March 3, 2018 — 15th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal
Montréal, Monday, February 12, 2018 — Fifteen years of wild creativity—that calls for a celebration! As the Nuit blanche à Montréal gets set to kick of its 15th edition, presented as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we’re thrilled to note how Montrealers have taken it to heart as one of the essential winter events. And no wonder! Over 200 activities, most of them free, from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4 at 152 sites throughout the city… and about 300,000 nighthawks eager to plunge in. And here’s some (more) good news for this major event: the Casino de Montréal joins the adventure as sponsor of the 15th Nuit blanche. This year, the Nuit blanche is dedicated to the theme (re) MIX: revisiting artworks, cross-breeding disciplines, reconceiving genres, playing with influences and sparking dialogues between artists… A true challenge, and brilliantly realized! The unprecedented, original and surprising result uncorks a night full of endless possibilities. Create your own!
Nine Activity Pôles for a Great Nuit
And you can plunge into this Nuit wherever you are! On March 3, the entire city lights up with passion, flocking to nine Pôles and eleven activity categories: action, visual arts, film, dance, exhibits, whimsy, games, illumination, words, music, laughter. Here are a number of suggestions to give you an idea of the excitement that awaits:
1. Pôle Quartier des Spectacles
The epicentre of the Nuit blanche, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site sparkles like a constellation! Action rules the brand-new to Chalet Bell and the Énergir Zone: a concert by Canailles, followed by DJ sets Gotsoul Session and Bell DJ/VJs Bell Toddy Flores + Zack Cola, along with Bang Bang The Boogie from jojoflores & Cesar and special guest Quicksound Live. From midnight in the Maison du Festival, Sarahmée, Naya Ali and Marie-Gold fire off an exceptional evening dedicated to emerging talents in female hip-hop. On the Place des Festivals and the Place des Arts Esplanade, activities roll continuously until 3 a.m.: the RBC Sports Zone and its Zip-line, the Milk Family Fun Zone with its Urban Slide, the World of Incredible Maple with its Ferris Wheel, along with Illuminart installations combining art, illumination and technology, presented by Casino de Montréal.
The entire Wilder Building is overtaken by dance-related events, including a vinyl marathon and a demented dance battle in Agora de la danse. In the Salon Urbain, Place des Arts, music meets comedy with Mara Tremblay, Fred Fortin and Galaxie, along with Jean-Philippe Wauthier, Fred Savard, Olivier Niquet and Jean-Sébastien Girard, joining forces for La nuit est encore blanche (presented by Radio-Canada). The 2-22 hosts an unexpected evening conceived by La Vitrine culturelle, a collage workshop presented by Artexte and a unique exhibition by young artist Erdem Taşdelen (Toronto) and the Chto Delat collective (Russia) at VOX. Cabaret festif no 8 in Monument-National, in collaboration with ZOOFEST, promises to be wilder than ever, with comedy (Les Appendices) and music (Marie-Pierre Arthur, Antoine Gratton and DJ Dee). And by the balustrade, an open mic evening presents spoken word and poetry presented by La Criée.
2. Pôle Centre-ville
Head to La Factry, the school of science and creativity, where Frenchez l’inconnu gets wilder than ever with a party combining debates, dance, visual arts and music. At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a mini-festival on television channels in critical and poetical performances inspired by reception-transmission methods. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts creates a nighttime event centred around the exhibition Napoléon—Art and Court Life in the Imperial Palace, with visits, workshops and a collective mural. Meanwhile, the McCord Museum resuscitates Urban Tales and offers a guided visit of the exhibition The Topsy-Turvy Storyland.
3. Pôle Quartier latin et Village
At the UQAM Pavillon de design, the issue is happiness, and its attendant clichés… and a guided tour of a circuit of installations helps frame the question. In the BAnQ, a poetry lab for all combines visual, aural and poetical artists, alongside an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the library. Meanwhile, the action heats up in the Metro! At Berri, join in swing dancing with Cat’s Corner and salsa with École San Tropez. The Montréal Joue festival goes techno: videogames, collaborative memory game Mimésis and the interactive installation Propolis created by the students of UQAM. Finally, the incredible Nuit aux flambeaux sur les faubourgs (Torchlight Procession) sets off from Écomusée du fier monde and Maison de la culture Frontenac to discover a neighbourhood and its many attractions, breathtakingly illuminated by flaming torches and accompanied by a guide.
