Better known to her fans as Coeur de Pirate, Montreal native Beatrice Martin is continuing to ride the huge wave of press surrounding her ascension to official Canadian indie crush status as it was announced this past week she will headline next year’s Montreal en Lumiere festival. The fest becomes a teenager in 2012, gearing up for its 13th edition and continuing to prove devotees right when they say its an incredibly underrated series of music, theatre, dance and…puppets. Formerly known as the High Lights Festival and now presenting Montreal’s take on Nuit Blanche as well, the festival runs from February 16th to 26th, and will revolve around a loose theme that celebrates the music and culture of Belgium.
It may seem like an odd choice, but at least it means Belgian beatmaker Stromae gets to play in a bigger venue, booked for Metropolis on February 23rd after making a big impression at FrancoFolies this past June. If you’re more the Mad Men type, be sure to check out The Rat Pack Is Back on February18th. It may sound cheesy, but their performances expertly recreate the live collaborations between Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. (told you that Belgian theme was loose) with all the booze-soaked machismo of olde. The act is apparently wildly popular in Vegas and will most likely bring a fun new vibe to Theatre Maisonneuve.
Some other up-and-comers will get a chance to shine during The Tendances Sun Life Financial Series at Club Soda with the Barr Brothers, Arthur H and Brigitte Boisjoli each performing at the venue in the span of a week. The latter will be paying tribute to Dolly Parton and Tina Turner on February 23rd, which I’m a little disproportionately excited for.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg, as the festival boasts an extensive line-up divided into categories like Caliente, Jazz, Belgian, Classical and more. The festivities extend far beyond music, as anyone who’s attended Nuit Blanche can tell you, so take advantage of one of the most affordable, creative and well-curated festivals we’re able to call our own when it takes over the city during an otherwise unbearably boring month of the year.
You can grab tickets for most shows starting this Saturday, December 3 at noon and you’ll find copies of the free pocket programs in Renaud-Bray and SAQ locations around town or at participating record stores, theatres and restaurants.
The schedule of free outdoor events for Nuit is still under wraps, so stay tuned to the festival’s website for updates!