Nuit Blanche: Art Will Keep You Warm Tonight

Isa Tousignant

Winter will be warming up on March 3! That’s the date for one of the city’s most exciting annual happenings ever, Nuit Blanche, the all-night, all-arts party that unites thousands of culture vultures all through the downtown core. Nuit Blanche could not be more Montréal – in a testament to Quebecers’ indomitable spirit, crowds of thousand gather in sub-zero temperatures to trek the city in the small hours of the morning, in search of art.

Here are some events among the hundreds happening simultaneously that we think you should put on your list.

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Head underground

This enchanted evening is the best time to get started on your exploration of Art Souterrain, the three-kilometre-long art walk through Montréal’s famous Underground City. It’s the festival’s opening night, and will be animated from 6 pm to 1 am with artists and ambassadors onsite, as well as live performances at Place Bonaventure and Guy-Favreau Complex.


Go for a slide—and a ride!

Right in the Nuit Blanche epicentre at Place des Festivals, the Milk Urban Slide zig-zags across the outdoor site. Leaving the immense illuminated launch tower, this110 metre-long slide guarantees a wild experience. Runs from 2 pm to 3 am. Right nearby, the RBC Zip-line will give you a bird’s-eye view of the site surrounded by sounds and lights. Soar from west to east, from Balmoral Street almost all the way to Saint-Urbain! Runs from midnight to 3 a.m.


Time for church

There are elevating experiences to be had in places of worship tonight, including at Christ Church Cathedral downtown, where a concert of organ music by Bach at 4:30 pm will be followed by the Montréal Gay Men’s Chorus and Sympholies vocales, then from midnight to 1 am, jazz music played by a quartet. Over at the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the crypt church will come alive with eight choirs between 8:30 pm and 1 am: Chœur Baobab, Chœur des Jeunes de Laval, Au Chœur des Refrains ensemble, Choeur Solis, Ensemble Liszt, Choeur Allegro, Voisa Montréal and Cantiamo Montréal.


See the light

Last year’s big hit is back! Whether solo, with friends or family, Illuminart is an unforgettable experience that includes a dozen works fusing art, illumination and technology, created by artists from Montréal and abroad, deployed around Place des Festivals. It runs from 5 pm to 3 am. Speaking of lights, Kaléidoscope offers an illuminated tour of Old Montréal, where you can experience the architectural splendours and history from 6:30 to 8 pm. Departure is at the Tim Hortons located inside of Palais des Congrès. Costs $15, reservation required. Bonne Nuit!

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.