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A gift of art

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On September 29, the Ville de Mont-Tremblant officially unveiled the mural by René Derouin which has been installed to enhance the rotunda of the Samuel-Ouimet library. This major artistic legacy, offered to our municipality by Loto-Québec, was followed by a visit to Casino Mont-Tremblant, whose collection was recently enlarged by the addition of several works by renowned Québec

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English theatre comes to Mont-Tremblant

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Three Wizards and a Wish. That’s the title of an English language play to be presented at the Mont-Tremblant Village church playhouse on December 29. It’s a first for Mont-Tremblant, an historic occasion initiated by a newly constituted theatre group, Imagine Theatre Productions. The non-profit company was created by theatre enthusiasts from Mont-Tremblant and the surrounding municipalities

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Holiday trends

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This season is all about shimmer and light! Sequins and metallic Get ready to glow and illuminate the sky! If you think you’ve seen a lot last year...you’ll see lots more this season, with even brighter colors.  So if you want to sparkle all night long...sequins and metallics are the way to go! The metallic looks and shiny studs were seen on all the catwalks from Alexander McQueen

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A mural signed Derouin

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A mural is being created at Mont-Tremblant city hall, more specifically, on the outside of the rotunda section of the Samuel-Ouimet library. The work is by René Derouin, an internationally known multi-disciplinary artist from the Laurentians. Titled Univers d’oiseaux, la volière de Mont-Tremblant (Universe of birds, the Mont-Tremblant aviary) the work is a unique project from the

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The magic of Christmas in Mont-Tremblant

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It has been four years already since the magic of Christmas first took its place in Mont-Tremblant city hall, and this year the tradition continues. Three magical event will again mark this joyful time of year. Get out your calendar! Noël Magique Families can meet Santa Claus, the Starlight Fairy and their own friends on the day of Noël Magique, which will take place at city hall on Saturday,

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Mont-Tremblant’s cultural summer

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A cultural tidal wave is preparing to engulf Mont-Tremblant as Alexandre Da Costa, the Musique du Royal 22e Régiment, Michel Cusson and the Violons du Roy – to name just a few – will appear on our stages this summer with all the talent and brilliance for which they are known. Some of Québec’s biggest artists, often acclaimed by the international media, will appear this

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Culture within reach

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Every summer for the past 17 years, the Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides has presented 15 or so concerts of exceptional quality at a modest price in the beautiful surroundings of the Upper Laurentians. Like a small Place des Arts on tour, the unique traveling festival presents famous national and international artists, providing residents of the host villages, seasonal residents and tourists

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The inspired momentum of a painter

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Known for his canvases which feature majestic, stylistically modern moose or fine vintages in elegant bottles that allow him to play with their transparency, Michel S. Poirier is experiencing tremendous success, both in Canada and abroad. Portrait of a painter who’s going places. Works signed Michel C. Poirier showing the largest animal in the deer family are in the process of becoming a virtual

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Festi Jazz: the jazz world’s new must

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For a seventh consecutive year, Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant will be hosting the country’s biggest musicians; they’ll have the town swaying to the sound of their brasses, guitars, pianos, voices and basses. Seems like jazz has found a new home. This seventh annual Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant, scheduled for August 6 to 10, has a superb program that was unveiled on the terrace of the restaurant

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The Laurentians in perfect harmony

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The 16th annual Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides will feature 13 fabulous classical music concerts until August 30. The artistic director of the festival, virtuoso violinist Alexandre Da Costa, revealed with his characteristic passion and flair the program for this year’s festival, which is a premier cultural event and well worth attending. The musician explained that he has developed

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Sainte-Agathe’s festival, Lumières sur le lac

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Sainte-Agathe’s festival, Lumières sur le lac, is back for a third season this summer on the shores of lac des Sables, the picturesque lake in the centre of the town. The five-day affair is Sainte-Agathe’s voice on the Laurentians festival circuit, a relatively recent voice but a good one. Set for July 23 to July 27, it will feature an impressive array of artists and bands very popular

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Third annual art event for Sainte-Adèle

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Don’t miss the 2014 Nuit des toiles (night of paintings), the third annual such event in the town of Sainte-Adèle, on the weekend of June 13, 14 and 15. For a third year running, Sainte-Adèle will be the venue for an exciting, fantasy-filled event. Painters, musicians, circus artists, craftspeople and street performers will bring life and excitement to rue Morin, transforming it

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Capturing the beauty of nature

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An adventurer in search of magnificence, Jacques Cloutier has managed to push back the limits of panoramic photography. His ambition: to move ordinary mortals through the quality of his works—works that immortalize the most extraordinary landscapes of our continent. No natural obstacle deters him in his quest for the unique perspective…giving his work exceptional character and brilliance. Criss-crossing

