September on the Quays of the Old Port - Montréal know-how at its best: unique, intense cultural experiences

    MONTREAL, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Montrealers are invited to come out and
enjoy a very special September on the Quays of the Old Port, where there will
be all kinds of new and exciting happenings going on all month long. Starting
September 6, the Quays of the Old Port will be hosting some highly original,
not to say unusual, activities, including M for Montréal on the Quays, the
Escales Improbables, Sigur Ros and De feu et de lumières. The month will wrap
up on a heritage, artistic and technological note when the Quays of the Old
Port will be lit up with the Ephemeral Lighthouse, a daring architectural
video-projection event.
    On September 6, starting at 5 p.m., emerging music fans and those
interested in discovering Montréal musical talent are invited come to Place
des Vestiges for M for Montréal on the Quays, featuring artists from the
city's latest generation of musicians. Six bands will be playing on two stages
across from each other: Alfa Rococco, Karkwa, Misteur Valaire, Socalled,
Torngat and Radio Radio. All these bands, popular on the alternative scene,
will be performing 30-minute sets for music fans and the general public. From
5 to 7 p.m., Montrealers can dance to the beat of Geneviève Borne and
Anne-Marie Witenshaw, DJs and hosts for this fabulous musical evening. Free
admission. For further information:
    On September 11, 12, 13 and 14, the fifth edition of the Escales
Improbables will be held in the "Eau Canada" garden. This highly original
artistic event on the Quays will feature some amazing performances by visual
artists, dancers, musicians and even experimental puppeteers! Come on down and
make some "improbable" discoveries! Free admission. For more information:
    They've created a huge buzz around the globe, and now they'll be drawing
crowds in Montréal this September. The Icelandic group Sigur Ros will be
taking over Jacques Cartier Quay, the city's best outdoor stage, on September
20 for a memorable show presented by the Gillett Entertainment Group. Sigur
Ros is known for their ethereal music, strange lyrics with a mixture of
Icelandic and invented words, and flamboyant stage presence. Tickets available
on the Admission network.
    The month of September will be wrapping up in monumental fashion, as the
Quays of the Old Port take part in the Journées de la culture by creating De
feu et de lumières, a multidisciplinary outdoor event where various artists
will exploit the theme of fire and light. On September 27 and 28, visitors to
the Quays will be able to attend a concert by the I Musici de Montréal chamber
orchestra, performances by the Fogo Rasto dance troupe, which incorporates
fire in its choreography, a sculptural installation featuring fire, water and
voices, entitled Voix d'eau et de feu, and a concert for anvils and percussion
instruments. They can also explore an artists' site bringing together
blacksmiths, potters and glassmakers, all working with fire and light on these
two evenings. Free admission. For more information:
    And that's not all. On September 26 and 27, the first-ever architectural
video-projection on the Quays will turn the Conveyor Pier Tower into an
Ephemeral Lighthouse. For these two evenings, this industrial heritage
building from the 1950s will be transformed into an enormous urban lighthouse.
Thanks to the creativity of the artists from VYV Corporation, partner with the
Quays of the Old Port in this first initiative, and the imagination of Daniel
Bélanger, who has designed the soundtrack, the Ephemeral Lighthouse, visible
from afar, will combine heritage with an original, innovative artistic
approach. Free event. For more information: and
    Because summer is only just beginning ... an invitation to all
Montrealers to come out and enjoy September on the city's most fabulous stage:
the Quays of the Old Port.

    About the Old Port of Montréal Corporation

    For the past 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation has pursued
the mandate assigned to it by the federal government, of promoting and
developing the Old Port. As manager of the Quays of the Old Port, one of the
most popular attractions in Quebec, the Montréal Science Centre and the
IMAX(C) Telus Theatre, and by planning and offering a varied program of
activities throughout the Old Port, the Corporation is a major player in the
city's economic development.

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    The Old Port of Montréal Corporation thanks its sponsors Sleeman, Pepsi
and Telus

For further information:

For further information: Clarah Germain, Media Relations, Quays of the
Old Port of Montréal, (514) 283-8085,

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