From June 7-10, paint the town red, blue, yellow and purple at an outdoor event like only Montreal can put on: Nuit Blanche Sur Tableau Noir, which sees a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Mont-Royal Avenue turn into a giant open-air canvas…
Every year at the start of summer, Mont-Royal – a spirited shopping and dining street that slices the city from east to west, ending up at the foot of the beautifully green Mount Royal – closes to traffic for four days and opens the party grounds of artsy pedestrians.
Nuit Blanche Sur Tableau Noir is a block party extraordinaire, with live music, street food, kids’ games and animation all day long over the whole weekend. Its centerpiece, though, is the big street painting created by 40-something local artists, different every year. Over the night of Friday, June 8, between 10 pm and 2 am, this spontaneous community of creators will put pigment to pavement and produce artworks based on this year’s theme, J’aime mon voisin (I love my neighbour).
Anyone and everyone is invited to wander the avenue and watch the magic take shape. Take a gander, then when you get the munchies pop into one of Mont-Royal’s hundreds of restaurants for a bite – see how far your favourite artist has gotten when you come out! Walk a few more blocks, grab dessert; again, then a drink. It’s hard to think of a cooler way to bar-hop.
Music fans will have days full of entertainment too, with shows starting everyday at 3. Bands include the popular Philémon Chante, Kodiak, Le Husky and Polo et les Méchants Moinôs. While for families, the party culminates on Saturday and Sunday as kids are invited to make their own sidewalk art in the Parc des Compagnons-de-Saint-Laurent between 11 am and 5 pm. Plus, they can get cool face makeup. And if you ask nicely, maybe you can too.
Isa Tousignant is contributing editor for Canadian Art, Montreal correspondent for Akimbo, and a freelance writer on art, culture, travel, design and shoes for everyone from enRoute to Canadian Business to herself.