Major Festivals/Events in Montreal 2009/2010

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Montréal World Film Festival

Several movie theatres in the downtown area

Until September 7, 2009

Every year, films from more than 70 countries, including well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are presented.

Frédéric Back: One with Nature

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Until September 27, 2009

1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West


A man who creates freely, out of concern for people, animals, the environment and the relationships between them.

Expanding Horizons. Painting and Photography

American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Until September 27, 2009

1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West

Expanding Horizons explores landscape painting and photography in Canada and the United States from different era.


Our galaxy: The Milky Way

Montréal Planetarium

Until October 4, 2009

1000 Saint-Jacques Street

This multimedia show brings the spectators from one discovery to another in our fabulous galaxy.


Betty Goodwin

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Until October 4, 2009

185 Sainte-Catherine Street West

Born in Montréal, Goodwin embarked on her artistic career with paintings tinged with social realism.




Speed Limits

Canadian Centre for Architecture

Until October 12, 2009

1920 Baile Street

The exhibition addresses the pivotal role played by speed in modern life.


Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010



VIP Visitors from Madagascar

Montréal Biodôme

Until November 15, 2009

4777 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

Discover the rich biodiversity of this island and some of its animal species.


Under the Cuban Sun

Montréal Botanical Garden

Until December 31, 2009

4101 Sherbrooke Street East

Join Brother Marie-Victorin and his colleague Brother Léon and explore this fascinating island’s plant life.


Pirates, Privateers and Freebooters

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

Until January 3, 2010

350 Place Royale

Discover the amazing stories of these terrors of the high seas as you delve into the history of piracy.




Being Irish O’Québec

McCord Museum of Canadian History

Until March 21, 2010

690 Sherbrooke Street West

Ireland’s immigrants brought with them collective memories and symbols that have helped build Québec identity.


Le YéYé Show

Le Cabaret du Casino

September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24 and 27, 2009

Casino de Montréal


The young and the young at heart are invited to take a journey down memory lane to the heart of the peppy GoGo era!


The World Press Photo Event in Montréal

Just For Laughs Museum

September 4 to October 4, 2009

2111 Saint-Laurent Blvd.

Featuring the World Press Photo (WPP), the best picture stories and single news images that the world had to offer in 2007.

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

11th edition – The Spaces of the Image

Several Montréal locations

September 10 to October 11, 2009


Some 20 local and international artists in 30 spaces across the city.


The Magic of Lanterns

Montréal Botanical Garden

September 11 to November 1, 2009

4101 Sherbrooke Street East

Hundreds of handmade silk lanterns from China combine to create a fantastic Asian ambience.


Montréal Canadiens

Bell Centre

September 17, 2009 to April 10, 2010

1260 De La Gauchetière Street West

The National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens, 24-time winners of the Stanley Cup, play their home games at the Bell

Centre, which is open to visitors.


Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010



15th Festival international de littérature (FIL)

Several Montréal locations

September 18 to 27, 2009

Nearly 200 writers and artists from all disciplines will gather to participate in events that interpret their written words.



A show by Cirque Éloize

Place des Arts

September 25 to 27, 2009

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West

Cirque Éloize in co-production with Teatro Sunil presents Nebbia, written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca.


Orgue et couleurs Fall Festival

11th edition

Several Montréal locations

September 25 to October 4, 2009

The Festival showcases the multifaceted talents of the organ, spanning the centuries from early music to contemporary,

sometimes with forays into jazz and popular music.


Gianni Schicchi Puccini

OSM and Opéra de Montréal

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

September 26, 30, October 3, 5, 8, 2009

Place des Arts

The last third of Puccini’s triptych-a lively and colourful farce.


POP Montréal International Music Festival

Several Montréal locations

September 30 to October 4, 2009

This festival brings a delectable menu of independent music in several venues around the city.



The Modern Pre-Raphaelite

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

October 1, 2009 to February 7, 2010

1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West

This retrospective of painter John William Waterhouse’s work reflects his engagement with issues of his time.


