Montreal Performing Arts

There's something uniquely Quebecois about the kind of entertainment referred to as a spectacle. It's more than just a performance, usually involving some kind of multimedia projection, light show, and, if outdoors, fireworks. It's no wonder, then, that the ultimate spectacle, Cirque du Soleil, was founded in Montréal in the ’80s. And it's also hardly surprising that North America's largest

French-speaking metropolis should be the continent's capital of French theater.

Montréal is the home of nearly a dozen professional companies and several important theater schools, but there's also a lively English-language theater scene and one of the few remaining Yiddish theaters in North America.

In 2012, the city completed the Quartier des Spectacles, a 70-acre theater district in Downtown with stages for outdoor performances and nearly 80 venues for dance, music, theater, and art.

For a city its size, Montréal offers a remarkable number of opportunities for fans of classical music to get their fill, from operas and symphonies to string quartets.

As for dance, there are several modern dance companies of note, including Montréal Danse and Québec's premier ballet company Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

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Agora de la Danse

More than just a performance space for contemporary dance, this center actively works in the dance community to encourage creativity...

BJM Danse Montréal

Under artistic director Louis Robitaille, BJM Danse Montréal fuses contemporary music and visual arts with extraordinary technique.

Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec

Spread over five floors, Montréal's largest public library is a modern, light-filled, and spacious place to while away an afternoon...

Black Theatre Workshop

The only black English-language company in Québec (and the longest-running in Canada) continues to support and nourish the careers of...

Centaur Theatre

Montréal's best-known English-language theater company stages everything from frothy musical revues to serious works, and prominently...

Centre Phi

Packed with intimate screening rooms, recording facilities, exhibition spaces, and a performance space, this center promotes artist-driven...

Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas

With 22 screens showing everything from Hollywood blockbusters to indie flicks, choice is the main draw at this massive theater. That,...

Cinéma Banque Scotia

This four-level theater complex is in the center of downtown Montréal. The major attraction is movie-watching in either of the IMAX...

Cinéma Impérial

Recognized by the Québec government as a historical monument in 2001, this beautiful, old-fashioned movie theater screens independent...

Cinéma du Parc

A favorite of Montréal moviegoers for years, this theater focuses on first-run movies from around the world. Retrospectives based on...


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