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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE: a blizzard of entertainment!

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

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

Shenzhen, China: our grand featured city

A major city in Guangdong Province, Shenzhen has over 10 million inhabitants and is one of the world’s fastest growing urban centres. Like Montreal, Shenzhen has been a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network since 2008, and has also been recognized as a UNESCO City of Design. Recognized for its comprehensive dynamism, from its high-revving economy to its astonishing level of development, its artistic eclecticism and love of fashion, this great Chinese city is guaranteed to sparkle at every level of festival programming—the performing arts, gastronomy and on the free outdoor site! So let’s kick things off with a special event spotlighting an elite cultural ambassador…

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra — February 21, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal — A unique and memorable evening with one of the most renowned professional orchestras in China! Created in 1982, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra has built a flourishing international reputation thanks to its comprehensive excellence. Conducted by Muhai Tang (Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Sydney Symphony), the Orchestra will present a program of Chinese and European classical works in celebration of the Chinese New Year, with the brilliant and renowned violinist Dan Zhu. Presented by RBC in collaboration with Radio Classique 99,5.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Special Event: Maestro Charles Dutoit and the OSM in the Maison symphonique
with guest pianist Martha Argerich

February 18 and 20, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal

It’s the grand return of Maestro Charles Dutoit with the OSM in the Maison symphonique for two memorable evenings! Coinciding with the legendary conductor’s 80th birthday, the reunion promises to be doubly memorable as the maestro reunites with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal 14 years after his 24-year tenure at its head, a period that witnessed its ascension into the ranks of the world’s greatest orchestras. Furthermore, the conductor will take the helm in the new symphony house, the venue he had long wished Montreal would have during almost a quarter century as director of the OSM! And the performances will feature a very special guest in Martha Argerich, the legendarily passionate pianist globally considered to be one of the greatest pianists of our era! The program: Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, Piano Concerto no 1 in C Major, op. 15, by Beethoven, Petrushka (original 1911 version) by Stravinski and Suite no 2 from Daphnis et Chloé by Ravel. Presented in collaboration with Swiss International Air Lines and CBC/Radio-Canada.

MEL, THE place to be for Montreal premieres!

Thus Owls — February 18, 8 p.m., Gesù — Masterfully weaving an alluring fusion of pop, folk, rock and skronk, where fragility and intensity coexist in intricate harmony: Swedish singer Erika Angell and guitarist Simon Angell (former guitarist with Patrick Watson), aka Thus Owls, have only just begun to win over critics and fans. The duo returns with a dark, cinematic recent EP featuring the work of a number of wonderful players including Daníel Bjarnason and Liam O’Neill (Suuns). Sublime.

Betty Bonifassi — February 23, 8 p.m., Club Soda — Famed for her roles in Les triplettes de Belleville, DJ Champion and Beast, Betty Bonifassi finally unveils her new eponymous album. A contemporary reading of slave chants from the turn of the century, it’s a powerful album, fusing electronica and rock, driven by the incomparable voice you love.

Sophie Pelletier, Le désert, la tempête February 24, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or — In her Montreal return, the singer-songwriter presents her first album, produced by André Papanicolaou. Sophie is at her best onstage, where she delivers the full measure of her being and talents, charming the hearts and ears of her fans: a powerful voice, artistic sensitivity and striking lyrics set to catchy pop laced with folk, blues and country. Presented in collaboration with Rouge FM.

Rémi Chassé (part of Pleins feux sur la relève in collaboration with Bell). Opening act: Ray Marcianno — February 24, 8 p.m., Club Soda — After stunning the audience of La Voix with his special version of Led Zeppelin, this Québécois pop-rocker lands with a debut solo album and a lead single, Sans adieux, that wowed radio. And this time, the former member of anglo group Tailor Made Fable will be singing in French. Opening the show, get ready for back-alley folk from another 2014 contestant of La Voix, Montreal singer-songwriter Ray Marcianno. Presented in collaboration with CKOI.

