Written by Dara Larocque on 28.01.14

A completely unique Montreal experience since 2000, Montréal en Lumières runs from mid-February to early March every year and culminates into one of Montreal’s most celebrated events, Nuit Blanche. Each year the city celebrates some of its most prominent gastronomic experiences, art and performance artists through the festival’s multi-faceted events. This one of a kind festival demonstrates Montreal’s party flair as well as distinguishes its local artists and culture. Montréal en Lumières transforms the city’s Place des Festivals and Quartier des Spectacles into one of the ultimate winter destinations. With multiple free events taking place as well as tours and specially designed programs, Montréal en Lumières offers something for everyone and all budgets. Here are some highlights to lookout for during this year’s festival:

Performances and Art Shows:


Taking place at the Galerie du Maison du Rio Tinto Alcan, this piece plays with light and contrast to create new and surprising works of art. Derouin created this work especially for the 15th edition of the festival; what’s more, the exhibition is completely free and runs for the entirety of the festival.

Florence K

Performing at Metropolis Saturday February 22nd 2014, Florence K endears us with her first two albums, Bossa Blue and La Historia de Lola, both having won Felix awards. Florence K is most known for her signature blues and jazz style with hints of salsa. Recently working in Los Angeles on her most recent pop album, I’m Leaving You, Florence K returns to Montreal for this year’s edition of the festival. Tickets range from $37 to $41 and are available on the Montréal en Lumières website.

Circus Oz

This Australian circus act lands in Montreal to perform From the Ground Up at TOHU. This high-energy group is sure to entertain all ages and is full of surprises. Consisting of ten artists and three musicians, the troupe performance is light-hearted and humorous. Performances are on February 27th, March 1st and March 2nd. Tickets range from $15 to $45 and are available on their website.

Pierre Lapointe

The renowned singer/songwriter debuts his new tour for his latest album, Punkt, at this year’s Montréal en Lumières festival. Performing on February 25th at Places des Arts, Maisonneuve Theatre, Pierre Lapointe will be accompanied by guest musicians and will bring with him, as always, his signature flare for performance! Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased through the artist’s website or the festival’s site.

Random Recipe

A local homegrown talent, the Montreal group debuted at MEL in 2011 to much success. The band’s diverse electro-rap/rock sound is unique and reflects the multiplicity of the Montreal music scene. With a new album launched and an improved sound, this is one debut not to be missed for any music junkie. Random Recipe will be performing February 26th at Club Soda and tickets will range anywhere between $22 and $25.

Gastronomic Experiences:

Happy Hour with Moreno De Marchi at Pullman

Moreno De Marchi is one of Montreal’s most reputable wine connoisseurs. Former owner of Le Latini Restaurant in Montreal and now owner of L’Enoteca wine importation, De Marchi will be at Pullman Wine Bar February 20th and March 1st with house chef, Guillaume Sparks-Beaule. Stephanie Labelle, owner of Rhubarbe Patisserie will also be there whipping up some of her most delectable sweets and pastries. An absolute must for foodies and wine lovers! Tickets start at $50 and reservations can be made at 514- 288-7779.

Au Petit Extra

Hosting several events throughout the festival, Au Petit Extra is a novel French-inspired bistro complete with chalkboard menu and an exceptional wine list. House chef Julien Jore will be cooking up two different tasting events “Our Beloved Bistro Paul Bert” and “The Twenties in Full Swing” running from February 20th to March 2nd, tickets start at $50 without wine or $85 with wine. For reservations or more information call (514) 527-5552.

Maple on Tap

If you’re looking for the quintessential Quebec gastronomic experience, this is definitely the one to attend. Hosted by Le Montreal Restaurant and put together by head chef Jean-Pierre Curtat, this event will be serving up a brunch where maple is the main star. Dishes include miso-marinated salmon, roasted maple glazed duck breast, and Jack Daniels maple spare ribs! Tickets are $23.95 and available through reservation 514-392-2709. Drinks are at your own expense.

Above and beyond these activities, there will also be a free outdoors presentation located at the Quartier des Spectacles. Crafted through the visionary work of Marc Tetreault and Jean Laurin, this year’s architectural light creations are anticipated to be more brilliant than ever. In addition to it all, expect interactive games suitable for the whole family as well as movie screenings outdoors, giant parlor games, the Super Urban Slide and the Air France ferris wheel. This year Montreal is partying all year round, come play with us in the snow!

For more information about Montréal en Lumières, itinerary planning, packages and travel deals go to their website here.

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