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Happening in Montréal this month:



Orchestre Synphonique de Montréal (2014-2015)

December 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10, 16 & 18, 2014 – Place Des Arts/Maison Symphonique

The Maison Symphonique de Montréal is the new home of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. This hall was inaugurated on September 7, 2011, by the OSM under Music Director Kent Nagano. The 2014-2015 season will be dazzling and richly diversified - a season that promises deep emotions! The 2014-2015 season offers a number of sensational programs built around major works of the repertoire, some of them large in scale and some of them discoveries. Classicism and modernity rub shoulders throughout the season.www.osm.ca



Orchestre Métropolitain (2014-2015)

December 19, 2014 – Various Location

The moment you first experience the Orchestre Métropolitain, you feel a special connection. The Orchestre Métropolitain is more than a space where impassioned musicians transport the audience to other lands: it is an exhilarating rendezvous that inspires each listener in a unique way. I invite you to join us for an exceptionally rich and colourful adventure, full of exclusive discoveries for the senses.



Montreal Bach Festival 2014

November 23 to December 08, 2014 – Various Locations

The Montreal Bach Festival launched its first edition in 2005 with guests such as the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln and artistic director Reinhard Goebel as well as Frieder Bernius and Klaus Mertens. The Bach Festival's goal was to celebrate perhaps the most important composer of our times, Johann Sebastian Bach, by inviting year after year outstanding artists and ensembles from Canada and abroad, thus paving the way to some of the city's most sought after musical events. We are so lucky have so many exceptional artists and ensembles in Canada on which to draw! Just to mention a few: the Arion Baroque Orchestra, the Theatre of Early Music, Ensemble Masque, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, also Suzie LeBlanc, Daniel Taylor and Luc Beauséjour, all of whom were regular guests over the years. Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are official partners of the Festival, and the honorary patron is Ton Koopman. www.festivalbachmontreal.com



Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

December 02, 05, 11, 13, & 14, 2014

Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, is a 444-seat venue located in the restored Erskine and AmericanChurch (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



I Musici of Montreal

December 18, 19 & 20, 2014

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



Les Grand Ballets Canadiens – The Nutcracker

December 11 to 30, 2014 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrrid-Pelletier

No season would be complete without The Nutcracker! This timeless ballet tells the adventures of little Clara and her nutcracker in an enchanted kingdom filled with sweets and marvelous characters. With Les Grands Ballets Orchestra.

Created in 1964 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this adaptation of the Hoffmann tale by Quebec dancer choreographer Fernand Nault(1920-2006) is among the most beautiful in existence. It is performed by some one hundred dancers, with sumptuous sets designed by Peter Horne, scintillating costumes by François Barbeau, and lighting by Nicholas Cernovitch.www.placedesarts.com



The Nutcracker Market

November 07 to December 27, 2014 – Palais des Congrès

For all those who love shopping, who are searching for the perfect gift of the highest quality, the Market is the place to make some fabulous discoveries. Profits from the Market go directly into Les Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Fund for Children, which benefits youth from disadvantaged communities. What better way to capture the spirit of the season? www.marchecassenoisette.com



Montréal Danse – Danse Danse (Contemporary Danse)

December 02 to 06, 2014 – Place des Arts/Cinquième Salle

Acid-coloured draperies and hardhats, mysterious bodies that appear and are revealed under fabulous lighting, a dance that is at times highly structured and at others totally free, plus scenes that are touching, comic, intriguing. The mischievous iconoclast Benoît Lachambre uses all sorts of tools to multiply the Prismes portrayed onstage, stimulating our senses and casting doubt on our perceptions in this playful piece for six versatile artists. www.placedesarts.com



THE BOOK OF MORMON

December 2 to 7, 2014 – place des arts/salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Evenko and the producers of the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, are pleased to present the musical for the first time in Montreal (8 performances only).

THE BOOK OF MORMON is also the winner of Tony Awards Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical. www.pda.qc.ca



Urban Tales

December 05, 07, 12, 13 & 14, 2014 – Centaur Theatre

Urban Tales turns up the heat this winter with a special, estrogen-charged Ladies’ Night edition that will make your inner Grinch feel all toasty inside.

Written by well-known local playwrights, the anti-Yuletide spectacular features seven sparkling Montreal actresses who set the stage ablaze with monologues that spoof the ideal of seasonal holiday cheer.