Will Driving West (part of Pleins feux sur la relève in collaboration with Bell). Opening act: Joe Grass — February 24, 8 p.m., Gesù — The major buzz of the moment selling thousands of albums in 66 countries, Will Driving West present their 3rd album, a folk project with a touch of ambient post-rock. Gently mind-blowing, bathed in cinematic ambience, Fly transports us on a kind of road trip into the setting sun. The evening opens with guitar prodigy Joe Grass and his country-folk.

Peter Henry PhillipsFebruary 25, 8 p.m., Club Soda — A well-known figure on the Québécois musical landscape, Pierre-Philippe Côté, alias Pilou, takes a solo turn with this project. After working with Ariane Moffatt, Jorane and DJ Champion, creating the original soundtrack to director Denys Arcand’s Le Règne de la beauté and producing albums by David Giguère and Philippe Brach, the talented multi-instrumentalist presents his 1st album, brimming with homey folk and captivating melodies that soothe the soul. Presented in collaboration with CIBL.

Gabriella — February 27, 8 p.m., L’Astral (part of Pleins feux sur la relève in collaboration with Bell) After multiple tours with female country-rock group Lipstick Rodeo, Gabriella launched a very promising solo career with her debut album, a radio smash. Navigating between folk, pop and rock, she accompanies her lovely, touching voice with guitar, piano and violin. Gabriella unfolds imagery as though every note told its own story, carrying us away with her positive and humanist sensibility. An ode to happiness! Presented in collaboration with Rouge FM.


Mouse on the Keys – February 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral — An instrumental trio that has built a growing following on the Japanese underground scene since 2006, Mouse on the Keys conjure a complex sonic and visual experience with minimalist piano meeting dynamic percussion. They whip up unique blend of funk, jazz, post-rock and electronica for an audience that grows with every concert.

Basia Bulat. Opening act: John Jacob Magistery — February 18, 8 p.m., Club Soda — The brilliant Toronto singer and guitarist heads into the festival to charm us with her incisive, irresistible songs and incandescent voice. The evening opens with Montreal indie-post-folk band John Jacob Magistery.

Thomas Enhco, pianoFebruary 18, 6 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) — A rising jazz star who made quite an impression at the 2013 Festival International de Jazz Montréal, the young French pianist presents his new album. An artist for all jazz fans to discover.

Martin Levac, A Visible Jazz Touch of GenesisFebruary 18, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or — Well known for his (officially sanctioned) incarnation of Phil Collins in the revue Dance Into The Light, Levac returns with an all-new production! A voyage into the universe of the famed British group, with a jazzy touch! With Mario Fraser (piano) and Mathieu Gagné (double bass).

Roman Zavada, Résonances BoréalesFebruary 18 to 26, 7 p.m., Société des arts technologiques [SAT] — In this brilliantly colourful spectacle presented in the SAT dome, Zavada offers a dialogue between piano resonances and the aurora borealis filmed in 360 degrees. Plunge into dawn on the edge of the taïga for an utterly unique immersive experience!

Lou Doillon — February 19, 8 p.m., Club Soda — After a career in theatre, independent film and as a prime subject of great photographers, Lou Doillon entered music with a bang in 2012 with her first album produced by Étienne Daho, certified double platinum in France and awarded a Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy). For her 2nd release, Doillon called on Taylor Kirk of Timber Timbre to produce new songs that plumb a deep, heavy, luminous and very cinematic folk-blues. We can’t wait!

Elliot Maginot | Jesse Mac Cormack (part of Pleins feux sur la relève in collaboration with Bell) — February 19, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Two brilliantly promising young talents from the indie folk-rock scene! First up is young Québécois singer-songwriter Elliot Maginot, who has caused quite a sensation with the introspective folk of his fabulous debut album. Next, enjoy sounds for the soul from musician and producer Jesse Mac Cormack, who’s worked with Emilie & Ogden, Les sœurs Boulay and Rosie Valland, as he weaves a minimalist musical world shimmering with emotion and honesty.

L’éveil — Le Gesù gives IVY carte blanche February 19, 7:30 p.m., Église du Gesù — A collision of slam, acoustic music and classical vocals in the baroque Église du Gesù. A celebration of poetry, vocals and strings in a festive ambience marking the 150th anniversary of the Église du Gesù. An original creation by IVY and Mykalle Bielinski.

