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Celebrating Knowledge

Montréal, Monday, December 4, 2017 — Montreal’s greatest winter celebration is approaching! Presented in collaboration with Bell, the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE features dozens of fine dining activities revolving around an inspiring and unifying theme: the sharing of knowledge. Thus, culinary expertise from all over the globe will find its way to Montréal. What’s more, the ITHQ—one of the most prestigious places for the sharing of knowledge in Quebec—will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and teaming up with the festival to offer a boldly delicious program. Also, Côte-Nord, our featured region for this year, will reveal some of the sweet secrets of the boreal forest… From February 22 to March 4, 2018, in partnership with 34 Air France Finest Tables, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will offer a feast for the senses through six series of activities to savour the delights of winter. The festival’s arts program includes 120 shows in disciplines ranging from music and dance to circus arts and theatre.

Six series of activities filled with discovery and delight

Celebrating Knowledge

The world of fine dining is full of wonderful secrets, and this year’s festival offers more opportunities than ever to discover them. It’s a time for chefs to sharpen their skills or broaden their palette, a time for the secrets of the gods to be revealed to common mortals, and a time for youngsters to get their first taste of cooking. Of course, our taste buds teach us about food, but so do our heads. Knowledge never tasted so good!

Chef Pairings for the Air France Finest Tables

Over twenty renowned chefs from the greatest hotel schools throughout the world will come share their expertise for the Air France Finest Tables: Alain Verzeroli, hosted by L’Atelier Joël Robuchon; a chef from ALMA culinary school (Italy), hosted by Mercuri ; Marco Antonio Estrada Gallardo (Mexico), hosted by Chez Victoire; Vincent Bezy and Jessica Gilly (France), hosted by Blumenthal; Christophe Haton (France), hosted by Europea; Jean-Baptiste Thomaes, Johan Forton, Emmanuel Simon, and Laurent Devos (Belgium), hosted by Restaurant de l’ITHQ;  Julien Lefebvre (France), hosted by La Chronique;  Claes Grännsjö (Sweden), hosted by the Auberge Saint-Gabriel; Nicolas Borombo (France), hosted by W Montreal’s restaurant; David Baroche (France), hosted by Bistro La Société; Joseph Viola (France), hosted by Renoir; Bernard L’Hôte (Québec), hosted by Vertige; Suzy Rainville (Sherbrooke), hosted by Le Chasse-Galerie;  Hakim Chajar (Québec), hosted by Alexandre et Fils; Jocelyn Myre from the Waswanipi vocational school (Nord-du-Québec), hosted by Portus 360; Glenn Forbes (Baie-Comeau), hosted by Ikanos; Jean-Sébastien Sicard (Tadoussac), hosted by Chasse-Galerie; and Martin Brisson (Tadoussac), hosted by Blumenthal.

In addition to these many chef pairing events, the ITHQ will offer a wide range of special activities featuring its professors, students, and graduates.


-       Famille de chefTwo Family Cooking Workshops to introduce children to the joys of cooking with their parents — February 24 and March 3, 11 a.m., ITHQ

-       Four Air France workshops featuring culinary professors from foreign hotel schools:

  • Belgian Beers and Hors d’Oeuvres (Institut Roger Lambion) — February 26, 6 p.m., ITHQ
  • Gourmet Aperitif (Ferrandi Paris) — March 2, 6 p.m., ITHQ
  • Cooking in ashes and other Mexican traditions (Instituto Gastrónomico Corbuse/ Aliat Universidades) — February 24, 1 p.m., ITHQ
  • Italian Aperitif (Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana ALMA) — February 22, 6 p.m., ITHQ

-       Three SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ to shed light on the delicate art of food and wine pairings.

