Spotlight on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Activity suggestions for February 19 to 24
Vieux Farka Touré
Following in the footsteps of his illustrious father, the great Ali Farka Touré, Vieux innovates while carving a path all his own and breaking new ground for West African music. With 11 astounding albums in his repertoire, he has established himself as one of Africa’s most dazzling guitarists as well as one of its most exciting musicians.
Thursday, February 22, Club Soda
Coco Méliès returns with The Riddle, a richly atmospheric new album. Defying all labels, the musical world of Coco Méliès revels in subtle nuances and contrasts. Renowned for their distinctive vocal harmonies and refined folk, the once again presents a show both raw and luminous.
Thursday, February 22, L’Astral
The Franklin Electric
Three years after blowing up on the Montreal scene with This Is How I Let You Down, The Franklin Electric arrive with songs from their 2nd release, Blue Ceilings. Intelligent and sensitive alternative pop-folk, carried to the heavens by the spellbinding voice of John Matte.
Friday, February 23, Mtelus
Karen Young & Coral Egan, Mère et fille
Two superb voices, two accomplished musical careers, singers Karen Young and Coral Egan join forces for Mère et fille, revisiting their favourite songs: tunes from their respective repertoires as well as pop, folk and jazz artists including Djavan, Ayub Ogada, Catherine Major, Radiohead, Steve Lacy and many more!
Friday, February 23, Gesù
A worthy descendent of the great American singers of the ’60s and ’70s, Gregory Porter instantly ascended into the pantheon of contemporary jazz vocal. He comes to the sumptuous Maison symphonique armed with his latest album: Nat King Cole & Me, a thrilling tribute to his central career inspiration.
Friday, February 23, Maison Symphonique de Montréal
With its high-energy afro-funk fusion influenced by Fela Kuti’s politicized afrobeat, Parliament’s clever groovy funk, James Brown’s passionate soul flavour, Bruno Mars’ bubbly pop sound and Jimi Hendrix’s rock intensity, Papagroove is easily recognizable on stage by its raw spirit, its mastery of improvisation and its explosive presence. Born to be wild and free, the band is yet again ready to surprise us. This fall, the indomitable beast puts itself in the hunter’s boots with its 3rd album, The Hunt.
Saturday, February 24, L’Astral
Hailing from Montreal, Les Deuxluxes are powered by strong vocals, a minimalist yet effective rhythm section, and a pair of wild guitars. The duo has attitude to burn, nerves of steel and a touch of spangles, sequins and sweat, delivering a personal fiery blend of rock’n’roll. The evening opens with a solo project from Vivianne Roy (Les Hay Babies).
Saturday, February 24, Club Soda
Activities for all in the new Chalet Bell!
Shows, videogames, workshops and tasting stations await festival fans in this new multifunctional space conceived for every audience taste. It’s the perfect warm spot for fun, to recharge and relax, right in the heart of the Place des Festivals.
Shows and Bell DJ/VJs
Musically, get ready for a slew of free concerts every day, for fans of chanson, rock, hip-hop, folk… In other words, something roe every taste! On the sked: Dubmatique (February 22), Heartstreets (February 23, presented by Osheaga) and Marie-Pierre Arthur (February 24, presented by Francos de Montréal).
Finally, the Bell DJs and VJs take over to get everyone grooving every evening from 8 p.m.: Domeno (February 22), TIZI (February 23) and Voyage Funktastique (February 24).
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., families can enjoy a variety of enlightening, creative workshops! Saturday, February 24, young people can discover the secrets of turntables, and Sunday, February 25, learn how to make jewelry using fiber optics.
It’s Happy Hour! Every day, we’ll throw a 5 à 7 organized around a different theme: mixology (February 23), microbrewery beer and Québec cheeses (February 24 and March 3), après-ski (March 1) and RDS (march 2) will spice up your early evenings with special menus.
Excitement on the outdoor site
The spectacular RBC Zip-line is back! A wild 200-metre descent powered by Arbraska, it’s an adrenalized experience zooming you over the entire outdoor site, from Balmoral almost all the way to St. Urbain. The departure point is located in the RBC Sports Zone.
Québec Maple Ferris Wheel
Enjoy the fresh air and a new perspective as you take a turn on the Québec Maple Ferris Wheel located in the heart of the Incredible World of Maple and admire the splendid view of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site.
The Reunion of the Mentor and his Students
February 19 and 20 — Maison Boulud — Five-course menu: $195 (taxes and service not included)
Maison Boulud celebrates knowledge by hosting three young Canadian chefs, along with Riccardo Bertolino, of course. These four emerging chefs, who continue to raise the bar of culinary art in Canada, will be gathered around their mentor, Daniel Boulud, to create a unique menu during the festival. Riccardo Bertolino has a deep knowledge of classics, having worked with the greatest chefs in France and with training in the European traditions. Patrick Kriss’ success story as the #1 restaurant in Canada gives testimony to his focus, talent, creativity, and ambition. Dale MacKay’ precision, passion and love for western Canada have made him one of the most talented Western Canadian chefs. Finally, Thomas Haas has an impressive background and is considered by Daniel Boulud as the best pastry chef in the country.
Maison Boulud Hosts Gaetano Trovato
February 24 — Maison Boulud — $125, before wine (taxes and service not included)
During MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chef Riccardo Bertolino and Maison Boulud will welcome Italian chef Gaetano Trovato of restaurant Arnolfo, one of Tuscany’s most essential gourmet destinations. Not only famed for the quality of the regional Italian products that he proudly uses in his cuisine, chef Trovato is renowned for his spectacular presentation of dishes that we might even describe as “culinary architecture.” He also teaches at the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine, where he shares his experience and know-how. These two great Sicilian chefs now meet for the first time ever to collaborate on a contemporary, elegant and succulent menu, in the tradition of the Maison Boulud, one of Montréal’s most refined and essential gourmet destinations. Make your reservations quickly, because this unique event will take place one night only.
Schedule of continuous activities
Thursday, February 22,and Friday, February 23: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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The 19th edition de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE runs from February 22 to March 4, 2018
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