Montréal, October 24, 2017 – Starting on Friday, the Place des Festivals will be haunted by La Trouble-Fête, part of the official programming for the 375th anniversary of Montréal. A host of free activities will be taking place to celebrate Halloween in a festive atmosphere that is enough to awaken the dead.
In preparation for the official start of La Trouble-Fête this Friday, the zombie bus that roamed our city streets last week will be back tomorrow! It will be at Place Jacques-Cartier from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Place-des-Arts square (in front of Complexe Desjardins) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Passers-by will have the chance to have their picture taken with the zombies and hear Catherine Éthier’s chilling stories of Montréal, to get everyone in the mood for a spooky, eerie weekend…
With Yann Perreau, the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and many others!
On Friday evening, some 40 skeletons, demons and their fiery associates will be on hand for the Rise of the Dead. And once stirred from their slumber, Montrealers will just have to kick up their heels, come what may!
Starting at 6:30 p.m.: the Trouble-Fête’s Rise of the Dead – pyrotechnic artists, fire breathers, candle lighters, marionettes, visual artists, spooky tales and stories of Montréal in a carnival atmosphere. Face painters on site
9 p.m.: Gothic choir and funeral march – Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal with string and piano quartet
9:30 p.m.: Electro performance by Yann Perreau, who will put on a devilishly spirited show on the big stage.
10:00 p.m.: DJ Stéphane Cocke
The largest zombie walk in Canada, with over 10,000 zombies roused from their graves by the Trouble-Fête taking over the streets of Montréal!
1 p.m.: Site opens and activities: Face painting, competitions, surprise guests.
4 p.m.: The fun starts on the Walk site
Zombie mariachis, dismembered human marionettes, zombie military marching band and devilish floats
5 p.m.: Start of the Zombie Walk.
6:30 p.m.: Devilish choreography with 100 zombies, orchestrated by Gardy Fury.
Musical programming at night
An event not to be missed by kids who dream of becoming apprentice witches and warlocks!
The Place des Arts’ Esplanade and the Place des Festivals will be transformed into the Order of Junior Sorcerers and Sorceresses of Montréal’s sorcery village.
With their Order passport, kids can collect stamps from workshops they take part in: magic wand making, a carrousel, makeup, magic spells and an enchanted forest!
12:30 p.m.: Opening of the village
Starting at 3 p.m.: Young sorcerers and sorceresses parade to the Place des Festivals to put the Trouble-Fête back to sleep
4 p.m.: The Creature finally goes back to sleep: show by Les Petites Tounes.
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize celebrations and socioeconomic contributions to mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montreal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Quebec government, the Canadian government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com.
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