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What better time to rediscover the many facets of our city and fall in love again with its rich cultural heritage, not to mention its many culinary offers and the irresistible joie de vivre! From planning culinary adventures to organizing a weekend getaway, we are here to ensure you a most memorable experience. Nothing in life is guaranteed but we can assure you that we will do our utmost best to make it happen.
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Grand Prix du Canada 2022

June 17 to 19, 2022 -- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve/Île Notre-Dame

October 8, 1978: Montreal's first Grand Prix du Canada is held on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence. A native son, driving a Ferrari, wins his first world championship race. On that day more than three decades ago, Montreal, Ile Notre-Dame and its 4.5-kilometre track became more than a city, an island and a ribbon of pavement. They became Formula One holy ground. From year to year ever since, every June, tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the island to watch the gods of motor racing. First there was Gilles Villeneuve. Then came Jones, Piquet, Mansell, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Hill, Alonso, Hamilton and others. They come to conquer. They keep building on the legend of this always-thrilling Grand Prix.https://www.gpcanada.ca/

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

June 30 to July 09, 2022 -- Various Locations

Montreal Jazz Festival: The Largest Jazz Festival in the World

Ranked as the world's largest jazz festival in the Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for now 40 years. Every year for 10 days, the French-speaking metropolis of North America becomes the venue where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of jazz in its purest form. All on a unique site designed to meet festival goers' every need, right downtown in an area off-limits to car traffic! Montreal is without a doubt the true heartbeat of Planet Jazz!www.montrealjazzfest.com

Kooza -- Cirque du Soleil

May 12 to June 19, 2022 -- Under The Big Top, Old Port of Montreal

These magnificent candle-lit classical music concerts are in Montreal!

Cirque du Soleil presents KOOZA, the story of an innocent and charming clown who strives to find his own place in the world. The Innocent's journey introduces him to a panoply of comic characters. Between strength and fragility, laughter and chills, and turmoil and harmony, KOOZA, the 20th creation from Cirque du Soleil, explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement. KOOZA, created and directed by David Shiner and filmed by Mario Janelle, combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful "mélange" that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza#about-the-show

Montreal International Fireworks Competition 2022 (36th Edition)

June 22 to August 03, 2022 -- Île Sainte-Hélène (La Ronde Amusement Park)

The largest pyrotechnics competition of its kind in the world, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition has been going strong since 1985 and remains one of this city's top summer attractions. Pyrotechnics artists from around the world will be launching fireworks over La Ronde. https://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/international-des-feux-loto-quebec-montreal/

Montreal Chamber Music Festival

June 12 to 19, 2022 -- Museum of Fine Arts/Salle Bourgie

Looking for another reason to visit Montréal? This festival offers you outstanding jazz and classical music artists in presentations that have attracted millions via radio, television and live performance. Don't miss the first festival of Montréal's summer season and one of the best chamber music festivals in North America. https://festivalmontreal.org/

Festival Montréal Baroque

June 23 to 26, 2022 -- Place des Festivals

Montreal Baroque Festival promises to entertain, charm, and uplift us with its amazing programming! https://montrealbaroque.com/en

Les Francofolies de Montréal (33rd Edtion)

June 10 to 18, 2022 -- Various Locations

The biggest music festival in the French-speaking world! For the past 20 years, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world! Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich, fun-filled program! Every year, Montrealers and tourists throng to the safe, festive Francofolies site in the downtown core to savour the best musical talents of the French-speaking world. https://www.francosmontreal.com/en-CA/Francos/LesFrancos

Eureka Festival

June 10 to 12, 2022 -- Île Ste-Hélène

A huge celebration of science for the curious of all ages! Scientists explain what it is, why it works, how to get involved! Join over 100 activities. See the shows, LAUGH, CREATE, EXPERIMENT, DISCOVER and UNDERSTAND! www.eurekafestival.com

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Bourgie Hall -- Music at the Museum

June 09, 10 & 11, 2022 -- Bourgie Hall

Recitals, chamber music, vocal art, Baroque music, jazz, world music, family shows, and more: each year, Bourgie Hall produces over a hundred concerts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in its exceptional venue.

