Montréal, Monday, March 4, 2019 — The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell from February 21 to March 3, just ended, and we can only be nostalgic. Once again, the festival made us rediscover the joys of winter in an enchanting setting and impressed us by the quality of its bold programming. Many new features were introduced during this anniversary edition, where fine dining was showcased — including the Nuit Gourmande, the Quartier Gourmand, as well as the “Reserve your spot” booking service. Party-loving Montrealers outdid themselves, as many people from here and abroad visited the free installations on the outdoor site, enjoyed concerts by Whitehorse, Dominique Fils-Aimé – presented by 98.5 – and Soran – presented by RBC – at l’Astral, and participated in the 16th Nuit blanche, Illuminart and the other awesome activities from the different sections of the festival.
A successful gamble — the groundbreaking choices of the programming committee, which took the latest trends into consideration, stimulated the imagination, the belly and the mind. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE enjoyed great media exposure, both locally and internationally, under the theme “A journey around the world… And to the heart of our world!” And as this grandiose edition closes, we can already dream about the 21st, which will undoubtedly be just as superb. See you next year!
In the meantime, here’s a look back at this edition:
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2019, a time to…
- Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival
Far from resting on its laurels, the 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE was a joyful excuse to explore new avenues and refresh this popular rendezvous. Following a healthy and necessary introspection regarding its past filled with bright memories, a new orientation was decided upon for the festival. Some risks were taken, leading to marvellous moments we will still remember in 20 years! From the initial inspiration of its theme to its execution, by the way of the elaboration of the programming, the new identity of the festival successfully energized the city during the long winter months. Kudos!
- Celebrate Jean-Paul Grappe’s extraordinary contribution to Quebec fine dining
During the opening cocktail of the festival, the Grappe Gourmande, an honorific award recognizing the important contribution of a person to Quebec fine dining, was given to Mr. Jean-Paul Grappe. The chef and former ITHQ professor received this honour from Jacques-André Dupont, Chief Executive Officer of L’Équipe Spectra, and then named Ashley Whalen, sous chef at Toqué!, as the winner of the first emerging culinary talent award of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.
- Celebrate and provide food for thought
During this rich edition, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE presented in French and English all kinds of conferences, luncheons, workshops and discussions about fine dining, each more interesting than the next. A wonderful opportunity to share the unique knowledge of passionate people about their respective disciplines. These events were in tune with the current times, with themes such as social gastronomy, Instagram, the presence of women in fine dining, latte art, kombucha, mixology, etc.
« Depuis 20 ans, Montréal en Lumière fait vibrer la métropole en plein cœur de l’hiver. Dynamiser et apporter un peu de chaleur, de lumière, de festivités et de folie en plein coeur de l’hiver, l’idée de départ d’Alain Simard est toujours d’actualité. Ce festival est une occasion pour les Montréalais de sortir de chez eux et pour les touristes de voir à quel point Montréal fait fi des intempéries pour adopter une ambiance festive. » Lyne Alias Urbaine, Mission Cuisine Urbaine
« Rendez-vous culturel effervescent et dynamique, le festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE est un exemple convaincant de l’envergure et de l’originalité des événements auxquels sont conviés les Québécois. Ce festival de calibre international représente une occasion parfaite pour apprécier la qualité et la vitalité de l’offre culturelle de Montréal. » – Nathalie Roy, ministre de la Culture et des Communications et ministre responsable de la Langue française, Canada Newswire
« To my memory came the first edition of this unique winter festival, which at that time was seen as a bold move on the part of the Spectra team: yes, Montrealers are tough, and most of the events were programmed indoors, but would they respond to those outdoor activities when temperatures may get around minus 20? Well, twenty years later, Montréal en Lumière is already one of the iconic festivals in our city. » Sergio Martinez, Montreal Times
- Feast at the Quartier Gourmand, this space dedicated to culinary discoveries
For the first year, festival-goers had the chance to explore the Quartier Gourmand, located at the Maison du Festival. This buzzing place, with its unique design, has recorded 5000 entries during the first weekend, for a total of 15,200 during the 10 days (including events and concerts at the Astral and Blumenthal)! With nearly 50 activities, it is an understatement to say that there was something for everybody! Throughout the festival, the ESKA Bar offered creative cocktails and other beverages based on its carbonated natural spring water. We also explored the importance of Quebec products and its producers in our gastronomy; we tasted seaweed, chaga mushrooms, cranberry and “chicoutai” jam. From February 21 to 24, flavors from here and elsewhere were honored, with soups from 5 different countries, tastings of delicious specialties from the Côte-Nord – the featured region of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE –, local beers with Brasseur de Montréal, rich products from Les Producteurs de Lait du Québec, and maple products from Quebec. During the second weekend, from February 28th to March 3rd, urban agriculture was celebrated by the presence of exhibitors such as the modern henhouse Poc Poc, RISE Kombucha, the Lufa farms, the urban mushroom farm Blanc de gris, and several others. The Quartier Gourmand was beautifully decorated to present more than thirty high-quality spirits in a funky setting during the Tikivernale. There was truly something for all tastes!
