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Édition octobre / 2017

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 Symphonique de Montréal (2017-2018)

October 04, 05, 11, 14, 15, 17, 25 & 26, 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 2017-2018 season will be dazzling and richly diversified - a season that promises deep emotions! As music lovers, you’ll be hearing works in 2017-2018 that are great in scale and stature. www.osm.ca


Orchestre Métropolitain (2017-2018)

October 20, 2017 – Various Locations

The moment you first experience the Orchestre Métropolitain, you feel a special connection. The Orchestre Métropolitain is more than a space where impassioned musicians transport the audience to other lands: it is an exhilarating rendezvous that inspires each listener in a unique way. I invite you to join us for an exceptionally rich and colourful adventure, full of exclusive discoveries for the senses. Come celebrate 35 years of magic!

Throughout these 35 years, the Orchestre has written its history—a beautiful one—and has forged a very enviable and unique identity for itself by expanding its playing field year after year, whether through the scope of our repertoire, of our audience, or in terms of our style… These 35 years are a reflection of our authenticity, and carry with them, and with us, all the power of our raison d’être: sharing music. The influence that we have today in the music world is matched only by our will to keep going and push ourselves further. www.orchestremetropolitain.com


Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

October 13, 26, 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


Stabat MATER & Beethoven’s 7th symphony (by Edward Clug et Uwe Scholz)

October 11 to 28, 2017 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve

This mesmerizing double bill with its spiritual focus features the company’s dancers in two major musical works performed by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra.

Romanian choreographer Edward Clug, an emerging talent in European dance, engages a resolutely modern dialogue with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a masterpiece of the Italian Baroque. For Clug, the tremendously expressive score conveys life and hope.

Uwe Scholz (1958-2004), an exceptionally talented German choreographer who passed away far too young, left behind a rich legacy. The evening’s second work, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, described by Richard Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance,” is one of his master works. With its remarkable musicality, this ballet on pointe, as finely cut as a diamond, leaves no one indifferent. It makes for a memorable evening of music and dance. www.grandsballets.com


The Phantom of the Opera

October 04 To 15, 2017 – Place des Arts/ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world. www.placedesarts.com


International Black Film Festival

September 27 to October 01, 2017 – Various Locations

The goal of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is to bring audiences the most beautiful and the most amazing new Black films, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The MIBFF wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise. The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile, that leave us perplexed, that shock us... www.montrealblackfilm.com


Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

October 03 to 29, 2017 – Centaur theatre

You don’t need to know anything about hockey to love the exhilarating, heart-breaking, and triumphant true story of courageous Canadian hockey legend, Theoren Fleury. With the odds stacked against him, considered too short to play hockey, the pint-sized Métis kid with huge ambitions from Russell, Manitoba, overcame crushing obstacles to become an NHL All-Star, win the Stanley Cup, and represent Canada twice at the Olympic Games where he earned a Gold medal. A top scoring hit performed entirely on ice! www.centauttheatre.com


L’OFF Jazz #15

October 05 to 14, 2017 – Various Locations

After more than 15 years of existence, the OFF JAZZ festival has now, more than ever, established itself as a fixture of Montreal’s cultural scene. This event serves as a unique showcase, bringing Quebec’s jazz scene to centre stage. It encourages freedom of expression and unveils ambitious and never-before-seen creative projects. The festival has become a mainstay of Montreal's cultural life. Still run by a commitee composed of a majority of musicians, the festival has been able to preserve the values that underlie its mission. www.lofffestivaljazz.com


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


What Happened – Hillary Clinton

October 23, 2017 – Palais des Congrès

Her book is described as the most personal of Hillary Clinton in which she describes her reflections and feelings experienced throughout the last American presidential campaign. Ticket for Montreal are currently on sale.


Lucid Realities – Virtual reality Exhibition

July 18 to December 16, 2017 – Phi Center

The third instalment of the Sensory Stories immersive exhibition, curated by Phi and Future of StoryTelling (FoST).

Dreams, memories, and reflections… The third instalment of the Sensory Stories series, Lucid Realities, invites visitors to navigate previously unknowable worlds. Step inside dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and recollections such as walking in space, inhabiting another person’s body, flying like a bird, or exploring secret locations. Being transported to past, current, and imagined realities using immersive technologies, and being exposed to people and situations that are typically inaccessible to us, elicits more visceral and emotional reactions.

Experience new stories and interactive installations from storytelling pioneers that incorporate technologies ranging from artificial intelligence, mixed reality, olfaction, haptics and facial recognition and allow you to explore, touch, and feel—and ask questions. The programming features a collection of the very best new immersive experiences that engage all of the senses and redefine the way we experience narrative.


