Stephan Eicher, Bobby Bazini, Bruno Pelletier and Guy St-Onge with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Ne me quitte pas: a Tribute to Jacques Brel, Bryan Adams, Christine and the Queens, The Tragically Hip, Gladiator Live, Anna Aaron, Bastian Baker, The Wall Theater Experience,
Jay-Jay Johanson, Harry Manx…
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Montréal, Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — For its 16th edition, from Thursday, February 19 to Sunday, March 1, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is getting ready to revitalize our winter, with an energized and exciting artistic program. Today, the winter urban event presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell unveils a panoply of performances, from theatre to classical music, from dance to the blues—with a special spotlight on artists from Switzerland, the featured country of this edition—guaranteed to thrill festival fans of every genre. The real challenge will be in picking and choosing from among the incredible range of shows, premieres and surprises! Tickets go on sale Friday, November 7 at noon… although Infolettre Spectra subscribers can purchase them in an exclusive pre-sale tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.!
Stephan Eicher and Bobby Bazini
honorary co-presidents of the artistic program
Stephan Eicher. This artistic ambassador from our featured country performs the closing festival concert, offering a completely unprecedented format, presenting a new way of making music: recalling his early days in music, he’ll take the stage “solo”… unless you count the machines accompanying him! It’s an incredible new perspective on his greatest hits—featuring lyrics often written by his collaborator, author Philippe Djian—including Déjeuner en paix and Tu ne me dois rien. February 28, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA.
In another register, our Québécois honorary co-president has a loooong and very bright future ahead of him. Bobby Bazini shook up the Place des Festivals during the most recent edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and earned a gold album for his most recent release Where I Belong, recorded in Los Angeles with legendary producer Larry Klein. With his captivating voice, easy charm and wonderful songs accented by folk and soul, the Mont-Laurier native is ready to heat up our winter and rock Métropolis. Get ready to be hooked! Presented in collaboration with Rouge FM. February 26, 8 p.m., Métropolis.
An opening show blending music and film
Bruno Pelletier and Guy St-Onge with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Musique et cinéma, une rencontre — Two leading figures on the Québécois music scene, Bruno Pelletier and Guy St-Onge joined forces in a project last year: Musique et cinéma, a double album in which the charismatic singer and brilliant pianist revisited theme songs from film soundtracks, from Bagdad Cafe to West Side Story, Phil Collins to the The Cure. As successful as it was ambitious, the project will be presented to the public in a symphonic version with the Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted for the occasion by the very versatile Guy St-Onge. Immense. Presented by RBC in collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada. February 19, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA.
More and more Montreal premieres!
It’s official: artists deeply appreciate the visibility offered by MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Along with Bobby Bazini and the Pelletier‑St-Onge tandem, here is an array of performers who’ve specifically chosen our festival to launch their latest show or make their triumphant return to the Montreal stage:
Stefie Shock — Stefie Shock lands with songs from a new album, a crossroads throwdown between disco and funk, French chanson and Latin rhythms: Avant l’aube, featuring the dancefloor-smash single Want You to Want Me! You’ll find all of his favourite themes: love, perdition and the quest for existential meaning, along with the Stefie-style versions of Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen and the classic Madame Rêve by Alain Bashung. Pure joy. Presented in collaboration with CKOI. February 19, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Daran. Opening act: Gael Faure — A free-spirited artist with a singular career trajectory, Daran brings us his most recent work, released in October: Le monde perdu, an entirely acoustic album focused on guitar, vocals and harmonica, with early singles revealing a moving, profound and deeply personal sound and sensibility. Born in France and an adoptive Québécois, he rides into MEL to unveil the opus for us. February 20, 8 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité.
Harry Manx solo — A tireless musical explorer, the inspired bluesman arrives with pieces from a new album due in January, 20 Strings & the Truth, an instrumental work spotlighting the Mohan Veena, Manx’s favourite instrument. Revealing a subtle and engaging aural fusion that plunges deep into the sounds of Indian raga, the album sets us on a musical voyage to the edge of nirvana. February 26, 8 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité.
