Press release - For Immediate Release


Montreal, July 31, 2018 – Starting on August 7, Les Jardins Gamelin will devote every Tuesday in August to its new series of public shows, Les Jardins en cabaret. Over four unique, magical evenings, this downtown Montreal crossroads will become an open-air cabaret that promises to be anything but humdrum! From 8:30 to 10 p.m., the stage will be set for amazing and astonishing performances that include artistic and circus numbers, variety acts, spoken word presentations, physical comedy and the performing arts, all presented by Montreal masters of the genres.

Carmagnole à Gamelin! August 7

This madcap, carnivalesque and decidedly experimental cabaret will feature acrobatics, games, dance, juggling, fire-eating and several other art forms. The duo Les Dudes will be your hosts for this colourful cornucopia of circus-flavoured performances. To make this masked ball really special, spectators are invited to wear a costume!

Artistic director: Éliane Bonin. With Catherine Desjardins Béland, Janika Fortin, Fernando Gonzales, Jimmy Gonzales Palacio, Érika Nguyen, Aude Lavergne, Jamye La Luna, La Dame de Feu and Les Dudes. Presented by Les Productions Carmagnole.

Cabaret FiertéAugust 14

The Pride rainbow will shine bright in the sky as DJ and emcee Sandy Duperval presents her lineup of eclectic burlesque and variety acts. On the program: voguing, some hilarious stripteases and the Spice Drags’ unique musical parodies. Get ready to sing, dance and join in the fun!

Emcee and DJ: Sandy Duperval. With KDN Company, Moe, Rosie Bourgeoisie and Spice Drags (Kiara, Gisèle Lullaby, Peach, Tracy Trash, LaDrag On-Fly). Presented by Festival Pride Mtl.

Cabaret Debout: Actes de paroleAugust 21

This intimate evening will pay tribute to the spoken and sung word in all its forms: from poetry to slam, from song to storytelling. Raw, gentle, funny, sensitive and hard-hitting in turn, the voices of so many poets and spoken word artists are rarely heard together. They are sure to lift your spirits and get you thinking.

Artistic director and emcee: Marie-Paule Grimaldi. With Emmanuelle Riendeau, Joséphine Bacon, Urbain Desbois, Noémie Pomerleau-Cloutier, Isabelle St-Pierre and Jocelyn Thouin. Presented by Debout: Actes de parole.

Le Corps Dada aux Jardins de PhénomenaAugust 28

The talent and free spirits of wonderfully diverse artists take the spotlight in this surrealistic cabaret that pays tribute to human movement. Under the tutelage of Krin Haglund, your hilarious and exquisite host, the stage is set for an eclectic lineup of performances highlighting physical comedy and every undisciplined discipline of performance art you can name!

Artistic director: Éliane Bonin. Emcee: Krin Haglund. With Nathalie Claude, Stéphane Gentilini, David Menes, Érika Nguyen, Jimmy Gonzales Palacio, Corey Tomicic and Lili la terreur. Presented by Festival Phénomena and Les Filles électriques.


The setting of Les Jardins Gamelin, with its illuminated canopy, circular stage and friendly terrace, is ideally suited to the cabaret formula, making this the perfect new rendezvous for all Montrealers, families included. “We wanted these cabaret evenings to be a place for fun, freedom and a spirit of adventure, one where anything can happen. We are very proud to have brought together so many outstanding performers and artists’ collectives who are true masters of their art. They embraced the concept right away and created one-of-a-kind shows tailor-made for this venue. The result is an intimate cabaret-style experience that can be wild, wacky and profoundly moving,” said Pascale Daigle, programming director at the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Every show will kick off with performances by DJ FunkyFalz, for the Cabaret Fierté and Cabaret Debout: Actes de parole, or DJ Speakeasy Electro Swing, for the cabarets Carmagnole à Gamelin! and Le Corps Dada aux Jardins de Phénomena. The terrace will be decked out in the trappings of a cozy cabaret, in a decor designed by Karine Galarneau. In keeping with the spirit of traditional outdoor dance halls, the site’s snack bar will be serving up Old Fashioned and Pink Ladies for the occasion.


This August, homegrown cinema and music will also be in the spotlight. Presented by Radio-Canada with Québec Cinéma, Notre Cinéma aux Jardins will be screening three films under the stars between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Fridays.

  • August 10: Bon cop, Bad cop 2, directed by Alain DesRochers, with Patrick Huard and Colm Feore

  • August 17: Les rois mongols, directed by Luc Picard, with four amazing young actors!

  • August 24: De père en flic 2, directed by Émilie Gaudreault, with Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde and Karine Vanasse

Another series, Les midis en chanson, will get under way in August. Every Friday from noon to 2 p.m., audiences will get to hear performances by talented singer-songwriters:

  • August 3: Julien Sagot

  • August 17: Chandail de Loup

  • August 31: Mat Vezio

The Les concerts découverte series will be back on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This popular series will feature musicians who have won competitions and received all kinds of musical honours.

  • August 3: Sarah Fortin and Belle Grand Fille (Ma première Place des Arts 2018)

  • August 10: Noubi Trio (MUZ, la Vitrine des musiques locales métissées)

  • August 17: Nomad’Stones (Radio-Canada’s 2018/2019 “Révélation” in world music)

  • August 24: LaF (Les Francouvertes)

  • August 31: The 2018 winning group at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby

Finally, the Les escales musicales series, presented on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 5 to 9 p.m., will provide a current snapshot of Quebec’s homegrown world music scene.

  • August 2: Yao and Kleztory

  • August 2, 16, 23 and 30: DJ Canicule Tropicale

  • August 9: Beatrice Deer (Montreal First Peoples' Festival) and Connexions brésiliennes with Tupi collective, Choeur scénique brésilien, Percussions brésiliennes Taia Goedert and Patu

  • August 16: Tziganskaïa and Chico y la Negra

  • August 23: Dominique Fils-Aimé and Les siffleurs de nuit

  • August 30: Carine au micro (Festival Nuits d’Afrique) and Labess


Open daily until 11 p.m.
All activities are free.

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Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dominic St-Laurent and his team present an exclusive menu inspired by Quebec’s fast-food classics, including happy hour specials (5 to 7 p.m.) and a children’s menu.
Restaurant and bar service open seven days a week; Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

SELF-SERVE GAMES: football, ping-pong and board games.



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 October. 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, now in its fourth season, 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, is produced in collaboration with Pépinière & co, Sentier Urbain and numerous partners, with the financial support of the borough of Ville-Marie.


The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 70 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 is supported by the Ville de Montréal.

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