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Happening in Montréal this month:
Loto-Quebec International Fireworks
June 28 to August 02, 2014 – La Ronde Amusement Park
At the outset, the competition included two types of shows: traditional, so-called "classical" fireworks displays; and pyromusical displays involving careful synchronization of the fireworks to a musical score. Since 1987, the displays have been exclusively pyromusical. Over the years, the competition has carved out a place at the summit of the pyrotechnical industry. The leading firms in the world set their sights on participating in the Montréal event, striving to attain the highest distinction in their field. As testimony to its illustriousness, the competition received a laudatory article in the prestigious New York Times published on June 27, 2008 in "Escapes", its Travel Section. Reporter Henry Fountain described the event as "a world-class competition" and wrote that Montreal was "a city known for its festivals" and where the International Fireworks Competition L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS is like " exclamation marks" that punctuate the summer evenings in the city.
Kurios - Cirque du Soleil ** NEW SHOW **
April 24, 2013 to July 13, 2014 - Quais du Vieux-Port
Reality is Relative
The show immerses you in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: "Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?" Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that’s as beautiful as it is mysterious. KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is an ingenious blend of unusual curiosity acts and stunning acrobatic prowess from Cirque du Soleil. Let KURIOS show you that anything is possible through the power of imagination.
The Mondial Loto-Québec
June 15 to July 15, 2014 – Centre de la Nature, Laval
Besides being one of the most important choral gatherings in the world, Laval’s Mondial Loto-Québec (MLQL) is one of the most important music summer festivals in Quebec. The biggest national and international stars perform at the MLQL, often accompanied by mass choirs. With a population of 400 000, Laval, sister city to Montreal, is one of the largest cities in Canada. Therefore, it stands to reason that the biggest stars in the world would perform here. The Beach Boys, YES, Styx, Take 6 and the legendary french singer Charles Aznavour are but a few of the legendary performers who have graced the Loto-Québec stage. Every year, the MLQL presents an array of concerts and events ranging from Sunrise choral friendship concerts to late night rock extravaganzas, from symphonic events in local churches and concert halls to gigantic pop, rock and electronica mass appeal performances on our outdoor stages. In Laval, all good music is celebrated. Choral singing is the centerpiece of our event. It all started because of our President's love and passion for choral singing. Those who care for this growing art form share its core values: community, friendship, family and beauty. Since 2005, more than a thousand choirs have participated in our event. From as far as Russia, China, Japan, Africa and all around Europe and America, more than 50 000 non-Professional choristers have graced our stages and overwhelmed our audiences with their effort, passion and love of music.
Just for Laughs Festival
July 09 to July 27, 2014 – Various locations
Everything’s funny in Montreal during the month of July. Just for Laughs Festival, the world's largest and most renowned comedy festival brings together artists from all corners of the planet to laugh and celebrate Montreal's joie de vivre. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy over 2,000 performances for the entire family including 1,300 free, outdoor shows in Montreal's splendid Quartier Latin. The Festival is 11 days of performances, street entertainers, urban street theatre, stand-up comedy and laughter.
Festival Nuits d’Afrique
July 09 to 21, 2014 – Various Locations
Since 1987, every edition of Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has had its own particular charm and personality. That is one of the important reasons it thrives. At the forefront of artistic creativity the Festival plumbs a vast pool of talent from here to Timbuktu, across great oceans to Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. By encouraging the best of old and new world traditions in a spirit of magic and family filled with passion, the festival has carved out a unique position on the cultural landscape and captured the imagination of faithful festival-goers. From summer to summer, attendance at Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has climbed steadily. The fans turned out for 11 unforgettable days spiced with the flavors of southern lands.
Montréal Complèment Cirque
July 02 to 13, 2014 – Various Location
Montréal complètement cirque is indeed the international event on the international circus scene in July – after only four years of existence! Artists and professionals from around the world will come together to delight audiences, who will discover the most original and challenging acts. Once again, the festival is taking over the city!
Shakespeare in The Park – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 04 to August 04, 2014 – Various Locations
A classical theatre festival presenting plays for free in parks throughout the Greater Montréal Area. Come experience theatre under the stars! All ages are welcome. Bring your own chair.
July 17 to August 05, 2014 – Various Locations
The Fantasia Film Festival, a Montreal silver screen staple since 1996, is not quite as tame and heartwarming as Disney's groundbreaking collection of shorts that go by the same name. Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, gored up sci-fi, gratuitous nudie shot B-movies, name your non-PG genre and chances are Fantasia has it covered in its programming, particularly Asian films which make up almost half of every year's selection.
FABERGÉ - Jeweller to the Czars
June 14 to October 5, 2014 – Museum of Fine Arts
The most important Fabergé collection outside Russia is coming to Montreal – the exclusive Canadian venue. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Russian jeweller Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) created precious objects for the Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II. The name of this firm became synonymous with elegant craftsmanship in luxury jewellery, and is also associated with the final days of the Russian imperial family, a tragic story that marked the start of the twentieth century. The exhibition features some 240 objects, including four of the most famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs.Enamelled picture frames, clocks, gold cigarette cases and knobs for walking canes, rock-crystal flowers, caskets and brooches encrusted with rubies continue to fascinate us as they did when they first appeared in the windows of the Fabergé stores in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and London.
Treasures of Napoléon – The Exhibition
May 12 to September 01, 2014 – Notre-Dame Basilica
More than 350 sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, books and decorative art, including furniture, porcelain, gold, silver, tapestries and jewellery.
