Déviation: A Unique Contemporary Art Event In Montreal

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The Door – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

SDC Quartier du Canal and Art Souterrain present “DÉVIATION – Circulez, il y a tout à voir”, a unique contemporary art event in Saint-Henri district aiming to revitalize the neighborhood despite of construction work currently underway.

This unique contemporary art event is held until October 2017 on Notre-Dame West between Atwater avenue and Saint-Augustin street where construction blocks traffic and bother access to local businesses. “We can not stop them, move them or avoid them, but we can turn them into derision, make fun of them, create interest and arouse curiosity around this site” said Robert Laramée, director of SDC Quartier du Canal.

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Fidia Falaschetti – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

The first part of the exhibition “Déviation” is to invade the windows of Notre-Dame West and to install contemporary artworks from large collections. In addition to beautify the site, this initiative allows international contemporary art to be brought out of traditional exhibition spaces in order to show them directly to people.

Six artists from different backgrounds and recognized internationally have been chosen for this event: Chris Coy, Mark Jenkins, Fidia Falaschetti, Zoe Barcza, Anthony Burnham, and Nicolas Nabonne.

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Diana Thorneycroft – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

The second part of the exhibition consists of artworks installed near the renovation areas, each inspired in its own way by the world of the construction. Three installations specially created by Montreal artists Phil Allard, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Diana Thorneycroft for the exhibition are displayed at the heart of the site. These unusual artistic creations use construction materials and divert them to create a contrast both subtle and humorous with the work in progress.

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Jacqueline Van de Geer – Photo Credit: Compagnie Mobile Home

The last part of “Déviation” proposes a series of artistic performances realized by artists living in Montreal and enjoying a strong notoriety in Quebec. Five events will be given to invite visitors and residents of the canal district to participate in unique moments of sharing and exchanges with performing artists.

On August 11th and 24th, Jacqueline Van de Geer will feature “La discothèque silencieuse” which is an invitation to dance in silence by following the rhythm of a music through headphones.

For more info and event schedule, please visit quartierducanal.com.

MAC Montreal: 3 Art Exhibits To See This Summer

MAC Museum in Montreal

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – Photo credit: Sébastien Roy

Spending summer in Montreal keeps your agenda busy throughout the season! Indeed, summer is festival season in Montreal during which lot of art disciplines are represented: film, music, comedy and much more.

Located in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, where most festivals are held, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) welcomes you with major art exhibits this summer. Among them, here are 3 exhibitions you don’t want to miss…

1. In Search Of Expo 67
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One Day – Photo credit: Cheryl Sim

To honor the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the museum is presenting In Search of Expo 67. This exhibition unveils new artworks by contemporary Québec and Canadian artists on the theme of Expo 67.

As part of the official program celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal and Expo 67 – 50 Years Later, this exhibit showcases 19 works including sound art, film, architecture, visual art and music by bringing an innovative perspective.

In parallel with the exhibit, MAC proposes several events in the presence of artists to better discover their approach. Find complete activities schedule at cinemaexpo67.ca.

2. Multiple Shadow House – Olafur Eliasson
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Multiple shadow house by Olafur Eliasson – Photo credit: Sébastien Roy

Let me tell you that you have never seen something similar before! Multiple shadow house is the first solo exhibition in Canada signed by talented artist Olafur Eliasson, who applies scientific principles in order to invite us to explore our relationship to time and space.

In this exhibition, water and light are among the key components of the installations. Olafur Eliasson plays incredibly well with weather elements, optical illusions and scientific principles. Thanks to an exceptional process, your body will be the center of the artist creation. Instead of observing, each visitor completes the artwork and becomes a major element of it.

Over the course of this exhibit, the MAC is also organizing a series of Gallery Talks: art historian Anja Bock on Thursday, August 10 (in English), and artist Michel de Broin on Wednesday, September 13 (in French).

3. State Of The World
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Paperwork and the Will of Capital by Taryn Simon – Photo credit: Gagosian Gallery

As a tradition since 1981, a report titled L’état du monde has been published every year summarizing the economic and geopolitical state of the world. The edition 2017 features 3 topics: the end of communism, globalization and the digital revolution.

