Montrealers enjoy one festival after another through the summer months. Here are some of the most popular, biggest ones.
Just for Laughs
This comedy festival has grown to become a must-stop for the world's biggest names in comedy. Don't miss out on a hilarious evening!
"Specializing in music with roots in Africa, Productions Nuits d’Afrique has been a significant player on the international scene since 1987. Productions Nuits d’Afrique has been a springboard to North America for many groups that are now well known, establishing their reputations and introducing them to fans through memorable concerts and events. Annually, the most significant vehicle has been the highly touted Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Canada’s original world music festival."
The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (English: Montreal International Jazz Festival) is an annual jazz festival. The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest jazz festival. Every year it features 3,000 artists from 30 countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), close to 2.5 million visitors (including 34% of tourists and excursionists), as well as 400 accredited journalists. The festival takes pace at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls.
The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is a two-day rock festival in Montreal, Quebec, that is held annually at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène every summer. The 2006 festival attracted a crowd of around 25,000 people. The second edition was held on September 8 and 9, 2007. The 2009 edition was held on July 30 - August 2 with Coldplay headlining as part of their Viva la Vida Tour.
From the 7th to the 24th of July, enjoy a circus show!
"MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE, born of a collective dream, seeks to be an event that unifies and mobilizes people. It will contribute to the promotion of a wide array of circus arts forms, and in so doing will help position Montréal as a cultural metropolis and circus arts capital."
"From its diminutive debut in 2001 as the “Sensation Design” Festival on Boulevard St-Laurent to its current status as a multi-award-winning extravaganza of fashion and design that dominates Montreal’s downtown core for several unforgettable days every summer, the Montréal Fashion and Design Festival has all the markings of a true urban Canadian success story as it ramps up to celebrate a decade of progress and transformation in 2010.
The MFDF has become the premiere launch pad for designers’ collections to the consumers and the largest event of its kind in North America, creating a festive atmosphere that shines a spotlight on all that is innovative, creative and diverse about Canadian design, while at the same time serving as an important economic boost for the city of Montréal."
"Eighteen and going strong. All together different! Divers/Cité is an event whose mission is to present an arts and music festival that illustrates and celebrates the value of diversity in a spirit of sharing, solidarity and openness with the world. Eighteen years of constant growth and expansion has established Divers/Cité as an internationally recognized festival.
Most of the programming is outdoor and free. Our programming also follows set themes that cover a wide range of artistic tendencies that address widely varying audiences. The event proudly showcases modern dance, blues, jazz, pop, Latin, rock, world, funk, ambient, techno and electronic concerts, drag queen performances and an outdoor cinema. The nineteenth edition, from July 25 to 31, 2011, will offer more than 47 hours of free outdoor performances spanning 7 days."
"Pyromusical synchronization is an art form that can only be mastered through experience. The firms that participate in the Competition possess the skills required to distinguish themselves at the summit of the pyromusical arts. The fireworks makers who design the 30-minute pyromusical displays are more than just pyrotechnicians; they are artistic innovators."
"Les FrancoFolies de Montréal is a large annual music and performance festival held in Downtown Montreal, Quebec, featuring over 1,000 French-language performers from all over the world, as well as attracting over 500,000 visitors.
Many of the performances are free to the public and are held on various stages in and around the Place des Arts section of Montreal's "Centre-ville." Other performances are held at nearby theaters and require that tickets to be purchased to attend."