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Welcome to the Hotel Le St-James

Édition Février/ 2016

Welcome to the Hôtel Le St-James

We are pleased to welcome you to your home away from home. From planning city tours to culinary adventures we are here to ensure you a most memorable experience.  Your wish is our command so please feel free to call on our Clefs d’Or concierge team to personally cater to any of your wishes.

Enjoy your stay!

Happy 375th Birthday Montreal!

For 375 years, Montréal has been a city that’s alive. Its cultural and artistic life is alive, is economy is alive, its gastronomy, creativity, nightlife and its neighbourhoods are all alive. MONTREALIVE shines the spotlight on the city’s effervescent and energetic character, its sharp, curious and open mind. Its teaming imagination, its festive spirit and its entrepreneurial soul.

It’s time to celebrate 375 years of history, boldness and creativity!

We have over 175 activities in store for 2017, each one showcasing Montreal’s unique, vivacious spirit. In order to celebrate all year round, they’ll be divided into four themes (Montreal Lights, Montreal Gets Moving, Montreal Ignites & Montreal reinvents), spread throughout the year.

Discover the events we’ve announced so far. Www.375mtl.com   

Happening in Montréal this month:


Orchestre Synphonique de Montréal (2016-2017)

February 09, 12, 14, 15, 17, 22, 23 & 25, 2017 – Place Des Arts

The Maison Symphonique de Montréal is the new home of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. This hall was inaugurated on September 7, 2011, by the OSM under Music Director Kent Nagano. The 2015-2016 season will be dazzling and richly diversified - a season that promises deep emotions! As music lovers, you’ll be hearing works in 2015-2016 that are great in scale and stature alike: Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Alsosprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, Mahler’s First Symphony, The Planets by Holst, Ives’s Fourth Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – plus works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich... and much more. In 2015-2016 you will discover over 30 concerts, including 30 enthralling musical events. www.osm.ca


Orchestre Métropolitain (2016-2017)

February 03 & 24, 2017 – Maison Symphonique

Comprised of Quebec-born musicians, who are also mainly Quebec-trained, the Orchestre Métropolitain boasts an international calibre of excellence as an organization dedicated to promoting wider public access to classical music and to strong community involvement, as well as to artistic innovation and creativity. The Orchestre Métropolitain owes its international calibre to the quality and reputation of its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. www.pda.qc.ca


Opéra de Montréal  - Dialogues des Carmélites

January 08 to February 04, 2017 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

“Blanche, was me,” wrote Francis Poulenc to a friend in a letter about the protagonist of his “mystical opera” Dialogues des carmélites. The opera draws its power from its multiple facets and many possible interpretations. On the one hand, it seems to depict the inner journey of all humans facing death. On the other, the historical subject matter and use of sacred music create an atmosphere that seems distant from our daily lives. At the same time, the violence of the Reign of Terror and its arbitrary executions are a subject that could not be more topical, whether in the context of the Cold War during which the opera was composed or in our own. As a reviewer wrote of Georges Bernanos’ play, on which Poulenc based his opera, it is “a work that obviously responds to the need for spirituality in a time threatened by historical and industrial materialism whose horror we feel. Our shudder, at its approach, is that of Blanche de la Force.” www.opersdemontreal.com

The Montreal High Lights Festival/Montréal en Lumières 

February 23 to March 11, 2017 – Various Locations

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1 300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!

A unique event in the world of delectation, notably for its concept pairing the finest Montréal chefs with the greatest culinary masters from five continents, the gastronomy and wine program of the festival has become an absolute must for foodies. Since 2000, some 400 renowned chefs, wine producers and speakers have taken part, offering unforgettable experiences in such components as the Festival’s Finest Tables, famed for their perfect harmony of food and wine.

Music, circus arts, song, theatre, dance… every facet of culture glitters in Montréal during the Arts Program of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. The program puts the spotlight on the city with a rich and eclectic program welcoming icons as well as emerging artists from home and abroad. Over the course of 11 days, an array of new discoveries, original creations and dazzling performances become part of the daily fabric of Montréal life.

In February, the festival transforms the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des Festivals—the festive heart of downtown—into the ultimate family destination! The Free Outdoor Site bursts with open-air activities: braziers, shows, activities for children, all showcasing Montréal’s renowned party spirit and flair for entertainment. www.montrealenlumiere.com.


Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

February 02, 03, 07, 09, 10, 12, 15, 23, 24, 26, & 28,  2017 – Salle Bourgie

Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, is a 444-seat venue located in the restored Erskine and American Church (designed in 1894 in Neo-Romanesque style by architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison). Designated a national historic site in 1998, the transformed setting is now graced with high-quality acoustics and an exceptional décor incorporating 20 historic Tiffany stained glass windows. Ideal for performances by chamber-music ensembles, string orchestras, and other groups, Bourgie Concert Hall offer music lovers an auditory repertoire as diverse as the MMFA collections. www.mbam.ca


Swan Lake – Perm Opera Ballet

February 22 to 26, 2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

The quintessence of romantic ballet — A jewel of the classical repertoire

While hunting in the forest, Prince Siegfried encounters a flock of white swans. As he aims his crossbow at the birds, one of them transforms into a beautiful young maiden. She explains that she has been cursed and is a swan by day, a young woman by night. Fearless in the face of dark magic, Prince Siegfried listens only to his heart and falls deeply in love with the mysterious young woman.

There is no greater classic than Swan Lake. The Perm Opera Ballet delivers a stirring performance, with all the finesse and mastery required by such a masterpiece. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating and moving score, this genre-defining ballet will lead you into a world of romance and tragedy. www.grandsballets.com


Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

February 19 & 19, 2017 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maissoneuve

Choreographer George Balanchine famously said that “ballet is woman”. The all-male Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo take that at face value, performing the classical female roles – swan, princess, Gypsy – in classical feminine style: in pointe shoes and tutus. Of course they also ham it up, adopting cod-Russian stage names such as Nadia Doumiafeyva and Vladimir Legupski (in the popular mind, ballet is Russian as well as feminine), and the result is a disarming blend of parody and tribute, music hall and high art, a drag act that is just as often played straight. www.placedesarts.com


Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québecois

February 23 to March 04, 2017 – Various Locations

Each winter, film enthusiasts and visitors from all over gather at the biggest celebration of Québec cinema in the country. The festival program features hundreds of movies, festive cocktails and a wide variety of events hosted by some of Québec's most talented film directors and actors.www.rvcq.com


Bakersfield Mist

January 31 to February 26, 2017 – Centaur Theatre

A kitsch-infested trailer park in Southern California. Hard-drinking, chain-smoking, down-and-out, Maude Gutman is convinced she bought an unknown Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions at a junk shop. The question is whether the highbrow art expert, Lionel Percy, will agree. He’s about to find out what makes art, and people, truly authentic. www.centaurtheatre.com


Noises Off

January 29 to February 19, 2016 – Segal Centre


In this hugely popular gem of a farce, an ambitious director and his ragtag group of actors must pull their act together to put on a show. Watch the shenanigans unfold, both onstage and off, in this classic play-within-a-play where lovers scheme, doors slam, clothes spontaneously fly off, and unbelievable hijinks ensue. www.segalcentre.org


Chagall - Colour and music

January 28 to June 11, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and initiated by the Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la musique, and La Piscine – Musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, with the support of the Chagall Estate, this large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition explores, for the first time, the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). The exhibition presents 400 works – paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets – many of which are little known by the public.

Music was a constant source of inspiration for the artist. A favourite subject for his creations, it served as an internal rhythm and driving force for his compositions, and a key to the intensity and range of colour in his work. His passion for music, closely linked to his family and the Jewish culture of Vitebsk, his native city in Belarus, is evident in the performances for which he created sets and costumes. The designs he created for the Jewish Theatre (Moscow, 1919-1920), as well as the ballets Aleko (Mexico, 1942), The Firebird (New York, 1945), Daphnis and Chloë (1958) and The Magic Flute (New York, 1967), demonstrate the links that the artist wove between music, sets and costumes. His large-scale works of the 1960s, especially the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris (1964) and the murals for the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York (1966), incarnate his concept of total art. www.mbam.qc.ca


Igloofest sur les Quais

January 12 to February 04, 2017 (weekends) – Old Port of Montréal

You are invited to the igloo kingdom to enjoy performances from the best artists of the electronic scene, a unique and punchy audio-visual ambiance, a wacky ski suit competition, and an electrifying atmosphere that is guaranteed to give you the hottest nights of winter! www.igloofest.ca


Fête des Neiges de Montréal

January 14 to February 05, 2017 – Parc Jean Drapeau

Boule de Neige invites you to the biggest winter outdoor Festival in the city. The most spectacular and joyful festivities await you : tube sliding, ice skating, funny snow games, colourful outdoor shows and much more. The perfect activity for families and winter lovers. www.parcjeandrapeau.com


Quebec Winter Carnival 2017

January 27 to February 12, 2017 – Various locations in Quebec City (3 hr. drive from Montreal)

For 60 years now, the mission of the Québec Winter Carnival has been to organize an annual winter celebration as well as create a first-rate economic, social and tourism event that all Quebecers could be proud of. Bonhomme’s Winterland will be located on the Plains of Abraham. The Bulles, Whisky et Cie event is being held for the first time this year and is quite successful. The Parade has been renewed with a Nordic theme to it.