4. Pôle Hochelaga
In its inaugural year, the brand-new Pôle Hochelaga hosts over fifteen activities! Fans can gather at the foot of Olympic Stadium for nighttime skating on the illuminated skating path on the Sun Life Financial Esplanade. Bistro le Ste-Cath shakes up poetry, slam, storytelling, creative workshops and even insect tastings (!). Wow! The Galerie Marc Gosselin turns the spotlight on neighbourhood artists: Karine Demers, Marc Gosselin and Martin Rondeau. At Salon Enchanthé, it’s time to get creative and paint! Join in a collective work created “blind”, ultraviolet body painting, music and an exhibition. Finally, SDC Hochelaga-Maisonneuve serves up a hip-hop show by L’Amalgame, perfect to warm up body and soul!
5. Pôle Vieux-Montréal
Head to City Hall, in partnership with SAT and MU, and unleash your creativity in a collective mural! Galerie Le Bourget presents a performance by artists Nathalie Lapointe and Diana Polizeno. At Pointe-à-Callière, the exhibition Passion: hockey goes into overtime! Mini hockey games, a collective artwork inspired by our national sport, and a visit to the exhibition. And neon takes over Espace VERRE with Gérald Collard and the illuminated pieces of his Atelier Neon Family.
6. Pôle Plateau-Mont-Royal
In the Maison des écrivains, the Ligue d’improvisation littéraire takes several genres by storm, remixing literature, theatre and music. Boutique Geekatorium invites you to create the great adventure of Mika and his Android via collaborative storytelling. In Studio Bizz, the hula-hoop goes tribal with fun demonstrations and introductory workshops. Finally, the ECTO cooperative presents a festive soirée at the crossroad of different eras, between traditional music and the digital world.
7. Pôle Mile-End
ArtLounge MTL presents a 100% Montréal multi-sensorial event, with nine multimedia artists and three DJs. The exhibition Performing Lives at Optica gallery aims to shake up the codes of video, inviting visitors to imagine the sequel to David Lynch’s famed Twin Peaks. In Temps libre Mile-End, enjoy the gentle yet powerful poetry of slammer Queen Ka, sensorial workshops and never-before-seen projections. And contemporary skating outfit Le Patin Libre takes over Saint-Louis arena for a massive party on ice.
8. Pôle Nord
Artgang Montréal celebrates social inclusion, cultural diversity and fun with Le Runway! Enjoy fashion, dance, visual arts and musical energy. The Centre des métiers du cuir de Montréal welcomes artist Claire Nadon, whose creations combine leather and jacquard. Cinéthique Villeray gathers the people responsible for Montréal-themed documentaries in literary café Chez l’Éditeur for a night of short doc screenings. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts brings us Big Broadway Sing-Along by Nick Burgess: piano, Broadway tunes and, yes, big crowd sing-alongs!
9. Art Souterrain
For its 10th anniversary, Art Souterrain festival lays out a unique artistic circuit through Montréal’s indoor underground network. Spread over seven different buildings, the circuit will be staffed by mediators, there to guide and inform festival fans on the artworks, as well as meet-and-greets with artists, and live performances.
Getting around during the Nuit
Once again this year, the STM is the indispensable partner you’ll need to get around! The Metro will remain open all night long (at the usual fare). The unlimited Soirée pass ($5) lets riders climb aboard at will between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning.
The 411 on the Nuit blanche
And that’s just a glimpse of the activities that await in this 15th Nuit blanche à Montréal. For all the info, visit our new website nuitblanchemtl.com: all the details, a map of activities, thematic suggestions and much more!
Our mobile application presented by Bell also allows you to explore the Nuit with the touch of a fingertip. Addresses, activity descriptions, an interactive map and even a search function to find your friends—you wouldn’t want to lose your tribe during a night on the town!
The printed program will be available on the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site, at activity sites, at Nuit blanche information kiosks, at La Vitrine (in the 2-22) and at the exit of Metro Mont-Royal.
Moderation: fun, without a downside
The Nuit blanche is certainly beloved by thousands and thousands of Montrealers and tourists for its wildly entertaining programming, but also for its festive and safe atmosphere. In order to ensure that good times remain good, we remind everyone that it is prohibited to bring alcohol onto the outdoor site during the event—including all routes and districts where activities are held—as is the case for the entirety of the city of Montréal.
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