Montreal celebrates its 375th anniversary with events all year. Including a Leonard Cohen exhibit at the MAC.
If you live in Canada and planning attractions for your wedding guests. Or looking for a romantic getaway, check out the Montreal celebration events happening this year.
Over 175 events are taking place in the city to mark its anniversary. And they are set with Quebec’s unique francophone culture. Each will be showcasing the city’s spirit, as they offer a European experience close to home.
Here are some of the Montreal event dates.
• Illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. On May 17th, the iconic Jacques Cartier Bridge, which spans across the St. Lawrence River, will be illuminated to showcase Montréal’s creativity as part of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. And most worthy, Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
• The Walk of The Giants. The Royal de Luxe street theater company from France will be coming to Montreal from May 19-21. The company will have a special creation made exclusively for the city’s anniversary. Over the course of three days, visitors will have the opportunity to see a grandiose promenade of the Royal de Luxe giants that set their foot in every major city around the world.
• Les Hivernales. The festival features a number of cold-weather activities. Such as snowshoeing, luminous curling, winter biking, zip lining, dog-sledding, and a outdoor hockey tournament. The celebrations will take place in Parc Jean-Drapeau, Old Montréal and the Quartier des Spectacles from January 2- March 12.
Wedding guests can visit the Montreal events from January to December.
• The Wall Opera. Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera based on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. It is in collaboration between Opéra de Montréal and the band’s former bassist and chief songwriter Roger Waters. The event will premier at the Quebec Opera house in March.
• Montréal AVUDO. Visitors will get a chance to see a multimedia show created by the Compagnia Finzi Pasca. Set on the water, Montréal AVUDO will pay poetic tribute to the St. Lawrence River with over one hundred free performances taking place in Montréal’s Old Port. The shows run from May 17-September 2nd.
• Leonard Cohen at the MAC. Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) will present the exhibit Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything exhibit from Oct. 19 – Dec. 31. The multidisciplinary exhibition will include new works commissioned from local and international artists in performance art, visual art, film, music and written word inspired by Cohen’s work.
In addition to the cultural events, Montréal also offers several new hotels.
• Hotel William Gray. The William Gray is a new luxury hotel located in the heart of Old Montréal. It was open in July 2016, and overlooks the Place Jacques-Cartier. The hotel offers world-class hospitality and spectacular views.
• Renassiance Montréal Downtown Hotel. The new hotel opened in January 2016 in downtown Montréal. This eco-friendly boutique hotel is steps from Phillips Square, Christ Church Cathedral, and Notre Dame Basilica.
• The Hotel Monville. The hotel is set to open in summer 2017. It will be offering 269 rooms and a breathtaking terrace.
For more information visit: www.375mtl.com/en