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Performing arts in Montreal


This article is part of the Montreal News section of the Best day ever daily news.


The city’s calendar overflows with incredible entertainment spanning all disciplines in both French and English all year long.

From dance to music to theatre to opera to film, not only are all forms represented, but they all showcase the city’s signature creativity, energy and passion. What’s more, performing arts festivals of all genres are held throughout the year, much to the delight of local patrons.


Agora de la danse

1435 De Bleury Street | Place-des-Arts 514 525-1500 |

This bold and eclectic venue is totally dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary dance.

Bell Centre

1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal Bonaventure | 514 932-2582 |

This vast multifunctional hall is the perfect venue for hockey games, rock concerts and live stage shows.

Bourgie Concert Hall

1339 Sherbrooke Street West | Peel 514 285-2000 |

Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, resides in the restored and transformed Erskine and American Church.

Cinéma du Musée

1379-A Sherbrooke Street West | Guy-Concordia 514 316-5665 |

Connected to the MMFA’s magnificent Gallery of Bronzes, this independent state-of-the-art cinema offers a jam-packed schedule of current artistic international fiction and documentary films, in both French and English.

Danse Danse

Tickets: 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West Place-des-Arts |

Enjoy inspiring, exciting and innovative contemporary dance pieces from here and abroad that explore the depth and scope of the human experience.

Espace St-Denis

1564 Saint-Denis Street | Berri-UQAM

Espace St-Denis is a cultural and gastronomic destination featuring the theatre, a brasserie-style restaurant, a studio-cabaret and more.

Le Balcon

463 Sainte-Catherine Street West Entrance at the main door of St. James United Church Place-des-Arts | 514 528-9766 |

Situated within St. James United Church, Le Balcon, a cross between a New York and a Parisian cabaret, offers an exclusive dining and entertainment experience.

Le Monastère

1439 Sainte-Catherine Street West | Guy-Concordia 438 558-1863 |

É In an exceptional downtown venue, cabaret-style spectaculars offer a new way to appreciate world-class circus artists performances, up close and personal.

Le Studio TD

305 Sainte-Catherine Street West | Place-des-Arts 514 288-8882 |

A prime destination in the Quartier des Spectacles for staging shows of any genre.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Tickets: 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West Place-des-Arts | 514 849-0269 |

Their repertoire includes classical and avant-garde ballets directed by renowned choreographers.

Maison Symphonique de Montréal

1600 Saint-Urbain Street | Place-des-Arts 514 842-2112 |

This splendid concert hall is built to the highest standards followed by the designers of the best concert halls in the world.


1182 Saint-Laurent Blvd. | Saint-Laurent 514 871-9883 |

Established since 1893, this complex dedicated to the performing arts is a venue for numerous shows.


Sainte-Catherine Street East | Saint-Laurent 514 844-3500 |

MTELUS is a major concert venue in Montréal for renowned artists, local or international.

Opéra de Montréal

Tickets: 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West Place-des-Arts | 514 985-2222 |

Founded in 1980, it is the largest francophone opera company in North America.

Orchestre classique de Montréal

Tickets: 300 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East Berri-UQAM | 514 487-5190 |

The OCM presents an eclectic musical repertoire while celebrating Canadian talent from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Orchestre Métropolitain

Tickets: 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West Place-des-Arts | 514 598-0870

Pursuing its goal of making music more accessible, the orchestra offers multidisciplinary concerts and conferences.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

1600 Saint-Urbain Street | Place-des-Arts 514 842-9951 |

A distinguished leader of musical life in Québec and Canada, the OSM features innovative and inspiring programming and collaborations.

Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West | Place-des-Arts 514 285-4200 |

The six halls of Canada’s premiere entertainment centre welcome a variety of contemporary performing arts.

The St-James Theatre

265 Saint-Jacques Street | Place-d’Armes 514 268-7069 |

A unique, historic, and monumental concert hall that doubles as a venue for a variety of events.

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde

84 Sainte-Catherine Street West | Place-des-Arts 514 866-8668 |

The TNM offers theatre that is sometimes classic, sometimes modern, and always innovative and exhilarating.

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

1254 Mackay Street | Ç Guy-Concordia | 514 931-6808

An inviting resto-bar that serves up live jazz shows every evening.

Wilder Building – Espace Danse

1435 De Bleury Street | Place-des-Arts

In the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Wilder Building brings together four major dance institutions: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Tangente, Agora de la danse, and École de danse Contemporaine de Montréal.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 Saint-François-Xavier Street | Place-d’Armes 514 288-3161 |

Québec’s premier English theatre presents a lineup of Canadian plays, Broadway hits and international talent.

Parc Jean-Drapeau

Le Cabaret du Casino

1 du Casino Avenue | Jean-Drapeau + ¨777 514 392-2746 |

Enjoy great food and great entertainment during a Dinner and Show, with an excellent table d’hôte menu.

Le mont Royal and Outremont

Rialto Theatre

5723 du Parc Avenue | Place-des-Arts + ¨80 North 514 770-7773 |

Concerts, theatre, cinema, dance performances, exhibitions, and private events all occur in the historic, lush environment that is the Rialto.

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts

5170 de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road Ç Côte-Sainte-Catherine | 514 739-7944

This first-class multi-space venue for the performing arts is nationally recognized and focuses on creation, innovation, diversity and cross-cultural collaborations.


Bistro Le Ste-Cath

4264 Sainte-Catherine Street East Pie-IX + ¨139 South | 514 223-8116 |

Bringing together culinary, visual and performing arts while celebrating renowned artists and emerging talent.

Le Village

Usine C

1345 Lalonde Avenue | Beaudry | 514 521-4198

A multidisciplinary research centre and studio, Usine C offers a wide range of dynamic and experimental programming.

Little Italy and Villeray


2345 Jarry Street East | Jarry + ¨193 East 514 376-8648 |

This creation and performance centre presents an exciting variety of innovative shows, festive events, and contemporary circus-related exhibitions.

Les Quartiers du Canal

Corona Theatre

2490 Notre-Dame Street West | Lionel-Groulx

A site of unique artistic creation, where the quality of programming is matched only by the beauty of the architecture.

New City Gas

950 Ottawa Street | Square-Victoria-OACI + ¨168 South | 514 879-1166 |

Originally constructed in the mid-1800s, the New City Gas complex is today a multifunctional event space.


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