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Welcome to the Hotel Le St-James

December 2016

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 Synphonique de Montréal (2016-2017)

December 01, 04, 06, 07. 14, 16, 21 & 22, 2016 – 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 (2016-2017)

December 14 & 18, 2016 – Place des Arts/Maison Symphonique

The moment you first experience the Orchestre Métropolitain, you feel a special connection. 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.

Ovo – Cirque du Soleil

November 29 to December 04, 2016 – Bell Centre

Created in 2009 under their famous Old Montreal big tent, the show OVO by Cirque du Soleil has been performed in many cities and seen by 4.5 million people in 7 years. Now it's time for Montrealers to (re)discover it as it will be presented at the Bell Centre from November 29 to December 4. In this colorful show, around 50 actors, musicians and acrobats give life to the insects' world. www.cirquedusoleil.com

Montreal Bach Festival 2016

November 18 to December 04, 2016 – Various Locations

The Montreal Bach Festival launched its first edition in 2005 with guests such as the legendary Musica Antiqua Köln and artistic director Reinhard Goebel as well as Frieder Bernius and Klaus Mertens. The Bach Festival's goal was to celebrate perhaps the most important composer of our times, Johann Sebastian Bach, by inviting year after year outstanding artists and ensembles from Canada and abroad, thus paving the way to some of the city's most sought after musical events. The Montreal Bach Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! We are so lucky have so many exceptional artists and ensembles in Canada on which to draw! This year, we are very proud to have on the Festival’s roster many distinguished performers, such as Viktoria Mullova with Accademia Bizantina, the young French ensemble Café Zimmermann, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano performing the St. Matthew Passion, Julian Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street with the B-minor Mass, and the peerless cellist Yo-Yo Ma who will be featured in our 10th anniversary gala concert in the Maison symphonique. www.festivalbachmontreal.com

Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

December 04, 07, 08, 11, 15 & 22 2016 – 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

Musici of Montreal

December 01, 02, 04, 17 & 18 2016

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

Les Grand Ballets Canadiens – The Nutcracker

December 11 to 30, 2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrrid-Pelletier

No season would be complete without The Nutcracker! This timeless ballet tells the adventures of little Clara and her nutcracker in an enchanted kingdom filled with sweets and marvelous characters. With Les Grands Ballets Orchestra.

Created in 1964 for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this adaptation of the Hoffmann tale by Quebec dancer choreographer Fernand Nault (1920-2006) is among the most beautiful in existence. It is performed by some one hundred dancers, with

sumptuous sets designed by Peter Horne, scintillating costumes by François Barbeau, and lighting by Nicholas Cernovitch. www.placedesarts.com

The Nutcracker Market

December 02 to 24, 2016 – Palais des Congrès

For all those who love shopping, who are searching for the perfect gift of the highest quality, the Market is the place to make some fabulous discoveries. Profits from the Market go directly into Les Grands Ballets’ Nutcracker Fund for Children, which benefits youth from disadvantaged communities. What better way to capture the spirit of the season? www.marchecassenoisette.com

Focus: perfection – Robert Mapplethorpe

September 10 to January 22, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality.

The MMFA is presenting the first major North American retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe’s oeuvre since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Moment, organized in 1988 by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the national controversy that it provoked during the US Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s. It is the only Canadian venue for the exhibition. www.mbam.qc.ca

The Watershed

November 08 to December 04, 2016 – Centaur Theatre

Join Seeds playwright, Annabel Soutar, and her family (including the dog) on a comical, cross-country trek to Fort McMurray to get the inside scoop on another probing Canadian story ripped from the headlines. See the complex environmental and economic issues surrounding Alberta’s oil sands and Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Area, first through the playwright’s investigative journalism, then through the optimistic eyes of the next generation. What kid wouldn’t jump at the chance to turn their summer holiday into an educational expedition? Last one in the RV has to name all 58 lakes! http://centaurtheatre.com/the-watershed.html