  • Hip Hors d’Oeuvres and Local Wines With Hakim Chajar — February 26, 7 p.m., ITHQ
  • Wine and Dessert With Ann-Rika Martin — February 27, 7 p.m., ITHQ
  • Vino e cucina italiana with Sœur Angèle and Liza Frulla — February 28, 7 p.m., ITHQ

ITHQ Extravaganza

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the ITHQ invites you to indulge in a unique sensory experience! Make your way to the ITHQ on Saint-Denis for a five-course culinary journey, created by five of the school’s star graduates: Marie-Fleur St-Pierre (Tapeo and Mesón), Danny St-Pierre (Petite Maison), Martin Juneau (Pastaga), Ann-Rika Martin (winner of the TV show Les Chefs ! in 2017), and Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem (executive chef at the ITHQ). March 1, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., ITHQ

ESKA, a refreshing companion to your fine foodie moments

Throughout the evening, ESKA is pleased to offer you a selection of its products. A mixologist will also be available to serve cocktails made with ESKA’s carbonated spring water.


Legumes moches-       Ugly Veggies: a Source of Culinary Inspiration February 24, 3 p.m., ITHQ

-       Quebec’s Ice Ciders — March 3, noon, Mondial des cidres, Complexe Desjardins

-       Potatoes galore! A conference for the senses combining discussions and tastings — March 1, 6 p.m., Agora Hydro-Québec, at UQAM’s Cœur des sciences pavilion

Planète Montréal

Combining surprising celebrity guests and mouth-watering menus, this year’s Planète Montréal series features Brigitte Boisjoli (Le Montréal), Dr. Richard Béliveau (H4C), Florence K (Helena), Alexandre Bilodeau (Vertige), Jessica Harnois (Alexandre et Fils, Le Chasse-Galerie), and Les Voix Ferrées (Au Petit Extra).

BaleineFeatured region: Côte-Nord

Discover the best of Quebec’s boreal flavours. From Tadoussac to Blanc-Sablon, producers and chefs from the Côte-Nord region boast unique gourmet experiences, bringing you little-known culinary treats from northern Quebec :

-       A boreal tasting event with Martin Brisson (La Galouïne, Tadoussac) hosted by Rémi Brunelle on March 2 and 3,at Blumenthal.

-       A special activity with Jean-Sébastien Sicard (Chez Mathilde, Tadoussac) hosted by Alexandre St-Amand Tremblay at Le Chasse-Galerie, February 22 to 24.

-       At Ikanos, Glenn Forbes (La Cache d’Amélie, Baie-Comeau) is hosted by Constant Mentzas for two exquisite evenings, March 2 and 3.

And add in the Free Spirits series, in which chefs from our Finest Tables create cheerful, convivial, unprecedented and uncommon thematic evenings that stand apart from the other series, the Brunches and lunches seriesand its mid-day activities, as well as the Happy Hour series, featuring activities spotlighting wine and spirits.

Special Events

Knowledge Conference with Nordic Food Lab and Michael Bom Frøst.

Michael Bom Frøst

Michael Bom Frøst

A first in Montreal! Combining scientific and humanist approaches with culinary techniques from all over the globe, the Nordic Food Lab imagines a world where diversity and deliciousness share the centre of the plate. This project, conceived in the Food Innovation and Health program at the University of Copenhagen, addresses our experience of food, at three levels: sensorial, biological and semantic. An event not to be missed! February 26, 7 p.m., L’Astral

Incredible Maple and SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ

ErableThe SAQ Bistro will host two special gastronomic evenings accompanied by wine specially selected by a SAQ expert sommelier: a four-course meal that explores Quebec maple (February 23, starting at 6 p.m., SAQ Bistro), and a SAQ Workshops by the ITHQ on the Place des Festivals (March 1, 8 p.m., SAQ Bistro).

Festival of Our Cheeses

The popular event returns for a 12th edition, inviting the public to come down and meet Quebec’s finest cheesemakers. They’ll be delighted to answer visitors’ questions, and discuss their creations and the regional distinctions that contribute to the special taste and character to each of their cheeses. Everyone can taste Quebecois “classics” and make surprising discoveries, while also taking advantage of attractive prices on fine cheeses. Presented by Fromages d’ici. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, February 22 to 25, Free admission

The Mondial des Cidres 2018, presented by SAQ

Apple, pear, sparkling, syrup, ice or even fire… discover cider in all its forms. With 20 local artisanal cider producers, tasting sessions, theme evenings, contests, and gourmet stations. Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place, March 2 to 4

La Tablée des Chefs: young apprentices enter the kitchens of the
Air France Finest Tables!

