Things are heating up! The major May events for Montréal’s 375th kick off in just a few days. On top of spectacular celebrations that include the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Montréal Avudo multimedia show and the visit of the Giants are the Grande Tournée’s first neighbourhood parties as well May 17, a truly special day in our city’s history. You can take advantage of major artistic happenings (like Symphonie montréalaise, 100% Montréal, Symphonie d’Hochelaga) and historic events (including the return of Cité Mémoire with 4 new tableaux, the festivities for the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, Encounters in New France, Montréal toute une histoire).
And yes, it’s going to be HUGE!
During the 375th in May, enjoy all the beauty, emotion, history and dynamism of the city! Experience Montréal’s energy and creativity!
On May 17, you’re invited to the launch of , the awe-inspiring illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, featuring for Montréal’s anniversary. Meet us at 9:45 p.m. at the Old Port of Montréal or on Notre-Dame Street, east of the bridge, or even in Parc Marie-Victorin in Longueuil to get the best view possible. More details on what’s going on May 17.
Then, from May 19 to 21, we’ll be welcoming some pretty special company to the city! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet The Giants, who will be setting foot on Canadian soil for the first time ever! See their route.
May 12 also marks the start of La Grande Tournée presented by Cirque Éloize. This signature event of Montréal’s 375th will criss-cross the entire city this summer to celebrate its history and its people, giving citizens the chance to live it up in each neighbourhood. For 19 weekends, each of the 19 boroughs will be at the heart of a huge party that highlights its unique character.
The 3 first neighbourhood parties:
In Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, at Parc Jean-Duceppe from May 12 to 14
In Outremont, at Parc Beaubien from May 19 to 21
At Rivières-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, at Parc Marcel-Léger from May 26 to 28
In addition to the Grande Tournée, the 375th will be presenting more than 100 events in the neighbourhoods this year. Take a look at the complete programming by choosing YOUR INTERESTS: NEIGHBOURHOOD EVENTS.
Some 14 events, many of which are already underway!
In 1967, Montréal was host to a universal exhibition that would change the face of Québec. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of when the city embraced modernity with exhibitions and archives presented for Montréal’s 375th celebrations.
Make your experience even more dynamic with the EXPO 67 PASSPORT – 50 YEARS LATER
April 13 to June 29 – Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Télé-Québec
A documentary series where history buff Jean-Philippe Wauthier sets out to find what defines Montréal’s DNA. Stories big and small Montréal will be shared as he meets with public figures and historians and explores archives.
From May 19 to 22, 2017 – Place d’Youville
Discover daily life in the city under the French Regime, meet people who were a part of our history and learn about the know-how of First Nations. Then bring the whole family to listen to musicians, chat with the artisans and enjoy street entertainers at the heart of this great, friendly gathering!
Starting May 3 – On the riverbank, between the Maison Saint-Gabriel and the Musée de Lachine
Using a free mobile app, a game and a series of outdoor panels, enjoy a fun and historic tour dedicated to the history, people and events that animated the St. Lawrence River between Pointe-Saint-Charles and Lachine. This “memory tour” explains the past of these sites, from New France to today, and documents the banks of the St. Lawrence and the history of the four boroughs between Pointe-Saint-Charles and Lachine. Nearly 50 points of interest have been identified along a 17-km walkway.
Back every evening as of May 10 – Old Montréal
Discover three new stunning tableaux and a more than 30-minute long vignette that have been added to this urban multimedia work, which introduces us to a multitude of people who were witness to the city’s history.
From May 25 to 28, 2017 – Festival TransAmériques at the Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Who are Montrealers, really? What do they think? Onstage, 100 citizens representing 100% of the population. Men, women or transgender, adults, teens or children, they map out Montréal in a vibrant and exhilarating exercise in self-portrayal.
May 27 – Percival Molson Stadium
Attend a live screening of one of the most beloved operas in the entire repertory, projected on giant screens: La bohème by Pucini. The event is FREE, but reservations are required: laboheme.operademontreal.com
May 31, June 1 and 2 – Maison Symphonique
An auditory and visual experience in which maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM invite us to a one-of-a-kind symphony experience, the fruit of a meeting between Samy Moussa, the young internationally heralded Canadian composer and Moment Factory, an equally world-renowned multimedia studio. A unique work will be created for Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. And to round out the program, the famous “New World” symphony by Anton Dvorak, a work filled with promise that bridges the past and the future.
See the concert online at osm.ca starting May 13.