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Édition December / 2015   -   Januray / 2016

Welcome to the Hotel Le St-James

We are pleased to welcome you to your home away from home. From planning city tours to culinary adventures we are here to ensure you a most memorable experience.Your wish is our command so please feel free to call on our Clefs d’Or concierge team to personally cater to any of your wishes.

Enjoy your stay !

Happening in Montréal these months:

Les Grand Ballets Canadiens – The Nutcracker

December 11 to 30, 2015 – 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

The New Year Celebration at the Old Port, presented by Coca-Cola

December 31, 2015 – Old Port of Montreal

Welcome the New Year like never before! Join crowds of thousands for a big show and a New Year’s fireworks display presented by TELUS©. Dance the night away to the rhythms of a giant megadisco. The Coca-Cola New Year’s Bash is your invitation to a jumping holiday party for one and all.

Christmas in Montreal:


Plateau Mont-Royal bustles with activity during the holidays! On December 6, the Avenue will launch the Christmas season with a Torchlight Procession, starting at 1 pm. This will be a family walk accompanied by fantasy characters and singing choirs, and finishing with a concert at the Parc des Compagnons at 9 pm. As well as the Torchlight Procession, Christmas on the Avenue will host many activities this year. On weekends, elves on bicycles will collect letters to Santa and a horse-drawn Christmas wagon will give free rides between Place Gérald-Godin (at the Mont-Royal Metro station) and the Parc des Compagnons (at the corner of Mont-Royal and Cartier). A winter installation will be set up for two weeks at Place Gérald-Godin. Comic book fans will enjoy an illuminated comic strip running from west to east along Mont-Royal Avenue. Finally, the Parc des Compagnons will host a series of activities, including campfires, comforting hot drinks, Christmas trees for sale, and a little sheep farm for children.

Who Is The Real Santa Clause

December 05 to 31, 2015 – Museum Pointe-À-Callière

December is the time to meet Santa Clauses from around the world, accompanied by our interpreter-guides. During the month of December, young and old alike are invited to come see Babouchka, Melchior, Black Peter and Santa Claus. While visiting the archaeological remains, children will encounter four Christmas characters who will explain how the holidays are celebrated in their parts of the world. Come on a delightful world tour of holiday traditions! Meet them all and decide for

Montreal Bach Festival 2015

November 22 to December 25, 2015 – 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. The Montreal public responded with attentive attendance and enthusiastic applause, and so it is with great pleasure that we look forward to the 9th edition of the Festival in 2015. 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.

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2015-2016)

January 06, 07, 08, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21 & 23, 2016 – 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 2015-2016 season will be dazzling and richly diversified - a season that promises deep emotions! As music lovers, you’ll be hearing works in 2015-2016 that are great in scale and stature alike: Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Alsosprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, Mahler’s First Symphony, The Planets by Holst, Ives’s Fourth Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – plus works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich... and much more. In 2015-2016 you will discover over 30 concerts, including 30 enthralling musical events.

Opéra de Montréal – Otello

January 30 to February 06,  2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

SYNOPSIS: Seeking revenge on Otello, a general in the Venetian army, Iago spreads LIES about the alleged infidelity of Otello’s wife, Desdemona. Falling prey to his PASSIONS and blinded by JEALOUSY, Otello can no longer control his anger…

An orchestral and vocal tempest comes down in this later work by Verdi… an opera of extremes… a head-on clash of Otello’s uncontrolled aggressiveness, Iago’s calculated coldness, and Desdemona’s pure lyricism. Featuring Montreal audience favourite Hiromi Omura as Desdemona.


Toruk, The First Flight - Cirque du Soleil

December 21, 2015 to January 03, 2016 - Centre Bell

Inspired by James Cameron's AVATAR, TORUK - The First Flight, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil, envisions a world beyond imagination thousands of years before the events depicted in the film.

Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

January 22, 28, 29 & 30, 2016 - Salle Bourgie

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 transfomed 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.

Carnival of The Animals – Circa

December 15 to January 03, 2016 – La Tohu

Ask any child and they’ll tell you what you’ve probably forgotten: zebras juggle, kangaroos jump high as the clouds and felines can dance! The perfect blend of circus, physical theatre, multimedia, and music, this joyful carnival transports you to an imaginary world where creatures that live on earth, under the water and in the sky are brought to life. Inspired by a piece of the same name by composer Camille Saint-Saëns, Circa has put together this entertaining piece for the whole family, celebrated around the world for the demanding, creative work of director Yaron Lifschitz and the performers’ incredible feats.

