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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 →

Meet a Montrealer: Daniel Iregui

As the Creative Director and founder of Iregular, Daniel Iregui is one of those people who is responsible for creating the rich, artistic fabric Montréal is known for. He and his colleagues François Loubert-Hudon and David Surprenant mix technology and design to create ambitious, immersive public experiences, which then travel around the world. The next piece they are doing will be at the heart of the Montréal Digital Spring launch, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). This is how Daniel experiences Montréal. Job: Creative Director and founder of Iregular Favourite pastime: I have a jam space in my studio where I play music with some friends. It’s always different people, so it’s like a group without a name and without albums. I love Mutek, and the jams we do around Mutek are always particularly inspired. How long have you been a Montrealer? For nine years. I’m originally from Colombia, but I moved to Toronto to finish my studies. Even though I lived there for three years, I always felt like an immigrant; but every time I came to Montréal, it was completely different. I felt at home. It was very strange, and it’s very hard to point out why. I really fell in… / Read More →

Montréal creators connect at inspiring spring festivals

You could say that many hands will be making light work in Montréal in the coming months. It’s fitting that UNESCO has proclaimed 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies because spring in Montréal is going to be so bright with possibility, you’re gonna wanna wear shades. Montréal is a world leader in creativity and connectivity, and the annual Chromatic festival is the embodiment of that assertion. Touting their 360-degree perspective on art, Chromatic has literally been to the mountaintop, and they’ll be going back again for their sixth instalment, May 22 to 27. The week-long celebration of Montréal imagination will once again take its place at the top of the town, in the classic stone-and-wood chalet at the summit of the city’s iconic Mount Royal. The scenic lookout will host a myriad range of arts – visual, digital, audio, performance, interactive, interdisciplinary and more – with a program that features over 150 artists and events, including concerts, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, parties and activities for all ages. Powered by Montréal’s respected MASSIVart collective, who specialize in event creation, production and design, the goal is once again to connect audiences with the artist. And new this year is a… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: May 23-29

See more of the city in warm weather this week by foot, bike or even Sunday’s Museums Day shuttle bus, ferrying visitors from the urban centre to pastoral gardens. At night, take in the international entertainment of ballet, opera, contemporary dance, electronic music and art, and rock ‘n’ roll…

C2MTL 2014: Creativity Meets Commerce

On the face of it, blockbuster filmmaker James Cameron, wildly successful internet venture capitalist and Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and LCD Soundsystem anti-guitar-hero James Murphy wouldn’t appear to share a whole lot of common ground. But over the course of three days in May, however, they’ll share their insights into the role that creativity and innovation has played in their respective successes, as well as a stage, at C2MTL…

The Best in New Electronic Music & Art at EM15

Cutting-edge electronic music and digital art meet at EM15, combining the forces of the Mutek and Elektra festivals in one big 15th-anniversary celebration. Over six days, May 27 to June 1, EM15 delivers 85 dazzling outdoor and indoor performances, featuring sonic and visual innovators from around the world…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 18-24

Spring and sunshine come together this week in Montreal for Easter brunches and concerts, hockey playoffs, internationally-acclaimed art, theatre, film and dance, and a wide world of live music…

VIDEO: Mutek 2013

MUTEK, Montreal’s incredible electronic music and digital arts festival, continues to evolve and amaze. For 14 years now, Mutek has been moving minds and bodies with the latest and greatest sounds to come out of the vast genre of electronic music and, as the video above proves, this year was truly next level. See you all in 2014!

Things to do in Montreal: May 31-June 6

June comes in with a bang as Montreal’s festival season truly begins: the Montreal Bike Fest gets us rolling, along with electro fest Mutek and the experimental performance of Festival Transamériques – even Pop Montreal gets in on the act this weekend with Kids Pop and Puces Pop events. As always, there’s plenty of live music, and even John Malkovich gets swept up in the energy, playing Casanova on stage…

Electronic goes symphonic at Mutek 2013

Certainly one of the highlights and biggest crowd pleasers at the Mutek festival is the late-night Nocturnes program of back-to-back DJs urning out non-stop dance music, but the other side of Mutek is dedicated to live performances that are often symphonic in nature, though electronically so, and almost always accompanied by stunning visuals…