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MONTREAL EN LUMIERE’S NUIT BLANCHE

On February 25, 2012, Montreal once again hosted Nuit Blanche as part of the Montreal en Lumiere Festival. From the heart of the Quartiers des Spectacles to the Plateau, Old Montreal to Parc Olympique, Montreal Buzz videographer Guillaume Langlois and I set off into the Nuit Blanche with no idea of the wacky nocturnal adventure we’d get into: a Bran Van 3000 show, a glowing urban slide, some luminothérapie, the world’s tallest inclined tower, owls, ice skating under the stars, and last, but absolutely not least, penguins.

BELGIAN GUEST CHEF DELIGHTS TOQUE! DINERS

Montreal’s High Lights Festival centers heavily on food, as dozens of guest chefs descend on the city to show off their skills at different host restaurants. This year, Belgium has been chosen as the main theme and the chef representing his countrymen as the festival’s honorary president is Yves Mattagne, who owns the two-Michelin-star Seagrill, in Brussels, among other restaurants…

CREATIVE ARTS ILLUMINATE MONTREAL EN LUMIERE

Montréal en Lumière, also known as the High Lights Festival, February 16–26, and its all-night cultural event/party Nuit Blanche, February 25, have done the impossible and made February a month to actually look forward to. No matter what the weather, the festival brings out some of the best creative minds in Montreal, Quebec and further afield, with art, light shows, music and world-class performances…

MONTREAL EN LUMIERE & NUIT BLANCHE

And then they said LET THERE BE LIGHT! And light will be everywhere at the 13th edition of the Montréal en Lumière (Montreal High Lights) Festival and its shining star, Nuit Blanche, from February 16 to 26. Read on to find out all the highlights of Montréal en Lumière and where to go on Nuit Blanche!

BEER AND BELGIUM ON THE HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL’S MENU

Every February, Montreal’s bellies look forward to the Gastronomical aspects of the midwinter High Lights festival, also known as Montreal en Lumiere. This is the 11th edition and for the last 10 years the festival has treated us to some of the finest tables this city has ever known—and best of all, there are events for every budget, from chef-hosted, multi-course tasting menus to culinary walking tours of various Montreal neighbourhoods and workshops at Jean-Talon market…

UNDERGROUND ART AND NUIT BLANCHE

Yes, it’s a tad nippy in Montreal. But thankfully part of Nuit Blanche, one of the highlights of the Montreal High Lights Festival, goes down under the ground…

MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WOMEN

Now more than ever, a woman’s place is in the kitchen—as the driving force of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival. Every year since its inception a decade ago, the festival’s Wine and Dine Experience has organized itself around a theme, and this year the festival is honouring women in the culinary arts—from chefs to winemakers to cheesemongers…

SAY CHEESE AT THE MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL

How good are Quebec cheeses? Well, the lovely ‘Cinderella’ cheese, Cendrillon, was voted Best in the World in 2009. The ash-covered soft goat cheese, with a taste that becomes stronger with age, was the first cheese in the country to receive this prestigious award. You can try Cendrillon and other Quebec cheeses, for free, at the Festival of Quebec Cheeses in Montreal…

LIVING THE HIGH LIGHTS LIFE

I’m all for cosying up by the fire on a cold winter’s day, but when the High Lights Festival (Le Festival Montréal en Lumière), now in its 12th year, rolls into town, I’m out and about. Dubbed a party for the senses, there are really three parties wrapped into one…