Montréal First Peoples Festival
July 29 to August 05, 2014 – Various Locations/Quartier des Spectacles
The Montréal First Peoples Festival highlights American aboriginal art, history and traditions. The richness and vitality of traditional and contemporary aboriginal cultures take centre stage, encouraging a spirit of awakening. Come discover the vivid culture of our continent's first inhabitants. www.nativelynx.qc.ca
Tremblant International Blues Festival
July 04 to July 13, 2014 – Mont Tremblant (90 minutes from Hôtel)
Renowned artists from the world over will be at Tremblant from July 04 to 13 to provide ten days of music, fun and festivities with a wide variety of free outdoor concerts amid the beauty and majesty of the Laurentians!
Festivales d’été in Quebec City
July 03 to July 13, 2014 – Various locations in Quebec City (3 hours from Montreal)
It's hard to think of many high-profile Canadian festivals that have been running for longer than the Festival d'été de Quebec. Founded in 1968, the event will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2012. Predictably, the organizers have recruited some high-profile artists to perform between July 5 and 15 in Quebec City, QC. The event will boast an array of international talent with headline acts like Mastodon, Beirut, Big Boi, Skrillex, Bon Jovi, LMFAO, Cults, !!!, the Offspring, Aerosmith, Johnny Hallyday, and more. As for the big-name Canadian artists, they include Metric, City and Colour, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah McLachlan, the Barr Brothers, Grimes, Sarah Slean, Patrick Watson, Radio Radio and others. These acts will perform at a variety of venues around Quebec City, with most of the biggest names gracing the main stage at the Plains of Abraham.
Week-ends du Monde
July 01 to July 31, 2014 – Parc Jean Drapeau
A unique crossroads of cultural diversity, the Week-ends du monde festival provides Montrealers of all origins with a veritable showcase to celebrate and share their culture and traditions with the general public through music, dance, culinary discoveries, and other activities. Many different cultures at one event featuring more than 50 countries this year. Many activities for families and children and a good opportunity to spend your weekend surrounded by friends from many different countries and cultures.
Le Festival de Lanaudiere
July 12 to August 10, 2014 – Lanaudiere
Canada’s leading classical music festival. Continuing a long tradition of excellence, the Festival de Lanaudière presents a series of intimate recitals in the historic churches of the region and performances by famous symphony orchestras in the amphitheatre.
July 10 to August 03, 2014 – Quartier des Spectacles
Zoofest is a new festival spotlighting emerging talents through alternative programming that includes comedy, theatre, music, and other genres. Its purpose is to create a wild adventure and unique experiences. By focusing on an eclectic offering, Zoofest is the off-the-wall equivalent to the Just For Laughs Festival. With a scouting team that scrutinizes artistic productions from around the world, Zoofest selects only the craziest, not to say the most disturbing, acts to present to some of the most influential people in the industry. www.zoofest.com
Divers Cité Festival
July 28 to August 03, 2014 – Various Locations
Montréal's annual gay festival is as flamboyant, forward-looking and far-out as ever. Two of its annual productions are internationally renowned: Mascara, the world's biggest drag show; and La Grande Danse, the largest outdoor dance party in North America.
Clock Tower Beach
June 16 to September 02, 2014 – Foot of the Clock Tower (Old Port)
**Every day, 10.30am to 7.30pm. On fireworks night and special events, late closing at 11pm. From September 3 to 23 open on weekends only. **
The Old Port’s new hot spot! Located a short distance from the historical district, the Old Port of Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine sand, chairs, parasols and refreshing mist. There is also a bar where you can meet with friends over a drink and a bite late into the evening. Located at the foot of the Clock Tower, the Old Port’s spectacular entrance, the beach offers a serene setting right on the city’s heels and all Old Port attractions.
The Montreal Tam-tams
Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2014 – Mont Royal Park
The Montreal Tamtams are a drum circle based in Montreal, Canada. One of the most original musical events in Montréal, this free festival takes place on Sundays, near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier and in Mount Royal Park's surrounding green spaces. The Tamtam festivities start at 1 pm and continue until sunset. A colourful gathering of drummers, dancers, vendors and their admiring audiences. For twenty years, Montrealers and visitors have come to play music and dance, or just watch and listen. Tamtams, or simply "tams" as they are sometimes called by locals, began in 1978 and over the years have become one of the main tourist attractions of the city.
May 18 to September 21, 2014 – Parc Jean Drapeau
A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans returns in 2011 from May 22 to September 25. The event takes place at Place de l’homme, underneath the Calder sculpture in Parc Jean-Drapeau.
La Ronde, the biggest amusement park in Eastern Canada, has forty rides and attractions, including a new ride suspended over Lac des Dauphins: "EDNÖR – The Attack." La Ronde has something for everyone: roller coasters for thrill seekers, slower rides with panoramic views of the city for the wiser ones, and gentle rides for the youngest children in Le Pays de Ribambelle.
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)
July 02, 2014 – Lady Gaga
July 04 & 05, 2014 – Michael Bublé
July 09, 2014 – Queens of the Stone Age
July 10, 2014 – The Killers
July 14, 2014 – Queen & Adam Lambert
July 15, 2014 – Katy Perry
July 23, 2014 – Bruno Mars
July 26, 2014 – Justin Timberlake
July 28, 2014 – Lionel Ritchie & Ceelo Green
July 04, 2014 – Snoop Dogg
Place des Arts (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)
July 03 & 04, 2014 – Diana Ross