Casino de Montréal concerts pay tribute to superstars

Richard Burnett

The glitzy Casino de Montréal is not just the biggest casino in Canada, it is also home to the popular Cabaret du Casino, which has welcomed everybody from Liza Minnelli to master impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon.

Twenty years after its opening in 1997, the Cabaret du Casino presents a series of concerts paying tribute to Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Rock and Roll queens and some of the world’s most beloved classic-rock bands.

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Tribute to Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck

During the British Invasion of the 1960s that gave us The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, two British crooners also became became major international stars: Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.

In their early days, both Humperdinck and Jones were managed by Humperdinck’s childhood friend Gordon Mills. For pop-culture trivia buffs, it was not Elvis Presley who made sideburns famous, it was his good friend Engelbert, who once told me, “I’m the one to blame! I saw The Beatles and decided to design a hairstyle that would be mine.”

Tom and Engel’s hit catalogues will be performed by two superb singers with a live band, in the 75-minute Tribute to Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck concerts that run until November 19, 2017. Showtime is 1:30 p.m. but a brunch-show special is also available with doors opening at 11 a.m.

Rock Queens on Tour

The popular Queens on Tour show pays tribute to the queens of rock and pop: Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Alanis Morissette, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and many more.

Queens on Tour features five female singers with a live band, in a 90-minute concert on October 28. Showtime is 8:30 p.m., but 8:30 p.m. but a dinner-show special is also available, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Classic Rock at the Casino

The Band on Tour concert is more than just a tribute to some of the greatest rock bands in history, but features five authentic Quebec rockers – Serge Fortin, Martin Lacasse (veteran back-up vocalist on La Voix), Fred Lebel, Bob St-Laurent and David Latulippe of the 2016 edition of La Voix – backed by a live and loud rock band.

Band on Tour’s hit list includes songs by The Eagles, AC/DC, U2, The Police, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Queen in what is being billed as a “100% English-language repertoire.”

The 90-minute show runs from November 3, 2017, to January 6, 2018.  Showtime is 9 p.m. but a dinner-show special is also available with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Christmas at the Casino

Jingle bells will ring at the Nos plus belles chansons de Noël concert that stars three superb singers – Nancy Fortin, Marianne Mathieu and Rita Tabbakh – accompanied by four musicians, singing the great classics of the holiday season. The 75-minute matinee concert runs from November 28 to December 17, 2017. Showtime is 1:30 p.m. but a brunch-show special is also available with doors opening at 11 a.m.

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State-of-the-Art Cabaret du Casino

The Cabaret du Casino (whose cabaret-seating seats up to 325) is a superb concert venue: it looks and sounds great and the acoustics are outstanding, with its state-of-the-art 3D psychoacoustic system.

The Casino de Montréal offers free parking and is also easily accessible via Jean Drapeau Métro station. Click here for directions.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett, blogger

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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