Mara Tremblay. Opening act: Catherine Leduc (Pleins feux sur la relève series in collaboration with Bell) — Five years after winning critical acclaim with Tu m’intimides, Mara Tremblay fulfills our (huge) expectations with a new album, À la manière des anges, written and composed entirely by her. Accompanied by faithful sidemen Olivier Langevin and Pierre Girard, the rockeuse is in peak artistic form and heads in to thrill Club Soda with her contagious energy and charm. Presented in collaboration with MusiMax. February 24, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Jérôme Couture — Discovered by the TV audience in the 2012 edition of La Voix, Jérôme Couture burst forth fully formed with his debut album, hitting #1 on the BDS charts with his first single Goodbye Girl… but to truly understand the Couture effect, he must be experienced live in concert! A performer at the Francos in 2014 and on a non-stop tour ever since, he proves night after night that the stage is his natural habitat, owning it with passionate, convincing performances. Presented in collaboration with CKOI. February 25, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Marie-Pierre Arthur — After the eye-catching success of Aux alentours (2012), expectations were high: and here’s a new Marie-Pierre Arthur album, with the artist accompanied by star collaborators including François Lafontaine (Karkwa) and delivering a ton of musical promise. We’re thrilled to reconnect with the Québécoise rockeuse, with her fiery bass and soaring voice, now a leading figure on the new Québec songwriting scene and winner of the 2012 Prix Félix-Leclerc. February 26, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Guillaume Beauregard — Taking a break from Vulgaires Machins, singer Guillaume Beauregard arrives with a solo project far from the addictive punk rock we’re accustomed to hearing. The seditious tendencies have given way to love songs and bright guitar, a perfectly-turned folk outing with a first single, Cadeau du ciel, that is catchy beyond belief. A most promising solo debut. February 25, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Queen KA, Chrysalides — It is the moment of mutation, it is at once the beginning and the end, it is the hibernation that can only exist if spring will one day come. Accompanied by Blaise Borboën-Léonard and Stephane Leclerc, with lighting design by Alexandre Péloquin and directed by Yann Perreau, Queen KA presents Chrysalides. Pleins feux sur la relève series, in collaboration with Bell. February 26 and 27, 8 p.m., Théâtre de Quat’Sous.
Ne me quitte pas: a Tribute to Jacques Brel — Final Montreal performance! Our finest voices join forces to pay tribute to Jacques Brel in an unforgettable concert, accompanied by pianist Benoît Sarrasin and projections on a giant screen, directed by Luc De Larochellière. It’s a concert event that, after packing the Maison symphonique as the closing show of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE in 2012, reaches out to the entire province with a one-of-a-kind tour. Also starring Marc Hervieux, Isabelle Boulay, Bïa, Bruno Pelletier, Danielle Oddera, Diane Tell, Marie-Élaine Thibert, Paul Piché and Pierre Flynn. February 25, 8 p.m. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.
Christine and the Queens. Opening act: Kadebostany — The great surprise of 2014 in France—selling out L’Olympia in Paris in less than an hour—Christine and The Queens (aka Héloïse Letissier) finally arrives in Montreal with an impressive stage reputation. Heads up: here comes a phenomenon! Opening the evening, make way for a magnificent discovery—a rising Swiss group with a strong concept-personality, fusing Balkan brass and electronica rhythms with soulful vocals: Kadebostany! Presented in collaboration with MusiquePlus. February 19, 8 p.m. Métropolis.
Anna Aaron —Three years after her smashingly successful album Dogs in Spirit, the singer, pianist and composer from Basel returns to action with Neuro, a dense, tortuous, haunted opus. Rooted in and inspired by the iconic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson, Neuro is both dizzying and profound, opening the door to a mystical and melancholy world of sound. February 27, 8 p.m., L’Astral.
Bastian Baker — At barely 23, Bastian Baker just may be the next international star to emerge from Switzerland. After hitting #1 on the charts in his native land, packing L’Olympia in Paris and performing all over Europe, he lands in Québec with his matinee-idol looks and catchy pop that flirts with folk and rock. Some are even beginning to whisper that he may be the Swiss answer to Roch Voisine… February 20, 8 p.m., L’Astral.
The Wall Theater Experience — It’s a recreation that verges on legend-making live adventure: The Wall, the monumental, landmark Pink Floyd album, but also the film, brought to life as a vivid visual and aural experience. Staged by the Vikings team since 2011 and seen by over 50,000 fans, this is a never-before-seen production, with Sébastien Lacombe incarnating Roger Waters’ vision. Presented in collaboration with CHOM. February 20, 8 p.m., Métropolis.
