Only a few days left to enjoy the 20th edition!

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 DaoustCatherine TrudeauFrancis DucharmeSimon BoulericeMarie-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!

Photo by Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

Photo by Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

  • 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!
Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

  • “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.
Photo by Benoit Rousseau

Photo by Benoit Rousseau

To make sure you do not miss the festival’s rich programming, download the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE App, available on iOS and Android!

The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is taking place from February 21 to March 3, 2019

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The 20th edition got off to a strong start!

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, 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.
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Outdoor site of the festival, photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

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.
De gauche à droite : Jacques-André Dupont, Ashley Whalen et Jean-Paul Grappe Photo par Victor Dias Lamich

From left to right: Jacques-André Dupont, Ashley Whalen and Jean-Paul Grappe Photo by Victor Dias Lamich

  • 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!

Le Local, photo by Benoit Rousseau

  • 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!

Photo by Benoit Rousseau

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!

The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019

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Open Letter – Quartier
des spectacles: Restoring Space and Balance Together

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.


Quartier des spectacles: Restoring Space and Balance Together

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.

A rock legend at the festival!

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 (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers on Thursday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

peter frampton 1Legendary guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed Peter Frampton FinaleThe 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

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).

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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.

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

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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The 20th edition is starting today!

Montréal, Thursday, February 21, 2019 — MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, offers you, from February 21 to March 3, a multitude of crazy activities that will make you love the cold season again! So put on your your winter boots and discover these essential activities:

Ultimate things to do!

  • At the Chalet Bell, warm yourself up and enjoy loads of performances by artists of all kinds, like Alfa Rococo and Seba et Horg, comedy nights, activities for the whole family, gastronomic demonstrations, happy hours and mouthwatering gourmet offers.
  • For the first year, you can ensure a place in these three activities with the Reserve your spot service! 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!
  • 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.
  • On Saturday, February 23, you’ll be treated to lots of tasty surprises! The all-new Nuit Gourmande will introduce you to Montréal’s culinary riches through activities specially organized for the occasion, divided into four zones: Petite-Italie, Wellington, Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne and Centre-ville. Wander around the four zones of participating establishments, following your instincts in order for this gourmet stroll to be unforgettable!
  • Another neat addition this year: the Maison du Festival, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, is transformed into an authentic Quartier Gourmand. This unique meeting place offers zones dedicated to fine food and the sharing of knowledge. Several conferences are on the menu, as well as concerts, tastings, and more!
  • The restaurant Le Chasse-Galerie, on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, is hosting the Mexican chef Adrian Herrera for two unique evenings, February 22 and 23. The six-course menu will be completely decadent! Chef Herrera will be in the dining room to serve and interact with guests offering all a very festive atmosphere!

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!

The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019

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Variety is in the spotlight this summer at the festival

Montréal, Monday, February 4, 2019 — In this freezing weather, it helps to look forward to summer and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, which is pleased to announce a second wave of names for its 40th edition, that will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019. Covering blues, folk, rock, electro, metal, and, of course, jazz, music lovers from all walks of life will be delighted! Tickets for these concerts will go on sale Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. (exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

photo 1photo 2Buddy Guy/Colin James —   July 6, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — It only takes one listen to The Blues Is Alive and Well, the 18th studio album of the greatest monument of blues still alive, Buddy Guy, to realize that the album title is absolutely true. It presents a raw and pure sound, a real pleasure for both devotees and new fans of the genre. This show will be a new opportunity to admire Guy’s incredible talents as a performer. And if being a blues musician is about always maintaining a certain dialogue with the past, Colin James, singer and Canadian musician, will also prove to the audience that this style of music is still firmly in the present. He will wow his audience with songs from Miles To Go, his latest album, released in September. An unmissable blues night for the 40th anniversary of the festival!

Événements spéciaux TD series

Rodrigo y Gabriela — July 3, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique, photo 3Place des Arts — Originally from Mexico City, this duo of virtuoso guitarists who came to the festival four years ago bring their instrumental and singular amalgamation of metal, jazz, rock and world music into the setting of the Maison symphonique! Five years after the release of their last album, the highly qualified musicians will give us the opportunity to hear the tracks of their upcoming album, to be released in April 2019, Mettavolution.

Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta Air Lines series

photo 4Lou Doillon — July 3, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It’s easy to see that Lou Doillon has a lot going on within herself, but luckily, she wanted to share it with us, add music to it, throw it to some of the most daring French producers, and take a new step in a career that never ceases to amaze. After the inaugural Places in 2012, entrusted to the care of Etienne Daho, and Lay Low three years later, where she moved her sensitive little world to Taylor Kirk, of Timber Timbre, here is Soliloquy, the third album of a singer-songwriter who likes nothing more than to shake up her habits and flee her comfort zone to explore new musical territory. On this opus, she collaborates with The Shoes and The Do, in addition to offering a sublime duet with Cat Power. After performing in front of a packed Metropolis at Montréal en Lumière in 2016, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s sister, also an actress, will once again make her magnificent, rough voice resonate.

Les Rythmes series

photo 5Omara Portuondo, One Last Kiss Tour — June 27, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — A true gem of the Cuban musical culture, the legendary figure of the Buena Vista Social Club will celebrate her life and music during a farewell tour that will stop in our city. A great opportunity to see one last time, a woman who has been singing professionally for 70 years and who, while revolutions and wars were shaking the world, pursued her career with indomitable elegance and unquenchable passion.

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

photo 6First Aid Kit — July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — It may be the beauty of their harmonies, the originality of their song writing, or their captivating presence on stage, but the appeal of the Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit is undeniable and has resulted in ten stellar years on the music scene. After four studio albums, sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have gained an undisputable international reputation. Their most recent opus, Ruins, released in January 2018, was also certified gold in their native Sweden in August. First Aid Kit is a band of rare harmonic perfection, whose finely chiseled songs are sometimes poignant and romantic, sometimes bold and powerful. Their performance at MTELUS is certain to captivate you!

