Top ChoiceTheater in Old Montréal

Cirque du Soleil

Globally famous Cirque du Soleil, one of the city’s most famous exports, puts on a new production of acrobats and music in this marvelous tent complex roughly once every two years in summer. These shows rarely...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Old Montréal

Aura Basilica

A unique immersive multimedia show where the interior of the Basilique Notre-Dame becomes the canvas for a light show set to surging orchestral music. The columns, ceiling and statues seem to pulse with life as...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Casa del Popolo

One of Montréal’s most charming live venues, the ‘House of the People’ has talented DJs and is a venue for art-house films and spoken-word performances. It’s is also known for its vegetarian sandwiches and...

Top ChoiceCabaret in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Cabaret Mado

Mado is a flamboyant celebrity who has been featured in Fugues, the gay entertainment mag. Her cabaret is a local institution, with drag shows featuring an assortment of hilariously sarcastic performers in...

Top ChoicePerforming Arts in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Usine C

This former jam factory in the Village is home to the award-winning Carbone 14 theatrical dance troupe that performs here regularly. Its two flexible halls (450 and 150 seats) can be rejigged to accommodate...

Performing Arts in Downtown

Place des Arts

Place des Arts

Montréal’s premier music venue, the storied Place des Arts is at the heart of the growing Quartier des Spectacles.

Classical Music in Downtown

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

This internationally renowned orchestra plays to packed audiences in its Place des Arts base, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, a venue with spectacular acoustics that was inaugurated in 2011. The OSM’s...

Performing Arts in Downtown

Monument National

Québec's oldest theater still in use, the grand Monument National opened in 1893, and has been showing a wide range of cultural fare ever since. Shows here run the gamut from Molière to Sam Shepard, with acting,...

Dance in Downtown

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

You can be assured of a treat if you see Québec’s leading ballet troupe. As well as staging six shows per season annually in Montréal at various venues (October through May), the dancers head off on several...

Live Music in Downtown

Foufounes Électriques

A one-time bastion of the alternafreak, this cavernous quintessential punk venue still stages some wild music nights (retro Tuesdays, hip-hop Thursdays, rockabilly/metal/punk Saturdays), plus the odd one-off (a...

Live Music in Plateau Mont-Royal & the Northeast

Dièse Onze

This downstairs jazz club has just the right vibe – with an intimate small stage so you can get close to the musicians. There are shows most nights, with an eclectic lineup of artists. You can have a bite while...

Live Music in Downtown

L’Astral

The century-old Blumenthal Building is a polished venue of Montréal’s jazz fest as part of the Quartier des Spectacles. With more than 300 seats and standing room for 600, L’Astral nestles in the Maison du...

Performing Arts in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Théâtre St-Denis

This Montréal landmark and historic movie house hosts touring Broadway productions, rock concerts and various theatrical and musical performances. Its two halls (933 and 2218 seats) are equipped with the latest...

Performing Arts in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Théâtre Ste-Catherine

From film to theater, stand-up comedy to music concerts, this venue presents a variety of shows: Oscar Wilde one night, burlesque dance the next. Its Sunday Night Improv (sketch and comedy) performances are quite...

Jazz in Downtown

Gesù

This small live-music and events venue in the basement of a church is blessed with character. Its Greek-theater acoustics means you can see and hear well from any seat. The religious setting has no bearing on...

Concert Venue in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Théâtre Rialto

This grand 1920s theater was inspired by the Paris Opera house and, since 2010, has undergone restoration to its former glory following years of neglect. The repertoire is a bit hit-or-miss, with nights devoted...

Live Music in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Le 4e Mur

This bar is literally behind an unmarked door – look for a big intimidating bouncer or the beautiful folks walking past him. Follow on, into a basement bar of low lighting and wicker chairs where the cocktails...

Theater in Old Montréal

Centaur Theatre

Montréal’s chief English-language theater presents everything from Shakespearean classics to works by experimental Canadian playwrights. It occupies Montréal’s former stock exchange (1903), a striking building...

Dance in Downtown

Agora de la Danse

One of Montréal's most important names in the contemporary-dance world, Agora de la Danse explores modern and experimental forms, staging both homegrown troupes and performers from around the globe. It's within...

Cinema in Rue St-Denis & the Village

Cinémathèque Québécoise

This is a university-flavored venue noted for showing Canadian, Québécois and international avant-garde films. In the lobby there’s a permanent exhibition on the history of filmmaking as well as a TV and...