Kaki King, The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body — Brooklyn guitar virtuoso Kaki King arrives with a singularly stunning and visionary new project. The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body is an extraordinary visual and aural experience, a reflection of the artist and his ceaseless quest for creative innovation. The heart of the concept: the guitar, Kaki King’s instrument, transformed into both a sonic instrument and a luminous screen (!) shape-shifting according to projected images. An elite rendezvous with an exceptional musician. February 27, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Jay-Jay Johanson — This eternal romantic is the master behind a unique musical tapestry weaving between electronica, jazz and trip-hop, straight from the musical imagination of a man possessed. Almost twenty years into a career spent exploring the borders of musical enchantment, the Swedish artist finally returns to Québec with pieces from his 10th album. And given the delicate, exquisitely stratospheric artistic exploits we’ve become accustomed to, we’re expecting nothing less than a trip to 7th heaven. February 21, 8 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité.
Fire/Works and Bears of Legend. Double bill — On one hand, Montreal folk duo Fire/Works, alias Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé, whose album Shenanigans is setting off sparks. On the other, Bears of Legend, the rampantly successful Trois-RIvières septet whose debut album, Welcome, Motherland, embraces rock, folk and waltzing rhythms. Pleins feux sur la relève series in collaboration with Bell. February 21, 8 p.m., Club Soda.
Steve Hill. Opening act: Heymoonshaker — He’s a Guitar Hero who ranks among the most knockout-impressive performers in La Belle Province. The proof? This solo concert in which he’ll blow minds with his habitual wicked guitar licks, playing drums and percussion with his feet, blowing harmonica and playing a cymbal with a drumstick attached to his guitar! Opening the evening, a couple of New Zealand dudes who make up a most improbable duo, in which a singer-guitarist and beatboxer shake up blues and hip-hop: Heymoonshaker. February 19, 8 p.m., L’Astral.
Whitehorse — A couple in real life as well as onstage, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland make up Ontario duo Whitehorse, weaving a sexy and febrile folk-rock, a lively, spellbinding sound perfectly enhanced by exquisite harmonies and hot guitar. With a new album, Leave No Bridge Unburned, the duo continues its conquest of the Québec audience with spirit and passion. February 21, 8 p.m., L’Astral.
Matt Schofield — UK guitarist Matt Schofield is riding a wave of ever-growing popularity. Cited as the best blues guitarist to appear in decades by the L.A. Times, named one of the 10 best British guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass Magazine, he arrives with his latest, Far As I Can See, proudly working in the legacies of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmie Vaughan and Albert King. February 26, 8 p.m., L’Astral.
Betty Bonifassi, Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir (Songs of Slavery, Songs of Hope) — Identified with Triplettes de Belleville, Champion et ses G-Strings and Beast, Betty Bonifassi returns solo with Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoir, a tribute to black songs from the ’20s—songs from prisons, forced labour camps, the railroad and field calls — born of the need to survive often inhuman working conditions. Goose bumps guaranteed! February 28, 8 p.m., L’Astral.
Alejandra Ribera — She is one of those artists who must absolutely be experienced live. Her latest album, La boca, pours forth a cocktail of musical influences including folk-Latin, jazz, cabaret and pop, delivered in a sublime voice with a rare intensity pitched somewhere between Lhasa, Tom Waits and Édith Piaf. Add in a passionate, inspiring stage presence and devastating charisma, and we all fall under the spell elegantly tattooed on her right wrist: escuchame, “listen to me.” With pleasure… February 27, 8 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité.
The Tragically Hip — This truly landmark Canadian group is beloved and renowned for its brilliant career, racking up 8 million albums sold and 14 Juno Awards scooped up through a 13-album discography. Among them, the classic Fully Completely topped the Canadian charts and was certified for diamond sales. In proper celebration of the special re-release of the album, the group plugs back into its deep, empowering voltage. Presented in collaboration with evenko and CHOM. February 20, 8 p.m., Centre Bell.