 

Inaugurated in September 2011, Bourgie Hall offers top-rate artistic programming and welcomes on its stage Canadian and international artists in equal numbers. Whether they are just starting out or already critically acclaimed, these musicians are chosen to perform in Bourgie Hall on the basis of their immense talent. The public can't go wrong: audiences know that they can count on the quality of concerts "approved by Bourgie Hall!" In addition to offering remarkable concerts at affordable prices, Bourgie Hall organizes music workshops for families and amateur musicians. These friendly encounters enable participants to develop their musical gifts in a convivial environment. Bourgie Hall's programming also brings out astonishing connections between music and art collections. To be discovered at the concerts or during events in the Museum's exhibition rooms! https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/bourgie-hall/

Candlelight Concerts

June 02, 03, 04 & 10, 2022 l'Église St-Jean-Baptiste, à la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-bon-Secours et à l'Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs !

These magnificent candle-lit classical music concerts are in Montreal!

Montreal now hosts the famous classical music concerts that have caused a stir around the world! Candlelight shows adopt a new concept that engages all of your senses for a magical musical experience….DO NOT MISS ! This series of candlelit concerts, simply named "Candlelight", invites you to relive the greatest moments of classical music in the most magical places of Montreal. In an intimate and warm atmosphere, rediscover the works of Vivaldi, Mozart, Chopin or even Beethoven. After having been a huge success around the world - in cities like New York, Barcelona or London - this unique experience is finally coming to Montreal. www.feverup.com/montreal/candlelight

Festival TransAmériques

May 25 to June 09, 2022 -- Various Location

Montreal's international festival combining both contemporary dance and contemporary theater, the Festival TransAmériques is three weeks of world and North American premiere performances by top choreographers, artistic directors, playwrights, actors and dancers. A relative newbie on the festival scene in Montreal, the Festival TransAmériques premiered in 2007, combining two festivals. Previously known as the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, an all-theater festival going strong since 1985, the Festival TransAmériques added contemporary dance to the performance roster, picking up the slack where Montreal's contemporary dance event, the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (defunct since 2003) left a void, to the dismay of Montreal's prominent dance community. And so a new festival was born with a particular focus on promoting contemporary dance and theater on the edge. https://fta.ca/en/

National Holiday (St. Jean Baptiste) -- Quebec's National Holiday

June 24, 2022 -- Various Locations

Saint Jean Baptiste Day, held annually on June 24, is the feast day of St. John the Baptiste, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. It is a day of celebration in Quebec and other areas of French Canada. Saint Jean Baptiste Day is also known as "la Saint-Jean", "St John the Baptist Day", "Fête Nationale du Québec" and "Quebec's National Holiday".

 

Various events are organized on Saint Jean Baptist Day. These range from large scale public celebrations, such as rock and jazz concerts, sports tournaments, parades and firework displays, to small family or neighborhood happenings, such as yard sales, picnics, barbecues, bonfires and children's entertainment. Many church bells ring in celebration and public dances and fun fairs are held. Some events may be held on the evening of June 23 and many are broadcast live on television, radio or on the Internet. The celebrations are coordinated by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois.

 

Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec. Post offices and many stores are closed. Public transport services run to a reduced schedule in some places or may not run at all in other areas, such as the province's rural regions. If June 24 falls on a Sunday, the same day is a paid day off for those who work on Sunday. June 25 becomes a paid day off for workers who do not ordinarily work on Sunday.

Nicolas Party -- L'heure Mauve

February 12 to October 16, 2022 -- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

A rising star on the international scene, Nicolas Party is known for his meticulously composed paintings, his painted sculptures and his installations drenched in saturated colours. Through over 100 works and a series of monumental frescos realized in situ, the Swiss-born artist unveils a dreamlike exhibition themed on nature at the MMFA. https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/nicolas-party-lheure-mauve/

Annie

June 22 to July 17, 2022 -- Théâtre Saint Denis

It is with great enthusiasm that Just for Laughs announces the production of the musical Annie. For the staging, Just for Laughs once again trusts Serge Denoncourt, after his brilliant collaborations with the company, including Les Choristes, Cyrano de Bergerac, The First Name and The Three Musketeers.