Les Rythmes series

photo 7Madeleine Peyroux — June 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Each one of Madeleine Peyroux’s eight albums can be read as a new chapter in the extraordinary musical journey she began 22 years ago. The singer has not stopped challenging the limits of jazz, always venturing further into the fertile fields of contemporary popular music with a curiosity that’s never satisfied. In her new album, Anthem, the singer-songwriter is collaborating with writers and musicians Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald; together, they cast a sober, poetic and sometimes even philosophical look at the current state of the world.

Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto series

photo 8Voivod. Opening acts:  René Lussier & Robbie Kuster — June 30, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Formed in 1982 in Jonquière, Voivod began its career by devising a speed metal formula that the group would constantly evolve over the years. After nearly 30 years and with a rich discography of fifteen studio albums, not to mention hundreds of shows around the world, Voivod is indisputably part of the legends of metal. Opening acts: René Lussier, Montreal guitarist recognized worldwide in the avant-garde movement, accompanied by the magical Robbie Kuster on drums.

Les Couleurs SAQ series

photo 9Youn Sun Nah — June 28, 8 p.m., Monument-National —    Two years after a notable appearance at the festival, the South Korean jazz singer with an exceptional voice returns to delight the Montreal public. Her breathtaking vocals combined with a unique blend of varied influences set her apart from the conventions of vocal jazz. Let’s bet that this performance will leave us speechless!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

photo 10Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — July 1, 8 p.m., Monument-National — A New Orleans native, Christian is one of today’s most prominent young jazz musicians. Immersed in the Indian traditions of Mardi Gras since birth, he has been known as a jazz trumpeter since his teenage years. He has since created his own artistic reality, which he calls “stretch music” – a mix of styles and approaches, with a good dose of groove. Since the beginning of his career, he has remained a staunch advocate for human rights and a harsh critic of injustices around the world. The last time he was at the Jazz Festival, the one who was called by JazzTimes Magazine “Jazz’s young style God” sold out three nights in a row! This is not to be missed!

Jazz Beat Double Tree par Hilton Montréal, in collaboration with CBC Music

Already announced, also on sale

photo 11 ENBryan Adams, Shine A Light — July 2, 8 p.m., Bell Centre — Armed with a career spanning over four decades and a signature brand of feel-good rock’n’roll hits, Canadian icon Bryan Adams announces that he will return to Canada as part of his massive world tour. One of the most highly acclaimed singer/songwriters, Bryan Adams is known for hit singles (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Summer Of ’69 and his Rod Stewart and Sting collaboration All for Love. The Grammy winning artist has seen success from a string of number 1’s in over 40 countries and has sold in excess of 65 million records worldwide. His thirst for performing and unique take on live concerts have established him as one of the world’s best rock singers.

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Exclusive pre-sale for Newsletter subscribers Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112, 1 866 842-2112 or com
  • Monument-National: 1182 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 871-2224 or com
  • L’Astral, Maison du Festival: 305 Ste. Catherine St. W.; 514 288-8882 or com
  • MTELUS: 59 Ste. Catherine Street East; 1 855 790-1245 or ca
  • Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514 286-1010 or ca

The 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be held from June 27 to July 6, 2019.

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A Party for Your Taste Buds at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — Now in its 20th edition, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, has proven that Montréal culinary art has nothing to envy of any other major city in the world. This year, a new gourmet committee was formed with, among others, Philippe Mollé, Catherine Lessard, Élise Tastet and six other people passionate about fine dining. These lovers of the pleasures of the table contributed to the new gourmet orientation of the festival: “Celebrate, feast, create… Montréal style!” For the twentieth anniversary, everything has been done to satisfy every palate. All kinds of new features are on the menu — including the Quartier Gourmand, located at the Maison du Festival, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, as well as the Nuit Gourmande, an unusual event that will thrill gourmets! From February 21 to March 3, in partnership with our 45 participating Air France Finest Tables, including four that have been partners with us for 20 years—Au Petit Extra, La Chronique, Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche—, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take you on a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! A flavourful party to discover what’s cooking in kitchens here and elsewhere!

The Quartier Gourmand,
Epicentre of Montréal Fine Dining

The Quartier Gourmand, truly the headquarters of fine dining during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, will open its doors to festivalgoers, offering more than 45 fascinating activities, including more than 30 free ones. During the first weekend, from February 21 to 24, the Quartier Gourmand will showcase the theme of a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world! Come and enjoy soups from all over the world (Japan, Quebec, India, Portugal, Mexico); a soup – wine pairing will also be suggested by the SAQ. Come to the QUÉBEC MAPLE booth and try the four delicious MAPLE syrup colors! You will have the opportunity to explore the richness of producers of the Côte-Nord, to attend discussions with Philippe Mollé, Josée Di Stasio or Kim Thúy, and to discover the world of edible seaweed harvester Antoine Nicolas. Do you know the milk from here? Enter the quiz to meet a producer and get a chance to win exchangeable treats at the “kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées”!

The second weekend of the festival, from February 28 to March 3, will be focusing on urban agriculture! Come and discover a modern henhouse or an urban mushroom farm. Do you know what is Buddha’s hand? Did you know that it grows in Quebec? O’Citrus will have answers for you at the Quartier Gourmand. The myths and realities of kombucha will be unveiled with RISE. Gourmet vegetarian food will be offered by Le Kitchen restaurant.

Captivating, unique conferences to feed the body and the mind will be presented at L’Astral and Blumenthal with such special guests as Matty Matheson, Camille Becerra and Dan Giusti. Don’t miss it! Throughout the festival, the Bar ESKA will offer creative cocktails and other beverages based on its carbonated natural spring water. Come and discover the tasty beers of Brasseur de Montréal. A perfect moment to cool off! To know everything about the Quartier Gourmand, a new feature of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, visit!

The Nuit Gourmande, “Montréal style”

A flavourful experience on the first Saturday of the festival!

