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Édition Juin/ 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:

 

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 World

If 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

 

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2016-2017)

June 01 & 02, 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

 

Cirque du Soleil – Volta

May 20 to July 23, 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

 

Montreal Chamber Music Festival

May 26 to June 15, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts/Salle Bourgie

Looking for another reason to visit Montréal? This festival offers you outstanding jazz and classical music artists in presentations that have attracted millions via radio, television and live performance. Don't miss the first festival of Montréal's summer season and one of the best chamber music festivals in North America. www.festivalmontreal.org

 

Festival Montréal Baroque

June 22 to 25, 2017 – Place des Festivals

Montreal Baroque Festival promises to entertain, charm, and uplift us with its amazing programming! www.montrealbaroque.com

 

Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

June 01 & 02, 2017 – Sall 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

 

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

 

Festival TransAmériques

May 25 to June 08, 2017 – Various Location

Montreal's international festival combining both contemporary dance and contemporary theater, the Festival TransAmériques is three weeks of world and North American premiere performances by top choreographers, artistic directors, playwrights, actors and dancers. A relative newbie on the festival scene in Montreal, the Festival TransAmériques premiered in 2007, combining two festivals. Previously known as the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, an all-theater festival going strong since 1985, the Festival TransAmériques added contemporary dance to the performance roster, picking up the slack where Montreal's contemporary dance event, the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (defunct since 2003) left a void, to the dismay of Montreal's prominent dance community. And so a new festival was born with a particular focus on promoting contemporary dance and theater on the edge. www.fta.qc.ca

 

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens - Falling Angels

May 25 to June 03, 2017 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve

Set to Steve Reich’s extraordinary music and percussion, Kylián’s Falling Angels is a mesmerizing study for eight dancers, a powerful work of the highest order. His pure and refined Evening Songs are set to Dvořák’s a cappella songs of the same name, and performed live by a choir. Finally, Stephan Thoss’s Searching for Home, an inner voyage into the multiplicity of the self, features 16 dancers in a piece inspired by the music of Philip Glass and the images it evokes. Magical, spell binding.  With Falling Angels, Kylián explores the duality that drives artists, the opposition between their discipline and their pursuit of freedom. Steve Reich’s percussions structure Kylián’s choreography, a tribute to the dancers and their brilliance, vulnerability and humour. This struggle between a need to belong and a desire for independence is a dilemma that haunts us all. www.gransballets.com

 

The St-Ambroise Fringe Festival Montreal

May 29 to June 18, 2017 – Various Location

The Fringe Festival is Montréal’s summer block party of theatre, dance, music, comedy, and more. With over 700 shows, local and international performing artists take over the Plateau Mont-Royal to celebrate years of boundless creativity. Artists are selected by lottery, no Censorship. Artists have complete freedom to present ANYTHING, accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery and afford its application fees, accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are kept low and 100% of the ticket price is returned to the artists you see on stage. www.fringefestivals.com

 

Amnesia Rock Fest

June 22 to 25, 2017 – Montebello

The largest rock festival in Canada with an insane lineup. Rockfest is way more than simply bands, it’s a small town that gets completely taken over and becomes a giant party for one weekend.  It’s a magical vibe where anything goes, the best weekend of your life every year! Located in beautiful Montebello, Quebec, bordering the Outaouais River, the festival is less than an hour away from Ottawa and a just over an hour away from Montreal. Montebello is a small countryside village with a population of just 900 residents (and 1,000 cows).  If you don’t have a car, a variety of travelling options are available. www.amnesiarockfest.com

 

Eureka Festival

June 09 to 11, 2017 – Centre des Sciences (Old Port)

A huge celebration of science for the curious of all ages! Scientists explain what it is, why it works, how to get involved! Join over 100 activities. See the shows, LAUGH, CREATE, EXPERIMENT, DISCOVER and UNDERSTAND! www.eurekafestival.com

 

It Shoulda Been You

June 04 to 25, 2017 – Segal Centre for Performing Arts

A WILD MUSICAL ROMP DOWN THE AISLE! Tempers flare and worlds collide in this uproarious ode to wedding day insanity. When an unexpected ex-boyfriend crashes the ceremony, an event already on the edge gets tipped right over it! RSVP to this unblissfully charming musical celebration and find out if the wacky wedding actually ends with an ‘I do’. www.segalsentre.org