Table des cherfsSince 2002, La Tablée des Chefs has assembled chefs and cooks to contribute to the battle against food insecurity. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE renews its support for the cause, and offers young participants in the organization’s Brigades Culinaires program an experience in the kitchen with our chefs! For participating restaurants and special soirées, just look for the Tablée des Chefs logo in the Fine Dining program.

The Potluck: Montreal fine dining in real time

The blog is back! allows chefs, restaurateurs, festivalgoers, bloggers and journalists to share content and discuss topics related to the festival, as well as Montreal fine dining in general. It’s a perfectly accessible, welcoming, communal platform—like the festival itself!

Reservations are now being taken for the festival’s Air France Finest Tables

Our festival’s 34 Air France Finest Tables await you with hundreds of gourmet and wine offerings, and activities for every taste and budget. To draw up your own gourmet itinerary from our program, just visit (Fine Dining tab). Make your reservations now with the festival’s Air France Finest Tables: Alexandre et Fils, Au Petit Extra, Bistro La Société, Bistro Lustucru, Blumenthal, Brasserie T !, LeChasse-Galerie, Chez Chose, Chez Victoire, Christophe, Restaurant de l’hôtel W, État-Major, Europea, Graziella, H4C-Place St-Henri,Hambar, Helena, Ikanos, Kitchen Galerie, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, La Chronique, Le Margaux, Le Montréal, Le Mousso, Le Quartier général, Le Valois, Les Cons Servent, Maison Boulud, Mercuri, Portus 360, Renoir, Restaurant de l’ITHQ and Vertige.

We remind you that our Finest Tables greatly appreciate it when diners honour their reservations.


Flavours and aromas of Old Montreal: discover the culinary, cultural and historical charms of Montréal’s oldest neighbourhood. February 24 & 25 and March 3 & 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m


Concerts added to the program

Tickets for these concerts are on sale now

Q-A Dan Bigras27 juin 17Dan Bigras, Le temps des Seigneurs — March 2, 8 p.m., GesùLe temps des Seigneurs, an autobiography recently published by Québec Amérique, raises the curtain on the tumultuous life of Dan Bigras. As two-fisted as ever, he accompanied the book with an album featuring classic 25 songs from the past 25 years. Discover the multimedia show based on his book and his songs, all in the intimate confines of the Gesù.

La BronzeLa Bronze Pleins feux sur la relève Bell — February 28, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This autumn, La Bronze (aka Nadia Essadiqi) launches Les corps infinis, an 11-track electronica-charged pop opus built around her beloved French horn, with plenty of love for piano and percussion as well. Armed with electronic keyboards and rock guitar, she delivers a powerful, passionate pop-rock with trip-hop accents. Exquisite.

Vincent VallieresVincent Vallières, Le temps des vivants — March 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Now a defining figure on the Québécois music landscape, Vincent Vallières is currently on tour with his new show, featuring Andre Papanicolaou on guitar, Amélie Mandeville on bass and keyboards, and Marc-André Larocque on drums. Moving from festive to intimate, this concert invites you to discover Vincent’s new songs and rediscover all of his beloved classics.

Lary KidLary Kidd Pleins feux sur la relève Bell— March 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral — Famed for his work with the group Loud Lary Ajust, Lary Kidd approaches his art more masterfully than ever. With Contrôle, his debut solo album, Lary delivers a dialectical album that addresses the unsuspected depths of despair among the twentysomethings of the third millennium.