In the night of February 23, in addition to all the gastronomic offers available on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, experience the very first Nuit Gourmande in Montréal. This event wants to introduce people to the culinary riches of the city with the help of local shop owners, in a festive atmosphere accessible to all! Thanks to the active implication of the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) de la Petite Italie et du Marché Jean-Talon, and the Société de Développement Commercial (SDC) – Les Quartiers du Canal, activities have been specially organized for the occasion throughout locations where taste buds are stimulated: restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, bars, bakeries, specialty boutiques…

Wander around the four zones of participating establishments, following your instincts in order for this gourmet stroll to be unforgettable!

Petite-Italie Zone

A safe bet for Montréal gourmets, the Petite-Italie neighbourhood is filled with renowned establishments. They are strategically located around the essential Jean-Talon market, cooking its fresh local products with equal parts know-how and passion.

Wellington Zone

Close to downtown and the Old Port of Montréal, Wellington Street and its surroundings are an invitation to take a pleasant walk. Gourmets strolling there are never disappointed by the diverse, original, first-rate selection of restaurants.

Saint-Henri/Petite-Bourgogne Zone

There’s a particular vibe coming off the Saint-Henri neighbourhood, with its creative culinary offer in constant effervescence. The bars, cafés and restaurants located there feature various innovative concepts, while never neglecting quality!

Downtown Zone

Posh and modern, downtown culinary establishments are also very welcoming and festive. Their ideal location, near the other activities of the festival, will give you a good excuse to rest and warm up during your visit!

The exclusive gourmet offerings will include outdoor barbecues, an ice bar, beer tastings, signature cocktails and terroir products, in addition to vegan options, culinary stations in bars, a nighttime brunch and special offers on the outdoor site of the Quartier Gourmand. The Jean-Talon market (Allée des saveurs) and the Marché des Artisans will also stay open late!

A Nuit during which you will enjoy great food, as friendliness goes hand in hand with know-how and celebration!

To learn everything about the rich programming of this surprise-filled Nuit, visit!

New activities available
at these
Air France Finest Tables!

  • Miel and Chasse-Galerie Kitchen Swap: Chasse-Galerie and Miel will do a kitchen swap on February 25 and 26, thus offering a six-course menu in the style of their respective restaurants, but in a different context. Chef Alexandre St-Amand Tremblay and his team will bring their expertise to Miel on February 26, and chef Hakim Chajar will do the same with his team at Chasse-Galerie on February 25.
  • Hoogan & Beaufort: After opening the restaurant Les 400 coups, recognized as the 4th best new restaurant in Canada in 2011, Marc-André Jetté is now the chef-owner of Hoogan & Beaufort restaurant, located in the Technopôle Angus neighbourhood. He will welcome pastry chef Patrice Demers and chef Jason Franey for his first participation to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Jason Franey has built an impressive career in such renowned American establishments as Campton Place in San Francisco or Eleven Madison Park in New York, where he worked for six years as a sous chef with the famous Daniel Humm. He was named “Best New Chef” by Food & Wine in 2011, and one of the 161 Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux in the world in 2013. In a magnificent décor, discover modern cuisine made with local ingredients and fresh vegetables, to which chef Franey will certainly add a touch of magic and sophistication.
  • Manitoba: An entertaining evening with a social flavour to benefit the Tablée des Chefs led by former Noma chef Dan Giusti. Four young chefs will experience a complete evening in a professional kitchen under the guidance of two talented chefs. A high-level tasting menu, for a good cause.
  • Renoir: For Ibarboure brothers, the restaurant and hotel business is a family affair. Their gastronomic restaurant on the Basque Coast (Bidart, France), which has a Michelin guide star, is now managed by a new generation of brothers, Xabi and Patrice Ibarboure. On February 20 and 21, in the kitchen of Olivier Perret (Maître Cuisinier de France) at Renoir, Xabi Ibarboure will introduce Montrealers to a gastronomic menu with Basque overtones. This exceptional six-course menu will include incredible dishes unique in Montréal—an experience not to be missed!
  • Rosélys: During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Rosélys restaurant will welcome you with not just one, but four great chefs! On February 23 and 24, Ronan Kervarrec, a chef with 2 Michelin stars from La Table de Plaisance in Saint-Émilion, France, as well as executive chef Baptiste Peupion and executive pastry chef Jean-Marc Guillot from Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, plus the chef of Rosélys, Maxime Delmont have a particularly gourmet evening prepared for you! Children from 6 to 12 enjoy a 50 % discount, while children 5 and under eat for free.

It’s still possible to reserve the festival’s Air France Finest Tables!

The festival’s 45 Air France Finest Tables are waiting for you with fine dining and wine activities for every taste and budget. To create a gourmet itinerary within our programming, you only need to visit (Fine Dining tab). You can make a reservation right now: Agrikol, Alexandre et Fils, Auberge Saint-Gabriel, Au Petit Extra, Bar George, Bistro Lustucru, Brasserie T !, Chez Chose, Candide, Chez Victoire, Christophe, État-Major, Europea, Ferreira Café, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri, Helena, Henri Brasserie Française, Hoogan et Beaufort, Ikanos, Kitchen Galerie, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, La Chronique, Le Blumenthal, Le Local, Le Chasse-Galerie, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Petit Mousso, Le Quartier Général, Le Valois, Leméac, Maison Boulud, Nom Nom Cantine (W Montréal restaurant), Portus 360, Radicelle, Renoir, Restaurant de l’ITHQ, Restaurant Manitoba, Restaurant Pastel, Rosélys, La Société des arts technologiques (Foodlab and SAT Café), et Vertige. We remind you that the Air France Finest Tables greatly appreciate that festivalgoers fulfill their reservations.

You can also check our site to purchase tickets for the conferences that will take place at the Quartier Gourmand, the expert tours, and the Market-to-Table Dinner.

Festival of our Cheeses

For its 13th edition, the Festival of our Cheeses will once again give people the opportunity to meet Quebec cheesemakers. It will be their pleasure to answer the questions of visitors and to talk about their creations and the regional specificities that give cheese its taste and character. Everyone will have the chance to taste Quebec “classics” and to make surprising discoveries, in addition to taking advantage of special prices on cheese. Anthony Kavanagh, proud ambassador of Fromages d’ici, will be here to meet you on Friday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Fromages d’ici, from February 21 to 23, Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, Free Admission.

