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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 546 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

LUMINOTHÉRAPIE 9th edition– DOMINO EFFECT

Place des Festivals
December 11 to January 27

Lines of light unfurl in a cascade. You’re in control of this bright and musical installation as you and others play with the giant dominos in Place des Festivals, forming an impromptu group of conductors controlling a gigantic musical instrument. This is domino effect, an installation by Ingrid Ingrid, accompanied by architectural projection on the Pavillon Président-Kennedy of UQAM. Luminothérapie is a perfect way to bring some colors in you! (+)

in DECEMBER

DANCE

ATTABLER

Wilder Building – Espace danse
December 5 to 8

They brought contemporary dance into a strip club, led choreographers and audience members into downtown hotel rooms, moved their art to a disco or an apartment. La 2e porte à gauche is a company that devotes itself to self-reflection on modern dance. For Attabler they’ve assembled a group of dancers and choreographers who reinvent their work in light of philosophical, aesthetic and feminist questions. A living laboratory. (+)

THEATRE

7 STORIES

Monument-National
December 10 to 15

Standing from the seventh floor of a building, one man contemplates jumping to his death. But he ends up focusing on the busy activities of seven people on the same floor: an irritable doctor, a love affair, an firebug, and a troublesome party, to name just a few. Directed by Philip Akin, graduating students in the acting and design programs at the National Theatre School bring this dark comedy by acclaimed playwright Morris Panych to life. (+)

DANCE

THE NUTCRACKER

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
December 13 to 30

Get ready: Dr. Drosselmeyer, Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King are almost here! For the last 55 holiday seasons, Les Grands Ballets' The Nutcracker designed by the late Fernand Nault has been enchanting Montrealers of all ages. Hoffmann’s fairy tale never loses its charm, making an evening at the ballet a truly magical family moment. Mark your calendar! (+)

THEATRE

SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW

Théâtre Saint-Denis
December 19 to
January 6, 2019

The snowstorm of the century blows back into town this holiday season! In collaboration with Juste pour rire, show creator Slava Polunin brings his surreal yet poetic world of winter to Montreal. Over five million people have seen Slava’s Snow Show since the production began touring 25 years ago. With a childlike and wonderstruck view of the world, this musical clown journey continues to entrance new fans. (+)

MUSIC

YANNICK NÉZET-SÉGUIN AND HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD:
KINDRED SPIRITS

Maison symphonique
December 21

Compelling, expressive, poetic, delicate: these are some of the words used to describe French pianist Hélène Grimaud. She will visit Montreal to join the Orchestre métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, for a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, giving her unique touch to both pieces. Highlighting the feminine influence that guided the illustrious composers, this concert is intended as a joyous tribute to Clara Schumman and to Alma and Maria Mahler. (+)

FILM

GREGORY LA CAVA

Cinémathèque québécoise
Until December 20

In his films, masters and servants are almost interchangeable, equally affected by burning desire. Gregory La Cava’s fame was truncated by his late-career descent into alcoholism, but he is still considered one of the kings of the sophisticated Hollywood comedy. The important 1930s director’s career is the focus of a 6-film retrospective this December at the Cinémathèque. There’s even a local connection: the director started his career in Quebec, working with pioneering animator Raoul Barré. To (re)discover! The films are shown in English(+)

FREE

FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK

Place Émilie-Gamelin
December 1 to 25

The mercury has dipped well below zero and colourful lights dance in Place Émilie-Gamelin: it’s time to bundle up in your warmest woolies and come breathe in the aroma of evergreens and bonfires at Christmas in the Park. For a third year, the event presents an exceptional musical program for the holidays, with intimate concerts by Bloodshot Bill, Ragers and Winston Band. (+)

