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Welcome to the Hotel Le St-James

Édition mars/ 2017

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.

Happy 375th Birthday Montreal!

For 375 years, Montréal has been a city that’s alive. Its cultural and artistic life is alive, is economy is alive, its gastronomy, creativity, nightlife and its neighbourhoods are all alive.

MONTREALIVE shines the spotlight on the city’s effervescent and energetic character, its sharp, curious and open mind. Its teaming imagination, its festive spirit and its entrepreneurial soul.

It’s time to celebrate 375 years of history, boldness and creativity!

We have over 175 activities in store for 2017, each one showcasing Montreal’s unique, vivacious spirit. In order to celebrate all year round, they’ll be divided into four themes (Montreal Lights, Montreal Gets Moving, Montreal Ignites & Montreal reinvents), spread throughout the year.

Discover the events we’ve announced so far. www.375mtl.com   


Happening in Montréal this month:


Orchestre Synphonique de Montréal (2016-2017)

March 03, 09, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 30, 2017 – 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 de Montréal (2016-2017) 

March 10, 2017 – Various Locations

Comprised of Quebec-born musicians, who are also mainly Quebec-trained, the Orchestre Métropolitain boasts an international calibre of excellence as an organization dedicated to promoting wider public access to classical music and to strong community involvement, as well as to artistic innovation and creativity. The Orchestre Métropolitain owes its international calibre to the quality and reputation of its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.. www.orchestremetropolitain.com

Another Brick In The Wall - Opera de Montréal

March 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 & 27, 2017 – Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

An opera happening to mark the 375th anniversary of Montreal: Roger Water’s legendary work, The Wall, on the opera stage! The premiere of this adaptation on the Montreal stage is highly significant, as it was after a concert at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in 1977 that Roger Waters got the idea for the project. Starting out as a concept album (1979) and then a film (1982), The Wall is a psychological drama inspired by Roger Waters’ life. Through a depiction of Pink’s feelings of alienation and isolation, The Wall is representative of the difficulties of an entire generation, whose members are faced with the collapse of their dreams and the world they know. www.operdemontreal.com

Concerts at The Museum of Fine Arts

March 01, 10, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 29, 30, & 31, 2017

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

The Montreal High Lights Festival/Montréal en Lumière 

February 23 to March 11, 2017 – Various Locations

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1 300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal 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.

Minus One (Grand Ballets Canadiens) 

March 23 to April 01, 2017 – Places des Arts/Théâtre Maissonneuve

Ode to the dancer — From wild expressionism to pure abstraction

Minus One *draws on seven of Naharin’s previous works — *Zachacha, Sabotage Baby, Black Milk, Passomezzo, Anaphaza, Queens of Golub and Mabul — to create a single work that’s far beyond a collage. Complex, meticulously crafted, the ballet’s component parts ingeniously interlock to produce what can only be called alchemy. In this explosive homage to dance and dancers, members of Naharin’s troupe speak as part of the piece, each taking turns dancing a solo to a recording of their own voice in which they share personal anecdotes and describe their relationship to dance. To a propulsive soundtrack that alternates between traditional and pop songs, baroque pieces, world rhythms and original compositions, 26 dancers perform with dazzling speed, jumping and twirling, pausing to give way to slower, hypnotic — but equally inspired — moves before resuming their infectious velocity. In a rare festive atmosphere, the dancers abandon themselves joyously to the dance, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Daringly orchestrated, their gestures are by turns merry, contemplative, comical or perfectly synchronized, full of grace, agility and humour. Minus One highlights Naharin’s extravagant energy, provocative and unpredictable choreography, and rich musical sensibility. www.grandsballets.com

Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québecois 

February 23 to March 04, 2017 – Various Locations

Each winter, film enthusiasts and visitors from all over gather at the biggest celebration of Québec cinema in the country. The festival program features hundreds of movies, festive cocktails and a wide variety of events hosted by some of Québec's most talented film directors and actors.www.rvcq.com

You Will Remember Me (Théâtre)