- Feast while crisscrossing the city during the Nuit Gourmande and the culinary tours
About 25,000: this is the number of steps taken by the die-hard festival-goers who explored the 4 zones of the brand-new Nuit Gourmande, located in Petite-Italie, Centre-Ville, Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne and on Wellington Street. In addition to developing a new clientele for the 60 participating establishments, Nuit Gourmande has allowed Montrealers to travel in their own city and rediscover it with their taste buds. The same goes for the culinary expert tours and TASTET’s culinary tours, which focused on the Middle East, Italy and Japan, “Montreal style”; these 14 gourmet tours presented Montreal’s riches in a new light, through the eyes of gastronomy enthusiasts.
- Feast at one of the 45 Air France Finest Tables – including 14 new ones (!)
This edition certainly distinguished itself by the number of guest chefs – 39 –, including 28 from abroad and 11 Canadian (10 from Quebec). Festival-goers were able to enjoy the haute cuisine of Amélie Darvas, Viktor Örn Andrésson, Jouvens Jean, Daniel Eddy, Teheiura Teahui, Xabi Ibarboure, Maria De Frias, Ever Cubilla, Arnaud Bloquel, Uri Jeremias and Alexandre Dionisio, among others. 15 countries were represented at the festival, including 3 new ones (Israel, Panama and Iceland). More than fifteen pairings were organized with winemakers, seven activities with local producers, five with artists, for a total of 196 activities over the whole duration of the festival. Few restaurants have not sold out during most of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Unheard of!
- Create magical moments at the outdoor site
Although the weather had its ups and downs, many festival-goers were not discouraged by it: throughout the festival, the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE stayed continuously busy, with people from 7 to 77 years old! Classical activities such as the RBC Zip-line, the Milk Urban Slide and the QUÉBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel have not stopped! Those who were thirsty were able to get a delicious drink at the new Bistro SAQ and at the Bar Coors Light. The “Reserve your spot” reservation service, a novelty this year, was also a great success; for several days, more than 98% of the spots were reserved for the RBC Zip-line and the Milk Urban Slide! Thanks to this service, people were also able to get a souvenir video reminding them of their crazy experience in the RBC Zip-line!
A lot of people enjoyed the Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge! Activities at kiosks such as “Ici venez vivre l’effet Nord-Côtier”, Pursue Your Passion (Health Canada), and the Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth also enhanced everyone’s experience. A space that was as inviting as it was exciting, the Chalet Bell has made everyone happy with its many shows, its board game nights and its cool “5 à 7”.
Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal deployed its third edition in a revisited urban space, around the Place des Arts and the Promenade des Artistes. The 15 works of art mixing new technologies, art and light fascinated young and old alike.
Finally, a multitude of other activities delighted festival-goers, be it the Énergir Zone with its shows and its Generator, THE WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE, the “Place de la famille du Lait” and the RBC Sports Zone!