Bryan Adams — The legendary multi-platinum Canadian rocker lands in the Centre Bell for a large-scale tribute to Reckless, the album that propelled him to global stardom 30 years ago! It’s the opportunity to reconnect with a repertoire studded with rock classics including such timeless songs as Summer of 69, Kids Wanna Rock, Run to You, Somebody and It’s Only Love. Presented in collaboration with evenko. February 23 and 27 (sold out), 8 p.m., Centre Bell.
Kongos — Leaping from their native South Africa to their adoptive Arizona with a stop in the UK, the four Kongos brothers craft a unique sound. Their debut album, Lunatic, is memorable for its blend of alt-rock, folk instrumentation and terrific guitar, delivering soaring epic soundscapes reminiscent of U2. Energetic and brilliant. Presented in collaboration with evenko. February 21, 8 p.m., Métropolis.
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith with Hayden, Astral Swans — Hailing from the Vancouver folk-rock scene, double-Juno winner Dan Mangan has taken a bold turn with a recent project named Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. In January, we’ll discover the album Club Meds, with textures of hazy electronica and alternative rock, loops and synthesizers, and emotional touches recalling Peter Gabriel and Radiohead. Presented in collaboration with evenko. February 21, 8 p.m., Théâtre Corona.
Fièvre gospel (Gospel Fever) — The oldest stone chapel in Montreal brings us the untameable spirit of gospel. The program features 4 magical shows that will shake the soul and have everyone dancing and singing to the soaring sound of gospel choirs: Groupe vocal Diversion on February 20, Montreal Gospel Choir on February 21, Sandra Étienne and guests on February 27 and, especially for the Nuit blanche, three performances by Voxapella on February 28 (8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight). Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours.
McGill Jazz Orchestra I — Led by jazz trumpeter and composer Andy King, McGill Jazz Orchestra I brings a personal touch to the challenging and exciting repertoire of Canadian traditional and contemporary jazz masterworks, as well as music composed by the students of the Schulich School of Music’s Jazz program. February 23, 7:30 p.m., Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University.
Schulich in concert: Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes — Twice nominated for a Grammy, these married jazz pianists assemble to perform timeless jazz selections. Distinguished guests of the Catherine Thornhill Steele chair, both pianists have been praised for representing the upper echelon of contemporary jazz piano aesthetics and rank among the finest pianists in the world. A unique duo! February 26, 7:30 p.m., Pollack Hall, McGill University.
Alex Nevsky — After his his debut album De lune l’aube, Alex Nevsky returns with Himalaya mon amour, produced by Alex McMahon (Catherine Major, Ariane Moffatt…). Onstage, Nevsky is a poet, a tenderhearted rocker and a natural stage performer who is especially spontaneous, touching and utterly on-point. Small wonder he just won 3 Félix awards—Male performer, Pop album and Song of the Year! February 19, 8 p.m., La Tulipe.
Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé — She’s transformed music into her own wild garden, harvesting brilliance everywhere she turns. With a touch of cynicism, a spark of humour and energy, she speaks in images, with vulnerability, originality and daring. Don’t miss this bold, unique new artist… Pleins feux sur la relève series in collaboration with Bell. February 26, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or.
Andréanne A. Malette, Bohèmes — Striking lyrics, catchy melodies, a welcome breath of fresh air onstage: singer-songwriter Andréanne A. Malette presents a highly anticipated and entertaining debut solo show featuring captivating folk-pop songs. We all remember Andréanne and her burning passion from the Star Académie 2012 tour; now experience that energy in an intimate and unique concert! February 27, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or.
Speakeasy en Lumières! — Born in semi-secrecy in a Montreal loft three years ago, the monthly Speakeasy Electro Swing evenings hosted by Eliazar, Don Mescal and Khalil marry the music of the first Great Depression to the technology of the second… and it all swings like mad! Inspired musicians, swing classes, performances, circus arts and burlesque add to the wildness! February 20, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or.
Tim Brady, Freebirds — It’s electric guitar as you’d never have dreamed of it, from “One of the 30 Most Important Guitarists for the Future of the Instrument” according to Guitar Player—a virtuoso solo performance, a one-man orchestra with digital technology, stunning HD videos and HD sounds. Two premieres (by Louis Dufour and by Brady) and two pieces from his repertoire: Freebirds (Jean Piché) and Simple Loops in Complex Times (Brady). Presented in collaboration with Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. March 1, 7 p.m., Agora Hydro-Québec.