Speakeasy Electro SwingFebruary 19, 10 p.m., Lion d’Or — Born in secrecy in a Montreal loft four years back, the monthly evenings known as Speakeasy Electro Swing Montreal marry the music of the first Great Depression to the technology of the second… and make it all swing like hell. Swing classes, live musicians and performances of circus arts and burlesque bring an added touch of divine folie to an evening of decadence.

Tanya Tagaq, Nanook of the NorthFebruary 19 and 20, 8 p.m., Cinquième Salle, PdA — The internationally renowned musician accompanies a screening of iconic film Nanook of the North, by Robert Flaherty (1922), perhaps the most famous ever made about native peoples. Tagaq’s spellbinding throat singing and brilliant improvisation by Jesse Zubot and Jean Martin bring a contemporary perspective to the film.

AaRON. Opening act: KROYFebruary 20, 8 p.m., Métropolis — Ten years after the hit Lili, the Parisian duo returns with their brand-new album, sung in English. This is a rare Montreal visit for the tandem, renowned for poetic, superbly orchestrated songs that weave a spellbinding, hypnotic spell. The evening kicks off with the electro-charms of the next great pop sensation, Camille Poliquin, alias KROY. Presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus.

Emilie & Ogden (part of Pleins feux sur la relève in collaboration with Bell). Opening act: Charlotte Cardin — February 20, 8 p.m., Club Soda — Emilie & Ogden is the duo of Emilie Kahn and her harp, Ogden. Following on memorable performances at the NXNE festival in Toronto, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Iceland Airwaves festival, and as opening act for Half Moon Run and Patrick Watson, Emilie and her musicians Jesse Mac Cormack (guitar, bass, banjo and vocals) and Francis Ledoux (drums) land at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE with songs from a debut album, launched triumphantly in a packed Gesù last month.

The Seasons (part of Pleins feux sur la relève in collaboration with Bell). Opening act: Pascale Picard — February 20, 8 p.m., L’Astral — After the viral success of their debut powered by the track Apples, this Québécois quartet hits top speed with Pulp (2014). Beware: their sound blends great folk-rock with lovely pop contours and is dangerously addictive! The evening opens with Pascale Picard solo, armed with his guitar and powerful voice. Presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus.

Ron Sexsmith. Opening act: Gabrielle Papillon — February 20, 8 p.m., Gesù — Twenty years into his 14-album career, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith counts Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney and Diana Krall among his fans. He arrives at the height of his powers with a spellbinding folk-pop album of warm, full-hearted songs glowing with humour and spirit. Opening the evening, welcome Gabrielle Papillon, armed with her 5th album.

Cordâme, Satie VariationsFebruary 21, 8 p.m., L’Astral — The group celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Érik Satie. Double bassist and composer Jean Félix Mailloux has reconsidered Satie’s music and drawn inspiration from the composer’s beauty and eccentricity to create new pieces and deliver an original performance. A novel perspective from an ensemble of six improvisational musicians brings you Satie as you’ve never heard him before!

Yannick Rieu — February 25, 8 p.m., L’Astral — The star saxophonist unwraps his latest album, translating the incredible diversity of China into music, from rural to urban, ancestral to ultramodern. It’s a timeless voyage, matching traditional Chinese instruments with keyboards (François Lafontaine, on album), percussion (Samuel Joly), bass (Morgan Moore) and guitar (Jean-Sébastien Williams).

The Beatdown meets Hugo MudieFebruary 25, 9 p.m., Club Balattou — Hugo Mudie and The Beatdown forge an instant partnership and create this special project with a Rocksteady vibe. Marrying the offhand energy of punk––Hugo’s stock in trade––with the irresistible groove of The Beatdown, cornerstones of the Canadian reggae scene, the group brings a dub-accented show that will have everyone grooving into the wee hours of the morn.