By creating images that reflect the state of the world, art is used to give responses to the questions addressed in the report. In Paperwork and the Will of Capital by artist Taryn Simon, the photographs portray flowers symbolizing political and economic agreements between nationsIronically, each photograph represents an “impossible bouquet” because the flowers could never grown naturally in the same season and geographic location. The artist highlights the artifice underlying politics.

MAC offers interactive tours (include in entrance ticket, no additional charges) on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This activity helps participants to develop their eye for the art object and acquire a better appreciation of contemporary art through discussion.

Become a MAC member for unlimited access to exhibitions and the Nocturnes. Find out more at mac.org.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

185 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal

The Lyric Theatre Singers: Hello Broadway

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

The Lyric Theatre Singers presents Hello Broadway at Concordia University’s DB Clarke Theatre until June 17. Created by Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns, this new musical theatre revue is an assortment of Broadway’s most memorable moments. On stage, a strong cast of forty performers and five musicians give an outstanding show while interpreting  Broadway’s famous songs.

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

The play debuts with a mini-musical presentation of Once Upon A Mattress followed by an homage to composer Jule Styne (Funny Girl, Gypsy, Bells Are Ringing) ranks as one of the undisputed architects of the American musical theater. The cast ends the act one with a classic touch by singing Circle of Life composed by Elton John for Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King.

In act two, the tribute to Jule Styne continues with titles such as All I Need Is The Girl, Just In Time, Don’t Rain On My Parade and much more. Switching from past to present, the performers brilliantly entertain the audience with vibrant voices and dynamic choreographies from beginning to end.

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

Hello Broadway is not The Lyric Theatre Singers’ last performance of the year, join them for Candlelight Christmas from December 7 to 10 at Loyola Chapel (Concordia University). Tickets will be available this Fall, for more informations please visit Lyrictheatrecompany.com.

Hello Broadway show dates and times:

Friday June 16 at 8:00 PM

Saturday June 17 at 2:00 & 8:00 PM

DB Clarke Theatre
1455, Maisonneuve W. Blvd

Photo credit: Tam Lan Truong

VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil

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VOLTA Cirque du Soleil – Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

Volta is the recent show presented by Cirque du Soleil in world premiere under the Big Top in Montreal’s Old Port until July 23rd. Directed by Bastien Alexandre, Volta is a modern story about the freedom to choose and being true to oneself.

Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit of action sports culture, Cirque du Soleil features for the first time acrobatic BMX and Parkour driven by mesmerizing melodies. While celebrating freedom as a movement, Volta delivers strong messages about modern society, acceptance and self love.

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VOLTA Cirque du Soleil – Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

I was particularly impressed by the elegance expressed by this young acrobat during her solo performance. In both acts, costumes designed by Zaldy Goco were stunning and colorful in reference of street arts and characters identity. Moreover, performers give an amazing show on stage and bring this magical touch we love about Cirque du Soleil.

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VOLTA lounge – Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Enhance your experience at Cirque du Soleil with all-inclusive VIP package to plunge into Volta universe and get the best seats for the show. With exclusive access to Volta private lounge, enjoy hors d’oeuvres catered by Agnus Dei and refreshments at open bar. Lounge opens 1 hour prior the show and welcomes you also during the intermission.

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Agnus Dei – Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Visit Cirque du Soleil website for more details about Volta schedules and to reserve your tickets.

The Big Top

Quai Jacques Cartier, De La Commune East

Montreal, Old Port

Centaur Theatre: Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast: Brett (Mark Crawford) and Drew (Paul Dunn) – Photo credit: Andrée Lanthier

Centaur Theatre’s season ends with the Quebec premiere of Bed and Breakfast written by Mark Crawford. The 2015 world premiere at the Thousand Islands Playhouse was an instant critical and box office success.

Moving out from urban Toronto to a quiet tourist town, Brett and Drew decide to convert a recently inherited family residence into a bed and breakfast. With dozens of caricatured characters all portrayed by the two actors, Bed and Breakfast is a touching comedy about “being out” in the country and the importance of finding a place to call home.