Presented in an intimate cabaret-style setting, their deliciously dark and sometimes naughty performances include hilarious accounts of dried up, flavourless turkeys, a grouchy family tree trimming and the desires of a self-professed sex God. www.centaurtheatre.com



The Vinyl Cafe - Christmas Show by Stuart McLean

December 22, 2014 – Place des Arts/THÉÂTRE MAISONNEUVE

Stuart McLean is known as "Canada's favourite storyteller". His hit radio show The Vinyl Cafe is heard by 2 million people each week on CBC Radio in Canada, on close to 100 public radio stations in the USA and around the world on Sirius 169 and via podcast. Last year Apple named Vinyl Cafe Stories the best audio podcast in their "Best of the Year" awards. This year's Vinyl Cafe Christmas Concert will feature two brand new Dave & Morley stories. www.pda.qc.ca



Terminus

January 20 to February 15, 2015 – Centaur Theatre

In this internationally acclaimed Irish drama, three lost souls weave rhythmical monologues of loneliness, violence and urban adventure into a vivid tapestry. Painting an ominous picture of Dublin’s gritty underworld, their mesmerizing tales take us from busy city streets to the top of an industrial crane in the sky, then deep into the murky purgatory of singing serial killers, vengeful angels and lovesick demons. Fantastical, exhilarating and darkly funny. www.centaurtheatre.com



Warhal Mania

A Brand-new Look at His Advertising Posters & Magazine Illustrations

November 06, 2014 to March 15, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts

As a leader of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol saw his works, together with his image, given wide media coverage. But aside from this coverage, what about Warhol’s own advertising genius, his gift for creating brilliant posters to sell products or promote causes and events? The collector and art historian Paul Maréchal reveals another aspect of the artist’s graphic design work. This time, he has chosen to share with the public his collection of fifty posters and almost a thousand illustrations found in 400 magazine. The exhibition will be accompanied by two catalogues raisonnés, the outcome of intensive research. Paul Maréchal gives us an overview of the show. www.pda.qc.ca



ATTRAPE-MOI

December 17 to January 03, 2015 – La Tohu

This group of acrobat friends only wants one thing: celebrate! A breath of fresh air!

An isolated cabin, a group of friends meeting again after a decade’s separation, accessories here and there to celebrate like in the old days: all the ingredients are combined so the five guys and the girl of Flip FabriQue invite you to their party.

In a pure childlike spirit, the six Quebec City artists will make your heart simmer with joy and enchantment, with their versatility and their adolescent humor. Going from the wall-trampoline to the banquine, through hula-hoop, a pop sickle contest and a few high-wire acts, the whole performance is irresistible. www.latohu.ca



De Van Gogh à Kandinsky (Expressionism in Germany & France – 1900 to 1914)

October 11 to January 25, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts

In the fall, a century after the start of the Great War in 1914, this exhibitions studies the rich dimensions of this exchange between France and Germany and the range of responses that it prompted.

More than 100 paintings, together with several documents from masters such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Derain, Delaunay, Signac, Seurat, Van Gogh, Vlaminck… on the French side and Heckel, Jawlenski, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Nolde, Pechstein, Schmidt-Rottluff… on the German side, will be seen at the MMFA.

Despite German artists' exposure to and engagement with French art, "Expressionism" has come to be considered distinctly German. However, in its early twentieth-century beginnings, Expressionism was assigned no specific nationality, and it evolved as a lively exchange between artists based in Germany and new developments in modern French art. German Expressionism and France will demonstrate the rich dimensions of this exchange and the range of responses that it prompted.

This exhibition will feature works that the Expressionists encountered in exhibitions and collections in Germany and during their travels to Paris, showcasing French masterpieces once seen at important exhibition venues like Paul Cassirer's gallery in Berlin, Emil Richter's gallery in Dresden, the Berlin Secession, and the Sonderbund in Cologne of 1912. It will also include works that once were part of important early twentieth-century German private collections of French art such as Kessler for example.

Co-organized by the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Los AngelesCountyMuseum in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. www.mbam.qc.ca



The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

December 12, 2014 to April 26, 2015 – Museum Pointe-À-Callière

Agamemnon to Alexander the Great is the most vast and comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece ever presented in North America. It brings together more than 500 artefacts from 21 Greek museums, including many pieces never before displayed outside Greece. Among other treasures, visitors will be able to see a number of priceless objects, the result of some unparalleled archaeological discoveries.

