Saturday, February 28 to Sunday, March 1
Montréal, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — By the thousands and thousands, fans are marking the date on their calendars: on Saturday, February 28, it’s time for another edition of the wildest party this city can throw, the 12th Nuit blanche in Montréal presented by Hydro-Québec! With an immense network of action all over town—over 200 activities, most of them free, spread throughout 3 districts and 2 poles—this crazy Night offers something for every taste and age level, promising tons of surprises! Whether you’re a Montrealer or a tourist, there’s no better way to rediscover the city! Fans can get in the party mood and kick off their evening festivities by rolling down to Nuit blanche “Headquarters”: the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor site (Place des Festivals, the Place des Arts esplanade and Ste. Catherine Street), where they can even feed their appetites and stock up on energy before plunging into this most magical of nights!
The MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE free outdoor site kicks off the Nuit blanche
This is where all the Nuit blanche action gets started… but you can certainly return to the site all night long, where they action never quits! There will be continuous activities right up until 3 a.m.—the RBC Zip-line powered by Arbraska, the super Milk Urban Slide and its new kid sister, the Mini-Slide (just for little ones), the Maison de la Suisse and its array of gourmet and other surprises, The Pool by Jen Lewin presented by Bell, a gigantic, luminous and interactive Ping Pong game activated by participants as they walk, run or leap from one pastille to another…—and other exclusive Nuit blanche activities. Nighthawks will want to flock to the RBC Stage for the free outdoor show starring Misteur Valaire (with VJ Yanneek providing visuals), the official launch of our magical night, at 8 p.m. Just after that (9:10 p.m.), Ariane Moffatt and her friends Maina Militza and Jerry Pigeon transform into DJs exclusively for the Nuit blanche, accompanied by VJ Video Girl! With the celebration firing on all cylinders, fans can head to Métropolis at 8 p.m. for yet another free show—Danse ta vie! presented by SiriusXM, featuring a DJ set by Karim Ouellet and King Abid and performances by Claude Bégin, Rich Aucoin and Canailles, and as a special treat, the latest incarnation of Antoine Gratton, aka A*Beat avec A*Star, in L’Astral, from midnight to 3 a.m.
The Nuit blanche, from every angle…
With so much action on the menu, it helps to plan out your evening… And luckily, organizers of the Nuit blanche and the STM are on the ball! The Métro will remain open all night long for the occasion, and a free shuttle service (14 shuttles, 4 routes and 65 stops) will run every 10 minutes from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., linking all the activities and the quartiers of Vieux-Montréal, Quartier des Spectacles et Centre-ville and Plateau-Mont-Royal et Mile-End. The two Pôles, Parc olympique and Ligne Bleue will be accessible by Métro. And our loyal radio partner CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montréal will once again be the voice of the Nuit blanche in our shuttles, keeping everyone informed on everything happening during this wild night.
One Nuit blanche, 11 facets
Montréal City Hall presents a number of different outdoor entertainment options and invites fans of “street hockey” to face off in friendly matches. Hot beverages will be served, with equipment available on-site. Zéro Gravité offers rock climbing 2.0 with a DJ and illuminated yoga. Admission is free for anyone wearing a Tyrolian costume! The Olympic Installations Board invites everyone to Olympic Stadium for an extraordinary experience on the Montréal Impact playing field. Enjoy games of skill and filmed performances!
The Centre culturel Georges-Vanier invites art lovers to an evening dedicated to creativity: a drawing workshop with live clothed models, screenings of films on art, an open house on the engraving workshop and its unique installations, Brazilian and African rhythms… The Galerie Monastiraki offers shadow projections by Mere Phantoms, large-scale watercolours on the themes of phenomena and light by Laura Madera, and of course, their famed annual collage party! Digital lab échoFab presents the 3D photomaton, an immersive projection system, DIY audiovisual instruments, mulled wine and homemade donuts. If coiffure is your thing, join us at for the hairstyle fest at Boy’e coupe & couleur, featuring photographer Émilie Tournevache and DJ Matt Szabo, with mixed grill and hot drinks served on site. Come down to the Hydro-Québec head office to discover major Québécois artist Jean-Paul Mousseau, where his mural and imposing architecturally integrated art will be updated to spotlight his cultural legacy. Finally, the Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal welcomes one and all with an array of digital productions: immersive exhibition Flux, a projection of student videos presented by medialabAU, a performance by Nelly-Ève Rajotte and videos by Isabelle Hayeur on architecture and landscape.
La Générale de Cinéma presents a cinematic adventure created exclusively for the Nuit blanche, assembling works by the Générale, eclectic documentaries by Lichen and a public reading of Orson Welles’ Heart Of Darkness instead of popcorn. The Nouveau Palais will screen a national and international program of new films and videos for your viewing and gourmet pleasure, with a bonus DJ set. Meanwhile, Théâtre Outremont lines up a Best-Of screening of the remarkable clips from the Lions de Cannes 2014, the world’s most renowned advertising festival.
Groove on over to the Université du Québec à Montréal, where 50 dancers will brave the cold and snow to plunge into the grey of a Montreal winter. Or do you like it hot? Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique has you set up with AfroQueer Mafia by Massimadi in Pub St. Paul, where the gay community will dance under a tropical Afro-rhythm flag! Things will get just as hot in Club Lambi, where the Forró d’érable group introduces us to Forró (dance and music), a groovy trip to the ambience of Northeastern Brazil.
