcasing technological innovations and offering workshops for the whole family, happy hour themes and a variety of live musical performances, Chalet Bell is a welcoming gathering place for visitors to warm up while enjoying the celebrations.



Shows and Bell DJ/VJs
Musically, get ready for a slew of free concerts every day, for fans of chanson, rock, hip-hop, folk… In other words, something roe every taste! On the sked: Dubmatique (February 22), Heartstreets (February 23, presented by Osheaga), Marie-Pierre Arthur (February 24, presented by Francos de Montréal), Aliocha (March 1, presented by Osheaga), Eman X Vlooper (March 2, presented by Francos de Montréal), and Canailles (March 3).
Sundays, February 25 and March 4, it’s time for comedy! From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., a dozen comics will take turns onstage in a laugh-riot marathon. Hosted by Richardson Zéphir (February 25) and Alphé Gagné (March 4), performers will include Olivier Martineau, Yannick De Martino, Mehdi Bousaidan, Sylvi Tourigny, Mélanie Ghanimé and David Beaucage (February 25), and Martin Perizollo, Les Grandes Crues, Didier Lambert, Arnaud Soly, Maude Landry and Guillaume Beauregard (March 4).

A Montréal Canadiens theme night in collaboration with RDS will be held on Friday, March 2, with several surprises, including the presence of former Habs players during happy hour, and the live broadcast of the Canadiens vs. New York Islanders match.

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

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., families can enjoy a variety of enlightening, creative workshops! Saturdays, February 24 and March 3, young people can discover the secrets of turntables, and Sundays, February 25 and March 4, learn how to make jewelry using fiber optics.

Happy Hour
It’s Happy Hour! Every day, we’ll throw a 5 à 7 organized around a different theme: mixology (February 23), microbrewery beer and Québec cheeses (February 24 and March 3), après-ski (March 1) and RDS (march 2) will spice up your early evenings with special menus.
On Thursday, March 1, for the après-ski thematic evening, comedians from the popular series Le Chalet on VRAK will be present to meet fans during a photo and autograph session.

Excitement on the outdoor site

tyrolienneRBC Zip-line
The spectacular RBC Zip-line is back! A wild 200-metre descent powered by Arbraska, it’s an adrenalized experience zooming you over the entire outdoor site, from Balmoral almost all the way to St. Urbain. The departure point is located in the RBC Sports Zone.

RBC Sports Zone
Time to test your athletic abilities! Alone or as part of a team, festival fans are invited to test their mettle on a circuit of four fun, dynamic installations conceived around the Olympic theme: ice hockey, cross-country skiing, mogul skiing and basketball. Win fun prizes! Who will be the rookie of the year? Guaranteed fun for sports fans of all ages! Also, chill out on Adirondack chairs in front of a fireplace and grill sausages and marshmallows on the RBC braziers located throughout the festival site.

Many of our own Canadian Olympic stars will even stop by the CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic Zone to meet the public. RBC Olympic Athletes will include swimming champion Sandrine Mainville, synchro swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau and famed female hockey player Caroline Ouellette.

glissade_laitSlides and games in the Milk Family Fun Zone
Located near the Musée d’art contemporain and easily accessible via Ste. Catherine St. W., the Milk Family Fun Zone is the perfect spot for a good time with the kids. Enjoy giant board games, and slides for the whole clan, including the super Milk Urban Ice Slide and a new micro-slide conceived specially for the little ones.

Québec Maple Ferris Wheel
Enjoy the fresh air and a new perspective as you take a turn on the Québec Maple Ferris Wheel located in the heart of the Incredible World of Maple and admire the splendid view of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site.

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


Ari Cui Cui

Énergir Zone
The Énergir Stage located on Ste. Catherine St. in front of the Musée d’art contemporain is the place to be for live shows! This original and dazzling program will deliver moments of musical passion that will leave fans with magical memories. On February 24 and 25 (3 p.m.), the sparkling Ari Cui Cui heads off to discover the world… of her imagination! Her journey explores a variety of rhythms, dances and traditional cuisine from Africa, Asia and Oceania, all while singing of the simple pleasures of “camping out at home”. On March 3 & 4 (3 p.m.), Atchoum trades her balloons for a guitar and a rock vibe guaranteed to get fans of all ages tapping their feet to the beat and falling for her many charms all over again. Every evening at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., experience the powerful fiery illumination of the Black-Light show. On March 2, Montréal DJ MONTANA gets the crowd moving at 8 p.m. And on March 3 (Nuit blanche), from 11 p.m., Bell DJs jojoflores & Cesar take over the wheels of steel for their Bang Bang the Boogie soirée with special guest Quicksound Live!

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

Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth
A crew of agents crisscross the site, wearing huge digital balloons on their heads… No, you are not hallucinating! The Promutuel Assurance Squad is here to capture fans’ magical moments in a souvenir photo, which you can pick up at the kiosk. And pick up an added special gift!

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

Illuminart returns for its 2nd edition

For a 2nd consecutive year, Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal, will present its works free of charge in a reconceived and transformed urban space. In all, a dozen installations created by artists from home and abroad will be showcased around Place des Arts and on the Place des Festivals.