“Seeing Bed and Breakfast was a revelation. Not only is it funny, it’s deeply moving and full of surprises. (…) It’s a sweet story whit important messages about diversity and acceptance, illustrating that harmony can exist despite prejudice and people’s preconceptions can expand. (…)” said Centaur’s outgoing Artistic and Executive Director, Roy Surette.

Next shows: Matinées (1:00 pm & 2:00 pm) and Evenings (8:00 pm) until May 21th.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montreal

Centaur Theatre: Clybourne Park

Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Kwasi Songui and Liana Montoro – Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Centaur Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning play, Clybourne Park, written by American playwright, Bruce Norris, until April 30th. A biting satire about property, privilege and provocation… What happens when the dream explodes?

Eleanor Noble, Matthew Gagnon, Marcel Jeannin, Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Harry Standjofski- Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Travel back in time to Chicago, 1959, to an all-white, middle class neighborhood. Bev and Russ have sold their house to a black family, upsetting the ‘social order’ and creating havoc among their friends.

Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Eleanor Noble, Marcel Jeannin, Liana Montoro, Kwasi Songui and Matthew Gagnon – Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Act Two fast-forwards to 2009 where the tables are turned as a white couple attempts to buy and tear down the very same house to erect a more pretentious home, now in an all-black community, triggering identical issues fifty years later.

Clybourne Park looks at prejudice, property, and political correctness, then and now, in a blisteringly funny and timely satire.

Next shows: Matinées (1:00 pm & 2:00 pm) and Evenings (8:00 pm) until April 30th.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montreal

After Hours At The McCord Museum – Montreal Fashion Tech

After Hours at the McCord – Montreal Fashion Tech is organized by the McCord Museum in partnership with Ville de Montréal and Montreal Digital Spring, and the contribution of Valérie Lamontagne / 3lectromode.

Exceptionally until midnight, with two live DJs and two free drinks per person! Learn about tomorrow’s fashion and unprecedented technical innovation

  • Fashion Mapping, 3D scan stations, wearables, immersive demonstrations, interactive experiences
  • Privileged encounters with designers, VR fashion designs, creative workshops
  • Contests, prizes to win, and surprises on site!

ON THE PROGRAM

Enter the world of Expo 67 and experience the effervescence of Montreal’s fashion moment with the new exhibition Fashioning Expo 67!

ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES
  • Fashion Mapping – Premiere projection: attend the unveiling of a light creation by MAPP MTL and the Cégep Marie-Victorin.
  • Live painting: follow the live creation of a work of art on fashion’s future—to be won during the evening!—by the Montreal painter Marie-Chloé Duval.
  • Live music: house set by ROUX Soundsystem followed by the duo AndFriends.
SMART FASHION DESIGN
  • Men’s fashion 3D scan: meet the tailor Nathon Kong and try out his brand new concept for a bespoke suit with a customizable interior pocket.
    CONTEST in collaboration with Whatisadam: win a tailor-made suit customized by the famous street artist!
  • High fashion shoes: be wowed by Anastasia Radevich’s five dazzling designs and find out how they’re made, from 3D modelling to hand fabrication.
  • Custom interactive fashion: enter Stefanka’s smart dressing room that allows you to receive recommendations for the fittest clothes, thanks to 3D digitization. Try the perfect Lilianne Lingerie bra or the ideal Simons Le 31 shirt. $100 Simons gift card to win on site, as well as Lilianne Lingerie products and gift card!
  • Next generation Fashion Tech: admire the collection Mode futuriste 1967-2017 designed by students at the École de mode du Cégep Marie-Victorin and of the Sciences informatiques et mathématiques program at the Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, a Vestechpro initiative in collaboration with VTÉ.
  • The Rhinoceros pop-up by Phi: ephemeral décor by a Montreal designer and a selection of special upcycled products 15% off.
ON WEARABLES
  • Experience a memorable nighttime thanks to the smart PixMob Klik bracelet (ADVANCE SALE ONLY)! A connected wristband which allows you to interact with space and people around you; it also illuminates during highlights of the evening.
  • Virtual design workshop: create your own virtual dress with Imagine 360, equipped with a digital paintbrush and a virtual reality helmet!
  • Sensor introduction workshop: learn how to integrate sensors into clothing and accessories with Vestechpro and VTÉ.
  • Vibrate to the beat: experience music like never before with the SUBPAC vest that transmits sound waves to the body!
NEW GUIDED TOURS
  • Fashioning Expo 67
    The Future of Fashion: A Return to the Traditional? Discover how Michel Robichaud and Marielle Fleury found inspiration in artisanal know-how to create the Expo 67 outfits.
    Modernity Versus Conformity in Fashion: Learn more about the influence the period’s political conservatism had on Expo 67’s textile designs.
  • Wearing our Identity. The First Peoples Collection
    The Other Smart Fashion: Aboriginal Clothing. Understand the intelligent design of five First Peoples accessories and clothing items.