Urban Tails

December 08 to December 17, 2016 – Centaur Theatre

Bharati 2: In The Palace of Illusions

November 29 to December 02, 2016 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

Carnival of The Animals – Circa

December 15 to January 03, 2017 – La Tohu

Ask any child and they’ll tell you what you’ve probably forgotten: zebras juggle, kangaroos jump high as the clouds and felines can dance! The perfect blend of circus, physical theatre, multimedia, and music, this joyful carnival transports you to an imaginary world where creatures that live on earth, under the water and in the sky are brought to life. Inspired by a piece of the same name by composer Camille Saint-Saëns, Circa has put together this entertaining piece for the whole family, celebrated around the world for the demanding, creative work of director Yaron Lifschitz and the performers’ incredible feats.

This carnival-inspired fantasy will delight young and old alike with its mammoth performance! The set design changes before your very eyes to bring you to the depths of the ocean and the highest reaches of the sky, where acrobats dazzle us with incredible feats and aerial wonders. Carnival is sure to charm circus, music and animal lovers alike.  www.tohu.ca

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

Salon des Métiers d’Arts Montréal

December 11 to 20, 2015 – Place Bonaventure

Show featuring more than 350 artists and craftspeople joining together for a memorable 58th edition brimming with wonderful surprises. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with Québec artists and craftspeople who take a passion in transforming their materials into beautiful, decorative, functional and original works of art. www.salon-d-arts.qc.ca

Le 24 Heures de Mont Tremblant

December 09 to 11 2016 – Mont Tremblant

The 24h of skiing event is accessible to everyone! It’s a fundraiser that benefits children, it’s a skiing or snowboard relay race that kicks off on Saturday morning, lasting until Sunday morning, and it’s a 3-day festival of concerts and entertainment! www.24htremblant.com

Merry Montreal

December 01, 2016 to January 01, 2017 – Old Montreal (Various Locations)

Experience magical moments in one of the oldest and coolest neighbourhood in North America. Walk through the illuminated streets and enjoy the abundance of activities the district has to offer while visiting its renowned restaurants, boutiques and hotels. www.montrealenfetes.com

The New Year Celebration at the Old Port, presented by Coca-Cola

December 31, 2016 – Old Port of Montreal

Welcome the New Year like never before!  Join crowds of thousands for a big show and a New Year’s fireworks display presented by TELUS©. Dance the night away to the rhythms of a giant megadisco.  The Coca-Cola New Year’s Bash is your invitation to a jumping holiday party for one and all.

Christmas in Montreal:

Christmas Market – Merry Montreal

December 01 to December 24, 2016 – Place Jacques-Cartier (Old Montreal)

**Open: Thursday through Sunday**

Open to all and located on Canada’s busiest public square, the Christmas Market of Place Jacques-Cartier is the perfect place to get carried away by the magic of the holiday season. Popular with all, our visitors find Christmas gifts, delight in gourmet products and enjoy the evening with friends tasting some of Quebec’s best microbrewerie products. http://www.montrealenfetes.com/en/christmas-market/


Plateau Mont-Royal bustles with activity during the holidays! On December 6, the Avenue will launch the Christmas season with a Torchlight Procession, starting at 1 pm. This will be a family walk accompanied by fantasy characters and singing choirs, and finishing with a concert at the Parc des Compagnons at 9 pm. As well as the Torchlight Procession, Christmas on the Avenue will host many activities this year. On weekends, elves on bicycles will collect letters to Santa and a horse-drawn Christmas wagon will give free rides between Place Gérald-Godin (at the Mont-Royal Metro station) and the Parc des Compagnons (at the corner of Mont-Royal and Cartier). A winter installation will be set up for two weeks at Place Gérald-Godin. Comic book fans will enjoy an illuminated comic strip running from west to east along Mont-Royal Avenue. Finally, the Parc des Compagnons will host a series of activities, including campfires, comforting hot drinks, Christmas trees for sale, and a little sheep farm for children. www.mont-royal.net

