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Welcome to the Hotel 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.

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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)

May 04, 06, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31, 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 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

 

Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (2016-2017)

May 01, 2017 – Maison Symphonique & Various Locations

Comprised of Quebec-born musicians, who are also mainly Quebec-trained, the Orchestre Métropolitain boasts an international calibre of excellence as an organization dedicated to promoting wider public access to classical music and to strong community involvement, as well as to artistic innovation and creativity. The Orchestre Métropolitain owes its international calibre to the quality and reputation of its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.www.orchestremetropolitain.com

 

Opéra de Montréal – La Bohème

May 20, 23, 25 & 27, 2017 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Paris, the Latin Quarter, love blooms and fades... The ultimate classic! The poet Rodolfo and his friends — painter Marcello, musician Schaunard, and philosopher Colline —, despite their poverty, manage to enjoy the pleasures of the bohemian lifestyle. Marcello loves Musetta, a young singer, and Rodolfo falls for their neighbour, the fragile seamstress Mimì. But jealousy and illness surround them. www.operademontreal.com

 

I Musici of Montreal

May 18, 2017 – Salle Bourgie du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

The Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal is a non-profit organization constituted under Part III of the Québec Companies Act. Founded in 1983 by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, who served as its conductor until May 2011, the orchestra is made up of 15 musicians whose vast repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary music. Its chief mission is to promote and contribute to the knowledge, development, composition and execution of music, particularly chamber music. www.imusici.com

 

Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

May 10, 12, 14, 24, 25, 27 & 31,  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

 

Montreal Chamber Music Festival

May 26 to June 15, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts/Salle Bourgie

Looking for another reason to visit Montréal? This festival offers you outstanding jazz and classical music artists in presentations that have attracted millions via radio, television and live performance. Don't miss the first festival of Montréal's summer season and one of the best chamber music festivals in North America. www.festivalmontreal.org

 

Cirque du Soleil – Volta

May 20 to June20, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement.

WAZ, a popular gameshow host, has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame, pulling others in the trap of instant glory. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories as he encounters “free spirits” who open doors to his inner soul he has long kept shut. On his high-voltage search for meaning, will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright? www.cirquedusoleil.com

 

Festival TransAmériques

May 25 to June 08, 2017 – Various Location

Montreal's international festival combining both contemporary dance and contemporary theater, the Festival TransAmériques is three weeks of world and North American premiere performances by top choreographers, artistic directors, playwrights, actors and dancers. A relative newbie on the festival scene in Montreal, the Festival TransAmériques premiered in 2007, combining two festivals. Previously known as the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, an all-theater festival going strong since 1985, the Festival TransAmériques added contemporary dance to the performance roster, picking up the slack where Montreal's contemporary dance event, the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (defunct since 2003) left a void, to the dismay of Montreal's prominent dance community. And so a new festival was born with a particular focus on promoting contemporary dance and theater on the edge. www.fta.qc.ca

 

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens - Falling Angels

May 25 to June 03, 2017 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve

Set to Steve Reich’s extraordinary music and percussion, Kylián’s Falling Angels is a mesmerizing study for eight dancers, a powerful work of the highest order. His pure and refined Evening Songs are set to Dvořák’s a cappella songs of the same name, and performed live by a choir. Finally, Stephan Thoss’s Searching for Home, an inner voyage into the multiplicity of the self, features 16 dancers in a piece inspired by the music of Philip Glass and the images it evokes. Magical, spell binding.  With Falling Angels, Kylián explores the duality that drives artists, the opposition between their discipline and their pursuit of freedom. Steve Reich’s percussions structure Kylián’s choreography, a tribute to the dancers and their brilliance, vulnerability and humour. This struggle between a need to belong and a desire for independence is a dilemma that haunts us all. www.gransballets.com

 

Concours Musical International de Montréal (Piano)

May 02 to May 12, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts/Salle Bourgie

Founded in 2002 by internationally renowned bass Joseph Rouleau and current Chairman of the Board of the Competition and its Foundation André Bourbeau, the CMIM is an annual event that draws over 6,000 spectators to concert halls, as well as thousands of listeners on the radio and the web.

