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Go out, and laugh

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Comedy nights, free of charge, in cabaret format and hosted by comedian François Boulianne, will be enlivening Mont-Tremblant until February 23. What a great way to face up to February! If your French is up to it, you’d be crazy to give it a miss.  Every Thursday until February 23, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant will present ComédieHa! evenings. Presented in an intimate atmosphere

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Are you prepared to leave your kingdom?

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The 18th century French writer Voltaire famously referred to Canada, in his book Candide (1758), as “a few acres of snow” (quelques arpents de neige). He implied that there was nothing much here. Well, if you’re looking for shows here in the Mont-Tremblant area in January, he was almost right. Nothing, nada, niet. You’re out of luck. On the other hand, if you’re willing

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The Patriote celebrates its 50th birthday

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For half a century, Le Patriote has been providing its stage to talented artists whose fame often goes well beyond our provincial borders. And 50 years is worth celebrating! This legendary haven of Québec culture will be celebrating for all its worth. Hang onto your hat. The announcement of the program of festivities surrounding this special anniversary took place on Wednesday, November 9,

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Last chance to go out bareheaded

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Victor Hugo tells us that “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face”.  Well, this is October, the last month of the year in which we can fully expect to walk outside in the evening with a light step, free of boots and tuque. Lots of good evenings ahead, however, full of laughter, emotion and song, for Mont-Tremblant residents. Let’s look first at the program

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I hear the geese…

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September, one of the loveliest months of the year, is also the month when summer ends and we greet the imminent arrival of eight months of Brrrrrr – during which we can take refuge in music and humour. In other words, it’s time to get our tickets for the new Première Scène season and to enjoy the shows at Le Patriote theatre. Le Patriote The big Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts theatre

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The senses in play

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Hearing, sight, smell and taste will all be called into play this August. Great music, contemporary dance and taste-tempting treats all play a part in what festival-goers can expect this summer. Happy outings! Pure jazz  August starts with one of summer’s most highly-anticipated festivals, Festi-Jazz Mont-Tremblant. This is the ninth such “100% jazz” event, taking place this

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When it’s hot, hot, hot!

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I had time to spy, with my little eye…. well, with my seasoned summer vacationer’s eye (and nose) which can smell sunscreen and bug spray and for whom walking in flip-flops is second nature. And I wish to point out that the list of musts-see shows and events this summer is huge. But not surprising. It appears that after Montreal and Quebec City, Mont-Tremblant offers the greatest number

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A bug-free month of June…puleeze!

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At the risk of appearing to be against the natural order of things, I would like to affirm my support for the control of biting insects. I would even support the extermination of anything related to a mosquito or black fly. After all, researchers have attempted to show the role played in nature by these annoying blood suckers and have been forced to admit that, other than biting us and spreading disease,

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“I love Mont-Tremblant in the springtime…”

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Well, the original was “I love Paris in the springtime”, and the song continues with “I love Paris in the fall”, and so on. But frankly, it doesn’t get much better than Mont-Tremblant in all four seasons, and now it’s time to start watering the flowers and enjoying the return of the warm weather. Here’s what’s going on here in May. The Patriote As ever,

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The lyrics say it all

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“When there’s more, well there’s still more” – sings the maestro of Belgian electro pop, Stromae. And as things stand right now, it could not be better stated. The season is drawing to a close this month for Première Scène Mont-Tremblant just as, with perfect timing, the season is beginning for Le Patriote theatre.     This season’s Première

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First touches of spring

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Première Scène Mont-Tremblant has concocted a month of March for us that will top up our culture quotient. The program calls for music, comedy and discoveries. In terms of discoveries, it would be a shame to underestimate the Francouvertes evenings. Last year Alex Nevsky finished his concert singing a capella, surrounded by an audience whose members were surprised and completely won over. Florent

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February, big sigh

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February is the coldest month of the year and as if that weren’t enough, it’s also the month in which you have to be the most romantic. Ah yes: Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, Première Scène Mont-Tremblant is now an integral part of our boreal winters. The trick is to head directly for the Village sector right after work. You park, and then treat yourself in one of the

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James Bond-style outings

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Whether you’re planning a romantic supper, a brunch for two, an après-ski treat or a relaxed evening with friends, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant offers a whole range of fun-filled activities in a charming ambience worthy of the renowned British spy. “Vodka martini, shaken not stirred.” – James Bond Let’s mention first off that the Casino de Mont-Tremblant will be

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Keeping your spirits up

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Yet again, the opening of the Première Scène season coincides with the glorious colours of our forests. Just as the nights are getting longer, the sunshine fading and our spirits taking a dive, they start providing us with superb shows and wonderful concerts. Do they do it on purpose? Whatever, the timing is perfect and helps keep our spirits up. Let’s start with the arrival of

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Exiting summer with style

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Three new shows added to the Première Scène program, two free shows per weekend at the Casino, headliners scheduled to appear at Le Patriote theatre, a Moroccan festival at Mont-Tremblant…. We are definitely exiting summer with style and flair. First off, the Casino. Every weekend at the Casino de Mont-Tremblant Lounge there’ll be wild and woolly entertainment with free