To facilitate the production of an exhibition of this breadth, a consortium of North American museums was created. In addition to Pointe-à-Callière, the consortium includes CanadianMuseum of History, The Field Museum in Chicago and the NationalGeographicMuseum in Washington, DC. The CanadianMuseum of History will oversee direction of the consortium, as well as work on production of the exhibition in association with the Directorate General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. www.pacmusee.qc.ca



Gala Opéra de Montréal – 19th Édition (Saison 2014-2015)

December 14, 2014 – Place des Arts/Maison Symphonique

A high-calibre event! The tradition continues with the 19th edition: the finest voices on the scene are joined by new talents bringing us arias both well-known and less familiar. www.operademontreal.com



Salon des Métiers d’Arts Montréal

December 05 to 21, 2014 – Place Bonaventure

Show featuring more than 350 artists and craftspeople joining together for a memorable 58th edition brimming with wonderful surprises. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with Québec artists and craftspeople who take a passion in transforming their materials into beautiful, decorative, functional and original works of art. www.salon-d-arts.qc.ca



Casino 54

December 03 to December 13 2014 –Théâtre Vintage/ Montreal Casino

Feel like a scintillating up-beat evening? The Casino 54 show will take you back to the days when disco was Queen of the dance floor! Disco, boogie, funk and pop hits interpreted by two singers, seven musicians and three back-up singers promise to get the audience up on its feet at the sensational Vintage theatre mobile performance hall adjacent to the Casino de Montréal. www.casino54.com



Le 24 Heures de Mont Tremblant

December 05, 06 & 07, 2014 – Mont Tremblant

The 24h of skiing event is accessible to everyone! It’s a fundraiser that benefits children, it’s a skiing or snowboard relay race that kicks off on Saturday morning, lasting until Sunday morning, and it’s a 3-day festival of concerts and entertainment! www.24htremblant.com



Gospel Celebration 2014

December 07, 2014 - Théâtre Maisonneuve

Featuring the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir

Founded and directed by Dr. Trevor W. Payne, C. M.

Dr. Trevor W. Payne C.M., founder and director of The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, is back Sunday December 7th to lead this internationally renowned Gospel ensemble into in its 32nd anniversary holiday concert. Expect these holiday favourites and inspiring gospel hymns to warm your hearts just in time for Christmas.

It was in 1982 that Dr. Payne C.M., a native of Barbados, started, with Daisy Peterson Sweeney (sister of Oscar Peterson), what is now the MJGC. It was to be a one-time event. The group, needless to say, hasn't stopped singing ever since! An annual holiday event that's not to be missed! www.placedesarts.com



Merry Montreal

December 14, 2014 to January 05, 2015 – Old Montreal (Various Locations)

Experience magical moments in one of the oldest and coolest neighbourhood in North America. Walk through the illuminated streets and enjoy the abundance of activities the district has to offer while visiting its renowned restaurants, boutiques and hotels. www.montrealenfetes.com



New Years Eve Grand Bal

December 31, 2014 – Old Port of Montreal

Telus Fire on Ice

December 13, 20 & 27, 2014 & January 03 2015 – Old Port of Montreal (weekends)

Let these magical evenings add a little spice to your winter season. This year, TELUS© Fire on Ice is presented over four sparkling nights. Pyrotechnics light up Montréal’s winter sky to the sounds of movie soundtracks. Gather round and let the warmth of the sky’s fires light up your heart! www.quaisduvieuxport.com



Ice Skating in the OldPort of Montreal

December 01, 2014 to March 10, 2015 – Basin Bonsecours

At the OldPort, the joys of winter come earlier than anywhere else, thanks to the skating rink opening on December 1! Perfect ice, incredible views of historic Old-Montreal and the river, and dynamic, exhilarating and entertaining activities are what await you at the OldPort skating rink all winter long! The great music and special lighting only add to the fun! www.oldportofmontreal.com



Montréal Canadiens Hockey

December 09, 12, 16, 18 & 20, 2014

Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience. www.centrebell.ca



Concerts

Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

December 26 to 31, 2014 – Disney Live – Le Festival Musical de Mickey

Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)

December 06, 2014 – City of Colour

December 07, 2014 – Gospel Celebration 2014

December 21, 2014 – Rufus & Martha Wainwrights with Special Guests (Nöel Nights)