Voices of the Quartier des spectacles
Voices of the Quartier des Spectacles is a window on the people and places that make Montreal’s cultural heart beat. From festivals to performance venues, from restaurants to avant-garde art. Every week, you’re invited to discover the city’s liveliest square kilometre!
Summer is… just for laughs! It’s also Just For Laughs, the 35-year-old world-class bilingual comedy festival (aka Juste pour Rire), along with its cheeky offspring, Off-JFL, since last year held under the umbrella of Zoofest. The two events deliver non-stop laughs both indoors and out.
When the jazz is over, an African village appears in the heart of downtown Montreal. For the sixth year in a row, the music, colours and flavours of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique will come together in this inviting open-air space, broadening our horizons…
For the month of July, Montrealers’ favourite urban oasis opens up to the world of circus, turning into a colourful outdoor stage where the circus arts will flourish! Shows, workshops and performances of all kinds will delight young and old audiences alike.
It may be the world’s biggest event of its kind, but more importantly the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal has always been about the love of music. Year after year, the jazz fest brings in top-notch musicians from around the world, to the delight of Montreal’s countless passionate fans.
There’s something simply magical about seeing a great movie outdoors, and that’s why the Downtown Screenings Under the Stars series is still going strong in the Quartier des Spectacles after 13 years.
Professional artists have to cope with constant pressure to be original and stay relevant. On top of that, they need to manage a long list of essential administrative duties. It should come as no surprise that some artists find their managerial role a perplexing chore.
It’s spring in the Quartier des Spectacles, and that means there’s all sorts of fun to be had! With installations like 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) and Maëstro, guided tours of the Quartier and the return of Les Jardins Gamelin, there are a ton of ways to enjoy an outing as a couple or in a group.
With a tight grouping of venues and a huge number of artistic events and activities, the Quartier des Spectacles is still the place to be during Nuit Blanche! To give you an idea of what’s on the menu, here are ten venues and activities – most of them free...