The CMIM seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It’s the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, more than 2,400 hopefuls have entered the Competition and nearly 400 have performed in Montreal, much to the delight of music lovers. www.concoursmontreal.com

 

18th-Century Public Market (Encounters in New France)

May 19 to 22, 2017 – Old Montreal (Pointe-À-Callière)

Usually it's held the last weekend of August but in 2017, the museum is changing things up a bit, holding it in the spring and rebranding it "Encounters in New France" in honor of the city of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

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

 

The St-Ambroise Fringe Festival Montreal

May 29 to June 18, 2017 – Various Location

The Fringe Festival is Montréal’s summer block party of theatre, dance, music, comedy, and more. With over 700 shows, local and international performing artists take over the Plateau Mont-Royal to celebrate years of boundless creativity. Artists are selected by lottery, no Censorship. Artists have complete freedom to present ANYTHING, accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery and afford its application fees, accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are kept low and 100% of the ticket price is returned to the artists you see on stage. www.fringefestivals.com

 

Love is love by Jean Paul Gaultier

May 27 to October 09, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

As a fitting conclusion to the phenomenal world tour by The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, seen by two million visitors in twelve cities from 2011 to 2016, the MMFA is presenting a surprise return by Jean Paul Gaultier. Since the designer has described this record-breaking tour as his “biggest fashion show,” the MMFA is wrapping it up in style, just like Gaultier would do in a fashion show, with the final bouquet: wedding gowns. Featuring some thirty creations – several of which are being displayed for the first time – this celebration of marriage brings together straight, gay, intercultural and interracial unions to celebrate love and diversity. The exhibition is produced by the MMFA, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier. www.mbam.qc.ca

 

Bed And Breakfast

April 25 to May 21, 2017 – Centaur Théâtre

A brand new Canadian comedy; hilarious and heart-warming

In a bold move from urban Toronto to a tiny tourist town, two gay men decide to convert the family residence into a B&B. Playing dozens of male and female characters—from narrow-minded rednecks to awkward high school boys—the real estate rat race, reno hell, and small town prejudice test the couple’s resolve, with more than a few unexpected and comical plot twists. A touching comedy about living ‘out’ in the country, family skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home. www.centaurtheatre.com

 

How to Disappear Completely

April 30 to May 21, 2017 – Segal Centre of Performing Arts

PART DOCUMENTARY. PART MEMORIAL. ALL HEART. When award-winning lighting designer Itai Erdal found out his mother had only months to live, he immediately flew to Israel to be with her. But a challenging request to help his mother die on her own terms sent him reeling. Combining powerful story-telling and the magic of stage lighting, this play is an unexpected lesson in loving, healing and finding the light. www.segalcentre.org

 

Million Dollar Quartet

April 23 to May 14, 2017 – Segal Centre of Performing Arts

THEY CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE MUSIC. THEY ENDED UP MAKING HISTORY. December 4th 1956. Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brings together four music giants – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley – for one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions ever. This Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical, inspired by a true story, features some of the 1950’s most beloved hits! www.segalcentre.org

 

National Circus School

May 23 to 30, 2017 – La Tohu

The best of the young circus artists about to take over invite you for their training outcome. High wire act!

Brilliant, restless and enthusiastic, circus artists from the 2015’s promotion are inviting you to experiment their last training turning point. Before they join the most prestigious circus companies in the world, they are about to take over TOHU’s scene with their remarkable talent.

They are inviting you to discover two performances where they harmonize an array of disciplines: slack rope, juggling, aerial straps, Chinese pole, hand to hand on a unicycle, balancing acts, dance trapezium, hand to hand, aerial hoop, tightrope, German wheel, Cyr wheel and clown! You will be fascinated by their skills, charmed by their spirit and the talent, ambition and dream will leave its mark on you forever. www.latohu.ca

 

Slava's Snowshow

May 02 to 13, 2017 - Saint-Denis Theatre

The Slava's Snowshow is a production signed by the Russian artist and clown Slava Polunin. This show is a truly timeless classic and an interactive show who has charmed both critics and audiences, night after night, since 1993. To date, more than 5 million spectators have had the chance to see this stage masterpiece. Younger and older will undoubtedly be enchanted by the The Slava's Snowshow.

 

Chagall - Colour and Music

January 28 to June 11, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and initiated by the Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la musique, and La Piscine – Musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, with the support of the Chagall Estate, this large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition explores, for the first time, the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). The exhibition presents 400 works – paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets – many of which are little known by the public.