Who Is The Real Santa Clause

December 03 to 31, 2016 – Museum Pointe-À-Callière

December is the time to meet Santa Clauses from around the world, accompanied by our interpreter-guides. During the month of December, young and old alike are invited to come see Babouchka, Melchior, Black Peter and Santa Claus. While visiting the archaeological remains, children will encounter four Christmas characters who will explain how the holidays are celebrated in their parts of the world. Come on a delightful world tour of holiday traditions! Meet them all and decide for yourself.  www.pacmusee.qc.ca


November 21 to December 24, 2016 - Complexe Desjardins

Every day in December is Christmas: Santa Claus welcomes children and there will be a multitude of activities. A carousel with a train runs alongside interactive storytelling, singing concerts, and games: everything to entertain young families. Each day will feature different activities. Also of note this year: a Youth Talent Show and competition, hosted by Joël Legendre, will reveal future singers, dancers and musicians! www.complexedesjardins.com

A Sweet Christmas

December 11, 2016 to January 03, 2017– Botanical gardens

The Botanical Garden is going gourmet for Christmas. Remember all those sweet, tart and explosive flavours of your favourite candies when you were a kid? Their wacky colours and shapes? Vanilla, mint, licorice… Did you know that all those flavours come from plants and, without them, we wouldn’t have any candy?

Come learn all about confectionery plants as you visit an absolutely mouth-watering exhibition that’s sure to appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth. You can admire all the plant spirals, giant lollipops and other green delights arranged around the giant poinsettia Christmas tree! www.espacepourlavie.ca


December 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017 - Place des Festivals

Place des Festivals will be transformed into a brilliant, interactive museum from. Luminothérapie projects colourful animations on 8 facades. Prismatica is a montage of fifty prisms through which we can see the city as a kaleidoscope. Fascinoscope transports us to an early Twentieth Century carnival, remixed for the digital age. As you approach these interactive kiosks, they will come alive like fairground games.

TELUS Fire on Ice

December 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017 – Old Port of Montreal (weekends)

This spectacular, magical event is the definitive kick-off to the holiday season. From the Old Port of Montréal skating rink, the young and the young at heart can admire the Promenade, Île Bonsecours and the explosions of shapes and colours, created by Québec's top pyrotechnicians.www.quaisduvieuxport.com

Mammouth Village

December 09, 2016 to March 12, 2017 – Olympic Park

This winter, sector 200 of the Esplanade Financière Sun Life will come to life with lots of surprises, including an NHL-sized refrigerated skating rink, skate rentals and an 18-metre long slide for the whole family. The Mammoth Village will be available free Thursday to Sunday and offer such services as a concession stand, bar (open Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and heated areas. On weekends, the Mammoth Village takes on an après-ski atmosphere with DJs and plenty of fun. . You could go during the day with your family or in the evening to enjoy the nightclub feeling, or also to celebrate New Year's Eve. www.villagemammouth.com

Ice Skating in the Old Port of Montreal

December 01, 2015 to March 10, 2017 – Basin Bonsecours

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

Quartier des Spectacles - Christmas Market

December 12, 2016 to January 02, 2017

To add to the Christmas spirit brought by the annual visit of The Nutcracker, the Quartier des Spectacles will have its very first Christmas market. Located on the Place des Arts Esplanade, it will be held from December 12, 2015, to January 2, 2016, and will offer various free activities and live shows. We've been promised a fairytale decor featuring tents, kiosks, playgrounds and it will of course be a rendez-vous for foodies. Details are still to be unveiled. marchenoelmontreal.ca

Montréal Canadiens Hockey

December 08, 10, 12, 16, 20 & 22, 2016 – Centre Bell

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


Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)

December 09, 2016 – Musical Box

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

December 04, 2016 - Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir (Maison symphonique)

Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca)

December 09, 2016 – Mac Miller

Théâtre St-Denis (www.tehaetrestdenis.com)