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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!

8 activities to get in tune with the Nuits d’Afrique beat

  • 16
  • July
  • 2014

Nuits d’Afrique has been on since July 8, with free outdoor shows and activities since July 16. For the next four days, the festival’s hub will be the Quartier des Spectacles Parterre, just steps away from Saint-Laurent metro station.

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8 reasons to go completely circus-crazy!

  • 2
  • July
  • 2014

For a fifth year, acrobats, clowns and other circus performers will take over the city with the Montréal complètement cirque festival. The Quartier des Spectacles, especially Place Émilie-Gamelin and the Quartier Latin, is one of the festival’s hubs.

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Montreal Jazz Festival: top 11 shows

  • 25
  • June
  • 2014

Jazz, blues, folk, hip-hop… The Festival international de jazz de Montréal casts a wide net, and anyone who visits the Quartier des Spectacles from June 26 to July 6 is sure to find a concert they’ll love.

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10 must-see FrancoFolies concerts

  • 10
  • June
  • 2014

With 250 concerts, including more than 150 free outdoor ones, the FrancoFolies will have the Quartier des Spectacles grooving from June 12 to 22. Hitting the stage will be a roster of artists as diverse as Marie-Mai, Philippe B, Dead Obies, Hôtel Morphée and Éric Lapointe.

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FTA : à la découverte des grands du théâtre et de la danse

  • 21
  • May
  • 2014

Le Festival TransAmériques (FTA), c’est une fenêtre ouverte sur la création contemporaine internationale. Encore une fois cette année, le public pourra découvrir des artistes qui ont peu d’écho ici, mais qui sont pourtant de grandes sommités de la danse et du théâtre

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The most action in 1 km² this spring and summer!

  • 8
  • May
  • 2014

The heat is officially on underway in the Quartier des spectacles, with an unbeatable lineup of cultural activities. Any time of day, Montrealers and tourists who visit the city’s liveliest square kilometre will find something to sink their teeth

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Opéra de Montréal: winning our hearts

  • 5
  • May
  • 2014

Has opera had its day? Not at all, says the Opéra de Montréal, which has just unveiled the program for its 35th season. Increasingly, Montreal’s opera company, which makes its home in Place des Arts, is reaching new audiences with bold productions crafted to appeal to modern tastes.

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Biiru: the izakaya craze hits Quartier des Spectacles

  • 14
  • March
  • 2014

Izakayas — Japanese taverns specializing in bar snacks for sharing — are springing up all over Montreal. The latest on the scene: Biiru, which opened barely a month ago, tucked away on City Councillors Street.

We spoke with Biiru co-owner Yann

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The Katacombes Cooperative: open to all!

  • 5
  • March
  • 2014

The Katacombes cooperative will never stray far from its punk roots, but its show bar presents a rich and varied line-up. The venue has even made the corner of Saint-Laurent and Ontario a favourite hangout for Montrealers. Behind its black

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