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THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES BLOG

The blog 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!

35 amazing years of Les Francos

  • 14
  • June
  • 2024

Montreal’s famous francophone music festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary this summer, and it’ll have plenty of special surprises. (Reading time: 4 min.)

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9 great summer terrasses in the Quartier des Spectacles - Part 2

  • 7
  • June
  • 2024

Here in Montreal, we don’t wait for the official start of summer to dive right into our favourite season – terrasse season! And the Quartier des Spectacles is a prime destination for it, thanks to its many inviting places to sip a cold drink or savour a delicious snack. (reading time : 4 min)

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8 great summer terrasses in the Quartier des Spectacles - Part 1

  • 31
  • May
  • 2024

Summer isn’t officially here, but it’s definitely terrasse season! The Quartier des Spectacles has loads of great spots to sit outside and sip a drink, grab a bite and hang with friends. Here’s the first instalment in a two-part look at the Quartier’s terrrasses and patios. (Reading time : 4 min.)

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Philippe Katerine brings the cute to the Quartier des Spectacles

  • 10
  • May
  • 2024

Acclaimed French singer and actor Philippe Katerine is also a visual artist, and he’s created a new art movement: Mignonisme (“cute-ism”). He’s currently presenting his quirky, poetic and humorous works in the Quartier des Spectacles and downtown Montreal. (Reading time: 5 min.)

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Maison Théâtre celebrates its 40th anniversary

  • 25
  • April
  • 2024

Over the last four decades, Maison Théâtre has established itself as Montreal’s top youth theatre. We spoke with director Isabelle Boisclair, who discussed the past, present and future of this venerable Montreal institution. (Reading time : 5 min.)

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The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal turns 90

  • 12
  • April
  • 2024

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal is one of our oldest cultural institutions. Since 1934, the OSM has entertained and educated generations of music lovers, and it has been a talent incubator. We spoke with the OSM’s executive director, Madeleine Carreau.(Reading time: 5 min.)

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With Ville orchestre, everyone's an artist

  • 4
  • April
  • 2024

With the return of spring and warmer weather, the city is coming out of hibernation! On the Promenade des Artistes, you’ll find Ville orchestre, a fun new interactive musical installation that’s taking over from the iconic 21 Balançoires/21 Swings. (Reading time: 4 min.)

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Discover the nordic way of life with the FIKA(S) Festival

  • 7
  • March
  • 2024

FIKA(S), whose mission is to promote the Scandinavian and Nordic way of life through. Christel Durand, founder and executive and artistic director, told us about some of the most compelling events and discussed the unique spirit of this wide-ranging festival. (Reading time: 5 min.)

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March break in the Quartier des Spectacles

  • 28
  • February
  • 2024

Families take note: with its numerous free activities both indoor and out, the Quartier des Spectacles is a fantastic place to make the most of March Break. Here are 10 super family outings. (Reading time: 4 min.)

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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE celebrates a quarter century of winter delights

  • 22
  • February
  • 2024

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is turning 25 this year! Over the years, the event has established some cherished traditions and has proven that Montreal is a city of festivals all year long. We spoke with executive director Jacques Primeau, to learn more. (Rending time: 4 min.)

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