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Concerts and Shows
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2012-2013) – Place Des Arts
MAY 05, 07, 19, 21, 22, 23, 28 & 30, 2013
Following the inauguration of the Maison Symphonique de Montréal and the remarkable success enjoyed during the 2011-2012 season, the OSM invites audiences to take part in the 2012-2013 season, which will explore all the possibilities offered by this world-calibre concert hall.
Maestro Nagano has reserved a season highlighted by large-scale productions – Mahler, Berlioz, Brahms, Honegger – and the presentation of the new OSM Choir. The French repertoire – a great tradition at the OSM – will be in the limelight. The Maison Symphonique de Montréal makes it possible for us to welcome newcomers – like Haydn – as well as to present programs not heard before, offering contrasts – classical music with DJ for example – and many other surprises. In addition, our Maison is opening its doors, for the first time, to great ensembles and internationally renowned artists.www.pda.qc.ca
Opéra de Montréal (Saison 2012-2013)
MAY 18, 21, 23 & 25, 2013 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
Manon - A classic of the French opera repertoire… a mix of levity and gravity, the reflection of its moving and carefree heroine. In the title role: rising young soprano Marianne Fiset offers Montreal the role in which she made her debut at the Opéra-Bastille. Alongside her, another rising star, Canadian baritone Gordon Bintner, making his debut here after winning top prize at the Standard Life/OSM Competition, and Italian tenor Bruno Ribeiro. SYNOPSIS: Manon is about to enter the convent when she meets the Chevalier des Grieux. Love struck, they run off together to Paris, poor but in love… Corruption, disgrace, and exile await Manon before she dies in the arms of the man she loves. www.operademontreal.com
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens – Dream Away
MAY 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2013 – Place des Arts
The exact nature of Rêve (whose title may change) is yet to be revealed, but Stephan Thoss has already formed a clear plan for his new work. Using the evocative powers of abstraction, he intends to place the body... Read more at the heart of his exploration into the origins of movement and gesture. Taking a surrealistic approach, he will employ his powerful images to blur the boundaries between the real and imaginary, creating a dream-like world that undermines the certainties of viewers and dancers alike. The work will take the form of a resplendent audio-visual collage, to be approached with abandon, as if luxuriating in the arms of Morpheus, god of dreams. www.gransballets.com
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (2012-2013)
MAY 10, 2013 – Place Des Arts
The upcoming season will feature more programs and several exciting additions - not least the new concert hall at Place des Arts. Combining exceptional acoustic qualities with a closer proximity between the musicians and the audience, this new hall is sure to foster an intimate and powerful concert experience.
The Orchestre Métropolitain was founded in 1981 by some of the finest music graduates from Quebec schools. Today, it comprises a majority of Quebec-born and Quebec-trained musicians, and boasts an international caliber of excellence as an organization dedicated to the performance and dissemination of classical music from around the world. The Orchestra is also committed to serving the Metropolitan Montreal community and its diverse cultural institutions. Since 2000, the Métropolitain has enjoyed a string of successes under the direction of its current conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
This year, the Orchestre Métropolitain is delighted to welcome Éric Champagne as Composer-in-Residence. The talented young Montrealer has already played an important part in a variety of projects developed and implemented by the Orchestre Métropolitain. His many abilities, his accessibility, and his passion have always been a great asset to the orchestra, and it is a privilege to work with him again this year. Audiences will be thrilled to discover two new works by Éric this season, written specially for the Orchestre Métropolitain.
The Orchestre Metropolitain’s personality is palpable through its distinctive sound and energy, qualities that emanate from the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director's commitment to innovation and creativity. The values of innovation and creativity have been fundamental to the Orchestra's activities from the start, and translate into performances of varied and eclectic repertoires, including world premieres of new Canadian works.www.orchestremetropolitain.com
The Number 14
APRIL 30 to May 26, 2013 – Centaur Theatre
After touring Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with two runs at The New Victory Theatre on Broadway, The Number 14 and its busload of wacky characters set their GPS to Centaur Theatre! Planning to roll on stage in high gear, the hilarious performers in this knockabout comedy will entertain and amaze with their wild shenanigans using acrobatics, song, mime and the imaginative use of masks inspired by commedia dell'arte. Those on board include an inebriated schoolteacher and her kindergarten class, fare beaters, strangers who fall in lust, and an off-the-wall real estate agent who uses the city bus as her boudoir.
