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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 305 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA LITTÉRATURE (FIL)

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
And Les Jardins Gamelin
September 20 to 29

Losing yourself in literature may seem like a solitary, meditative pursuit, but with the FIL, well-crafted words are cause for communal celebration. This year, the festival takes over the Cinquième Salle with Nelly & Sylvia, a rich dialogue between women’s writings, collected by Claudia Larochelle, and Elle erre dans le songe, il respire ailleurs, a play combining dance and literature by Louise Bédard and Guylaine Massoutre. Don’t forget to drop by Les Jardins Gamelin to browse the FIL’s library. (+)

in SEPTEMBER

MUSIC

CARLY RAE JEPSEN

MTELUS
September 12

Billboard crowned her smash hit Call Me Maybe one of the top 100 songs of all time. But British Columbia’s own worldwide superstar, Carly Rae Jepsen, can’t be summed up in the one song: her entire catalogue is driven by the same contagious, sensuous energy. She always leaves everything on-stage, and there’s bound to be plenty of dancing! (+)

OPERA

EUGENE ONEGIN

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
September 14 to 22

Vodka and lethargy, romanticism and unrequited love: these are the ingredients for the dramatic arc of Eugene Onegin, the famous Tchaikovski work presented by the Opéra de Montréal in a production staged by Israeli director Tomer Zvulun, acclaimed for his work with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The story and music are compelling on their own, but the production also features two of the hottest leads in the opera world, Québécois baritone Étienne Dupuis and Australian soprano Nicole Car. (+)

DANSE

DANSE MUTANTE | MAYDAY

Wilder Building – Espace Danse
September 17 to 21

A key figure on Montreal’s contemporary dance scene, choreographer Mélanie Demers is a seeker who’s always reinventing herself. This time out, she gives American, Malian and Flemish artists the mission of reinterpreting her piece Cantique, danced by the powerful and agile Francis Ducharme and Riley Sims. A variation on the same theme in three compelling parts, in the colours of three continents. (+)

MUSIC

ASSASSIN’S CREED SYMPHONY

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
September 27

From the screen to the stage: for the first time, fans of the Assassin’s Creed saga will be able to experience the music of the video game universe in a live setting. The repertoire will cover arrangements from many of the series’ most popular titles, including Assassin’s Creed II and IV, accompanied by HD images of the games’ most popular sequences. Ivan Linn will conduct the choir and 80-member orchestra over the course of a nearly two-hour show. (+)

MUSIQUE

TINARIWEN

MTELUS
September 27

As part of POP Montreal

An ever-changing collective of Tuareg musicians from northern Mali, Tinariwen has gained admiration around the world for its critically-acclaimed music, blending traditional melodies with a guitar-driven sound influenced by Algerian and Egyptian pop. The group is releasing Amajdar, its eighth album, and will make a stop for POP Montreal, the city’s most eclectic music festival. (+)

MUSIQUE

magnificat!

Maison Symphonique
September 28

The passion for music coursed through Bach family veins for several generations. While the father, Johann Sebastian, composed melodies that remain musical monuments, his youngest son, Johann Christian, wrote more exuberant music. His half-brother, Carl-Philipp Emmanuel, elevated the galant style with his graceful melodies. Les Violons du Roy, conducted Jonathan Cohen, pays tribute to them. (+)

FREE

INTERACTIVE ART

THREE INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS

Public spaces in the
Quartier des Spectacles
Until October 14

From the human voice in unison, to the music from the sounds of the cityand the ballet of kind acts, this series of three installations reveals the poetic nature of city life. The monumental Wind Instrument returns to the space outside Saint-Laurent metro station. A few metres away, at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Balmoral streets, the Compassion Machine awaits. Then, stroll over to place de la Paix to enjoy the Spectrum installation and its processed voices. (+)

