The Quays of the Old Port of Montréal are about to light and warm up this
winter season!

MONTREAL, Dec. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal are launching their winter 2009-2010 program, a series of events that promise to be cool and entertaining! Starting on Saturday, December 5, visitors can enjoy the first of four Cool Nights on the Quays, an electrifying, free outdoor extravaganza that is sure to please one and all. Starting with the TELUS Fire on Ice, each evening show will be followed by a performance from the Porn Flakes quartet and guests... a rendezvous not to be missed by those who intend to enjoy winter in Montréal! The Quays of the Old Port of Montréal also feature a panoply of activities for all tastes, every day, all winter, including their superb outdoor refrigerated ice skating rink, Montréal's first to open this coming Saturday, December 5! In keeping with its program designed to stimulate, amaze, and seduce guests, the Quays of the Old Port will punctuate the rites of winter with a series of illuminating events and activities including Igloofest on the Quays (January 2010), the Montréal High Lights Festival (February 2010), and the Port Symphonies (March 2010).

"Thanks to their unique program, variety, and dynamism, the Old Port Quays have become THE with-it, urban winter destination in Montréal" commented Mrs Claude Benoit, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation at a press conference today.

The Quays' skating rink: a winter delight!

Located at the Bonsecours Basin, the Quays of the Old Port's skating rink features impeccable ice in an exciting, warm atmosphere, surrounded by magnificent views of Old Montréal, the St. Lawrence, and downtown Montréal. It remains the favourite outdoor skating rink for Montrealers of all ages. Weather and temperature permitting, the rink will extend into a 1.5 kilometre natural ice ring, much to the pleasure of skaters. What's more, the Quays of the Old Port will team up with their new partner, Van Houtte to add a touch of warmth and refinement to skaters' coffee breaks.

Nothing could be better than an inspiring beat to which skaters can glide! Hence, the Old Port rink features a different musical program every evening, Monday to Friday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday to Sunday, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday morning, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Musical themes at a glance: Mondays, classics; Tuesdays, music of the World; Wednesdays, alternative rock; Thursdays, rock and roll; Saturdays, music from the 80s and 90s; Saturdays electronic music; Sunday mornings, music for the little ones, and Sunday evenings, hits from the French repertoire.

The skating rink is open every day, from December 5, 2009 to March 7, 2010. The dressing and rest rooms are open to all at the Bonsecours Pavilion.

Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; from Thursday to Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Individual rates: adults - $6; children (6 to 12) - $4, (under 6) - free; family (2 adults and 2 children) - $5. Season passes: single - 25 $; family (2 adults and 2 children) - $50

TELUS Fire on Ice and Cool Nights on the Quays

A Quays partner since 2005, TELUS is sponsoring its 5th edition of the TELUS Fire on Ice show, staged as part of the Cool Nights on the Quays series, a presentation that will launch winter festivities on the Quays with a bang! Every Saturday evening through December, starting at 8 p.m., TELUS Fire on Ice will feature stunning pyromusical displays by world-calibre Québec pyrotechnic groups: Ampleman Pyrotechnie (December 5), BEM Feux d'artifice (December 12), Royal Pyrotechnie (December 19 ), and FAE Pyrotechnie (December 26). Each presentation of TELUS Fire on Ice will be followed by a fired-up concert by Porn Flakes and their guests on the Sleeman Light Stage, located on Bonsecours Island (parking and access via the Clock Tower Quay). Every Saturday, eight guests will come and celebrate with the Porn Flakes. Among them: Kevin Parent, Lulu Hugues, Martin Deschamps, Martin Fontaine, Élizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite, Patrick Bourgeois, and Jonas. A complete list of Porn Flakes' guests will be available soon on www.quaysoftheoldport.com

Unique, with it, and free, Cool Nights on the Quays is a must for those who wish to enjoy winter in Montréal!

