February 21, 2020

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Grab this opportunity to celebrate life in the great white north by enjoying a host of outdoor activities that are as irresistible as they are luminous and by taking part in the festival’s undisputed highlight, the Nuit Blanche!

Not content to entertain your eyes and ears, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE also promises to delight your taste buds with its gastronomic component, now more appetizing than ever.

Here is a snapshot of events you won’t want to miss.


The Quartier Gourmand
February 20 to March 1st
2nd floor Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan

The Quartier Gourmand, the festival’s headquarters for all foodies will be hosting some 50 lip-smacking activities, with Îles de la Madeleine cuisine taking the spotlight this year. It’s the place to go to take part in cooking demonstrations, lectures and meetings with illustrious representatives of Quebec’s culinary circles. It’s also the destination of choice for food stalls, free tastings and happy hours on special themes.

Do you know how to smoke meat?, Enjoying a quality coffee or Cooking a vegan brunch the curious will not want to miss the various workshops presented by Chefs and renowned experts.

The Nuit Gourmande
February 22, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Over a hundred addresses across the city

This is the perfect opportunity to explore the incredible range and depth of Montreal cuisine! Bakeries, bars, pastry shops and restaurants will extend their business hours to serve up unique culinary experiences.

In the Quartier des Spectacles, Club Pelicano, Le Mal Nécessaire and Juliette et Chocolat (in the Quartier Latin) are just a few of the establishments that will have a few surprises in store (some free, some at a cost) for those who venture in. And be sure to make a stop at the Gourmet Village, just in front of L’Astral to taste hot chocolate prepared by some of the best pastry and chocolate makers in Montreal.


As the festival’s feature event, the Nuit Blanche Verte lineup includes a wide range of free, night-time activities to meet every taste. This special evening goes by fast, so plan in advance if you don’t want to risk getting stuck figuring out where to start on the big night!

Bouge Aniway
From 9 p.m. to Midnight
Édifice Wilder - Espace Danse

Dance buffs, don’t miss the Bouge Anyway evening activity. It will bring together 12 contemporary and urban dancers—six of whom will be selected on-site!—to compete in a friendly dance-off with the audience serving as judges. Creativity gets top marks!

TokiMonsta | Whipped Cream
From 23 p.m. to 1 : 30 a.m.
Place des Festivals

Place des Festivals will transform into a huge dance floor! Two high-profile DJs, American Tokimonsta and Canadian Whipped Cream, will have you strutting your stuff with their electronic music selections, mixed with a little hip-hop and R&B.

Bio/Hazard : family art workshop and karaoke distorsion
From 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Centre des arts actuels Skol in the Belgo

Get your whole family together and join in the fun. This evening event starts with a creation workshop on the theme of biohazards, with participants invited to fashion mutant hats out of recycled materials. Then the party really kicks off with a karaoke night where singers can transform their voice using a wide range of distortion effects to sound like a robot, or maybe an alien! The event is rounded out by an exhibition from Aïda Vosoughi.

Total Crap
From 6 : 30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Club Soda

Club Soda will be the place to catch the creators of Total Crap, Simon Lacroix and Pascal Pilote, as they present the highlights (or lowlights?) from recent editions of this unique event, which features some of the worst excerpts from films and TV movies. The worse it is, the more you laugh!

La nuit blanche pour voir la vie en vert
From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Centre for Sustainable Development

Take advantage of the Nuit Blanche to add a little green to your life! Enjoy Italian photographer Nicolo Filippo Rosso’s exhibition Forgotten in the Dust, and view aerial shots of our beautiful blue planet. Next, the event starts hopping to the electronic music of Cosmovision.


Whatever your plans for enjoying the festival, simply meandering through the outdoor site always makes for a fun activity. Enjoy the play areas like the RBC Sports zone, take in the spectacular view from the top of the Ferris wheel, or let yourself be dazzled by the luminous, interactive works of local artists.

A work by Caroline Robert and Vincent Morisset from digital studio AATOAA
Promenade des Artistes

This light installation represents a miniature universe where plants, animals and humans coexist. The diorama features a house that travels through landscapes and time, wondering what type of home it could be in each world. This work of art leaves visitors charmed and better for the experience.

by graduating students in the UQAM communications program
Promenade des Artistes

At a time when it’s getting harder and harder to tell truth from fiction, the three works that make up this project deliver a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that addresses the issue of “fake news.”

By Collectif Blackbox
Chemin de la reine

This group of seven creators is back in the Quartier des Spectacles to explore a brand-new encounter with the public in Cascades, a prototype presented as a preview. The interactive installation is inspired by the sounds of the rainstick, a musical instrument, enhanced with lighting and audio effects.

Thursday to Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
During the Nuit Blanche, Saturday, February 29: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.

February 20 to March 1