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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 420 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Multiple venues
February 21 to March 3

Big fun and great food: that’s the hedonistic recipe for this year’s Montréal en Lumière festival, which combines the delights of exceptional cuisine with amazing free music and activities in Place des Festivals. This year, winter is no barrier to dining on an outdoor terrasse: the festival will present its first Nuit Gourmande, complete with heated patios! Follow it up on March 2 with the traditional cultural smorgasbord of Nuit Blanche, and you’ll show winter who’s boss! (+)

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MUSIC

DÔMESICLE WINTER 2019

Society for Arts and Technology
February 9, 16 and 23

What do you get when you assemble some of Montreal’s best electronic artists and give them the keys to the Satosphère? Dômesicle! Danceable music, exciting sonic experiences and three-dimensional moving images projected on the dome make these parties utterly unique. A party at the SAT is a Montreal pleasure unmatched anywhere in the world. (+)

THEATRE

THE IN-BETWEEN

Monument-National
February 8 to 10

Caught in the middle of a disagreement between her best friend and her crush, a teenager named Lily finds herself in a school lockdown. Marcus Youssef’s The In-Between uses humour and sensitivity to distill difficult conversations about school violence and immigration for a young audience. Each performance of this Geordie Theatre production will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the cast and a member of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence. (+)

DANCE

NOT QUITE MIDNIGHT
CAS PUBLIC

Édifice Wilder - Espace danse
February 9

Presented by Agora de la danse

Is she waiting patiently for her Prince Charming? Most definitely not! This Cinderella, reimagined by Hélène Blackburn and the dancers of her Cas Public company, isn’t that kind of woman. Far from passive, she dances and takes control of her fate in a choreography celebrating perseverance and the pursuit of excellence. In this dance punctuated by the sound of the pendulum, Cinderella pulls all her own strings. (+)

MUSIC

JAZZ, LOVE & SOUL

Le Balcon
February 14 to 15

Need a date night idea for Valentine’s Day? Let yourself be wooed by Orville Thompson and his gifted band. The Montreal crooner and saxophonist will be performing classic love songs from the likes of George Michael, Barry White and Al Jarreau for a smooth, jazz-infused evening. The self-taught Thompson, also known as Dr Sax, has toured with Duran Duran and has opened for Tina Turner. (+)

FILM

RENDEZ-VOUS
QUÉBEC CINÉMA

Multiple venues
February 20 to March 2

It will start on a darkly comic note with the teen angst of Avant qu’on explose, and it will end, after an 11-day celebration of Quebec’s movies, with a gala party. Each year, the Rendez-vous lets us catch the movies we missed during their first run, enjoy some great premieres, and talk film with kindred spirits deep into the night. With 300 films scheduled, the festival is a comprehensive recap of the year in Quebec cinema. (+)

MUSIC

MOZART ACCORDING TO
KENT NAGANO

Maison symphonique
February 27 and 28

Part of the Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques (MNM) festival

A masterpiece of melodic invention, Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 23 will soar in the lively, precise hands of superb Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz, back in town for the latest in a long series of collaborations with the Kent Nagano-led Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Also on the program: Siddhartha, by Quebec composer Claude Vivier, a majestic piece inspired by the spiritual journey of Herman Hesse’s classic novel. (+)

FREE

VISUAL ARTS

INSIDE/OUTSIDE:
IMAGES OF THE LAND IN ARTEXTE’S COLLECTION

Artexte
February 6 to April 13

O, Canada! Your natural wonders and vast open spaces have inspired countless artists. For this show reflecting on art and the environment, researcher Karla McManus has curated a group of works depicting the country’s landscape through a critical prism. As seen by Indigenous, settler and migrant artists, the land, scarred by human activity, is seen from interior and exterior perspectives. A stimulating reframing of perceptions of the land. (+)

MUSIC

INTRODUCTION TO GOSPEL

Espace culturel
Georges-Émile-Lapalme
Place des Arts
February 16

When the Jireh Gospel Choir sings classics like We Praise Your Name or Lord You’re Holy, no one can resist the uplifting spirit of this sacred yet festive music. And what if you sang along? The choir’s director, Carol Bernard, invites Montrealers to a free two-part workshop. First, you’ll learn some of the musical theory behind gospel, then you’ll do vocal exercises and learn some songs. (+)