This carnival-inspired fantasy will delight young and old alike with its mammoth performance! The set design changes before your very eyes to bring you to the depths of the ocean and the highest reaches of the sky, where acrobats dazzle us with incredible feats and aerial wonders. Carnival is sure to charm circus, music and animal lovers alike.

Colours of Jazz - 1920s Modernism in Montreal


October 24 to January 31, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts

This first exhaustive examination of the Beaver Hall Group will shed new light on this

short-lived group of artists (1920-1923) whose production gave “new impetus” to artistic life in Montreal, Quebec and Canada between the two wars. It was one of the most original expressions of pictorial modernism in Canada, with women asserting themselves as professional artists for the first time, on an equal footing with men. The exhibition brings together some 140 works, in addition to more than fifty from the archives, including many rediscovered or never before-seen paintings.


The Secret Annex

January 31 to February 21, 2016 – Segal Centre for Performing Arts

Anne Frank has survived the war. She is 25 years old, living in New York and as precocious as ever. Clinging to the idealized life of a writer, she is determined to get her diary published. But when love and family beckon, Anne must consider whether the greatest art of all is the art of living well. The Secret Annex is a stirring and romantic “what if” story about survival, sacrifice and all that we have to be grateful for.

Salute to Vienna

January 01, 2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Welcome the New Year with Salute to Vienna! By high demand, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts welcomes back this beloved concert! Enjoy a brilliant new cast of over 75 musicians, stellar European singers, and dancers in beautiful costumes. Celebrate with the best Strauss waltzes, polkas and excerpts from Die Fledermaus, Merry Widow, and more.

Dada Masilo / Dance Factory Johannesburg - Danse Danse (Contemporary Dance)

January 14, 15 & 16, 2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelltier

She is 30 years old, is a phenomenal dancer and enthralls audiences the world over with her galvanizing re-imaginings of great classical ballets. For her first visit to Canada, the South African dancer DADA MASILO will appear with 11 electrifying dancers to present a SwanLakethat rattles the conventional wisdom and taboos of her native land. In an unlikely yet perfect fusion of classical and African dances, she rewrites the story of Prince Siegfried and performs the role of the beautiful Odette herself. Although he is unable to release her from the curse that transforms her every night into a white swan, he does succumb to the charms of a decidedly male black swan, an attraction that proves fatal. Homophobia, forced marriages, the legacy of apartheid and the ravages of AIDS are evoked with humour, sensitivity and lucid intelligence. A compelling work by an incredible artist.

Merry Montreal

December 13, 2015 to January 04, 2016 – 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.

Luminothérapie Festival

December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016 - Place des Festivals

Place des Festivals will be transformed into a brilliant, interactive museum from. Luminothérapie projects colourful animations on 8 facades. Prismatica is a montage of fifty prisms through which we can see the city as a kaleidoscope. Fascinoscope transports us to an early Twentieth Century carnival, remixed for the digital age. As you approach these interactive kiosks, they will come alive like fairground games.


TAO: Seventeen Samurai

January 20, 2016 - Placed des Arts/Salle Wilfried-Pelletier

Direct from TAO’s successful, sold-out world premiere run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this brand new production, TAO: Seventeen Samurai, will tour North America in 2016. The new show will bring you athletic bodies and contemporary costumes combined with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO: Seventeen Samurai has critics raving about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than six million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the timeless, traditional art of Japanese drumming, entertains international audiences again and again.

Investigating Agatha Christie

December 08 2015 to April 17, 2016 – Musée Pointe-À-Callière

Pointe-à-Callière is mounting Investigating Agatha Christie, an original exhibition focusing on an exceptional woman whose unusual life and compelling novels left their mark on international literature. The exhibition, to run from December 8, 2015 to April 17, 2016, will look at Agatha Christie through her work, her imagination and her world, including archaeology. It is one of the major international events planned to mark the 125th anniversary of the famous novelist’s birth, on September 15, 1890.

Wildside Theatre Festival

January 07 to 17, 2016 – Centaur Theatre

 Igloofest sur les Quais

Januray 14 to February 06, 2016 (weekends) - Old Port of Montreal

You are invited to the igloo kingdom to enjoy performances from the best artists of the electronic scene, a unique and punchy audio-visual ambiance, a wacky ski suit competition, and an electrifying atmosphere that is guaranteed to give you the hottest nights of winter!

TELUS Fire on Ice

December 15 to January 15, 2016 – Old Port of Montreal (weekends)

This spectacular, magical event is the definitive kick-off to the holiday season. From the Old Port of Montréal skating rink, the young and the young at heart can admire the Promenade, Île Bonsecours and the explosions of shapes and colours, created by Québec's top

A Sweet Christmas

December 05, 2015 to January 04, 2016– Botanical gardens

The Botanical Garden is going gourmet for Christmas. Remember all those sweet, tart and explosive flavours of your favourite candies when you were a kid? Their wacky colours and shapes? Vanilla, mint, licorice… Did you know that all those flavours come from plants and, without them, we wouldn’t have any candy?

