February 19 to 22
Kadebostany Opening act of Christine and the Queens. — 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.
Stefan Meier, an Authentic Zug Chef — The chef and owner of restaurant Rathauskeller in Zug, Switzerland, Stefan Meier grew up in a farmhouse inn and learned his trade in the hotels of Lausanne, Geneva and St. Moritz. He has been graced with several prestigious accolades over the course of his career, including 3 toques and 4 forks in the Gault&Millau guide. Freshness is everything to this talented chef, who enjoys catching his own fish.This five-course meal features his scampi preparation, mushroom assortments, foie gras terrine served over honeydew melon chutney, veal steak on lobster cream, vegetable macaroni with truffles, and, of course, his succulent selection of chocolate desserts. Thursday, February 19 and Friday February 20, Alexandre et fils.
Swiss Fondue Convivial Evenings — Join us and dig into the unique experience of Swiss fondue, shared with family and friends as though you were in the Alps. Raoul Colliard, of La Buvette de la Saletta, and his daughter Marielle, of restaurant Le Tsalè in Paccots, are heading from their idyllic Prealps village to Montreal to serve up this elemental Swiss dish. Cozy ambience, the warm and inviting fondue pots, and the décor of an authentic alpine chalet… it’s Swisstastic! Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, February 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 6:30 p.m., Grenier de L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel.
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 Art of Wine Tasting with the World’s Best Sommelier, Paolo Basso — What better way to experience a true wine tasting than in the company of the man who was named Best Sommelier in the World at the prestigious sommelier contest in Tokyo in March 2013? During this conference, hosted by sommelier Jessica Harnois, Paolo Basso will guide you through a tasting of three Swiss wines while recounting his unforgettable experiences and the amusing highlights and happenings at the renowned international competition. Don’t miss this absolutely unique opportunity to treat yourself, and your family and friends! Bistro Le Balmoral.
Eliana Burki — Who said the Alphorn was only meant for folk music? Certainly not Solothurn native Eliana Burki, who is dedicated to taking the archetypal Swiss instrument far from the beaten path. She invokes Miles Davis, covers Deep Purple and fuses tango, rock, blues and funk to give her fave instrument a revolutionary update. Wow! February 22, 5 p.m., Free at the Scène RBC.
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.
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.
Vincent Vallières — This born showman and darling of the Québécois scene needs no further introduction! Winner of the 2012 Félix for Performer of the Year, he hits MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE to reconquer the festival he lit up launching the 2011 Nuit blanche with a stunning outdoor performance. This year, he kicks of the entire thing with the MEL opening concert, meaning this 16th edition looks like it’ll be supremely memorable! February 19, 8 p.m., Free at the Scène RBC.
De temps antan — Armed with violin, accordion, harmonica, guitar and bouzouki, this Lanaudière group whips up a homey, effective repertoire of traditional music… one you just cannot resist! Delivering concerts all over the planet and with the Félix 2014 for Best Traditional Album in tow, the trio heads in to showcase their onstage savoir-faire! February 20, 8 p.m., Free at the Scène RBC.
Brigitte Boisjoli — We’re already well acquainted with her explosive energy and divinely contagious madness. The elegant blonde lands with her 2nd album, produced by Jonathan Dauphinais and Antoine Gratton, Sans regret—a title that sums up the modus operandi of this former Star Académie participant. A lovely high-energy presence onstage, she has everything it takes to cast away the February cold and warm the hearts of MEL fans! February 21, 8 p.m., Free at the Scène RBC.
The Festival of Quebec Cheeses — It’s back for a 9th edition, once again offering fans the opportunity to meet Québec cheesemakers, whose diverse and exceptionally high-quality products never cease to impress. Our cheesemakers will be happy to answer visitors’ questions and discuss their creations and the regional specificities that give a cheese its flavor and forge its character. Everyone can taste Québécois “classics” and make surprising discoveries, while also enjoying excellent wines and beers. Presented by Fromages d’ici. Thursday, February 19 to Saturday, February 21, Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place. Free admission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chef Bertrand Chemel of 2941 at Verses — If simplicity is the measure of one’s talent, then truly this chef has earned his place among the finest restaurants in DC, owing to his sophisticated know-how and deep respect for seasonal products. For two nights only, come witness the legendary meeting of two gastronomic giants: Sylvain Levaillant and Bertrand Chemel. Friday February 20, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday February 21, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Verses.
Lanaudière, a Quebec Region to Discover… at the Jean-Talon Market — You can learn more about the region’s specialty producers and processors and their exceptional products. Join us on the mezzanine of Jean-Talon Market where you can taste the wares of 10 Lanaudière outfits, and attend workshops hosted by Jean-Paul Grappe, chef-consultant of the festival, with 10 guest chefs from the region. Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jean-Talon Market.
La Société’s Classic Brunch — La Société transports you to 20th century France, introducing your taste buds to the classic cuisine of Eugénie Brazier, Paul Bocuse, and Fernand Point. Our chef will create an irresistible fivecourse brunch inspired by one dish from each of these famous culinary figures.Saturdays, February 21 and 28 and Sundays, February 22 and March 1, from 10 a.m., La Société Bistro.
Lanaudière Producers Join the Farm-to-Table Fun! — Having always collaborated closely with Quebec’s farmers, ACCORDS is pleased to invite several Lanaudière producers on its premises to nobly represent their know-how. The “farm-to-table” concept will be expressed to the fullest in this four-course tasting meal. Saturdays February 21 and 28, from 5 p.m., Accords Resto – Bar à vin.
Local Flavors for Brunch! — On this special Sunday, Le Local will be serving a decadent gourmet brunch featuring the finest products from Lanaudière prepared by chef Olivier Belzile. This deliciously playful one-time event is an invitation to spoil yourself in a casual, unpretentious atmosphere. You can even come in your bathrobe! Sunday February 22, from 10 a.m., Le Local.
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.
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.
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.
Potluck, the New MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Blog Forum— Guess what? MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has created a new platform to spread the great gourmet news! Today, we’re announcing the launch of a new blog forum called PotluckMTL.com, inviting chefs, restaurateurs, festival fans, bloggers and journalists—in other words, anyone passionate about good food!—to share their content and their opinions on the festival and dining in Montreal in general. In the ramp-up to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and during the event, Potluck will also allow chefs and restaurateurs to invite fans backstage and allow them to experience things first-hand: photos, menus, recipes, etc. Better yet, we intend to make Potluck a year-round blog, so that fans can keep tabs on what’s going on, and to read and publish their own online opinions and suggestions, keeping tabs on everything gourmet Montréal, right down to the last-minute info on any participant!
Vernissage of the Pierre Gauvreau and Janine Carreau exhibition La vie est déjà ailleurs
Wednesday February 18, 5 :30 p.m., 2nd floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan
Wrap-up press conference of the 16th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Salle Stevie-Wonder, Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan
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