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Montréal en Lumière: Quartier des Spectacles and Downtown

Posted by Sisi / February 27, 2008

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The 5th edition of Nuit Blanche promises to be one honey of all all-nighter. Problem is, how to decide which of the 123+ activities to attend? Have no fear, your friendly neighborhood Midnight Poutine is here. Today we continue the Nuit Blanche primer with a sample of picks for the downtown area. Have fun, but don't do anything we wouldn't do. (Remember to bundle up and bring plenty of energy drinks!)

Music

La Nuit Élektronik @ Metropolis
Heat-seekers and electro heads alike can party to the sounds of Chilean bigwigs Ricardo Villalobos and Dandy Jack. Next door at the Savoy Lounge, Piknic Electronik and Mutek have put together a more "intimate" party with local boys Bliss and Che Vi Che.
59 Sainte-Catherine St. E. (metro Saint-Laurent, buses 15-55)
(514) 844-3500, 10 p.m. - 8 a.m., pre-sale: $30/$35 - Doors: $40

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Digital Chile_Road Show @ the SAT
Enjoy a special live performance with the SAT[Mixsessions] collective against a backdrop of trippy, projected visuals by Chilean artists. Can't really go wrong with the SAT.
1195 Saint-Laurent Blvd. (metro Saint-Laurent, bus 55)
(514) 844-2033, ext. 222, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m., free

Plein les oreilles
UQAM's Web radio station, CHOQ.FM, is hosting a night of local music featuring emerging bands at the Bistro Sanguinet. Show some Montreal spirit by checking out our boys and girls.
Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, room J-R930, 405 Sainte-Catherine St. E. (metro Berri-UQAM, buses 15-30)
(514) 987-3000, ext. 1790, 10 p.m. - 5 a.m., free

Performing Arts

Nuit d'enfer!
Check out a different kind of musical performance: five organists at the Église Unie St. James will play horror and suspense movie themes. Save your drugs for after the visit; bad tripping to the organ sounds of the Psycho theme=not cool.
463 Sainte-Catherine St. W. (metro McGill, bus 15)
(514) 899-0938, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m., free

Juste pour rire toute la nuit
Love comedy? Head to the Studio Juste Pour Rire for a great night of laughs. It kicks off with a small gala at 8, continues with an improv performance at 10, and caps off with The Nasty Show (18+) at midnight. (French only)
2109 Saint-Laurent Blvd. (metro Saint-Laurent, bus 24)
(514) 845-4069, 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight, $5 at the door only

Si Poésie M'Était Chantée
Quebec lit and music come together as 3 emerging artists set a poem to music on the spot. Be among the first to hear them. This is only one of many literary events hosted by La Grande Biblothèque this year, so check out their site for more.
475 De Maisonneuve Blvd E. (metro Berri-UQAM, buses 15-30-125)
(514) 495-9535, ext. 2, 2:30 a.m. - 3:15 a.m. (French only), free

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Visual Arts

Océan Bleu by Raymond Furlotte
By now you've probably come across the giant twisting sculpture in the Eaton Centre made from plastic bottles. Gesù is hosting an exhibition with the same idea - but with jeans. Become part of the art by donating your old jeans and scoring major green-friendly hipster points.
1202 De Bleury St. (metro Place-des-Arts, buses 129-150)
(514) 861-4378, 10: 30 p.m. - 5 a.m., free

Concordia University's Art Matters Festival
Support some starving art students by checking out three events titled Room and Board, What is Lard?, and Art In Progress. The last one is billed as "a 24-hour live art experiment." Let me know what that's all about. Art Matters is housed at the Belgo Building, always a good bet since it's chock-full of other free artsy fartsy expos.
372 Sainte-Catherine St. W., rooms 413 and 427 (metro Place-des-Arts, buses 15-80-129)
(514) 848-2424, ext. 5011, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m., free

Geoffrey Farmer@ the MAC
The Musée d'Art Contemporain is not to be missed. It's a 6-in-1 deal, with tons of stuff under one roof. Geoffrey Farmer in particular makes lots of weird goodness that straddles the line between cool and WTF. While you're in the area, swing by Place-des-Arts right next door for some rousing music.
185 Saint-Catherine St. W. (metro Place-des-Arts, buses 15-80-129)
(514) 847-6226, 6 p.m. - 5 a.m., free

Pot-Pourri

La nuit SPASM
Head over to Café Cléopâtre for a potent brew of short Quebec films and "the trashiest sleep-over in town" hosted by drag queens! Drink up. (18+)
1230 Saint-Laurent Blvd. (metro Saint-Laurent, buses 15-55)
Website, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), free

L'art extrême et festif
I think this line says it all: "The pink barbarians are waiting at the border of the forbidden zone for a nocturnal art battle, featuring live 'en direct' snow sculpture - for adult eyes only!" Do it.
Émilie-Gamelin Park a.k.a. Berri Square (metro Berri-UQAM, buses 15-30)
(514) 842-3076, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., free

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Maison de Thé Camellia Sinensis: Chai, Ombres & Lumières
When you're worn out and in need of a break, go get a free cup o' steaming chai and recharge your batteries to the shadow play of local puppeteers. Trust me, tea saves lives.
351 Émery St. (metro Berri-UQAM, buses 15-30-125)
(514) 286-4002, 10 p.m. - 5 a.m., free

Petit-Déjeuner Convivial au Complexe Desjardins
After you've done all your debauchery and are looking for your soul, settle for the next best thing: breakfast. Stop by the Grande Place at Complexe Desjardins for a foodie shindig hosted by Milk. Yes, Milk. Bring your own coffee cup for extra credit.
150 Sainte-Catherine St. W. (metro Place-des-Arts, buses 15-55-80-129)
(514) 526-1767, from 4:30 a.m., free

Photo 1: "Untitled," by Jean-François Leblanc, taken from Nuit Blanche 2007 album.
Photo 2: "Body," by Claudia Kemper, taken from the SAT site.
Photo 3: "Untitled," by Ryota Kawai, taken from Higher Frequency.
Photo 4: "Untitled," taken from the Camellia Sinensis site.

Discussion

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Carmelina / February 3, 2015 at 11:58 pm
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Well 120 a night is high for me but I've been unable to find many hoetls in big cities that are less so I used that as an estimate. The job I work at pays very little. It's pathetic actually the amount of money I make and I work with kids! I have to begin saving for a trip a year in advance just so I can keep something in my bank account. I love working with kids but my pay you can't actually live on unless you have a very strict budget. I'm glad to hear of this hostel. I may have to go with that. It would save me so much money!
golu dolls / February 19, 2019 at 01:30 am
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nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 19, 2019 at 01:30 am
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kanchipuramsarees / February 19, 2019 at 01:30 am
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nice post
herbal powder / February 19, 2019 at 01:31 am
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