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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 606 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Multiple venues
February 20 to March 1

This is the festival for gourmands, everyone who loves winter, and night owls! This year, as well as showcasing women chefs, the festival has plenty of new free activities in Place des Festivals. The festival comes into its own at night: don’t miss the Nuit Gourmande on February 22, with delicious fare to sample until 3 a.m., and Nuit Blanche on February 29. (+)

in FEBRUARY

COMEDY

Jay and Silent Bob
Reboot Roadshow
with Kevin Smith

MTELUS
February 5

When Jay and Silent Bob get busted for growing marijuana, they learn that a movie based on their lives is about to begin shooting. The duo set out on a cross-country road trip to stop the Hollywood reboot, meeting old flames and offspring and getting caught in loopy hijinks. Join stars Jason Mewes (Jay) and Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) as they bring the star-studded, latest chapter in their movie universe on the road for screenings and fan meet-ups. (+)

MUSIC

ORCHESTRE MÉTROPOLITAIN - MOZART LARGER-THAN-LIFE

Maison Symphonique
February 7

Ah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor! Somewhere between baroque and classical, brimming with feeling and punctuated with magnificent soprano arias, it is considered a pinaccle of its genre. The Orchestre Métropolitain will perform the work with four acclaimed soloists, led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who will infuse the evening with his famous energy. Before the main event, the orchestra will play Quebec composer Jacques Hétu’s Symphony No. 5 for chorus and orchestra. (+)

DANCE

POUR SORTIR AU JOUR OLIVIER DUBOIS

Gesù
February 12 to 15

In Montreal, Olivier Dubois is best known for his memorable choral and tribal show, Tragédie, which wowed audiences in 2014. Now he’s back with an uncompromising solo work in which he offers his body to the most prying eyes, in a sort of consensual dissection. Using his formidable muscle memory, he plunges into a show that fragments its own choreographic story. (+)

MUSIC

DÔMESICLE 2020

SAT
Until February 22

Don’t tell everyone, but the city’s most spectacular and immersive electronic music parties happen every Saturday in the Satosphère! In February, Dômesicle 2020 fills a joyous season with some red-hot special guests: the eclectic team from the Music is My Sanctuary web platform with the iconic DJ LEXIS, the crew from Chez.Kito.Kat Records, and finally Humidex and Couteau Music. (+)

DANCE

LES CORPS AVALÉS
COMPAGNIE VIRGINIE BRUNELLE

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
February 26 to 29

Les corps avalés is the most ambitious project to date from Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, making it a fitting statement as the group marks its 10th anniversary. Brunelle, a gifted Quebec choreographer, tackles power relations, social upheaval and inequality in her latest work. Bridging contemporary dance and classical music (performed by Quatuor Molinari) Les corps avalés will connect with audiences on an intimate level. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

PAINTING NATURE WITH A MIRROR

Musée d’art contemporain
de Montréal
Until March 22

In the 1980s, Gathie Falk, Robert Houle and Ron Moppett, to name just three, tried to break free of their avant-garde predecessors’ conceptual radicalism by embracing figurative art and inventing a fascinating aesthetic that defies categorization, based on intersections and oblique paths. The Musée d’art contemporain revisits these works and brings them into a fascinating dialogue, resulting in a show that confirms their enduring relevance. (+)

FREE

VISUAL ARTS

SARAH HATTON |
TIPPING POINT

Visual Voice Gallery
Until March 7

The work of British-Quebecer artist and activist Sarah Hatton furiously, urgently underlines the immediacy of the global warming emergency. After her chilling work on the collapse of bee populations, she has turned her attention to repurposing single-use plastics, turning them into raw material for sculpting a skeletal, bleached-white reef. Work that chillingly drives home the need to pull the planet back from the brink. (+)

EVENT

HABITAT

As part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Place des Festivals
February 20 to March 1

