Montreal in light | Sleepless night: our journey!

To be part of the Nuit blanche, we suggest you go to the heart of the party. A route to be completed in its entirety, in order or disorder. Unless you snag your feet somewhere. Which would be an excellent thing!


1. Cinema du Parc


“Left field” proposal from the American collective Everything Is Terrible, which offers us a dive into prohibited content on the small screen. On the program: advertisements, video clips and unusual extracts from community channels. The first theme, Kidz Klub!, focuses on productions for children. Content that we swear you would never want to show to yours. The second, The Great Satan, explores cheap black magic rituals and other religious pamphlets. It happens from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., you arrive whenever you want, it’s free.

Cinema du Parc, 3575, avenue du Parc

Check out the Everything Is Terrible page

2. Some wall works by MU


A mural by Phillip Adams, at the corner of Sanguinet and Émery streets

We have the habit of passing in front of Habitations Jeanne-Mance, rue Ontario Est, without really taking a look. This time, we stop there. Because this is where MU, the organization to which we owe the mural, set up in 2009. Tower of Songs representing Leonard Cohen downtown. On site, we can take the time to look at nine works in a small quadrilateral, lit up, which will allow us to see them in a new light, at night. Free, to do as you wish, with the plan in hand.

Habitations Jeanne-Mance, rue Ontario, between rue Saint-Dominique and rue Émery

Visit the MU page

3. At the NFB


The new NFB space

The new NFB space, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, is an ideal place to stop off during Nuit blanche. In particular, you can see (free) short films in the Alanis-Obomsawin room, some of which have been nominated for the Oscars – broadcast continuously. Family programming will also be broadcast between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Two stop-motion animation stations will also allow you to be at the center of an animated film. Until 1 a.m.

ONF, 1501, rue De Bleury

Visit the NFB page

4. We have a terrace at the MEM


There is a convenience store in the heart of the Montreal Memories Center (MEM).

In the discovery category we also find the MEM, which opens its doors wide for a break, which will be a first look in the case of many night owls. The what ? The Montreal Memories Center, born from the relocation of the Montreal History Center, was inaugurated last fall in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles. There are artifacts from our ancient and recent history and nooks and crannies of the city reproduced there. Festival-goers are invited to take a break on a terrace or at the belvedere where it will be possible to have a small cocktail, with a view of the night lights. Free, without reservation.

MEM, 1210, boulevard Saint-Laurent

Visit the MEM website

5. A night of poetry


Josephine Bacon

We all have a very romantic image.trash of what a night of poetry can be, with various references depending on our ages and backgrounds. Well, we can’t at all predict what will happen at Place des Arts on Saturday, but we can imagine that these 13 poets, including Joséphine Bacon, will take us on a journey, and probably destabilize us a little, too. And then, what would a cultural night be without a little poetry? Start at 8 p.m. or 10:45 p.m. At the Urban Salon at Place des Arts. Free and without reservation.

At Place des Arts

Visit the Poetry Night page

6. At Belgo


Arpillera workshops, a canvas made up of different pieces of fabric, are offered at the SBC gallery.

Mandatory stop if there is one. At least five events are announced there, but be aware that several of the building’s galleries or artist centers will be open. Note the arpillera workshops offered by the Chilean artist Sarabeth Triviño, from the SBC gallery, to mark the 50e anniversary of the coup d’état in Chile. Or the exhibition Flight 521, destination Belgoat Espace St-Jean, by Annie Lapointe and Louis-Bernard St-Jean, who will share their works (photography and painting) while the beatmaker Morti Viventear will make the workshop vibrate to the sound of jazz-funk music. Until 1 a.m. At 372, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest.

Belgo, 372, rue Sainte-Catherine

Check out the SBC gallery page

Visit the exhibition page Flight 521

7. Food break at Central


Morso’s Roman pizzas

The Central is literally surrounded by places where White Night is celebrated. Perfect place to warm up and take a food break. The Central is this place which brings together numerous counters, which allows everyone to choose what they want to eat – between the Indian dishes of Super quality or the square of pizza from Morso – and drink, of course. Some restaurateurs have created dishes for Nuit blanche and will stay open until 3 a.m., for party-goers who don’t want to leave on an empty stomach. Warning: risk of heavy traffic. At the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Sainte-Catherine Street.

Le Central, 30, rue Sainte-Catherine

8. S.A.T.

It’s the ideal place to end the evening… and start the Night. We took advantage of cultural activities, saw films, listened to poetry, immersed ourselves in visual works, we even took the time to refuel. Now is the time for catharsis. The Society of Technological Arts (SAT) is offering a musical marathon which will bring together a dozen DJs who will take turns spinning only vinyls. It’s free until 10 p.m. for those who want to arrive earlier; after 10 p.m. you have to pay ($30), but you can dance until 8 a.m. the next morning.

The SAT, 1201, boulevard Saint-Laurent

Consult the SAT page

Consult the entire Nuit blanche program

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