Summer is still going on
in Les jardins Gamelin
Numerous musical, artistic and literary activities slated for August and September
Summer is in full swing, and there’s still time to enjoy the countless activities slated for Les Jardins Gamelin. Until September 29, the Jardins will be abuzz with activity, including wildly entertaining Cabaret nights, four festival events, live music, dance and cultural series for all!
LES JARDINS EN CABARET – EVERY TUESDAY IN AUGUST
Everyone will love the cabaret nights, returning for a second season. Each Tuesday in August, Montrealers are invited to enjoy a unique, incredibly entertaining night.
On August 20, interdisciplinary – and disciplineless – artists will take you on a kaleidoscopic surrealist journey with Cabaret DADA, a production of Festival Phénomena.
On August 27, spoken word, poetry and song fill the stage at Cabaret Debout: Actes de parole, giving voice to artists who are eager to share their vision of the world in memorable words.
FESTIVAL QUARTIERS DANSES
The city’s famous celebration of contemporary dance returns to the Jardins with inspired and playful pieces by talented local choreographers.
September 9, 5 pm: Audrey Gaussiran – Ctrl:N
September 12, 5 pm: Tentacle Tribe – Untitled, followed by Puzzle
September 14, 3 pm: Audrey Gaussiran – Workshop + a Lady Styling performance
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA LITTÉRATURE (FIL)
La Bibliothèque du FIL et Les Escouades littéraires
September 20 to 29, 11:30 am to 6:30 pm
The FIL takes up residence in Les Jardins for the fifth straight year, with a self-serve library inspired by the micro-libraries now popping up everywhere. Meanwhile, Les Escouades littéraires (literary squads) will hold reading and writing activities, with a focus on homeless participants.
Les Mots parleurs with Simon Boulerice and Catherine Trudeau – Combat de dessins
September 28, 12:15 pm to 1 pm
A day of writing and drawing organized by Simon Boulerice. Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in writing workshops, then join a drawing battle led by Catherine Trudeau and several professional illustrators.
MUSIC AND MORE MUSIC
In August, the Midis en chanson series continues its celebration of francophone music. Discover Pierre Guitard (August 30), winner of the grand prize at the 2017 Festival International de la chanson de Granby, or Mélanie Forgues and Mélodie Spear (September 16), winners of the Ma première Place des Arts competition.
Mmm, Montréal musique du monde presents a dazzling line-up of world-music artists and musicians and their irresistible beats. Catch rapper Sarahmée, a Quebecer who originally hails from Senegal (August 22), the hybrid folk music of Briga (September 12) or Malian Quebecer Djely Tapa, a révélation Radio-Canada laureate (September 19).
For the Ce soir on danse series, the DJs of Qualité de luxe (August 16) will get the crowd dancing with prime Afro-pop, soca and dancehall cuts. With a passion for hip-hop, rock and soul the Forest Boys (August 23) and the Congolese band Dear Denizen (September 6) will blur the lines separating synth-pop and indie rock.
DANCE THE SUMMER AWAY
The Bals de l’été and the Salsafolie are still drawing big crowds. Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, the Jardins become a giant dance floor, with something for every taste (West Coast Swing avec Swing Connexion, September 18).
SUMMER IS FOR FUN AND GAMES
Families have until September 8 to visit the Maison jaune for the Matinées familiales avec Petits bonheurs. Every Sunday morning, kids can take part in creative workshops, listen to stories and attend musical performances.
The animation team from Randolph is still running the T’as de beaux jeux activity on Sunday afternoons. In good company, children can discover the best games in different genres – detective, creative, immersive.
Last chance to play the giant werewolves game, Loups Garous de Thiercelieux organized by Randolph. Be there on August 24 for a scary good time!
Want to cultivate your green thumb? Every Sunday morning, Sentier Urbain hosts workshops for everyone who’d like to know more about gardening.
MARCHÉ SOLIDAIRE – UNTIL OCTOBER 18
Harvest time has begun! Marché solidaire offers local products at affordable prices. There’s a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, as well as bread, cheese, meat and fish – all the makings for great meals. Come back often to see what’s new. Open until fall.
LES JARDINS GAMELIN
Until September 29, 2019
Place Émilie-Gamelin, Quartier des Spectacles
Open daily until 11 p.m.
All activities are free.
LA MAISON JAUNE
In August, Friday to Sunday
In September, Wednesday to Sunday
SNACK BAR AND BAR
Dominic St-Laurent’s team serves an exclusive menu inspired by snack-bar classics.
Monday to Friday: 11 am to 11 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 11 pm
Until October 18
Monday to Friday: 12:30 to 6 pm
COMPLETE JARDINS GAMELIN PROGRAMMING
To see what’s happening each day, visit jardinsgamelin.com
ABOUT LES JARDINS GAMELIN
In the spring of 2015, Place Émilie-Gamelin showed a new face to Quartier des Spectacles residents and visitors with Les Jardins Gamelin, open from May to September. A large, green and inviting civic space in the heart of downtown, Les Jardins Gamelin return every year with an original temporary layout and a versatile set of facilities. The space’s unique, accessible and human-scale programming, now in its fifth season, has become a part of daily life for residents and visitors, making Les Jardins Gamelin an inclusive gathering place in true Montreal style.
Montreal’s cultural heart, the Quartier des spectacles offers the largest concentration and diversity of cultural venues in North America. It is animated all year round by a large number of festivals and events, which include a large amount of free outdoor programming.