Summer continues with four festivals in Les Jardins

Press release - For Immediate Release

Montreal, September 6, 2018 – Until September 30, Les Jardins Gamelin will feature a host of free activities for families and all Montrealers. At lunchtime and every evening starting at 5 p.m., students and workers will be thrilled to continue enjoying the large, green patio and listening to an eclectic mix of live music and DJs every day from Wednesday to Saturday. As summer enters its final glorious days, come to Les Jardins Gamelin and enjoy the festive atmosphere, harvest time in the gardens, and evenings and weekends of dancing and fun!


Festival season is still going strong, with dance, virtual works, music and literature all taking the spotlight in Les Jardins. Four events will present an activity or a portion of their outdoor programming in the park – a great way to experience some of the festivals going on in the Quartier des Spectacles. Don’t miss the children’s activities presented by the FNC and FIL.

Festival Quartiers Danses – September 10, 11 and 12, from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

For its 16th edition, Quartiers Danses invites you to discover the talent of our local choreographers. Come out and marvel at the many facets of contemporary dance.

  • September 10 – BALLS by Kate Ramsden
  • September 11 – Aube with Zogma, an urban folklore collective
  • September 12 – Pythagore mon corps by Stacey Désilier

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) – September 16, from 1 to 5 p.m.

A virtual reality workshop will introduce kids ages 10 to 15 to this new tool, including a sampling of virtual reality experiences. Children of all ages (5 and up) can explore similar themes with a more playful workshop.

Festival international de la littérature (FIL) – September 21 to 30

For the third year in a row, the FIL will make Les Jardins Gamelin its home base, including the FIL’s self-serve library for all ages. Cultural outreach workers from the Exeko organization will also be on-site, serving as both librarians and guides but especially to run group activities related to books, reading and writing. La Bibliothèque du FIL, September 21 to 30, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The afternoon of Saturday, September 22 will be dedicated to youth literature. From noon to 1:30 p.m., as part of the Les mots parleurs activity, presented in collaboration with Maison Théâtre, children aged 6-12 can participate in several fun activities, including interactive readings presented in collaboration with Communication-jeunesse and the Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec. If you’re ready for even more, start the day with Les Mots parleurs at Maison Théâtre, including workshops with professional authors and, in the afternoon, attend a public reading of writings by children, read by actors. Free and open to all.

Then, at 4 p.m., Catalan writer Ramon Erra will be accompanied by a member of the band Muchacho y los Sobrinos and Québécois writer Michel Vézina for a reading (in French and Catalan) of his novel Far West Gitano. The day before, September 21 from 5 to 6.30 p.m., Muchacho y los Sobrinos will play a set of their original Catalan rumba tunes.

Pop Montreal Festival – September 27 and 28

Pop fans rejoice this vibrant festival will participate in some of Les Jardins Gamelin’s concert series. Come hear some very talented artists at noon and 7 p.m.

  • September 27 – Four-piece band noZen will play some original compositions inspired by Hasidic music traditions, while Montreal’s own Shtreimel will interpret Eastern European Jewish music through a roots-rock lens.
  • September 28 – Versatile artist Kallitechnis will play songs from her first album, Talk Talk Talk, and Haitian-Montrealer Waahli will have the crowd grooving to his warm hip-hop, inspired by Afro-Caribbean sounds.


For the fourth year in a row, Sentier Urbain – currently celebrating its 25th anniversary – designed the Jardins’ urban agriculture spaces. The project includes 7 themed gardens and nearly 60 planters surrounding the patio and snack bar in Place Émilie-Gamelin.

Each Sunday in September from 11 a.m. to noon, Sentier Urbain will host workshops to inspire you and make your gardening adventures even more enjoyable:

  • September 9 – The recycling Olympics (for children)
  • September 16 – Edible sidewalks: how to garden in a curb extension
  • September 23 – How to harvest seeds for next year’s garden
  • September 30 – How to close your garden after the season?

Every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., Sentier Urbain will also present a series of informative free talks:

  • September 11 – Edible flowers in the city
  • September 18 – What is the role of eco-pasturing?
  • September 25 – Thousands of Insects: a talk by entomologist Georges Brossard, founder of Montreal’s Insectarium. He will share his extensive knowledge of these often-despised little creatures, with the hope of reconciling people and the fascinating world of insects.

Workshops and talks are in French.


Workers and students will enjoy tuneful lunches with several concert series, including Midis Pop. Then from 5 to 7 p.m., Les Jardins Gamelin will mirror Montreal’s diversity with an eclectic series featuring everything from world music to pop to hip-hop.

Midis Pop –September 7 and 21, noon to 2 p.m.

  • September 7 – Holy Two will play Les Jardins on their very first tour of Quebec! This French duo is as original as they come, and fans love their hybrid, captivating synth-pop sound with rock and rap elements.
  • September 21 – Using the stage name Laura Sauvage, Vivianne Roy, a member of the all-woman trio Les Hay Babies, will perform her own songs.

Concerts découverte – September 7, 14 and 21

Every Friday, this new-talent series presents the winners of music competitions and awards in every genre. Students will want to mark their calendars for the evening of September 14, when and UQAM will present a series of shows by UQAM alumni.

  • September 7 – Ma première Place des Arts 2018 presents Tonique. (7 to 9 p.m.)
  • September 14 – Laura Babin, De. Ville, La Fourmilière and Pôle Hip-Hop. Presented by and UQAM. (Noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.)
  • September 21 – Les Syli d’or world-music awards present El Son Sonó. (8:30 to 10 p.m.)

Escales musicales – September 6, 13 and 20

Thursdays in September, the Escales musicales series presents local soul, Afro-electric, reggae and R&B artists. A freshly minted turntable artist, DJ Onga, will heat up September happy hours with his Caribbean and dancehall sounds.

  • September 6 – Enjoy a reggae evening with local hip-hop stars Drop the Riddim, Riddim Wise and Kalmunity
  • September 13 – Karim Dabo and Afrikana Soul Sister
  • September 20 – Nomad’Stones, the 2018-19 Révélation Radio-Canada winner in the world music category.


September is also the last chance for families to enjoy the Maison jaune, Sundays until September 16, and to attend creative workshops, performances, concerts, storytelling and workshops as part of the matinées familiales avec Petits bonheurs. The facilitators will also make games and craft supplies available from Wednesday to Sunday.

  • September 9 – Le bal des chaises, by the Bouge de là company, offers children a dance-based, dynamic and playful version of musical chairs on a series of themes: fast, slow, acrobatic, robotic, rock ’n’ roll or clownish!

  • Le Petit carrousel à pédales, by the Trois petits tours company, relies on the elbow grease of children (18 months to 7 years) to work!

Infants and toddlers (0-5 years) can also spend time in Le chalet ambulant du gros A, the tent that’s all about exploration and reading.

On Sunday afternoons, come to the Jardins with family and friends for the Randolph gaming club, then stick around to compete against dozens of other teams at trivia night!


From yoga in the morning to Salsafolie in the evening, to meditation sessions to start your day off right, visitors to Les Jardins Gamelin will find plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in the city. Each Wednesday in September, put on your dancing shoes for the last dances of the summer: Kompa (Sept. 12), Bachata (Sept. 19) and Rockabilly Jive (Sept. 26). The Salsafolie season finale on September 29 will have you dancing to salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton.


Open to 11 p.m. daily until September 30. All activities are free. For complete program details, subscribe to the weekly Jardins Gamelin newsletter (in French only) and follow us on Facebook.

Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 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 until September 30: Monday to Friday from 11 to 11, 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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