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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.
August 01 to August 03, 2014 – Parc Jean-Drapeau/Île Sainte-Hélène
Osheaga is a unique and eclectic music and arts festival staged in the breath-taking environs of Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, an island of tranquility set in the middle of the bustle of one of North America’s most exciting cities. The festival was inaugurated in 2006 with the intention of offering a world-class European-style festival to Canadians and to showcase Montreal’s acclaimed local talent alongside some of the industry’s biggest names. The artist line-up was designed to present a mix of today’s most avant-garde emerging artists juxtaposed against those internationally known artists who appeal to the most discerning music lover. The festival founders also sought to provide fans with an unparalleled experience by offering them the best music, the best food and concessions, an eco-conscious approach, and by limiting the corporate presence to those who contribute to the spirit of the festival. www.osheaga.com Montreal
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. www.diverscite.org
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.
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
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.
Rogers Cup 2014 (ATP World Masters 1000 - Womens)
August 01 to August 10, 2014 – Uniprix Stadium
The Rogers Cup (Coupe Rogers) is an annual tennis tournament that is held in Montreal and Toronto. The tournament features a men and women’s tournament that is held in either Montreal or Toronto. The events rotate between both cities each year. In odd years, the men’s tournament is held in Montreal and in even years, the women’s tournament in Montreal. The men’s competition is part of a Masters 1000 event on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour while the women’s competition is part of a Premier 5 tournament on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour. www.atpworldtour.com
Heavy MTL 2014
August 09 & 10, 2014 – Parc Jean Drapeau
Loud and intense, Heavy MTL features over 30 metal bands performing on the breathtaking site that is Sainte-Hélène Island. From Hard Rock to Death metal, from 80’s Glam to Modern Rock, the purpose of this festival is to give fans a chance to celebrate their love for all things heavy. www.heavymtl.comSymphony
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.
August 15 & 16, 2014 – OSM Couche-Tard Classical Spree Festival/Place des Arts
Now in its third season, the event has expanded to take place over three days, offering a greater variety of concerts and guest artists, but retaining the signature of short presentations in a casual and festive summer setting. Following on the heels of the OSM’s outdoor concert at the Olympic Park, the OSM Couche-Tard Classical Spree Festival transforms Place des Arts into a bustling hub of classical music performances and activities. With more than 30 concerts in four separate venues, featuring orchestral, chamber, solo and choral performances, attendees can tailor an experience to match their own tastes and interests. This year again as is now our tradition, great masters from one generation will meet the next generation of young masters — current rising stars and talents and established international performers from our own community and abroad make music together on the many stages of the Classical Spree
International des Montgolfières (Hot Air Ballon Festival)
August 09 to August 17, 2014 - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
In addition to being one of the largest hot-air balloon gatherings in Canada, this is a premier event in the ballooning world. Large area for activities at the most family-oriented festival in Québec. A must-see summer event for anyone who loves big concerts. www.ballooncanada.com
18th-Century Public Market
August 23 & 24, 2014 – Old Montreal (Pointe-À-Callière)
Over the course of a weekend, take a trip back in time to find yourself in the company of farmers, craftspeople, and entertainers as they existed in 1750, at the time of Montréal's very first public marketplace. A not-to-be-missed event in Old Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière's 18th Century Public Market is a unique experience, a festive marketplace that retains its agricultural role while offering an array of historical activities and presentations in an atmosphere unique to New France. Discerning gourmets will be delighted to taste authentic 18th-century products and goods: wild fruit jams and jellies, maple products, cheeses, sausages, cider, and even spruce beer. Along with storytellers, musicians, and artisans, the Public Market is host to plenty of other activities involving some one hundred figures enthusiastically re-enacting period scenes. A military regiment and a native encampment will also be part of the festivities. The Public Market also gives children the opportunity to dress up, discover French games from the era, and play soldier by taking part in a parade. www.pacmusee.qc.ca
Festival International de Tango
August 01 to 31, 2014 – Various Locations
Since 2003 the Montreal International Tango Festival has honored the music, dance and poetry of tango in Montreal.
Each year, argentine tango masters, dancers and musicians alike, gather along with amateurs from all around the world for the pleasure of Montrealers. They present a rich program which comprises master classes, concerts, shows and dancing evenings, also known as milongas. www.fitm.ca
Montreal International Reggae Festival
August 01 to 31, 2014 – Old Port of Montreal
Montreal’s festive summer season was augmented in 2004 with the emergence of The Montreal International Reggae Festival. With an aim to not only showcase the pulsating Reggae beat of internationally renown musicians, but also to highlight excellence amongst a diverse set of ‘Reggae Ambassadors’ from all corners of the world including Canadian based musicians, this festival continues to be held in high esteem. Consistently embracing the theme, “United Against Violence” the Montreal International Reggae Festival has become a significant tradition for Reggae music lovers in and outside of Canada.
The festival boasts having an audience of over 150,000 since its inception and is steadfast in its commitment to raising the profile of a musical genre best known for manifestations of powerful messages. Fostering unity is key in dually linguistic Montreal – a city that mirrors a global village; and using artistic forms generated through Reggae to achieve this goal has been the successful platform of this Festival. Derived from a list of musical forms that started with Mento – a type of Jamaican folk music, Reggae music became most popular in the 1970s when it burst onto the international scene through popular songs by artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers. www.montrealinternationalreggaefestival.com
World Film Festival
August 21 to September 01, 2014 – Various Locations
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world. The Montreal International Film Market is part of the Montreal World Film Festival. The Market is the meeting place for a large number of film and television professionals from around the world. The Market serves as a port of entry into the North American market for professionals from abroad and as a link to the rest of the world for North American film and television people. The Market has become an important site for international exchanges and discoveries. www.fffm-montreal.org
Salon Marions-Nous (Let’s Get Married)
Augusr 31 & September 01, 2014 – Place Montreal 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.ca
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.
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.
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.
The Graduate (Théatre)
August 31 to September 21, 2014 - Centre Segal de la Scène
When a dazed college graduate becomes entangled in a love triangle with a mother and daughter, he finds himself caught between the allure of experience and the promise of a bright future. The spirit and sounds of the 1960s come alive in this sizzling stage adaptation of the classic film. www.segalcentre.org
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.
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.
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)
August 08, 2014 - Yanni
Parc Jean Drapeau
August 30, 2014 – Arcade Fire