Montréal’s celebrations during the Fête nationale du Québec

Suzanne Laliberté

Suzanne is passionate about everything “art” in Montréal, especially art forms that break boundaries like experimental dance, literature, design and visual arts that challenge norms and the timeless art of architecture, so often undervalued in the Americas. When she’s not writing, she can be found sipping an Earl Grey or a local gin at a favourite neighbourhood hangout.

This article was updated on June 14, 2022.

After a two-year hiatus, the Fête Nationale returns with its big show presented at Place des Festivals on June 23, in addition to the brand new stationary parade and neighbourhood festivals.

The big party

This year, the Fête National’s programming has a diverse range of activities for folks of all ages. The show entitled J'aime ma langue (I love my language), directed by Pierre Séguin, will be hosted by the always entertaining Pierre-Yves Lord. At 9 p.m., Pagliaro, Patrice Michaud, Alicia Moffet, Jay Scott, Sarahmée, Les Louanges, Fouki, Katia Rock, Roxanne Bruneau and Arianne Roy will share the stage to celebrate our national identity and our love of the French language.

For those who want to celebrate at home, the big show will be broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé and TVA on June 24 at 8 p.m. and simultaneously on stations owned by Cogeco Media. It will also be available from June 25on ICI Tout.tv and TVA+.

 

Other activities

The early dress rehearsal show at 12.30 p.m. is open to the public and well known historical figures of Montréal will be on-site to greet people from 12.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Party time begins at 5.30 p.m., with entertainment, music and surprises. Lastly, a DJ and band will keep the night owls shaking their tail feathers until midnight.

 

A parade of words

From June 23 to 25, replacing the traditional street parade, a stationary parade will be set up on De Maisonneuve Boulevard East, between Sanguinet Street and Saint-Dominique Street. This circuit made up of eight immersive tableaux entitled Notre langue, notre richesse (Our language, our wealth) will showcase once again the French language. The public will be able to stroll along this playful route to discover songs, literature, poems, tales, legends, nursery rhymes and theatre.

Neighbourhoods come alive

On June 23 and 24, neighbourhood parties will take place in parks, alleys and public spaces. Celebrate with family and the entire neighbourhood thanks to all sorts of entertainment such as shows, fireworks, large tables for gathering, craft or history workshops, inflatable games and face painting.

Honouring René Lévesque

This year, Québec celebrates Année Lévesque (Lévesque Year) beginning on June 24, 2022, until next year’s Fête Nationale, in memory of the 23rd Premier of Québec, René Lévesque. Several activities will take place throughout the year to recognize the centenary of his birth, as well as the 45th anniversary of the adoption of the Charter of the French Language.

 

The program is available online (French only)

 

Suzanne Laliberté

Suzanne is passionate about everything “art” in Montréal, especially art forms that break boundaries like experimental dance, literature, design and visual arts that challenge norms and the timeless art of architecture, so often undervalued in the Americas. When she’s not writing, she can be found sipping an Earl Grey or a local gin at a favourite neighbourhood hangout.

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