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January 2018 Edition


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!

Happening in Montréal this month:

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (2017-2018)

January 09, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 & 26, 2018 – 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

Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

January 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31 2018 – 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. 


Opéra de Montréal – JFK - Little & Vavrek

January 27, 30 & February 01, 03, 2018 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

An intimate and poetic drama about a man who changed the destiny of 20th century America. A spectacular work… moving music and a libretto with a few smiles to help illuminate the tears…

In a hotel room, twelve hours before the gunfire rings out in Dallas, Jack (John F.) and Jackie drift in and out of hallucinatory dreams, taking them to various times and places. The dreams explore the innermost struggles of these fragile humans, as their tragic fate swiftly approaches. www.operademontreal.com

 The Baklawa Recipe

 January 23 to February 18, 2018 – Centaur Theatre

 A loving portrait of women reaching out to each other for comfort, understanding and friendship.

1960s Quebec juxtaposed with contemporary society seen through the immigrant lens. Two young Lebanese women emigrate from their homeland to start new lives in Ville-St-Laurent. Forever bound when they marry two Canada-born Lebanese brothers, they struggle to integrate the traditional female roles of their close-knit community with the emerging face of the independent woman of the feminist movement. The mothers and their first-generation Canadian daughters personify the challenges of living between two worlds: one shaped by their cultural origins and the other by their adopted home. Two generations of women, their joys and complexities, as warm and sweet as Baklawa. From the playwright of the beloved children’s play, Charlotte Sicotte. www.centaurtheatre.com

O‘Master Harold’……and the Boys

January 21 to February 11, 2018 – Segal Centre


Port Elizabeth, South Africa — 1950. Seventeen-year-old Harold does his homework while two black men, who have long worked as servants for his family, clean the floors. As the day unfolds, the three reminisce fondly about times spent together, but when news comes that Harold’s alcoholic father is returning home, affections turn to anger, intimacies sour, and the personal becomes political. The play was initially banned in South Africa and has since become an enduring, modern classic that continues to speak to inequality and injustice. www.segalcentre.org

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

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

November 09 2017 to April 09, 2018 – 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

Salute to Vienna

January 01, 2018 – 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 18 to February 03, 2018 (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


November 29, 2017 to January 27, 2018 - 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.


Patinoire – Les 7 Doigts

December 19, 2017 to January 06, 2018 – La Tohu

A show by Les 7 Doigts is always an event. From success to success, the Québec-based company has travelled the world. This time, its first solo performance, Patinoire, features one of the cofounders, Patrick Léonard—a rare occurrence— in a masterful performance where precision and rigour play alongside poetry. A tightrope walker, wacky clown, and joker, he skates hard to succeed! He makes every effort to gain admiration with his stunts. With the audience as his accomplice, this friendly eccentric multiplies the mishaps and tries, in an extremely clumsy way, to keep their attention and be someone, in order to exist. But as in life, the fall is tough. Between circus and theatre, dance and music, Patrick Léonard plays on imbalances and vulnerability, with little to nothing, asking this question: how far are we willing to go to love and be loved?A totally insane solo circus performance where comedy and stunning acts come together! www.tohu.ca

Wildside Theatre Festival

January 04 to 13, 2018 – 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

TELUS Fire on Ice


December 2017 to January 06, 2018 – 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

Montréal International Auto Show

January 19 to 28, 2018 – 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 20 to February 11, 2018 – 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


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

Mammouth Village

December 2017 to March  2018 – 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

Ice Skating in the Old Port of Montreal

December 01, 2017 to March 10, 2018 – 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 2018

January 26 to February 11, 2018 – 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

Montréal Canadiens Hockey

January 02, 04, 07, 13, 15, 20, 23 & 25, 2018 – Centre Bell

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


MTelus (formerly Metropolis) (www.mtelus.com)

January 08, 2018 – Black Label Society

January 24, 2018 – Milky Chance

January 26, 2018 – Collie Buddz

Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

January 4 & 5, 2017 – Pat Patrouille Le Spectacle

January 19, 2018 - Shakira

Place Bell (www.placebell.ca)

January 06, 2018 – The Killers

L’Astral (www.sallelastral.com)

January 09, 2018 – The King & Avatar

January 26, 2018 – Sass Jordan

January 27, 2018 – Sleigh Bells

Olympia (www.olympiamontreal.com

January 14, 2018 – Niska

January 23 & 25, 2018 – Simon Gouache


Gésu Theatre

January 18, 2018 – Série Hommage à Leonard Cohen


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

January 04, 2018 – The Musical Box

January 05 & 06, 2018 – Sebastien Maniscalco

January 10, 2018 – China National Symphony Orchestra

January 11, 2018 – Pro Musica Série Les Récitals (Maison Symphonique)

January 11 to14, 2018 – Shen Yun (Dance)

January 31, 2018 – TAO: Drum Heart

January 10 to 27, 2018 – Temporel (Circus – Cinquième Salle)

Montreal Casino (www.casinos.lotoquebec.com)

January 5 & 6, 2018 – Band on Tour