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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:

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


Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal  –  Classical Spree Festival

August 10 to 13, 2017 – Place Des Arts (Indoor & Outdoor venues)

The festival OSM Classical Spree will be held by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, includes 30 concerts of 45 minutes in 4 halls at Place des Arts, at the Quartier des spectacles and at the Olympic Park, come and see artists from here and abroad during the Classical Spree, a festival for the whole family. A Montreal summertime must! Every concert ticket will be between 10 $ and 40 $ and four of them, all at the Maison Symphonique, are already on sale, including Beethoven's Fifth Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano, on August 8 in the afternoon, and Carnival of the Animals on the Organ, a concert for the whole family on August 8 in the morning. www.pda.qc.ca


Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

August 19, 2017 – Mont Royal Park (at the foot of the mountain)

One of the must-see events of summer 2017, this free performance will bring together major artists and Montréal’s three great orchestras, under the direction of Simon Leclerc.

Created and produced by GSI Musique, this concept show will bring together the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain as well as the McGill Symphony Orchestra for the very first time ever. They will be joined by a prestigious array of popular artists to celebrate the city at the foot of the mountain. This grandiose concert will feature over 300 musicians, pop artists and choral singers who promise to dazzle our eyes and ears and make our spirits soar.

With seasons as the theme, a series of tableaux will evoke the city, its inhabitants, its history, its landmarks and its vibrant personality. Special projections will create an intimate ambiance as we move through the four seasons that set the city tempo, with an imaginary fifth as the finale: an invitation to dream about the future of Montréal together. www.375mtl.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


Fantasia Festival

July 13 to August 02, 2017 – Various Locations

The Fantasia Film Festival, a Montreal silver screen staple since 1996, is not quite as tame and heartwarming as Disney's groundbreaking collection of shorts that go by the same name. Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, gored up sci-fi, gratuitous nudie shot B-movies, name your non-PG genre and chances are Fantasia has it covered in its programming, particularly Asian films which make up almost half of every year's selection. www.fantasiafestival.com


World Film Festival

August 24 to September 04, 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


Montreal International Reggae Festival

August 26, 27 & 28, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal

Montreal’s festive summer season was augmented in 2004 with the emergence of The Montreal International Reggae Festival. With an aim to not only showcase the pulsating Reggae beat of internationally renown musicians, but also to highlight excellence amongst a diverse set of ‘Reggae Ambassadors’ from all corners of the world including Canadian based musicians, this festival continues to be held in high esteem. Consistently embracing the theme, “United Against Violence” the Montreal International Reggae Festival has become a significant tradition for Reggae music lovers in and outside of Canada.

The festival boasts having an audience of over 150,000 since its inception and is steadfast in its commitment to raising the profile of a musical genre best known for manifestations of powerful messages. Fostering unity is key in dually linguistic Montreal – a city that mirrors a global village; and using artistic forms generated through Reggae to achieve this goal has been the successful platform of this Festival. Derived from a list of musical forms that started with Mento – a type of Jamaican folk music, Reggae music became most popular in the 1970s when it burst onto the international scene through popular songs by artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers. www.montrealinternationalreggaefestival.com



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


Nomad Fest Urban Rodeo

August 24 to 27, 2017 – Quai Jacques Cartier Old Montreal

Dive into the exciting atmosphere of four urban rodeos at Jacques-Cartier Pier in Old Montreal! Take a closer look with a tour of the horse stalls; meet some of the 150 real cowgirls and cowboys in attendance!

Join a whirlwind of country festivities over four days. Shimmy and stomp to great country music. Treat your taste buds to gourmet experiences. Take part in a host of fun and instructive activities in an environment straight out of a modern-day western movie set.

This is your chance to get to know more about the cowboy lifestyle and immerse yourself in a different world in the heart of Montreal. www.nomadfest.ca


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. https://phi-centre.com/en/event/lucid-realities-en/


Île Soniq

August 10, 11 & 12, 2017 – Downtown Montreal (10th) & Parc Jean-Drapeau (11th & 12th)

A completely different kind of Parc life will spring into action at the second edition of new electronic dance and urban music festival ÎleSoniq, which in only its first year brought out nearly 35,000 beat-happy partiers. Spectacular, state-of-the-art special effects will overload your circuits to the sounds of Deadmau5, Die Antwoord, Azealia Banks and many, many more. www.ilesoniq.com

Fantasia Festival

July 13 to August 02, 2017 – Various Locations

The Fantasia Film Festival, a Montreal silver screen staple since 1996, is not quite as tame and heartwarming as Disney's groundbreaking collection of shorts that go by the same name. Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, gored up sci-fi, gratuitous nudie shot B-movies, name your non-PG genre and chances are Fantasia has it covered in its programming, particularly Asian films which make up almost half of every year's selection. www.fantasiafestival.com


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 30 to October 01, 2017 – Marché Bonsecours



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


Festival International de Tango

August 16 to 20, 2017 – Various Locations

Since 2003 the Montreal International Tango Festival has honored the music, dance and poetry of tango in Montreal.

