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

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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

3 Things To Do at Montreal Bota Bota Spa This Summer

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Bota Bota Spa

Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau is anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and easily accessible by Bixi and public transit. Surrounded by a unique decor, this atypical floating spa offers proximity to the St Lawrence River. When you come aboard, you feel the natural lulling movements of the river.

Relaxing at spa is one of our favorite activity for all the healing benefits that it brings to the body such as improving circulation and releasing stress. When combined with healthy lifestyle habits, spa makes a positive difference over the time.

Bota Bota consists of five decks which include: two saunas with incredible views onto the river, three outdoor whirlpool baths, two eucalyptus steam baths, four cold showers and baths, resting areas, a restaurant, terraces and a garden.

This summer, Bota Bota invites you in its enchanting space with new weekly and monthly activities at affordable prices. Come enjoy the following events…

1. 5@7 Tuesday’s With Live Music
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5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music – Bota Bota Spa

In the heart of the Bota Bota Gardens, enjoy a mix of live music, pools, and spa facility. Every Tuesday from 5PM to 8PM until September 26th, live music sessions feature a variety of musicians such as pianist Charles Trudel, House of Jazz, and many more.

During the 5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music, you also have access to the water circuit until 11PM. Tickets can be booked online in advance  for 45$ including: live music event, a journey water circuit (valid from 5PM to 11PM), bathrobe, towel and locker.

2. LolË Yoga @ Lunch Pose
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Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose – Bota Bota Spa

The Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose happens every Thursday until September 28th at the entrance of Bota Bota Spa! While overlooking the Old Port of Montreal, relax your body and mind by joining a free 45 minutes yoga class.

Looking for more reasons to try yoga? Among the list of benefits to practice yoga let us share our top 5: helps you focus, improves your balance, helps you sleep deeper, perfects your posture and builds your muscle strength.

No reservation is required for this free event but you have to bring your own yoga mat. Since it is an outdoor activity, note that in case of rain the event will be unfortunately cancelled.

3. DrifT Away After Dark
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Drift Away After Dark – Bota Bota Spa

Every first Friday of the month until September 1st, Bota Bota is offering an evening experience with an exclusive after hour access to Bota Bota Gardens. For this occasion, relax by the water while listening to the sounds of a DJ, enjoying cocktails, and delighting your taste buds with food prepared by restaurant La Traversée.

During Drift Away After Dark event, silence policy is exceptionally relaxed from 11:30PM to 2AM. Tickets cost 35$ and give you access to the event in the gardens including a towel and a bathrobe. Places are limited for this monthly event so it is highly recommended to reserve your ticket online.

Bota Bota Spa

Corner McGill and De La Commune W., Montreal Old Port

Le Marché des Éclusiers in Montreal Old Port

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Marché des Éclusiers

For its second edition, Marché des Éclusiers is open everyday thanks to a partnership between restaurant owners environmentally conscious who want to support Quebec products. Located in Old Port on De La Commune West (corner McGill), Marché des Éclusiers is easily accessible by Bixi and public transit.

Every Thursday from 2 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM, Marché des Éclusiers welcomes 8 kiosks of local producers who sale their seasonal products such as vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese or bread. Among the local producers, you will meet Vega Delishhh, Les Jardins Carya, la Petite Boulangerie, Tout Cru! and many others.

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Marché des Éclusiers

This year, restaurants located at Marché des Éclusiers are committed to use biodegradable or recyclable dishes. Moreover, you will have the choice between 5 different menus which will be available to take away or to be tasted on the terraces.

Do not miss Velish salad bar who serves a large selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and vegan salad at affordable prices. Also, if you are a real coffee lover, stop at Volcanic Organic micro-roaster who buys its green coffee directly from small producers of Guatemala.

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Marché des Éclusiers

Marché des Éclusiers wants to feature the best of local products. The objective is to create a community of producers, retailers and consumers conscious of their food, their ecological footprint and the sustainable development of Quebec products.

Marché des Éclusiers
400 De La Commune W. (corner McGill)

Opening hours: Sun to Wed 8 AM – 11 PM/ Thu to Sat 8 AM – 2 AM

Photo credit: Caroline Thibault

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

La Champagnerie 4th Anniversary: Make It Pop

La Champagnerie – 4th Anniversary

With a unique concept of Bar à Sabrage, La Champagnerie is a place where bubbles are honored and where they mingle with creative local cuisine. For its 4th anniversary, La Champagnerie invited friends, media and influencers for an evening full of surprises.

In the charm of a historic building that preserves the identity and soul of Old Montréal, everything was set to celebrate the 4th anniversary of La Champagnerie: tartare buffet, hors d’oeuvres, open bar and much more…

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La Champagnerie – 4th Anniversary

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La Champagnerie – 4th Anniversary

Following the launch last year of Cuvée Champagnerie (Cava Reserva 2011), La Champagnerie just introduced for the first time its own Champagne: Cuvée Sabrée Blanc de Blancs Brut. Made exclusively of Chardonnay, sommelier Pénélope Delorme went to France to develop this Champagne in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Dangin from Maison Paul Dangin & Fils located in Celles-sur-Ource.

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La Champagnerie – Champagne Cuvée Sabrée Blanc de Blancs Brut (price: 120$)

Champagne Cuvée Sabrée is characterized by an elegant nose with notes of honey, orange peel and citrus, and a fresh mouth with lemony aromas, mineral and a lingering finish. Only available at La Champagnerie, Champagne Cuvée Sabrée suits for all occasions: afterwork, dinner, desserts and more.

