We are lucky to live in a city where there is never a dull moment. Even in the chilly winter season, there is always a new restaurant to discover, a pop-up market to visit or a special event to attend. We are in store for even more excitement as Montreal pulls out all the stops to celebrate its 375th birthday!
Over the next month, we plan to…
Embrace what’s left of winter at Montreal en Lumière. This event is a testament to Montrealers’ spirit, which is not to sacrifice a good time just because the temperature is sub-zero! Held at Quartier des Spectacles, this annual event is part of the city’s Alive 375 schedule, so be prepared to see the usual showcase reach new heights this year. The line-up includes shows and concerts, delicious food in a Lyonnais theme and a new Illuminart installation. Also, on March 4th Nuit Blanche will bring art exhibits and activities to the streets of the city.
Take an evening stroll around Old Montreal to see Cité Mémoire. This event has been running for a few months now and it is truly captivating. Projections of characters are cast against walls, trees and sidewalks, with each one telling a different story from Montreal’s history. For a more immersive experience, you can also download the Montreal en Histoires app and listen to the soundtrack that narrates the visuals. Grab a bite at one of your favourite Old Port restaurants, get a hot beverage to go and take a trip back in time along the cobblestone streets.
Music lovers are sure to enjoy ‘Another Brick in the Wall’. This opera based on Pink Floyd’s classic ‘The Wall’, will be making its world premiere here in Montreal in March. They say Roger Waters of Pink Floyd first got the idea for this project after a concert at the Olympic Stadium in 1977!
Local brands are also getting into the spirit with special 375 themed products. We plan on rocking a Bleury toque and Jarry scarf to combat the cold while showing off our city pride. Design Montreal has also created several products exclusively for the anniversary including an illustrated box set of greeting cards full of fun Montreal-themed designs including the Habs, bagels and various city landmarks and branded stuffed animal beavers for the little ones.
We’ll be checking in with you throughout the year to share what Alive 375 events we’ve set our sights on. Get your agendas ready because we have a feeling that your social calendar is going to fill up fast this year!
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