Each year, argentine tango masters, dancers and musicians alike, gather along with amateurs from all around the world for the pleasure of Montrealers. They present a rich program which comprises master classes, concerts, shows and dancing evenings, also known as milongas. www.fitm.ca


Le Festival de Lanaudiere

July 01 to August 06, 2016 – Lanaudiere

Canada’s leading classical music festival. Continuing a long tradition of excellence, the Festival de Lanaudière presents a series of intimate recitals in the historic churches of the region and performances by famous symphony orchestras in the amphitheatre. www.festival@lanaudiere.org



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


Italian Week

August 04 to 13, 2017 – Little Italy

For a week in August, get a taste of the Italian culture and indulge in its legendary charm during an event filled with activities. Montreal’s Italian Week features a comedy show, an opera, a fashion show, and Italian Canadian singers and artists. Little Italy on St. Laurent between Jean-Talon and St. Zotique. www.semaineitaliennedemontreal.com


Montréal First Peoples Festival

August 02 to 09, 2017 – Various Locations/Quartier des Spectacles

The Montréal First Peoples Festival highlights American aboriginal art, history and traditions. The richness and vitality of traditional and contemporary aboriginal cultures take centre stage, encouraging a spirit of awakening. Come discover the vivid culture of our continent's first inhabitants. www.nativelynx.qc.ca


Festival Mode & Design Montreal  2017

August 21 to 26, 2017 – Various Locations

This highly glamorous event serves up a varied program that brings together the leading international fashion labels, a host of renowned national designers, exciting musical performances, design in real time, and countless special events, all in a decidedly unique ambiance. The Festival is a unique platform introducing the biggest trends in fashion, design, music and shopping, a one of a kind event you don’t want to miss. Founded in 2001 and directed by the Group Sensation Mode, the Montréal Fashion and Design Festival is a forward-thinking event that invites fashionistas to redefine their style! www.fwstivalmodedesign.com


Wonderlust: Transformation begins here

August 24 to 27, 2017 – Mont Tremblant

The Wanderlust Festival returns to Tremblant August 24 to 27 with an all-out celebration of mindful living. Join a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers, chefs and attendees for four transformational days and three thrilling nights. Explore new ideas, make new friends, discover new abilities and dance your heart out.


Clock Tower Beach

June 16 to September 02, 2017 – Foot of the Clock Tower (Old Port)

**Every day, 10.30am to 7.30pm. On fireworks night and special events, late closing at 11pm. From September 3 to 23 open on weekends only. **

The Old Port’s new hot spot!

Located a short distance from the historical district, the Old Port of Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine sand, chairs, parasols and refreshing mist. There is also a bar where you can meet with friends over a drink and a bite late into the evening.

Located at the foot of the Clock Tower, the Old Port’s spectacular entrance, the beach offers a serene setting right on the city’s heels and all Old Port attractions.


The Montreal Tam-tams

Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2017 – Mont Royal Park

The Montreal Tamtams are a drum circle based in Montreal, Canada. One of the most original musical events in Montréal, this free festival takes place on Sundays, near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier and in Mount Royal Park's surrounding green spaces. The Tamtam festivities start at 1 pm and continue until sunset.  A colourful gathering of drummers, dancers, vendors and their admiring audiences. For twenty years, Montrealers and visitors have come to play music and dance, or just watch and listen.  Tamtams, or simply "tams" as they are sometimes called by locals, began in 1978 and over the years have become one of the main tourist attractions of the city.



May 17 to September 02, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal/Quai King Edward (every night)

Set on the water, Montréal AVUDO will pay poetic tribute to the St. Lawrence River throughout the years and seasons. The water, omnipresent, will be given a voice through installations and grandiose projections. It will tell the story of those who lived there, who arrived by the St. Lawrence, whose livelihood depended on it, who built, innovated and set off to link Montréal to the rest of the world. In short, memories of the St. Lawrence will come alive through it.

AVUDO is a non-linear show that evokes the emotional ties between the St. Lawrence River, Montréal, its intertwining histories, its neighbourhoods, its stakeholders and its people. Homage will be paid to a river that has witnessed the rise of the island, from its very beginnings to the Montréal of today, and interspersed with characters that have helped create the city. www.375mtl.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 Bouchard http://www.montrealenhistoires.com


Piknic Electronik

May 18, to September 21, 2017 – Parc Jean Drapeau

A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans returns in 2013 from May 19 to September 22. The event takes place at Place de l’homme, underneath the Calder sculpture in Parc Jean-Drapeau.


La Ronde

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.




Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

August 8, 2017 – Coldplay

August 10, 2017 – Linkin Park

August 11, 2017 – One Republic

August 12, 2017 – keith Urbain


Olympic Stadium


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

August 23, 2017 – Midnight Oil