La Champagnerie

343 Saint-Paul E., Montreal

Make it Pop!

3 Places To Party During Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal

Formula 1 Grand Prix Montreal – Photo Credit: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix celebrates this year its 50th anniversary. For this occasion, vip evenings, food events and outdoor activities will be held from June 8th to June 11th in several places in the city. Fans, foodies and night birds are all invited to join the official Formula 1 Grand Prix festivities. Here are 3 places not to be missed…

1. Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square – Photo credit: Claude Cormier

Dorchester Square will be inaugurated on June 7th at 5:30 pm as the official place of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix (Place du 50e) in presence of Lance Stroll. Visitors will enjoy free activities such as race car simulators presented by D-BOX, Go-kart race proposed by ICAR, Formula 1 Grand Prix live broadcast on big screen and much more.

When?

From June 8th to 11th

Where?

Dorchester Square, Montreal (between Peel St. and Metcalfe St.  corner René-Lévesque W. Boul.)

2. Montreal Cruise Terminal

Montreal Cruise Terminal

The 8th edition of Le Grand Soir presented under the concept “A Garden of Delights” will be held at the new Montreal cruise terminal and marks the official launch of Formula 1 Grand Prix festivities. The evening will feature: red carpet, cocktails, menu concocted by 4 renowned Canadian chefs, musical performances, and much more. This year, Le Grand Soir will be organized in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

When?

June 8th at 5:30 pm

Where?

Montreal Cruise Terminal

3. Auberge Saint-Gabriel

Auberge Saint-Gabriel – Photo credit: ABGE

Known as THE place to party during Formula 1 Grand Prix, Auberge Saint-Gabriel has an impressive program to keep you busy during this special weekend. Hurry up to grab your tickets to take part at events such as Paris Mon Amour presented by Club L’Arc Paris and Nightlife.ca on June 9th, Brunch Bagatelle on June 10th and Formula 1 Grand Prix 50th Anniversary Closing Evening on June 11th.

When?

From June 9th to 11th

Where?

Auberge Saint-Gabriel

426 St-Gabriel St., Montreal

Cannes Film Festival: Opening Cocktail at Mouton Cadet Wine Bar in Montreal

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Cannes Film Festival

For this 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA opened the doors of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar. Until May 28th, the terrace of the Palais des Festivals will be once again the meeting place for the cinema and also the place to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival, in a decor entirely conceived and decorated by the French decorative artist Mathias Kiss.

At this occasion, restaurant Le Richmond located in Montreal Griffintown neighborhood transformed its terrace by using the decor of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar to celebrate the opening of the Cannes Film Festival.

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Le Richmond

We were invited to plunge into the Cannes Film Festival universe while tasting hors d’oeuvres and limited edition of Mouton Cadet wines. Note that Mouton Cadet Red wine 2014 (15,65$) and Mouton Cadet White wine 2016 (14,65$) are both available at SAQ.

Le Richmond

377 Richmond, Montreal

Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

Tartarefest: Vote For The Best Tartare of Montreal

Tartarefest 2017

Restomania launched the 4th edition of Tartarefest at Rosewood restaurant on May 19th. More than 20 restaurants have created tasty tartares for the occasion, and you are invited to vote for the best tartare of Montreal by May 28th.

Tartarefest offers the chance to enjoy a gourmet fine dining experience at participating restaurants without the hefty bill: a tartare plus drink from 10$. Among the restaurants competing in the Tartarefest, Êat and Caribou Gourmand are innovating this year by offering vegetarian tartares.

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

At the restaurant Caribou Gourmand, the vegetarian tartare, made of fennel, apples, goat’s cheese, walnut, honey and lemon, comes with a generous portion of homemade French fries. I recommend a glass of Pinot Gris Leon Beyer (2014, France) to accompany the vegetarian tartare. As a foodie, I always have space for starter and dessert: here are my choices…

Quebec Cheese Plate – Caribou Gourmand

Blueberry Crumble – Caribou Gourmand

As you can guess, my vote goes to Caribou Gourmand for this 4th edition of Tartarefest. During the final day on May 27th, the Best Tartare of Montreal 2017 will be announced at the Fish Market La Mer. All the profits of this day will be donated to the Douglas Foundation (Mental Health University Institute). Visit Tartarefest to vote and Restomania to reserve your tickets. Enjoy 🙂

Club Soya: New Sushi Restaurant in Montreal

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Club Soya – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya is the newest restaurant in Montreal Quartier des Spectacles inspired by Japanese, Hawaiian and local cuisines. Opened few months ago, Club Soya invited us earlier this week to taste its menu and to celebrate the opening of its terrace.

Elaborated by Chef Geneviève Everell (Sushi à la maison), menu features sushi, maki-burrito, poke bowls and salads. Recipes change with seasons depending ingredients availability at local markets. During the launch event, we chose vegan poke bowls and vegetarian sushi.

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Vegan Poke Bowls – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

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Vegetarian Sushi – Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

While waiting to receive its alcohol license, Club Soya offers a menu of mocktails signed by Étienne Bernard (founder of Bar Co) and well harmonized with plates served at the restaurant.

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Mocktail – Credit photo: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya has a small capacity (perfect if you are looking for intimacy) but you can still enjoy the menu by ordering on Foodora  and be delivered right to your door.

Club Soya

225 Sherbrooke West, Montreal