Zaz, Radio Radio, Kurt Vile and the Violators,
Makaya, and two dance pieces in Usine C
Montreal, Monday, December 7, 2015 — Everyone was already celebrating the quality and diversity of the artistic program of the 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, but now we’ve added even more great new artists—and not just anybody! Start with very popular French singer Zaz, whom we’re delighted to have sharing the honorary co-presidency of the festival with another great singer, Quebec’s own, Betty Bonifassi. Don’t forget that this edition will run for an extra week, from February 18 to March 5. Tickets for these concerts are already on sale, except for the Zaz concert, which goes on sale today at noon.
Zaz — February 23, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA — As mischievous as ever, Zaz gets ready to vault to the next level. For the past 4 years, she has been one of France’s most successful worldwide artists, selling over 3 million copies of her first two albums… She now announces a new tour with a brand-new show featuring songs from her latest release, Paris, along with the hits that have made her famous. It’s a new show bridging the Paris of yesteryear and the intensely alive city of today, where Zaz makes her home.
Radio Radio. Light the Sky launching show — February 22, 8 p.m., Club Soda — With their ultra-festive Ej Feel Zoo, released in spring 2014, joyous band Radio Radio have proven they have the magic touch when it comes to throwing a capital-P Party. Brilliant rhythms, a tight connection with the crowd, delivering hip-hop fired up with eclectic electronica influences… And good news: the band is back with Light the Sky, a new album and a new show ! On your mark, get set, party!
Makaya — February 19, 8 p.m., Upstairs — One of Haiti’s highest mountains, Makaya is also a Montreal-based creole jazz quintet. Nominated in 2010 for the TD Grand Jazz Award, and winner of the bronze medal at the Syli d’Or World Music competition in 2007, Makaya released an eponymic record in 2009. With a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Makaya will release the album Elements in February during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, confirming its position as “a real hope in Creole jazz” (Yves Bernard, Le Devoir).
Kurt Vile and the Violators. Opening act: Xylouris White — February 20, 8:30 p.m., Corona Theatre — A shimmering standout figure on the American indie rock scene, the prolific Kurt Vile continues his personal, authentic musical mission with B’lieve I’m Going Down…, his 6th album in 7 years. Poised somewhere between Neil Young and Bob Dylan, the album shines as a gem of nonchalant folk steeped in blues-rock, glowing with hypnotic guitars and fluid lyrics. The artist brings in his Violators and invites us to float off on a lovely, psychedelic musical voyage. The evening opens with an unprecedented collaboration between lutenist George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White: Xylouris White.
Intensional Particle — February 18 to 20, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Usine C — Choreographer and former B-boy Hiroaki Umeda is a major player in exploring the links between dance and digital arts, on a quest for a form of meta-movement that fuses the two. As part of the Temps d’Images festival in Usine C, he’ll present a new piece with a gorgeous delicacy. The performer finds himself suspended weightless over an undulating landscape, ringed by metallic flames or transfixed by rays of light conjuring an infinite poetry.
Cold Blood — February 18 to 20, 8 p.m., and February 21, 3 p.m., Usine C — After the global success of Kiss & Cry and its stunning nanodance, Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael return with a sensational new creation. After their first experience creating a piece live, right before the eyes of their audience, the team plunges deeper into the magic of changes of scale, working with lyrical, tragic, mysterious or dreamlike themes. Their intricate, ingenious effects and subtly interlocking onstage devices once again suggest micro-worlds, miniatures that echo the infinitely large macrocosms that contain them. A passionate, moving show.
Venue change for Lou Doillon
The Lou Doillon concert scheduled for Club Soda on February 19, 8 p.m. has been moved to Métropolis (same date and time). Great news: a larger venue, and more tickets available! Tickets already sold for Club Soda will be honoured by Métropolis.
Tickets already on sale
Except for the Zaz concert, on sale at noon
- Place des Arts: 175 Ste. Catherine St. West; 514 842-2112 or 1 866 842-2112; placedesarts.com
- Club Soda: 1225 St. Laurent Blvd; 514 286-1010; clubsoda.ca
- Corona Theatre: 2490 Notre-Dame West; 514 931-2088; theatrecoronavirginmobile.com
- Upstairs: 1254 Mackay St.; 514 931 6808; upstairsjazz.com
- Usine C: 1345 Lalonde Ave; 514 521-4493; usine-c.com
Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
The gastronomy program will be unveiled on December 9; the programs of the free outdoor site and the Nuit blanche will be announced in February. Information: montrealenlumiere.com — Info-Lumière La Presse+ (514 288-9955 or toll free 1 85LUMIÈRES)
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