Winter on the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal: A festive, fun-filled blast!



    MONTREAL, Nov. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - A phenomenal success last year,
attracting a total of some 1.5 million visitors, Winter on the Quays promises
to be even more incredible this year! The lineup of festivities planned from
December to March includes fireworks on ice, stage shows, trad music
performances, a winter bar - with a whole new look and new outdoor terrace -
skating to music with a live DJ, wild winter wonders for thrill-seekers,
electrifying mega events, dazzling entertainment... and much, much more!
    The Quays of the Old Port of Montréal winter program took a decidedly
trendier, urban turn two years ago and continues to draw ever increasing
numbers of visitors. Last year alone, the venue attracted 22% more visitors
during the peak winter months from December to March. Building on past
success, the Quays of the Old Port this year feature a truly
out-of-the-ordinary lineup of activities for both families and an adult public
eager to get out and have a good time and experience winter a little
differently.

    Winter season kicks off December 1st 2007

    With the opening of the Bonsecours Basin Skating Rink at 10:00 on
December 1st, the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal officially shift into
winter mode. What better opportunity to inaugurate the most picturesque ice
rink in the city! Then at 16:00, the Quays Winter Bar (18 years and over), one
of the most unique places in Montréal to sip on the beverage of one's choice
- on foot or on skates! - launches into a second season in a completely
revisited, ultra-contemporary setting replete with a new outdoor terrace
equipped with barrel stoves.
    At 18:00, the outdoor celebration gets under way and the rink comes alive
with the music of the live DJ. (At 19:15, trad music group Swing takes to the
stage with a spirited, festive performance certain to pick up the pace. At
20:00, the evening sky literally explodes with the much anticipated TELUS Fire
on Ice fireworks spectacular. Immediately following the fireworks
presentation, Swing returns to the stage to shake things up a little and put
everyone back in the party mood. Evening activities continue at either the
Quays Winter Bar or on the ice with DJ accompaniment through to 22:00.

    2007-2008 Program Lineup: Winter set to dazzle on the Quays!

    3rd Edition of TELUS Fire on Ice - December 2007

    Launched from Jacques Cartier Pier, the TELUS Fire on Ice spectacular
will afford onlookers a truly unique experience of unparalleled refinement.
The series of four pyromusical displays will each last about 20 minutes.
Presented on Saturday, December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 20:00 by BEM
Fireworks, Ampleman Pyrotechnics, Royal Pyrotechnics and FAE Pyrotechnics
respectively, the TELUS Fire on Ice spectacular is certain to inspire
Montréalers to take to the outdoors and get in the Holiday mood! Admission
free

    Trad music series - December 2007

    To ensure that visitors take full advantage of the TELUS Fire on Ice
spectacular, the Quays will be treating visitors to a series of trad music
performances presented by Unibroue. An invitation to stretch one's legs and
dance in the snow in the company of one of Québec's leading trad music groups.
Performances have been scheduled for Saturday, December 1st, 8th, 15th and
22nd at 19:15 and 20:15 (after the fireworks) with Swing, Vent du Nord,
Mauvais Sort and Alain-François. Admission free

    Live DJ on ice and evening theme events - From December 1st 2007

    The refrigerated Bonsecours Basin Skating Rink welcomes some
60 000 skaters each year and will, once again this winter season, feature a
variety of musical entertainment. The DJ on Ice events from 18:00 to 21:00
will feature pop music on Saturdays and electronic music on Thursdays, and
continue through to 22:00 on the four Saturdays which include TELUS Fire on
Ice presentations. Musical theme events (no DJ) will also be organized and
include Student Mondays (contemporary music), Crooner Tuesdays, Lounge
Wednesdays and 80s Fridays. Rink $

    Quays Winter Bar - From December 1st 2007 to March 9th 2008

    Bonsecours Island is home to an unusual winter oasis where one can sip on
a hot drink (Quelque Chose brand beer) or explosive cocktail served in a glass
made of ice while feasting one's eyes on breathtaking views of the Quays and
surrounding cityscape in winter garb. The Quays Winter Bar, the trendiest of
winter venues, will be open Thursday through Sunday from December 1st to
March 9th from 16:00 to 22:00 Admission free (Drinks $)

    Ice skating lessons for beginners - From December 2nd 2007

    Once again this year, the Quays will be organizing Beginner Ice Skating
Workshops for children on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30, and for adults on
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 20:30, except December 26th and January 2nd. Rink $

    24-Hour Winter Wonders - December 14th and 15th 2007

    An all new way to let loose in winter!!! The Quays of the Old Port and
the team at Bougex will be pushing the envelope yet a little further this
winter by inviting thrill-seekers to take part in a 24-hour Winter Wonders
event on Bonsecours Island and adjacent ice skating rink. Winter bar, cool
group activities, shows, crazy competitions, contests, dancing, winter
camping... in short, reinventing the art of outdoor fun in winter! Friday,
December 14th from 17:00 to 17:00 the next day! Admission free

    Igloofest 2008: 4 electrifying mega parties - January 2008

    Presented in cooperation with Picknik Electronik, Igloofest, which
attracted 5000 electronic music fans during the inaugural event in 2007 (video
excerpts available on YouTube.com), will be back with 4 mega parties - 2 more
than last year-each with a different program lineup. Stage shows, outdoor
bars, incredible light shows and only top contemporary DJs... all on an
igloo-based theme! Featuring: Josh Wink, Abe Duque, Derek Plaslaiko, Pheek,
Spank Rock, Ghislain Poirier and more.

    Montréal High Lights - February 21st to 24th 2008 and February 29th to
    March 2nd 2008

    For the third year in a row, the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal will
host the Hydro-Québec Celebration of Light Festival, the outdoor component of
the Montréal High Lights Festival. Montréal's foremost winter event, now in
its 9th season, features a blend of dazzling entertainment, stage shows,
street performances, pyrotechnical shows and all night celebration. From
February 21st to 24th and from February 29th to March 2nd 2008. Admission free

    Valentine's Day Special - February 14th 2008

    On February 14th, singles are invited to indulge in an
out-of-the-ordinary speed dating experience at the Quays Winter Bar and on the
ice at the Bonsecours Basin Skating Rink. Registration required, number of
spaces limited ($), details to be posted on the Quays of the Old Port website.
Skating rink $
    Organized in cooperation with Speed Dating Montréal
(speeddatingmontreal.com).

    Port Symphonies of Pointe-à-Callières - March 2nd and 9th 2008

    Symphonic tributes to the river and the city featuring ship sirens and
train whistles. Admission free

    The Quays of the Old Port wish to thank the sponsors of the 2007-2008
winter program of events: Arctic Glacier, Blizzarrr, Guru, Serra Lunga and
Unibroue; as well as media partners: Astral Media Radio's RockDétente 107.3
Montréal and énergie 94.3; and Voir and Hour.
    The Quays of the Old Port also wish to underscore the support of partners
Sleeman, Pepsi and TELUS.
    For details on activities and events planned for the Old Port of Montréal
this winter, log on to our website at www.quaysoftheoldport.com or call us at
either 514 496-PORT (7678) or 1 800 971-PORT (7678).




For further information:

For further information: Luce Davidson, Public Relations, (514)
484-2082, luced@sympatico.ca; Catherine Giroux, Press Relations Coordinator,
Old Port of Montréal Corporation, (514) 283-8085,
cgiroux@vieuxportdemontreal.com; Source: Old Port of Montréal Corporation

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