During a “Fondue” dinner with Cheeses from here, Quebec artisan cheesemakers will be in the spotlight in the comforting atmosphere of Auberge Saint-Gabriel on February 22 and 23, by reservation.

Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ

The Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019 invites the public to admire the knowhow of more than twenty local artisan cider makers and to discover cider in all its variations: sparkling, sweet, dry, ice, flavoured… Tastings, contests, gourmet stations and theme nights! March 1 to 3, Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins

LES CHEFS! culinary demonstration at the Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019

The Mondial des cidres SAQ 2019 and Radio-Canada team up to invite the public to a refined culinary experience. Host Élyse Marquis, in the company of some participants of the 2018 brigade of the TV show LES CHEFS!, which aired on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ last spring, look forward to seeing festivalgoers at the Complexe Desjardins on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. for a technical demonstration that will impress the audience, followed by a tasting that will stimulate the most gourmet taste buds.

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The Nuit blanche of the Future

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Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — While the Nuit blanche à Montréal, in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, gets ready to launch its 16th edition presented during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we’re thrilled to see that it remains one of the favourite wintertime events of Montréal’s fearless night owls. Nearly 200 activities, most of them free, will be offered from Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 3 in nearly 140 locations spread across seven boroughs throughout the city— and some 300,000 people are expected to enjoy them. This year, the Nuit looks towards the future: discover visionary works, new points of view, and surprising futuristic performances! An amazing time-travel journey that will give you a promising taste of what the future holds!

Nine Hubs to Wander Around the City All Night

You can experience the Nuit anywhere! On March 2, the entire city will teem with activities, divided over nine hubs and twelve categories: action, visual arts, film, dance, exhibits, fantasy, games, light, words, music, comedy, and multidisciplinary. Here are a few suggestions to give you an idea of what awaits you:

  1. Quartier des spectacles Hub

Acting as the epicentre of the Nuit blanche, the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will offer a diverse array of activities! At Chalet Bell and the Énergir stage, concerts will make you dance all night. First, Beat Market and their guests invite you to a party you’ll remember for a long time: electronic music played live with skilful improvisation. Then, Fafa Khan, a Canadian DJ of Japanese, Pakistani and Finnish origin, will serve you a delightful mix of hip-hop hits. At the Énergir stage, discover Canadian duo Paris & Simo, who blends old-school house with more modern pop. Over at the Maison du Festival, Soran, with support from indie pop band Jordann, will perform his well-crafted songs that span reggae, folk, pop and funk. His set will be followed by a free performance by Nomadic Massive, a hip-hop collective renowned for their explosive live shows.

Around Place des Festivals and the Place des Arts Esplanade, have a drink at the Bar Coors Light and enjoy the activities that will continue non-stop until 3 a.m.: the RBC Sports Zone with its RBC Zip-line, the Place de la famille du Lait with its Urban Slide, the INCREDIBLE MAPLE World with its Ferris Wheel, as well as installations combining art, light and technology by Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal. The Promutuel Assurance squad is there to immortalize your best moments at the site and offer you a souvenir photo that you can pick up at the kiosk in the format of your choice. You’ll also be able to warm up with a Tim Hortons coffee, the official coffee of the Nuit blanche, at their truck, as well as try to score against a virtual goalie at the Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge. Delight your taste buds with the drinks available at Bistro SAQ, be it a delicious glass of wine, cider, or the famous Quebec cocktail, Quebec Royal!

a. Quartier des spectacles Hub – Radio-Canada promises an inspiring Nuit blanche!

At Complexe Desjardins, you will take part in a refined culinary experience by attending a technical demonstration hosted by Élyse Marquis and given by former candidates of the last edition of LES CHEFS!. Top off your experience with a tasting that will feature a perfect harmony of cider and bite-sized delicacies to delight the most discriminating palates! 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. Find out what happens when Alain Gravel and his team step away from the morning grind and dive into the festive, relaxed atmosphere of a Saturday night to bring you a rocking evening of fun! Among the program highlights: Philippe Brach and the zany group Bleu Jeans Bleu will give a musical performance, then Antonin Mousseau Rivard, Élisabeth Cardin and vegan chef Jean-Philippe Cyr will be interviewed. ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE’s literary talk show PLUS ON EST DE FOUS, PLUS ON LIT! will also be settling in to the Salon urbain later that evening. Festival-goers are invited to come and meet host Marie-Louise Arsenault and her entire team, as well as their special guests. Program highlights include a journey into the world of Jean-Paul Daoust’s prose and poetry, plus fiery readings and passionate interviews with guests such as actors Catherine Trudeau and Francis Ducharme as well as one of the most prolific writers of his generation, Simon Boulerice. The audience will also enjoy exciting live musical performances by the band Les Louanges. And of course, there will be the traditional Combat des mots where our two competitors – Marie-Lise Chouinard and Charlotte Aubin – will face off in a three-round verbal sparring match under an assigned theme. It will be all free of charge, and everyone is invited to come experience a literary Nuit blanche to remember!

The Wilder Building will host dance-related events, notably a musical marathon streaming online, featuring the best DJs in the city spinning vinyl records for 24 hours, and a wild dance battle at Agora de la danse. You’ll be in the midst of action with Dance Roulette at the Centre de Création O Vertigo, at Place des Arts, where you will decide the types of performances by the dancers by spinning a wheel. Artexte will provide an intriguing selection of science-fiction shorts about various themes such as feminism, the return to ancestral knowledge, and intergalactic exploration. Zoofest in collaboration with Montréal’s independent radio, CIBL, present La Nuit des podcasts, featuring hilarious podcasts and lively discussions. SAT will take you on a journey with its “retrofuturistic” program—film screening, mixologists, comic book artists in action, T-shirt bar—all night, in addition to DJs and VJs for dancing under the Satosphere dome. At Le Balcon, Fwonte invites you to party during an electronic music night with Afrofuturistic influences. The Maison du développement durable will present fantastic tales, unusual images, trippy music, and an art installation created with bioluminescent glass objects. At the Goethe-Institut, artist group RaumZeitPiraten will present Cinéma éclaté, a conglomerate of opto-acoustic devices and machines that will transform this venue and its architectural properties into an ambulatory creation.