JackBroadbentJack Broadbent — March 3, 8 p.m., L’Astral — This talented British singer/songwriter started his career busking, and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his unique style of slide guitar. He draws inspiration from blues legends (Hooker, Johnson, Hendrix) but adds a more current songwriting sensibility. He is now considered one of the most exciting modern bluesmen of our time. Experiencing Jack Broadbent live is an opportunity not to be missed!

Not to mention all the other performances that have already been announced and are co-hosted by the festival’s many partners:


  • In L’Astral: Coco Méliès; Gabrielle Shonk; Papagroove (Pleins feux sur la relève Bell series);
  • In Centre Bell: Amplified Concert;
  • In MTELUS: The Franklin Electric; DVSN; LP;
  • In Club Soda: Vieux Farka Touré; Geoffroy; Les Deuxluxes; Random Recipe; Kim Churchill;
  • In Gesù: Ala.Ni; Karen Young & Coral Egan (Mère & fille), David Myles (The Real Love Tour); Roman Zavada (Résonances Boréales);
  • In Place des Arts and Maison symphonique: Marie-Josée Lord and Orchestre symphonique de Laval (Femmes); Isabelle Boulay (En vérité); Stacey Kent; Patrice Michaud (Théâtre Maisonneuve); Gregory Porter (Maison symphonique);
  • In Le Balcon: Misunderstood: A Nina Simone Celebration with Nadia Theobal; Las Reinas Del Ritmo with Katy, Miranda and The Cuban Martinez Band; Gospel Brunches with Imani Gospel Singers; Amazing Motown, Soul, Disco and R&B with Meredith & The Soul Marshalls; Édith Piaf : Ma vie en rose et noir with Claire Garand; Salsa Legends: Hector Lavoe, El Cantante de los Cantantes with Lengaïa; Best of Soul, Motown and Jazz with Snooksta and Coco Thompson; Motown & Disco Inferno with The Velvets;
  • In Lion d’Or: Jérôme Charlebois and Marco Calliari; Caroline Planté with Blood and Glass and guests (Clair de terre); Sophie Pelletier (Les Météores); Les Guerres d’l’Amour; WD-40;
  • In The Schulich School of Music of McGill University: Schulich in concert: Musicians from soundscape; Cappella Antica & Schulich Singers (Spem in alium); McGill Jazz Orchestra I (Tribute to Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington); Johannes Moser (Musical Chairs Festival); Rafael Rosenfeld (Musical Chairs Festival);
  • In Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Bourgie Hall): L’écho des batailles; Bach Cantatas; The Passion of Joan of Arc; Baroque Matinee; Jacques Kuba Séguin; Impressionist Harp;
  • In Théâtre Outremont: Marie Denise Pelletier (Léveillée, entre Claude et moi); Marie Michèle Desrosiers, Luce Dufault, Martine St-Clair and Marie-Élaine Thibert (Entre vous et nous); Les Respectables (25th Anniversary Tour and Heart of Stone); Andrea Lindsay (Entre le jazz et la java); Daniel Lavoie (Mes longs voyages);
  • In Phi Centre: Misc, Raveen, Die Pod Die, Collectif Kohlenstoff and Kae Sun (album release show);
  • And also: Daniel Taylor (Le chemin du paradis, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours); Gabs Sings Babs (Segal Centre for Performing Arts); Alan Doyle (Corona Theatre); La Compagnie Créole (30 ans de fêtes au Québec !, Théâtre Saint-Denis).

Dance: Compañía Eva Yerbabuena (AY!) and Martha Graham Dance Company(Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts).

Theatre: Amok (Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts) ; Marjorie Prime (Segal Centre for Performing Arts); Chansons drôles et drôleries chancelantes, La Ligue d’improvisation montréalaise and Arnauld Soly (Lion d’Or); Hurlevents, L’orangeraie and Minuit (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier); Les robots font-ils l’amour ? (Usine C); L’homme éléphant (Théâtre du Rideau vert) and Le Chemin des Passes-Dangereuses (Duceppe).

Circus: Freakeasy Circus (Lion d’Or); Coups de cœur (TOHU).

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