Posted on September 27th, 2010 by .

Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins.

On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

It is an original way to visit the museum: have a drink, wander through the exhibits, listening to some cutting-edge live music and then have a leisurely meal in the museum bistro.

It’s all quite hip and civilized.

The Friday Schedule:

[5 pm to 9 pm] Access to the exhibitions featuring ambient sound track and bar service. Consult with the museum website for information on current exhibits.

[7 pm to 8 pm] Musical performance in the Beverly Webster Rolph Hall.



Friday Nocturnes
Montreal Contemporary Art Museum
185 Sainte-Catherine Street West (corner Jeanne-Mance)
Telephone: 1-514 847-6226
Autumn performers schedule:

October 1, Koudlam
November 5, Le Husky
December 3, Courtney Wing

INSIDER TIP: Surf on over to La Vitrine (Montreal’s Box Office) to nab their Friday Nocturnes Package. For $39.87 you get museum and show admission, a drink, dinner, a discount off the boutique and more. There is no better deal in Montreal.


Here’s a little sample of the action…


Where to Stay: In the heart of charming Old Montreal, L Hotel has an amazing contemporary art collection featuring Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Chagall and much more.

Where to Eat: The bistro in the Museum, Le Contemporain, offers up a simple, affordable menu. For the Friday Nocturnes, they feature a $25 table d’hôte!

What else to Do: A wander down Saint Paul Street will give you the opportunity to poke your head into a selection of fine art galleries, many featuring local talent.



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