March 1, 2017

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With a tight grouping of venues and a huge number of artistic events and activities, the Quartier des Spectacles is 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 – where great things will be happening on March 4, from the afternoon until 3 a.m.

La nuit blanche au Belgo

Le Belgo
1 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Exhibitions, galleries, studios, shows, performances and more: the Belgo is truly an essential stop for Nuit Blanche. As well as its many galleries, the building is also home to several dance studios. The fun starts early here, at 1 p.m. with the Battle Nuit Blanche and continues into the small hours with the Magic Box dance marathon.

DJ Stefie Shock

Le Parterre
7 and 10 p.m.

Pop singer Stefie Shock gets deep into the groove with two highly danceable DJ sets, at 7 and 10 p.m. He’ll spin a terrific series of 60s nuggets to get the crowd into the spirit of Expo 67.

Zoofest at La Vitrine: What if We Created Expo 67?

Le 2-22 – La vitrine culturelle
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Do your parents’ stories about Expo 67 make you wish you could have been there? The comedians of Zoofest will make it happen with a fun, immersive experience that will make you laugh, salivate and even sing!


Café Cléopâtre, 1230 Saint-Laurent Blvd., 2nd floor
7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

If you’re an adult and movies are the first thing you think of when someone says “Nuit Blanche,” you definitely must not miss SPASM Night! For just $5, you’ll see a selection of the best shorts from the last SPASM Festival, as well as dazzling numbers by Café Cléopâtre’s famous drag queens.

Giant outdoor screen

Quartier latin
8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

All night long, the Quartier Latin and Saint-Denis St. will be lit up by a giant screen dedicated to games. Pub trivia buffs and fans of old-school video games like Mario Kart and Street Fighter will be thrilled, not to mention an unbelievable karaoke session!

Night of 100 Improvisers

Théâtre Sainte-Catherine
8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Focused entirely on memories of Expo 67, this improv night promises to be as lively as they come. A series of improv artists will take the stage over the course of the evening, changing styles and languages as they go, reflecting Montreal in all its diversity.

Record fair and ’67 dance

8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

At the SAT, the party’s big enough to need two floors! At street level there will be a record fair (free admission); head to the second floor for a $5 immersive party in the Satosphère. A great line-up of DJs and VJs, including Vincent Lemieux, DJ Mini and DJ Claire, will be there to make this a 60s-themed party you won’t soon forget!

We Weren’t Born Yet: Open Mic Night

9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Attention all writers and poets: come share your best stuff! La Criée, in partnership with La SERRE, presents an evening dedicated to freedom of expression. This unifying, participatory event also features some special guests, including several orators who were active and involved back in ‘67!

La nuit, on slam!

Le Gesù
10:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

This event, starring the eloquent slam poet Ivy and guests, is no ordinary slam night: it’s also a chance to take part in an “urban ritual” and contribute to a collective visual artwork led by artist Marie Roberge.

Nuit blanche de la poésie

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Midnight to 2 a.m.

The magic of words will be felt full-force at the Nuit blanche de la poésie! Inspired by the famous Nuit de la poésie in 1970, this celebration of the spoken word, emceed by Marie-Louise Arsenault and broadcast live on ICI Radio-Canada Première, has a musical and social dimension and boasts many high-profile artists, including Robert Lepage. Arrive early and you’ll be able to participate in a special creative workshop – a nod to Expo 67 in which participants will design original pavilions for a future universal exposition.

LOCATIONS : 1) Le Belgo - 2) Le Parterre - 3) Le 2-22 – La vitrine culturelle
4) Café Cléopâtre - 5) Quartier latin - 6) Théâtre Sainte-Catherine - 7) SAT
8) Monument-National - 9) Le Gesù - 10) Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Nuit Blanche

March 4