  1. Downtown Hub

At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, six special guests will propose a toast to a person, a place or an idea they would like the whole world to forget. Each toast will be followed by lively musical performances. At the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, an evening itinerary has been designed around the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibit with visits, a creative workshop and a musical performance inspired by the famous artist’s muses. The McCord Museum will take you on an adventure throughout the history of Canada and into the future. At the southern end of the hub, at L’Arsenal, Festival du nouveau cinéma will introduce you to the festive, inclusive world of voguing with Gérald X Reyes, who will give a demonstration and a class, in addition to a screening of Brazilian documentary Bixa Travesty.

  1. Quartier latin and Village Hub

Watch some live sculpture in virtual reality interwoven with graffiti at the Fresh Paint gallery. At UQAM’s Pavillon Sainte-Catherine, you’ll be immersed in La mécanique des fluides, which will make you experience the natural power of water. At the Grande Bibliothèque, young and old will get to participate in a phosphorescent party at L’Espace Jeunes, as well as a “Giant Living Library.” As part of the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, discover the rap of tomorrow with performances by Saramée, Naya Ali and Kirouac & Kodakludo at the Cinémathèque québécoise. The Montréal joue festival will present interactive techno games, a fair, and winter sports. Finally, the must-see “Nuit aux flambeaux sur les faubourgs” will depart from either the Écomusée du fier monde or the Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto, on a discover of the neighbourhood and its many attractions, lit up by torches and in the company of a tour guide.

  1. Hochelaga Hub

At the Olympic Stadium, the public will enjoy the pleasures of winter with life-size games, a chalet space, a snow skate park, a natural skating rink, and a mini-slide. At the Olympic Park Sports Centre, you’ll also find a series of inflatable Witbit modules on which you’ll have as much fun as a kid! Bistro Le Ste-Cath will host a literary battle based on storytelling, poetry and slam. With random themes and constraints, each player will have to start or continue a story, then return it to their opponent. It should be a blast! The Marc Gosselin gallery will showcase several artists from urban and contemporary backgrounds, in addition to presenting experimental noise music performances.

  1. Old Montréal Hub

The La Petite Vie exhibit will take you into the world of that cult TV show at Pointe-à-Callière! You’ll even be able to watch a selection of the best episodes and to dress up as your favourite characters at the photo booth space! At DHC Art, you’ll participate in a phosphorescent, symbolic dance, a painting workshop designed by Leisure. Phi Centre will let you gaze at the future with its artistic happening, which will include an audiovisual installation as well as musical performances. At the Galerie Bloom, discover new artworks created by Montréal artists with the future in mind.

  1. Plateau-Mont-Royal Hub

At Maison des écrivains, the Ligue d’improvisation littéraire will invent possible futures during a surprising show blending literature, theatre and music. Livart will present the first part of its series of collective exhibits, with 18 artists reinterpreting the future. At Jeunesses Musicales Canada, young and old will groove to the beats of never-heard music on a dancefloor, exploring futuristic fantasies via movement — while wearing pyjamas! At Boutique Geekatorium, you’ll be able to visualize the future of humanity through science fiction by visiting a futuristic art gallery in the company of the artists themselves. Cat’s Corner invites you to a unique world tour of swing dances.

  1. Mile End Hub

Explore textile screen painting, with retrofuturistic, cyberpunk or intergalactic motifs created with fluorescent colours at Atelier Circulaire! Fabric and thread will be available at La Société Textile for a night of “craftivism” (craft + activism), where you’ll be invited to embroider the future! Artists will attempt the impossible at the pavilion of Parc Saint-Viateur: creating a series of works to improve the fate of humanity! No easy task! Contemporary ice skating company Le Patin Libre will take over the Saint-Louis arena to showcase the incredible talent of its artists and make you dance on the ice.

  1. North Hub

Ausgang Plaza will bring festivalgoers into the world of Dâm-Funk, who will be joined by local talents Shash’U, Simahlak and Ruby Jane — a futuristic world where G-funk and hip-hop reign. Cinéthique Villeray will bring together participants to the screening of militant documentary short films in the vindictive present and the uncertain future at literary café Chez l’Éditeur. Eastern Bloc and Never Apart will present Technofuturisme, a celebration both technological, with digital art installations, and musical, on the theme of African diasporas and techno music. At the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, families will unlock the secrets of the mystery forest in the company of Scientix the Owl, who will guide them around the nocturnal laboratories.

  1. Art Souterrain

For its 11th anniversary, the Art Souterrain festival, in the context of its “True or False” theme, will present a unique artistic itinerary throughout the indoor underground network of Montréal. Witness the destruction of artwork by major painters, discover two performers chasing each other, discuss superstitions, listen to surprising news all night, and more! Spread across different buildings, the circuit will include mediators to guide and inform festivalgoers about the works, as well as meetings with artists and performances.

Travelling During the Nuit

Once again this year, the STM is the essential travel partner! The metro will exceptionally be open all night (standard fees apply). The Unlimited evening pass ($5) allows unlimited travel between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning.

All You Need to Know About the Nuit blanche

This is only a glimpse of the activities of the 16th Nuit blanche à Montréal. For everything you need to know, head to the website — you will find all the details, a map of the activities, suggestions of thematic itineraries, and much more!

The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE mobile app, presented by Bell, also allows you to explore the Nuit with all the info at your fingertips. Previously found in the Nuit blanche app, the info is now included in this new app that is essential for your MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Nuit blanche experience. Check out the activities in detail as well as our suggestions of itineraries, and see your current location on the geolocated map. In addition to providing all of the Nuit blanche programming, the app allows you to explore every festival activity, and with the Favourites tool, you can create your customized list of must-see events. Another new feature this year: make sure to have a spot for the RBC Zip-line, the QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel and the Milk Urban Slide with the new “Reserve your spot” function! You will also be able to watch the souvenir video of your RBC Zip-line ride!