This Broadway classic takes us back to 1933 during the Great Depression. The charming and resourceful Annie, residing in a girl's orphanage in New York, lives a hard life and one day meets a billionaire who makes it his mission to help her find her parents. https://theatrestdenis.com/fr/spectacle/annie/

Sleeping Beauty (Grands Ballets Canadiens)

June 01 to 05, 2022 -- Place des Arts (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier)

The story of the slumbering princess goes back several centuries and went through numerous versions before Perrault was inspired by an Italian tale to write what would become the Sleeping Beauty that we know today. The day of her christening, an infant princess receives a curse from the fairy Carabosse, whom no one invited to the fete; the fairy wishes for Aurora to prick her finger and die on the day of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, another fairy succeeds in easing the princess' plight by having her fall instead into a deep sleep of 100 years. Only true love's kiss will awaken her.

 

On Tchaikovsky's magnificent music, Les Grands Ballets visit Marius Petipa's classical ballet. While a rotating cast of characters unfold the story we all know, the Manichaean conflict between Good, the Lilac Fairy, and Evil, Carabosse, persists until the very end. https://placedesarts.com/en/event/sleeping-beauty

Mon île, mon Coeur (Circus)

JUNE 07, 08, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22 & 25, June 2022 - ESPACE ST-DENIS

What makes one fall in love with a city? What makes one decide to stay, reclaim it as their own, as their home?

 

In "My Island, My Heart", The 7 Fingers uses their signature fusion of acrobatics, theatre, dance and multimedia to tell the story of a foreigner who has relocated to Montreal. Initially following a love interest, that relationship soon disintegrates, and yet the relationship with the city itself continues to flourish, and proves enduring. Our protagonist followed one love but found another: a veritable true love for Montreal itself.

 

Presented as an immersive circus cabaret, the show celebrates our beloved city in the river-- its pounding, thriving cultural pulse, its intriguing contradictions, its unique beauty.

 

An English version, My Island, My Heart, will be presented at the Studio-Cabaret during Summer 2022, alternating with Mon île, mon cœur. https://7fingers.com/shows/creations/mon-ile-mon-coeur

I Musici Montreal

N/A - June , 2022 -- At Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau (Les Violons du Roi)

Founded in 1984 by Yuli Turovsky, the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra has been sharing its passion for classical music for over 35 years. The 15 exceptional musicians who make up the orchestra bring to life a varied repertoire ranging from the 17th century to the present day, accompanied by their principal guest conductor and artistic advisor Jean-François Rivest. With a program based on tradition, originality and innovation, the Orchestra stands out for the place it gives to numerous emerging and renowned artists with whom it partners to offer you a colorful and meaningful musical experience. I Musici de Montréal has built a solid reputation thanks to its numerous international tours and 40 recordings that meet the highest standards. The Orchestra also acts as a creative catalyst within the city of Montreal and continues to strengthen its roots in the community by collaborating with various organizations and schools on its territory. https://imusici.com/en/i-musici-and-les-violons-du-roy/

Montreal International Musical Competition (Voice 2022)

May 31 to June 09, 2022 -- Museum of Fine Arts/Salle Bourgie & Maison Symphonique

Founded in 2002 by internationally renowned bass Joseph Rouleau and current Chairman of the Board of the Competition and its Foundation André Bourbeau, the CMIM is an annual event that draws over 6,000 spectators to concert halls, as well as thousands of listeners on the radio and the web.

 

The CMIM seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It's the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, more than 2,400 hopefuls have entered the Competition and nearly 400 have performed in Montreal, much to the delight of music lovers. www.concoursmontreal.com

The St-Ambroise Fringe Festival Montreal

May 30 to June 19, 2019 -- Various Location

The Fringe Festival is Montréal's summer block party of theatre, dance, music, comedy, and more. With over 700 shows, local and international performing artists take over the Plateau Mont-Royal to celebrate years of boundless creativity. Artists are selected by lottery, no Censorship. Artists have complete freedom to present ANYTHING, accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery and afford its application fees, accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are kept low and 100% of the ticket price is returned to the artists you see on stage. https://fringefestivals.com/festival/festival-st-ambroise-fringe-de-montreal/

Marché des Possibles

June 22 to July 29, 2022 - Located at 5635 rue St-Dominique (corner Bernard) **Dates TBD**

Marché des Possibles is a public open-air space featuring a free and diversified socio-cultural programming that includes musical performances, screenings of films and activities for children. On the premises, you will also find a bar and a biergarten, a market with artists and artisan creations, as well as delicious food provided by local chefs and pop-up restaurants. www.popmontreal.com