A quick summary of the outdoor site:
225 km of cable
22 000 electrical connections
56 radiant heaters
1,400 lighting devices et 1,000 LED lights
5,520,000 pixels on the north facade of Théâtre Maisonneuve for the Urban Poetry artwork
More than 700 students participated in Danse chromatique dans la neige
4,740,357 BIXI trips, between 546 stations in 36 neighborhoods, analyzed for Influx
180-metre (600 feet) descent for the RBC Zip-line, from a height of 15 metres (48 feet)
110-metre (360 feet) run for the Milk Urban Slide
20 metres (66 feet): Ferris Wheel, with 16 gondolas and a capacity of 60 adults and 90 children (4,600 kg)
- Create a unique vision of what’s ahead with the Nuit blanche of the future
For 16 years now, the Nuit blanche, presented in collaboration with the Casino de Montréal, has become the night of all possibilities. During these few hours, Montrealers come out of their daily comfort to regain possession of their city and walk through its neighborhoods, to discover creative, sportive, inventive, and festive activities! Thus, museums, theaters, galleries, bars, shops, bookstores, outdoor sites join the party to create a huge happening that make young and old dream. This year was no exception: the outdoor site was buzzing early in the evening. You could feel everyone’s excitement! Thanks to the STM, night owls were able to move easily from one Pôle to the other during the event, since the Metro was open all night long! Several activities were very popular. This was the case of those organized by ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE: Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! en formule cabaret – Spéciale Nuit blanche and Gravel le soir! There was widespread enthusiasm and our partners were just as excited about this 16th edition as we are.
Among the highlights: tremendous attendance at our museum events, including 1,500 at the McCord Museum, close to 3,800 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, over 800 at the Redpath Museum and 2,400 at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum. There were 3,000 people at City Hall – 1,000 more than last year! –, 4,100 people at the Olympic Park Sports Center, nearly 1,000 people at the Quai des Brumes during the 10 hours of poetry, nearly 5,000 people at the UQAM activities, 1,200 people at Club Soda for the 10th anniversary of Karnival with Poirier, 1,000 people at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in Belgo, and around 17,700 at Art Souterrain!
Other great successes were at the Observatoire Place Ville Marie (over 1,000 people), the Canadian Center for Architecture (nearly 900 people), and McGill University’s Otto Maass Chemistry Building (more than 400 people) in the Pôle Centre-ville, at Dazibao (nearly 400 people) in the Pôle Mile-End, at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center (850 people) in the Pôle Nord, at the Usine C (700 people) in the Pôle Quartier Latin et Village, and at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (more than 600 people), the Goethe-Institut (more than 700 people) and the Vitrine culturelle (500 people) in the Pôle Quartier des spectacles.
And we’re also thrilled to welcome new partners every year. For this 16th edition, let us underline the fact that a dozen of them were added; the Horizon Roc climbing center and the Maizonneuve in the Pôle Hochelaga, the Forges de Montréal in the Pôle Vieux-Montréal, The Pine Collective in the Pôle Plateau-Mont-Royal, just to name a few. And get ready for more next year!
The best-attended one-day Montréal event of the year!
Close to 200 activities spread out over 140 sites, 9 poles
More than 80 % of free activities
Over 300,000 night owls!
1 and only official coffee: Tim Hortons’!
Good weather (mostly), encouraging our night owls to party!
