August Edition / 2015
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Happening in Montréal this month:
Rogers Cup 2015 (ATP World Masters 1000 - Mens)
August 07 to August 16, 2015 – 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
Loto-Quebec International Fireworks
July 01 to August 01, 2015 – 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
July 31 to August 02, 2014 – 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
July 09 to August 01, 2015 – Quartier des Spectacles
Zoofest is a new festival spotlighting emerging talents through alternative programming that includes comedy, theatre, music, and other genres. Its purpose is to create a wild adventure and unique experiences. By focusing on an eclectic offering, Zoofest is the off-the-wall equivalent to the Just For Laughs Festival. With a scouting team that scrutinizes artistic productions from around the world, Zoofest selects only the craziest, not to say the most disturbing, acts to present to some of the most influential people in the industry. www.zoofest.com
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal – Classical Spree Festival
August 07 & 08, 2015 – Place Des Arts (In 4 different Halls)
The festival OSM Classical Spree will be held by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, includes 30 concerts of 45 minutes in four Place des Arts venues. Every concert ticket will be between 10 $ and 40 $ and four of them, all at the Maison Symphonique, are already on sale, including Beethoven's Fifth Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano, on August 8 in the afternoon, and Carnival of the Animals on the Organ, a concert for the whole family on August 8 in the morning. www.pda.qc.ca
June 17 to August 02, 2015 - Corner of Metropolitan Autoroute and Decarie Boulevard
Odysseo by Cavalia is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 60 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 1,393 square meter stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 302,000-litre lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. Odysseo is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. www.cavalia.net
Heavy MTL 2015
August 07 to 09, 2015 – Parc Jean Drapeau
Loud and intense, Heavy MTL features over 30 metal bands performing on the breathtaking site that is Sainte-Hélène Island. From Hard Rock to Death metal, from 80’s Glam to Modern Rock, the purpose of this festival is to give fans a chance to celebrate their love for all things heavy. www.heavymtl.com
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. www.fffm-montreal.org
Montreal International Reggae Festival
August 14 to 16, 2015 – Old Port of Montreal
Montreal’s festive summer season was augmented in 2004 with the emergence of The Montreal International Reggae Festival. With an aim to not only showcase the pulsating Reggae beat of internationally renown musicians, but also to highlight excellence amongst a diverse set of ‘Reggae Ambassadors’ from all corners of the world including Canadian based musicians, this festival continues to be held in high esteem. Consistently embracing the theme, “United Against Violence” the Montreal International Reggae Festival has become a significant tradition for Reggae music lovers in and outside of Canada.
The festival boasts having an audience of over 150,000 since its inception and is steadfast in its commitment to raising the profile of a musical genre best known for manifestations of powerful messages. Fostering unity is key in dually linguistic Montreal – a city that mirrors a global village; and using artistic forms generated through Reggae to achieve this goal has been the successful platform of this Festival. Derived from a list of musical forms that started with Mento – a type of Jamaican folk music, Reggae music became most popular in the 1970s when it burst onto the international scene through popular songs by artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers. www.montrealinternationalreggaefestival.com
August 14 & 15, 2015 – Parc Jean-Drapeau
A completely different kind of Parc life will spring into action at the second edition of new electronic dance and urban music festival ÎleSoniq, which in only its first year brought out nearly 35,000 beat-happy partiers. Spectacular, state-of-the-art special effects will overload your circuits to the sounds of Deadmau5, Die Antwoord, Azealia Banks and many, many more. www.ilesoniq.com
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. www.mbam.qc.ca
Horst: Photographer of Style
May 14 to August 23, 2015 – McCord Museum
The first major retrospective of the works of Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), a legendary artist and recognized master of light, form and composition. Working mainly in Paris and New York, he was one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. Horst's photos appeared in countless issues of Vogue magazine.
