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Welcome to the Hotel Le St-James

Édition avril 2017

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 Symphonique de Montréal (2016-2017)

April  02, 04, 06, 08, 29 & 30,  2017 – Place Des Arts/ Maison symphonique

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 de Montréal (2016-2017)

April 14, 21 & 30, 2017 – Place Des Arts & Various Locations

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.orchestremetropolitain.com


I Musici of Montreal

April 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2017 – Various Locations

The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal is a non-profit organization constituted under Part III of the Québec Companies Act. Founded in 1983 by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, who served as its conductor until May 2011, the orchestra is made up of 15 musicians whose vast repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary music. Its chief mission is to promote and contribute to the knowledge, development, composition and execution of music, particularly chamber music. www.imusici.com


Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

April 02, 07, 08, 11, 05, 14, 16, 19, 21, 27 & 23, 2017  

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


Minus One (Grand Ballets Canadiens)

March 23 to April 01, 2017 – Places des Arts/Théâtre Maissoneuve

Ode to the dancer — From wild expressionism to pure abstraction

Minus One *draws on seven of Naharin’s previous works — *Zachacha, Sabotage Baby, Black Milk, Passomezzo, Anaphaza, Queens of Golub and Mabul — to create a single work that’s far beyond a collage. Complex, meticulously crafted, the ballet’s component parts ingeniously interlock to produce what can only be called alchemy. In this explosive homage to dance and dancers, members of Naharin’s troupe speak as part of the piece, each taking turns dancing a solo to a recording of their own voice in which they share personal anecdotes and describe their relationship to dance. To a propulsive soundtrack that alternates between traditional and pop songs, baroque pieces, world rhythms and original compositions, 26 dancers perform with dazzling speed, jumping and twirling, pausing to give way to slower, hypnotic — but equally inspired — moves before resuming their infectious velocity. In a rare festive atmosphere, the dancers abandon themselves joyously to the dance, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Daringly orchestrated, their gestures are by turns merry, contemplative, comical or perfectly synchronized, full of grace, agility and humour. Minus One highlights Naharin’s extravagant energy, provocative and unpredictable choreography, and rich musical sensibility. www.grandsballets.com


Cirque du Soleil – Volta

April 20 to June20, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement.

WAZ, a popular gameshow host, has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame, pulling others in the trap of instant glory. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories as he encounters “free spirits” who open doors to his inner soul he has long kept shut. On his high-voltage search for meaning, will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright? www.cirquedusoleil.com


Le Mariage de Figaro (National Ballet of Ukraine)

April 26 to 29, 2017 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

A mad day — Based on the eponymous work by Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Figaro and his fiancée, Susan, are happy and in love as they get ready for their upcoming wedding. That is until the other inhabitants of the castle begin to interfere... Cherubino imagines the beautiful young woman in his arms, while the Count pursues her relentlessly. As for Figaro, he is reminded of a previous promise of marriage. An eventful wedding in store, to say the least!

Faithful to the original play by Beaumarchais,Le Mariage de Figaro is filled with high energy and plot twists. Performed by the spectacular National Ballet of Ukraine, this production combines classical technique, colourful costumes and farcical comedy! www.grandsballets.com


Ballet BC – Danse Danse

April 05 to 08, 2016 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maissoneuve

The dancers of Ballet BC dazzled audiences with their first Danse Danse performance, and will once again be taking the Montreal stage by storm with three fascinating dance realms. Artistic director Emily Molnar presents 16 + a room, a work first premiered in Canada with Ballet BC in October 2013. In Bill, the intense and powerful duo of Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar are inspired by the body and instinct, creating the magic of a surreal world regulated like clockwork. This signature Eyal and Behar piece is highly pictorial. As for Crystal Pite, she sets human chains and elastic bodies into motion to sonatas by Brahms in Solo Echo, the liquid movement of the dancers giving shape to delicate forms that convey strong emotion. Three excellent reasons to give in to temptation. www.placedesarts.com  


Million Dollar Quartet

April 23 to May 14, 2017 – Segal Centre of Performing Arts

THEY CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE MUSIC. THEY ENDED UP MAKING HISTORY. December 4th 1956. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brings together four music giants – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley – for one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions ever. This Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical, inspired by a true story, features some of the 1950’s most beloved hits! www.segalcentre.org

Blue Metropolis – Montreal International Literary Festival

April 24 to 30, 2017 – Various Locations

A world-class literary festival where the emphasis is on multilingualism and where, in the context of contemporary foreign literature, priority is given to Canadian Literature (English and French). Helps promote Canadian and Quebec authors and book sales. www.metropolisbleu.org