Antoine Corriveau — Les Ombres Longues captures the poetic rage and turbulence of Québec’s “Printemps érable” and the sad yet luminous tenderness of lost loves. Corriveau’s deep, raspy voice and the guitars, tribal drums, keyboards and cello come together in a unique show, enhanced and enlivened by mysterious lighting. Pleins feux sur la relève series in collaboration with Bell. February 22, 8 p.m., Le Verre Bouteille.
Dinner-shows in Le Balcon:
Glam Cabaret — Texas singer Meredith Marshall, accompanied by her 6-piece orchestra, takes on the greatest hits of cabaret. An evening of hot jazz! February 20, 8:30 p.m.
The Legends of Soul: Tribute to Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Barry White, Earth, Wind & Fire and many others with Carlos Morgan and his musicians. February 21, 8:30 p.m.
Édith Piaf: ma vie en rose et noir — Claire Garand embodies “La Môme,” with a voice as powerful as the legend herself, and recounts her life story “en rose et noir” through her greatest songs. An incredibly rich and moving tribute. February 25, 8 p.m.
The Best of the ’60s in Le Balcon — Tribute to The Beatles, The Temptations, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder with The Heads. February 27, 8:30 p.m.
Gladiator Live — One of the most popular epic films of all time, Gladiator (winner of five Oscars), starring Russell Crowe, finally comes to us in a stage version! The score by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard leaps to life with a symphony orchestra and choir conducted by Justin Freer while the film is projected in HD on a giant screen. A major Montreal premiere. Original version with French subtitles. February 21 (8 p.m.) and 22 (3 p.m.), Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA.
Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music, La consolation du cœur — A concert dedicated to one of the most tumultuous periods in world history, the 30 Years’ War, featuring 5 German composers from the baroque era, Dietrich Buxtehüde (1637-1707), Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703), Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623-1680), Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722) and Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697). February 23, 5:30 p.m., Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours.
I Musici de Montréal, Klezmer Without Borders — It’s a blend of popular music from yesterday and today, a tour de force of klezmer, the traditional Jewish music, successfully delivered by the outfit known as Magillah. Joining forces with the classical tradition of I Musici, Magillah broadens our horizons even further. Conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Special guest group: Magillah. Presented in collaboration with Radio Classique 99,5. February 19 (11 a.m.), February 20 (11 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.) and February 21 (2 p.m.), Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur.
Schulich in concert: Dénes Várjon, piano — The power and freshness of Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon’s playing have made him a regular at the world’s most prestigious music festivals, and found him performing with major orchestras throughout Europe. His intimate recital will focus on works by Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel and Bartók. February 19, 7:30 p.m., Pollack Hall, McGill University.
Schulich in concert: Jacqueline Leclair, oboe; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; Brad Balliett, bassoon — This modern reed trio delivers a unique sound and repertoire in an eclectic and captivating evening of contemporary music for wind instruments, including two world premieres and one piece featuring electronic music! February 25, 7:30 p.m., Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University.
Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin/alto, and Julie Hereish, cello, February 23, 7:30 p.m., and Byungchan Lee, violin, and Xiaoyu Liu, piano, February 25, 7:30 p.m. — Discover the remarkable talents of the future Canadian stars of classical music as showcased on CBC’s Next! Program, part of the 36th edition of the CBC/McGill series hosted by Jeanette Kelly. Top-flight chamber music! Recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert. Redpath Hall, McGill University.
Ensemble Caprice, Cantatas: Depth and Consolation — Part of the epic series of performances of the entire J. S. Bach cantata oeuvre, an initiative of Fondation Arte Musica. This program includes two cantatas composed on the occasion of the passing of major figures: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbest Zeit, BWV 106, “Actus Tragicus”, and Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl, BWV 198, “Trauerod”. With conductor Matthias Maute. February 22, 2 p.m., Bourgie Hall (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts).
McGill Chamber Orchestra, Poetry in Music — It’s a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of MCO founder Alexander Brott, featuring two works by the late composer: Mini Minus and Sept for Seven. Also on the program: Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Soldier’s Tale. Quebec actor Jean Marchand will read lyrics to the works by Brott, and will also perform all the roles in this parable by Stravinsky. February 24, 7:30 p.m., Bourgie Hall (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts).
