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Édition Novembre/ 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 (2017-2018)

November 01, 02, 04, 07, 09, 11, 12, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24 & 30, 2017 – 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 2017-2018 season will be dazzling and richly diversified - a season that promises deep emotions! As music lovers, you’ll be hearing works in 2017-2018 that are great in scale and stature. www.osm.ca


Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (2017-2018)

November 22,  2017 – Maison Symphonique

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. Come celebrate 35 years of magic! In 2015–2016, more than ever, the Métropolitain will demonstrate their pride for what they 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


La Cenerentola - Rossini (Opéra de Montréal)

November 11, 14, 16 & 18, 2017 – Place des Arts

Angelina is a servant to her two stepsisters and stepfather. When Prince Ramiro enters her life, she soon gets to trade her broom for a sceptre!A classic fairy tale, a dazzling composer, an ideal cast. www.operademontreal.com


The Gardens of Light

September 08 to October 31, 2017 – Chinese & Japanese Gardens of the Botanical Gardens

Do not miss this must-see for your fall evenings. The Gardens of Light event is making its return to the Montréal Botanical Garden. Discover the Japanese Garden enhanced by a fine and subtle lighting design and the Chinese Garden with The Magic of Lanterns and its emblematic traditional coloured lanterns. At dusk, beautiful pathways emerge in the Gardens of Light, pathways full of contrasts, mysterious and magical. www.espacepourlavie.com


Montreal Bach Festival 2017

November 17 to December 03, 2017 – Maison Symphonique & Various Locations

The Montreal Bach Festival is North America’s premiere destination for the timeless musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and the cultural legacy that he has inspired.

Through a series of concerts and educational programs, the Bach Festival showcases our elite musicians to the world and brings world class performers to Quebec. It contributes significantly to Montreal’s international reputation as a cultural metropolis, attracting both international and local audiences to enrich the life of Montrealers as well as its communal life.

The greatest artists in the world come to Montreal to honor Johann Sebastian Bach. His infinitely beautiful music has found a home at the Montreal Bach Festival. www.festivalbachmontreal.com


Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

November 16, 17, 27,  2017

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


RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival

November 09 to 19, 2016 - Various Locations

Founded in 1998, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – RIDM) presents a selection of the year’s best documentaries from Canada and around the world for general and professional audiences. Documentary film has a unique place in Quebec culture. The historic backbone of Quebec cinema, the documentary sector produced a large number of major filmmakers who embraced a demanding, innovative vision of reality-based cinema, and their influence is still being felt. Above all, RIDM’s mission is to carry on the vision of those pioneering filmmakers by promoting the best local productions and presenting the year’s most important and ambitious international works. www.ridm.qc.ca


Cinemania (Leading Francophone Film Festival)

November 02 to 12, 2016 – Various Locations

Since its inception in 1995, the CINEMANIA Film Festival has presented audiences with French-language films of excellence and originality.

CINEMANIA is the annual rendez-vous of cinephiles to discover quality feature films judiciously selected from over 120 films viewed annually by its professional team of programmers.  Many of the greatest names of French cinema as well as young up-and-coming talents are featured at the festival. CINEMANIA is the venue where the latest works of Costa-Gavras, Desplechin, Techine, Klapisch, Kahn, Leconte, Guediguian, Becker, Tavernier, Nicole Garcia and Anne Fontaine are screened, while new discoveries like Radu Mihaileanu, Maiwenn, Pierre Schoeller, Stéphane Carpiaux get their initial jumpstarts in North America. www.festivalcinemania.com


The 39 Steps

November 14 to December 10, 2017 – Centaur Theatre

Spies, murder and mayhem … oh my! 
Richard Hannay, a suspected murderer, is caught in a web of international intrigue and suspense in this rollicking, edge-or-your-seat thriller made famous by the classic Hitchcock film. Handcuffed to a beautiful woman convinced of his guilt, the accidental action hero must stay one step ahead of Scotland Yard to prove his innocence and stop a lethal ring of spies. Lives hang in the balance, often literally, in this theatrical mission-quite-impossible, packed with hilarious film noire allusions. The entire escapade is performed by four actors, switching characters at lightning speed for maximum spoof effect. www.centaurtheatre.com


M for Montreal

November 15 to 18, 2016 – Various Locations

Is much more than an annual event. “M” is an independent organization whose ambitious mission is to help up-and-coming artists both to become better known locally and to launch their careers outside Canada. For the last seven years, M for Montreal has carved out an enviable reputation at the heart of Montréal’s cultural life, and now occupies an undeniable role as a catalyst for the local industry, both for emerging local artists and those who are developing their careers outside Québec.