Thomas Hellman, Rêves américains : de la ruée vers l’or à la Grande CriseFebruary 25 and 26, 8 p.m., Petit Outremont —Thomas Hellman tells a uniquely American story, from the Conquest of the West to the Great Depression of the 1930s, using his own texts, excerpts from landmark works by the great American writers and songs from the blues, folk and gospel repertoire of the era. He explores the idea of Americanness, and the role of art in bringing meaning to chaos. With Sage Reynolds and Olaf Gundel, staging and direction by Thomas Hellman and Brigitte Haentjens. 

Keith Kouna, Le voyage d’hiver February 25 to 27, 8 p.m., Cinquième Salle, PdA — Keith Kouna returns with his bold adaptation of Franz Schubert’s final lieder cycle. Featuring stage direction by Antoine Laprise and accompanied by a dozen musicians, Kouna’s performance brings the entire poetic voyage to life, navigating the icy byways of the soul and heart. Gute nacht

FOXTROTT. Opening act: Geoffroy — February 26, 8 p.m., Club Soda — Self-taught Montreal singer, songwriter and producer Marie-Hélène Delorme, alias FOXTROTT, is the electropop sensation of the hour. Laying powerful vocals over cutting-edge rhythms, her debut album unveiled an eclectic palette fusing traditional cumbia, gospel, hip-hop and reggae. Sensitive, catchy and original, she’s an artist to follow very, very closely. Presented in collaboration with CISM.

Calum Graham – February 26, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This Canadian singer-songwriter has already racked up a number of first prizes at national contests, performed at the Vancouver and London Olympic Games and been named one of the 30 best guitarists under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. After the young virtuoso earned a standing ovation at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal this summer, he heads into L’Astral with a repertoire of 5 albums, his unique groove and a melodic, energetic style influenced by funk, Motown, pop and blues.

Angélique Ionatos, Reste la lumière – February 26, 8 p.m., Gesù — Extraordinary guitarist and singer Angélique Ionatos creates a musical world that is indivisible from poetry and literature, her deep, resonant voice radiating the richness of Mediterranean culture. Born in Athens, she arrives with songs from a 20th album: a serious release that nonetheless resonates with the hope generated by her gorgeous vocals and the incisive delicacy of her guitar.

Rodrigo Amarante – February 27, 8 p.m., Gesù — Former member of standout Brazilian group Los Hermanos, Rodrigo Amarante delivered the first gem of his solo career in 2013. Singing in Portuguese, French and English, he revisits Brazilian saudade with touches of soaring folk, pitched somewhere between Andrew Bird and Devendra Banhart. It’s a spellbinding style; fans of the Narco series love him for his famed theme song.

Laila Biali — Segal Power Jazz Series February 28, 8 p.m., Segal Performing Arts Centre arts de la scène — A rising figure in contemporary jazz, Biali was nominated for a Juno, and has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, Sting… The versatile artist, always deliciously at ease shifting between pop, rock, classical, soul and jazz, makes her first appearance at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

Anthony Roussel and guest artists February 28, 8 p.m., Le Verre Bouteille — Anthony Roussel invites you to celebrate the first anniversary of his album accompanied by plenty of guest artists. With his powerful, husky voice and incisively poetic lyrics, the singer-songwriter creates a melodic, intoxicating world.

Gospel Fever February 19, 20, 26 and 27, 8 p.m., Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours — Fans are invited to Montreal’s oldest stone chapel to experience the dynamic spiritual magic of gospel. A program of 4 fabulous shows guaranteed to have you dancing and singing as you are transported on the vocal and rhythmic wings of gospel choirs: Opening night with Bob Walsh and his guests Guy Bélanger and Jean Fernand Girard (Feb. 19), Vivienne Deane Gospel Ensemble (Feb. 20), Imani Gospel Singers (Feb. 26) and, the Montreal Gospel Choir (Feb. 27; also at 10:30 p.m.).

Le Balcon Dinner Shows:

Pierrot Fournier sings Jacques Brel February 18, 8 p.m., Le Balcon — The singer revisits the songs that matter from among the loveliest numbers in Brel’s peerless catalogue.

James Correa sings soul: the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers and many more! February 19, 8:30 p.m., Le Balcon — Guaranteed: with James Correa on stage, the dancefloor will be packed!