The exhibition includes more than 250 prints and a number of haute couture dresses from celebrated designers, including Chanel, Lanvin and Vionnet. The exhibition also explores Horst's collaborations and friendships with Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Marlene Dietrich and Salvador Dali. www.mccord-museum.qc.ca
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 Mayor Museum. www.pacmusee.qc.ca
David Altmejd – Flux
June 17 to September 07, 2015 – Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
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. www.macm.org
July 16 to August 04, 2015 – Various Locations
The Fantasia Film Festival, a Montreal silver screen staple since 1996, is not quite as tame and heartwarming as Disney's groundbreaking collection of shorts that go by the same name. Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, gored up sci-fi, gratuitous nudie shot B-movies, name your non-PG genre and chances are Fantasia has it covered in its programming, particularly Asian films which make up almost half of every year's selection. www.fantasiafestival.com
August 09 to 27, 2015 – Segal Center
This quintessential Yiddish tale of desire, darkness and exiled spirits tells the story of love caught between two worlds, and a community torn between religion, superstition and spiritualism. Two children, betrothed by their parents before birth, are drawn together years later in a desperate web of ill-fated love and possession. www.segalcentre.org
18th-Century Public Market
August __, 2015 – Old Montreal (Pointe-À-Callière)
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
World Press Photo
August 26 to September 27, 2015 – Marché Bonsecours
THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO EVENT SHOWCASES THE PRIZEWINNING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ON THE PLANET. IN 2014, 5,800 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 130 COUNTRIES SUBMITTED A TOTAL OF 98,000 IMAGES. THE 150 PRIZEWINNING PHOTOGRAPHS ARE ON DISPLAY AT THE EXHIBITION IN MONTREAL. www.worldpressphotomontreal.ca
International des Montgolfières (Hot Air Ballon Festival)
August 08 to August 16, 2015 - 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
Festival International de Tango
August 11 to 16, 2015 – Various Locations
Since 2003 the Montreal International Tango Festival has honored the music, dance and poetry of tango in Montreal.
Each year, argentine tango masters, dancers and musicians alike, gather along with amateurs from all around the world for the pleasure of Montrealers. They present a rich program which comprises master classes, concerts, shows and dancing evenings, also known as milongas. www.fitm.ca
Le Festival de Lanaudiere
July 04 to August 02, 2015 – Lanaudiere
Canada’s leading classical music festival. Continuing a long tradition of excellence, the Festival de Lanaudière presents a series of intimate recitals in the historic churches of the region and performances by famous symphony orchestras in the amphitheatre. firstname.lastname@example.org
August 07 to August 16, 2015 – Little Italy
For a week in August, get a taste of the Italian culture and indulge in its legendary charm during an event filled with activities. Montreal’s Italian Week features a comedy show, an opera, a fashion show, and Italian Canadian singers and artists. Little Italy on St. Laurent between Jean-Talon and St. Zotique. www.semaineitaliennedemontreal.com
Festival Mode & Design Montreal 2015
August __ to August __, 2015 – Various Locations
This highly glamorous event serves up a varied program that brings together the leading international fashion labels, a host of renowned national designers, exciting musical performances, design in real time, and countless special events, all in a decidedly unique ambiance. The Festival is a unique platform introducing the biggest trends in fashion, design, music and shopping, a one of a kind event you don’t want to miss. Founded in 2001 and directed by the Group Sensation Mode, the Montréal Fashion and Design Festival is a forward-thinking event that invites fashionistas to redefine their style! www.fwstivalmodedesign.com
Divers Cité Festival
July 15 to August 15, 2014 – Various Locations
Montréal's annual gay festival is as flamboyant, forward-looking and far-out as ever. Two of its annual productions are internationally renowned: Mascara, the world's biggest drag show; and La Grande Danse, the largest outdoor dance party in North America. www.diverscite.org
Montréal First Peoples Festival
July 29 to August 05, 2015 – Various Locations/Quartier des Spectacles
The Montréal First Peoples Festival highlights American aboriginal art, history and traditions. The richness and vitality of traditional and contemporary aboriginal cultures take centre stage, encouraging a spirit of awakening. Come discover the vivid culture of our continent's first inhabitants. www.nativelynx.qc.ca
Clock Tower Beach
June 16 to September 02, 2015 – Foot of the Clock Tower (Old Port)
**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 Old Port’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 Old Port’s spectacular entrance, the beach offers a serene setting right on the city’s heels and all Old Port attractions.
The Montreal Tam-tams
Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2015 – 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.
May 18, to September 21, 2015 – Parc Jean Drapeau
A Sunday afternoon tradition for electronic music fans returns in 2013 from May 19 to September 22. 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.
Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca)
August 06, 2015 – Ariana Grande
August 20, 2015 – J. Cole
August 24, 2015 – Möntley Crüe & Alice Cooper
August 31, 2105 – AC/DC