On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 27, 28 and 29, actress Marie-Soleil Dion and writer Dany Laferri re, member of the Acad mie fran aise, who are ambassadors for the 23rd edition of the Journ es de la culture, invite people of all ages to celebrate arts and culture in nearly 350 cities, towns and villages in Quebec!

The theme and common thread of
the programming is BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER – Developing
Relationships and Building Bridges
, and culture lovers will be able
to participate in thousands of free activities.

Young people kick off the three-day event As is now the tradition, schools will be the launch pad for the festivities! On Friday, September 27, in more than 1,000 elementary schools in Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie, tens of thousands of children—and their teachers!—standing together in choirs, will sing the words to Elisapie’s song Nous avons march . There are sure to be highly emotional moments during this fourth edition of Une chanson l’ cole.

The artist will take us on a journey of discovery of her culture and language in this original song, where she takes delight in including a couplet and refrain in the Inuktitut language. An instructional guide developed by a teacher in collaboration with the Avataq Cultural Institute suggests ways to enhance the activity. And this year, for the first time, the performances can be enhanced with choreography composed by the PPS Danse troupe!

For their part, students in more than 200 secondary schools, encouraged by a video posted online by comedian and actor Mehdi Bousaidan,will take up their challenge of creating memes. To accommodate the particular context of high school classes, the second edition of J’aime les mots will be held over a one-month period, up until Wednesday, October 30, the day when the memes will be posted online. The activity sponsor will provide a live commentary on the humour and witticisms that young people post online under the #JmLesMots hashtag on social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and which will be relayed to an interactive gallery on the Journ es de la culture website. No doubt, this comedian, beloved by teenagers, will add his own two cents’ worth in passing!

Digital at the heart of culture

Bell Digital Component

The public is invited to
participate in numerous Bell Digital Component activities held across
Quebec. By participating in video game mapping, virtual reality,
augmented reality, discovery podcasts, robot programming and creativity with
iPads, participants of all ages will be exposed to culture through technologies
with unlimited possibilities. Neophytes and experienced technophiles will
discover things that will quench their thirst for discovery!

For more information, go to : https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/projects/volet-numerique-bell-2

Particules –
Correspondances inattendues

Launched a year ago, the great
exchange of poetry combining words and images comes to life again on the Web.
Sponsored by writer and slam poet David Goudreault, Particules –
Correspondances inattendues
will be held live on Twitter on Thursday,
September 26, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
. Invited by Culture pour tous,
hundreds of college and university students in all of Quebec’s regions will
exchange with 20 professional writers and 30 visual artists who
will be online to stimulate the creativity of online participants. The creative
outcome of all the text messages posted under the #particules2019
hashtag will be an interactive, conceptual and colourful facilitated activity
that viewers can access on the Journ es de la culture website.

For more information: https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/projects/particules-2

Celebrating collaborative
activities with #MomentsLaCoop

The #MomentsLaCoop initiative of
La Coop f d r e consists in displaying original collective artworks across the
province. Combining every artistic discipline, these collaborative creations
have something magical about them. For participants, they create a feeling of pride
and belonging.

For more information: https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/projects/moments-la-coop-federee-2

General programming

A number of theme-based or
geographic area-based tours have been developed to enable the public to
discover the myriad activities provided by organizations in each region.

For more information: https://www.journeesdelaculture.qc.ca/en/itineraries

A few events not to be missed in

Open house at difice Wilder –
Espace Danse
bringing together all of the performance venue’s partners

Discover this recently opened venue
dedicated to dance, located in the very heart of the Quartier des spectacles.
Watch performances and artists’ rehearsals, and participate in courses open to
the public and numerous other activities—many of which will be put on by the Agora
de la danse
(rehearsal of Suites t n breuses by the Cas Public dance
troupe, and a discussion), the cole de danse contemporaine de Montr al (public presentations
with choreographer Andrea Pe a, and rehearsals and classes), Les
Grands Ballets
(dancers’ class and rehearsal of Carmina Burana with
choreographer Edward Clug) and Tangente (rehearsal of the play Nadia,
est-ce que a va ?
by Liliane Moussa and Caroline St-Laurent,
and a discussion). There will also be a performance of Idem Altera by Peter
Trosztmer and Zack Settel, a participatory and immersive experience combining
dance and augmented reality.

Friday, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at 1435 De Bleury Street

Place des Arts

On the Place des Arts Esplanade, on
September 27 and 28, two performances of Soir es dansantes will be held,
during which there will be an introductory workshop where participants can
learn about two different styles (one per evening) and take to the dance floor
to the accompaniment of musicians and a DJ. On Sunday, September 29, a F te
will offer activities featuring circus artists and creative dance,
culminating in a group performance with participants.

