9 Best Performing Arts Venues in Side Trips from Montreal, Quebec

Le Centre d’Exposition de Val-David

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Showcasing the work of regional and international artists, the nonprofit Le Centre d’Exposition de Val-David is the largest art gallery and exhibition hall in the area. Admission is free.


Fodor's choice

Enriching the Townships' cultural landscape since 1965, this theater, in a former pig barn in the mountains, is known for showcasing English-language plays, with a focus on Canadian playwrights. Concerts, magic shows, and comedy acts also feature in a season that runs mid-May through October.

Centennial Theatre

On the campus of Bishop's University, this 600-seat theater presents a roster of jazz, classical, and rock concerts, as well as opera, dance, mime, and children's theater.

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Festi Jazz

Tons of fun and completely free, the very popular five-day jazz festival in early August draws in at least 15,000 tourists and locals to Mont-Tremblant. The concerts take place under the stars on two outdoor stages and in at least 10 restaurants, bars, and hotels in the village or St-Jovite (downtown area).

Festival International du Blues de Tremblant

People don't just flock to Mont-Tremblant for outdoor fun. This place is becoming a music lovers' paradise, especially for 10 days in July when the Blues Festival takes place with more than 130 shows. Artists such as Otis Taylor, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Thornetta Davis entertain fans on outdoor stages and in intimate clubs right in the village.

Festival Orford

Every summer, from the end of June to mid-August, a celebration of music and art brings classical music, jazz, and chamber orchestra concerts to Parc du Mont-Orford. It's organized by the Orford Arts Centre, which has been teaching students the art of classical music and performance since 1951.

Le Vieux Clocher de l'Université de Sherbrooke

Le Vieux Clocher de l'Université de Sherbrooke presents music, from classical to jazz, and a variety of theater and comedy shows.

Le Vieux Clocher de Magog

Originally built in 1881 as a Methodist church, and converted into a theater by local impresario Bernard Caza 100 years later, this theater headlines well-known francophone comedians and singers such as Claude Dubois and Gilles Vigneault. Most, if not all, performances are in French.

Théâtre Lac Brome

This local theater company stages high-quality productions in both English and French. Under the leadership of executive artistic director Ellen David, TLB is now open year-round and showcases work by local artists in its new lobby. It aims to offer as much and as varied entertainment as possible while reflecting national and regional talent and content. The 175-seat, air-conditioned theater is located behind the Townships' institution, the Knowlton Pub.