Bed And Breakfast

April 25 to May 21, 2017 – Centaur Théâtre

A brand new Canadian comedy; hilarious and heart-warming

In a bold move from urban Toronto to a tiny tourist town, two gay men decide to convert the family residence into a B&B. Playing dozens of male and female characters—from narrow-minded rednecks to awkward high school boys—the real estate rat race, reno hell, and small town prejudice test the couple’s resolve, with more than a few unexpected and comical plot twists. A touching comedy about living ‘out’ in the country, family skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home. www.centaurtheatre.com


Clybourne Park

April 04 to 30, 2017 – Centaur Théâtre

Living side by side with diversity

Travel back in time to Chicago, 1959, to an all-white, middle class neighbourhood. Spinning off of Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal play, A Raisin in the Sun, Bev and Russ have sold their house to a black family, upsetting the ‘social order’ and creating havoc among their friends. Act II fast-forwards to 2009 and the tables are turned when a white couple’s attempt to buy and tear down the same house—now in an all-black neighbourhood—is met with equal opposition. Bruce Norris looks at prejudice, property, and political correctness, then and now, in a blisteringly funny satire. www.centaurtheatre.com


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



As of March 20th, 2017 – Basilique Notre-Dame

Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty.

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame.

Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle.

Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica. www.aurabasiliquemontreal.com


You Will Remember Me (Théâtre)

March 07 to April 02, 2017 – Centaur Théâtre

Reinvent memory … resolve the past

Venture into Edouard’s slowly changing world, where the highly respected professor, political figure and ladies’ man can recite famous historical dates but can’t remember what he ate for breakfast. When a suppressed memory springs to life in the form of a cell phone-obsessed young girl he confuses for a lost family member, he gets a chance to reinvent the past and heal old wounds. A touching and refreshingly funny story about family, memory, and connection. www.centaurtheatre.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


Maple Syrup Season - Sugaring Off

Entire month of March & part of April 2017

Sugaring off is a cultural rite-of-passage in Montreal. A short-lived season that varies every year, somewhere from late February to early May, perhaps the best known activity is eating hot maple taffy off fresh snow. Hot-taffy-on-snow stands start appearing in town around early March near Mont-Royal Metro, the Jean-Talon Market and other select locations around the city. While they soothe urgent maple cravings, they also bring up the nostalgia for an authentic sugar shack or cabane à sucre experience.


Montréal Canadians Hockey

April 02, 07, 14, 19, 21, 23, 25, 28 & 30, 2017 – Bell Centre

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


Olympic Stadium

April 01, 2017 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays (Pre-Season Games)



Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

April 01, 2017 – John Mayer

April 03, 2017 – Bryan Ferry

April 09, 2017 – Harlem Globetrotters

April 10, 2017 – Def Leppard

April 15, 2017 – Dixie Chicks

April 29, 2017 – Zaz (Visite de Paris)


Place des Arts (www.pdaqc.ca.ca)

April 06, 07 & 08, 2017 – Louis T.

April 25, 2017 – Orchestre de Chambre McGill

April 18, 19 & 20, 2017 – Hommage à Brel et l’OSM

April 18 to 23, 2017 – Book of Mormom (Musical Comedy)

Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

Théâtre St. Denis (www.theatrestdenis.com

And much more to come...

Cirque du Soleil – Volta

May 20 to June20, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement.

WAZ, a popular gameshow host, has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame, pulling others in the trap of instant glory. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories as he encounters “free spirits” who open doors to his inner soul he has long kept shut. On his high-voltage search for meaning, will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright? www.cirquedusoleil.com



May 24 to 26 , 2017 – Arsenal

C2MTL is an immersive three-day event that appeals as much to the left half of your brain as it does to the right through a vast array of non-traditional

C2MTL unites the cream of the international business crop and works to stimulate creative and even visionary thinking to commercial problems. This is encouraged through an immersive environment that fosters collaboration and the emergence of innovative business solutions. C2MTL was founded and Imagined by the Sid Lee creative agency in collaboration with Founding Partner Cirque du Soleil, Innovation Partner Intel, and Content and Media Partner Fast Company magazine. www.c2mtl.com


Grand Prix du Canada 2017

June 09 to 11, 2016 – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve/Île Notre-Dame

October 8, 1978: Montreal's first Grand Prix du Canada is held on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence. A native son, driving a Ferrari, wins his first world championship race. On that day more than three decades ago, Montreal, Ile Notre-Dame and its 4.5-kilometre track became more than a city, an island and a ribbon of pavement. They became Formula One holy ground. From year to year ever since, every June, tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the island to watch the gods of motor racing. First there was Gilles Villeneuve. Then came Jones, Piquet, Mansell, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Hill, Alonso, Hamilton and others. They come to conquer. They keep building on the legend of this always-thrilling Grand Prix. Now it's your turn: join us on June 10, 11 and 12, 2011.  www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