Thus, with its mission as a platform for showcasing local musicians and helping them expand their international networks, with its own ever-expanding international network, and with the artistic credibility of its brand, M for Montreal is an incomparable tool for the career development of Québec’s artists. www.mpourmontreal.com


MTL à Table

November 02 to 16, 2016 – Various Restaurants

In the popular tradition of top food destinations around the world, Montréal’s Restaurant Week serves up delectable menus at fixed prices in a variety of restaurants throughout the city: 3 courses – 3 prices. From chic five-star restaurants to cozy little bistros and “Bring Your Own Wine” eateries, there’s something to inspire every craving and palate. This year, MTL à TABLE is presented by the Wines of France and powered by the SAQ, Mastercard by National Bank and ESKA. www.tourisme-montreal.org/tastemtl/


Lucid Realities – Virtual reality Exhibition

July 18 to December 16, 2017 – Phi Center

The third instalment of the Sensory Stories immersive exhibition, curated by Phi and Future of StoryTelling (FoST).


Dreams, memories, and reflections… The third instalment of the Sensory Stories series, Lucid Realities, invites visitors to navigate previously unknowable worlds. Step inside dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and recollections such as walking in space, inhabiting another person’s body, flying like a bird, or exploring secret locations. Being transported to past, current, and imagined realities using immersive technologies, and being exposed to people and situations that are typically inaccessible to us, elicits more visceral and emotional reactions.

Experience new stories and interactive installations from storytelling pioneers that incorporate technologies ranging from artificial intelligence, mixed reality, olfaction, haptics and facial recognition and allow you to explore, touch, and feel—and ask questions. The programming features a collection of the very best new immersive experiences that engage all of the senses and redefine the way we experience narrative. https://phi-centre.com/en/event/lucid-realities-en/


The Nutcracker Market

November 30 to December 10, 2017 – 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


Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

November 09 to December 30, 2017 – Museum of Contemporary Art

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) will be organizing and touring Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, the first major exhibition on the great literary songwriter Leonard Cohen.

The aim of this exhibition is to create an immersive, visually compelling and in-depth experience exploring Leonard Cohen’s poetical aesthetics of art and life. Through his music and lyrics, songs and poems, Cohen has attracted a huge global audience and influenced countless artists across all disciplines and generations. The exhibition explores the creative impact of his work on the international arts community by presenting a unique selection of commissioned works and installations by artists from different disciplines all around the world who have been inspired, influenced or otherwise moved by Leonard Cohen.

Beyond the works that will be created especially for A Crack in Everything, the exhibition will also include innovative multimedia environments in which Cohen’s songs will be covered and performed, based on archival material (writings, drawings and recordings) he produced over the past half century. www.macm.com



As of March 20th, 2017 – Basilique Notre-Dame

Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty.

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame.

Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle.

Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica. www.aurabasiliquemontreal.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 Bouchard



La Grande Dégustation de Montréal 2017

November 02, 03 & 04, 2017 – Place Bonaventure

Montréal’s wine, beer & spirits convention! www.lagrandedegustation.com


Santa Clause Parade

November 18, 2017 – Downtown Montreal

Of all of Montreal's parades, the Montreal Santa Claus Parade, otherwise known as the Défilé du Père Noël, is easily the most popular one of all, attracting in the upwards of 300,000 people to the city's downtown core for a glimpse of its twenty something floats and its notably engaging participants. It's also one of Montreal's most popular Christmas events.


Once upon a time… The Western : A new frontier in Art and Film

October 14 2017 to February 4 2018 –Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

This major multidisciplinary exhibition offers a new interpretation of the Western film genre by examining its links to the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography) from the middle of the nineteenth century to today. This exhibition studies the creation, transmission and transformation of the Western myth in North America, in both the United States and Canada. Over 400 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, artefacts, film stills and excerpts show how the genre has evolved through ongoing dialogue between the fine arts and cinema.

ONCE UPON A TIME … THE WESTERN celebrates the beauty of the Western while revealing some of its more sombre aspects. It deals with certain prejudices against the peoples of the First Nations that it helped to perpetuate, and explores themes related to questions that are still current today, such as violence, the stereotypical representation of the sexes, interracial relationships, and the acceptance of difference. It shows the extent to which art has the power to both maintain and challenge the most widespread beliefs.www.mbam.qc.ca


Bill Viola : Naissance à rebours

October 25 2017 to  March 11 2018 – DHC Art

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present a new solo exhibition, Bill Viola: Naissance à rebours.

