January 25, 2019

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January isn’t just grey days, freezing temperatures, snowstorms and hibernation at home ! It’s also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the many exciting cultural offerings on tap in the Quartier des spectacles.

No matter whether it’s the visual arts or movies that grab your interest or whether you’re looking to have a little fun with friends or family, our 9 ideas for outings will stay you toasty and warm!


Sat Fest 2019: A stimulating immersion

Come in out of the cold and lose yourself in exotic short films at the Société des arts technologiques! The sixth edition of this ground-breaking event, which continues through February 8, features films from Japan, Brazil, Australia, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and Canada. Subjects range from the beginnings of 3D computer graphics to different states of consciousness.

Cinémathèque québécoise: Film and politics

During the 1970s, a decade marked by the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, politics were a natural source of inspiration for American movie-making. The “Amérique parano” retrospective takes a look back at the era that gave rise to so many ground-breaking works. Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men and Marathon Man are classics that deserve another turn on the big screen! Take advantage of your visit to discover Les Murs du désordre, an interactive installation from Martin Bureau that explores physical and mental borders.


Galerie de l’UQAM: Celebrating budding artists

Housed in Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Galerie de l’UQAM is a hidden treasure that introduces visitors to up-and-coming creators. Running until February 23, the Waiting (L’Attente) exhibition brings together works from a dozen artists who explore waiting, a particularly fertile state of being that can sometimes be a source of anxiety. Don’t miss Leila Zelli’s intriguing exhibition Terrain de jeux, presented at the same time.

ELLEPHANT: Contemporary roots

Discretely located near the Société des arts technologiques and Place de la Paix, ELLEPHANT reflects the strong spirit of inclusion, audacity and discovery that the neighbourhood is known for. The gallery presents works by Québec, Canadian and Native artists and specializes in multimedia art forms. Its House of Avatar exhibition, which runs through February 3, offers art lovers a chance to appreciate the captivating work of Skawennati, an artist who hails from Kahnawake.

Grande Bibliothèque: Passion for hockey

In Québec, hockey has deep roots and goes far beyond the Montreal Canadiens! The exhibition À nous la glace ! - L'ADN du hockey amateur draws on the collections of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) to paint a living portrait of amateur hockey through lively archival footage, film clips, photos and personal accounts.


Le Randolph: Challenge your family and friends

If you want to snub your nose at the ice and cold, why not make a date with some friends to get together and share a few laughs at a cozy bar? The team behind the popular gaming pub are always happy to help you find the perfect game from the establishment’s considerable collection, guaranteeing an unforgettable evening.

Arcade MTL: Beer and retro gaming consoles

As any gamer can confirm, playing video games can really make you sweat! If you’re feeling like getting out of the house this January, it’s another good reason to head over to the bar Arcade MTL, which boasts a huge selection of video games and, as its name suggests, arcade games. The admission fee covers your use of the bar’s many machines and consoles while you enjoy a microbrewery beer.


Story time at the Grande Bibliothèque : Share a moment of grace with your family

Children enjoy a change of scenery too, even when the temperatures plunge below zero. At the Grande Bibliothèque, story time is the perfect opportunity for toddlers to discover wonderful stories and expand their imaginations. Designed for families, this calming activity concludes with a fun arts and crafts session.

Video Projections: A magical night

If you’re a little adventurous—and you dress warmly enough—a nighttime walk through the Quartier des spectacles makes for an exciting activity, even in January! The video projections on many of the buildings’ façades enhance the magical quality of your nocturnal stroll. Until March 31, you can also enjoy 100% Chance of Snow. Artist Cyrielle Tremblay’s playful animations pay tribute to the joys of winter, with hockey, snow forts … and even groundhogs!