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Happening in Montréal this month:
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
June 26 to July 05, 2015 – Various Locations
Montreal Jazz Festival: The Largest Jazz Festival in the World
If there ever was a world-class event in Montreal genuinely accessible to everyone and every budget, it's the Montreal Jazz Festival. Named the largest jazz fest in the world in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Montreal Jazz Festival offers its over two and a half million guests from late June through early July. There are also special activities geared towards kids and the whole family. www.montrealjazzfest.com
Loto-Quebec International Fireworks
June 15 to August 15, 2015 – La Ronde Amusement Park
At the outset, the competition included two types of shows: traditional, so-called "classical" fireworks displays; and pyromusical displays involving careful synchronization of the fireworks to a musical score. Since 1987, the displays have been exclusively pyromusical. Over the years, the competition has carved out a place at the summit of the pyrotechnical industry. The leading firms in the world set their sights on participating in the Montréal event, striving to attain the highest distinction in their field.
As testimony to its illustriousness, the competition received a laudatory article in the prestigious New York Times published on June 27, 2008 in "Escapes", its Travel Section. Reporter Henry Fountain described the event as "a world-class competition" and wrote that Montreal was "a city known for its festivals" and where the International Fireworks Competition L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS is like " exclamation marks" that punctuate the summer evenings in the city. www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com
Just for Laughs Festival
July 08 to July 26, 2015 – Various locations
Everything’s funny in Montreal during the month of July. Just for Laughs Festival, the world's largest and most renowned comedy festival brings together artists from all corners of the planet to laugh and celebrate Montreal's joie de vivre. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy over 2,000 performances for the entire family including 1,300 free, outdoor shows in Montreal's splendid Quartier Latin. The Festival is 11 days of performances, street entertainers, urban street theatre, stand-up comedy and laughter. www.hahaha.com
The Mondial Loto-Québec
July 11 to July 25, 2015 – Centre de la Nature, Laval
Besides being one of the most important choral gatherings in the world, Laval’s Mondial Loto-Québec (MLQL) is one of the most important music summer festivals in Quebec. The biggest national and international stars perform at the MLQL, often accompanied by mass choirs. With a population of 400 000, Laval, sister city to Montreal, is one of the largest cities in Canada. Therefore, it stands to reason that the biggest stars in the world would perform here. The Beach Boys, YES, Styx, Take 6 and the legendary french singer Charles Aznavour are but a few of the legendary performers who have graced the Loto-Québec stage. Every year, the MLQL presents an array of concerts and events ranging from Sunrise choral friendship concerts to late night rock extravaganzas, from symphonic events in local churches and concert halls to gigantic pop, rock and electronica mass appeal performances on our outdoor stages. In Laval, all good music is celebrated. Choral singing is the centerpiece of our event. It all started because of our President's love and passion for choral singing. Those who care for this growing art form share its core values: community, friendship, family and beauty. Since 2005, more than a thousand choirs have participated in our event. From as far as Russia, China, Japan, Africa and all around Europe and America, more than 50 000 non-Professional choristers have graced our stages and overwhelmed our audiences with their effort, passion and love of music. www.mlql.org
Festival Nuits d’Afrique
July 07 to 19, 2015 – Various Locations
Since 1987, every edition of Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has had its own particular charm and personality. That is one of the important reasons it thrives.
At the forefront of artistic creativity the Festival plumbs a vast pool of talent from here to Timbuktu, across great oceans to Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
By encouraging the best of old and new world traditions in a spirit of magic and family filled with passion, the festival has carved out a unique position on the cultural landscape and captured the imagination of faithful festival-goers. From summer to summer, attendance at Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has climbed steadily. The fans turned out for 11 unforgettable days spiced with the flavors of southern lands. www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com
Montréal Complèment Cirque
July 02 to 12, 2015 – Various Location
MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE is indeed THE international event on the international circus scene in July – after only five years of existence! Artists and professionals from around the world will come together to delight audiences, who will discover the most original and challenging acts. Once again, the festival is taking over the city! www.montrealcompletementcirque.com
Osheaga Music & Arts Festival - 2015
July 31 to August 02, 2015 - Parc Jean-Drapeau
Osheaga is a unique and eclectic music and arts festival staged in the breath-taking environs of Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, an island of tranquility set in the middle of the bustle of one of North America’s most exciting cities. The festival was inaugurated in 2006 with the intention of offering a world-class European-style festival to Canadians and to showcase Montreal’s acclaimed local talent alongside some of the industry’s biggest names. The artist line-up was designed to present a mix of today’s most avant-garde emerging artists juxtaposed against those internationally known artists who appeal to the most discerning music lover. The festival founders also sought to provide fans with an unparalleled experience by offering them the best music, the best food and concessions, an eco-conscious approach, and by limiting the corporate presence to those who contribute to the spirit of the festival. www.osheaga.com
July 09 to August 01, 2015 – Quartier des Spectacles