652 500 website visits
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram : over 121,100 subscribers
More than 16,000 users of our mobile application
320,000 views for our videos on Facebook and YouTube
5 short “Les Experts du Chalet Bell” clips, moderated by Benoît Gagnon, interviewing Alexandre Champagne, Fanny Gauthier, Josiane and Carolane Stratis, Carl Boudreault and Camille Becerra.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its partners
In conclusion, let us underline the essential support of our loyal partners: our co-presenter, Bell; our three major partners, RBC, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec and the Casino de Montréal ; our official sponsors, the Société des alcools du Québec, Énergir, Complexe Desjardins, Maple from Québec, Promutuel Assurance, Tim Hortons, Air France, the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal, Tourisme Côte-Nord, our official suppliers, Coors Light, Cabral Porto & Douro, ESKA, Fromages d’ici, Pepsi, Camellia Sinensis, Fromage CDA inc., Loue Froid, Lou-Tec, STM, Arbraska, Mondial des cidres, Cafés Touché, Aéroports de Montréal, Location Légaré, Zen le pouvoir des fleurs, Stonemill Bakehouse, La ligne verte, Ciot, as well as all of our other official partners and suppliers. Thanks also to our three levels of government for their constant support: the Government of Canada—Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions and the Ministry of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Québec—Ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the SODEC and the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation—, as well as the Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Quartier des spectacles Partnership. Thanks also to the STM, who made it easy to get around during the Nuit blanche by keeping the Metro open all night.
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Montréal, Tuesday, February 28, 2019 — It’s been already a week that MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, has been presenting you its crazy programming… and that’s not all! Until Sunday, March 3rd, the festival will continue to enliven your winter with these essential activities!
Ultimate things to do this week!
- The Most Awaited Night of the Year:
On Saturday, March 2, the Nuit blanche à Montréal, presented in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, celebrates its 16th edition on the “the future” theme! As the best-attended single-day event in Montréal every year, the Nuit blanche assembles 300,000 nighthawks who brave winter temperatures to fully experience a wild urban adventure.
So to enjoy everything this Nuit has to offer, hop on the Metro — open all night especially for the occasion (standard fees apply)! — and dive into almost 200 cultural activities, most of them free, spread throughout the city. For example, from noon to midnight, the 2019 edition of the Mondial des Cidres SAQ invites you to discover or rediscover over twenty cider-makers from Quebec and to enjoy their many products. This unique event also brings together talented mixologists, chefs, and cheese-makers, who will prepare cider-based creations or dishes that bring out the flavours of this fine nectar.
You will also be able to attend GRAVEL LE SOIR, a program during which the team of the ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE program GRAVEL LE MATIN will invite members of the public to attend a special Nuit blanche presentation, live from the Salon urbain of Place des Arts! Special guests, live music by Bleu Jeans Bleu and Philippe Brach and other surprises are in store. Also don’t miss ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE’s literary talk show PLUS ON EST DE FOUS, PLUS ON LIT!, that will be settling in to the Salon urbain of Place des Arts for this year’s Nuit blanche. Festival-goers are invited to come and meet host Marie-Louise Arsenault and her entire team, as well as their special guests, like Jean-Paul Daoust, Catherine Trudeau, Francis Ducharme, Simon Boulerice, Marie-Lise Chouinard, Charlotte Aubin, and Les Louanges.
From 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., the SAT is preparing a party with the theme “Retrofuturistic Trip”. Included in the program: a film projection, mixologists, live comic book artists, and a t-shirt bar on the ground floor, as well as DJs and VJS to make you dance under the dome of the Satosphère…
Nuit blanche invades Usine C and takes on every room, inviting artists, journalists, specialists, fortune teller and the tattoo artist Chloé Pokes for an interstellar voyage into the future. At 7 p.m., Angela Konrad will start welcoming her guests from politics, science and creation. This Nuit promises to be dazzling!
- At the all-new Quartier Gourmand, this unique meeting place offering zones dedicated to fine food and the sharing of knowledge, several conferences are on the menu, as well as concerts, tastings, and more! You’re interested in beer-making processes and you want to know with what to pair your favourite blonde? This conference is for you! Michel Boyer, Market Development Manager and Experiential Specialist at East Six Pints, will answer all your questions, in addition to introducing you to the Brasseur de Montréal products – a selection of tasty, accessible specialty beers offered since 2008. And of course, you will get to taste those beers!