First produced by Axis Theatre and Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver, The Number 14 received four Jessie Richardson Awards, a New York Drama Desk nomination and a Dora Mavor Moore nomination. www.centaurtheatre.com
Montreal International Musical Competition
MAY 13 to 17, 2013 – Place des Arts/Maison Symphonique
Founded in 2002, the MIMC plays a key role in the finest tradition of classical concert music. The Competition seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who have distinguished themselves as masters of their art. Since the very first edition, dedicated to voice, in 2002, nearly 2,000 candidates have applied to take part in the various editions, and, of these, more than 300 were given the opportunity to perform in Montreal, to the great delight of music lovers. www.pda.qc.ca
Bell Center (www.centrebell.ca)
MAY 01, 2013 - Rihanna
MAY 03 & 04, 2013 - Marie Mai
MAY 13, 2013- Motley Crue
MAY 24, 2013 - Indochine
MAY 01, 2013 – Lumineers
MAY 23, 2013 – The Shins
Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)
MAY 04, 2013 - Engelbert Humperdinck (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)
Théâtre St. Denis (www.theatrestdenis.com)
MAY 02, 2013 – Gipsy Kings
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.
The Montreal Tamtams
Every Sunday beginning on MAY 01 ending on SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 – 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 19, 2013 TO SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 – Parc Jean Drapeau
A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans. The event takes place at Place de l’homme, underneath the Calder sculpture in Parc Jean-Drapeau. www.piknicelectronik.com
PERU: KINGDOMS OF THE SUN AND MOON (WORLD PREMIERE)
FEBRUARY 2 TO JUNE 16, 2013 – Museum of Fine Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will present for the first time the exhibition Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon: Identities and Conquest in the Early, Colonial and Modern Periods. Conceptualized, organized, produced and toured by the MMFA, this exhibition will display an extensive collection of pre-Columbian treasures and masterpieces from the colonial era to Indigenism, including over 100 pieces that have never before been seen outside of Peru. With more than 350 works of art (paintings, sculptures, gold and silver ornaments, pottery, photograph, works on paper, textiles and videos) from almost fifty public and private collections, most of them from Peru but also from Canada, United States, France and Germany, this exhibition covers 4,000 years of history, including archaeological discoveries in recent decades. www.mbam.qc.ca
Bust A Move
MAY 03 & 04, 2013 – La Tohu
The round TOHU theatre welcomes, in a charged atmosphere, dancers from all four corners of the world who try to sway judges specialized in the six different styles (locking, popping, hip-hop, house, top rock and waacking). Cheered on by an enthusiastic audience, the participants move to the rhythms of live DJs in a spirit of cooperation and brother/sisterhood. Bust a Move is a unique opportunity to discover the frenetic world of street dancing. www.tohu.ca
Guts & Glory - An evening with Anthony Bourdain, Frédéric Morin & David McMillan
MAY 5th, 2013 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve
Join Anthony Bourdain, host of Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover, chef and author of Medium Raw and Kitchen Confidential and local chefs and restaurateurs Frédéric Morin et David McMillan of Joe Beef fame as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life. It's an evening of storytelling and observation providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors. www.pda.qc.ca
MAY 05 to MAY 26, 2013 – Segal Centre (Théâtre)
Inspired by the incredible vision of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this is quintessential Sherlock Holmes. Set during the turn of the century, a time of great social and technological change, this heart-stopping adventure is full of head-scratching crimes and dazzling deduction in the face of cunning evil. A fresh take on an unrivaled classic starring cherished Montreal actor and young Hollywood sensation Jay Baruchel. www.segalcentre.org
OPENS MAY 14, 2013 – Laval (25 minute drive from Montreal)
The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production that is now touring the globe. Cavalia Odysseo 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 50 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. It is an evening that the audience will never ever forget. www.cavalia.net
MAY 21 TO 23, 2013 – L’Arsenal
The organizers of the international brainstorming event C2-MTL, which will be taking place at l'Arsenal from May 21 to 23, just announced the participation of Sir Richard Branson as guest of honor. The founder of Virgin will join 2,000 guests, including many big names such as architect and designer Philippe Starck and founder of ING Direct Arkadi Kuhlmann. This conference, which is an exploration of the links between creativity and commerce, will concentrate this year on the goal of ending the war on drugs everywhere around the world. www.c2mtl.com
Vintage Experience (Gregory Charles)
MAY 29 TO AUGUST 29, 2013 – Old Port of Montreal
It is a unique interactive experience, custom-made for you every night. Relive the emotions of old hits that touched you in an exquisitely designed concert hall that will be moving around the world.