The printed program will be distributed for free at the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, at the activity venues, at the information booths of the Nuit blanche, and at La Vitrine (at the 2–22).

Moderation — Fun without the inconvenience

If the Nuit blanche is enjoyed by so many Montrealers and tourists, it’s because of its mind-blowing programming, but also because of its safe, festive atmosphere. In order for the fun to remain fun, we need to remind you that it is forbidden to bring alcohol to the outdoor site of the event — including every itinerary and all the neighbourhoods where activities happen — as is the case for the entire territory of the City of Montréal.


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Tons of fun, electrifying activities!

Montréal, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — Don’t wait for mild weather to go outside! For its 20th edition presented in collaboration with Bell from February 21 to March 3, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE proves once again that it’s possible (and even desirable) to spend winter elsewhere than under blankets… or under the tropical sun! The festival offers tons of fun activities that will make you put on your boots, tuques and mittens to (re)conquer winter! Wild experiences like the Milk refrigerated slides, the RBC Zip-line, the QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel, sports challenges, various concerts and the Bell DJs/VJs: all that and much more! Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, is back for the third consecutive year with its installations combining art, light and technology to make the Quartier des spectacles even more magical and to awe an audience looking for discoveries. The Chalet Bell, a vast, heated pavilion featuring shows, culinary demonstrations and other activities during the whole event, will stand again on the Place des Festivals this year.

Activities for the whole family at the Chalet Bell!

For a second consecutive year, come warm yourself up at the Chalet Bell. On the menu, activities for all ages, musical performances, culinary demonstrations, happy hour, and food.

Concerts and Bell DJs/VJs

Music lovers will be in for a real treat with concerts of all kinds presented at the Chalet Bell. Something for every taste! On the program: Alfa Rococo (February 21, presented by Les Francos), Seba & Horg (February 22), Zach Zoya (February 23, presented by Osheaga), De Temps Antan (February 28, presented by Les Francos), and Beat Market & guests (March 2).

On Sundays, February 24 and March 3, get ready to laugh all night with our funny Sundays! From 8 to 10 p.m., many comedians will hit the stage. Hosted by Richardson Zéphir (February 24) and Alphé Gagné (March 3), these shows will feature Daniel Grenier, Christine Morency, Jacob Ospian, Jean-Michel Martel as well as two surprise comedians (February 24), and Sèxe Illégal, Jean-François Provençal, Les Grandes Crues, Michelle Desrochers, Sam Breton, Joe Guérin (March 3). On the same Sundays, Alexo and Bisha will share their contagious passion for circus and clown work, and will certainly have people laugh out loud! Kattam, an experienced musician from Quebec and Morocco, will also bring the whole family to party with his musical trio inspired by world music, encouraging the love of music in others and the discovery of other cultures.

Finally, the Bell DJs will make the crowds dance every night starting at 9 p.m.: Musik Me Luv (February 21), Toast Dawg & Nerve (February 22), Voyage Funktastique (February 23), Nana Zen (February 28), Cherry Cola (March 1, at the Énergir stage), as well as Fafa Khan and Paris & Simo (Énergir stage) during the Nuit blanche (March 2). Each performance will be enhanced by the presence of a Bell VJ, giving you an eyeful!

 Happy Hour

During the festival, happy hours at the Chalet Bell will brighten your evenings! On the night of the Nuit blanche (March 2), come taste Ti-punch with chef Paul Harry Toussaint from Agrikol while listening to beats from the Caribbean! Oyster lovers are in for a treat on February 23, during the Nuit Gourmande — they will get to enjoy these sophisticated molluscs for $2 pre-tax, paired with a glass selected by sommelier and host Natalie Richard/Vins au féminin. Warm up and have fun with your family or among friends during our giant board game nights, and enjoy specials on microbrewery beer on February 24 and March 3. Fun for everyone! Finally, on March 1, experience hockey fever at the Chalet Bell: special guests will be present starting at 5 p.m.! Former Montréal Canadiens players and a live taping of 5 à 7 RDS and Hockey 360. Youppi! will also join us!

The outdoor site comes alive!

RBC Zip-line

The RBC light-and-sound zip-line powered by Arbraska takes you from west to east, from Balmoral Street to near Saint-Urbain Street. Discover — or rediscover — how it feels to fly like a bird… Have fun and smile, as you will receive a free souvenir video of this unforgettable moment on the RBC zip line at the end!

RBC Sports Zone

Test also your inner athlete! Alone or as a team, go through a course of three fun and lively Olympic-themed installations: ice hockey, curling and mogul skiing. You can even win a prize. Guaranteed fun for young and old! You’ll also get to meet Olympic athletes in the RBC Zone.

You can also relax on the Adirondack chairs in front of a fire, and use the RBC braseros to roast marshmallows and sausages throughout the festival site.

Slides and games at Place de la famille du Lait

Now located north of the Place des Festivals, on De Maisonneuve Boulevard, the Place de la famille du Lait is where it’s at to have fun with your family. Play on the giant games and slides. At the Berlingot mobile du Lait, you can enjoy interactive entertainment and even win treats from the “kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées”.

“Quebec milk producers invite families and everyone still young at heart to enjoy many activities during this unique wintertime gathering,” says Julie Gélinas, Marketing Director at PLQ. “The popular and impressive slide will thrill young and old, while the hot chocolate warms festivalgoers. Tasty grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni made with local cheese will satisfy the hungry ones.”


Maple is a unique, authentic, natural and tasty product. An INCREDIBLE product that holds a special place in the hearts of Quebecers. Come discover — or rediscover — QUEBEC MAPLE in a world specially set up to foster indulgence, creativity, fun and imagination. THE WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE is an opportunity to participate in fun activities in a playful, warm décor. This year, come discover the four colours of maple syrup by taking part in a tasting game.