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Around and about

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Very occasionally, it can be interesting to leave our beautiful town to explore its surroundings. Not much sense, though, in facing the bottlenecks in the big city; the Laurentians provide a glittering array of opportunities for both couples and families. Here are a few suggestions. Less than 60 kilometres from here, tucked away in the Laurentian mountains, there’s a small town of undeniable

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The season of outdoor concerts

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While we’re still humming the Blues from earlier in the month, Musical Weekend will kick off at the Resort with three days of outdoor shows starting July 17. That weekend will be followed by the Rythmes Tremblant, which will have the pedestrian village movin’ and groovin’ from July 24 to August 2. The Bond Girls Orchestra will start things rolling in the Place Saint-Bernard on Friday,

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Mont-Tremblant in fleur-de-lys blue

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The Fête nationale, Québec’s own special party, will be celebrated on the Lac Mercier beach in Mont-Tremblant. There will be a number of major concerts, family activities, fun on the beach and, of course, brilliant fireworks. The Fête will start on Tuesday evening, June 23. Saint-Adèle native and singer-songwriter Michel Robichaud—who took home the honours from

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The theatre of great patriots

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Again this year, the new program of Le Patriote theatre will be able to stand toe-to-toe with those of the major playhouses in large Québec cities.   Jean-Pierre Ferland will throw out the first ball of this promising season on Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. The artist will make—“with great pleasure”, he said, his face illuminated by his legendary smile—a return

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Approaching the equinox

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It’s almost spring. This bitter winter, which smashed all records for cold and inhumanity, will soon be relegated to the category of unpleasant memories. So let’s put all that aside and turn to the near future, which is replete with cultural events. Music, Maestro . . . . Casino de Mont-Tremblant To begin, let’s shine some light on the Mont-Tremblant Casino initiative which presents,

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Romantic outings

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February isn’t just cold. It also has Valentine’s Day smack dab in the middle. It’s the month of love, chocolates, flowers, chapped skin and sushi. It’s also the perfect opportunity for couples to take some time for themselves. It provides a welcome respite from a frantic daily routine whose pace tends to thwart our best romantic aspirations. Première Scène Mont-Tremblant,

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Enchantment and brute strength

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What do a magical marionette show and a Fat Bike festival have in common? Nothing  . . . except that these diametrically opposite events—one of which is on a reduced scale and the other of which is size XXL—both take place in the month of January. Let’s start with the reduced scale. This is a show featuring delicate marionettes—puppets—which favours small format

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Going out when it’s frigid!

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Nightfall coincides with teatime and the cold is here for good, which is enough to plunge the hardiest among us into a deep lethargy. But the laugh is ours, because some great artists are coming here to take on warming our souls, which have been somewhat transformed by our frigid landscape. It all starts with the entrancing Florence K, who will take to the stage in the Village Church theatre in the

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Return of Première Scène and Halloween festivities

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The kickoff event of the 2014-2015 season for Première Scène Mont-Tremblant will take place on Saturday, October 4, in the intimate venue of the Village Church; the theatre is now well known to audiences and beloved by artists. “The small hall for big performances,” is how the Ville de Mont-Tremblant presents the theatre, which is fast becoming a benchmark for auditoriums.

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Music, you say?

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Founded by Angèle Dubeau in 1995, Tremblant’s illustrious Fête de la Musique will again present an eclectic program of 50 free concerts, from August 29 to September 1. This exceptional event, which has mastered the art of bringing together jazz, classical, pop and world music, is back again for the 16th time. Tradition dictates that all those invited to perform be Canadian and that

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Make a wish!

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People who like to spot shooting stars will be able to observe the famous Perseid meteor shower from the roof of the Laurentians on August 8 and 9. Guided night hikes and presentations will allow participants to learn more about the secrets of the starry sky. Organized by Tremblant and the Club des astronomes amateurs de Laval, in partnership with Laser Quantum International, this year’s 19th

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“Give us this day our…rhythm”

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Les Rythmes Tremblant is back and promises to keep time, day in day out, to the beat of our beautiful summer. It’s a promise that this 11th annual musical series looks able to keep. Big names from the music business, with talent to spare, will keep the beat until September 14. No less that 127 free outdoor shows will provide audiences with a variety of musical experiences, day and evening alike,

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Laugh yourself silly

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The Mont-Tremblant comedy festival Fou Rire de Mont-Tremblant is back for a third consecutive year. Close to 20 comedy shows will feature 30 artists on June 26, 27 and 28. The announcement was made on World Laughter Day, in Aux Jutras restaurant. New partners, which include the Ville de Mont-Tremblant and CIME-FM, will permit this year’s comedy festival to offer a more substantial program. In

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Quite a circus

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The Cirque du Soleil has revealed, under the intense scrutiny of the major national media, a few tableaux from its new show KURIOS – Cabinet des curiosités. Tremblant Express was there. On Friday, April 11, the immense “big top” set up in Montreal’s Old Port awaited, in brilliant sunshine, the few lucky individuals who were coming for an advance look at three of the

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Feels like April!

