From the Old Port to Mount Royal, through the Peel Basin, the Village, and the Place des Festivals, the heart of Montréal will beat to the rhythm of a wide range of colours and musical styles. All Montrealers and their neighbours from next door and around the world are warmly invited to take advantage of several large-scale musical events (free or made up of some free events) on the occasion of the city’s 375th anniversary. It’s a great opportunity to get out and move together to the diverse sounds of Montréal. So what’s your style? We invite you to discover some more!
PLACE DES FESTIVALS – August 5 – Free
This festive and artistic gathering highlights the immense talent of artists from all walks of life. In the afternoon, experience an explosive musical program and street performances followed by the Amitié nuestroamericana parade and its troupe of 65 First Nations and peoples of the world offering a program of dance and music. In the evening, behold the grand finale with a performance of music accompanied by a spoken word manifesto. Including: Mamselle Ruiz and Karim Diouf, Hua Li and Fabrice Koffy, Pierre Kwenders and Jacques Jacobus, Joyce N’sana and Webster, Sonido Pesao and Tomás Jensen, Jenny Salgado and Emrical, Loco Locass and Shauit, Queen Ka, Nomadic Massive.
PEEL BASIN – August 10 starting at 5:30 p.m. – Free
Don’t miss Sessions 3-7-5: a series of four experiences specially created to celebrate Montréal. On August 10th, bring your friends to îleSoniq En Ville where you’ll find two giant dance floors set up for the occasion at the Peel Basin. Dance like mad as you watch the sun set over the Lachine Canal or relax in the lounge area. On the program: Herobust, Botnek, Michael Sparks, TIZI and Greenewood. Come and rejuvenate, it’s free.
Faubourgs Park – August 10-20
Part of the 375th’s official program, Montréal’s diversity shines during this first edition of the national LGBTQ festival. Over 2 million festivalgoers are expected at this 11 day event that is open to all. Attendees can expect a great musical performance every night, including: Bruno Pelletier, Damien Robitaille, David Usher, Dan Bigras, Em, Edith Butler, Elisapie, Gregory Charles, Jonas, Kim Richardson, Karim Ouellet, LuLu Hughes, Lynda Thalie, Mara Tremblay, Martha Wainwright, Marie-Mai, Nelly Furtado, Pascale Picard, Patrice Michaud, Shawnee, Tracy Trash, Travis Cormier, Yann Perreau, and tons of DJs.
EAST SIDE OF MOUNT ROYAL – August 19 at 9:00 p.m. – Free
Our three major orchestras – the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – join forces on the same stage for the first time in a once-in-a-lifetime concert. More than 400 musicians, popular singers, and choir members gather on stage and are led by Simon Leclerc to perform music that evokes the spirit of Montréal. Many surprises are in store. A must-see for the 375th!
ESPLANADE DE LA PLACE DES ARTS – August 23,24, 25 and 26 – 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Free
AND SEVERAL OTHER LOCATIONS AUGUST 22-27
MUTEK is breaking out for its 18th edition. Taking part in the official program of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Canada’s largest electronic music and digital creation event takes this opportunity to modify its schedule and extend its programming. Through its Inter_Connect series, MUTEK is mobilizing its international connections in order to host four days of events devoted to the cultural metropoles of London (August 23), Mexico City (August 24), Barcelona (August 25) and Berlin (August 26).
MONTRÉAL OLD PORT – JACQUES-CARTIER QUAY – August 24-27
This is a unique invitation to dive into an immersive new genre of country. On the musical side, the big stage presents country, new country, bluegrass, folk and a tribute to Dédé Fortin. At the saloon, pianists and dancers set the tone for the audience. Artists include: Kiefer Sutherland, Brett Kissel, Paul Daraïche, Martin Deschamps, William Deslauriers, Bodh’aktan, Laurence Jalbert, Véronique Labbé, Yves Lambert, and Carl Tremblay. It’ll swing!