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New public work of art

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On September 28, during the Journées de la culture, a work of art inspired by area history was installed along the length of the P’tit Train du Nord linear park. The Prévost sculptor Roch Lanthier had been invited to put forward a project to the Ville de Mont-Tremblant. The artist took his inspiration from the legend of La Chasse-galerie – the legend of the Flying Canoe –

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Four young people chosen at the FFCMT

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The Festival du Film Court de Mont-Tremblant (FFCMT), Mont-Tremblant’s festival of short films, was held from October 11 to 14. Nicolas Picq, artistic director of the festival, selected four young people from the Curé-Mercure high school to make a short film that was shown on Monday, October 14. Two of the students, Jérémy Paquin (official caption editor for the festival)

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A painting or other work of art for Christmas!

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Artist Michel Poirier has been present recently to greet you seven days a week at the new art gallery at 806 rue de Saint-Jovite in Mont-Tremblant. You’ll also find the following artists in the gallery: Dominique Normand, Gérald Trudel, Nicole Coulombe, Michel Normandeau, Sylvie Beaulac, Michel Poirier, Jean-Marc Pisapia (singer of the group The Box), Sylvie Molson, Luis Paniagua and

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Two big exhibitions

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Turning to art and culture, this month we invite you to the Alphonse-Desjardins Room, where there will be two very different exhibitions. From October 16 to November 3, the exhibition “Formes et lumière” (“Shapes and Light”) from poetic photographer Roger Lauzon. The artist was born in Québec, studied photography, and used his life experiences to create the artist

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Tremblant’s “Concerts intimes”

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This fall, be sure to take in the outdoor concerts in Promenade Deslauriers at the mountain every weekend till October 14. On Saturday, October 5, come meet Sarah Vanderzon, a young Montrealer age 19, singer, author, composer…and above all, a talented artist who’s sure to surprise you. The following day, on Sunday, October 6, a Tracadie-Sheila native called Maxime McGraw will present

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Art gallery: Maison des Arts et de la Culture

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The Maison des Arts et de la Culture in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré invites you to come take in two exhibitions well worth seeing. Until November 17, 2013, it’s “Place à la Sculpture”. Close to 30 sculptors, all professionals at the top of their game, are showing in one place. Come and admire the bronzes and marbles…as well as the pieces in steel, exotic wood, granite,

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Culture is in style

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Les Journées de la culture are on September 27, 28 and 29 this year. More than 156 activities are on this year’s program in the greater Laurentians area, compared with 144 in 2013. Marie Bujold, development agent for Laurentides, Lanaudière, Laval for Les Journées de la culture, states that the program offers a great deal of variety and is planned for people of all ages.

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Mon Tremblant fleuri presents the awards

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In the context of the third annual Mon Tremblant fleuri (My Tremblant in bloom) competition, the participants – residents and business owners of the Ville de Mont-Tremblant – have had the entire summer to make their property, garden or commercial space bloom, hoping to distinguish themselves from the other contestants. The flowering spaces were evaluated during the week of July 19 according

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Music celebration

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A four-day musical journey around the world, free of charge, awaits music lovers on the forthcoming Labour Day Weekend at Tremblant and at the Old Village church from August 30 to September 2. For the 15th edition of the Fête de la Musique, artistic director Angèle Dubeau is preparing an even more varied program than in the past. A broad diversity of genres has always been the mark of

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Holly Friesen exhibits at Salle Desjardins

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Holly Friesen’s striking landscapes are once again on view in Mont-Tremblant, at the Salle Alphonse-Desjardins gallery in the city hall building. The exhibit, August 7 to 25, is entitled “Lumen Naturae”, an idea, says Holly, “which holds much fascination for me”. Holly is well-known in Mont-Tremblant’s art circles, having exhibited at the Place de la Gare in the

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The Festival classique des Hautes-Laurentides

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Thanks to the Festival de musique classique des Hautes-Laurentides, our Mont-Tremblant area has been hosting well-known artists. Today we introduce Wonny Song, pianist. Wonny Song was born in South Korea but grew up in Montreal. He started piano at the age of eight. In 1994, he received a bursary to study at the Curtis Institute of Music of Philadelphia and in 1998, won his bachelor’s degree

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Mont-Tremblant joins the dance!