Greatest Hits of Motown, Soul and Disco with Dawn Tyler Watson & The Jamm February 20, 8:30 p.m., Le Balcon — By popular demand, Dawn Tyler Watson returns to Le Balcon with a show that promises to raise the roof!

Soirée flamenca with Trio Camelo February 23, 8 p.m., Le Balcon — Trio Camelo delivers a repertoire fusing the finest forms of flamenco.

Édith Piaf: ma vie en rose et noir with Claire GarandFebruary 24, 8 p.m., Le Balcon — A singular tribute to “La Môme”, the immortal Piaf, that promises a night of musical passion.

Dalida, intime with Claire GarandFebruary 25, 8 p.m., Le Balcon — Brilliant songs chosen from the immense Dalida repertoire, for a fascinating an intimate portrait of this glorious artist.

Musica cubana — Cuban music, salsa, cha-cha-cha, merengue, bachata and more with The Cuban Martinez bandFebruary 26, 8:30 p.m., Le Balcon — Plunge into the tropical heat and musical culture of Cuba… Salsa, son, cha-cha-cha, merengue, boléro and a hot-hot-hot night!


Naples The Sensual City, Les Boréades, Francis Colpron February 19, 6:30 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) — Alongside their considerable production of operas, the musicians of 18th century Naples composed concertos that fused vocalità, of which they were the masters, with a unique interest in counterpoint, giving their compositions a rich texture and exceptionally harmonic sensuality. Concertos for recorder and cello by Durante, Fiorenza, Leo, Mancini and Pergolesi. Guided tour of the exhibition Pompei A Roman City at 5 p.m.

Trio Fibonacci, Mysticism February 20, 7:30 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) — Mysticism has inspired musicians since the dawn of time. Whether its the esoteric teachings of freemasonry in the works of Mozart and Sibelius, or the visions of the medieval abbess, poet and composer Hildegarde von Bingen, this concert will take you on a fascinating voyage through the centuries. Program: works for violin, cello and piano by Sibelius, Mozart, Hildegarde von Bingen, Éric Champagne, John Tavener and Arvo Pärt.

Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music, Four Thousand WinterFebruary 23, 7:30 p.m., Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours — A musical voyage through time where listeners experience the authentic aesthetic of 16th century choral works, as well as those by contemporary composers inspired by their predecessors. This intimate evening evokes the trials and tribulations of life and death, as well as the vision of a paradise beyond, through the perspectives of the greatest composers of a cappella choral music (Tallis, Tavener, Byrd, Britten and Larkin).

Trilogy of Seduction with the McGill Chamber Orchestra February 23, 7:30 p.m., Salle Pierre-Mercure (Centre Pierre-Péladeau de l’UQAM) — The McGill Chamber Orchestra, in collaboration with l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, presents Trilogy of Seduction, a performance of staged opera excerpts by the duo of Da Ponte-Mozart with costumes, directed by Alain Gauthier!

Spotlight on Schubert — Chamber Music February 24, 7:30 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) — Exceptional young musicians join elite chambrists for the finest in chamber music! Guest musician: Scott St. John, violin. Piano Trio no 1, String Quartet no 9, String Trio no 1 by Schubert.

I Musici, From Darkness to Light February 25, 8 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) — The evening opens with the penultimate symphony by Shostakovich, unfolding in 11 movements with poems addressing the final end that awaits us all. Then it’s Haydn’s famed “Farewell” symphony, in which the musicians leave the stage one by one, extinguishing the candles they have themselves lit until only darkness remains. A moving journey from Darkness to Light!

Les Violons du Roy, Labadie on Bach February 26, 7:30 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) — Bernard Labadie shares his love for the music of Bach with his own transcriptions of works by the master.

Complete Bach cantatas, Studio de musique ancienne de MontréalFebruary 27, 3 p.m., and February 28, 2 p.m., Salle Bourgie (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts) — Continuation of presentation of the complete Bach cantatas. J. S. Bach Cantatas BWV 22, 97 and 150.


Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran February 19 and 20, 8 p.m., Salle Pierre-Mercure (Centre Pierre-Péladeau de l’UQAM) — The famed novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt—turned into a famous film starring Omar Sharif in the title role—has finally been adapted for the theatre! Schmitt plays the role of Momo, now an adult, recalls his childhood, that of a 12-year-old lovelorn Jewish boy who befriends the neighbourhood Muslim grocer. The older man knows the secrets to happiness, rekindling the young Momo’s joie de vivre. A lesson in wisdom and tolerance!

The Secret Annex by Alix Sobler — January 31 to February 21, various times, Segal Centre for the Performing Arts — Anne Frank, 25, has survived the war and now lives in New York. She intends to publish her diary, but as she heeds the call of life and love, must decide if the greatest art might after all be a life well lived. A stage tale of survival, sacrifice and all the reasons for gratitude. Directed by: Marcia Kash. With Sara Farb.

Muliats February 2 to 20, various times, Salle Fred-Barry, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier — A young Innu from Mashteuiatsh leaves his reserve for Montreal and meets a young non-native from the city. Initially separated by culture shock, they learn to appreciate the beauty of their differences and work together to resolve the identity dissonances that confront them. Directed by: Xavier Huard. With Charles Bender, Marco Collin, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Christophe Payeur. Productions Menuentakuan.

Glengarry Glen Ross by David MametFebruary 2 to 27, various times, Théâtre Rideau Vert — The North Side of Chicago, in the mid-’80s. Four real estate agents live by the rules of a ruthless capitalism. The competition is bloodthirstily open, with no holds barred: lies, intimidation, corruption, fraud and theft. Directed by: Frédéric Blanchette. With Denis Bouchard, Éric Bruneau, Luc Bourgeois, Fabien Cloutier, Frédéric-Antoine Guimond, Renaud Paradis, Sébastien Rajotte and Mani Soleymanlou. 

Le miel est plus doux que le sang by Simone Chartrand and Philippe Soldevila February 3 to 27, various times, Salle Denise-Pelletier, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier — In 1922, Salvador Dali, Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Buñuel meet in a student residence in Madrid and encounter a revolutionary cabaret singer who leads them off on a reckless, rebellious path… Directed by: Catherine Vidal. With François Bernier, Isabelle Blais, Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon and Simon Lacroix. A Théâtre Denise-Pelletier production, with the participation of Théâtre Sortie de Secours.

On This Day by Alexandria HaberFebruary 9 to March 6, various times, Centaur Theatre — A couple driving to a birthday party narrowly miss running over a young woman. The mysterious nature of the stranger encourages the partygoers to examine their lives and relationships. A comedy-drama on the big questions in life. Directed by: Alain Goulem. With Stefanie Buxton, Trevor Hayes, Emelia Hellman, Carlo Mestroni and Leni Parker.

Race by David MametFebruary 17 to March 26, various times, Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, PdA — A wealthy white businessman is accused of raping a young black woman. Two lawyers, one black and one white, must decide whether or not they will represent him. An unflinching look at America and its racial conflicts. Directed by: Martine Beaulne. With Benoît Gouin, Frédéric Pierre, Henri Chassé and Myriam De Verger.

Huff February 24 to 27, 8 p.m., MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) A young man brings caustic humour to his account of life on an Amerindian reserve in north Ontario. Cliff Cardinal’s fierce writing and deeply affecting performance deliver a poignant piece on an issue critical to First Nations people. Directed by: Karin Randoja. In English.

Louis Riel: A comic-strip stage playFebruary 25 to March 5, 8 p.m., La Chapelle — Louis Riel: Métis hero, rebel, rabble rouser, bilingual orator and heir to his indigenous and European roots… a politician, perhaps even a prophet, both revered and feared, was a man of his time. A marionette adaptation by RustWerk ReFinery based on the graphic novel by Chester Brown.

Frida Kahlo: Correspondance February 19, 7 p.m., Lion d’Or — Sophie Faucher welcomes you to a theatrical reading of the life of famed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Letters, messages, confessions, poems, intimate journals… Frida Kahlo wrote the way she painted. Accompanied by Mariachi Figueroa, in a fiesta atmosphere.


