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Happening in Montréal this month:
Édition mai/ 2015
Orchestre Synphonique de Montréal (2014-2015)
May 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 30, 2015 – Place Des Arts (Maison symphonique)
The history of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal today is intimately associated with the Maison symphonique de Montréal, where we have already begun a fourth season. Our 2014-1015 program will include a vast body of music ranging from the Viennese Classical Style to the great symphonic works of the nineteenth-century Romantics and onward to Mahler, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Debussy and Ravel. We invite you to discover and enjoy the associations between these works, with room also for less familiar works and new compositions. The 150th anniversaries of Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius provide a special occasion this year to celebrate each of these composers, in turn, as a major figure. www.pda.qc.ca
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (2015-2016)
May 08, 2015 – Maison Symphonique
After celebrating my 15th year with the Orchestre Métropolitain last season, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join in the festivities surrounding our 35th anniversary!
In 2015–2016, more than ever, the Métropolitain and I will demonstrate our pride for what we are: authentic and bold, loyal and dedicated, curious and passionate. Throughout these 35 years, the Orchestre has written its history—a beautiful one—and has forged a very enviable and unique identity for itself by expanding its playing field year after year, whether through the scope of our repertoire, of our audience, or in terms of our style… These 35 years are a reflection of our authenticity, and carry with them, and with us, all the power of our raison d’être: sharing music. The influence that we have today in the music world is matched only by our will to keep going and push ourselves further. www.orchestremetropolitain.com
Opéra de Montréal/ Silent Night
May 16 to May 23, 2015 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
A war. A night. A truce.
A deeply moving story, inspired by the film Joyeux Noël, this stirring plea for peace premiered in 2011, went on to win audience acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music. Featuring some of today’s finest Canadian singers in the main roles: Marianne Fiset, Philippe Addis, Joseph Kaiser, Daniel Okulitch.
December 24, 1914: French, German, and Scottish soldiers defy their superiors and make peace. Overnight, enemies become brothers, celebrating Christmas together. The following morning, will they be able to resume fighting? www.pda.qc.ca
April 21 to May 24, 2015 – Spiegeltent 625, boul. René-Lévesque West
Direct from its world premiere smash-hit season at Times Square in New York City and sold-out seasons across Australia, Japan and New Zealand, EMPIRE is the most jaw-dropping show ever seen on a spiegeltent stage – and now it’s heading to Canada. Smashing through the borders of comedy, circus, vaudeville and burlesque, EMPIRE presents the sexiest most daring artists from across the globe. www.evenko.ca
I Musici of Montreal
May 07, 08, 09, 13, 2015
The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal is a non-profit organization constituted under Part III of the Québec Companies Act. Founded in 1983 by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, who served as its conductor until May 2011, the orchestra is made up of 15 musicians whose vast repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary music. Its chief mission is to promote and contribute to the knowledge, development, composition and execution of music, particularly chamber music. www.imusici.com
Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts
May 01, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 2015
Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, is a 444-seat venue located in the restored Erskine and American Church (designed in 1894 in Neo-Romanesque style by architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison). Designated a national historic site in 1998, the transformed setting is now graced with high-quality acoustics and an exceptional décor incorporating 20 historic Tiffany stained glass windows. Ideal for performances by chamber-music ensembles, string orchestras, and other groups, Bourgie Concert Hall offer music lovers an auditory repertoire as diverse as the MMFA collections. www.mbam.ca
Montreal Chamber Music Festival
May30 to June 21 2015 – Various Locations
Looking for another reason to visit Montréal? This festival offers you outstanding jazz and classical music artists in presentations that have attracted millions via radio, television and live performance. Don't miss the first festival of Montréal's summer season and one of the best chamber music festivals in North America. www.festivalmontreal.org
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens – Death and the maiden
May 14 to 23, 2015 – Place des Arts/ Théâtre Maisonneuve
Inspired by the eponymous score by Franz Schubert, this creation is rooted in Greek mythology. Death and the Maiden is sure to be a meditation on the themes of time, from youth to old age. German expressionism and perpetual movement are hallmarks of this deeply moving ballet. www.gransballets.com
May 21, 2015 to May 31, 2015 – 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
National Circus School
May 29 to June 07, 2015 – La Tohu
The best of the young circus artists about to take over invite you for their training outcome. High wire act!
Brilliant, restless and enthusiastic, circus artists from the 2015’s promotion are inviting you to experiment their last training turning point. Before they join the most prestigious circus companies in the world, they are about to take over TOHU’s scene with their remarkable talent. They are inviting you to discover two performances where they harmonize an array of disciplines: slack rope, juggling, aerial straps, Chinese pole, hand to hand on a unicycle, balancing acts, dance trapezium, hand to hand, aerial hoop, tightrope, German wheel, Cyr wheel and clown! You will be fascinated by their skills, charmed by their spirit and the talent, ambition and dream will leave its mark on you forever. ww.latohu.ca
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
Gateway to Montréal's Museum Culture (Museum Day)
May 31, 2015 – throughout Montreal
Founded in 1987, the Board of Montréal Museum Directors (BMMD) brings together the chief administrators of numerous museums across the Montréal region. Its mission is to support the visibility and awareness of Montréal museums by promoting their activities and defending their interests, and by encouraging the development of communication, mutual assistance and cooperation between these institutions with a view to making culture more accessible and helping citizens to take ownership of their museum heritage.
Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism
From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time
January 31 to May 31, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts
In the depths of winter, the Museum is hanging the sun on its walls with this exhibition on Orientalism, a first for Canada, based on extensive original research. The show unveils the forgotten figure of a master of the genre, Benjamin-Constant…
Following in the footsteps of artists like Delacroix, whom he admired, this flamboyant painter’s Orientalism is similar to that of Henri Regnault, Mariano Fortuny, Georges Clairin and Jean-Paul Laurens, who also figure largely in the exhibition. Appropriating the stereotypes of a colonial Near East, Benjamin-Constant alternated indolent odalisques and fierce Moors in his large-scale paintings.
The exhibition reveals six iconic aspects of Orientalism, offering a dual reading of its fictional subjects, juxtaposing staged pictorial settings with documented realities. Drawings and photographs round out this exploration of Moorish Spain and sharifian Morocco, between seductive mirages and the hidden realities of a colonial republic. www.mbam.cqc.ca
Montreal International Music Competition - VOICE
May 25 to June 05 2015 – Various Locations
Voice is the focus of the Montreal International Musical Competition. This high-calibre competition is open to young classical singers from around the world who intend to pursue a professional career. The MIMC is composed of three disciplines: voice, violin, and piano. The 2015 edition will be followed in 2016 with an edition devoted to violin, and in 2017 with a piano edition. However, Competition officials do reserve the right to modify the order of the disciplines of future editions. www.concoursmontreal.ca
May 26 to 28, 2015 – Arsenal
C2MTL unites the cream of the international business crop and works to stimulate creative and even visionary thinking to commercial problems. This is encouraged through an immersive environment that fosters collaboration and the emergence of innovative business solutions. C2MTL was founded and Imagined by the Sid Lee creative agency in collaboration with Founding Partner Cirque du Soleil, Innovation Partner Intel, and Content and Media Partner Fast Company magazine. www.c2mtl.com
Le Carré des Lombes - Danse Danse (Contemporary Dance - Québec)
April 30, 2015 & May 01, 02, 2015 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve
In inviting her to stage, for the first time, a creation at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Danse Danse is offering Danièle Desnoyers a venue that is a match for her talent. In this new piece, the effusive and sensitive choreographer refines the dialogue between movement and sound that she has been developing for the past 30 years, by provoking here a collision between the soundscape of the harp and the contemporary sounds of electro-acoustic music of Nicolas Bernier. Torn between utopia and reality and subject to the temptations of beauty, ten dancers storm the space, giving form to her finely polished gestural language in vigorous duos and explosions of energy. A work imbued with humour and sensuality. www.pda.qc.ca
April 21 to May 17, 2015 – Centaur Theatre
A young woman has maxed out her credit cards and put a promising music career on hold to buy a triplex in Montreal’s trendy Mile End, only to find that the charming but stubborn Hassidic previous owner and her motley crew of tenants won’t co-operate with her needs. When she and her handy-man conspire to make one particularly difficult tenant’s life less comfortable, things go terribly wrong. A comedy about art, property and the trials and tribulations of nouveau-hipster neighbourhoods. And there’s music! www.centaurtheatre.com
Tour de l’Île de Montreal
May 31, 2015 – Throughout the Island of Montreal
In 2013, everyone can say: "I do MY Tour!» This is especially true this year, since participants will be able to choose, even on the day of the race, a distance of either 25 km – allowing kids and uninitiated to crisscross the city over a shorter distance – or 50 km.
Seasoned cyclists looking for a sports activity that is both exciting and exhilarating will enjoy the 50 km Express. At 9:15 a.m., spearheading the Tour de l’Île de Montréal, they will bike the route at an average speed of 30 km/h for 1½ hours.
Always striving to offer cyclists a unique, stimulating experience, Vélo Québec is launching a 100-km morning tour: an exploratory route along the city’s shoreline – an actual tour of the island! Cyclists will bike the first 70 kilometers on a marked route open to motorists, and then continue on closed-off streets of the Tour de l’Île de Montréal. www.veloquebec.info
The Montreal Tamtams
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 2015 to September 2015 – Parc Jean Drapeau (Mainly on Weekends)
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
Montréal Canadiens Hockey Playoffs
Dates TBD – Bell Centre **Ask Concierge**
Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience. Watch the Montreal Canadians challenge the Ottawa Senators in the NHL playoffs. www.centrebell.ca
May 02, 2015 – Kamelot
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)
May 02, 2014 – Def Lepard
May 04, 2014 – RAW (WWE Wrestling)
May 06, 2015- Stars on Ice
May 11, 2015- Russell Peters (Comedian)
May 31, 2015- Drake
Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)
May 06 , 2015 – Diego El Cigala (Price of Flamenco)
May 29, 2015 – Kiana Krall
May 06, 2015 – John Mellencamp