Spotlight on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Activity suggestions for March 1 to 4
After a thrilling tribute to Serge Reggiani, Isabelle Boulay makes her passionate return to the stage with magnificent original songs written by some of the greats. Marking her 25th year as an artist, Isabelle has surrounded herself with veteran musicians to create a uniquely emotional moment for her audience. A major singer/performer and her singular voice in her element, treating us to her greatest hits and the terrific songs from her latest album. The real deal!
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve
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.
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., L’Astral
With an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield on the edge of the taiga, Roman Zavada pushed his creative limits inspired by the aurora borealis, one of the most spectacular and majestic phenomena on Earth. An immersive performance in which Zavada proposes a dialogue between the piano’s resonances and the northern lights captured in real time in 360 degrees.
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Gesù
Random Recipe wear the name well. A fine mixture of human warmth, originality and international musical inspiration, the Montreal outfit presents a hybrid sound unique in its genre, with an absolute lack of pretension enhancing their already fascinating performances.
Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Club Soda
Kim Churchill lives for his guitar, combining redoubtable technique, complex picking, percussion on the neck and soundbox, two-handed tapping, harmonica, foot percussion and a deep, moving voice. Kim Churchill is a natural performer gifted with virtuosity and humility. He’s here with a new album!
Friday, March 2, 8 p.m., Club Soda
Lary Kidd with special guests Joe Rocca, Imposs and Karim Ouellet
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.
Friday, March 2, 8 p.m., L’Astral
This talented British singer-songwriter leaves 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.
Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m., L’Astral
Stunning American jazz singer Stacey Kent has won over a major audience with her crystalline voice and a sparkling discography awarded a number of gold records. She’s back with her latest release, due this fall, a magnificent, dazzling fusion of harmony, beauty and intensity.
Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve
Thursday, March 1, the action begins at 5 p.m.! Get cozy during a special “après-ski” happy hour, with mulled wine and comforting dishes, while actors from Le Chalet TV show meet the fans. At 7 p.m., get the party started as Aliocha steps onstage (presented by Osheaga), followed at 8 p.m. by the Bell DJ/VJ duo LUDO and Yaneek.
Get ready for a slew of free shows during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s last weekend! On the sked:
Eman X Vlooper (March 2, presented by Francos de Montréal), and Canailles (March 3), followed by Toddy Flores + Zack Cola with the Gotsoul Sessions for the Nuit blanche (March 3).
Sunday, March 4, 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 Alphé Gagné (March 4), performers will include Martin Perizollo, Les Grandes Crues, Didier Lambert, Arnaud Soly, Maude Landry and Guillaume Beauregard (March 4).
A Montréal Canadiens theme night in collaboration with RDS will be held on Friday, March 2, with several surprises, including the presence of former Habs players during happy hour, and the live broadcast of the Canadiens vs. New York Islanders match.
Free Outdoor Family activities
The Énergir Stage located on Ste. Catherine St. in front of the Musée d’art contemporain is the place to be for live shows! This original and dazzling program will deliver moments of musical passion that will leave fans with magical memories. On March 3 & 4 (3 p.m.), Atchoum trades her balloons for a guitar and a rock vibe guaranteed to get fans of all ages tapping their feet to the beat and falling for her many charms all over again. Every evening at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., experience the powerful fiery illumination of the Black-Light show. On March 2, Montréal DJ MONTANA gets the crowd moving at 8 p.m. And on March 3 (Nuit blanche), from 11 p.m., Bell DJs jojoflores & Cesar take over the wheels of steel for their Bang Bang the Boogie soirée with special guest Quicksound Live!
Slides 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.
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 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.
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.
The New School
March 1 — Mousso — $150 (taxes, wine and service not included)
Looking for the New School? Meet Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, Sean MacDonald, Matt Lambert and Atsushi Tanaka. Like the Nouvelle Vague in film, this “Nouvelle École” in gastronomy is not solely the result of revolutionary culinary techniques, but also the immediate product of an assemblage of a number of next generation chefs—one that began on Instagram and culminated in an encounter at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. How? With Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, we’ve discovered that everything is possible! The virtual encounter began when the four chefs mutually admired photos of culinary creations from their respective restaurants. A desire was sparked to transform that virtual admiration into reality: they decided to connect in the flesh to share their common passion for gourmet presentation, in the same kitchen. Now, this unique encounter between culinary artists will happen in the kitchens of restaurant Le Mousso, for one night only during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. On the menu: bedazzlement for the eyes, wonderment for the taste buds.
Belgium in the spotlight at the Restaurant de l’ITHQ
February 27 to March 3
Chef: Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem
with: Emmanuel Simon, Jean-Baptiste Thomaes, Johan Forton, Laurent Devos
Come savour the flavours of Belgium during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! Discover delicious Belgian specialties with our distinguished guests: chef Jean-Baptiste Thomaes from Le Château du Mylord (two Michelin stars) as well as culinary workshop supervisor Johan Forton and pastry maker Emmanuel Simon, who both hail from the Institut Emile Gryzon in Brussels. During the evening, beer expert Laurent Devos from the Institut Roger Lambion and sommelier Eric Chevrier from the ITHQ will offer you a sweet accord. This Belgian delegation will be joined by the Restaurant de l’ITHQ’s executive chef, Jonathan Lapierre, and by a brigade of students supervised by chef and professor Benoît Lenglet.
The Bocuse Event at La Chronique
February 27 to March 3 — La Chronique — Five-course menu: $85 (taxes, wine and service not included)
La Chronique, a classic of French gastronomy in Montréal, presents a five-course menu of signature dishes inspired by the legendary Paul Bocuse, first honorary president of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.
Boreale tasting evening
March 2 and 3 – Celebrating knowledge
Chefs: Rémi Brunelle
with: Martin Brisson
Martin Brisson is the executive chef of La Galouïne Auberge & Restaurant and the founder of Terroir Boréal and in Tadoussac. This chef of indigenous descent creates uniquely flavoured dishes, such as his home-made smoked ham, duck magret, and salmon. He also offers a wide range of artisanal products, including spreads, syrups, ketchups, onion confits, fleur de sel with boreal flavours, spices, wild mushrooms, and Labrador tea flavoured with berries from the boreal forest. For this unique tasting evening, Martin shares his culinary art spotlighting beautiful boreal flavours.
Sugar shack at Valois
March 3 (9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and March 4 (9 a.m.) – Brunches and lunches
Chef: Nicolas San José
Given the incredible success of this activity last year, Valois has decided to repeat the experience. We are pleased to bring you a brunch menu highlighting delicious maple products. Dishes are to be passed around the table and shared, in true cabane à sucre tradition.
Schedule of continuous activities
Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, March 4: 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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