Inside a big glass box, a house moves through a multitude of luminous landscapes, crossing spacetime and reshaping itself for different worlds. From lush vegetation to arid deserts and hallucinated spaces, the scenes that follow one another are utterly dissimilar, evoking an infinite number of possible worlds. This interactive work by the AATOAA studio questions our place in the city and on the Earth. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

NOT PRESENT ON THE YEAR

ELLEPHANT
Until February 22

A hub for immersive virtual- and augmented-reality experiences, the gallery is currently offering a varied program of interactive 3D artworks. Be sure to check out the Angeline installation by Connor Bell, in which your movements are reflected and affect the immediate virtual environment, as if you’re in an illusory cave where the real constantly takes new twists in response to your actions. Mind-blowing. (+)

EVENT

FESTIVAL MONTRÉAL JOUE !

Multiple venues
February 22 to March 8

Ready to play? Head to Place des Festivals to discover a playful interactive installation by the graduating class of UQAM’s interactive media program. Then, make your way to the Grande Bibliothèque for a day of reflection on immersive practices in gaming. Or how about a weekend of role-playing board games, or a theatrical improv session? The Montréal Joue! festival has all that and more. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

MÉTAMORPHOSES

As Part of Nuit Blanche

Goethe-Institut
February 29

There’s Kafka and his terrifying Metamorphosis, Goethe and his otherworldly Faust, contemporary authors who flout all conventions: German literature has a rich history, but it’s also open to the most iconoclastic reinventions. That’s the essence of Metamorphosis, a dizzying array of art, from film to virtual reality to public readings, in celebration of the best German authors. (+)

VIDEOPROJECTION

Vivre et archiver chaque page qui se tourne and Space Monkey

Façades of the Grande Bibliothèque and Outside Saint-Laurent metro station
Until March 28

Two projection series will light up the Quartier des Spectacles. In Vivre et archiver chaque page qui se tourne by Normal Studio, images of Quebec culture will take over the facade of the Grande Bibliothèque. And follow the adventures of Space Monkey, a creation by Dawn of Man, as he pops up at Metro Saint-Laurent. (+)


Coming SOON

DANCE

ROMEO AND JULIET
STATE BALLET OF GEORGIA

Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
Place des Arts
April 22 to 26

Now here’s a distinguished guest we’ve never welcomed before: the prestigious State Ballet of Georgia, on a Montreal stage for the first time. The troupe will present a production directed by Mikhail Lavrovski, the son of choreographer Leonid Lavroski, who was the first to adapt Romeo and Juliet into an unforgettable ballet. Classic, elegant, spectacular – the shows moves us with its grace and exceptional portrayal of intense love. (+)

DANCE

REQUIEM POUR L.

As part of Festival TransAmériques (FTA)

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
May 26 to 28

Each visit from Flemish choreographer Alain Platel is a carnal voyage into the most vital human impulses. This time out he’s taking a new path, collaborating with composer Fabrizio Cassol and 14 South African musicians and dancers to concoct a savoury blend of Afro-jazz, opera and pop. Revisting Mozart’s Requiem in this style is certainly bold, but it’s also a pure joy and a life lesson, as Platel approaches death and grief as a divine celebration. (+)

MUSIC

MARCUS MILLER

As part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
July 3

Legendary bassist and jazz composer Marcus Miller breezes into Montreal. Raised in a musical family in Brooklyn, Miller has worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross and Miles Davis. And as a session musician, he has contributed to over 500 albums over the course of his career, playing with Beyoncé to LL Cool J to Shaka Khan. Do not miss his distinctive mélange of jazz, groove, soul and funk. (+)

COMEDY

BILL MAHER

As part of Just For Laughs

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
August 30

Politics, religion, mass media - target is too big or too small for Bill Maher’s caustic wit and observational eye. Maher got his start in comedy as a stand-up in 1979, then went on to blaze a hot trail in television. He has notched up 41 Emmy nods, first on Comedy Central with Politically Incorrect and then with Real Time on HBO. Maher still tours live, and the people at Just For Laughs have invited him to bring his honest and hilarious take on the world to Montreal. (+)


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