This summer at the Jardins Gamelin: festivals, 15 series of activities and a green oasis

Photo credit: Elias Touil

The eighth season of Gamelin Gardens has begun and will continue until October 2  to welcome visitors to this warm, diverse and festive place in the Quartier des spectacles! For this comeback, we can expect a busy summer with a free program for all, 7 days a week, in a colourful Place Émilie-Gamelin landscaped by EN TEMPS ET LIEU and the green gardens of Sentier Urbain. This rich animation and reunion space that is the Jardins Gamelin is part of the Moments of the heart of the island.

Les Jardins Gamelin offers 15 diverse series of activities that take place over the days, from noon to evening, with dance, concerts, workshops in urban agriculture, music of all kinds and a host of fun activities for adults and children, as well as the presence of several festivals throughout the season. You can also enjoy the brand new menu of the Survenants, coming from the stoves and barrels of the Casse-croûte.


Year after year, event partners and artists remain loyal to Les Jardins Gamelin and enrich the summer program. From mid-June, Game Day (June 19 )and the Children’s Carnival (June 25 ) will bring their playful and entertaining touch to young and old. MONTREAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE will be in full swing in July, as Cirque Éloize artists will offer circus performances free, twice a day (except Mondays) on one of the 3GÉANTS presented by Ivanhoé Cambridge. A few days later, the music of the Haiti en Folie festival will spice up the gardens stage. Montréal Pride, the Festival international Présence autochtone and the Friends For Life Bike Rally are taking part in the August animation, while Quartiers Danses and POP Montréal will close the season in September.



Photo credit: Vivien Gaumand

The musical series will make you want to sing at the top of your lungs! To do this, what could be better than Karaoke evenings on Monday evenings or the Planète Gamelin series, which presents world music and rhythms on Thursdays from 6 p.m. (Bantü Salsa, June 9). 

Make way for musical discoveries with the Midis à la carte series on Thursdays and Fridays, where up-and-coming artists and musicians who are worth a visit will accompany workers’ and students’ lunchtime under different monthly themes: Franco, jazz, classical, pop and indigenous flavours (The Liquor Store, 2 June).

New this year, the Ligue d’improvisation musicale de Montréal (LIMM) will move its popular evenings from the Café campus to present the series La LIMM s’invite à Gamelin, a three-game tournament in June, July and September. Finally, is the musical atmosphere celebrating the colours of Francophone music and world music, which will be heard at all times on the square,  brought to the public by Radio-Canada OHdio.


Dance lovers will not be disappointed this season! On Saturdays, the unmissable Salsafolie Evenings put Latin culture in the spotlight and on Wednesdays, it is the Summer Balls that open the dance floor with a range of styles such as swing, kizomba or bachata. During these two dance evenings, professionals accompany you to refine your technique.

The Jardins Gamelin team has also concocted musical series that will make you want to tap your foot with Ce soir on danse!, live concerts and DJs every Friday to get the weekend off to a good start (Quality of Luxury, June 3 ) and Give Me Some Funk!, where the contagious rhythms of funk will turn on the turntables every Tuesday (Voyage Funktastique, May 31). Wednesday lunchtime will give a holiday feel to the terrace with the Tropical Garden series, where DJs with Afro, Caribbean and Latin sounds will follow one another.


photo credit: Martine Doyon

The whole family is invited to enjoy a moment of sharing and wonder on Sunday mornings with the return of the Family Mornings with Petits bonheurs. Every week in July and August, a variety of art awareness activities and stimulating performances will allow children aged 0 to 10 to fully express their creativity.

For its part, Sentier Urbain will exchange and share its knowledge of urban agriculture with residents and visitors. Meet its gardeners-popularizers during their series Côté Jardins – Causerie on Tuesdays at 5 p.m ., where their expert guests will discuss with the public current issues, and Côté Jardins – Atelier on Sundays at 11 a.m., where young and old can get their hands dirty during participatory workshops to discover the pleasures of horticulture. In addition, on four occasions this summer, the popular butterfly flights are a family event not to be missed.  !

Open-air exhibitions are another opportunity to broaden your horizons. Croisement de rue, presented by the Société de développement social (SDS), takes a benevolent look at people experiencing homelessness through portraits and testimonies collected by the speaker and photographer Céline Côté. Starting in August, BAnQ will take over with an exhibition at Les Jardins, which will be announced soon.

Let’s also mention the Games Club and the Quiz evening, which will certainly work the brains of the public as part of the series T’as beautiful games hosted by Randolph, every Sunday from 2 p.m. At any time, visitors will also be able to challenge their friends in one of the giant games.

From May 26 to October 2, 2022 
Place Émilie-Gamelin, Quartier des spectacles 
Open every day until 11 p.m. 
All activities are free