Review of the 8th season of Les Jardins Gamelin

The Vuduciel Gamelin © Gardens


On October 2, the eighth edition of the Jardins Gamelin in the Quartier des spectacles will end, a return that was eagerly awaited after two summers in a reduced version. This season was marked by 130 days of daily entertainment, 250 activities, concerts and musical performances, as well as the return of the Snack Bar, managed by Les Survenants. In all, 700 artists from all walks of life will have paraded through the Gardens in front of a large and varied audience of about 65,000 people, celebrating in a beautiful way the cultural and artistic diversity of the metropolis. The 2022 season of Les Jardins Gamelin has once again transformed Place Émilie-Gamelin into a green, inclusive and lively place.

Noé Lira (Revelation Radio-Canada in mixed music 2022-2023), as part of the series Planète Gamelin © Alexanne Brisson

From May 26 to October 2, the square offered users a completely free cultural and fun stop. Musical programming gave space to the next generation, which accounted for 73% of the artists on the bill. Noon and evening, the musical series Midis à la carte, Tropical GardenGive me funk!Planète Gamelin and Ce soir on dansepunctuated the scene of the Jardins Gamelin. Diverse sounds from the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and international Indigenous communities, among others, and gave examples of Quebec’s francophone music.

Expected every year, the Salsafolie Evenings and the Summer Balls have transformed the Gardens into a dance floor during 25 evenings with 28 schools, where thousands of dancers found each other. On Sundays, young and old alike were able to have fun during the Family Matinees with Petits bonheurs, offering percussion workshops as well as puppet theatre, as well as during Randolph’s games and quiz club, following wacky themes as part of the series T’as de beaux jeux. On Mondays and Tuesdays, three key events made it possible to start the week on the right foot, with the return of Karaoke, Les Jardins en cabaret with Fierté Montréal, Les Productions Carmagnoles, Les Filles Électriques and the Ligue d’improvisation musicale de Montréal (LIMM) and, for the first time, La LIMM invites itself to Gamelin, a participatory show where musicians of excellence competed in an improvisation tournament. Finally, Sentier Urbain will once again have accomplished its mission of democratizing urban agriculture with all the communities frequenting the place with its thematic gardens, its butterfly farm and its workshops and talks.

“It is with great joy that we have found after two years of absence this great space that is the Jardins Gamelin with its unique crowd and atmosphere. We were delighted to see that the GIANT by Cirque Eloize attracted thousands of spectators who gave it an extraordinary welcome every day. This collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is extremely valuable for the festival, its vitality and its influence,” said Nadine Marchand, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, a TOHU festival.

Emerald and the Monarch by Les Petites Géantes, as part of the series Family Mornings with Petits bonheurs

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