Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Grandest Finale

Isa Tousignant

It’s been a year we’ll never forget. Montréal pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 375th anniversary in 2017, so it’s only fitting that La Finale happen on just as grandiose a scale! From a public feast to a midnight dance party under the stars, Montréal en Fêtes, in collaboration with the Société des celebrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, is planning big things for December 31.

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A feast for all

The fun starts at noon, so get ready for a day-full of fun! The beautiful Marché Bonsecours at the eastern tip of Old Montréal opens its doors to host a giant, free, public feast featuring traditional Québécois dishes like pea soup, meat pie, poor man’s pudding and sweets for all – as long as supplies last. All the while there’ll be live music and storytelling by event-host Garou, Yves Lambert and guests both inside the Marché and out, until 6 pm.

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A party to remember

With bellies full, it’s time to walk over to the Jacques Cartier and Clock-Tower docks. Right in the Old Port, a couple of blocks away, the party starts for real: DJ Sabrina Sabotage will be spinning tunes starting at 6 pm, and from 9 pm until 11:40 there’ll be live music and fun by Garou, Mes Aïeux, Daniel Belanger, Vincent Vallières, Laurence Nerbonne, DJ KXO, Pierre Kwenders and Les DeuxLuxes. The perfect way to stay warm in the cold is to boogey down en masse.

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A booming welcome to 2018!

With hearts all warmed up and dancing shoes on, it’s time to count down to 2018! From the vantage point on the docks, you’ll have the most splendid view of the light show: a brand new illumination project of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge designed by Moment Factory in collaboration with Atomic3, including a live soundtrack directed by Gabriel Gratton. And then, at midnight, a massive firework display will join in! Prepare for an overwhelming sensory experience – even if you’re not on the dock proper, because there’ll be screens displaying the happenings at strategic spots throughout Old Montréal. After the great boom, DJ Champion will spin tunes for a giant open-air party on the Jacques-Cartier dock until 2 in the morning. New Year’s Eve, the Montréal way!

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.