This year marks the 14th anniversary of Montréal en lumière, a festival that brightens our spirits as the winter starts to (finally) come to an end. With more than a week’s worth of activities, from the 21st of February to the 3rd of March, including shows and concerts, some exquisite fine dining, dozens of free activities and culminating with the über-popular, Nuit Blanche, there’s no reason to say that there’s nothing to do this time of year!
The shows and concerts kick off on February 21st with M, the renowned French singer and songwriter who’s as famous for his radical style as he is for his music (M provided the soundtrack for Les triplets de Belleville). The rest of the lineup includes Diana Krall, the Zombies, Daniel Lavoie and much more. It’s definetly worth checking out!
EXQUISITE FINE DINING
Every year the festival showcases a city from around the world, and its culinary delights. For the 14th edition of Fine Dining, this year’s featured city will be Buenos Aires and I can’t think of a hotter place to help us shake of the last of the winter frost. Chefs from across Buenos Aires will be hosted in restaurants across Montreal, where we can grab a taste of how our South American friends dine out. Winemakers from Argentina will also be on hand, featuring wines selected from the growing region of Patagonia.
Also featured as part of Fine Dining is this years guest American city, Philadelphia. 8 chefs from six restaurants will be scattered across Montreal to let us sample what they’ve cooking up in Philly. Fine Dining wouldn’t be complete without showing off what Quebec has to offer the world and this year’s selected region will be Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Don’t worry, I’m sure you will all find the time to eat at over a dozen restaurants over 7 days!
UNLIMITED OUTDOOR ACTIVITES
As in previous years, the Quartier des spectacles will feature an endless array of outdoor activities throughout the week! There’ll be domes featuring 360 degree projections, lots to eat on the grounds, fun group activities and lots more! Dress up warm and gather your friends and family together for a massive good time!
Nuit Blanche is Montreal’s best night out, mostly because it’s a night without end (our favorite!). Starting on March 2nd and rolling into the morning of the 3rd, everything from the metro to museums extend their hours into the wee hours of the morning so excited visitors can have unlimited fun, out on the town. Activites will be featured on the Plateau, at the Olympic Park, in Old Montreal and of course at the Quartier des spectacles.
For a ton of info on exactly what you need to know about Montreal en lumière visit their website at http://www.montrealenlumiere.com See you all out there!