The Quebec Winter Carnival has gained international fame over the years through its renowned key figure, Bonhomme Carnaval, living replica of the snowman that enchanted the youth of all Quebecers. Celebrity of the Carnival, Bonhomme is a recurring figure during all the activities. Upon his official arrival in the Capital, the Mayor of Quebec gives him the keys to the city, making him the undisputed master of the kingdom. Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador of this celebration to foreigners. He is everywhere, even in territories exceeding the boundaries of the city, and is the symbol of the festivities of this joyous period of the year. His mission is to promote the Carnival all around the world. www.carnaval.qc.ca


Mammouth Village

December 09, 2016 to March 12, 2017 – Olympic Park

This winter, sector 200 of the Esplanade Financière Sun Life will come to life with lots of surprises, including an NHL-sized refrigerated skating rink, skate rentals and an 18-metre long slide for the whole family. The Mammoth Village will be available free Thursday to Sunday and offer such services as a concession stand, bar (open Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and heated areas. On weekends, the Mammoth Village takes on an après-ski atmosphere with DJs and plenty of fun. . You could go during the day with your family or in the evening to enjoy the nightclub feeling, or also to celebrate New Year's Eve. www.villagemammouth.com


Ice Skating in the Old Port of Montreal

December 01, 2013 to March 10, 2017 – Basin Bonsecours

At the Old Port, the joys of winter come earlier than anywhere else, thanks to the skating rink opening on December 1! Perfect ice, incredible views of historic Old-Montreal and the river, and dynamic, exhilarating and entertaining activities are what await you at the Old Port skating rink all winter long! The great music and special lighting only add to the fun! www.oldportofmontreal.com


The Motorcycle Show of Montreal (Salon de la Moto de Montréal)

February 24 to 26, 2017 – Palais des Congrès

Power Sport Services owns seven motorcycle & ATV shows across Canada. These shows are supported by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). So check out the show nearest you. This is your chance to see what’s new in the market, talk to the pros and pick up some terrific bargains on bikes and accessories.

Representatives will be available to demonstrate and answer your questions about Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, BMW, Triumph, Ducati, Harley Davidson CAN-AM (BRP), KTM, Piaggio, Triumph, Victory, Arctic Cat, and Polaris. www.montrealmotorcycleshow.com


Cité Mémoire

Every evening at dusk– Throughout Old Montréal

Loosely inspired by the history of Montreal, Cité Mémoire invites you to meet a host of characters who've witnessed the city's evolution first-hand. Poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful, the tableaux come alive with images, words and music. Projected throughout Old Montreal, the work appears on the very walls that surround us, the ground on which we walk, the trees that frame our present. A creation by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchardhttp://www.montrealenhistoires.com


Montreal Boat & Water Sports Show

February 02 to 05, 2017 – Place Bonaventure

The 17th edition of the Montreal Boat and Water Sports offers you the opportunity to meet professionals of the boating sector, speakers, sailors and retailers across the province.

With an exhibition area of 300,000 square feet, the 2016 Montreal Boat Show will host 275 exhibitors and more than 450 boats spread around a couple of themes. www.salondubateau.com


Montreal Bicycle Show

February 24 to 26, 2017 – Place Bonaventure

The Montreal Bicycle Show is the largest consumer Show in Canada that is dedicated exclusively to the wonderful world of bicycles and cycling tourism. More than 250 exhibitors will be on hand to present the latest novelties and upcoming trends for the 2016 season. www.salonduvelo.com


Montréal Canadiens Hockey

February 04, 05, 11, 18, 23, 28, 2017

Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience.  www.centrebell.ca



Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

February 16, 2017 – I Love the 90’s

February 24 & 25, 2017 – Maroon 5


Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)

February 04, 2017 – Évolution – Orchestre Des Jeux Vidéo

February 08, 2017 – Blue Rodeo

February 11, 2017 – Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

February 16, 2017 – Collin James

February 23, 2017 – Alexandre Da Costa

Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

February 11, 2016 – Arkells & Frank Turner

Olypmia Theatre (www.olympiamontreal.com)