Piknic ElectroniK

May 19 to September 29 2022 -- Parc Jean Drapeau (Mainly on Weekends)

Piknic Électronik Montreal is an outdoor electronic music event aiming to offer immersive, social experiences in a friendly environment. Located in an urban park just 10 minutes from downtown Montréal, he brings together thousands of electronic music enthusiasts every Sunday from May to September. Piknic Électronik Montreal diverse programing has made it a highlight of the Montreal summer cultural circuit for over 15 years. https://piknicelectronik.com/montreal/en/events/#

The Montreal Tamtams

Every Sunday beginning on May 01 ending on September 30, 2022 -- Mont Royal Park

The Montreal Tamtams are a drum circle based in Montreal, Canada. One of the most original musical events in Montréal, this free festival takes place on Sundays, near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier and in Mount Royal Park's surrounding green spaces. The Tamtam festivities start at 1 pm and continue until sunset. A colourful gathering of drummers, dancers, vendors and their admiring audiences. For twenty years, Montrealers and visitors have come to play music and dance, or just watch and listen. Tamtams, or simply "tams" as they are sometimes called by locals, began in 1978 and over the years have become one of the main tourist attractions of the city. https://metrometro.ca/

Tour de l'Île de Montréal

June 05, 2022 -- Throughout the Island of Montreal

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Colours of The World (Exhibition)

Until June 2022 -- Biosphere

The Biosphère presents 50 photographs from the National Geographic collection. Each image highlights the unique role of colour in photography, and celebrates the natural and cultural diversity of our extraordinary planet. This selection of photographs pays homage to the art of photojournalism and takes a different look at the world around us. Being intimately linked with how we perceive the world, colours are a major factor in how we relate to nature.

 

Like a giant kaleidoscope, the Colours of the World exhibition lets us see our planet from a different perspective--one that suggests green is not the only colour that embodies the environment!Each section of the exhibition is devoted to a colour, thus forming a rainbow between the museum and the Jean-Drapeau metro station. https://calendrier.espacepourlavie.ca/colours-of-the-world-928046

Art Souterrain

April 02 to June 30, 2022 -- Various locations throughout the city

The Festival Art Souterrain is back for its 14th edition in the heart of the city. From April 2 to June 30, 2022, contemporary art will take over 6 km of Montréal's underground pedestrian network to present, for 18 weeks, contemporary artworks by some fifty local and international artists around the theme "Voies-Voix Résilientes." The works have been selected by artist and curator Eddy Firmin and the collective of artists and curators Intervals consisting of Caroline Douville, Maria Ezcurra, Miwa Kojima, Romeo Gongora and Dominique Fontaine. In addition, the Festival will offer more than forty free mediation activities and artistic discoveries. https://www.artsouterrain.com/en/home/

Aura

Starting August 13, 2021- Notre-Dames Basilica *See schedule for dates**

Notre-Dame Basilica proudly welcomes the reopening of Aura, a luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica. To usher in this bright new era, starting August 13, 2021, the universally-acclaimed experience returns in a renewed form, featuring extended visual and musical moments. https://www.aurabasiliquemontreal.com/en

Voiles en Voiles -- Old Port of Montréal

April 09 to May 19, 2022: open on weekends from Noon to 18h00.

April 15 to 18: Noon to 18h00

As of May 20, 2022: Open all week

Voiles en Voiles is a family adventure park in the Old Port of Montreal that will make you experience memorable emotions! In summer and winter, take part in the outdoor action in the unique world of royal ships and pirate ships. One of the things to do in Montreal that families love most!

In summer, climb aboard our spectacular life-size ships. Experience our aerial courses that will please both the agile little adventurers and big buccaneers thirsting for thrills. The site also has the Pirates Movie Theatre, climbing walls, inflatable games and a totally safe archery tag arena that will give you adrenaline rushes! https://www.voilesenvoiles.com/en/about-voiles-en-voiles/

Esplanade Tranquille

Open as of February 21, 2022 -- Quartier des Spectacles

Esplanade Tranquille is the newest public space in the Quartier des Spectacles. Montrealers are welcome to visit this fun and inviting all-seasons spot, inspired by urban backyards. Families and other visitors will discover a diverse and entertaining cultural program -- a true reflection of the city. Esplanade Tranquille is named in honour of the Tranquille bookstore, once located on the site, and its owner, Henri Tranquille (1916-2005). It is an important site in contemporary Quebec history, having hosted the launch of the Refus global manifesto in 1948.