June 28 to July 08, 2017 – Various Locations

Montreal Jazz Festival: The Largest Jazz Festival in the WorldI there ever was a world-class event in Montreal genuinely accessible to everyone and every budget, it's the Montreal Jazz Festival. Named the largest jazz fest in the world in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Montreal Jazz Festival offers its over two and a half million guests from late June through early July. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. There are also special activities geared towards kids and the whole family. www.montrealjazzfest.com


Les Francofolies de Montréal

June 08 to 18, 2017 – Various Locations

The biggest music festival in the French-speaking world! For the past 20 years, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world! Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich, fun-filled program! Every year, for 11 full days, Montrealers and tourists throng to the safe, festive Francofolies site in the downtown core to savour the best musical talents of the French-speaking world. www.francofolies.com


National Holiday (St. Jean Baptiste) – Quebec’s National Holiday

June 24, 2017 – Various Locations

Saint Jean Baptiste Day, held annually on June 24, is the feast day of St. John the Baptiste, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. It is a day of celebration in Quebec and other areas of French Canada. Saint Jean Baptiste Day is also known as "la Saint-Jean", "St John the Baptist Day", "Fête nationale du Québec" and "Quebec's National Holiday".

Various events are organized on Saint Jean Baptist Day. These range from large scale public celebrations, such as rock and jazz concerts, sports tournaments, parades and firework displays, to small family or neighborhood happenings, such as yard sales, picnics, barbecues, bonfires and children's entertainment. Many church bells ring in celebration and public dances and fun fairs are held. Some events may be held on the evening of June 23 and many are broadcast live on television, radio or on the Internet. The celebrations are coordinated by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois.

Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec. Post offices and many stores are closed. Public transport services run to a reduced schedule in some places or may not run at all in other areas, such as the province's rural regions. If June 24 falls on a Sunday, the same day is a paid day off for those who work on Sunday. June 25 becomes a paid day off for workers who do not ordinarily work on Sunday.


Loto-Quebec International Fireworks

July 01 to August 05, 2017 – La Ronde Amusement Park

At the outset, the competition included two types of shows: traditional, so-called "classical" fireworks displays; and pyromusical displays involving careful synchronization of the fireworks to a musical score. Since 1987, the displays have been exclusively pyromusical. Over the years, the competition has carved out a place at the summit of the pyrotechnical industry. The leading firms in the world set their sights on participating in the Montréal event, striving to attain the highest distinction in their field.

As testimony to its illustriousness, the competition received a laudatory article in the prestigious New York Times published on June 27, 2008 in "Escapes", its Travel Section. Reporter Henry Fountain described the event as "a world-class competition" and wrote that Montreal was "a city known for its festivals" and where the International Fireworks Competition L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS is like " exclamation marks" that punctuate the summer evenings in the city. www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com


Just for Laughs Festival

July 14 to July 30, 2017 – Various locations

Everything’s funny in Montreal during the month of July. Just for Laughs Festival, the world's largest and most renowned comedy festival brings together artists from all corners of the planet to laugh and celebrate Montreal's joie de vivre. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy over 2,000 performances for the entire family including 1,300 free, outdoor shows in Montreal's splendid Quartier Latin. The Festival is 11 days of performances, street entertainers, urban street theatre, stand-up comedy and laughter. www.hahaha.com


Festival Nuits d’Afrique

July 11 to 23, 2017 – Various Locations

Since 1987, every edition of Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has had its own particular charm and personality. That is one of the important reasons it thrives.

At the forefront of artistic creativity the Festival plumbs a vast pool of talent from here to Timbuktu, across great oceans to Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

By encouraging the best of old and new world traditions in a spirit of magic and family filled with passion, the festival has carved out a unique position on the cultural landscape and captured the imagination of faithful festival-goers. From summer to summer, attendance at Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has climbed steadily. The fans turned out for 11 unforgettable days spiced with the flavors of southern lands. www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com


Formula E Race

July 29 & 30, 2017 – Street Circuit

The concept was initiated by FIA President Jean Todt as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility. Inspired by this vision, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag took the idea and created a global entertainment brand with motor racing at its heart.

To get this ambitious project off the ground required an enormous amount of effort, but by working with world-leading partners in the motorsport industry such as Williams, McLaren, Michelin and Dallara, and inspiring global blue chip brands such as DHL, Qualcomm and TAG Heuer to back the project, in under two years Formula E turned from a dream into reality.