Les Violons du Roy — Les Violons du Roy present an incredible program centered around La revue de cuisine by Martinu. With Vincent Boilard (oboe) and Mathieu Lussier (bassoon). Stravinski, Concerto in D; Martinu, La revue de cuisine; Haydn, Sinfonia concertante in B-flat major for oboe, bassoon, violin and cello; Mozart, Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338. February 27, 7:30 p.m., and February 28, 3 p.m., Bourgie Hall (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts).
Ensemble Montréal Tango, The Heart of Argentinean Music — Brilliant Argentinean pianist Victor Simon transports us to his native land with the exotic accents of its music. A voyage to the heart of Argentinean dance, tango and folklore! February 19, 6 p.m., Bourgie Hall (Montréal Museum of Fine Arts).
Trio Fibonacci, La Fusée de Mannheim — In the 18th century, Mannheim was a gleaming musical locus, with a famed orchestra considered the finest in Europe. The innovative musicians there began to explore the specific qualities that made up Viennese classicism: a balance of form and expression, particularly revealed in the works of dans Haydn and Mozart, and brought back to life by the Trio Fibonacci! February 25, 7:30 p.m., Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur.
McGill Symphony Orchestra, Turangalîla-Symphonie — This signature piece by Messiaen, a monumental 20th century work, features an immense and powerful orchestral palette in a novel symphonic expression. Alexis Hauser, conductor; Kyoko Hashimoto, piano; Estelle Lemire, ondes Martenot. Composed by Olivier Messiaen. Presented in collaboration with Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. February 27, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal.
McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, Le Nubi — Five composers integrate “techno” tools into a deluge of sound. The heart of the show is an impressive machine creating computer-controlled raindrops, and works coloured by nature and technology created by a handful of well-established and next-generation composers. Artistic director: Guillaume Bourgogne. Works by Mauro Lanza, Rui Penha, Misato Mochizuki, Brice Gatinet and Fabien Lévy. Presented in collaboration with Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. February 26 and 28, 9 p.m., Music Multimedia Room, McGill University.
Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Atlantide — Opening the Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques festival, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) reawakens the legend of Atlantis with this utterly titanic concert: 15 singers and 23 musicians plunge into the renowned, purportedly unplayable piece. Direction: Walter Boudreau, works by Michel-Georges Brégent, John Cage and Edgar Varèse. Presented in collaboration with Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. February 26, 7 p.m., Salle Pierre-Mercure (Centre Pierre-Péladeau de l’UQAM).
L’Ensemble Mruta Mertsi and Grand Chœur Bref, Les Papes hurlants (The Screaming Popes) — Inspired by the imagery of Francis Bacon’s Screaming Popes paintings, this performance assembles invented instruments, wind instruments, strings and 150 voices, transforming Complexe Desjardins into a modern-day cathedral! Direction: André Pappathomas. Works by André Pappathomas and Rachel Burman. Presented in collaboration with Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques. February 28, 11 p.m., Complexe Desjardins.
Dans la république du bonheur by Martin Crimp — A family’s seemingly close-knit Christmas dinner is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of “Uncle Bob.” The deeply moving piece spotlights that which we see and feel, and more specifically, that which we would rather not see or feel. Directed by Christian Lapointe. With a cast including Ève Landry and David Giguère. February 19 to 28 (intermission February 22 and 23), Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts.
Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf ? (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) by Edward Albee — At 2 a.m., a well-to-do couple returns home after a boozy night out. Like a pair of caged beasts, they wreak psychological carnage upon one another in a no-holds-barred fight to the finish until the epiphany of dawn. The legendary play presents a vitriolic portrait of ’50s American bourgeoisie and its social and conjugal hypocrisies. February 18 to March 28, 7:30 p.m., Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, Place des Arts.
Théâtre tout court, XIV — La fierté geek — In a cabaret ambience, up-and-coming actors and veterans of the stage present short, 10-minute theatrical pieces that are sometimes surprising, sometimes amusing, often created specifically for the event, but also taken from the company repertoire. Artistic direction: Serge Mandeville and Véronick Raymond. February 24 to 27, 7 p.m., and February 28, 8 p.m., La Petite Licorne.