March 07 to April 02, 2017 – Centaur Théâtre

Reinvent memory … resolve the past

Venture into Edouard’s slowly changing world, where the highly respected professor, political figure and ladies’ man can recite famous historical dates but can’t remember what he ate for breakfast. When a suppressed memory springs to life in the form of a cell phone-obsessed young girl he confuses for a lost family member, he gets a chance to reinvent the past and heal old wounds. A touching and refreshingly funny story about family, memory, and connection. www.centaurtheatre.com

Chagall - Colour and music

January 28 to June 11, 2017 – Museum of Fine Arts

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and initiated by the Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la musique, and La Piscine – Musée d’art et d’industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, with the support of the Chagall Estate, this large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition explores, for the first time, the importance of music for Marc Chagall (1887-1985). The exhibition presents 400 works – paintings, sculptures, maquettes, gouaches, stained glass windows, photographs, films, costumes and puppets – many of which are little known by the public.

Music was a constant source of inspiration for the artist. A favourite subject for his creations, it served as an internal rhythm and driving force for his compositions, and a key to the intensity and range of colour in his work. His passion for music, closely linked to his family and the Jewish culture of Vitebsk, his native city in Belarus, is evident in the performances for which he created sets and costumes. The designs he created for the Jewish Theatre (Moscow, 1919-1920), as well as the ballets Aleko (Mexico, 1942), The Firebird (New York, 1945), Daphnis and Chloë (1958) and The Magic Flute (New York, 1967), demonstrate the links that the artist wove between music, sets and costumes. His large-scale works of the 1960s, especially the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris (1964) and the murals for the Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York (1966), incarnate his concept of total art. www.mbam.qc.ca


As of March 20th , 2017 – Basilique Notre-Dame

Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty.

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of the heart of Notre-Dame.

Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle.

Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica. www.aurabasiliquemontreal.com

Fancy Nancy (Théâtre) 

March 05 to 12, 2017 – Segal Centre

Follow Your Heart (Disney on Ice)

March 8 to 12, 2017 – Bell Centre

Titled Follow Your Heart, it will feature Disney princesses et Frozen characters as well as cult Pixar characters, from the classic Toy Story to the latest movies Finding Dory and Inside Out. Twelve performances are scheduled.  www.evenko.ca

Art Souterrain  (Underground Art) 

March 2017 – 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

Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 

March 24, 25 & 26, 2017 – Palais des Congrès

The Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert’s mission is to increase awareness about the importance of our eating habits and lifestyles in relation to our health and the environment.

Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert is a one of a kind event in Québec considering the quality of its partners, exhibitors and visiting public! All are aware of the importance to improve the way we eat and live. www.expomagersante.com

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

Maple Syrup Season - Sugaring Off 

Entire month of March & part of April 2017

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.

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, 2016 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

Montréal Canadiens Hockey 

March 02, 14, 19, 23, 21, 25,  28 & 30, 2017

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

Olympic Stadium 

March 31, 2017 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays (Pre-Season Games)



Metropolis (www.montrealmetropolis.ca

March 05, 2017 - Regina Spektor

March 06, 2017 - Sting

March 14, 2017 - Passenger

Bell Centre (www.centrebell.ca

March 01, 2017 – Billy Talent

March 03, 2017 – Game of Thrones

March 04, 2017 – Eric Church

March 06, 2017 – Ariana Grande

March 15, 2017 – Simple Plan

March 17, 2017 – Paul Piché

March 18, 2017 – The Lumineers

March 22, 2017 – Green Day

March 26, 2017 – Bastille

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

March 01 & 02, 2017 – Ariane Moffat et l’OSM

March 04, 2017 – Le Chœur de l’OSM

March 06, 2017 – Pro Musica

March 06 & 07, 2017 – Margie Gillis

March 28 & 29, 2017 –  Louis T.

March 30 & 31, 2017 – Robert Charleboi

Théâtre St-Denis (www.theatrestdenis.com)

March 10 & 11, 2017 – American Story Show (Music)