TILTPockets — TILT (France)The Pocket is a reproduction of the old French flashlight or “torch”, an everyday object with old-fashioned charm and vintage colours. As giant-sized recreations, these torches play with scales and surprise passersby around them.
TILT is a French artistic studio, a diverse collection of highly motivated and talented performing artists, creative lighting groups, and lighting enthusiasts, producing towering colourful Luminaires, a combination of sculpture and urban fitting, inspired by nature or items from everyday life. t-i-l-t.com

Nexus Viktor Vicsek (Netherlands) — Standing at the RBC Zip-line arrival tower, an immense luminous structure greets visitors to the site. A complex assemblage of 200 coloured interlocking tubes, Nexus symbolizes the social bonds forged between the inhabitants of a space and its new arrivals.
Nexus was created by Viktor Vicsek, produced by the Amsterdam Light Festival and presented by Light Art Collection and Illuminart. 3dprojectionmapping.net

DekyvereApparatus Florius — Tom Dekyvere (Belgium) — Installed at Place des Arts, this structure symbolizes the instinctive flow of a plant, taking over the city in search of light. The work questions the balance between the human adaptation and digitalization of our natural environment.
Artist Tom Dekyvere explores the deeper layers of reality and mind. His work probes for unexpected connections, in search of the boundaries between nature and technology, between man and robot, between dead and living matter. tomdekyvere.com

Chimes — Collectif Blackbox30 light tubes and 8 speakers come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes. A simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambience of the space and creates new illuminated and aural motifs.
Collectif Blackbox is a collective of six creators with a passion for the world of interactive media. Recently graduated from UQAM, the group is interested in the arts, design and new technologies enhancing the exploration of new media.
In collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

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

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

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

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

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

Festival fans are invited to Espace création Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal (Ste. Catherine St. W.) to discover the playful, fun technologies of Illuminart.
February 22 to March 4, Thursday to Sunday — 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (except for the Nuit blanche, March 3, until 3 a.m.)
For all the details, please visit experienceilluminart.ca. A mobile application also helps festival goers get around during their visit.

 A festival of flavours

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of continuous activities
Thursday, February 22,
and Friday, February 23: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, March 4: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.


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

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

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Two new additions to the program: JD McPherson and Max Richter

Montréal, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 —The program of the Jazz All-Year Round series presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and TD just got even better! In keeping with its mission to present concerts throughout the calendar year, the Festival is adding two new shows to its agenda. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 12 at noon. Exclusive presale for Spectra Newsletter subscribers: Thursday, January 11, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


With a passionate, irresistible fusion of good ol’ rock’n’roll and modern influences, singer-guitarist JD McPherson returns with a new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, recorded in Nashville: solid, banging rock’n’roll from an open-hearted artist revealing his fully mature talents as a songwriter.

April 14, 8 p.m, L’Astral



Max Richter
Featuring the ACME ensemble performing music from Infra and The Leftovers

Max RichterConsidered among the most influential composers of his generation, post-minimalist virtuoso Max Richter upends conventions: pianist, producer, arranger and collaborator, he is also an extremely prolific contemporary artist. Accompanied by the excellent American Contemporary Music Ensemble, he will perform two of his recent works: the soundtrack to TV series The Leftovers and the music of the ballet Infra by Wayne McGregor.

October 9, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Tickets on sale Friday at noon

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

Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine Street West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or placedesarts.com

L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste Catherine Street West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com

Some tickets remain for these concerts

Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience — January 17, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre
French Quarter avec Yacine Boularès, Samy Thiébault et Perrine Mansuy feat. Christophe Leloil — January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral
The Devil Makes Three — January 19, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — January 31, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
Nils Frahm, All MelodyMarch 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS
Too Many Zooz — March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral
Ana Popović — April 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral

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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Alain Lefèvre performs a benefit recital for Haitian child refugees

19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

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


David Bontemps

First and foremost, Alain Lefèvre offered his talents free of charge for this exceptional evening in an extraordinarily intimate venue because the cause of immigrant/refugee children awaiting official status is especially close to his heart. However, he also wants to introduce us to the talents of young Montréal pianist David Bontemps, whom he has already showcased on his program Dans les carnets d’Alain Lefèvre, broadcast on ICI Musique. The two musicians will present some of their preferred compositions, alternating with favourite pieces from the classical repertoire.

All profits generated by the evening will help finance the activities of the Byenvini à Montréal (Bien grandir à Montréal) project, which aims to facilitate the sociocultural integration of the latest wave of Haitian asylum seekers. Spinoffs generated by the evening will help children aged 6-17 to experience fun, artistic, educational and athletic activities, including cultural outings and homework assistance offered by volunteer instructors.

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

Tickets on sale Saturday at noon

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

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


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French Quarter and Too Many Zooz join the program

Montréal, Monday, December 11, 2017 —In keeping with its mission to showcase concerts all year round, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal adds two new shows to the Jazz All-Year Round program series presented by TD, beginning this winter in L’Astral. Tickets for these concerts are already on sale.

French QuarterFrench Quarter with Yacine Boularès, Samy Thiébault and Perrine Mansuy feat. Christophe Leloil

For the past five years, the French Quarter project has brought the best of the French jazz scene to New York. This year, French Quarter lands in Montréal with saxophonist Yacine Boularès and his explosive debut album Ajoyo; saxophonist Samy Thiébault and his supremely energetic quartet, armed with the album Rebirth; and pianist Perrine Mansuy, with her silky touch and subtle harmonies, accompanied by trumpeter Christophe Leloil.

January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Too many ZoozToo Many Zooz

Born in the depths of the subway and launched into the spotlight by a series of viral videos, this New York trio whips up a monumental “bass house” that’s both raw and incredibly sophisticated. After setting L’Astral blaze last summer (and landing in a Google ad), the group returns for a second blast of unbridled horns and primitive beats.

March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral

Tickets on sale now

L’Astral (Maison du Festival): 305 Ste. Catherine St. West; ticketmaster.ca or 1 855 790-1245 — sallelastral.com

Some tickets remain for these concerts

  • Natural Wonder, The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience — January 17, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — January 31, 8 p.m., MTELUS
  • Valerie June — February 9, 8 p.m., Gesù
  • Nils Frahm, All MelodyMarch 22, 8 p.m., MTELUS
  • Ana Popović — April 22, 8 p.m., L’Astral

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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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.