Music was a constant source of inspiration for the artist. A favourite subject for his creations, it served as an internal rhythm and driving force for his compositions, and a key to the intensity and range of colour in his work. His passion for music, closely linked to his family and the Jewish culture of Vitebsk, his native city in Belarus, is evident in the performances for which he created sets and costumes. The designs he created for the Jewish Theatre (Moscow, 1919-1920), as well as the ballets Aleko (Mexico, 1942), The Firebird (New York, 1945), Daphnis and Chloë (1958) and The Magic Flute (New York, 1967), demonstrate the links that the artist wove between music, sets and costumes. His large-scale works of the 1960s, especially the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris (1964) and the murals for the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York (1966), incarnate his concept of total art. www.mbam.qc.ca

 

Aura

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

 

Gateway to Montréal's Museum Culture (Museum Day)

May , 2017 – Throughout Montreal

Founded in 1987, the Board of Montréal Museum Directors (BMMD) brings together the chief administrators of numerous museums across the Montréal region. Its mission is to support the visibility and awareness of Montréal museums by promoting their activities and defending their interests, and by encouraging the development of communication, mutual assistance and cooperation between these institutions with a view to making culture more accessible and helping citizens to take ownership of their museum heritage.

 

C2MTL

May 24 to 26 , 2017 – Arsenal

C2MTL is an immersive three-day event that appeals as much to the left half of your brain as it does to the right through a vast array of non-traditional

C2MTL unites the cream of the international business crop and works to stimulate creative and even visionary thinking to commercial problems. This is encouraged through an immersive environment that fosters collaboration and the emergence of innovative business solutions. C2MTL was founded and Imagined by the Sid Lee creative agency in collaboration with Founding Partner Cirque du Soleil, Innovation Partner Intel, and Content and Media Partner Fast Company magazine. www.c2mtl.com

 

Avudo

May 17 to September 02, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal/Quai King Edward (every night)

Set on the water, Montréal AVUDO will pay poetic tribute to the St. Lawrence River throughout the years and seasons. The water, omnipresent, will be given a voice through installations and grandiose projections. It will tell the story of those who lived there, who arrived by the St. Lawrence, whose livelihood depended on it, who built, innovated and set off to link Montréal to the rest of the world. In short, memories of the St. Lawrence will come alive through it.

AVUDO is a non-linear show that evokes the emotional ties between the St. Lawrence River, Montréal, its intertwining histories, its neighbourhoods, its stakeholders and its people. Homage will be paid to a river that has witnessed the rise of the island, from its very beginnings to the Montréal of today, and interspersed with characters that have helped create the city. www.375mtl.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

 

The Montreal Tamtams

Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2017 – 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.

 

Piknic ElectroniK

May 2016 to September 2017 – Parc Jean Drapeau (Mainly on Weekends)

A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans. The event takes place at Place de l’homme, underneath the Calder sculpture in Parc Jean-Drapeau. www.piknicelectronik.com

 

 

Concerts

 

Montreal Casino

May 18 to 28, 2017 – Les Crooners Paris – New York

 

Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

May 29, 2017 – Nick cave & The Bad Seeds

 

Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

May 05, 2017 – Florida Georgia Line

May 11, 2017 – Jean-Michel Jarre

May 17, 2017 – Happy Birthday Montreal (Special Event)

May 25, 2017 – Chance the Rapper

May 30, 2017 – The Weekend

 

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

May 05, 2017 – Florence K

May 06, 2017 - Engelbert Humperdinck

May 13, 2017 – Les Violons du RoY (Maison Symphonique)

May 28, 2017 – Norah Jones

May 30 & 31, 2017 – Sigur Ros

 

Corona Theatre (www.evenko.ca)




And much more to come...

Grand Prix du Canada 2017

June 09 to 11, 2016 – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve/Île Notre-Dame

October 8, 1978: Montreal's first Grand Prix du Canada is held on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence. A native son, driving a Ferrari, wins his first world championship race. On that day more than three decades ago, Montreal, Ile Notre-Dame and its 4.5-kilometre track became more than a city, an island and a ribbon of pavement. They became Formula One holy ground. From year to year ever since, every June, tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the island to watch the gods of motor racing. First there was Gilles Villeneuve. Then came Jones, Piquet, Mansell, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Hill, Alonso, Hamilton and others. They come to conquer. They keep building on the legend of this always-thrilling Grand Prix. Now it's your turn: join us on June 10, 11 and 12, 2011.  www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca

 

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

June 28 to July 08, 2017 – Various Locations

Montreal Jazz Festival: The Largest Jazz Festival in the WorldI there ever was a world-class event in Montreal genuinely accessible to everyone and every budget, it's the Montreal Jazz Festival. Named the largest jazz fest in the world in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Montreal Jazz Festival offers its over two and a half million guests from late June through early July. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. There are also special activities geared towards kids and the whole family. www.montrealjazzfest.com

 

