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Welcome to the Hotel Le St-James

Édition Janvier 2017

Welcome to the Hôtel 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.

Happy 375th Birthday Montreal!

For 375 years, Montréal has been a city that’s alive. Its cultural and artistic life is alive, is economy is alive, its gastronomy, creativity, nightlife and its neighbourhoods are all alive.

MONTREALIVE shines the spotlight on the city’s effervescent and energetic character, its sharp, curious and open mind. Its teaming imagination, its festive spirit and its entrepreneurial soul.

It’s time to celebrate 375 years of history, boldness and creativity!

We have over 175 activities in store for 2017, each one showcasing Montreal’s unique, vivacious spirit. In order to celebrate all year round, they’ll be divided into four themes (Montreal Lights, Montreal Gets Moving, Montreal Ignites & Montreal reinvents), spread throughout the year.

Discover the events we’ve announced so far. www.375mtl.com   

Happening in Montréal this month:



Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2016-2017)

January 08, 17, 18, 19 & 25, 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. www.osm.ca


Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

January 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 25, 27, 29,  2017 – 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 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


Opéra de Montréal  - Dialogues des Carmélites

January 08 to February 04, 2017 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

“Blanche, was me,” wrote Francis Poulenc to a friend in a letter about the protagonist of his “mystical opera” Dialogues des carmélites. The opera draws its power from its multiple facets and many possible interpretations. On the one hand, it seems to depict the inner journey of all humans facing death. On the other, the historical subject matter and use of sacred music create an atmosphere that seems distant from our daily lives. At the same time, the violence of the Reign of Terror and its arbitrary executions are a subject that could not be more topical, whether in the context of the Cold War during which the opera was composed or in our own. As a reviewer wrote of Georges Bernanos’ play, on which Poulenc based his opera, it is “a work that obviously responds to the need for spirituality in a time threatened by historical and industrial materialism whose horror we feel. Our shudder, at its approach, is that of Blanche de la Force.” www.opersdemontreal.com


Salute to Vienna

January 01, 2017 – 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. www.placedesarts.com


Igloofest sur les Quais

January 12 to February 04, 2017 (weekends) – Old Port of Montréal

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! www.igloofest.ca



December 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017 - 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.


Carnival of The Animals – Circa

December 15 to January 03, 2017 – 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.  www.tohu.ca


Batsheva Dance Company - Danse Danse

January 19, 20 & 21, 2017 – Place des Arts/ Théâtre Maisonneuve

The Batsheva Dance Company is back at Danse Danse with Last Work, a piece by Ohad Naharin, a prodigious dancer and choreographer who is one of the most innovative of contemporary dance artists. His work is precise, delicate, calligraphic. The piece is chockablock with torsions and unlikely body positions as it builds to a crescendo leading to ecstasy. The stage is bare. In the distance a woman runs on a treadmill. Her non-stop running on the spot traces the line of time, of history being repeated. The images generated by the 18 virtuoso dancers are very powerful, and not soon forgotten. www.dansedanse.ca


Kinky Boots (Musical)

January 03 to 08, 2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Sons. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. www.placedesarts.com


Focus: perfection – Robert Mapplethorp

September 10 to January 22, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality.

The MMFA is presenting the first major North American retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Moment, organized in 1988 by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the national controversy that it provoked during the US Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s. It is the only Canadian venue for the exhibition. www.mbam.qc.ca


Wildside Theatre Festival

January 05 to 15, 2017 – Centaur Theatre

Centaur’s no-holds-barred blast-off into the New Year with cutting edge indie theatre featuring ‘Empire of the Son’ by Tetsuro Shigematsu (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) and the 2016 Best of the Fringe Festival Award winner.www.centaurtheatre.com


Bakersfield Mist

January 31 to February 26, 2017 – Centaur Theatre

A kitsch-infested trailer park in Southern California. Hard-drinking, chain-smoking, down-and-out, Maude Gutman is convinced she bought an unknown Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions at a junk shop. The question is whether the highbrow art expert, Lionel Percy, will agree. He’s about to find out what makes art, and people, truly authentic. www.centaurtheatre.com


TELUS Fire on Ice

December 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017 – 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 pyrotechnicians.www.quaisduvieuxport.com


A Sweet Christmas

December 11, 2016 to January 03, 2017– 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! espacepourlavie.ca


Montréal International Auto Show

January 20 to 29, 2017 – 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. www.salonautomontreal.com


Fête des Neiges de Montréal

January 14 to February 05, 2017 – 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. www.parcjeandrapeau.com


Mammouth Village

December 09, 2016 to March 12, 2017 – Olympic Park

This winter, sector 200 of the Esplanade Financière Sun Life will come to life with lots of surprises, including an NHL-sized refrigerated skating rink, skate rentals and an 18-metre long slide for the whole family. The Mammoth Village will be available free Thursday to Sunday and offer such services as a concession stand, bar (open Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and heated areas. On weekends, the Mammoth Village takes on an après-ski atmosphere with DJs and plenty of fun. . 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. www.villagemammouth.com


Cité Mémoire

Every evening at dusk– Throughout Old Montréal

Loosely inspired by the history of Montreal, Cité Mémoire invites you to meet a host of characters who've witnessed the city's evolution first-hand. Poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful, the tableaux come alive with images, words and music. Projected throughout Old Montreal, the work appears on the very walls that surround us, the ground on which we walk, the trees that frame our present. A creation by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchardhttp://www.montrealenhistoires.com


Let’s Get Married Bridal Exhibition

January __, 2017 – 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! www.marionsnous.com


Ice Skating in the Old Port of Montreal

December 01, 2015 to March 10, 2017 – 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! www.oldportofmontreal.com


Quebec Winter Carnival 2017

January 27 to February 12, 2017 – 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! www.carnaval.qc.ca


Quartier des Spectacles - Christmas Market

December 12, 2016 to January 02, 2017

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. marchenoelmontreal.ca


Montréal Canadiens Hockey

January 09, 14, 18, 21, 24 & 31, 2017 – Centre Bell

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




Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

January 27, 2017 – Elevation (Electronic Music)

Olympia (www.olympiamontreal.com

Theatre St-Denis

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

January 28, 2017 - Choeur Classique de Montréal (Maison Symphonique