- “In my olfactory creations, I often use “tastes” […] My perfumes are created to be “devoured”!”- Manfred Thierry Mugler
A gala evening in the form of a unique cocktail party experience with the French designer Thierry Mugler. You will be invited to Jérôme Ferrer‘s restaurant Europea and, with the participation of the director René Richard Cyr, to an immersive universe with a course featuring the creations of this great visionary couturier. He will be our guest of honor on Friday, March 1.
- To celebrate the 20th anniversary of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chefs Riccardo Bertolino and Daniel Boulud of Maison Boulud are hosting Andres Morataya, renowned chef at Panga restaurant in Panama. Considering its location far from major city centers, the establishment gets food from fishermen, farmers and townspeople in the local area. The Panga offers a farm-to-table cuisine that’s close to nature. Join us for a dinner with different culinary styles at the end of the festival.
- To mark her return to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Ferreira Café welcomes Portuguese chef Justa Nobre, a great representative of the traditional Portuguese cuisine from Tras-Os-Montes, which she revisits in her own way. Colors, textures, ingredients, flavors; they all delight her. Chef of O Nobre in Lisbon, her own restaurant for more than 30 years, she has become a key figure of Portuguese gastronomy, and also an ambassador of the great local brands and women. She has been awarded the Medal of Honor by the Association of Portuguese Hotel and Catering for her entire career. A unique experience that encourages the pleasure of discovering, sharing and being together. A rare visit!
- Sunday, March 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and thanks to the participation of Tourisme Montréal and Radio-Canada, the Blumenthal restaurant team will be delighted to welcome Edouard Baer, who will host his show Lumières Dans La Nuit live on France Inter. Remember to book in advance; it will be sold out quickly!
- You still have a few days to let your inner child come out and play at the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, with the Milk Urban Slide, the QUÉBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel and the RBC Zip-line. Discover Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, a circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining. At the Chalet Bell, warm yourself up and enjoy loads of performances by artists of all kinds, like De Temps Antan and Beat Market, a comedy night, activities for the whole family, gastronomic demonstrations, happy hours and mouth-watering gourmet offers.
The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is taking place from February 21 to March 3, 2019
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Montréal, Tuesday, February 25, 2019 — MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, began last Thursday, and we can already say that its 20th year is particularly stellar! Moreover, there is still time to let yourself be amazed by the captivating activities offered by the festival: you have until March 3 to enjoy them all! So come out of your hibernation and discover these must-dos!
Ultimate things to do this week!
- At the all-new Quartier Gourmand, this unique meeting place offering zones dedicated to fine food and the sharing of knowledge, several conferences are on the menu, as well as concerts, tastings, and more! Discover the surprising journey of Matthy Matheson, the “bad boy” of Toronto’s haute cuisine. On February 26 at 7 p.m., Elise Tastet, editor-in-chief of Tastet.ca, will lead a discussion in English with the eccentric chef, famous for his appearances onMunchies and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as for being the colorful host of It’s Suppertime and Dead Set on Life. Matheson will also present his book Matty Matheson: A Cookbook, which you will be able to purchase on site and have signed. On Wednesday, February 27, the Tikivernale – Cocktail Night is inviting you to experience a unique fantasy ! In a big room with lots of windows and lights everywhere, as well as Tiki totems, floor-to-ceiling plants, beach bars, and a surf-rock band playing intensely, you will enjoy more than thirty high-quality spirits, and cocktails created by Alambika with the best artisanal ingredients available – bitters, syrups, Italian cherries, etc. See you there!
- Do you know the Domaine du Nival in the Montérégie region, bordered by the Yamaska River, and the Ste-Pétronille vineyard on île d’Orléans? This is the perfect opportunity to meet the winemakers, who will join the team from Le Local to offer you a wine and food pairing evening to celebrate the 20th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival. A five-course meal will be served to enhance the wines of these two vineyards.