The Great Pumpkin Ball

Montréal Insectarium / Montréal Botanical Garden

October 2 to November 1, 2009

4581 Sherbrooke Street East / 4101 Sherbrooke Street East

It’s a pumpkin party with Pépo the Pumpkin, Esmeralda the Friendly Witch and Marie the market gardener.


Montréal Supermotocross

Montréal Olympic Park

October 3, 2009

4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue

Motorcross, endurocross, AVTs and freestyle competition. Canadian Pro Supercross Championship.


The Halloween FrightFest

La Ronde

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31, 2009

Île Sainte-Hélène

La Ronde is totally revamped with Zombies, Vampires and Giants Rats.


Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010


Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal

Several locations in Montréal

October 7 to 18, 2009


For the last 37 years, the Festival has been committed to highlighting and contributing to the development of new trends in

cinema and new media.




Black & Blue Festival


Several Montréal locations


October 7 to 13, 2009


The Black & Blue Festival features about 60 activities for the gay community and its friends.


Francine Savard


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

October 10, 2009 to January 4, 2010

185 Sainte-Catherine Street West

This mid-career retrospective of the Montréal artist includes some sixty paintings dating from 1992 to 2009.


Romeo and Juliet

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Théâtre Maisonneuve


October 15, 16, 17, 22, 24, 19 and 30, 2009

Place des Arts

A blend of the modern and the classic, this is a limpid work, imbued with nuance and subtlety and superbly danced.


Vengerov conducts

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

October 20 et 21, 2009

Place des Arts

Maxim Vengerov conducts Tchaikovsky’s famous Pathétique Symphony and Brahms’s Double Concerto.


Montréal International Adventure Film Festival (FIFAM)

8th editio

Salle Marie-Gérin-Lajoie

October 21 to 24, 2009

Université du Québec à Montréal

A unique opportunity to view short and long films from the four corners of the world

Holocaust Education Series

Several Montréal locations

October 22 to November 1, 2009

This 11th Series presents survivor testimonials, panels, films, exhibitions, expert presentations and discussions.





Montréal International LGBT Film Festival


NFB Cinema / Du Parc Cinema


October 22 to 31, 2009

1564 Saint-Denis Street / 3575 du Parc Avenue


A key stop on the lesbian/gay and independent film festival circuit, with great screenings for the eyes and mind.




Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010



Jack O’Lantern: Halloween at Pointe-à-Callière


Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History


October 24, 25, 31 and November 1, 2009

350 Place Royale


A humorous and whimsical look at the cultural origins of Halloween and the associated beliefs, as children tour the Museum.




La Flûte enchantée, by Mozart

Opéra de Montréal


Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier


November 7, 11, 14, 16, 19 and 21, 2009

Place des Arts


A prince and a princess, a bird-man, a Queen of the Night, dancing animals, an enchanted flute, and magical bells.




Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM)

Several Montréal locations


November 11 to 21, 2009


The RIDM offers an opportunity to reflect on creative vision in documentary filmmaking.






Society for Arts and Technology (SAT)


December 10 to 13, 2009

1195 Saint-Laurent Blvd.


Faithful to its mission of showcasing Montreal’s coolest creations, Souk@Sat is reuniting over sixty local artists.





Cirque du Soleil


Bell Centre


December 18 to 30, 2009

1260 De La Gauchetière Street West


Alegria is a mood, a state of mind, a spectacular show which sources of inspiration are many.




Grand Bal du Nouvel An


Place Jacques-Cartier


December 31, 2009 to January 1, 2010

Old Montréal


Spectacular fireworks and music will rock this giant New Year’s Eve Party.






Quays of the Old Port of Montréal


Mid January, 2010

de la Commune Street


Four electrifying nights to celebrate winter outdoors with music and DJs.




La Fête des Neiges de Montréal


Parc Jean-Drapeau


End of January, 2010


Join fun-loving and colourful characters as they celebrate winter at Parc Jean-Drapeau.




Rallye Expos


Several Montréal locations


February to June, 2010


A route to beautiful discoveries is being offered to friends of the visual arts and culture of Africa and the Creole countries.

Photograph, sculpture and painting exhibitions.




Major festivals / events in Montréal 2009 – 2010