July 13, 2011 - Montréal's entertainment district, the Quartier des spectacles, is a world-class cultural offering, with some 30 performance venues (nearly 28,000 seats) and featuring L'Astral-an intimate cabaret-style room which has 320 seats and a standing room capacity of 600 people-the permanent home of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan on the Festival International de Jazz site.
Meanwhile, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will be spreading its wings starting in September 2011 in the new OSM hall (la Maison symphonique de Montréal), designed specifically to provide incomparable acoustic quality while allowing for an intimate experience with the symphony orchestra. The new hall will be able to accommodate 1,900 guests, 200 chorus members, and 120 musicians.
The magic of the Quartier des spectacles shines brightly at night, thanks to its ingenious Lighting Plan, a nocturnally radiant tribute to the splendour and personality of the area's buildings and cultural institutions. This uniquely urban experience of dramatic lighting brings to life the Musée d'art contemporain and the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. Comprising an energy-efficient installation including more than 400 light sources, the scheme consumes surprisingly little power-a 34 kW maximum, the equivalent of 340 traditional bulbs-but makes a big impression.
To make the most of the multitude of shows, concerts, and plays taking place at the Quartier des spectacles and around town, look no further than La Vitrine culturelle de Montréal (Montréal's cultural window). This one-stop outlet gives you instant access to information and promotions on all cultural and artistic events happening in the city. Plus, you can purchase tickets, on-line or in person, often at reduced prices. And no visit to the district would be complete without a look at La Vitrine's luminous façade, a technological one-of-a-kind gem in North America, which allows passersby to interact with forms generated by 35,000 LED lights, every night of the year, from 7 to 11 p.m.