Themed bars by Invasion Cocktail, Romeo’s Gin, Domaine Neige’s Smac! cider and Birra. Bouchées by Branzino. Techno photobooth by National Bank: bring home your photographs of the evening!

Montreal Digital Spring is produced in association with Journal Métro and the support of Concertation Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and La Vitrine. The government of Québec has also supported the project, under the Entente Montréal 2025 agreement administered by the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine. Additionally, Montreal Digital Spring is supported by PwC, Romeo’s Gin et OVH.

Join the event on Facebook to be kept in the loop and get all the details!

Source: McCord Musem / Photo Credit: Cameron Bradish

Centaur Theatre: You Will Remember Me

Centaur Theatre Company presents the Quebec English-language Premiere of You Will Remember Me until April 2nd. The play is the translation of Tu te souviendras de moi originally written by François Archambault in 2014.

Edouard, the main protagonist, is a highly respected history professor and political commentator who is suffering from Alzheimer disease. As ironic as it sounds, Edouard can recite famous historical dates but can’t remember recent events. Breathless, his wife Madeleine decides to abandon him to their daughter Isabelle for an undetermined time…

Edouard: “Well, don’t be gone too long … I might not remember who you are.

Isabelle (Johanna Nutter) and Edouard (Jean Marchand) – Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Isabelle: ” I’m in the moment with you, Dad… My wonderful Dad who I love, even if, sorry, you drive me crazy most of the time.”

As the author explains “I didn’t want to make a play that only talks about Alzheimer’s; I wanted it to be wider than that. (…) I explore what we retain of our family history and the history of the society in which we operate; the things that we remember and those we prefer to forget.

Next shows: Matinées (1:00 pm & 2:00 pm) and Evenings (8:00 pm) until April 2nd.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montreal

Femmes Ensemble: International Women’s Day Show

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Marie-Lise Pilote will be hosting the 3rd edition of Femmes Ensemble show on March, 8th with the participation of distinguished and inspiring guests at Étoile Banque Nationale theater.

Femmes Ensemble is a daring show that highlights talented women from art, politics, business and charity fields. This year the show welcomes on stage: Marie-Claude Barrette, Brigitte Lafleur, Fanny Malette, Jenny Salgado, Meryem Saci, IMA, Marie-Pier Perreault, Arlette Cousture, Uriel Arreguin, Fabrice Vil, Caroline Codsi, Gabrielle Tremblay, France Gauthier and Marie-Christine Pilotte.

To get a glimpse of the show, take a look at Marie-Pier Caron’s interview on Youtube. Tickets are available on Admission website.

L’Étoile Banque Nationale

6000 Rome Boulevard (Suite 100), Brossard

Dialogues des Carmélites presented by Opéra de Montréal

Dialogues des Carmélites – Photo credit: Yves Renaud

Dialogues des Carmélites is a French opera in three acts by Francis Poulenc. First created in an Italian version, the premiere of the French version took place at the Opéra de Paris in 1957.

The action takes place in 1789, an historic year marked by the French Revolution. Blanche De La Force, the main protagonist, is a young Parisian aristocrat with high-strung and fearful nature. Trying to escape the world where she does not know how to live, she announces to her father her intention to enter the convent of Carmel in Compiègne.

Wrecked by the French Revolution, religious orders are dissolved and the nuns condemned to death but Blanche managed to escape. She is going to live the last days of the congregation…

This contemporary opera plunges us into a world dominated by violence, oppression and death. With a touch of finesse created by sacred music, we face the fear of death through the eyes of Blanche…

Next shows: January 31 + February 2, 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal