A Nuit Blanche for Montreal
On any normal night there are two opposite tribes living-up the sleepless Montreal nightlife: one is the high-heeled and short-skirted girls hanging off the arms of drunk but beef-up boys, the other is the sweat-pants clad girls sitting next to bespectacled boys, pulling all-nighter studying in McGill's libraries.
Well, this week-end these two worlds will collide, and the results will be unpredictable.
Yes, this coming Saturday (the 26th of February) all of Montreal's different tribes will have the chance to spend a sleepless night during la Nuit Blanche (which is French for sleepless night, in case you flunked your U1 French class).
If you hadn't noticed, Montreal is not to be overdone by true international metropolises like Paris, where la Nuit Blanche was started years ago. We now also have our very own Nuit Blanche.
What is this Nuit Blanche exactly? It's a night-long event, combining culture, arts and entertainment, spread out all across the city. Basically, different spots will host different events, like art shows, demonstrations of arts and crafts, theater, musical events, concerts and parties. Anything you can think of, it is probably happening somewhere during la Nuit Blanche.
To make things easier, a free bus service is offered all night long, and ferries people around the 3 main areas of the Nuit Blanche.
You can start at the Old Montreal and Old Port area, with its large music scene pumping out techno music from 9PM to midnight. Basically something like a free Igloofest; get your heart beating and your blood flowing.
Then you can head out to Downtown / Place des Arts area, to warm up and relax with some free Fantasia movies from midnight on, or watch some hard-core horror at Café Cléopâtre surrounded by sexy drag-queens. But don't spend too much time inside, or you'll fall asleep in the some comfortable chair or in someone's lap.
Finally, head up towards artsy Plateau and dance away the early hours of the day at Café Campus on the beats of all girrrl-rock night.
Obviously, these are nothing but some quick suggestions. There will be tons of indoors and outdoors events, be it music, light and especially art, worth seeing. Just make sure you explore as much as you can.
But my spot for the night will be the magical New City Gas building () at 141 Ann street in Griffintown. We discovered the place by coincidence late during la Nuit Blanche last year. It's an old industrial building in an old industrial neighborhood. Like an enchanted palace, the place rises up from its industrial ruins and comes back to life for the span of a night.
Photo credit: Alexandre Marchand.
Some visual craziness from last year's event:
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