Sep 8 to Nov 1, 2019: Daily, 5 p.m.
Free activities and Fees for activities
Every fall, the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) Festival pays tribute to the mighty pipe organ — the “King of Instruments.”
Created in the service of worship, pipe organs are meant to match the majesty of the churches that house them, so it’s no accident that Montréal, renowned for its incredible wealth of religious architecture, is also home to some of the most magnificent organs in North America. A monumental example can be found in Old Montréal’s grandiose, historic Notre-Dame Basilica: Built in 1891, the Basilica's organ features four keyboards, 7,000 pipes and 92 stops (which control airflow to the pipes).
The organ is one of the world’s oldest, noblest instruments, with more than 2,000 years of history under its pedals. The storied past, and the bright future, of the organ underpins the annual CIOC Festival. For about eight weeks, each year, the CIOC fest celebrates these wonderful, complex wind machines and the exceptional musicians who make them sing with several events around the city, bringing many of the world’s finest organists to Montréal for a diverse programme of concerts and activities, many of them free.
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