La Cantatrice chauve (The Bald Soprano) followed by La Leçon (The Lesson) — Two of the founding pieces of Theatre of the Absurd! The Bald Soprano is an irresistible dialogue between two couples who have nothing left to say to one another, a waonky pendulum clock, a maid who thinks she’s Sherlock Holmes and a fire captain. The Lesson is a duet between a confused, lustful professor and an insolent student… Directed by: Frédéric Dubois. With Simon Dépot, Monelle Guertin, Éliot Laprise, Catherine Larochelle, Pierre Limoges and Ansie St-Martin. February 6 to 28, various times, Salle Denise-Pelletier, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.
Victor Hugo, mon amour — 23,650 letters in a 50-year love affair! Inspired by the monumental correspondence between Victor Hugo and Juliette Drouet, author Anthéa Sogno created this piece capturing the major moments in their romantic, literary and political lives. Presented here for the first time in Québec, the piece has been performed over 650 times in France. Directed by Léo Munger. With Olivier L’Écuyer and Catherine Bütikofer. February 11 to 28, various times, Salle Fred-Barry, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier.
The Goodnight Bird — A mysterious vagrant lands on the balcony of a long-married couple, provoking unexpected revelations about their lives, marriage and solitude, and a mad desire to take risks and take adventurous flight into the night. A comedic drama by Colleen Murphy, winner of a Governor General Award. Directed by: Roy Surette. With Nicola Cavendish, Graham Cuthbertson and Chris Hunt. February 24 to March 1, various times, Centaur Theatre.
We Are Not Alone — Every day there are new reported sightings of mysterious craft in the skies, grainy videos of humanoid forms moving in the shadows, unexplained and complex crop circles that appear overnight… An obsessive, provocative solo performance by ingenious actor and writer Damien Atkins. February 22 to March 1, Studio, Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
Forever Plaid — On their way to their first big concert, four singers are involved in a car accident and take a detour to heaven. However, Divine Providence offers them one last chance to make their dream come true in one final shot at glory… One of the most popular musical revues of our time, stacked with the greatest hits of the ’50s. February 19 to 22, Segal Theatre, Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
Le misanthrope by Molière — Alceste demands nothing less than absolute sincerity from his friends and denounces the hypocrisy and wickeness of mankind. It is a virtue that, in him, becomes a flaw. Against his own judgement, he has set his sights on Célimène, a flirt who embodies everything he loathes. Nevertheless, he hopes his love will convince her to drop everything and run away with him. Directed by Michel Monty. With Bénédicte Décary, François Papineau, Luc Bourgeois, Catherine De Léan, Stéphane Jacques, Frédéric Pierre, Mathieu Richard, David Savard and Isabelle Vincent. February 3 to 28, various times, Théâtre du Rideau-Vert.
The Nisei & The Narnauks — We follow the voyage of a young Nisei (Japanese Canadian) girl from an internment camp in the Slocan Valley. Crossing British Columbia, Kimiko encounters fantastical figures from Haïda mythology along her way. Written and directed by Paul Van Dyck. Recounted onstage by the heroine’s granddaughter, the piece reveals a little-known slice of Canadian history. With Vanessa Tsamu. (In English). February 5 to 22, 8 p.m., MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).
La Vecchia Vacca — It’s a creative, obsessive and very personal portrait of Mother Italy, family and sunshine, served with a side of Nutella. Three women focus their ceaseless attention on a young man who moos like a calf, vainly trying to escape the inevitable: endlessly playing out the patterns of his first and only love relationship, with his mother, all set against a backdrop of music from’60s Italian TV shows. February 17 to 21 (Tuesday to Saturday), 8 p.m., Théâtre La Chapelle.
DTC (on est bien) — Four individuals, each wearing a speaker strapped to his or her body emitting monotonous, robotic GPS voices (generated by text-to-speech software), relating the Genesis narrative in a naïve manner. A disturbing and nonetheless comical discrepancy emerges between the cold neutrality of the virtual voices and the four very organic bodies. February 24 to 28 (Tuesday to Saturday), 8 p.m., Théâtre La Chapelle.
Cabaret Gravel — An unabashed rock performance event, somewhere between concert and choreography, featuring the new wave of Québécois artists, musicians, singers, dancers and actors. A mutlti-disciplinary and utterly irreverent artist, Frédérick Gravel unleashes a genuine cultural and disciplinary transversality. February 28, 8 p.m., Usine C.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Sadler’s Wells), m¡longa — A stunning celebration of tango with 10 masters of Argentinean tango, a couple of contemporary dancers, a 5-piece orchestra and images of Buenos Aires that will make you feel like you’re there! With m¡longa, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui captures and exalts the essence of tango, revealing its hidden facets. The fever is contagious. February 17 to 21, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts.
