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Happening in Montréal this month:
Orchestre Synphonique de Montréal (2014-2015)
Septembre 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27 & 30, 2014 – 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 2014-2015 season will be dazzling and richly diversified - a season that promises deep emotions! The 2014-2015 season offers a number of sensational programs built around major works of the repertoire, some of them large in scale and some of them discoveries. Classicism and modernity rub shoulders throughout the season. www.osm.ca
Opéra de Montréal – Nabucco (Saison 2014-2015)
September 20, 23, 25 & 27, 2014 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
A thirst for power, a thirst for freedom… A spirited young Verdi unleashes a surge of rousing arias and spectacular choruses, including the immortal “Va pensiero.” Featuring first-rate Verdian singers. A dazzling production that has won acclaim in major American opera houses.
A war is being waged: Nabucco, King of Babylon, seeks revenge against the Hebrews, who have taken his daughter, Fenena, hostage. His other daughter, the ambitious Abigaille, is thirsting for power. Betrayal and madness await them… www.operademontreal.com
Les Grands Ballets - Léonce and Léna (by Christian Spuck)
September 18 to 27, 2014 – Place des Arts/Théâtre Maissoneuve
Christian Spuck’s fifth full-length ballet was inspired by the comic political satire Leonce and Lena (1838) by Georg Büchner, author of Woyzeck. It premiered at the Aalto Ballett Theatre in Essen, Germany, in April 2008. Prince Leonce of the ... Read more Kingdom of Popo is languishing in never-ending boredom; Princess Lena, from the neighbouring Kingdom of Pipi, acutely feels the insularity and absurdity of the world around her. Before a romance can blossom between the unsuspecting royal pair, the two must escape from the farcical conventions of their respective microstates. Well aware that their marriage has been arranged since childhood, they each decide to flee their homeland. At a bustling inn just beyond their borders, they meet and fall in love incognito. Can the court, reduced to an absurd puppet show,” finally celebrate their union? It is the satiric elements, employed by Büchner to criticize the absolutist, end-of-reign society in which he lived, that are highlighted in this choreography. Among other pieces, Christian Spuck uses the ethereal—and at times grotesque—compositions by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss, to galvanize this tragicomic tale and underscore its parodic aspects. www.grandsballets.com
The Magic of Lanterns
September 05 to November 02, 2014 – Chinese Garden 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
The Graduate (Theatre)
August 31 to September 21, 2014 – Segal Centre for Performing Arts
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. Soundtrack performed live on stage by singer-songwriters Justin Rutledge and Matthew Barber. www.segalcentre.org
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. www.mbam.qc.ca
Music, Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire
May 30 to October 13, 2014 – McCord Museum
Sometimes it gently soothes the soul, while other times it boldly sounds the charge. At all times, music expresses the emotions of a people. It lifts us up, urges us on, and reawakens our memories. Discover how music has provided the soundtrack for the evolution of Quebec culture.
With its display of melodies, lyrics, costumes and performances, the exhibition Music - Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire, presented by Sony and Radio-Canada in collaboration with Milk, invites visitors to learn how musical artists have become, sometimes in spite of themselves, the standard-bearers for society's demands and the driving force behind popular passions, as well as representatives of various eras and ambassadors of different genres.
Immerse yourself in the soundtrack of Quebec and delight in the discovery of artefacts from musical artists who have influenced our history as you delve into the world of memorable artists from Beau Dommage and Louise Forestier, to Ariane Moffatt and Loco Locass. www.musee-mccord.qc.ca
The Lion King
August 19 to September 06, 2014 - Place Des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
This acclaimed show has already been watched by over 65 million people around the world and is the highest grossing Broadway show of all time. With Disney Theatrical director Julie Taymor and the musical talents of Elton John, Tim Rice, Hans Zimmer and Lebo M on board it was sure to be a success.
Set in the Serengeti Plains of Africa, the story follows the journey of Simba on his quest from Lion cub to Lion King. Deceived by his evil Uncle Scar and mourning the death of his father Simba flees Pride Rock, unwittingly leaving it and The Circle of Life in the hands of the reckless Scar. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. While in the jungle Simba meets Timon and Pumba who show him the carefree side of life, 'Hakuna Matata'. www.pda.qc.ca
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!
POP Montreal/International Music Festival
September 17 to 21, 2014 – 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 forms. www.popmontreal.com.
The In-Water Boat Show
September 05 to 0, 2014 – 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
International Black Film Festival
September 23 to 28, 2014 – 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... www.montrealblackfilm.com
The Montreal Tamtams
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.
September 28, 2014 – 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.
May 18, 2012 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.
Montréal Canadiens Hockey (Pre-Season)
September 23, 25, & 28 2014
Attending a hockey game in Montréal is the ultimate hockey experience. www.centrebell.ca
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)
September 16, 2014 – Enrique Iglesias & PitBull
September 18, 2014 – Black Keys
September 30, 2014 – ZZ Top
Théâtre St-Denis (www.ticketpro.ca)
September 26, 2014 – Bryan Ferry
September 26, 2014 – Jann Arden
Segal Centre for Performing Arts (www.segalcentre.org)
September 11, 2014 – Happy Birthday Oliver Jones (80th Birthday Celebration)