Tonga Lumina

Since July 20, 2017 -- Mont Tremblant

Montreal multimedia phenom Moment Factory has just launched a new nature walk. A night walk in search of the giant! Deep in the heart of Mont Tremblant, the last of the giants has awoken. Follow your sense of adventure to discover the secret he wants to share. The Tonga Lumina illuminated trail is a sensory experience in the forest. This 1.5-km nocturnal walk takes place on a stone dust pathway at the heart of nature. To start off, visitors show up at the bottom of the Flying Mile chairlift that will take them up to the midway station where they will be led to the entrance of the trail. After taking visitors on a brief ascension, the trail slowly weaves its way down the hill through the woods, crosses streams and clearings. Participants can anticipate being on the pathway an average of one hour. Departures are continuous from sunset to closing, with a maximum of 300 people admitted per half-hour on the course. www.tonglumina.ca

Clock Tower Beach

June 16 to September 02, 2022 -- Foot of the Clock Tower (Old Port)

**Mon/Tues/Wed 11h00 am to 19h00, Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun from 11h00 Am to 21h00. On fireworks night and special events, late closing at 11pm. From September 3 to 23 open on weekends only. **

Located a short distance from the historical district, the Old Port of Montreal's urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine sand, chairs, parasols and refreshing mist. There is also a bar where you can meet with friends over a drink and a bite late into the evening.

Cité Mémoire

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 Bouchard. http://www.montrealenhistoires.com

La Ronde

Opens as of May 21, 2022

La Ronde, the biggest amusement park in Eastern Canada, has forty rides and attractions, including a new ride suspended over Lac des Dauphins: "EDNÖR -- The Attack." La Ronde has something for everyone: roller coasters for thrill seekers, slower rides with panoramic views of the city for the wiser ones, and gentle rides for the youngest children in Le Pays de Ribambelle. https://www.sixflags.com/larondeen

Montréal Canadiens Hockey

May 2022 -- Centre Bell ** Season Over **

Watching a hockey game in Montreal is the ultimate hockey experience. www.centrebell.ca

Concerts/Sporting Events

Stade Percival Molson

  • June 03, 2022 -- Montréal Alouettes vs Ottawa Red Blacks

  • June 23, 2022- Montréal Alouettes vs Saskatchewan

Place Bell

  • June 03, 2022 - Dadju

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Place des Arts

  • June 01 & 02, 2022 -- Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Maison Symphonique)

  • June 04, 18 & 19, 2022 -- Orchestre Métropolitain (Maison Symphonique)

  • June 08, 2022 -- Kraftwerk

  • June 10, 2022 -- Linda Lemay

  • June 10, 2022 -- Sigur Ross

  • June 14 to 16, 2022 -- Lara Fabien

  • June 15, 2022 -- Patrice Michaud

  • June 16 to 19, 2022 -- King Dave

  • June 18, 2022 -- Hommage à Brassens

  • June 20 & 21, 2022 -- Francis Cabrel (Maison Symphonique)

  • June 30, 2022 -- GoGo Penguin

  • June 30, 2022 -- Joss Stone/Macey Gray

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Olympia Theater

  • June 09, 15, 21 & 22, 2022 -- Louis-Josée Houde

  • June 16, 17 & 18, 2022 -- Richard Badouri

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Corona Theatre

  • June 04, 2022 -- Henry Rollins

  • June 16, 2022 -- Charlotte Day Wilson

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MTelus

  • June 01, 2022 -- Modest Mouse

  • June 10, 2022 -- La Femme

  • June 20, 21, 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2022 -- Charlotte Cardin

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Club Soda

  • June 10, 2022 -- Gros Mené

  • June 17, 2022 -- P'tit Belliveau

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L'Astral

  • June 01, 2022 -- Broods

  • June 05, 2022 -- Josh Ramsay

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L'Étoile Brossard

  • June 02, 2022 -- KAIN

  • June 09, 2022 -- Sam Breton

  • June 25, 2022 -- Louis-Josée Houde

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Le Gesu

  • June 02, 2022 -- Simon Gouache

  • June 14 & 15, 2022 -- Michel Rivard

  • June 17, 2022 -- Catherine Major

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