Zoofest is a new festival spotlighting emerging talents through alternative programming that includes comedy, theatre, music, and other genres. Its purpose is to create a wild adventure and unique experiences. By focusing on an eclectic offering, Zoofest is the off-the-wall equivalent to the Just For Laughs Festival. With a scouting team that scrutinizes artistic productions from around the world, Zoofest selects only the craziest, not to say the most disturbing, acts to present to some of the most influential people in the industry. www.zoofest.com
June 17 to July 05, 2015 - Corner of Metropolitan Autoroute and Decarie Boulevard
Odysseo by Cavalia is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 60 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 1,393 square meter stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 302,000-litre lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. Odysseo is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. www.cavalia.net
Shakespeare in The Park – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 03, 07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 21, 25 & 26 2015 – Various Locations
A classical theatre festival presenting plays for free in parks throughout the Greater Montréal Area. Come experience theatre under the stars! All ages are welcome. Bring your own chair. http://repercussiontheatre.com/productions/shakespeare-in-the-park/
July 16 to August 04, 2015 – Various Locations
The Fantasia Film Festival, a Montreal silver screen staple since 1996, is not quite as tame and heartwarming as Disney's groundbreaking collection of shorts that go by the same name. Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, gored up sci-fi, gratuitous nudie shot B-movies, name your non-PG genre and chances are Fantasia has it covered in its programming, particularly Asian films which make up almost half of every year's selection. www.fantasiafestival.com
July 03 to 05, 2015 – Palais des Congrès
The Montreal Comiccon is the place to be to immerse yourself in the geek spirit and discover a multitude of products related to the pop culture universe: comic books, sci-fi, horror, video games, movies, television and entertainment. With a multitude of exhibitors and thousands of visitors, everyone gets a fair share. www.montrealcomiccon.com
The Aztecs, People of the Sun
May 29 to September 30, 2015 – Musée Pointe-à-Callière
An international exhibition that will give visitors a unique opportunity to get up close to authentic material remains of the great Aztec civilization: The Aztecs, People of the Sun. These remains are both numerous and magnificent, if not completely stunning. The diversity and significance of the objects in this exhibition will make for an illuminating experience—a foray into the impressive and sometimes unsettling world of the Aztecs. In collaboration with two of Mexico’s largest museums: the National Museum of Anthropology and the Templo Mayor Museum. www.pacmusee.qc.ca
David Altmejd – Flux
June 17 to September 07, 2015 – Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
Montréal artist David Altmejd, who enjoys an enviable reputation in Europe, is presenting Flux at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris until this coming February 1. The exhibition, Altmejd’s first French retrospective, has been acclaimed in Europe. In Montréal, all periods in his career will be represented, and the artist will produce some site-specific pieces. www.macm.org
Rodin – Metamorphoses - In Rodin’s Studio
May 30 to October 18, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts
Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. The ongoing interplay of accidents and chance in his work, his figures fragmented only to be reconstituted through this ingenious “cobbling together,” enabled him to interpolate his work in an endless flow of creation. He was at the forefront of twentieth-century aesthetic thought: the role of the pedestal, enlargement, assemblage, ready-made…
But “studio” must also be understood as the small artistic community that worked for and around the master. It consisted of practitioners of specific trades to whom we owe the transformation of one material to another, one dimension to another, under his attentive guidance. The thematic exhibition layout will shed light on the various processes of reprise and transformation and will take stock of the sculptor’s prodigious creativity.
Organized by the Musée Rodin, Paris, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition will feature masterpieces like the 200 or so figures fleeing The Gates of Hell, a work Rodin was to draw from for the rest of his career, and The Walking Man. www.mbam.qc.ca
Horst: Photographer of Style
May 14 to August 23, 2015 – McCord Museum
The first major retrospective of the works of Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), a legendary artist and recognized master of light, form and composition. Working mainly in Paris and New York, he was one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. Horst's photos appeared in countless issues of Vogue magazine.
The exhibition includes more than 250 prints and a number of haute couture dresses from celebrated designers, including Chanel, Lanvin and Vionnet. The exhibition also explores Horst's collaborations and friendships with Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Marlene Dietrich and Salvador Dali. www.mccord-museum.qc.ca
Carifiesta 2015 (A Carribbean Parade/Carnival)
July 04, 2015 @ 11h00 Am – Downtown Montreal
Carifiesta Montreal -- Carifête in French -- is one of the city's more engaging parades, a July tradition since 1975 celebrating Montreal's Caribbean community, carnival style, with beautiful costumes, steelpan performances and vibrant parade participants animating the event. www.carifiesta.com
Tremblant International Blues Festival
July 03 to July 12, 2015 – Mont Tremblant (90 minutes from Hôtel)
Renowned artists from the world over will be at Tremblant from July 04 to 13 to provide ten days of music, fun and festivities with a wide variety of free outdoor concerts amid the beauty and majesty of the Laurentians! www.tremblantblues.com
Canada Day Festivities
July 01, 2015 – Old Port of Montreal
Montreal's Canada Day -- fête du Canada in French -- would not be Canada Day without its parade, Old Port activities and the customary mega-cake. But every year has a little something different to offer.