Les Francofolies de Montréal

June 08 to 18, 2017 – Various Locations

The biggest music festival in the French-speaking world! For the past 20 years, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world! Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich, fun-filled program! Every year, for 11 full days, Montrealers and tourists throng to the safe, festive Francofolies site in the downtown core to savour the best musical talents of the French-speaking world. www.francofolies.com

 

National Holiday (St. Jean Baptiste) – Quebec’s National Holiday

June 24, 2017 – Various Locations

Saint Jean Baptiste Day, held annually on June 24, is the feast day of St. John the Baptiste, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. It is a day of celebration in Quebec and other areas of French Canada. Saint Jean Baptiste Day is also known as "la Saint-Jean", "St John the Baptist Day", "Fête nationale du Québec" and "Quebec's National Holiday".

Various events are organized on Saint Jean Baptist Day. These range from large scale public celebrations, such as rock and jazz concerts, sports tournaments, parades and firework displays, to small family or neighborhood happenings, such as yard sales, picnics, barbecues, bonfires and children's entertainment. Many church bells ring in celebration and public dances and fun fairs are held. Some events may be held on the evening of June 23 and many are broadcast live on television, radio or on the Internet. The celebrations are coordinated by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois.

Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec. Post offices and many stores are closed. Public transport services run to a reduced schedule in some places or may not run at all in other areas, such as the province's rural regions. If June 24 falls on a Sunday, the same day is a paid day off for those who work on Sunday. June 25 becomes a paid day off for workers who do not ordinarily work on Sunday.

 

Loto-Quebec International Fireworks

July 01 to August 05, 2017 – 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. www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com

 

Just for Laughs Festival

July 14 to July 30, 2017 – 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. www.hahaha.com

 

Festival Nuits d’Afrique

July 11 to 23, 2017 – 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. www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com

 

Formula E Race

July 29 & 30, 2017 – Street Circuit

The concept was initiated by FIA President Jean Todt as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility. Inspired by this vision, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag took the idea and created a global entertainment brand with motor racing at its heart.

To get this ambitious project off the ground required an enormous amount of effort, but by working with world-leading partners in the motorsport industry such as Williams, McLaren, Michelin and Dallara, and inspiring global blue chip brands such as DHL, Qualcomm and TAG Heuer to back the project, in under two years Formula E turned from a dream into reality.

When 20 all-electric racing cars lined up on the grid for the inaugural Beijing ePrix in September 2014, the cynics and the sceptics were confounded. With names like Senna, Prost and Piquet behind the wheel and teams such as Andretti, Audi Sport ABT, Renault and Virgin Racing and team owners like Leonardo DiCaprio, the championship attained a level of credibility to rival the best championships in the world. www.fiaformulae.com

 

Rogers Cup 2017 (ATP World Masters 1000 - Mens)

August 04 to 13, 2017 – 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

 

Osheaga Festival

August 04 to 06, 2017 – 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

 

International des Montgolfières (Hot Air Ballon Festival)

August 12 to 20, 2017 - 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

 

World Film Festival

September 01 to 30, 2017 – 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 

 

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

 

YUL Eat Festival

September 02, 03 & 04, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal/Clock Tower Pier

Les Premiers Vendredis and evenko join forces to present YUL EAT Festival, a unique culinary event that will highlight local gastronomical talent and bring together leaders of the restaurant industry worldwide for a weekend of tasting, learning, and discovery! Festival YUL EAT is proud to showcase participating talents (chefs, specialists, artisans, producers, food critics, artists, and animators) over 3 days. Together, we offer you a unique, quality festival where you can live outside-the-box experiences. www.festivalyuleat.com

 

Festival des Couleurs (Fall Foliage Festivities)

End of September to late October

Québec is famous for its autumn colours because of the sugar maple trees. Also prevalant are the provincial yellow birch and the American beech. Try the Laurentian Mountains for one of the most beautiful displays of fall foliage in North America. Colours begin their peak at the end of September and continue until mid- to late-October in lower elevations and more southern locations. Celebrate the season by visiting resort town Mont-Tremblant for its annual Symphony of Colours festival.

 

Apple Picking Season in Montreal

Month of September – Various Locations

Believe it or not, September unofficially marks the beginning of apple picking season in Montreal, with a handful of nearby orchards -- including the delightful Au Paradis des Fruits Dunham which not only proposes apples, but also has 5,500 blueberry bushes primed for picking -- opening their doors to the public, though interested parties are advised to call their orchard of choice before heading out as many only kick off the season the first weekend of September. Please see the concierge for more information!