Tonga Lumina

July 20, 2017 to October 09, 2017 – Mont Tremblant

Montreal multimedia phenom Moment Factory has just launched a new nature walk. A night walk in search of the giant! Deep in the heart of Mont Tremblant, the last of the giants has awoken. Follow your sense of adventure to discover the secret he wants to share. The Tonga Lumina illuminated trail is a sensory experience in the forest. This 1.5-km nocturnal walk takes place on a stone dust pathway at the heart of nature. To start off, visitors show up at the bottom of the Flying Mile chairlift that will take them up to the midway station where they will be led to the entrance of the trail. After taking visitors on a brief ascension, the trail slowly weaves its way down the hill through the woods, crosses streams and clearings. Participants can anticipate being on the pathway an average of one hour. Departures are continuous from sunset to closing, with a maximum of 300 people admitted per half-hour on the course. www.tonglumina.ca


World Press Photo

August 31 to October 01, 2017 – Marché Bonsecours

The World Press Photo Event Showcases the Prizewinning Photographs from the most prestigious professional photography competition on the planet. In 2014, 5 800 photographers from 130 countries submitted a total of 98 000 images. The 150 prizewinning photographs are on display at the exhibition in Montréal. www.worldpressphotomontreal.ca


Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

October  04 to 15, 2017 – Various Locations

The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) was known as the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM) until 2004. Founded in 1971, by Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipides, it is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world. Over 160,000 people make their way to Montreal to attend the prestigious festival each year. The festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival for short films. www.nouveaucinema.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


Montreal Burlesque Festival

October 19 to 21, 2017 – Various Locations

Scarlett James & Montreal Burlesque Productions invite you to 3 nights, 3 exceptional events of Burlesque & Cabaret! Dress up, Glamour up, as YOU are part of the show! www.montrealburlesquefestival.ca



June17 to October 9, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

This immersive exhibition takes you on a trip through time, retracing the optimism, ideals and aspirations of the late 1960s as expressed in music, film, fashion and design as well as through activism. It is an odyssey through the great musical performances of the twentieth century – from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. It brings together some 250 objects, including clothes, posters and albums, photographs and many archival documents. Interviews with key figures and film clips complete the story. www.mbam.qc.ca


47th Annual FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

October 02 to 08, 2017 – Olympic Stadium

For seven days of competition, more than 500 gymnasts from 80 countries will gather at the Olympic Stadium. Be part of the most impressive gymnastics show in the world. In front of tens of thousands of spectators in search of strong emotions, the athletes will compete with elegance, strength and agility in the hopes of winning one of the 12 world champion titles. Be part of the most anticipated competition of the year in artistic gymnastics – a unique opportunity for our Canadian athletes to shine in front of 660 million viewers and to make their mark on the country’s sports history. https://mtl2017gymcan.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.


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 Bouchard. http://www.montrealenhistoires.com


La Ronde **Open on weekends only**

La Ronde, the biggest amusement park in Eastern Canada, has forty rides and attractions, including a new ride suspended over Lac des Dauphins: "EDNÖR – The Attack." La Ronde has something for everyone: roller coasters for thrill seekers, slower

rides with panoramic views of the city for the wiser ones, and gentle rides for the youngest children in Le Pays de Ribambelle.


Montréal Canadians Hockey

October 10, 14, 24, 26 & 28, 2017 – Bell Centre

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




Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

October 03, 2017 – Halsey **CANCELLED**

October 16, 17 & 19, 2017 – Roger Waters

October 20, 2017 – Dalai-Lama **CANCELLED**

October 27, 2017 – Imagine Dragons


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

October 06, 2017 – Louis T.

October 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14, 2017 – Andrew Skeels Choregraphy - Danse Danse

October 19, 2017 – Johnny Clegg

October 20, 2017 – Paco des Lucia

October 21 & 22, 2017 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

October 30, 2017 - Peter Mansbridge


Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

October 03, 2017 – Glass Animals

October 09, 2017 - Mastodon

October 10, 2017 – A Day To Remember


Théâtre St. Denis (www.theatrestdenis.com)

October 12, 13 & 14, 2017 - Britishow

October 26, 2017 – Let it Be (Musical Comedy)


Place Bell (www.evenko.ca)

October 29, 2017 – Alt-J


Corona Theatre (www.olympiamontreal.com)  

October 04, 2017 – UFO & Saxon

October 28, 2017 – Simon LeBlanc