Enjoy the fresh air and take a ride on the QUEBEC MAPLE Ferris Wheel in the middle of the WORLD OF INCREDIBLE MAPLE! During the Nuit blanche, admire the amber colour of the Ferris Wheel and the splendid view of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site.

Énergir Zone

The Énergir stage, located below the Place des Arts Esplanade, is a must for entertainment! Starting at 3 p.m., the whole family is invited to the show by Les Animeries: a funny story for young and old, combining music and magic. In the evening, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., discover the breathtaking light and fire show eXφ, which will awe and delight fans of electro-spatial music!

The Énergir Generator is back this year! Mechanisms, movement, action and energy meet in this interactive installation. By turning a crank handle, you’ll switch on a treadmill and receive… a small dose of energy or heat… pushing you to act! Isn’t it intriguing?

Organized by Énergir, the Soupe pour elles event is a community movement that assists women who are homeless, victims of violence or in a precarious situation. Come share a soup on Wednesday, February 27 at the esplanade of Place des Arts, from noon to 1 p.m. In the meantime, from February 21 to 24, support the cause by drinking a Tim Hortons coffee for $1; the money will be donated to Soupe pour elles.

Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth

Agents throughout the site wearing a big digital balloon… You’re not dreaming! The Promutuel Insurance squad is there to capture your best moments and offer you a souvenir photo, which you can pick up at the kiosk in the format of your choice. A small gift is waiting for you!

Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge

Come try your luck at the Tim Hortons Head-to-Head Challenge with a virtual goalie projected on a giant screen. Aim for the unprotected holes left by the goalie and try to score against him individually or as a team. After the end of your game, don’t forget to stop by the Tim Hortons truck to enjoy some comforting coffee!

Ici venez vivre l’effet Nord-Côtier

In a festive atmosphere, the Festival des hivernants de Sept-Îles invites you during the first four days of the festival to pay tribute to the travellers who stayed at the fur-trading Vieux-Poste during the winter. Experience the traditional and modern winter, as well as the diversity of the two communities (Innu and allochtone) still living together today in Sept-Îles. Discover the Côte-Nord, a region that is perfect for a change of scenery and to appreciate the warm welcome of the Nord-Côtiers. Meet up at the “Ici venez vivre l’effet Nord-Côtier” space and get to know an artist from the region, Havre-Saint-Pierre’s Keven Landry, who will perform his country folk songs in the Côte-Nord container on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Come meet people from Parks Canada and discover the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, one of the most beautiful national parks in Canada.

Pursue Your Passion — Health Canada

Custom made experiences will be offered to young people in a stimulating environment where they’ll learn more about the way cannabis can affect their brain. They’ll also have the possibility to discover alternatives to cannabis, with similar effects, but none of the risks.

A myriad of amazing flavours

The Festival of Our Cheeses

Twenty cheesemakers from here will meet festival-goers during the 13th edition of the Festival of our Cheeses, as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Thanks to their unique know-how, 86 cheesemakers promote the Québec terroir with their exceptional products, whose production exceeds 32,000 tonnes annually. In a friendly atmosphere, come and chat, taste and purchase the fruits of their labour at competitive prices. A must-attend event! Anthony Kavanagh, proud Ambassador of Fromages d’ici, will be here to meet you on Friday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presented by Fromages d’ici. February 21 to 23, Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins, free admission

Le Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ

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. Also attend culinary demonstrations offered by Radio-Canada during the Mondial des cidres 2019 presented by SAQ featuring some former candidates of LES CHEFS !, hosted by Élyse Marquis on March 1 at 6:30 p.m. and on March 2 at 3:30 p.m .

Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins, March 1 to 3

Gourmet Stations

Kiosque grilled cheese et boissons lactées: Dairy classics, flavoured café au lait, grilled cheese sandwiches, and macaronis made with Fromages d’ici.

Bistro SAQ: Now located on Ste-Catherine Street, the SAQ Bistro is the place to go for a well-deserved break! Have a nice glass of wine or the famous Quebec cocktail while enjoying the comforting menu. You’ll also find a smaller SAQ Bistro on the Place des Festivals for a variety of drinks.

Bar Coors Light: The party starts at the Coors Light Bar! On the menu: beer, soft drinks, as well as marshmallows and sausages to roast on the braseros.
Cabral Porto & Douro: Come taste an exclusive collection of porto or simply escape the cold with delicious warm porto. You can also discover red or white Douro wine at the Cabral Porto & Douro kiosk, located on the Place des Festivals.

INCREDIBLE MAPLE on the menu: Maple is a unique, authentic, natural and tasty product. An INCREDIBLE product that holds a special place in the hearts of Quebecers. Come discover — or rediscover — QUEBEC MAPLE in a world specially set up to foster indulgence.

Bakehouse Stonemill: An immersive experience that will let you discover why our breads are baked so slowly. All your senses will be stimulated to enjoy our products at Bakehouse Stonemill. Immortalize this moment thanks to our slow-motion video section!

Illuminart presented by Casino de Montréal,
back for a 3rd edition

For the third consecutive year, Illuminart will present free works of art in a revisited, transformed urban space. In total, around ten installations by local and foreign creators will be spread around Place des Arts and the Promenade des Artistes. These pieces combine art, technology and light to awe young and old. It’s guaranteed!

Pulpe HUB Studio (Quebec) Video micro-mapping — Inspired by macrophotography, Pulpe invites viewers to take a fresh look at food; a unique point of view featuring gastronomy and its organic nature in an immersive atmosphere. Discover it inside the Quartier Gourmand.
HUB is a creative studio specialized in the design and production of multimedia experiences. At the crossroads of arts, design and innovation, they use creative technologies to tell stories on stage and in the public space.

Probabilités de Neige = 100%
Cyrielle Tremblay (Quebec), in collaboration with the Quartier des spectacles — Projection circuit in the Quartier des spectacles — The illustrator Cyrielle Tremblay offers you a funny and enjoyable outlook on winter. Through a series of three architectural projections with rhythmic, visual atmospheres reminiscent of collage, discover the joys of winter in the city… Hockey, ice castles, snowplows, colds and hibernating groundhogs a plenty!
Cyrielle Tremblay works in and with the public space. She builds dreamlike worlds where memories, poetry, humour or absurdity prevail. Between traditional and mural painting, her plastic and conceptual explorations also include illustration, photography and self-publication.