When 20 all-electric racing cars lined up on the grid for the inaugural Beijing ePrix in September 2014, the cynics and the sceptics were confounded. With names like Senna, Prost and Piquet behind the wheel and teams such as Andretti, Audi Sport ABT, Renault and Virgin Racing and team owners like Leonardo DiCaprio, the championship attained a level of credibility to rival the best championships in the world. www.fiaformulae.com


Rogers Cup 2017 (ATP World Masters 1000 - Mens)

August 04 to 13, 2017 – Uniprix Stadium

The Rogers Cup (Coupe Rogers) is an annual tennis tournament that is held in Montreal and Toronto. The tournament features a men and women’s tournament that is held in either Montreal or Toronto. The events rotate between both cities each year. In odd years, the men’s tournament is held in Montreal and in even years, the women’s tournament in Montreal. The men’s competition is part of a Masters 1000 event on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour while the women’s competition is part of a Premier 5 tournament on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour. www.atpworldtour.com


Osheaga Festival

August 04 to 06, 2017 – Parc Jean-Drapeau/Île Sainte-Hélène

Osheaga is a unique and eclectic music and arts festival staged in the breath-taking environs of Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, an island of tranquility set in the middle of the bustle of one of North America’s most exciting cities. The festival was inaugurated in 2006 with the intention of offering a world-class European-style festival to Canadians and to showcase Montreal’s acclaimed local talent alongside some of the industry’s biggest names. The artist line-up was designed to present a mix of today’s most avant-garde emerging artists juxtaposed against those internationally known artists who appeal to the most discerning music lover. The festival founders also sought to provide fans with an unparalleled experience by offering them the best music, the best food and concessions, an eco-conscious approach, and by limiting the corporate presence to those who contribute to the spirit of the festival. www.osheaga.com


International des Montgolfières (Hot Air Ballon Festival)

August 12 to 20, 2017 - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

In addition to being one of the largest hot-air balloon gatherings in Canada, this is a premier event in the ballooning world. Large area for activities at the most family-oriented festival in Québec. A must-see summer event for anyone who loves big concerts. www.ballooncanada.com


World Film Festival

September 01 to 30, 2017 – Various Locations

The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

The Montreal International Film Market is part of the Montreal World Film Festival. The Market is the meeting place for a large number of film and television professionals from around the world. The Market serves as a port of entry into the North American market for professionals from abroad and as a link to the rest of the world for North American film and television people. The Market has become an important site for international exchanges and discoveries. www.fffm-montreal.org 


The Gardens of Light

September 08 to October 31, 2017 – Chinese & Japanese Gardens of the Botanical Gardens

Do not miss this must-see for your fall evenings. The Gardens of Light event is making its return to the Montréal Botanical Garden. Discover the Japanese Garden enhanced by a fine and subtle lighting design and the Chinese Garden with The Magic of Lanterns and its emblematic traditional coloured lanterns. At dusk, beautiful pathways emerge in the Gardens of Light, pathways full of contrasts, mysterious and magical. www.espacepourlavie.com


YUL Eat Festival

September 02, 03 & 04, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal/Clock Tower Pier

Les Premiers Vendredis and evenko join forces to present YUL EAT Festival, a unique culinary event that will highlight local gastronomical talent and bring together leaders of the restaurant industry worldwide for a weekend of tasting, learning, and discovery! Festival YUL EAT is proud to showcase participating talents (chefs, specialists, artisans, producers, food critics, artists, and animators) over 3 days. Together, we offer you a unique, quality festival where you can live outside-the-box experiences. www.festivalyuleat.com


Festival des Couleurs (Fall Foliage Festivities)

End of September to late October

Québec is famous for its autumn colours because of the sugar maple trees. Also prevalant are the provincial yellow birch and the American beech. Try the Laurentian Mountains for one of the most beautiful displays of fall foliage in North America. Colours begin their peak at the end of September and continue until mid- to late-October in lower elevations and more southern locations. Celebrate the season by visiting resort town Mont-Tremblant for its annual Symphony of Colours festival.


Apple Picking Season in Montreal

Month of September – Various Locations

Believe it or not, September unofficially marks the beginning of apple picking season in Montreal, with a handful of nearby orchards -- including the delightful Au Paradis des Fruits Dunham which not only proposes apples, but also has 5,500 blueberry bushes primed for picking -- opening their doors to the public, though interested parties are advised to call their orchard of choice before heading out as many only kick off the season the first weekend of September. Please see the concierge for more information!