The Media's Great Holiday Fundraising

This year, the Quays of the Old Port will participate to the Media's Great Holiday Fundraising (Grande Guignolée des Médias), collecting visitors' cash donations on the Cool Nights on the Quays series. Volunteers, stationed at both of the main entrances of the site, will collect contributions earmarked for Sun Youth and Moisson Montréal. The event is free, so all are welcome to give generously!

Terrasses Bonsecours Bistro

Located on the west side of the Bonsecours Pavilion, the Terrasses Bonsecours Bistro is the ideal meeting place for those who wish to get together before or after a show or a skating session to warm up, enjoy a drink or a bite or just for a coffee at Van Houtte's!

New Year Day's fireworks

What a wonderful tradition! Every year, on December 31, partygoers welcome the New Year on Place Jacques-Cartier, watching fireworks launched from the Quays of the Old Port. Impressive!Date: December 31. Time: midnight. Venue: Place Jacques-Cartier.

www.sdcvieuxmontreal.com

    
    IGLOOFEST ON THE QUAYS
    The craziest of rendezvous: IGLOOFEST!
    

Igloofest...three delirious weekends of outdoor electronic music, featuring the best DJs. Igloofest is back, with its renewed igloo village on the Quays! This year's fourth edition expands its program to include three Thursday evenings that promise to shake things up, thanks to an audacious and rocking offering! Produced in cooperation with Piknic Electronik, Igloofest, a far-out Montréal phenomenon that is exclusive to the Quays of the Old Port, is sure to raise the temperature!

    
    - Weekend 1: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 14, 15, and 16, 2010
    - Weekend 2: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 21, 21 and 23, 2010
    - Weekend 3: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 28, 29 and 30, 2010
    

Admission: from 6 p.m. to midnight: $10. www.Igloofest.ca

    
    Montréal High Lights Festival
    Something to light up the city!
    

The MONTRÉAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL is back on the Quays for the 4th year with its outdoors festivities, yet another indication that the Quays are a must! From February 18 to 28, Hydro Québec's Fête de la lumière will brighten the site with illuminated animation, stage performances, pyrotechnic presentations and, to be sure, the now famous Sleepless Night (February 27, 2010), one of the most popular events of the Festival. In the very heart of the cold season, the entertainment factor will reach its zenith: revellers beware of heatstroke!

Montréal High Lights Festival: www.montrealenlumiere.com

    
    Port Symphonies
    Let the ships sing!
    

The tradition lives on! Once again, ships moored at the Quays will synchronize their horns and, in unison, play a symphony that will resonate from the Promenade to Place Royale, while the heart of Old Montréal will beat to the sounds of the Port Symphonies' outdoor concert. Trains, tug-boats, and ships moored at the Old Port for the winter and other urban instruments, including the bells of Notre-Dame church, will blend their sounds into an original and unusual composition. Port Symphonies: www.pacmusee.qc.ca

The Quays of the Old Port of Montréal: a powerful economic engine

With more than 5 million visitors every year, the Quays of the Old Port play an important part in Montréal's economy and represent a powerful pole of attraction for recreational tourists. The Old Port of Montréal Corporation, manager of the Quays of the Old Port, is committed to positioning the Quays as a must Montréal destination on the basis of both the originality and richness of programs that are well anchored in the City's unique personality.

The Quays of the Old Port wish to thank their partners Sleeman, Pepsi, and TELUS and to underline the contribution of Van Houtte, their associated partner in the Quays skating rink.

Details of all activities and events presented at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal for the 2009-2010 winter are available at www.quaysoftheoldport.com or by phone at 514 496-PORT or 1 800 971-PORT.

SOURCE QUAYS OF THE OLD PORT

For further information: For further information: Julie Mailhot, Press Agent, Old Port of Montréal Corporation, (514) 283-8085, Cell: (514) 838-4524, jmailhot@oldportofmontreal.com; www.quaysoftheoldport.com


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