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Happening in Montréal this month:



Édition mars/ 2015



Orchestre Synphonique de Montréal (2014-2015)

March 04, 07, 08, 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 21, 26 & 28, 2015 – Place Des Arts/Maison Symphonique

The history of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal today is intimately associated with the Maison symphonique de Montréal, where we have already begun a fourth season. Our 2014-1015 program will include a vast body of music ranging from the Viennese Classical Style to the great symphonic works of the nineteenth-century Romantics and onward to Mahler, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Debussy and Ravel. We invite you to discover and enjoy the associations between these works, with room also for less familiar works and new compositions. The 150th anniversaries of Richard Strauss, Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius provide a special occasion this year to celebrate each of these composers, in turn, as a major figure. www.pda.qc.ca



Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (2014-2015)

March 01 & 29, 2015 – Various Locations

The moment you first experience the Orchestre Métropolitain, you feel a special connection. And that feeling is as strong in me today as it ever was. The Orchestre Métropolitain is more than a space where impassioned musicians transport the audience to other lands: it is an exhilarating rendezvous that inspires each listener in a unique way. I invite you to join us for an exceptionally rich and colourful adventure, full of exclusive discoveries for the senses. www.orchestremetropolitain.com



The Montreal High Lights Festival/Montréal en Lumières

February 19 to March 01, 2015 – Various Locations

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration drawing 900,000 fans to experience the joy of Montréal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!

A unique event in the world of delectation, notably for its concept pairing the finest Montréal chefs with the greatest culinary masters from five continents, the gastronomy and wine program of the festival has become an absolute must for foodies. Since 2000, some 400 renowned chefs, wine producers and speakers have taken part, offering unforgettable experiences in such components as the Festival’s Finest Tables, famed for their perfect harmony of food and wine.

Music, circus arts, song, theatre, dance…every facet of culture glitters in Montréal during the Arts Program of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. The program puts the spotlight on the city with a rich and eclectic program welcoming icons as well as emerging artists from home and abroad. Over the course of 11 days, an array of new discoveries, original creations and dazzling performances become part of the daily fabric of Montréal life.

In February, the festival transforms the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des Festivals—the festive heart of downtown—into the ultimate family destination! The Free Outdoor Site bursts with open-air activities: braziers, shows, activities for children, all showcasing Montréal’s renowned party spirit and flair for entertainment. www.montrealenlumiere.com



Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

March 14, 19, 20, & 21, 2015

Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, is a 444-seat venue located in the restored Erskine and AmericanChurch (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



Grands Ballets Canadiens – The Little Prince

March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28, 2015 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maisonneuve

Didy Veldman was in her early twenties when she first read The Little Prince. Like many adults, she was surprised by the existential questions raised by what she presumed was a simple children’s story. After several re-readings, she felt the urge to translate its poetry and purity into movement. “I wanted to keep certain narrative elements,” she explains, “but not be overly literal. The Little Prince is a story about rediscovery. I would like to focus on aspects of human behaviour and life choices, to question them in the same spirit of the book. But this is only the starting point. Who knows where it will all lead?” www.grandsballets.com



Ickamsterdam - Danse Danse

March 03 to 14, 2015 – Place des Arts/ Cinquième Salle

Anchored in the taste for extremes and innovation, the success of the Italian choreographer Emio Greco and the Dutch director Pieter C. Scholten has been meteoric and enduring.

The powerful theatricality of the body and their mutant, visceral, elegant movement are embodied in this work, which was honoured with the 2012 Golden Swan award for the most impressive dance production. They seat the audience around a boxing ring for combat inspired by the great Luchino Visconti film Rocco and his Brothers. From brotherly scuffles to close quarter body blows, they portray the range of male relations and behaviour with humour and sensuality in a series of duos presented by four supple, committed, vigorous and reactive dancers who are perfect as boxers. An extraordinary, poignant atmosphere. Inimitable style. www.pda.qc.ca



The Goodnight Bird

February 24 to March 22, 2015 – Centaur Theatre

A mysterious vagrant flies off the roof of a condo development and lands on the balcony of a long-married couple. This strange arrival leads to unexpected revelations about their lives, their marriage and their mutual loneliness with each other, sparking a wild desire to go out on a limb and into the night. This thought-provoking comedic drama by Governor General Award-winning, Quebec-born Colleen Murphy ingeniously achieves a satisfying balance of wry humour and melancholy. www.centaurtheatre.com



But Wait……There`s More

March 05 to 15, 2015 – La Tohu

Committed, yet comical, the Australian acrobats travel the planet to offer us a satire of the world we live in. A universe flooded by information where speed, abundance and consumption are taking over human values. A space polluted by waves, with screens everywhere and anytime, in order to fulfill maniac demands of humans in constant search of speed. Their brand new creation is a jumble of breathtaking acrobatics, high-end juggling, fascinating unicycle, astonishing trapeze, insolence, versatility and exuberance. Circus Oz artists demonstrate once more that they can express their vision of the world, without giving up the flamboyant, festive and utterly crazy side which gained them renown over the last 36 years! www.tohu.ca



We Are Not Alone

February 22 to March 15, 2015 – Segal Centre for Performing Arts

“The question is not “are they really here?” The real question is: “what are they trying to tell us?” Every day there are new reports of mysterious sightings in the skies, grainy videos of humanoid shapes moving in shadows, intricate crop circle formations that appear overnight… Are these phenomena for real, or are we being deceived? Join multitalented writer and performer Damien Atkins in his obsessive and provocative one-man show that asks: do you believe? www.segalcentre.org



