Les jardins gamelin : Emerging artists are taking centre stage until september 17

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Montreal, August 10, 2023 – The ninth season of Les Jardins Gamelin is in full swing in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles until September 17, 2023. Its varied programming is spotlighting local emerging artists, with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Open since mid-May, the green terrasse is offering Montrealers, visitors and tourists a unique space to enjoy the many free outdoor activities on offer every day from noon to night. The five musical series per week are turning the Jardins Gamelin into a springboard for the arts and a key stage to promote emerging creators in a variety of fields.

The program includes Tamara Weber, breakthrough artist at GamiQ 2022; Les Chatons and Émile Bourgault, winners of the group and singer-songwriter categories at Ma Première Place des Arts 2022; Sophie Lukacs, winner of the 2022 MUZ Vision Diversité prize; and Abondance, recipient of the Syli d’Argent at the 2023 Syli d’Or de la musique du monde. The Festival International First Peoples’ Festival will also be taking place at Les Jardins Gamelin every Thursday this August.


The concert series Ce soir on danse ! will be heating up Friday nights, starting with the entrancing francophone pop duo Titelaine on August 11, followed by the catchy, comedic beats of Les Chatons on August 25, recipients of the Ma première Place des Arts prize. In September, the Friday evening program will continue with young singer-songwriter Émile Bourgault on September 1 and the contagious joie de vivre of Super Plage on September 8. Finally, Naomie and DJ Yuki will close out the event on September 15.

During the week, Les midis à la carte will showcase a number of talented artists. We recommend Tamara Weber’s new show on August 11, the dulcet tones from Vanille’s second album on August 25 and artist Sophie Lukacs’s performance on September 14, which will heavily feature a stringed Malian instrument, the kora.

Finally, Planète Gamelin will get people up and dancing every Thursday night, with musicians from around the world, including Diogo Ramos, a Montrealer originally from São Paulo who will be performing his latest project, Cabaça, an explosive mix of electro-samba, on August 24! It will also be impossible not to dance to Abondance’s electro Carribean beats on September 14, the final show of the season.


The International First Peoples’ Festival will take place at Les Jardins Gamelin every Thursday in August. On August 10, a day of activities will celebrate Indigenous music with singer Willows. At nightfall, the energetic DJ XS7 and singer-songwriter Dan-Georges McKenzie will take the stage. At noon on August 17, Les Jardins Gamelin will host rock ‘n’ roll free spirit Mack MacKenzie. On August 24, catch a unique performance by renowned jazz collective Backwater Township, led by Mi’kmaq bassist Corey Thomas. And, lastly, Ojibwe guitarist Tim Armstrong will play a concert on August 31.


Les Jardins Gamelin will also host 17 free series of activities and events each week:

Les Jardins en cabaret – August 15, 22 and 29

The Les Jardins en cabaret event is back. A number of artist collectives will be presenting performances that are new, colourful and a little chaotic, ranging from circus acts to variety shows. On the program are the circus cabaret Carmagnole, Cabaret Dada Phénomena Gamelin IV and La soif d’être - Cabaret Loazis.

Bals de l’été

Learn to dance bachata (August 23) and Veils of Bollywood (August 16) with experienced teachers.

Salsafolie – until September 2

An unmissable event at Les Jardins Gamelin since its conception, the Salsafolie evenings are the perfect opportunity to perfect your salsa technique with the help of professional dancers. Classes for beginners and pros are offered every Saturday evening. Come one, come all, the Les Jardins Gamelin dance floor is open!

Festival Quartiers Danses - September 11 and 12

Free outdoor contemporary dance shows will take place in the heart of Les Jardins Gamelin this September.

Playing games with Randolph

Sunday afternoons, Randolph offers a selection of board games as well as a trivia game as part of a series called T’as de beaux jeux. Whether you come alone, with a friend or with the whole gang, get ready for fierce competition and lots of laughs!


Les Jardins Gamelin minigolf – open every day from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Located on Sainte-Catherine Street East, the new 9-hole course is the perfect place to have some fun.

Les Survenants snack bar - Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Enjoy some classic snacks with a Gamelin twist for lunch or dinner, with family or friends, in a welcoming outdoor space.

Urban agriculture

Nature is reclaiming the downtown area thanks to Sentier Urbain. Take the opportunity to visit its thematic gardens and chat with horticulturists during workshops and talks.

Giant games – Wednesday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A classic of Les Jardins Gamelin, the free giant games are back! Come play oversized versions of classic games like Connect 4, chess, beanbags or Jenga. As always, self-serve regular board games, ping pong and foosball will be available at all times.


Until September 17, 2023
Place Émilie-Gamelin, Quartier des Spectacles
Open every day until 11 p.m.

All activities are free
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In the spring of 2015, Place Émilie-Gamelin showed a new face to Quartier des Spectacles residents and visitors with Les Jardins Gamelin, open from May to September. A large, green and inviting civic space in the heart of downtown, Les Jardins Gamelin return every year with an original temporary layout and a versatile set of facilities. The space’s unique, accessible and human-scale programming, which has now completed five seasons, has become a part of daily life for residents and visitors, making Les Jardins Gamelin an inclusive gathering place in true Montreal style. The initiative, led by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and thanks to the support of the borough of Ville-Marie and numerous partners, including Sentier Urbain, the Société de développement social and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SVPM).  

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The Quartier des Spectacles is 20 years old! The Quartier des Spectacles is Montréal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 85 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal. 

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Mélanie Mingotaud
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Chloé Goldstein
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