This series of activities and concerts is brought to you by the Ville-Marie Borough. The schedule is available in PDF here.
St Jax Montréal Church
1439, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (entrance via Bishop)
Guy-Concordia Metro station
Information: 311 | accesculture.com
Doors open 30 minutes before show time.
Saturday, February 24, 8:00 p.m.
Accompanied by three musicians, Jean-François Bélanger (nyckelharpa, kontrabasharpa, tenorharpa, Hardanger fiddle) will perform his new repertoire of traditional music, influenced by baroque, Scandinavian, and world music. A call to both contemplation and celebration. Yann Falquet (guitar, Jew’s harp, harmonic chant), Élisabeth Giroux (cello), and Bernard Ouellette (percussion).
Saturday, March 10, 8:00 p.m.
Based on improvisation and interaction with the public, trio improv’iste is a concert-show that explores the rhythmic possibilities of tap dance as a percussion instrument in jazz. The trio features Laurent Bortolotti (tap dance), Alex Bellegarde (double bass) and Guillaume Martineau (piano).
Saturday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.
Les Royal Pickles
Ubiquitous since 2013 in social dance parties and in the most renowned competitions, the Royal Pickles have gained a reputation among lovers of hot jazz in Canada. The Montreal group now features a very personal repertoire of original songs and interpretations of some jazz standards. Their music, as sincere as is it poignant and punchy, brings together the aesthetic codes of swing, Dixieland, and ragtime.
Saturday, March 24, 8:00 p.m.
Dawn Tyler Watson
Over the past two decades, Singer/Actor/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among Canada’s blues elite. In addition to taking home the coveted 1st place spot at the 33rd annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Dawn is also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards, nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards, and several other international awards. For this concert, she will be accompanied by the Ben Racine Band.
Saturday, April 7, 8:00 p.m.
Karen Young and Coral Egan
Mère et fille
Two superb voices, two accomplished musical careers, singers Karen Young and Coral Egan are at last reunited for the show Mère et fille, interpreting their favourite songs. Accompanied by Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau on electric harp and Pierre Érizias on electric bass with Coral’s guitar and synth, and Karen’s percussion, their voices in harmony blow us away with each song.
Saturday, April 14, 8:00 p.m.
Noubi is an afrocoustik trio that combines warm and rhythmic sounds without confining itself to just one style of music. Inspired by the traditional music of West Africa, Noubi takes us to an eclectic and modern world where folk, pop, funk, reggae and jazz music all come together. In 2017, the trio was the recipient of the bronze Syli award
for international world music (les productions Nuits d’Afrique).
Saturday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
Born from their friendship and artistic affinity, the duet features harpist Valérie Milot and cellist Stéphane Tétreault, and offers an original repertoire of classical music that is both moving and of the utmost virtuosity. The reverberations from their instruments make for a mesmerizing musical exchange.
Friday April 27, 8:00 p.m (please note, the concert will take place on Friday)
Arriving directly from Memphis, this rising blues star will feature an evening in what promises to be high-octane. Combining rock and roll, honky-tonk and other styles of blues music, the singer-song writer and multi-instrumentalist Victor Wainwright masters the piano not unlike Jerry Lee Lewis, and is well known for his raucous and dynamic performances, his contagious charm, and his dazzling energy. This night of true blues is definitely not to be missed.
Saturday, May 5, 8:00 p.m.
An explosive mix of influences from its creators Mathias Berry (guitar), Antoine Angers (guitar) and Alexis Taillon-Pellerin (double bass), the Des Sourcils’ manouche gypsy jazz is based on hits by Reinhardt, and draws from works from the Rosenburgs, Debarres, and Lagrènes of our time. Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been making manouche music combining pop, rock, folk, and even funk. The trio adds violinist virtuoso Sylvain Neault for this performance.
Saturday, May 12, 8:00 p.m.
Considered as the ambassadress of the pipa (Chinese luth), Liu Fang is internationally-acclaimed for her graceful and riveting command of the instrument. Her awe-inspiring talent shines in her solo performances as well as with orchestras as she beautifully and elegantly performs traditional and contemporary Chinese music. For this solo performance, she will also play the guzheng (Chinese zither).
Doors open 15 minutes before show time
Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m.
Le Bibliothécaire (in French)
Ages 5 to 10
Performances including acrobatics, balancing acts, juggling, breakdancing and beatboxing. When the librarian sets about reading passages from books, he gets completely caught up in the story. A funny show that will make you want to read! Le Gros Orteil theatre company.
Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.
Dominique Leroux • Ages 4 to 8
A performance for children that uses various media such as theatre, visual art, live video, shadow theatre, including dancing and music that’s inspired by nature, travel, and meeting the Other. Journey includes migrations, a topographic map, a red seed, butterflies, and a giant!
Cartes migratoires will be followed by activities
Entertaining and playful activities with body shadows, silhouettes, and games
Saturday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.
La Marche de Gustave • (in French)
Ages 5 to 10
A puppet show created by Salim Hammad. A mother and her son, Gustave (Gus), leave their country to go live somewhere else. They take a boat to sail across two oceans and discover a new world. Gus will meet various characters, and have a special experience with each one!
Saturday, April 21; Saturday, May 5; Saturday, May 12;
from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
La Marche de Gustave will be followed by three workshops
Montreal YWCA • 1355, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
In co-operation with the YWCA Montreal, puppeteers Salim Hammad and Nadia Cicurel will teach children their art — how to use puppets, use your voice and improvise. They will encourage them to make their own puppets that will be put on display in the YWCA entrance starting on May 12, 2018. Limited space. Registration required: email@example.com.
Part of the Borough of Ville-Marie’s cultural mediation project.