- Although Joël Robuchon had a taste for refinement, the grand chef was also an advocate for an accessible cuisine, especially in his television programs. The chef Benjamin Patrier, from Le Valois, will offer a mix of the two in a menu that showcases some of the world’s most famous chef’s creations, as well as some specialties from Poitou-Charentes, his native region.
- The Quartier Général is proud to welcome Maria De Frias, chef at the African restaurant Le Virunga, on Rachel street, in Montreal. Chef Maria will take us from the forests of Central Africa to the shores of the Gulf of the Guinea sea through a five-course menu with authentic and modern dishes. A culinary journey to the heart of a modern Africa in perpetual evolution!
- The Restaurant de l’ITHQ is particularly proud to welcome the Swiss chef Stéphane Décotterd, from the Pont de Brent, located in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. This enchanting place is a delight for gourmets from all over the world, who greatly appreciate its refined cuisine, which admirably combines tradition and innovation. The menu elaborated by the Swiss chef will also be served later on by the student brigade and its teacher.
- At the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, get back in touch with your inner child with the Milk Urban Slide, the QUÉBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel and the RBC Zip-line. Discover Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, a circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining. At the Chalet Bell, warm yourself up and enjoy loads of performances by artists of all kinds, like De Temps Antan and Beat Market, a comedy night, activities for the whole family, gastronomic demonstrations, happy hours and mouth-watering gourmet offers.
A look back at some highlights
- Opening Cocktail: During the opening night of the festival, held at Chalet Bell, L’Équipe Spectra President and CEO Jacques-André Dupont presented the “Grappe Gourmande” to Chef Emeritus Jean-Paul Grappe. In the context of its 20th anniversary, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE was more than ready to present a tribute award to highlight the significant contribution of a Quebec personality to the gastronomy industry and shed light on the next generation. In this sense, for his invaluable contribution to Quebec gastronomy, not only was this first prize offered to Mr. Grappe, but it was also named in his honor. The grand chef also named Ashley Whalen, sous chef of Toqué!, as the recipient of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2019 gastronomic succession award.
- Nuit Gourmande: On Saturday, February 23, was the first edition of the Nuit Gourmande. The event delighted festival-goers as well as participating establishments! It allowed attendants to discover in an original way the neighborhoods in which were located the four zones (Petite-Italie, Wellington, Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne and Centre-ville), and to develop a new clientele, in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. A true success!
- Reserve your spot : For the first time this year, festivalgoers were able to ensure a place in the Milk Urban Slide, the QUÉBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel and the RBC Zip-line with the Reserve your spot service! From the first days, the service was very popular: almost 99% of the seats were reserved for the Milk Urban Slide and the RBC Zip-line! You can also try it: just download the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE App, available on iOS and Android. You can also book your time slot on the festival website. Present your ticket at the chosen activity and have fun!
Already sold out!
We are proud to announce that these Finest Tables and some activities are already sold out, but there is still time to reserve for other ones!
- Chez Victoire: A boreal evening: when two chefs meet, on February 25 (other dates still available!)
- Le Chasse-Galerie: At the table with Mike Bagale
- H4C: An up-and-coming visitor at the H4C, on February 27 and 28 (other dates still available!)
- Manitoba: Promising pairing
The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019
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Montreal, Monday, February 25, 2019 — This morning, an open letter signed by the President & Chief Executive Officer of the festival, Mr. Jacques-André Dupont, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Tourisme Montréal, the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal, the Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI), the Fashion & Design Festival, Montréal complètement Cirque, Just for Laughs and Festival international Nuits D’Afrique, was published by some of the Montreal media. This group urgently appeals to public decision makers and other stakeholders from the business community. In short, to everyone who is committed to the image of Montreal, its economic and tourism development, the important benefits generated by festivals and events—including on a social and cultural level—and the vitality of its downtown area.
Click here to read the open letter.
Jacques-André Dupont, President and CEO, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Francos de Montréal et MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and 8 additional signatories*
Condominium and office towers built and planned, the massive arrival of new restaurants and stores, various construction sites: there is no doubt that since they were created in 2009, the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des Festivals have led to important development in the heart of Montreal. Which is a good thing!