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal invites us all to discover Simon Starling: Metamorphology, a collection of fifteen works—sculptures, photographs, installations and films—that evoke Starling’s major works addressing the importance of research and metamorphosis. The MAC will also host creative workshops. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transports us to Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, an unprecedented retrospective on orientalism in Canada, with paintings by Benjamin-Constant, and a DJ spinning the ambience! Pointe-à-Callière will have plenty on view with its Contes de froidure, the exhibition Neige, and of course its archeological installations. Meanwhile, the Maison de la photo de Montréal and Espace La Fontaine will present the photos of Périphérie, the launch of a photographic project by Jean-François Hamelin on the legendary Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. Olympic Stadium will host an exhibition on the Montreal Expos, created exclusively for the Nuit blanche in collaboration with Panthéon des sports du Québec, with souvenirs covering the period of 1969-2004, the time of “Nos Amours”.
Flights of Fancy
At the Centre for Sustainable Development, fans can stroll along the pipeline and discover expansive lands peppered with surprises! Meet a colourful cast of characters who are passionate about environmental and social issues, discover an oil pipeline, and savour a tar cocktail. Dinh Ba Design pulls back the curtains on Québécois fashion, including a guided tour of the workshop and a meeting with designer Dinh Ba. Grads from the interactive media program of Université du Québec à Montréal invite everyone to take part in the Legend of Onor by writing a tale aboard a boat, inspired by wild adventures of yore. Or come out for the ultimate thermal experience at Saint-Jude Espace Tonus, with a hamam Turkish bath, Finnish dry sauna, hydrotherapy and more. Meanwhile, the TOHU will transform itself into a freak show, inviting brave souls to experience the bygone world of circus folk.
Festival partners Montréal joue take over Émery Street to present a ton of video and board games. Fans can also enjoy the fun playground created for the event, and discover organizations offering an inexhaustible variety of fun and games. Nighthawks will also want to cruise out to catch the nocturnal acrobatics at the Esplanade financière Sun Life presented courtesy of the Olympic Installations Board (OIB); and the two Parc Exalto attractions set up in the Winter Village will be open to the public free of charge.
Poyo Design takes over Parc Hydro-Québec to present L’oasis Sainte-Catherine, a festive garden almost completely created from recycled components. The Société de développement commercial Vieux-Montréal invites MEL fans to discover Glace et lumière on Place Jacques-Cartier, with impressive illuminated ice sculptures created live on-site while fire-eaters do their own illuminated thing. In Map ta nuit !, three Montreal video and video mapping champs, Tind, Aziz! Light Crew and Guillaume Bourassa, take on Café Laïka and turn it into their illuminated Nuit blanche canvas.
In Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal will invite everyone to enjoy Improvisez la nuit !, an improv session hosted by Tammy Verge, accompanied by veteran stage performers. The Librairie Gallimard welcomes La nuit des conteurs with Planète rebelle and Oui’Dire Éditions: an evening of poetry and imagination, traditional and urban storytelling, real-life anecdotes and tales of the unexpected, followed by a Lights-Out listening session. Also, 10610 Saint-Denis du Théâtre Omnivore, presented by Espace Infopresse, will keep folks up into the wee hours and beyond with an exploration of intimacy, femininity, and hearts and souls bursting with desire and unanswered questions.
Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place welcomes Les Papes hurlants by André Pappathomas and his Mruta Mertsi ensemble, an event inspired by the art of Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, to spice up the Nuit blanche, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has booked a special concert by the Étoiles du Métro in the Berri-UQAM and Jean-Talon stations. Espace Cercle Carré will host the Théâtre de l’Écran noir de la Nuit blanche, an event at the leading edge of experimental film and video art. The Café Campus dancefloor will get snowy as it is transformed into a downhill ski lodge for an Après-ski evening featuring ski instructors, DJs and a spa. And Eastern Bloc will offer Les Synthées with scintillating Torontonian Petra Glynt and dark-elegant Montrealers Xarah Dion, Marie Davidson and Mathématique.
Laughter will rattle the walls of the Gesù during La nuit, on rit ! hosted by Jérémy Du Temple-Quirion, accompanied by about twenty talented graduates of the École nationale de l’humour. And while we’re at it, why not visit the church? In café Pagaille, Les Productions du Diable Vert have booked the Vampirise-moi! evening starring Jean-Marc Massie and his “biting” stories. Over at Espace La Risée, Les Femmelettes will spool out a special new Pyjama Party edition of their female comedy cabaret-lab!
Underground Art Souterrain
This year, Art Souterrain presents 75 contemporary art projects spread throughout 13 buildings in Montreal’s indoor underground city. A crew of mediators will be on hand to guide festival fans and offer a different perspective on the artworks. Get set for your visit to this edition and its theme Security: what remains of our areas of freedom? by downloading the audioguide from artsouterrain.com.
All the info on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
This is just a glimpse of the activities of the 12th Nuit blanche à Montréal. You’ll find all the necessary information in the free publication available on the festival site and from all activity venues and locations. Fans can also call the Info-Lumière La Presse+ Line at 514 288-9955 or, toll-free, at 1 85LUMIERES, or visit montrealenlumiere.com.
For the Nuit blanche, head to the information kiosks on the outdoor site of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, at La Vitrine (2.22) and the exits of Mont-Royal and Jean-Talon Metro stations.
You’ll also find the complete program of Nuit blanche à Montréal on the mobile application for iPhone and Android, presented by Hydro-Québec. Festival fans will find the complete schedule there, including locations, categories and descriptions. It allows all our nighthawks to pinpoint the activities closest to the user, thanks to the “radar” and “augmented reality” functions, to locate all the activities using the dynamic maps, and to draw up their very own Nuit blanche itinerary. Also, thanks to the multimedia tab, it’ll be easy to share photos and videos of your faves. The application also offers you a link to follow and share all the Nuit blanche activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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 Montreal.
The 16th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE will be held from Thursday, February 19 to Sunday, March 1.
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