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The month of April will see a fine wind-up to the second season of Première Scène Mont-Tremblant. Louis-Jean Cormier, former singer with Karkwa and winner of four Félix awards at the 2013 ADISQ gala for his first solo album entitled Le Treizième Étage, will be onstage at the Village Church on Friday, April 11. No use trying to get tickets, though…unless some

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Spring paintings

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As spring nears and winter’s bite begins to soften, some 15 of the finest local and visiting landscape artists will gather to capture the Laurentian scenery under its last lingering layers of snow. The public will have a chance to watch these painters at work from March 7 to 9. They can be found camped out in different places throughout the Tremblant area – downtown on rue St-Jovite, at

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A highly cultured winter

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Although the Patrick Norman show—L'amour n'a pas d'adresse—scheduled for February 14 in the Village Church is sold out, music and culture fans in general have lots to look forward to. To find out what’s in store, just check out the Première Scène Mont-Tremblant program. Two internationally known legends will be featured on the Village Church stage in cabaret format.

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Attending Electrofest

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Celebration of Tremblant’s 75th birthday will be “electronic”! For the anniversary, Evenko will produce a major event at Tremblant, “Electrofest”, from January 6 to 9, 2014. Four days of supercharged ambience, parties and electro music to celebrate the 75th birthday of our mountain! Apparently the intent is to create an event as big as Montreal’s Igloofest. Imagine…an

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Going out in Mont-Tremblant

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Right now, in Mont-Tremblant, it’s all about singing! The Boulay sisters will be appearing here and we’ll also have the opportunity to attend a Chœur Tremblant concert. There’s another major addition to the Première Scène program, as well: Stéphane Rousseau. The Boulay sisters At their first ADISQ Gala, the Boulay sisters won the top award in the

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This month at the Village Church

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Our Mont-Tremblant cabaret and playhouse will host a series of shows for everyone in October and early November. Here are some of the details. October 5 at 8 p.m.: Yann Perreau will present his new album, “À genoux dans le désir” (loosely, “Kneeling in desire”). yannperreau.com. On October 19 at 8 p.m.: Soirée Francouvertes 2013
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Short Film Festival: October 11 to 14

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The Festival du Film Court de Mont-Tremblant shows a selection of the best Québec and international films from festivals of short films. The festival is in its fifth year but, as is mentioned on the website, some major cuts have endangered the festival’s future. As a result, the organizers have put a transactional site – one where you can make a donation – online to encourage

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Wanderlust Festival – Want to see the world?

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Wanderlust means, literally, the desire to see the world. But this festival is really aimed at people who enjoy nature, life and living, and yoga as a way to reconnect with nature. It’s an event for discovery, rediscovery and exploration. A festival about contemplation and reflection. A festival that brings together music and the practice of yoga. Not surprising, as the event producers are the

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Going out…here at home!

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Here’s an idea for a family outing in Mont-Tremblant: the sixth annual Abondance en Fête town fair from July 24 to 28. The sidewalk sale in downtown Mont-Tremblant (formerly Saint-Jovite) will be held that weekend and the Fun Show Amusement company rides will be back. The set-up for the traditional fireworks, scheduled for July 25 at 10 p.m., will be behind the Mont-Tremblant Comfort Inn

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Fou Rire de Tremblant Comedy Festival

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There’s the Festival Grand Rire of Québec City, the Festival Juste pour rire of Montreal, and now, the Fou Rire de Tremblant. “Fou rire”, roughly translated, means splitting your sides with laughter. And generating a lot of laughter is the organizers’ goal for this second edition of the event, to be held this year from June 26 to 29 in downtown Mont-Tremblant. “We

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Saint-Faustin’s DADA: seven years already!

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The DADA 2013 exhibition was launched on April 28 at the Maison des arts et de la culture Saint-Faustin. The show, which runs till June 2 and is the largest DADA exhibition in Québec, has now provided a display window for this movement for seven years. The Maison des arts et de la culture, a charming spot where all kinds of art media are displayed, is located at 1171 chemin de la Pisciculture

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Shows: Première Scène Mont-Tremblant

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Première Scène Mont-Tremblant is presenting two shows in April at the Village Church: the Quatuor Alcan on April 13, and the Denis Drolets on April 27. The two shows start at 8 p.m. The first is a chamber music concert while the second is a side-splitting humour show. You certainly can’t say that Première Scène is in a rut! Quatuor Alcan has been in existence for

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Première Scène – March program

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Première Scène Mont-Tremblant’s 2013 season continues with two great shows in March at the Village Church, which faces Lac Mercier in the Old Village. Marie-Pierre Arthur will be here on March 8 at 8 p.m., stopping between her shows in Jonquière (March 1) and Gatineau (March 14). Marie-Pierre Arthur released her first album, produced with two members from Karkwa, François

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Vic Vogel Trio coming to Mont-Tremblant

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Première Scène Mont-Tremblant will be hosting the Vic Vogel Trio on February 15, 2013, at 8 p.m., in the Village church which – as you surely know – has been transformed into a cabaret-style show venue. This great jazzman needs no introduction; he was the spokesperson for Festi Jazz Mont-Tremblant 2012, after all. But here’s a bit of his story, nonetheless. Vic Vogel

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