Like much of the world, Montreal loves Oprah – and now the feeling is mutual as the talk-show star and humanitarian shows Montreal some exclusive love at last in An Evening with Oprah, happening April 11 at the Bell Centre…
Oprah’s North American tour makes stops across Canada, arriving in Montreal to enliven Quebeckers and out-of-towners alike with that unique Oprah spirit: over the course of the live show, Oprah will tell stories of her personal and professional life and take questions from the audience, all with the aim to inspire and empower.
Recently, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) took an interest in Montreal’s penchant for public art and outdoor music, name-checking popular springtime art installation 21 Balançoires (21 Swings), a long row of musical swings ready for playtime in the heart of downtown’s the Quartier des Spectacles. The art installation really does have an Oprah vibe to it, gathering people to make something beautiful together by turning a city street into a fun, playground-like space where anyone and everyone becomes a musician (not to mention a kid at heart.)
Created by Montreal artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat and design group Daily Tous Les Jours, 21 Balançoires turns the simple act of hopping on a swing into a music-making experience – and possibly even a friend-making experience too. Each swing triggers the sound of a musical instrument – piano, guitar, harp and more – so it’s remarkably easy to create melodies and even harmonize with fellow swingers. It’s not hard to find the swings along the Promenade des Artistes – just follow the sound of music and laughter.
Oprah Live in Montreal, April 11, 2013
21 Balançoires (21 Swings), April 17 to June 2, 2013