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Édition Septembre / 2015

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 Métropolitain de Montréal (2015-2016)

September 20, 2015 – Maison Symphonique

After celebrating my 15th year with the Orchestre Métropolitain last season, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join in the festivities surrounding our 35th anniversary!

In 2015–2016, more than ever, the Métropolitain and I will demonstrate our pride for what we 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.

Opéra de Montréal - Madame Butterfly Puccini (Saison 2015-2016)

September 19, 22, 24 & 26, 2015 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

It’s LOVE at first sight for young Japanese girl Cio-Cio-San and American officer Pinkerton. But once the wedding night is over, he leaves his young wife. After BETRAYAL comes DISHONOUR and, in the depths of despair, the young woman takes her own life.

An exotic and sensual poem of the soul… the opera Puccini considered to be his “most sincere and evocative” is brought to life, staged by renowned Quebec director François

World Film Festival

August 27 to September 07, 2015 – 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.

POP Montreal/International Music Festival

September 16 to 20, 2015 – Various Locations

POP Montreal is a grass roots festival created and supported by people who love music and live performance. Founded in 2002 by Daniel Seligman, Noelle Sorbara, and Peter Rowan (who has since moved on down the 401), it has expanded in scope and vision every year. Each year, the five-day festival presents more than 400 artists. Delivering a bold cross-section of art forms and events, the festival includes symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, and, of course, a few all-night parties. For musicians and artists, fans, curators, critics, record labels and industry, POP Montreal is the North American festival that provides a dynamic introduction to the next generation of musical talent and independent art

The Gardens of Light

September 04 to October 30, 2015 – 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 MontréalBotanical Garden. Discover the JapaneseGarden enhanced by a fine and subtle lighting design and the ChineseGarden 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

YUL Eat Festival

September 05, 06 & 07, 2015 – 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.

The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God

September 22 to October18, 2015 – Centaur Théâtre

A magnificent story of renewal. Rainey, a female doctor whose family can be traced back to the origins of Negro Creek, a 200-year-old Black community in Western Ontario, has turned from her husband, her practice, and her faith, following the death of her daughter. As neighbours rally to uphold their dignity and the town’s rich history, her elderly father mobilizes a group of ethnically proud septuagenarian activists. Rooted in African storytelling traditions, a chorus of ancestors create the mood and settings with sensuous choreography and a soaring sound scape in this touching, humorous and ultimately triumphant journey. A cast of 22 artists, the largest on the Centaur stage in decades, lifts Sears’ tale to epic heights.

International Black Film Festival

September 22 to 27, 2015 – Various Locations

The goal of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is to bring audiences the most beautiful and the most amazing new Black films, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The MIBFF wants to promote a different kind of cinema, cinema that hails from here and from abroad and that does not necessarily have the opportunity to grace the big screen, groundbreaking cinema that moves us, that raises awareness and that takes us all by surprise. The MIBFF wants to deal with issues and present works that raise questions, that provoke, that make us smile, that leave us perplexed, that shock us...

David Altmejd – Flux

June 14 to September 13, 2015 – MontrealMuseum of Contemporary Arts

Montréal artist David Altmejd, who enjoys an enviable reputation in Europe, is presenting Flux at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris until this coming February 1. The exhibition, Altmejd’s first French retrospective, has been acclaimed in Europe. In Montréal, all periods in his career will be represented, and the artist will produce some site-specific pieces. Born in Montréal in 1974, David Altmejd lives and works in New York. After studying visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he majored in drawing and painting, he graduated as a sculptor in 1998. Fascinated by biology and science-fiction film, he moved to New York, where he earned an MFA at ColumbiaUniversity in 2001. Altmejd represented Canada in 2007 at the 52nd Venice Biennale with the installation The Index, and took part in the Istanbul and Whitney Biennials in 2003 and 2003, respectively.

Rodin – Metamorphoses - In Rodin’s Studio

May 30 to October 18, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts

Rodin completely revitalized the very language of sculpture with his passion for the creative act. The ongoing interplay of accidents and chance in his work, his figures fragmented only to be reconstituted through this ingenious “cobbling together,” enabled him to interpolate his work in an endless flow of creation. He was at the forefront of twentieth-century aesthetic thought: the role of the pedestal, enlargement, assemblage, ready-made…

But “studio” must also be understood as the small artistic community that worked for and around the master. It consisted of practitioners of specific trades to whom we owe the transformation of one material to another, one dimension to another, under his attentive guidance. The thematic exhibition layout will shed light on the various processes of reprise and transformation and will take stock of the sculptor’s prodigious creativity.

Organized by the Musée Rodin, Paris, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition will feature masterpieces like the 200 or so figures fleeing The Gates of Hell, a work Rodin was to draw from for the rest of his career, and The Walking Man.

The Aztecs, People of the Sun

May 29 to September 30, 2015 – Musée Pointe-à-Callière

An international exhibition that will give visitors a unique opportunity to get up close to authentic material remains of the great Aztec civilization: The Aztecs, People of the Sun. These remains are both numerous and magnificent, if not completely stunning. The diversity and significance of the objects in this exhibition will make for an illuminating experience—a foray into the impressive and sometimes unsettling world of the Aztecs. In collaboration with two of Mexico’s largest museums: the National Museum of Anthropology and the Templo MayorMuseum.

World Press Photo

August 26 to September 27, 2015 – Marché Bonsecours


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!

The In-Water Boat Show

September 01 to 30, 2015 – Old Port of Montreal

Don't miss this boat show at the Old Port of Montréal. This major gathering, which attracts over 12,000 visitors per year, will be a unique opportunity to board more than 100 boats of all kinds and to meet many nautical exhibitors. www.salondubateau.comm

Salon Marions-Nous (Let’s Get Married)

September 6 & 7, 2015 – 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!

The Montreal Tamtams

Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2015 – Mont RoyalPark

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 RoyalPark'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.


June 16 to September 02, 2015 – Foot of the Clock Tower (OldPort)

**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 OldPort’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 OldPort’s spectacular entrance, the beach offers a serene setting right on the city’s heels and all OldPort attractions.


September 20, 2015 – Island of Montreal

The Marathon Oasis de Montréal includes a marathon, a half-marathon, 10K and 5K run and walk and a 1K P'tit Marathon for children between 3 and 11 years of age.

Piknic ÉlectroniK

May to September, 2015 – 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

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.

Montréal Canadiens Hockey (Pre-Season)

September 22, 24 & 25, 2015 – Centre Bell

Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience.


Bell Centre (
September 09 & 10, 2015 - Madonna

Place des Arts (
September 01, 2015 – Idina Menzel
September 19, 2015 – Scorpions
September 27, 2015 – Melissa Etheridge
September 29, 2015 - Stromae
September 30, 2015 – Chris De Burgh

Metrolpolis (
September 21, 2015 – Wilco

Olympic Stadium
September 05, 2015 – One Direction