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Your 2015 Montréal summer festival guide

With every major summer festival and event in Montréal comes the impetus for a holiday getaway in our great city. The F1 Grand Prix du Canada, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, the Jazz Festival and Osheaga, for example, are but drops in a whole bucket of fun awaiting all ages and tastes in the coming weeks and months. Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival (April 20-26) The theme at Blue Met this year is “The Power of Words,” and this large-scale celebration of reading and writing across cultures once again brings in a raft of heavy hitter authors and literary-minded figures for readings, discussions and other special events. ELEKTRA (May 13-17) ELEKTRA is a yearly digital arts festival showcasing new creations in electronic music, video, cinema, performance, design, gaming and interactive installation in combination with the innovative use of new technologies, and, in particular, those of the digital kind. Festival TransAmériques (FTA) (May 21 to June 4) The Festival TransAmériques (FTA) celebrates new works in contemporary dance and theatre. Showcasing both established and emerging artists, choreographers, writers and directors, this ninth edition of the FTA also aims to foster dialogue through a stimulating range of workshops, debates and roundtable discussions. Chromatic (May… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates food all year round

Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 15 food events that you need to look out for! Je t’aime en chocolat A weekend-long event dedicated to all things chocolate. Join chocolate vendors and experience seminars by the Academy of Chocolate and a chocolate fashion show, all for free at Bonsecours Market. Annually in February (2016 dates to be confirmed). La Poutine Week Some 40 restaurants around the city create signature poutines – our official-unofficial dish – in a bid to win the title of the city’s best poutine. Annually in February (2016 dates to be confirmed). Mondial des cidres Taking place at the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, this event introduces over 300 varieties of sparkling, still, and ice cider made locally in Québec. Annually in February (2016 dates to be confirmed). MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE The 16th edition runs until March 1. One of the largest festivals in the world celebrating winter, Montréal en Lumiere pairs world renowned chefs with some of the city’s finest tables to create menus and wine pairings offering unforgettable experiences. Aperitivo Montréal’s Little Italy invites you to experience the Italian tradition of “Aperitivo” (a European version of happy hour). From February 4 to March 25different… / Read More →

Light up your taste buds during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Winter winds may blow, but Montrealers don’t let frosty temperatures dampen their spirits: we embrace the season and celebrate it. One way we shake off the cold is with one of the world’s largest winter festivals, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIERE, from February 19 to March 1. For 11 days, visitors and locals alike can experience the pleasure of a Montréal winter through a unique program of activities that brings together performing arts, free outdoor family-friendly activities and, most importantly, gastronomy! Since 2000, over 500 world-renowned chefs have been paired with local culinary talent at the city’s finest tables to express their passion for the art of food. Here are some of the gastronomy events not to be missed. Honorary President of the festival, Pierre-André Ayer from the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pérolles – voted western Switzerland’s chef of the year –joins host Jérôme Ferrer at Europea. He will be presenting a six-course meal of dishes that have helped build his reputation. The two Honorary President Dinners will be accompanied by some of Switzerland’s finest vintages never seen before in Montréal, hand-picked by Paolo Basso, named World’s Best Sommelier in 2013. Twice Michelin-starred chef Reto Lampart joins Riccardo Bertolino and Daniel Boulud and… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Laurent Saulnier

Laurent Saulnier is arguably one of Montréal’s most powerful musical tastemakers. It’s a notion that would doubtless make the amiable and unassuming Vice-President of Programming and Production for three of the city’s largest festivals – MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Les FrancoFolies – erupt in a fit of his signature laughter. Saulnier began working for the festivals 15 years ago after sharpening his skills as a music connoisseur at French-language alt-weekly Voir where he was music editor. Now Saulnier applies those same discerning tastes to the selection of the hundreds of artists of all genres who perform at the festivals’ indoor and outdoor stages. He is, in short, the VP of your good time. Job: Vice-President of Programming and Production at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Les FrancoFolies. What exactly do you do? “I’m responsible for all the stages and what’s on those stages, both indoors and outdoors. So it’s about choosing the artists, but it’s also about the lights, the sound and everything that’s on the stages themselves.” What’s the coolest thing about your job? “The coolest thing is being able to bring new faces, new talent, new… / Read More →

DANIEL PIAZZOLLA BRINGS THE JAZZ-TANGO TO MONTREAL

A heatwave all the way from Buenos Aires hits Montreal this week as the city’s winter festival of lights, Montréal en Lumière, welcomes jazz-tango musician Daniel Piazzolla, grandson of the “king of tango” Astor Piazzolla, and more music, dancing and food from Argentina…

FREE THINGS TO DO AT MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

It may still be winter in Montreal, but the spirit of summer festivals – especially all their free outdoor entertainment – is alive and well this week at Montréal en Lumière. The festival celebrates the creative life of the city with live music, theatrical and dance performances, all manner of art, and activities to keep everyone moving to the Montreal beat…