InfluxHUB Studio (Quebec), coproduction with the Quartier des spectacles PartnershipLight sculpture Influx is a sculpture created from the data visualization of the BIXI network. From busier neighborhoods such as Ville-Marie to more residential areas such as Ahuntsic and Parc-Extension, it is the number of bike trips over the course of a year that generated the unique shape of the installation. The highest junctions of the sculpture correspond to Montreal neighborhoods where BIXI stations are the most sought after, while the lowest points represent areas where BIXI bicycles are the least used. Each bright pixel represents the path of a user in that network. The animation of the sculpture allows you to visualize in an accelerated way the movements of Montrealers. Influx is a work of art that reflects the pulse of the city through its arteries that citizens make vibrate by their movements.
Designed and produced by HUB Studio, PQDS + Spectra (curator), Civilia (data analysis), Robocut Studio (digital manufacturing), Guillaume Simard (structure), Latéral (engineering), Louis-Thomas Schreiber (technical drawing).

CYCLE Serge Maheu (Quebec)Interactive bench CYCLE is inspired by the principles of astronomy, particularly the Saros cycle, which makes it possible to predict Solar and Lunar eclipses. This circle-shaped piece features two rings of light, inward and outward, reminding of the circular light produced during these eclipses, whether they’re partial or total. Passersby are invited to sit or walk on the structure to activate various animated light scenarios. Cyclical mood music also evolves depending on the level of interactivity. An infinite variety of combinations offers users the possibility to explore the visual and sound environment of the piece.
Serge Maheu is a Montréal artist/designer/programmer who likes to tackle everything in his work: video, animation, photography, musical creation and sound design, programming, mathematics, interactivity, electronics and design. He’s interested in creating innovative pieces full of digital poetry, while exploring mankind’s relationship with the digital world.

Urban Poetry — OCUBO (Portugal) — 3D Video Mapping — This project plays with the idea that, increasingly, nature is being replaced and dominated by the concrete world created by mankind. With a poetic approach, we can observe the amalgam of these two worlds, one natural, the other urban, mixing hard, strong elements with the intensity and delicacy of nature. By making the city its own, the character teaches everyone a way to live well with their current condition, to be resilient, to overcome all obstacles and to free their imagination!
Ocubo has become an international reference in video mapping and interactive projections thanks to remarkable projects worldwide. From conceptualization to content creation, analysis of the site to equipment rentals, set-up to the actual exhibit/performance, Ocubo creates and delivers “all-in-one” projects. Sharing the light with people, giving them the power to create with it, and the possibility to make the urban space their own again: those are the motivations behind every Ocubo creation.

Souffle d’hiver/Winter’s Breath Tyler Rock & Julia Reimer (Alberta), coproduction with the Flying Canoë Volant Festival Blown Glass Light Installation — The main zone features eye-level mirrors tilted in an octagonal shape. The surface of the mirrors includes crystalline glass shapes, which imitate frost and light up when the space is activated by a spectator entering the installation. The mirrors create an impression of infinite, multiple space. The interaction between the light, glass and mirrors create optical effects and a sense of wonder in the spectator, in addition to reflection evocative of winter landscapes. At the entrance of the installation, at one point, the spectator’s breath is revealed to them, connecting them to this wonderful experience in a “frosted” space.
Tyler Rock and Julia Reimer are glass artists from Alberta who have been honoured by the Corning Museum of Glass in New York and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Pyrite — Display Design students from Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (Quebec)Interactive Light Installation — Pyrite transforms the Grand Parterre into a luminous cave. Go through the pyrites to see them awake, and have two experiences: one mystical, the other playful.
Designed by Camélie Hallé and Jade Cuillerier, display design students at Cégep du Vieux Montréal.

La Mécanique des Fluides Le Delta École des médias de l’UQAM (Quebec), in collaboration with l’UQAM, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Quartier des spectacles Interactive Projection and Installation Le Delta is a vast landscape that includes glaciers. The completely frozen surface is cracked when you go through it, revealing water where you’ll be able to create currents with your movements. Turn the glaciers from solid to liquid in the projection by sitting on the one of your choice, and observe the impact of your actions in this riveting environment.

Students graduating with a Bachelor in Communication — Interactive Medias from UQAM were tasked with producing two installations in two locations of the Quartier des spectacles.

La Mécanique des Fluides – La Centrale École des médias de l’UQAM (Quebec), in collaboration with l’UQAM, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Quartier des spectaclesInteractive Installation La Centrale is made up of a multitude of light conduits connected to a turbine. By connecting the conduits, you accelerate the gas flow and transform these movements into kinetic energy.

Danse chromatique dans la neige, a collective piece created by students from two CSDM schoolsthe Charles-Lemoyne school (Pointe-Sainte-Charles) and the Saint-Gabriel-Lalemant school (Villeray) — A tribute to multidisciplinary artist Françoise Sullivan. Inspired by her checkerboards, the children have created small monochrome spaces that gather in a luminous choreography. Colours dance in the winter like the artist did herself.

Finally, two tunnels and Illuminart bubbles punctuate the circuit, each offering a different interpretation of light.
February 21 to March 3, Thursday to Sunday — 5:30 to 11 p.m. (except during the Nuit blanche, March 2, until 3 a.m.)

Complete details: The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE mobile app also guides festivalgoers during their visit.

Illuminart creation space presented by Casino de Montréal

To discover the installations in another way, visit the Illuminart creation space on the Place des Festivals, where you’ll go on a fun, creative adventure combining artificial intelligence technology and Illuminart’s installations.

Continuous Activity Schedule

Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22: 5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24: 2 to 11 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1: 5 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, March 2: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Sunday, March 3: 2 to 11 p.m.

The 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will take place from February 21 to March 3, 2019

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