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

Travel Destination: Cuba

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Havana – La Bodeguita del Medio (Bar Restaurant)

Throwback to our last holidays in Cuba! Located in the Caribbean Sea, Cuba enjoys a tropical climate ideal for activities both in and out of the water. Discovering Cuba is to encounter history, to endlessly wonder at breathtaking landscapes, and to discover an unique culture!

Heading Havana,  the capital of Cuba, which immerses us right in the heart of the history sharped by its very famous revolution. Havana is principally characterized by its art and architectural heritage. Both vintage and modern, Havana won’t leave you unmoved…

Havana – Street Art

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Havana – San Francisco de Asís Square

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Havana – San Cristobal Cathedral, Plaza Vieja

To mix enjoyment and adventure, we booked the Jeep Safari excursion with Transat to explore the core and historical values of the Matanzas province. Planning of the day : Jeep excursion in the heart of the nature, strolling at La Dionisia (the ruins of Old coffee plantation dating from 1820), snorkeling along the colorful coral reef, horse riding around the farm, boat trip on the river and much more…

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Matanzas – Matanzas Bridge

Matanzas – La Dionisia

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Matanzas – Forest and River

Also, we recommend to book the 3 Cities excursion which allow you to visit Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. We did this excursion during our first trip to Cuba in 2013 and it was incredible. If you prefer to explore the turquoise water, there are daily excursions aboard catamarans where you can relax and snorkel. Find more pictures of those excursions on our instagram account.

After emotionally charged days, what’s better than laying out on white sand beaches, while gazing at crystal-clear sea waters and recovering with drinking delicious cocktails? We chose to book an all-inclusive package with Air Transat which included plane tickets and hotel stay at Mercure Playa de Oro 4 stars resort located at Varadero to conciliate comfort and adventures.

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Varadero – Mercure Playa de Oro

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Varadero – Mercure Playa de Oro (Beach)

Anytime of the year is a right time to travel to Cuba! For more info about Cuba, visit Cuba Tourist Board of Canada website.

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: 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

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

The Goblin Market by The Dust Palace at Centaur Theatre

For the first time in Montréal, the most important New Zealand circus company is playing at Centaur Theatre. After more than hundred shows presented in Australia and New Zealand, The Dust Palace interprets the iconic poem of Christina Rosetti, The Goblin Market.

The Goblin Market - Photo Credit: Ren Raoult

The Goblin Market – Photo Credit: Ren Raoult

The Goblin Market tells the story of two sisters experiencing sexuality and sisterhood. The show is a well mix of circus and poetry brilliantly staged by the young acrobats. In an intimate atmosphere, the protagonists perform spectacular and magnificent figures for your viewing pleasure.

The Goblin Market - Photo credit: Loork

The Goblin Market – Photo credit: Loork

Last show: November 17th @ 8:00 pm

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montréal

Aida by Opéra de Montréal

Opéra de Montréal opens the season with Aida by Giuseppe Verdi at the time of ancient Egypt.

Aida - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida is an Ethiopian slave and serves Amneris the daughter of the king of Egypt. She is facing a terrible dilemma because she has to choose between his love for Radamès, the new commander of the Egyptian army, and his father, the king of Ethiopia, at war with the Egyptians.

Aida (Anna Markarova) and Amneris (Olesya Petrova) - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida (Anna Markarova) and Amneris (Olesya Petrova) – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Above all that, Amneris is also in love with Radamès and aware that his heart only beats for Aida. Day after day, she pretends to be affectionate with Amneris while she becomes increasingly jealous and angry…

Radamès (Kamen Chanev) and Aida (Anna Markarova) - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Radamès (Kamen Chanev) and Aida (Anna Markarova) – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Between all this drama, we hope that love will survive…

Next shows: September 20, 22 and 24 at 7:30 pm

Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal

Travel Destination: Israel

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Acre – Sea Port (Akko)

Summer is about good memories, sun and fun! Israel gives you more than that with his unique historical and cultural background. We deeply fall in love with this country which is easy to visit and rich with his diversified population. We met warm and welcoming people around the country which makes the journey incredible.

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Haifa – Baha’i Gardens

Nazareth St Gabriel Church, terrace and chairs

Nazareth – St Gabriel Church

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Tiberias – Sea of Galilee

Within 10 days, we were able to visit a couple of city by using bus and train transportation: Haïfa, Acre, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Ein Gedi and much more. To prepare our journey, we bought a Lonely Planet guide book and did some research on Google. Also, we decided to book an apartment on Airbnb instead of a hotel room to embrace local daily lifestyle. Moreover, to be sure to have the best fares, we booked our flight tickets more than 3 months prior the departure on Air France website.

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Ein Bokek – Dead Sea

Ein Gedi Wadi David Waterfall, water and nature

Ein Gedi – Wadi David Waterfall

Jerusalem Dome of Rock, nature and blue sky

Jerusalem – Dome of Rock

Kafr Cana Church

Kafr Cana – Cana Church

On top of the highlights of our stay, we have to let you know that the local food is delicious! It was very easy to find a place to eat but it was difficult to decide where to go. Most of the restaurants are generously rated and have good comments on Tripadvisor. Even by using HappyCow to filter vegan and vegetarian places, it remained a challenge for us to select just one! Among the restaurants we have tried in Tel Aviv, let’s mention Lima Nippo for fancy dinner and Benedict for brunch.

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Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

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Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Also, here are some must-eat during your stay in Israel: watermelon and cream at any snack bar along the beach (this is how watermelon is eaten in Israel!), fresh made hummus (Ali Caravan Abu Hassan is the number one in Tel Aviv), falafel pita, middle east pastries and Mediterranean breakfast. Find more pictures on our Instagram account.

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Tel Aviv – Banana Beach

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Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

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Middle East Pastries @ Acre Turkish Bazaar (Akko)

For more info about Israel or to prepare your upcoming stay, visit Israel Travel website.