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FINALLY: It’s MEL time!

Opening of the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Spotlight – Second edition



The voice of a siren, an otherworldly presence and a musical universe as gorgeous as it is delicate… Immediately registering as one of the most fascinating voices on the scene from the release of her debut, You & I, Ala.Ni bewitches her audience with grace and aplomb. An irresistible encounter with a brilliant artist in the intimacy of the Gesù!
Thursday, February 22, Gesù

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

Gabrielle ShonkGabrielle Shonk
Once her first single, Habit, racked up one million listens on Spotify, the record labels came calling: she would go on to sign with Universal. She’s finally here to present her folk-soul material, pouring her rich voice into songs steeped in maturity. A diamond in the rough, with a disarming authenticity.
Friday, February 23, L’Astral

Gregory Porter
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

David Myles
David Myles

With his refined sensibility and an irresistible groove, Maritimes singer-songwriter David Myles launches a 10th album, Real Love. He’s stepped away from the pop sound of previous albums without abandoning it, celebrating the sound of the ‘50s (a move that suits him perfectly, by the way). It’s a joyous, danceable and very rock’n’roll album sure to fully come to life onstage.
Saturday, February 24, Gesù

Les Deuxluxes
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

Alain 3Alain Lefèvre – Récital-bénéfice pour les enfants-réfugiés haïtiens
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and the Maison d’Haïti proudly present a special benefit concert starring internationally renowned piano virtuoso Alain Lefèvre, preceded by talented Haitian-born pianist David Bontemps. The two musicians will present some of their preferred compositions, alternating with favourite pieces from the classical repertoire. All profits generated by the evening will help finance the activities of the Byenvini à Montréal project.
Sunday, February 25, Gesù

Activities for all in the new Chalet Bell!

Bell is proud to bring Chalet Bell to the heart of Place des Festivals and offer a unique program that will appeal to all festival-goers,” said Martine Turcotte, Bell’s Vice Chair, Québec. “Showcasing technological innovations and offering workshops for the whole family, happy hour themes and a variety of live musical performances, Chalet Bell is a welcoming gathering place for visitors to warm up while enjoying the celebrations.



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).

Sunday, February 25, it’s time for comedy! From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., a dozen comics will take turns onstage in a laugh-riot marathon. Hosted by Richardson Zéphir, performers will include Olivier Martineau, Yannick De Martino, Mehdi Bousaidan, Sylvi Tourigny, Mélanie Ghanimé and David Beaucage.

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).

Excitement on the outdoor site!

RBC Sports Zone
Time to test your athletic abilities! Alone or as part of a team, festival fans are invited to test their mettle on a circuit of four fun, dynamic installations conceived around the Olympic theme: ice hockey, cross-country skiing, mogul skiing and basketball. Win fun prizes! Who will be the rookie of the year? Guaranteed fun for sports fans of all ages! Also, chill out on Adirondack chairs in front of a fireplace and grill sausages and marshmallows on the RBC braziers located throughout the festival site.

Many of our own Canadian Olympic stars will even stop by the CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic Zone to meet the public. RBC Olympic Athletes will include swimming champion Sandrine Mainville, synchro swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau and famed female hockey player Caroline Ouellette.

glissade_laitSlides and games in the Milk Family Fun Zone
Located near the Musée d’art contemporain and easily accessible via Ste. Catherine St. W., the Milk Family Fun Zone is the perfect spot for a good time with the kids. Enjoy giant board games, and slides for the whole clan, including the super Milk Urban Ice Slide and a new micro-slide conceived specially for the little ones.

Promutuel Assurance Photo Booth
A crew of agents crisscross the site, wearing huge digital balloons on their heads… No, you are not hallucinating! The Promutuel Assurance Squad is here to capture fans’ magical moments in a souvenir photo, which you can pick up at the kiosk. And pick up an added special gift!

Illuminart returns for its 2nd edition

For a 2nd consecutive year, Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal, will present its works free of charge in a reconceived and transformed urban space. In all, a dozen installations created by artists from home and abroad will be showcased around Place des Arts and on the Place des Festivals.

Nexus Viktor Vicsek (Netherlands) — Standing at the RBC Zip-line arrival tower, an immense luminous structure greets visitors to the site. A complex assemblage of 200 coloured interlocking tubes, Nexus symbolizes the social bonds forged between the inhabitants of a space and its new arrivals.
Nexus was created by Viktor Vicsek, produced by the Amsterdam Light Festival and presented by Light Art Collection and Illuminart.

DekyvereApparatus Florius — Tom Dekyvere (Belgium) — Installed at Place des Arts, this structure symbolizes the instinctive flow of a plant, taking over the city in search of light. The work questions the balance between the human adaptation and digitalization of our natural environment.
Artist Tom Dekyvere explores the deeper layers of reality and mind. His work probes for unexpected connections, in search of the boundaries between nature and technology, between man and robot, between dead and living matter.


Maison Boulud Hosts Gaetano Trovato
February 24 — Maison Boulud — $125, before wine (taxes and service not included)

Gaetano TrovatoDuring 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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