“VINTAGE is the show I have been dreaming about forever. The show of my life! Extreme interactivity, undefined program, the greatest pop, rock, disco, punk, grunge, jazz and blues hits. A show that pays tribute to past musical works and celebrates new music in a playful and meaningful fashion, in its own customized venue and its own time machine.It is my very own special way to archive and collectively preserve our greatest achievements of the past century. In my heart and soul, I sincerely hope that VINTAGE becomes the meeting point of all delights for the audience: the expected and very expected, music hits and movie soundtrack excerpts, scotch and rare vintage!” www.vintageexperience.com
Petits Bonheurs (La Tohu) – For Children
MAY 06 TO 08, 2013 – La Tohu
For the third consecutive year, the TOHU hosts the Petits bonheurs Festival, dedicated to young children. The weekend offers both performances by Canadian and foreign companies, as well as workshops for the little ones. www.tohu.ca
MAY 23 TO JUNE 08, 2013 – Various Location
Montreal's international festival combining both contemporary dance and contemporary theater, the Festival TransAmériques is three weeks of world and North American premiere performances by top choreographers, artistic directors, playwrights, actors and dancers. A relative newbie on the festival scene in Montreal, the Festival TransAmériques premiered in 2007, combining two festivals. Previously known as the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, an all-theater festival going strong since 1985, the Festival TransAmériques added contemporary dance to the performance roster, picking up the slack where Montreal's contemporary dance event, the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (defunct since 2003) left a void, to the dismay of Montreal's prominent dance community. And so a new festival was born with a particular focus on promoting contemporary dance and theater on the edge. www.fta.qc.ca
Mondial de la Bière
MAY 29 TO JUNE 02, 2013 – Palais des Congrès
Montreal’s first great festival of the summer, the Mondial de la bière is a unique tasting event dedicated to the reinstatement of beer’s noble status. Founded in 1994, the Mondial de la bière is considered to be a gateway to the Québec and foreign beer industry. The professional MBeer segment, which began in 2005 with the MBeerconference, is enriched by the visit of international beer celebrities who contribute to its reputation. The MBeer Contest and the MBeer school of beerology, created in 1996, have also helped develop Quebec’s expertise in this domain. An unavoidable event for beer amateurs, the Mondial de la bière attracts over 80,000 people who attend the event in search of high quality products, which many are exclusive to the Festival. To please festival goers, the Mondial de la bière’s program also includes a very elaborate educational segment. Whether it’s meeting with the brewers, through the Public Beer Contest or the Cheese and Beer workshops, amateurs are well equipped to cultivate their minds, educate their palate and quench their thirst with delectable discoveries. Through the years, the event has become the most important festival of international beers in America and its reputation now travels over to many countries. The European version of the Montreal event, the Mondial de la bière of Strasbourg, inaugurated its first edition between October 16th and 18th of 2009 and intends to be Europe’s leading brewing event. To get the latest news on the Mondial, visit our Facebook page and follow us at Twitter/Mondialbiere. www.festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca
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Montréal Canadiens Hockey
MAY 02, 03, 05, 07, 9, 11 & 12, 2013Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience. www.centrebell.ca