Give the gift of Montréal arts and culture

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

Now is the perfect time to support Montréal arts and culture by giving the gift of show tickets, gift certificates, art and other cultural experiences. Even in a time when theatres, music venues and museums are temporarily closed, Montréal's artistic forces are still hard at work behind the scenes, crafting productions, recording music, writing books and creating all kinds of unique made-in-Montréal art. 

Applause for theatre, dance and circus

Give the gift of live performance with gift certificates for tickets or make a direct donation in a loved one’s name to Montréal theatres, dance companies and performance venues. Circus is still on the Montréal menu for spring too: Cirque du Soleil show Under the Same Sky unfolds under the big top in the Old Port all summer. 

Pick up Place des Arts gift certificates online – they’re good for any and every show at the multi-venue performance space! A sure way to make sure the opera lovers in your life won’t miss Opéra de Montréal’s The Marriage of Figaro in May. For dance fans, get gift certificates directly from Danse Danse for Québecois, Canadian and international dance performances or tickets to Les Grands Ballets’ spring and summer shows, and stay tuned to dance venues such as Agora de la danse and Tangente for ticket sales and ways to make donations.  

You can also make the comeback of the Montréal theatre scene fabulous too with gift certificates, tickets or donations to the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Centaur TheatreTheatre LaChapelleMAI Montréal, Arts InterculturelsMainline Theatre and other vital Montréal theatres – the show must go on, after all! 

A boost for Montréal cinema

For the movie lovers in your life, purchase gift certificates for renting award-winning international and art house films thanks to Montréal's indie cinemas and their excellent virtual programming: check out what’s on, online, at Cinéma ModerneCinéma du ParcCinéma du Musée and Cinémathèque québécoise

Explore the city from a cinematic distance in these NFB films about Montréal’s many diverse neighbourhoods, in Hollywood movies made in Montréal and in award-winning films available to watch through Montréal distribution company MK2 | Mile End. Or experience virtual reality with PHI VR TO GO, delivering VR headsets and incredible films right to your home.

Return to the museum

When museums and galleries reopen, be ready with tickets – or annual passes! – already in hand. For art fans who can’t wait to step through the front doors of the Montréal Fine Arts Museum again, pick out a museum membership. The Musée d’art contemporarain currently offers a four-year membership to see a wide world of contemporary art at the museum and other locations around the city.  

For local history buffs, choose from a variety of different memberships to the McCord Museums to see local history up close throughout the year. Get a 25% discount on individual and family memberships to the ever-engaging Pointe-à-Calliere archaeology and history museum too. A bonus: most memberships start when the museums reopen their doors and come with bonus discounts for museum boutiques as well as for other venues!  

One-of-a-kind art and design

Also find unique gifts for art and history fans at museum bookstores and boutiques, now with online shopping. And if an artist’s work has caught your eye at Montréal art galleries, now’s the time to buy their art online or through a private appointment. 

Kids and adults alike can colour images created by Montréal artists in these fantastic colouring books

And for something different and definitely memorable, try the Phi Centre’s Soundbites, a multi-sensorial culinary experience, featuring a three-course menu and accompanying audio recording from Montréal chefs: choose delectable dishes and tales from Maria-José de Frias of Le Virunga or Akim and Abdel Acacia of Piklìz. Discover more food creativity in these speciality take-out and delivery offers

Local music and books for giving

Wrap up these Montréal-based books and let your loved ones see the city through the eyes of astute authors over through the years. If you’ve got fans of graphic novels and comic books on your list, check out our list of comic books set in Montréal. Visit some of the best Montréal bookstores, like Drawn & Quarterly and used bookstore The Word.

Give classical music tickets for online performances and future in-person performances by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Orchestre Métropolitain. No matter what genre of music your family and friends love, you’ll find the perfect gift for them at these excellent Montréal record stores, featuring everything from indie rock to reggae and beyond, both new and used. And in a time when we can’t see live shows, we can still support Montréal musicians: discover local music through these Montréal Spotify playlists and buy artists’ albums on Bandcamp or directly through their labels.  

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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