Bill Viola is recognized as a pioneer in video art, with a career spanning over forty years. His work across single channel video, video installation, sound environments, electronic music performances, and broadcast television deeply examines the universal themes of life, death, the unfolding of consciousness, the spirit, and the human condition. The presentation at DHC/ART brings together four flat panel video works, The Return (2007), Ancestors (2012), Walking on the Edge (2012), and The Encounter (2012), as well as the projection work Ascension (2000). Making its Canadian debut is his most recent major installation, Inverted Birth (2014). This monumental projection depicts the five stages of awakening through a series of violent transformations, exploring the very nature of our existence: life, death, birth, and rebirth. “Birth is not a beginning, death is not an end,” as Viola has remarked, quoting from the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu (370–287 BC) https://dhc-art.org


Barbara Nessim : Conditions de fluidité

Octobre 22 to December 1, 2017 – Centre Phi

This new exhibition at the Phi Centre pays homage to American artist, designer and illustrator Barbara Nessim, featuring more than fifty of her collages, drawings, watercolours, sketchbooks and computer art works. While not a retrospective per se, Conditions de fluidité presents a selection of works that will shine the spotlight on the prolific output of an artist who has embodied the spirit of the times since the 1960s.

Inspired and fuelled by the fever and energy of her native New York City, Barbara Nessim studied art at the Pratt Institute School of Art at a time when women were struggling to carve out a place in the industry and make their mark through advertising. A far cry from abstract expressionism, the flagship movement in the United States at the time, Barbara Nessim’s work favoured a narrative, symbolic approach dominated by female figures—somewhat unsurprisngly, considering the artist shared an apartment with the feminist journalist Gloria Steinem. Over time, she tapped into her own audacious vision to become an influential illustrator, straddling the boundary of fine and commercial art.

The bold lines, striking colours and powerful sensuality of Barbara Nessim’s work soon caught the eye of some impressive American publications. Flagship magazines like Time, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Redbook and Harper’s Bazaar came knocking at her door for illustrations and portraits of such prominent icons as Joni Mitchell, David Bowie et John Lennon, which often graced the cover. At the same time, she created a number of iconic album covers and nurtured a passion for fashion through shoe and textile design. In 1980, she embraced the potential of computers for art making, which were considered by many to be a fleeting fad. As a result, she became one of the pioneers of this new form of artistic expression.

Barbara Nessim’s works have found homes all around the world, from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington to the Louvre in Paris and private collections. Her ultimate accolade came in 2013 with the opening of a major retrospective, Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life, at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Conditions de fluidité is an exhibition presented by the Phi Centre that will give Montrealers the opportunity to feast their eyes on original works that have left their mark on our collective imagination. https://phi-centre.com/en/event/barbara-nessim-en/


Montréal Canadiens Hockey

November 07, 09, 11, 14, 16, 18, 25, 27 & 29, 2017 – Centre Bell

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





Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

November 03, 2017 – Lady Gaga

November 10, 11 & 12, 2017 – Marvel (for kids)

November 21, 2017 – Jay-Z

November 20, 2017 – Joe Bonamassa

November 26, 2017 - Gregory Charles + Marc Hervieux


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

November 01, 2017 – Ludovic Einaudi

November 06, 2017 – So Long, Leonard (tribute to Leonard Cohen)

November 08, 2017 – QW4RTZ

November 10 & 11, 2017 – Louis T.

November 14, 2017 – Jordi Savall (Maison Symphonique)

November 23, 24 & 25, 2017 – Tryptique – Les 7 Doigts (Circus)

November 26, 2017 – Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

November 29 & 30, 2017 – Diana Krall


Théâtre St-Denis (www.theatrestdenis.com)

November 05, 2017 – Tony Carreira

November 22, 2017 – The Simon & Grafunkel Story



November 11, 107 – Silversun Pickups

November 14, 2017 – Angus & Julia Stone

November 17 & 18, 2017 - Odesza

November 26, 2017 – Grizzly Bear


Corona Théâtre

November 06, 2018 – IBEYI

November 10, 2017 – RL Grime

November 14, 2017 – Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn


Olympia Théâtre (www.olympiamontreal.com)

November 02, 2017 - Ben Lefebvre


Place Bell – Laval (www.evenko.ca)

November 14, 2017 – Perfect Circle