Behind, une danse dont vous êtes le héros and Between February 18 and 19, 8 p.m., Agora de la danseBehind: Facing a panel that reveals only a few intriguing clues, audience members are invited to create their own choreography, their own stories, with each dreaming up a script inspired by his or her own details and fantasies. And with Between, Marie Béland questions art and existence A coproduction of Montréal Danse and maribé – sors de ce corps.

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía — February 27 and 28, 7 p.m., Salle Pierre-Mercure — In over 20 years since its creation, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía has spread the magic of its flamenco vision to lovers of the genre all over the world. With its extraordinary dancers and passionate vocalists, the Ballet takes you on a shimmering and unforgettable trip to the heart of flamenco, guided by choreographer Rafaela Carrasco.

Circus arts

L’immédiat by Camille Boitel February 18 to 21, 8 p.m., (2 p.m. February 21), TOHU — A pile of junk and bric-à-brac, a wild and majestic chaos that takes up every corner of the stage. In a simulated absence of control, six performers move their bodies through a midden of elements that are continually falling and breaking. Somewhere between dance and acrobatic theatre, L’immédiat unfolds according a chain of events executed like clockwork, but according to a madcap logic!

Coups de cœur February 26, 8 p.m., and February 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., TOHU — The TOHU invites you to its very first Coups de cœur series: a unique opportunity to experience top-flight numbers and scenarios while discovering all the disciplines of the contemporary circus arts. Memorable performances created by circus performers from local and visiting companies: expect exceptional moments in this unprecedented spectacle.

Circus Incognitus by Jamie Adkins March 3 to 5, various times, TOHU The story of an ordinary man who tries but fails to transmit a message. In a series of small gestures and stunning feats, he leads us through an array of obstacles that he finally manages to overcome… in surprising fashion! Propelling himself through improbable and hilarious adventures, the famed clown-acrobat-juggler-illusionist-balancing-artist charms his audience with a solo show that is equal parts tenderness and irresistible humour. An enchanting experience for one and all, big and small! Presented by La Presse+.

Variety Evenings

Les FantastiX — 2082: la fusion des forces magiquesFebruary 18 to 20, 8 p.m., Théâtre St-Denis 1 — A secret society that keeps watch over humanity, four budding superheroes accompanied by a mysterious guide… this major interactive and fantastical production transcends the limits of the imagination in an explosion of originality, creativity and passion!

Ligue d’Improvisation Montréalaise (LIM) February 21, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or — The LIM sets itself apart from other improv leagues with a unique creative approach. Rather than stage a competition between two teams, the LIM proposes a weekly session featuring new conceptual avenues, directing two troupes of five performers who improvise together under the judicious guidance of a master of ceremonies.

Literary pyjama party February 23, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or — Figures from the Québécois cultural scene celebrate literature in a cabaret format. Put on your pyjamas, enjoy a glass and allow yourself to be transported by words and songs through thematic scenarios addressing dreams, childhood, nighttime, solitude etc. A benefit for Petits bonheurs, which introduces children aged 0-6 to artistic disciplines and allows them to explore the world of creativity.

La Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan presents the exhibition

Spazuk | Chant libre

Steven Spazuk expresses his artistic vision through the unique technique of “fire-painting”: his paintbrush is an open candle flame, burning his canvas to create a soot effect that he sculpts using pens, feathers, scrapers and brushes. With his new exhibition in the the heart of Montreal’s “Planet Jazz,” he hands the mic and instruments over to the birdsl letting them sing loud and clear of how they want to keep on living, whistling, trilling, chirping, in a Big Band or just solo. Without the birds, our aural landscape would become a desert. Let the birds sing, give them free rein. Free admission. February 18 to May 15, Galerie de la Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.

The artist will offer a performance in the Galerie Lounge TD as part of the Nuit blanche on Saturday, February 27: a unique experience you cannot afford to miss!

Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Pick up the brochure of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE artistic program in participating venues and theatres, CD shops, Infotourist Centres, as well as many Montreal cultural sites.

The gastronomy program will be unveiled on December 1; the programs of the free outdoor site and the Nuit blanche will be announced in February.

Information: montrealenlumiere.comInfo-Lumière La Presse+ (514 288-9955 or toll free 1 85LUMIÈRES)

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