Come learn all about confectionery plants as you visit an absolutely mouth-watering exhibition that’s sure to appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth. You can admire all the plant spirals, giant lollipops and other green delights arranged around the giant poinsettia Christmas tree!


Montréal International Auto Show

January 15 to 24, 2016 – Palais des Congrès

A constant increase in the number of visitors testified to its success, and organizers were prompted to surpass themselves and create more and more special attractions and unveilings. From 1970 to 1989, the Show's rapid growth rested on two vital elements: the manufacturers' wish to present a greater selection of vehicles and the new manufacturers' requests for their own place among us. Another move was in order... In 1990, the MIAS entered into the third stage of its history by moving into Montréal's Olympic Stadium. The prestigious location had all the characteristics required for the Show to develop its potential: a much larger exposition site and a luxurious interior that compares to the greatest hotels. At the turn of the millennium, the MIAS settled in a more central location at the Palais des congrès de Montréal to capitalize on down-town location near the Old Port and right in the heart of the business area.

Fête des Neiges de Montréal

January 15 to February 16, 2016 – Parc Jean Drapeau

Boule de Neige invites you to the biggest winter outdoor Festival in the city. The most spectacular and joyful festivities await you : tube sliding, ice skating, funny snow games, colourful outdoor shows and much more. The perfect activity for families and winter lovers.


Let’s Get Married Bridal Exhibition

January 09 & 10, 2016 – Place Bonaventure

Let’s Get Married’s Grand Salon Marions-Nous is Canada’s largest bridal wedding show featuring hundreds and hundreds of wedding specialists showcasing their indispensable products and services for the bride and groom. Engaged couples can discover the latest wedding trends, consult with experienced wedding professionals and simply get great ideas to make their wedding day truly memorable. From the extravagant to the affordable, Let’s Get Married’s Grand Salon Marions-Nous is a must for anyone thinking of planning a wedding!

Mammouth Village

December 19, 2015 to March 06, 2016 – Olympic Park

The Esplanade Financière Sun Life of the Olympic Park won't hibernate! It will indeed host from December 19 to March 6 the Village Mammouth. That village will offer a refrigerated skating rink with National League dimensions (and a skate rental service), tube sliding, bungee trampoline and three restaurants especially designed for the place, as well as heated recreation areas and DJs for the atmosphere. You could go during the day with your family or in the evening to enjoy the nightclub feeling, or also to celebrate New Year's Eve.

Ice Skating in the Old Port of Montreal

December 01, 2015 to March 10, 2016 – Basin Bonsecours

At the Old Port, 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 Old Port skating rink all winter long! The great music and special lighting only add to the fun!

Quebec Winter Carnival 2016

January 29 to February 14, 2016 – Various locations in Quebec City (3 hr. drive from Montreal)

The Quebec Winter Carnival has gained international fame over the years through its renowned key figure, Bonhomme Carnaval, living replica of the snowman that enchanted the youth of all Quebecers. Celebrity of the Carnival, Bonhomme is a recurring figure during all the activities. Upon his official arrival in the Capital, the Mayor of Quebec gives him the keys to the city, making him the undisputed master of the kingdom. Bonhomme Carnaval is the ambassador of this celebration to foreigners. He is everywhere, even in territories exceeding the boundaries of the city, and is the symbol of the festivities of this joyous period of the year. His mission is to promote the Carnival all around the world.For the 59th presentation of his great winter festival, Bonhomme has some spectuacular novelties in store for you and a ton of activities the whole family will love!

Quartier des Spectacles - Christmas Market

December 12, 2015 to January 02, 2016

To add to the Christmas spirit brought by the annual visit of The Nutcracker, the Quartier des Spectacles will have its very first Christmas market. Located on the Place des Arts Esplanade, it will be held from December 12, 2015, to January 2, 2016, and will offer various free activities and live shows. We've been promised a fairytale decor featuring tents, kiosks, playgrounds and it will of course be a rendez-vous for foodies. Details are still to be unveiled.

Montréal Canadiens Hockey

January 06, 09, 14, 19 & 26, 2016 – Centre Bell

Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience..





Metropolis (

January 22 & 23, 2016 – Jean leLoup


Bell Centre (

January 20, 2016 - Muse


Olympia (


Theatre St-Denis

Place des Arts (

January 31, 2016 - Denis Matsuev