Montréal has a reputation for all things innovative and cutting-edge; well, that goes for its cultural offering as well. Home to an all-star list of internationally-renowned institutions, the city is a hotbed of ingenious talent in its most classic form.
Our cultural calendar never skips a beat, with a diverse array of events and performances running all year long. Ballet, opera, music, theatre…you name it, we’ve got it. And we flaunt it, in venues ranging from grand performance halls to intimate black-box theatres, parks to churches, traditional or unusual – no matter where, classical talent runs rampant throughout the city for all to enjoy.
We’ve earned bragging rights about our dynamic arts and culture scene thanks to incredible companies the likes of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (led by renowned director, Kent Nagano), les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Opéra de Montréal, and outstanding events such as the Montréal Chamber Music Festival and the Orgue et Couleurs Fall Festival, just to name a few of our local superstars that spoil us with their brilliance at home and do us proud on the world stage.
And since world-class companies require world-class venues, come this fall, the OSM will set up residence in their new venue, La Maison symphonique de Montréal, and the Museum of Fine Arts will open their new Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and Bourgie Concert Hall in the newly-transformed Eskine and American Church, adjacent to the museum.
Another cool thing about Montréal is that it doesn’t matter how (apparently) high-brow the performance is, everyone is welcome. Here, “high” culture is for the masses, too, thanks to audience development initiatives such as the Opera de Montréal’s 18-30 programme that offers incredible seats for a fraction of the price. And, of course, our very own window to all things cultural – a.k.a. La Vitrine – is a one-stop shop for shows and discount tickets across the island.