Festivales d’été in Quebec City
July 09 to July 19, 2015 – Various locations in Quebec City (3 hours from Montreal)
It's hard to think of many high-profile Canadian festivals that have been running for longer than the Festival d'été de Quebec. Founded in 1968, the event will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2012. Predictably, the organizers have recruited some high-profile artists to perform between July 5 and 15 in Quebec City, QC.
The event will boast an array of international talent with headline acts like Mastodon, Beirut, Big Boi, Skrillex, Bon Jovi, LMFAO, Cults, !!!, the Offspring, Aerosmith, Johnny Hallyday, and more. As for the big-name Canadian artists, they include Metric, City and Colour, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah McLachlan, the Barr Brothers, Grimes, Sarah Slean, Patrick Watson, Radio Radio and others.
These acts will perform at a variety of venues around Quebec City, with most of the biggest names gracing the main stage at the Plains of Abraham. www.infofestival.com
Week-ends du Monde
July 01 to July 31, 2015 – Parc Jean Drapeau
A unique crossroads of cultural diversity, the Week-ends du monde festival provides Montrealers of all origins with a veritable showcase to celebrate and share their culture and traditions with the general public through music, dance, culinary discoveries, and other activities. Many different cultures at one event featuring more than 50 countries this year. Many activities for families and children and a good opportunity to spend your weekend surrounded by friends from many different countries and cultures. www.parcjeandrapeau.com
Le Festival de Lanaudiere
July 04 to August 02, 2015 – Lanaudiere
Canada’s leading classical music festival. Continuing a long tradition of excellence, the Festival de Lanaudière presents a series of intimate recitals in the historic churches of the region and performances by famous symphony orchestras in the amphitheatre. firstname.lastname@example.org
Divers Cité Festival
July 15 to August 15, 2015 – Various Locations
Montréal's annual gay festival is as flamboyant, forward-looking and far-out as ever. Two of its annual productions are internationally renowned: Mascara, the world's biggest drag show; and La Grande Danse, the largest outdoor dance party in North America. www.diverscite.org
Montréal First Peoples Festival
July 29 to August 05, 2015 – Various Locations/Quartier des Spectacles
The Montréal First Peoples Festival highlights American aboriginal art, history and traditions. The richness and vitality of traditional and contemporary aboriginal cultures take centre stage, encouraging a spirit of awakening. Come discover the vivid culture of our continent's first inhabitants. www.nativelynx.qc.ca
Clock Tower Beach
June 16 to September 02, 2015 – Foot of the Clock Tower (Old Port)
**Every day, 10.30am to 7.30pm. On fireworks night and special events, late closing at 11pm. From September 3 to 23 open on weekends only. **
The Old Port’s new hot spot!
Located a short distance from the historical district, the Old Port of Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine sand, chairs, parasols and refreshing mist. There is also a bar where you can meet with friends over a drink and a bite late into the evening.
Located at the foot of the Clock Tower, the Old Port’s spectacular entrance, the beach offers a serene setting right on the city’s heels and all Old Port attractions.
The Montreal Tam-tams
Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2015 – Mont Royal Park
The Montreal Tamtams are a drum circle based in Montreal, Canada. One of the most original musical events in Montréal, this free festival takes place on Sundays, near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier and in Mount Royal Park's surrounding green spaces. The Tamtam festivities start at 1 pm and continue until sunset. A colourful gathering of drummers, dancers, vendors and their admiring audiences. For twenty years, Montrealers and visitors have come to play music and dance, or just watch and listen. Tamtams, or simply "tams" as they are sometimes called by locals, began in 1978 and over the years have become one of the main tourist attractions of the city.
May 18 to September 21, 2015 – Parc Jean Drapeau
A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans returns in 2011 from May 22 to September 25. The event takes place at Place de l’homme, underneath the Calder sculpture in Parc Jean-Drapeau.
La Ronde, the biggest amusement park in Eastern Canada, has forty rides and attractions, including a new ride suspended over Lac des Dauphins: "EDNÖR – The Attack." La Ronde has something for everyone: roller coasters for thrill seekers, slower rides with panoramic views of the city for the wiser ones, and gentle rides for the youngest children in Le Pays de Ribambelle.
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)
July 03, 2015 – Imagine Dragons
July 07, 2015 – Taylor Swift
July 22, 2015 – Dave Mathews Band
July 28, 2015 – Journey
July 29, 2015 – Nicki Minaj
July 31, 2015 - Interpol
Place des Arts (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)