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Montréal Shows Off its incredible fall cultural calendar

We’re standing on the doorstep to September, and while we have lived and loved our gorgeous Montréal summer, we can’t wait for fall because the city’s got a cultural calendar that’s bursting with discovery. Looking for something to do? Let’s peruse just a sample of what Montréal’s got in store this autumn. Dance   The pleasure and passion of dance is everywhere this fall, from the lovely pirouettes and astonishing jetées of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal to the raw expressiveness of contemporary dance troupes like La La La Human Steps. Experience the seduction of salsa at the Salsathèque, the passion of flamenco, the amped-up energy of breakdance battles, or the fun of freestyling yourself! History The cooler weather tends to trigger a little nostalgia and introspection, and a great way to let it run its course is wandering through some of our halls of history. Whether you’re walking through the city’s past with the help of Montréal en histoires cutting-edge app, delving into stories of our communities at the McCord Museum or taking in an exhibition on the fascinating Aztec civilization at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, a trip back in time is great for reconnecting. Music Montréal’s music scene… / Read More →

Meet-a-Montrealer: Maestro Kent Nagano

Grammy-winning Maestro Kent Nagano has come a long way from the American concentration camps his Japanese-American parents and grandparents were imprisoned in during the Second World War. Nagano, born in Berkeley, California, in 1951, overcame much racism in his youth, was given his first real big break by the late Frank Zappa in 1982. In the 1980s Nagano was a student of legendary American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, and Nagano would go on to win Grammy Awards and work with the likes of Björk, Sting and Paul McCartney, as well as Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev. Nagano – the rock star of the classical world – was named Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2006, a contract extended until 2020. Nagano sat down to talk about Montréal and his upcoming projects. What is your favourite pastime? My favourite pastime is making music. How long have you been a Montrealer? I was convinced since the first time I visited Montréal around 1999 that this city was the place to be. What is the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? (Laughs) You know, I’m really not cool at all. But my daughter thought it was really cool… / Read More →

A classical start to spring with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

One of the true crown jewels in Montréal’s rich cultural scene, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is a gateway to an internationally acclaimed range of classical music. From within its slick, contemporary headquarters at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, it’s planning a spring full of treats for connoisseurs and newbies alike. Here are 10 concerts not to be missed between March and May. Adventures in the East kicks off the month on March 4 (8 p.m.) and 8 (2:30 p.m.) with a program presented in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its exhibition Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time. Directed by Kent Nagano, the concert features pieces by Saint-Saëns, Dukas and Strauss (“Dance of the Seven Veils”, from Salome), as well as the world premiere of works inspired by Sephardic and Arab-Andalousian songs by contemporary Montréal composer Kiya Tabassian. The eastern inflections continue with the concert on March 7 (9 p.m.), Travels with Philip Glass, which unites the work of Tabassian and Dukas with that of groundbreaking composer Glass. From March 11 to 13, flamboyant contemporary pianist Lang Lang is on the menu with two concerts, one titled Kent Nagano Greets Lang Lang (on March 11 and 12, 8 p.m.), the other… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 9–15

Enjoy Montreal-made entertainment and August’s sunny days at several outdoor events this week, ranging from rock and blues music festivals to orchestra performances to live graffiti art – all the while, eat well at food and cultural festivals…