Summer program for the Quays of the Old Port - Be there, on the Quays, starting in mid-May 2009!

    MONTREAL, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - It's on the shores of the St. Lawrence in
Montréal, more specifically at Québec's most popular tourist and recreational
venue, that summer will make its first appearance this year! Starting in
mid-May 2009, the five terraces of the Old Port Quays will launch into their
season beckoning visitors to "savour" their individual ambiances. The Quays'
unique location, their urban and maritime character, and their choice place in
the hearts of Montréal's festivities and cultural events make them a must for
"with it" young Montrealers, families, tourists, and same-day visitors alike.
Arts and stage events, cruises, excursions, and the Quays' terraces are this
summer's main attractions. Indeed this summer promises to be energetic,
innovative, and, most of all, festive!

    Arts and stage events on the Quays

    As soon as summer checks in, all sites on the Quays will turn into an
outstanding outdoor stage, the largest of its kind in Montréal, on which
international artists in all disciplines will take turns strutting their
stuff. Nowhere else does one find as much diversity or diversity in

    The Circus Arts Promenade

    Circus arts are featured on the Promenade that is about to be renamed the
Promenade des arts du cirque sur les Quais in an effort to highlight
Montréal's cultural vitality and incredible contribution to the circus,
notably to the Cirque du Soleil, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this
year. Acrobats and equilibrists will impress one and all with their skills and
agility and send passers-by into a visual twirl! Earthly and maritime
performances by Les 7 doigts de la main and by the crew of La Loupiote, moored
at the Old Port for the summer, will add to the visitors' pleasure. The
Loupiote will entertain spectators with an aerial and nautical performance
that relies on the stimulating use of masts and ropes. Visitors need only walk
on the Promenade to enjoy the ever-present circus artists!
    From June 24 to August 30, 2009 - 15 performances per day, 5 days a week.

    Great visitors

    Among the outstanding events of the summer of 2009, two are not to be
missed: the arrival of the Flagship Niagara, a 61-metre historic ship, and a
visit by the Pride of Baltimore II. Built in 1988, the Pride of Baltimore II
is a faithful reproduction of the Pride of Baltimore, built in 1813 and a
major player in the Lake Erie battle which saw the American fleet defeat its
British counterpart. The Pride of Baltimore disappeared at sea in 1986.
    Both these superb examples of naval construction techniques will moor at
the Quays and be open to visitors.
    Flagship Niagara: July 17, 18. Pride of Baltimore II: August 15and 16,
    The renowned sailing ship Sedna IV, moored in the Old Port since 2007
will set sail for other seas in its quest to promote ecological awareness.
Montréal is not about to forget Jean Lemire and his crew who so generously
shared their discoveries, preoccupations, and enthusiasm with visitors. Let's
wish them "fair winds" and hope they'll be back with us soon!

    An eyeful!

    A first in Montréal, the Rendez-vous de la Vidéo Projection
Architecturale officially takes off this year with three evening screenings on
two impressive buildings. The first, a presentation titled Phare Ephémère
projected on the Conveyor Pier Tower, is a surprising creation of VYV with an
equally surprising sound track signed by Daniel Bélanger. The second
presentation will feature a magnificently renovated building, located at 357C,
rue de la Commune West, that will reveal an incredible number of architectural
details. Indeed an event not to be missed and dates to be circled on your
    Rendez-vous de la Vidéo Projection Architecturale: August 28, 29, and 30.

    Net step: the World!

    This year, M for Montréal and the Gillett Group team up to invite one and
all to an event not to be missed. First, on September 5, M for Montréal
invites you to hear a number of today's young musical groups and meet the
stars of tomorrow in an electrifying atmosphere. And it's free! That evening,
The Killers will take the stage on the Jacques-Cartier Quay in a
paid-admission Gillett Group presentation. M for Montréal is back the next
day, Sunday September 6, with more musical groups that are sure to rock the
Place des Vestiges!
    Two days of mind-blowing, "with it" music!
    September 5 and 6, 2009 - place des Vestiges.

    Still more music!

    Rhythmic, electrifying, or simply crazy music will be the order of the
day on the Quays this summer!