KIDS

CHOIRS AND LE SAPIN BAVARD

Complexe Desjardins
December 1 to 24

Children’s choirs, jazz-pop choirs, African choirs and Chinese vocal ensembles: Montreal’s choir scene is amazingly diverse. Daily at Complexe Desjardins, their heavenly voices will ring out with joyful music. When the singing is over, it’s time for a play: Le sapin bavard, a Christmas fantasy musical written by Jacques Lazure and Louise Gendreau. (+)

MUSIC

TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSIONS

L’Escalier
December 10, 17, 24 and 31

With their fiddles, guitars and accordions, traditional-music players gather for a casual jam session every Monday at L’Escalier. The sets typically feature reels, call-and-response songs and neo-traditional fusions, all played in a spirit of relaxed fun. Tapping into Quebec’s cultural roots, Irish traditions and sounds from further afield, these evenings are one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Check it out as the holidays near, then keep going back the rest of the year! (+)

VISUAL ARTS

AUX CONFINS DU VISIBLE

Galerie Castiglione
Until December 15

Fascinated by cyber-surveillance, the cameras all around us and telecom networks’ ubiquitous transmitter-receivers, photographer Denis Farley works to make these unseen devices visible, highlighted in solarized images. His striking photographs take a novel look at a variety of places, including church bell towers and other tall structures. A new way of seeing everyday landscapes. (+)

KIDS

STORY TIME

La Grande Bibliothèque
December 18

Let your child be transported to another world! During Story Time, librarians select treasured books from the children’s collection at La Grande Bibliothèque, and invite youngsters on a page-turning adventure. The activity is free, but there is a limit of 20 spots. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Places can be reserved in advance, but once the activity begins, participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with or without tickets. Story told in English. (+)

VISUAL ART

100% CHANCE OF SNOW

Five architectural projection sites
Until March 31

In these irresistible animations, characters like little hockey players or bundled-up pedestrians offer an affectionate, luminous look at Quebec’s winter. Known for her colourful, high-contrast mural art, illustrator Cyrielle Tremblay will light up the architectural projection sites of the Quartier des Spectacles with her sublime snowy scenes all winter. We suggest a walk from east to west or vice versa to see her five humorous, adorable animations. (+)


Coming SOON

OPERA

CHAMPION

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
January 26 to February 2, 2019

Jazz, opera and boxing, together at last! The Opéra de Montréal stage becomes a boxing ring for this production by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Missouri) directed by the talented James Robinson. Based on the life of middleweight champion Emile Griffith, this jazz opera composed by trumpeter Terence Banchard tells the story of a quest for excellence and the beauty of a forbidden love in post-war America. An opera about sports that dares to explore the subject of bisexuality. (+)

MUSIC

BEIRUT

MTelus
February 18, 2019

Beirut sweeps into town this February with new songs and fresh stories. The beloved indie-rock group, headed by Zack Condon, is launching Gallipoli, their fifth album. Overwhelmed by the news and political noise in the United States, he and his band trekked to Europe for the final recordings. One night in the island town of Gallipoli, they witnessed a brass band procession, and it inspired Condon to write the title track - in just one sitting. (+)

CIRCUS

SERGE FIORI:
SEUL ENSEMBLE

Théâtre Saint-Denis
March 6 to 24, 2019

Legendary Harmonium lyrics, along with more recent compositions by Serge Fiori and tunes from the productive Fiori-Séguin collaboration, form the raw material for the latest show by Cirque Eloize. The musician revisits his catalogue with the help of Louis-Jean Cormier, bringing a new visual and acrobatic world into being. Undoubtedly one of the new year’s most eagerly anticipated shows. (+)

COMEDY

JEREMY HOTZ:
DANGEROUSLY HANDSOME

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
March 8, 2019

Celebrated for his offbeat humour and improvisational styling, Jeremy Hotz makes a triumphant return to Montreal in 2019 with his Dangerously Handsome Tour. Originally from Ottawa, the comedian and actor has won over audiences around the world with his self-deprecating humour and unique take on the misfortunes of everyday life, as well as his improvised riffs on his host city and audience. (+)


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