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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 →

VIDEO: Street Art In Montreal

While some less cool cities might see it as just graffiti, Montreal knows street art brings a vibrant texture to our neighbourhoods. So we embrace it with pride. Our summer festival MURAL brings street artists from all over world to use the bricks of our buildings as their canvas, and as a result a stroll up Saint-Laurent Boulevard is like walking through an art gallery. At night the Quartier des Spectacles becomes decidedly futuristic when the digital projection mappings transform facades of entire buildings into hypnotizing swirls of sound and colour. It’s something you have to see to believe, so come check it out in Montreal soon! Book an art-filled adventure in Montréal: http://www.montrealoffer.com  

Thing to do in Montreal: October 24-30

People dressed up in mile-high platforms, multicoloured duds and hair-dos out to there? Naw, it isn’t Halloween yet, it’s the Biennale de Montréal! Art takes over this week, along with hot fashion, performances and music…

Things to do in Montreal: October 17-23

This week holds tons of free and less-free entertainment, but both are guaranteed to make you feel phenomenal in their special way. Keep some energy to party – there’s some hopping musical acts in town…

Tracing Greats Movements from Van Gogh to Kandinsky

What a difference 14 years makes. The turn of the 19th century in Europe was an incredibly fruitful time, and none so much as in the visual arts. Thanks to extensive research by Los Angeles-based curator Timothy O. Benson, the exhibition Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914, on now at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, traces in detail the decade and a half that established the history of Modern Art as we know it…

Thing to do in Montreal: October 10-16

With Thanksgiving weekend ringing in the week, the theme is fall’s bounty, both outdoors and in. From film screenings to grandiose ballet productions to the beautiful changing colours on the trees, there’s a whole lot to take in…

Lanterns Lead the Way Through Gardens of Light

As summer turns to fall, the Montreal Botanical Garden celebrates the changing seasons with its annual Gardens of Light show, transforming the natural beauty of the Chinese and Japanese Gardens into illuminated works of art…

See Art’s Future at the Biennale de Montréal 2014

For decades Montreal has been a hotbed for beautiful and challenging contemporary art – this year’s Biennale de Montréal art festival celebrates that history alongside the brightest works of art today and delves into what art may soon become…

The MACM turns 50!

In 1964, Montreal was a city in full development – half way into building Île-Ste-Hélène, fresh off erecting its now-iconic Place Ville Marie, and busy celebrating the inauguration of its one and only, brand new Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal…

Things to do in Montreal: July 11-17

As mid-July arrives in Montreal, the city streets fill with music, comedy, circus performances and outdoor markets alongside many ways to relax right downtown, in the parks and at the beach…