Search Results

Posts by Jamie O'Meara

Montréal has all the right moves when it comes to showcasing dance

From classical to contemporary to the outer realms of creative exploration, when it comes to dance Montreal has a longstanding and well-earned reputation as a city on the move. Top-tier homegrown exports like Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, La La La Human Steps and the Compagnie Marie Chouinard – as well as an always dizzying array of visiting dance companies – have gone a long way towards cementing Montréal’s standing as a key destination for both diehard dance aficionados and casual fans alike. Moreover, when the mercury dives, the city’s dance scene comes alive. The many soft-seat theatres of varying scales in Montréal’s Place des Arts (PDA), the crown jewel in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles, provide an elegant setting for dance of all descriptions year-round. Highly regarded contemporary ballet company Ballet BC, from Vancouver, will take over PDA’s Théâtre Maisonneuve for three nights with a triple bill, January 22 to 24. The three distinctive choreographies – the award-winning Walking Mad, the zany Petite Cérémonie and the eccentric and tribal A.U.R.A. – showcase the considerable abilities of the company’s 18 dancers. The largest of PDA’s theatres, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, will play host to Cuba’s Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba company, who are pretty much guaranteed to light a fire under… / Read More →

Winter arts and culture festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a bright light in a big city

Montrealers have long been predisposed towards thumbing their collective nose at deepest, darkest winter, so 16 years ago when the planners of a unique new February festival declared “Let there be light,” they weren’t kidding. Since then, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has evolved into one of the largest winter arts and culture festivals in the world. Organized by the same festive folks who produce Montréal’s globally renowned Jazz Fest and the FrancoFolies French music festival, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE annually draws some 1,300,000 visitors. The fest features an expansive and eclectic program of entertainment and activities encompassing an array of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), journeys in gastronomy, free outdoor family attractions/distractions and more than a few surprises. Every year the festival celebrates a featured country, and this year the spotlight is on artists from Switzerland. Internationally acclaimed Swiss pop singer/songwriter Stephan Eicher and ascendant Québec folk/soul artist Bobby Bazini are the honorary co-presidents of the fest, with Eicher performing the prestigious closing festival concert at Place des Arts, on February 28. For his part, Bazini will captivate the majestic Métropolis concert hall, February 26. The epicenter of all the action is MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s vibrant (and… / Read More →

Guide to New Year’s Eve in Montreal 2014

Consider this your invitation to New Year’s Eve in Montreal, but be sure to note that, as always, it’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Bedtime. Whether it’s delectable dining, wintery walking or skating, champagne-fuelled dancing and/or every other manner of party prancing, Montreal has the solution to your New Year’s Eve resolution, all night and – in some cases – all the next day long. Strap in…

Montreal’s Olympic Park Winter Village 2015

We can be comfortably certain that the African wise man or woman who coined the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” wasn’t figuring Montreal’s Olympic Park Winter Village into their observation. Still, as villages go, while our annual celebration of winter recreation may or may not raise your offspring’s life game, it’s pretty much guaranteed to supply him or her (or you) with the kind of outdoor frozen fun that creates memories that do indeed last a lifetime.

Montreal Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether it’s stuffing the stockings of others or being Santa to yourself, Montreal comes with a sleigh-full of holiday shopping options – from Christmas markets to bountiful boutiques to original art and artisans – that are all sparkling with possibility…

Montreal Holiday Food Guide

Montreal steps up its already considerable gastronomic game during the holiday season, infusing festive spirit into imaginative and innovative once-a-year offerings tailored to every appetite and taste…

Holiday Nightlife in Montreal

The magic of the season always shines a little more brightly at night, and Montreal evenings are virtually (and is some cases, almost literally) on fire with family friendly happenings this year. And a couple of choice holiday offerings for grown-ups only, as well…

Winter Sports in Montreal 2014

For sports-minded Montrealers, plunging winter temperatures and copious amounts of frozen precipitation are less of an impediment to activity than they are an invitation to get outdoors and indulge themselves in a variety of different sporting options that are otherwise impossible during the steamy summer months…

Guide to the Holidays in Montreal 2014

An internationally renowned festival city to begin with, Montreal is essentially built for the festive season. With a lengthy Christmas list of options for family fun, eating entertainment, gift grabbing and night-time excitement, ours is – naughty or nice – the city to get your jolly on. To wit…

World Junior Hockey Championship in Montreal

It’s some of the fiercest, fastest and certainly most fun hockey anyone’s going to see at that time of the year. So unless the idea of, say, the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs playing a mostly meaningless game against the Florida Panthers at the beginning of January really rocks your hockey socks, then the annual, action-packed IIHF World Junior Championship will once again provide no shortage of on-ice drama and passion…