    - From May 27 to May 31, Mutek, is celebrating its 10th edition and the
      beginning of its second decade, and with the collaboration of the Quays
      of the Old Port, present EXTRA_MUROS.
      Extra_Muros is presenting ANTIVJ, which uses video projections on the
      street furniture.
      At twilight until 11:30 pm on the Conveyor's tower.
    - In June, the Montreal Off Festival de jazz will surely impress when it
      premieres at Hanger 16 on the Quays with Tremblement de fer, a piece by
      composer Pierre Labbé, performed by a fifty-musician band, the largest
      jazz orchestra ever to appear on the same stage in Montréal! An
      important première and a concert that is unique in its genre!
      June 18, 2009 - Hangar 16.
    - Classical music aficionados will be well served every Wednesday
      throughout the summer with Midis I Musici, a series of entertaining
      musical lunches on the lawn, featuring quartets and trios from
      Montréal's renowned orchestra. One hour of pure delight for the ear and
      relaxation for the mind!
      Every Wednesday, from July 8 to September 2, 2009, on the lawn, between
      the Alexandra and Saint-Pierre entrances. Free.
    - More music, this time with the Montréal Baroque Festival, celebrating
      the 350th anniversary of Henry Purcell's birth with a series of
      chocolate-themed presentations! The Quays will also see the Festival go
      a step further when it features the Toronto baroque music I FURIOSI in
      a modern presentation that will blend love and jealousy.
      June 27, 2009 - Place des Vestiges. Free.
    - Rhythm will definitely be on the rise in August when evening visitors
      can let loose and dance when Bals Tango takes the stage with orchestra
      and teachers who will take would-be Free Tango dancers through their
      steps. Fun for experts and beginners alike!
      August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2009 - Place des Vestiges. Free.
    - Contemporary music and multimedia fans will love to hear that the
      Escales improbables event is back to promote surprising and ever
      stimulating meetings between artists who revolutionize methods of
      expression. Totally new this year: Hanger 16 will be the scene of
      terrific, improbable, festive evening in the company of the National
      Park musical group!
      September 11, 12, and 13, 2009 - Jardin Eau-Canada and Hangar 16.

    Ars gratia artis!

    The Quays' summer program includes a wide array of festivals and cultural
event for all tastes, including:

    - dance that explores new horizons with the Festival TransAmériques from
      May 20 to 24;
    - beautiful summer Sundays, thanks to the Campbell Concerts, on July 24
      and August 16;
    - outdoor theatre with two stagings of Shakespeare's As You Like It,
      performed by the Théâtre Répercussion on August 11;
    - festive science on the site during the three days of Festival Eurêka!
      on June 12, 13, and 14;
    - timely ecology at the Salon national de l'environnement on June 19, 20,
      and 21;
    - Québec gastronomy featuring Québec products at the Saveurs et
      tentations event on August 12 to 16;
    - a celebration of cultural diversity at the Hommage Pluriel au Québec on
      June 24, presented by Vision Diversité, the Matsuri Japan on August
      1st, and
    - last but not least, the Canada Day celebration on July 1st, featuring
      an impressive array of activities for all ages!

    Note that most of those events are free.

    Quays cruises and excursions

    When it comes to maritime destinations the Quays stand out, thanks to the
plethora of cruises and excursions they offer their visitors. Friendly and
ecological craft such as the Petit Navire, the powerful Saute-Moutons and
St-Laurent Jet Boats, "surf and turf" cruises on the Amphibus, river escapades
on the Bateau-Mouche, guided cruises on the Croisières AML Cavalier Maxim, and
the bike-boat packages offered by Latitude 45 (degrees) Nord. It is simply a
matter of choice for Montrealers and tourists alike, a choice that is driven
by a common, irresistible attraction to the River. Whether used for relaxing
or adrenalin-generating escapades, the St. Lawrence is sure to deliver ever
renewable pleasures, history- and anecdote-filled daytime cruises, and the
exhilarating experience of the power trip only the mastering of the Lachine
rapids can deliver. By night, the relaxing ambiance and gastronomic pleasures
that define dinner cruises are only matched by Montréal's extraordinary urban
landscapes. In all, a unique combination of urban and maritime experiences
that never cease to amaze and lead to extremely pleasant surprises! Starting
on May 16, 2009.

    Quays terraces

    Back on terra firma, both navigators and earthlings will want to take
advantage of the many terraces that line up on the shores of the mighty River
like so many havens beckoning the curious with promises of diversity and
pleasing sensations. Visitors can relax at the Terrasses Bonsecours for
cocktails, enjoy a more upbeat ambiance at the Café des éclusiers, a dinner
show at the Scena, dinner at the panoramic urban grill Bistro Vû or a relaxing
lunch at the Bistro Origine. In addition to tasty meals and a great choice of
wines and spirits, the Quays' terraces offer magnificent vistas on the St.
Lawrence, the city, and the Old Port site. Nowhere else in Montréal can one
delight in more spectacular panoramas of the Old City and downtown Montréal
and appreciate their incomparable blend of history and modernity. Truly
relaxing, friendly oases, the Quays' terraces are the ideal venue for
impromptu gatherings between friends. Cheers!
    Starting on May 16, 2009.

    Summer fun!

    The official opening of the Promenade des arts du cirque sur les Quais,
on June 18, promises and the launching of a series of 600 free open air circus
performances through the summer hold promises of a spectacular summer! Fantasy
and good humour will be on hand to greet those in search of a flavourful
summer program and an opportunity to partake in Montréal's art, culture,
restaurants, and terraces starting at the heart of it all: the Old Port Quays!
Enjoy the good life, Montréal style!
    The Quays of the Old Port wish to recognize the contribution of their
partners: Sleeman-Unibroue, Pepsi, and TELUS and of their official
environmental partner, the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
    Details of all Old Port of Montréal Quays summer activities and events
are available at or by phone at 514 496-PORT or 1 800

For further information:

For further information: Julie Mailhot, Press Agent, Old Port of
Montréal Corporation, (514) 283-8085,;
Source: Old Port of Montréal Corporation

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