 

Love is love by Jean Paul Gaultier

May 27 to October 09, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

As a fitting conclusion to the phenomenal world tour by The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, seen by two million visitors in twelve cities from 2011 to 2016, the MMFA is presenting a surprise return by Jean Paul Gaultier. Since the designer has described this record-breaking tour as his “biggest fashion show,” the MMFA is wrapping it up in style, just like Gaultier would do in a fashion show, with the final bouquet: wedding gowns. Featuring some thirty creations – several of which are being displayed for the first time – this celebration of marriage brings together straight, gay, intercultural and interracial unions to celebrate love and diversity. The exhibition is produced by the MMFA, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. www.mbam.qc.ca

 

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

 

Revolution

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

 

Aura

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

 

Mondial de la Bière

June 14 to 18, 2017 – Palais des Congrès

Montreal’s first great festival of the summer, the Mondial de la bière is a unique tasting event dedicated to the reinstatement of beer’s noble status. Founded in 1994, the Mondial de la bière is considered to be a gateway to the Québec and foreign beer industry. The professional MBeer segment, which began in 2005 with the MBeerconference, is enriched by the visit of international beer celebrities who contribute to its reputation. The MBeer Contest and the MBeer school of beerology, created in 1996, have also helped develop Quebec’s expertise in this domain. An unavoidable event for beer amateurs, the Mondial de la bière attracts over 80,000 people who attend the event in search of high quality products, which many are exclusive to the Festival. To please festival goers, the Mondial de la bière’s program also includes a very elaborate educational segment. Whether it’s meeting with the brewers, through the Public Beer Contest or the Cheese and Beer workshops, amateurs are well equipped to cultivate their minds, educate their palate and quench their thirst with delectable discoveries. Through the years, the event has become the most important festival of international beers in America and its reputation now travels over to many countries. The European version of the Montreal event, the Mondial de la bière of Strasbourg, inaugurated its first edition between October 16th and 18th of 2009 and intends to be Europe’s leading brewing event. To get the latest news on the Mondial, visit our Facebook page and follow us at Twitter/Mondialbiere. www.festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca

 

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.

 

MURAL Festival

June 08  to 18, 2017 – Blvd. Saint Laurent (Outdoors)

As an international public art festival bound to the celebration of creativity and the democratization of urban art, MURAL transforms for a week the Saint-Laurent Boulevard into a real open-air museum where local and international artists will unite their talents in the most creative manners. Creativity and the visual arts await you! www.muralfestival.com

 

Tour de l’Île de Montreal

June 04, 2017 – Throughout the Island of Montreal

In 2013, everyone can say: "I do MY Tour!» This is especially true this year, since participants will be able to choose, even on the day of the race, a distance of either 25 km – allowing kids and uninitiated to crisscross the city over a shorter distance – or 50 km.

Seasoned cyclists looking for a sports activity that is both exciting and exhilarating will enjoy the 50 km Express. At 9:15 a.m., spearheading the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, they will bike the route at an average speed of 30 km/h for 1½ hours.

Always striving to offer cyclists a unique, stimulating experience, Vélo Québec is launching a 100-km morning tour: an exploratory route along the city’s shoreline – an actual tour of the island! Cyclists will bike the first 70 kilometers on a marked route open to motorists, and then continue on closed-off streets of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal. www.veloquebec.info 

 

The Montreal Tamtams

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.

 

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.

 

Piknic ElectroniK

May 18, 2017 to September 21, 2017 – Parc Jean Drapeau (Mainly on Weekends)

A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans returns. The event takes place at Place de l’homme, underneath the Calder sculpture in Parc Jean-Drapeau. www.piknicelectronik.com

 

Avudo

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

 

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.

 

Concerts

 

Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

June 01, 2017 – Chainsmokers

June 02, 2017 - Tool

June 20, 2017 – Red Hot Chili Peppers

June 29, 2017 – Nickelback

June 30, 2017 – Bob Dylon

 

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

June 11, 2017 – Toto

June 22, 2017 – Tears for Fears

 

Théâtre l’Olympia

June 10, 2017 – Bill Burr (Comedian)

June 11, 2017 – The Jacksons




And much more to come...

 

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!