YOUTH

GERMAN STORYTELLING HOUR

Goethe-Institut
February 17

The institute’s library is chock-full of wonderful tales that never fail to delight kids from ages 3 to 5. Each month, storyteller Maria Grote carefully selects one of the books and opens a door to the German-speaking world. Her readings, followed by an arts-and-crafts session, are treasured by Montreal’s German-speaking children, and by families looking to introduce their children to the language. (+)

PHOTOGRAPHY

ADIL BOUKIND: DISCOVERING THE HONEY HUNTERS

Maison du développement durable
Until February 17

Twice a year, Nepalese people risk their lives to harvest honey from beehives high in the foothills of the Annapurna mountains. Using rope ladders and long sticks, the hunters search out a highly sought-after honey produced by the largest honey bee in the world. Independent photojournalist Adil Boukind captured the ancient tradition, which is in danger of fading away under threats like government encroachment and climate change. Originally from France, this Montrealer seeks out little-known people and subjects for his work. (+)

EVENT

ILLUMINART

Multiple venues
February 21 to March 3

Let there be light! For 10 days, bask in the glow of urban art that melds light and high tech, public datasets and novel interactive systems. The pieces include Influx by HUB Studio, a luminous sculpture shaped by BIXI usage data. Dreamers will love Cycle, an interactive work by Serge Maheu that puts us at the centre of solar and lunar eclipses and La mécanique des fluides embodies the collective knowledge and talent of students from UQAM’s media program. (+)

GAMES

JOURNÉE DE RÉFLEXION SUR LES JEUX ET L’ÉDUCATION

Grande Bibliothèque
February 27

As part of the Montréal Joue festival

Montreal’s video game industry is a hotbed of art and culture. That energy ripples through the education, library and recreation sectors, where video and board games are more than pastimes, they’re pedagogical tools. How should we think about the role of games in education? That’s the question that researchers and industry players will ponder during this fascinating day of talks and round tables. (In French) (+)


Coming SOON

MUSIC

BRIT FLOYD
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL 2019

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
April 6

Widely celebrated as the closest thing to seeing Pink Floyd in the flesh, tribute band Brit Floyd is putting together its most ambitious show to date: a homage of The Wall on the occasion of the album’s 40th anniversary. The iconic rock opera explores isolation, abandonment and trauma through the eyes of its young hero, Pink, partly based on the life of bassist Roger Waters. Brit Floyd will also perform favourites from the band’s vast catalogue. (+)

MUSIC

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
May 22

He was 25 back in 1998 when he sang, “Every kind of love / Or at least my kind of love / Must be an imaginary love to start with, baby.” In this special 20th anniversary concert, Rufus Wainwright will sing all the songs from his acclaimed debut album. Back in ’98, the Montrealer, known for his singularly angelic voice, was accompanied by dreamy guitars and languid violins, giving his sound a nostalgic touch. (+)

DANCE

UNFOLD | 7 perspectives

Édifice Wilder - Espace danse
May 30 to June 1

As part of Festival TransAmériques

Montreal choreographer Danièle Desnoyers has developed a fluid style of dance over the course of her career, but in UNFOLD | 7 perspectives she is edging into fragmentation and disintegration. Seven dancers searching for identity tremble and struggle in relation to each other, as well as a unique stage device that folds in and out. Hemmed in by their ever-evolving constraints, they come together in moments of harmony, moving with a musical landscape composed by Ben Shemie of Montreal rock band Suuns. (+)

MUSIC

MELODY GARDOT

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
June 29

As part of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

A decade since she debuted on the jazz scene, Melody Gardot brings her trademark magic to one of her favourite festivals. Also a talented guitarist and songwriter, the American songstress released her last work in 2018. She has described Live in Europe as a nostalgic ‘postcard’ of her favourite hits on tour, as well as a dedication ‘to the people who welcomed us all over the world.’ Seeing a performer as devoted to her audience as Gardot is always a treat. (+)


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