Pierre Dansereau, Guest of Honour at
Montreal Book Fair 2005

Photo © Jacqueline Mallette

November 2005 in Montréal

Montréal, November 11, 2005

November is, in many cities around the northern world, a month when the weather starts announcing winter cold. In Montreal, with the numerous maple trees, colourful leaves gather on the sidewalks. It may look messy but at least in the city we have sidewalks and we have fully grown trees that take us to the metro which in turn takes us to all sorts of great concerts, exhibitions and festivals.

Kent Nagano (D.Mus.hc, McGill, 2005)
Photo © Jacqueline Mallette 2005

In November, Opéra de Montréal is presenting Emmanuel Chabrier's rarely seen operetta L'Étoile, in style and perfectly fitting design. I Musici de Montréal is starting their West Island Concerts, Musica Camerata is playing Spanish and South-American classical style compositions, and Arion is celebrating their 25th anniversary this season with a second concert, to be performed twice in Montreal and once in Quebec City, entitled The Torment and the Consolation, featuring three Bach cantatas. The MSO is back on stage now that their long strike is over and Kent Nagano has received a doctorate degree honoris causa from McGill University (the ceremony took place on October 27, 2005 but we certainly wanted to mention it here). Autour de la flûte now in their second year presented a Vivaldi concert and is presenting another one of Bach at the end of the month, whereas Ensemble Telemann put together music from the Mozart era. See the concert calendar for more information.

Not to be missed, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is showing the magnificently sunny Provence art with Monet, Cézanne et many other great painters. The CCA has a brand new exhibition as well and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art has three besides the beautiful permanent exhibition featuring Riopelle and other world renowned local artists. See the Montreal Exhibitions calendar for more or check out the list of Montreal Museums.

Movies and Shows
A selection is provided of dance shows, jazz year-round, and an African-and South-American Music celebration in Calendrier des spectacles. This month also boasts its movies and film festivals which are listed on the cinema calendar.

Other activities like conferences and, yes, Christmas parades, are announced in the monthly calendar. Check out November 2005. November has been the month for the oldest North American French language book fair. Lots of books to talk about - an English language prize winner as well.

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