Friday, 7:00 pm: Danse du territoire – Premiers Peuples

Saturday, 7:00 pm: Soir e dansante afro-colombienne

Sunday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: F te famille featuring circus performers and creative dance

Maison Th tre

Les Mots Parleurs

The Maison Th tre will be open
to children and families for a special day focusing on writing, organized in
collaboration with the Festival international de la litt rature (FIL) and
coordinated by Simon Boulerice. In the morning, children aged 6 to 12 will
take part in writing workshops with various authors of plays, prose, stories,
songs and poetry. Also on the program are stories for toddlers, the creation of
a group artwork, and interactive literary activities. At the close of the day,
there will be public readings by professional actors of the pieces written by
participants. Come and participate in a unique and user-friendly creative
process alongside inspiring artists striving to make the children’s words
resonate loud and clear!

Saturday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Maison Th tre, 245 Ontario Street E.

Orchestre symphonique de Montr al (OSM)

Instruments of the Orchestra!

Get-togethers around the Symphony
Orchestra’s instruments, including presentations about the instruments,
interactive games, mediation activities and musical performances. During the
Espace OSM visit and interactive activity, participants will be guided by a
series of questions to help them discover and increase their knowledge of the
OSM through archived documents, videos and other information sources.

Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Espace OSM (Place des Arts), 1600 Saint-Urbain Street


Caisse de son

Radio-Canada invites you to a
festive, casual, people-engaging event called Caisse de son, held on the
terrace of the Soci t Radio-Canada building. Whether you come as a family or
with friends, be a part of this party created especially for you! Starting at
10:00 am, a very diversified morning program of activities is in store for
children, who will mingle with characters from Zone Jeunesse (magician
Daniel Coutu, Agent Jean, El Kapoutchi and Alix et les merveilleux). From 1:30
pm to 4:00 pm, Nicolas Ouellet will host a live music show during which
15 Radio-Canada personalities will introduce 11 Quebec artists (Bleu
Jeans Bleu, Fanny Bloom, Debbie Lynch-White, S bastien Ricard, Martine
St-Clair, Qualit Motel, Philippe Brach, mile Proulx-Cloutier and Isabelle
Blais, and Samian and Djely Tapa). The main theme of this gathering is bringing
people together. You will be blown away by this rich cultural experience.

Sunday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Maison de Radio-Canada, 1400 Ren L vesque Blvd. E.

cole Paul-G rin-Lajoie d’Outremont, Maison de la culture
Marie-Uguay and Centre culturel Georges-Vanier

Bagages is an
activity where teenagers at Paul-G rin-Lajoie-d’Outremont (PGLO) high school
who are newcomers to Montreal can express themselves and take the stage. In
drama workshops, theatre performances and interviews where the recently arrived
teenagers talk about themselves, participants can listen to their stories about
immigrating to and getting settled in a new country. They describe how they
came from “elsewhere” and what it was like “before”, and then relate what it is
like for them “here in this country” and “now”. These young people talk about
their journeys with daunting wisdom, emotions that will make the hardest hearts
tremble, and disarming authenticity. On both stage and screen in the drama
workshops, participants will discover what it is like to be an immigrant and
getting settled in a new country.

Excerpts from the play, facilitation by the PGLO theatre troupe,
and a big party open to all.

Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saint-Viateur Park, beside the

Screening of Bagages, presentation, and discussions with
the film crew:

Saturday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay

Sunday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Centre culturel Georges-Vanier


Sans Filet !

In this light-hearted initiative at
La TOHU, see the raw talent of Quebec’s premier circus artists as they test out
their numbers before taking them on the road. This is a rare moment to witness
the final stages of an act’s development before it gets performed in front of
an awestruck audience! An artistic mediator serves as the link between these
performers and you. Get a VIP seat in the front row and discover what
today’s—or rather tomorrow’s—circus performers are doing! 

Saturday, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, TOHU, 2345 Jarry Street East

McCord Museum

Artistic Bingo

In a festive setting, artist Sylvain Rivard, along with fellow artists Martin Loft and Andr e Levesque Sioui, will host an artistic bingo in Indigenous languages (Wendat, Mohawk and Abenaki), French and English. This participatory event will be a colourful artistic happening and will combine live performances and artistic creation. It will be a unique opportunity to learn about Indigenous languages. Note that seating for this event is limited and that access to the Museum exhibitions is subject to regular admission fees. Sunday, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, McCord Museum Atrium and Theatre, 690 Sherbrooke Street West

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