Danse K par K, Danse de garçons — Seven men, seven performers bravely choose silence to make themselves heard, expressing themselves with their bodies. In this piece, there are no words to hide behind. The only thing separating them from the audience is the power of a physical gesture. Together, they play, leap, slide, bump into one another and embrace with collective abandon. An ensemble piece combining the best of dance and theatre. February 18 to 20, 8 p.m., Agora de la danse.
Louise Bédard danse, Cartes postales de Chimère — There are artistic creations that leave an indelible stamp on a career and send the critics in search of superlatives. Cartes postales de Chimère is one of them. Almost 10 years later, Louise Bédard recreates the piece, tailor-made for her solo performance in 1996 and passes it on to two charismatic female dancers: Isabelle Poirier and Lucie Vigneault. February 25 to 27, 8 p.m., February 28, 4 p.m., Agora de la danse.
Libertango in partnership with Air de Tango — A brilliant violinist equally felicitous with the most beautiful classical music and the latest pop hits. A pair of tango dancers whose grace and sensuality ignite the dancefloor. A diverse musical repertoire drawn from over one hundred years of film. The fiery trio of Marc-André Gautier/ Mylène Pelletier/Olivier Arsenault take us on a voyage on the magic carpet of Argentinean tango. February 19, 8 p.m., Le Balcon.
Soirée Flamenca with Trio Camelo — Dancer Marie-Andrée Cloutier, singer-guitarist Carina Lorenzo and percussionnist Francis Mercier present a repertoire fusing various forms of the fiery flamenco, from the most traditional to the most contemporary. February 26, 8 p.m., Le Balcon.
François Bellefeuille — His comedy—a blend of absurdity, anger confusion and pragmatism—knocks his audience’s sense of logic for a loop. Having sold over 90,000 for his first show, François continues to win over fans everywhere he goes with his unique worldview, incarnating one of the most compelling comic characters to emerge in years: the charming fool whose silliness conceals a surprising intelligence. February 25 and 26, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place-des Arts.
Jeux de cartes: CŒUR (Playing Cards: HEARTS) by Ex Machina and Robert Lepage — The destinies of five generations of men and women are entwined in this boundless tragedy revealing the links between the 1848 “Printemps des peuples” and the Arab Spring. From France to colonial Algeria, with pit-stops in ’60s Europe and contemporary Québec, the piece takes viewers on a journey through a world, and lives, ruled by magic, belief and illusion. A story as only Robert Lepage could tell it, in 360° staging. February 18 to 28, 2015, TOHU.
Chinese New Year, Celebration 2015 — Direct from China, the all-new Chinese New Year show presents a fascinating tableau of astonishing acrobatic feats, dance and traditional music. Some of the world’s finest musicians, singers, dancers and acrobats will assemble in a technically breathtaking performance. February 27 and 28, 8 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA.
The Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan presents
La vie est déjà ailleurs
works by Pierre Gauvreau and Janine Carreau
A prolific painter, author, director and cosignatory of the Refus Global, Pierre Gauvreau passed away in 2011, but his immense œuvre remains. This exhibition presents pieces never before seen in Montreal along with some essential works, as well as recent works by his wife, Janine Carreau, consisting of pieces promised to Pierre Gauvreau at the very end of his life. A silkscreen of their “cadavre exquis” (exquisite cadaver), Trente ans plus tard mon amour, will be unveiled for the occasion. Free admission. February 19 to May 24, Galerie de la Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.
Get all the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Pick up your flyer of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE artistic program in participating venues, CD shops, tourism info centres, theatres and a number of Montreal cultural sites and venues. You can also call the Info-Lumière La Presse+ line at 514 288-9955 or toll-free at 1 85LUMIERES, or visit montrealenlumiere.com.
The gourmet program will be unveiled on November 25. The programs of the free outdoor site and the Nuit blanche presented by Hydro-Québec will be revealed in February. The 16th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 19 to Sunday, March 1, 2015. For information, please visit montrealenlumiere.com.
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