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On Friday, August 16, we’ll be experiencing a real immersion into the world of contemporary dance and its creators. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., we’ll meet at the parc de la Paix and watch the public rehearsal. The dancers and the musician will work to adapt the short pieces to the various sites along the course. It’s another way to become familiar with dance. You’ll be able to meet

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Classical music in the Upper Laurentians

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Allow yourself to experience the wonderful pleasure of live classical music all summer long, from June 29 to August 31. Martine Cardinal, the new executive director of the Festival classique des Hautes-Laurentides, sends you this invitation: “Come see and hear the new colours, the new array of well-known artists including our spokesman Alexandre Da Costa.” New programming, moments of pure

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An abundance of cultural events

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Looking for things to do this summer? You’ll find plenty on Mont-Tremblant’s calendar of cultural events. The Town’s Culture and Recreation Department unveiled the season’s program last month at City Hall. Thirteen events, some over several days, will no doubt keep those with wanderlust busy throughout the summer. Two events (Fête nationale and Festival Le Fou Rire) have

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Tremblant’s International Blues Festival – 20 years!

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More than 150 free shows and 10 days of blues from July 5 to 14, 2013. That’s this year’s 20th birthday celebration! Here’s a partial overview of the evening shows. For the full program see the event website at www.tremblantblues.com. Friday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Place Saint-Bernard: from France, blues harmonicist Nico Wayne Toussaint. A master of the harmonica. Put it on your schedule!

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Jazz Festival

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Several political personalities and many representatives of the Mont-Tremblant business community were present, on June 18 at Pizza & Cie, to help launch the new program of this sixth annual Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant, to take place August 7 to 11. The emphasis this year is on talent from Québec and the Laurentians. Again this year, the program is impressive and a well-known name in jazz

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Québec accord brings more funds for culture

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Mayor Pierre Pilon and Sylvain Pagé, Member of Québec’s National Assembly for the region, last month unveiled the contents of a cultural agreement between Mont-Tremblant and the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications. The renewable two-year agreement provides the funds, $40,000, to support a five-part cultural development program elaborated by Mont-Tremblant’s

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Inaugural Première Scène: a success!

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The inaugural season of the Première Scène series of shows in the Mont-Tremblant Village church that began last October and concluded at the end of April was an unqualified success. So says Gabriel Lemelin, director of Mont-Tremblant’s Culture and Recreation Department which initiated and produced the series. Four of the shows – jazz singer Susie Arioli, jazz sextet Ron Di

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To the Patriote this month and next!

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Tremblant Express has other ideas for your summer evenings out. There are two comedy shows, in French, in June and July. Here are the details. First, and for the first time: André Sauvé and his show Être on June 28 and 29 at 8:30 p.m. Ticket price (regular rate) is $47. Another first at the Patriote: Claudine Mercier and her show Dans le champ! Claudine Mercier will spend the

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Another chance to see Manoir en folie

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The theatre piece Manoir en folie, written by 14-year-old Thomas Hinse for his classmates, will be presented again on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m on the stage of the Village Church theatre, opposite Lac Mercier. Let’s take another look at what motivated Thomas to write a play. His classmates, 26 of them, didn’t like the play their teacher had asked them to present at the end of the school

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Mont-Tremblant’s Jazz Festival

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The organizers have announced that the first lady of jazz, Ranee Lee, will take part in the sixth annual Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant on Saturday, August 10, at 9 p.m., in the series Jazz sous les étoiles (Jazz under the stars). Festi Jazz 2013 offers more than 40 shows, all of which are – and it’s worth emphasizing – completely free of charge. The shows will be presented over

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Cavalia announces extra performances

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Cavalia’s show Odysséo had all America talking after its appearance on April 4 on the popular late night show The Tonight Show with legendary host Jay Leno. Under the supervision of Québécois designer Normand Latourelle, horses, riders, acrobats and musicians presented a five-minute show specially designed for the occasion. The show allowed millions of Americans and Canadians

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Great time for culture in the Laurentians

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The Théâtre du Marais of Val-Morin is becoming an important player in reinforcing the Québec culture and identity. The Minister of Culture and Communications, Maka Kotto, was in the Laurentians in early April to make a major announcement. The Théâtre du Marais, which currently occupies an old synagogue that was done up to create the theatre it is now, will have a new

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Local filmmaker filming in France

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Her name is Éliane Aylestock. She’s best known in the Saint-Sauveur area for having founded, in 2010, the Festival du Film Indépendant of Saint-Sauveur; last year, in its second year, it showed films that were international in scope. She also created and hosted, in 2012 and early 2013, the program “Connecté sur les Laurentides”, on TVCogeco. Éliane racked

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Community TV hosts bingo telecast

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The first-ever telecast bingo in the Mont-Tremblant region is on the airwaves. Broadcast live on channel 4 every Tuesday evening starting at 7 p.m., its purpose is to entertain while raising funds for the local community television station, Télévision communautaire Laurentides-Lanaudière, also known as TVCL (Télévision au coeur des Laurentides). With waning government

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