I Musici of Montreal

March 26, 27 & 28, 2015

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



The Envelope

March 24 to April 19, 2015 – Centaur Theatre

While excited actors gather in a local Italian restaurant, two producers jockey for the film rights to a new play premiering at an Old Montreal theatre. Torn between an indie L.A. filmmaker and a local producer who dangles a tempting multi-million dollar envelope from the Federal Film Fund, the playwright confronts ambition over loyalty and money over art. Made in Canada movie projects generate more red tape than red carpet winners in this satiric and engaging new play about the celluloid dream factory. www.centaurtheatre.com



Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism

From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time

January 31 to May 31, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts

In the depths of winter, the Museum is hanging the sun on its walls with this exhibition on Orientalism, a first for Canada, based on extensive original research. The show unveils the forgotten figure of a master of the genre, Benjamin-Constant…

Following in the footsteps of artists like Delacroix, whom he admired, this flamboyant painter’s Orientalism is similar to that of Henri Regnault, Mariano Fortuny, Georges Clairin and Jean-Paul Laurens, who also figure largely in the exhibition. Appropriating the stereotypes of a colonial Near East, Benjamin-Constant alternated indolent odalisques and fierce Moors in his large-scale paintings.

The exhibition reveals six iconic aspects of Orientalism, offering a dual reading of its fictional subjects, juxtaposing staged pictorial settings with documented realities. Drawings and photographs round out this exploration of Moorish Spain and sharifian Morocco, between seductive mirages and the hidden realities of a colonial republic. www.mbam.cqc.ca



Art Souterrain (Underground Art)

March 2015 – Underground Pedestrian Network

As part of the Montréal All-Nighter (Nuit blanche), Art Souterrain presents a unique new perspective on Montréal’s Underground Pedestrian Network. Hundreds of renowned contemporary artists present photos, videos, installations and artistic performances throughout the 6 km passageway between Place des Arts and Complexe Les Ailes. Art Souterrain’s goal is to change perceptions of the general public vis-à-vis the new contemporary art practices and to unite the visual arts milieu by identifying and bringing together its principal figures. www.artsouterrain.com



The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

December 12, 2014 to April 26, 2015 – Museum Pointe-À-Callière

Agamemnon to Alexander the Great is the most vast and comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece ever presented in North America. It brings together more than 500 artefacts from 21 Greek museums, including many pieces never before displayed outside Greece. Among other treasures, visitors will be able to see a number of priceless objects, the result of some unparalleled archaeological discoveries.

To facilitate the production of an exhibition of this breadth, a consortium of North American museums was created. In addition to Pointe-à-Callière, the consortium includes CanadianMuseum of History, The Field Museum in Chicago and the NationalGeographicMuseum in Washington, DC. The CanadianMuseum of History will oversee direction of the consortium, as well as work on production of the exhibition in association with the Directorate General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. www.pacmusee.qc.ca



Warhal Mania

A Brand-new Look at His Advertising Posters & Magazine Illustrations

November 06, 2014 to March 15, 2015 – Museum of Fine Arts

As a leader of the American Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol saw his works, together with his image, given wide media coverage. But aside from this coverage, what about Warhol’s own advertising genius, his gift for creating brilliant posters to sell products or promote causes and events? The collector and art historian Paul Maréchal reveals another aspect of the artist’s graphic design work. This time, he has chosen to share with the public his collection of fifty posters and almost a thousand illustrations found in 400 magazine. The exhibition will be accompanied by two catalogues raisonnés, the outcome of intensive research. Paul Maréchal gives us an overview of the show. www.pda.qc.ca



The Motorcycle Show of Montreal(Salon de la Moto de Montréal)

February 27 to March 01, 2015 – Palais des Congrès

Power Sport Services owns seven motorcycle & ATV shows across Canada. These shows are supported by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). So check out the show nearest you. This is your chance to see what’s new in the market, talk to the pros and pick up some terrific bargains on bikes and accessories. Representatives will be available to demonstrate and answer your questions about Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, BMW, Triumph, Ducati, Harley Davidson CAN-AM (BRP), KTM, Piaggio, Triumph, Victory, Arctic Cat, and Polaris. www.montrealmotorcycleshow.com



Maple Syrup Season - Sugaring Off

Entire month of March & part of April 2015

Sugaring off is a cultural rite-of-passage in Montreal. A short-lived season that varies every year, somewhere from late February to early May, perhaps the best known activity is eating hot maple taffy off fresh snow. Hot-taffy-on-snow stands start appearing in town around early March near Mont-Royal Metro, the Jean-Talon Market and other select locations around the city. While they soothe urgent maple cravings, they also bring up the nostalgia for an authentic sugar shack or cabane à sucre experience.



Ice Skating in the OldPort of Montreal

December 01, 2014 to March 10, 2015 – Basin Bonsecours

At the OldPort, 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 OldPort skating rink all winter long! The great music and special lighting only add to the fun! www.oldportofmontreal.com



Montréal Canadiens Hockey

March 10, 12, 19, 21, 28 & 30, 2015

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



Concerts/Events


Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

March 03, 2015 – Hozier


Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

March 04, 05, 06, 07 & 08, 2015 – Disney on Ice: Frozen

March 17, 2015 – ZZ Top


Place des Arts (www.pda.qc.ca)
March 07, 2015 – Kodo

March 06, 2015 – Video Games Live

March 11, 2015 – Michael Bolton

March 11, 2015 – Mike & The Mechanics

March 11, 2015 – Lara Fabian (Greatest Hits Tour)


Théâtre St-Denis (www.theatrestdenis.com)

March 07, 2014 – The Piano Guys