Music, Murals and Fireworks: Montreal’s Upcoming Festivals
By: Felicia Di Palma – Montreal Times
Summers in Montreal would not be complete without its festivals. Aside from the Stanley Cup playoffs and FIFA World Cup starting in June, Montreal’s many upcoming festivals that are sure to keep tourists and locals occupied.
To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Montreal music and digital art festivals, Mutek and Elektra, have joined forces to create EM15; a six day festival with over a hundred Canadian and international performers. Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM), Parc Jean-Drapeau and Metropolis are some of the venues that will showcase what happens when digital creativity meets electronic music.
Tickets can be purchased at em15.org or at the door.
Dates: Tuesday May 27 until Sunday June 1
Go Bike Montreal
Go Bike Montreal is the newly renamed Montreal Bike Fest. The biking events in the city begin with Operation Bike-to-Work which takes place from May 26 to 30. Montrealers are not only encouraged to ride their bikes to work, but they can also attend daily biking events where advice on biking to work or with kids will be given.
May 30th will be Tour la Nuit; a 20km night time bike ride starting at Parc La Fontaine. For those who cannot make the night time ride, on June 1, Tour de l’Île de Montréal will be celebrating their 30th edition of the ride around the island with different runs. Cyclists can chose to take part in a 25km, 50km, 100km or a 130km ride that literally does the tour of the island.
For more information, please see veloquebec.info/en/govelo/Go-bike-Montreal-festival
Dates: May 25 until June 1
Montreal Museums Day
Looking to take the family on a cultural and educational activity this weekend? Sunday will be the 28th edition of Montreal Museums Day. Admission to 34 museums will be free of charge from opening until closing. Montrealers could visit Saint-Joseph’s Oratory, the Montreal Biodome and Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre without having to worry about traffic or parking. Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will have five bus routes that will take commuters to each of the 34 museums for free.
For more information, please see museesmontreal.org
Date: May 25, 2014
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve will be alive with the sounds of roaring engines and fast cars taking sharp turns between June 6th and 8th. This 70 lap event brings not only the greatest Formula One drivers to the city but it also floods Downtown and Little Italy streets with high end cars, tourists and celebrities. Prices for the races range between $45.85 and $560.60.
For more information: circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca
Dates: June 6th to 8th
Les Francofolies de Montreal
During the summer, the city is buzzing with sounds of music of every genre. From June 12 to the 22nd, Les Francofolies will showcase the very best francophone artists. This year’s most talked about Francofolie performer is Stromae. With opening act Karim Ouellet, this show will be a must see at the Bell Center on June 17th and 18th. Other acts performing at the 26th edition of the festival will be Eric Lapointe, Zaz, Pierre LaPointe and more.
Dates: June 12-22, 2014
Combining graffiti, sculpting, and performance art are what define the Mural Festival. June 2013 was the first edition of this festival which was so successful it won the Montreal Grand Prix du Tourisme. This year’s second edition will be held on Saint-Laurent Boulevard with artists hailing from Chile to France. Montrealers will be able to watch muralists create their art while listening to the music of up and coming DJs for free.
Date: June 12 to 15, 2014
Montreal Beer Fest
For four days in June, Palais des Congrès on Viger St (near Place D’Armes metro) will be the best watering hole in town. Montreal Beer Fest will allow beer lovers to meet brewers and learn about not just beer, but also beer and food pairings. Beers can be purchased with tasting coupons at a dollar each. Cost of one beer tasting can be anywhere from two to six coupons. Montreal Beer Fest’s 21st edition will be taking place June 11th to 15th.
festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca Date: June 11-15, 2014
Montreal’s International Jazz Festival
Montreal’s International Jazz Fest is one of the city’s most talked about festivals. The Jazz Fest’s 35th edition’s musical roster continues its tradition of outdoing the previous year by adding A-list musical acts. Starting June 26th, Montrealers will be entertained with indoor and outdoor concerts. Beck, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Elvis Costello are some of the artists who will perform. Costello’s wife, Diana Krall will be performing this year’s free outdoor concert on July 1st. But, the most buzzed about performers has to be Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Snoop Dogg.
For price and venue information, please see: montrealjazzfest.com
Dates: June 26 to July 6, 2014
International des Feux Loto-Québec
No summer festival calendar is complete without fireworks. LaRonde will be hosting its 30th annual International Fireworks Competition (International des Feux Loto-Québec) which will kick off on June 28th. Opening the festival will be a performance from Germany called Dreamcatcher which will be about dreams and childhood. The competition will begin July 5th between Italy, Spain, Canada, United States, France and Australia. And for the grand finale, a tribute to legendary rock band, Pink Floyd, on August 2nd.
For information on prices, please see internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com
Dates: Saturday between June 28 to August 2nd with the exception of Wednesday, July 16th and 23rd.