Montreal en Lumiere 19th edition is a wrap (video & Photos)
Montreal en Lumiere – The curtain comes down on the 19th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! Presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, this edition gave us plenty to remember: huge crowds on the outdoor site flocking to our free installations, classics and new additions (encouraged and enhanced by the weather!); great media visibility, both locally and internationally; in gastronomy, foodies were thrilled by the 50th anniversary of the ITHQ, a fine tribute to the Chef of the Century, Paul Bocuse, mentor of many chefs and first honorary president of this festival, and an unprecedented celebration of knowledge; a hundred shows featuring folk, dance, flamenco, theatre, rock, opera, classical and electronic, under the honorary presidency of Isabelle Boulay; and a fabulous Nuit blanche celebrating its 15th birthday as boldly and creatively as ever! Thanks to all of our chefs, artists, partners and above all, fans from home and abroad who join us year after year. And even as we close the curtain on this edition, our spotlights are trained on the next. Next year, for the incredible 20th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we will celebrate with a global tour of gastronomy that will make the world’s head spin… Details to come!
A gourmet world at your doorstep
There’s no doubt: Montrealers love to combine know-how and flavour, and love to discover new things! For ten days and nights, we all shared an incredible experience: mentors, teachers and students, chefs and clients, with a re-energized openness to share recipe books, experiences and tips.
Dedicated to Paul Bocuse, this edition hosted 28 activities in tribute to the master: four Air France Finest Tables (La Chronique, Europea, Au Petit Extra, Le Valois), “Spécial Bocuse” menus revisiting his classics, fusing simple ingredients with masterful execution.
Among our top-flight guests, the ITHQ showcased the entire breadth of its greatness: a wealth of knowledge, and a source of tremendous talent, which radiated throughout the festival.
This edition also made its mark for the number of guest chefs, including 16 international chefs and 5 Michelin-starred chefs: including Alain Verzeroli (L’Atelier Joël Robuchon), Julien Lefebvre (La Chronique) and Gaetano Trovato (Maison Boulud), who drew huge crowds.
Among the many success stories, let us also mention a special region, the Côte-Nord, whose northern flavours thrilled the public and energized the creativity of our own local chefs, at Chasse-Galerie, Blumenthal and Ikanos.
Finally, we must emphasize that the theme of this edition—celebrating knowledge—was a massive success, with the pros and the public. All 14 workshops and conferences were sold out! In the scientific conferences, the Nordic Food Lab drew 300 people to L’Astral to experience a sustainable vision of food… and gourmet insects!
Heading towards the 20th…
For 20 years, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival has illuminated our winter season, making its mark by virtue of its eclecticism and creativity, in the very image of our effervescent, insatiable city. In celebration of that, the festival plunges into its own history, reconnecting with some of the cities and regions it has showcased over the past two decades, which have featured over 550 chefs from around the world. From there, fans are taken on a gourmet voyage… one that promises to be even more delicious and exciting in its next incarnation!
31 guest chefs as part of our 32 Air France Finest Tables
8 series of activities
230 gourmet activities, some of them free
9 teaching chefs and 8 schools
22 activities in partnership with the 50th anniversary of the ITHQ
« La 19e édition du festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE débute aujourd’hui ! La métropole devient la destination gourmande la plus en vogue, jusqu’au 4 mars prochain. »
— Anne-Lovely Étienne, 24 h (Québec)
An improved outdoor site
Given the great weather, it was no surprise that the outdoor site was so packed throughout the festival! And of course, our iconic MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE installations were as super-popular as ever: the RBC Zip-line, the Milk Urban Ice Slide and the Québec Maple Ferris Wheel racked up the crowds on the outdoor site.
Fans were thrilled to discover all the new additions, adding to the experience. First and foremost, the Chalet Bell was a musical oasis, welcoming fans with its relaxed ambience right in the heart of the Place des Festivals, featuring concerts and shows, video games, workshops and friendly 5 à 7. Fun, and very popular!
And Illuminart presented by the Casino de Montréal deployed its 2nd edition around Place des Arts and the Place des Festivals: no need to leave the site to discover this incredible circuit of wonderful creations.
Last but not least, fans enjoyed a plethora of new free installations: Air France culinary workshops, a galaxy of treats served up by Maple from Québec, Zone Énergir shows, and the CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic Zone to keep the Games going!
225 km of cable
22,000 electrical connections
56 radiant heaters
1,400 lighting devices and 1,000 LED lights
6 km of cabling for the Illuminart artwork Apparatus Florius
Approx. 600 students participating in La grande nuée
180-metre (600 feet) descent for the RBC Zip-line, from a height of 15 metres (48 feet)
110-metre (360 feet) run for the Milk Urban Ice Slide
20 metres (66 feet): Ferris Wheel, with 16 gondolas and a capacity of 60 adults and 90 children (4,600 kg)
Photos: Sonia LaRonde