EVENT

OUMF FESTIVAL

Saint-Denis Street
September 5 to 7

The beginning of the fall term means it’s time to feast on free live music in the Quartier Latin, near UQAM, along with legions of students enjoying the last days of summer. If you missed the explosive rap-jazz ensemble O.G.B. at the summer festivals, here’s another chance to catch them. Other highlights include Montreal-based hip-hop group l’Amalgame and the powerful female rap of Tyleen Johnson. This year, OUMF! is synonymous with hip-hop! (+)

DANCE

FESTIVAL QUARTIERS DANSES

Jardins Gamelin
Place des Festivals
September 6 to 15

Alongside its exciting indoor program, Quartiers Danse brings dance to the streets. And not just any dance: in Shiver, top-notch Japanese dancers enter an energetic trance; the dance and burlesque duo WITH explores the joys of two-person pieces; and in Les Jardins Gamelin the Tentacle Tribe company presents a choreographic jigsaw with Puzzle. (+)

DIGITAL ART

miniMAPP

Grande Bibliothèque
September 7, 8, 14 and 15

As part of MAPP_MTL

Imagine how proud your child would be to see one of their digital drawings projected on the walls of the Grande Bibliothèque! That dream is about to become reality thanks to the Paysages fantastiques digital art workshop presented by miniMAPP Montréal, where kids ages 7-13 are invited to help create landscapes in motion. The festival also has other ways to get into digital art, including the Mapp ton bagel and Murale numérique workshops, featuring very easy-to-use tablet apps. (+)

FOOD

YUL EAT Festival

Le Parterre
September 9 to 15

Montrealers love eating well, exploring new food trends, and appreciating our great chefs, who are true local and international culinary stars. The YUL EAT festival celebrates all this and more with a delicious program, including an outdoor section with culinary creation workshops led by some of the city’s best cooks, a wine bar for oenophiles and a pop-up restaurant, along with live music. (+)

EVENT

HORS LES MURS

Place des Arts Esplanade
September 10 to 29

Swing dancing with the artists of Studio 88 Swing. Gospel singing with the JIREH Gospel Choir. Merengue and bachata lessons set to the music of Mamselle Ruiz. Those are just a few of the fun activities offered by Hors les murs on the still-sunny Place des Arts Esplanade. Whether you come in the afternoon or evening, you’ll find plenty of great entertainment. And don’t miss the family party on Sunday! (+)


Coming SOON

MUSIC

DEAR CRIMINALS

Gesù
October 10

When the soft, melancholy voices of Frannie Holder and Charles Lavoie harmonize over Vincent Legault’s electro-pop sounds, you’re going to feel a shiver. You might even shed a tear while listening to this music from the end of the world, with some rays of hope and splashes of beauty. This will be a unique concert event, featuring a full live band and more than 15 orchestral musicians from the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal. (+)

MUSIC

KANSAS

Théâtre Saint-Denis
November 2

Sometimes, you just can’t resist revisiting the classics. And as far as we’re concerned, hearing Dust in the Wind live is a not-to-be-missed experience. With this show, the American prog-rock legends and 70s icons will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their landmark album Point of Know Return, including some of the more experimental tracks from the 1977 opus. (+)

MUSIC

WE SHALL OVERCOME: A CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
January 16, 2020

Experience Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a stunning showcase of African-American music and the civil rights activist’s own words. Producer and musical director Damien Sneed has developed a program of transcendent music from a wide swath of traditions, from gospel to jazz, Broadway to classical. Excerpts of recorded speeches made by Dr King himself will be interspersed with selections from great artists like Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. (+)

DANCE

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
June 3 to 7, 2020

Cursed all her life, the Princess Aurora waits for true love’s kiss to awaken her from a deep sleep. A story beloved by generations, from fairy tale to animated film, Sleeping Beauty is presented here with renowned ballet master Marius Petipa’s original classical stylings, set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. But under choreographer Marcia Haydée, the fairy villain Carabosse is given a modern update, with a more prominent role and a more nuanced approach to evil. (+)


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