Event directors are happy to have played a part in that by organizing popular gatherings that have become tourism draws. They want to maintain momentum over the coming decades. That is also the wish of the various partner organizations that are committed to keeping the tourism boom and economic growth of our city going.
Unfortunately, today, they must all take note of the counterpart of this huge expansion: the future of festivals with an important free component, in this neighbourhood that was developed at the cost of $200 million, is less guaranteed than ever.
First, from a strictly operational point of view, the empty lots that were used for secondary stages as well as the much-needed “backstage” areas have disappeared because they have been built on. Indeed, the maximum space available for festivals has gone from 1,000,000 square feet in 2007 to 500,000 square feet next summer. Thankfully, this has already led the city to actively look for solutions to the problem.
But there is worse. The whole business model of events featuring an important free component is threatened. For instance, upon its arrival in the neighbourhood in 1986 — which was then a culinary desert — the Jazz Festival could rely on income from food, drink and merchandise sales to finance a good portion of the free activities offered to festival-goers.
The income from the outdoor sites of some festivals has fallen by more than half with the arrival of dozens of restaurants and stores that, rightly so, do extremely well during the events. That is a good thing for the urban landscape, the economy and the vitality of the neighbourhood, as well as for the City of Montreal, which collects more property tax revenues, but it has an increasingly perverse effect.
After losing most of the income of its site to neighbouring restaurants and stores, the Jazz Festival, for instance, faces an annual shortfall of several millions of dollars, while it must assume all of the costs, which keep growing. Those costs are related to the programming, of course, but also to the technical and infrastructure elements needed to welcome festival-goers, to ensure their safety, to innovate, and to cover other unavoidable expenses.
The Quartier des spectacles festivals are among the most important in the country or even the world. Together, they create economic and tourism benefits that exceed $100 million annually, while giving citizens free access to high-quality events, concerts and shows. They also generate huge benefits for the artists, artisans and employees who perform or are employed every year.
Today, the success of the Quartier des spectacles has created an important imbalance, which is putting some of our city’s key events at risk. That is why we are making an urgent appeal to public decision-makers and other stakeholders from the business community. In short, to everyone who is committed to the image of Montreal, its economic and tourism development, the important benefits generated by festivals and events — including on a social and cultural level — and the vitality of its downtown area.
This piece is co-signed by Michel Leblanc, president and chief executive officer, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal; Yves Lalumière, chief executive officer, Tourisme Montréal; Ève Paré, chief executive officer, Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal; Jacques Primeau, chairman of the board, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Martin Roy, chief executive officer, Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI); Fashion & Design Festival; Montréal complètement Cirque, Just for Laughs; Festival international Nuits D’Afrique.
Montréal, Friday, February 22, 2019 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is honored to welcome Peter Frampton on July 5, 2019, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, as part of the 40th edition of the festival. His last time at the festival was in 2011; we can’t wait to see him again! Tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at www.montrealjazzfest.com (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers on Thursday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed Peter Frampton Finale—The Farewell Tour presented by SiriusXM. The primarily U.S. tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin on June 18 in Tulsa, OK and continue throughout the summer and fall.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public next Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m., local time. VIP packages will also be available at www.frampton.com.
Peter Frampton remains one of the most lauded artists in rock history. Most recently, Frampton performed as part of I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell concert as well as receiving the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 2019 NAMM Show’s 34th annual TEC Awards. He also just celebrated the 43rd anniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, one of the top-selling live records of all time, with over 17 million copies sold worldwide.
At age 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band The Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super-groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie, before starting an amazing solo career. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron.
Frampton has appeared as himself on television shows The Simpsons and Family Guy. He also served as technical advisor on Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous as well as appearing in it and writing songs for the soundtrack. In 2007 he won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprints and in 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Frampton has toured with the likes of David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and many others. Additionally, he took Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray and Roger McGuinn (the Byrds).
Tickets on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m.
Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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