As much as we would have liked to present an overview and a few details on each and every festival taking place in Montreal, there are just too many and they are too diverse to do this mission justice. In the summer alone, they number close to 40.
Nevertheless, here is a small selection.
Montreal is jazz
First, we must give honour where honour is due and start with the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Named “the greatest jazz festival on the planet” by the Guinness Book of Records in 2004, it welcomes some 3,000 artists, 650 shows—including nearly 450 outdoors—and over 2 million spectators. This year, the festival breaks new ground as it steps outside the bounds of the Quartier des spectacles for a few events, with the goal of reaching out to even more people. Wellington Street in the borough of Verdun Borough was chosen for this first experience. The festival runs from June 27 to July 6.
Montreal is funny
Another major event is the Just for Laughs festival, taking place this year from July 10 to 28, at the Quartier des spectacles near Place des Arts. Nearly 1,700 masters of comedy from some 17 countries will be performing in this 37th edition. The festival features a wide range of shows, from stand-up to street theatre, musicals, films, dance, magic, parades and much more.
Montreal is outside the box
The bilingual ZooFest festival is music, humour, theatre, cabaret and a whole lot more, presented in a non-traditional format that encouragesgreater proximity with the public and that promotes risk taking.The festival runs from July 11 to 27 and features emerging artists with a bright future. Schedule and performance venues:
Montreal is mural
Every summer since 2012, artists have been creating new murals to adorn the walls along Saint-Laurent Boulevard, aka “The Main,” transforming the section of this street between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal into a unique open-air art gallery. During the 11 days of the event, the most talented muralistsfrom around the world descend on Montreal, and hundreds of thousands of people turnout to watch them at work. During this year’s festival, which runs from June 6 to 16, the public can also enjoy music, restaurants, exhibitions and a host of other activities.
Montreal is dazzling
It isn’t really a festival, but the International des feux Loto-Québec is so spectacular, it surely deserves a few lines. Now in its 35th year, the event is presented every Wednesday and Saturday night from June 29 to July 27 (except July 13) on Lac des Dauphins at La Ronde. Fireworks designers from six countries will be vying for top spot in this prestigious pyrotechnics competition.
Montreal is Nuits d’Afrique
From July 9 to 21, 2019, Montréal will be a place of music, dance and festivities at the 33rd Festival international Nuits d’Afrique. During 13 days, more than 700 artists from 30 countries along with hundreds of thousands of festival-goers will be coming for the pleasure of being together and enjoying an unforgettable experience at the biggest world music gathering in the Americas! International stars, along with new generations of artists from here and abroad, will be sharing their passion, their culture and their joie de vivre. Eclectic, authentic and unifying, the festival brings to life memorable evenings and irresistible favourites. One of the many highlights of the 33rd edition will be the official opening concert with the worldwide superstar Salif Keita, on July 11, 2019 at the MTELUS.
Montreal is musical
The 13th edition of the Osheaga music and visual arts festival will be held from August 2 to 4 on the parterre of Île Notre-Dame (Parc Jean-Drapeau). The event is an opportunity to discover rising talents from here and abroad. Each season, Osheaga welcomes nearly a hundred thousand (135,000 in 2013) festivalgoers.
Montreal is fashion and design
A UNESCO City of Design, Montreal is a dynamicincubator for fashion designers. So it comes as no surprise that Montreal is host to the Fashion & Design Festivaldedicated to just that. Held at the Quartier des spectacles from August 19 to 24, the event is the perfect opportunity to discover up-and-coming creators and meet some of the big names in the fashion industry. Activities include fashion shows, live creative sessions, exhibitions and about 50 shows.