If you haven’t already set your Nuit Blanche plans in stone (or, uh, ice) yet, we’ve got you covered. Saturday, February 27th is the hottest winter night in Montreal, and with so many electrifying events happening in and around town, it’s a seemingly impossible task to narrow down your party destination. Here’s the Hub’s top 10 picks for you theatre aficionados who are braving the cold this weekend:
1. Broadway Café
At Broadway Café, you’re the star. Musical theatre fans come together on this magical night to celebrate their love for show tunes in a supportive, intimate environment. The evening offers amateurs and performers-to-be an opportunity to step up to the open mic and sing the Broadway repertoire accompanied by a professional pianist. We promise you won’t ever want to leave. Ticket reservations required in advance.
Saturday, February 27th, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 5170 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Rd. – (514) 739-7933
2. Nice Try – Belle Nuit
Theatre À DEUX invites you to a night of spontaneous creativity, with 10 artists from the scene responding to creative constraints assigned by the audience only 48 hours before the show. Each artist must create a 10-minute performance relying solely on the talent of 25 actors. Let the craziness begin!
Saturday, February 27th, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Usine C, 1345 Lalonde Ave. – (514) 521-4198
3. Ten Hours of Spoken Words
A smash success for 4 straight years, Roger Stéphane Blaise returns with his poetry program, this time under the theme of La poésie est morte. Vive la Poésie! accompanied by inspiring poets including Jean-Paul Daoust, Hélène Dorion and Bertrand Laverdure. It’s an annual rendezvous celebrating a marathon of spoken word artistry.
4 p.m. – Antidote Poetry contest
6 p.m. – Hommage – poètes sinophones with Jean-Pierre Pelletier
7 p.m. – Droit de passage – Bertrand Laverdure with Jean-Paul Daoust, Dominique Robert, Jean-Luc Proulx and Roger Stéphane Blaise
8 p.m. – Tout feu, tout Femme – Maelle Dupont with Lisa Carducci, Estelle Cambe, Anny Schneider and Nathalie Turgeon
9 p.m. – Musical performance by Thomas Hellman
10 p.m. – Solovox
11 p.m. – Slam Dog Visionnaires : Les Dieux Mortels with Loui Poète & Philippe Pion
Midnight – David Altman and La Tragédie
00:30 a.m. – Open mic with Christophe Avarez de Garrie
Saturday, February 27, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
L’Inspecteur Épingle, 4051 St. Hubert St. – (514) 791-7420
Free / 18 +
4. Night of 100 Improvisers
An improv show that runs all night long! Improvisers and hosts will take turns, playing a variety of different games and constantly switch things up to keep the evening fresh and fun. Drop by and warm your cold selves up with laughter, hot beverages and good company.
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Ste-Catherine Theater, 264 Ste. Catherine St. East – (514) 284-3939
5. My First Words
Join the fun at the Theatre La Licorne bar and hear the first literary “masterpieces” written by several artists when they were young. Love letters, notes passed in class, poems, postcards to parents or school newspaper articles: discover the best… and also the worst of their youthful compositions!
Saturday, February 27, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Théâtre La Licorne, 4559 Papineau Ave. – (514) 523-2246
Free / 18 +
6. Les Femmelettes
Les Femmelettes, in a Special Edition of Take one Action, Let’s pimp! It’s a unique version of this female-comedy-cabaret-laboratory group, an ad-hoc collective that boasts 10 artists onstage, showcasing more than 145 years of performance experience. Join the party at La Risée for an intimate evening of hilarity with these crazy, funny girls. (In French.)
Saturday, February 27th, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Espace La Risée, 1258 Bélanger St. (514) 931-6630
Free – Voluntary contribution / 18 +
7. Improvise with Duceppe
Improvisation session moderated by Marc St-Martin, accompanied by experienced actors. You may even have the opportunity to go onstage and perform with them! Prizes available.
Sunday, February 28, Midnight to 1:15 a.m.
Place des Arts – Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, 175 Ste. Catherine St. West – 1 (866) 842-2112
8. Passions and Scandals
Step back in time and attend the re-enactment of a murder trial that shocked 18th century Montreal. In L’amant sacrifié, interpreted by Danilo Vergara and Sylvain Bissonnette, you’ll experience how murder was handled in New France. And pay attention… the judge may have some questions for you, too!
Saturday, February 27th, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Presentation every half-hour
Musée du Château Ramezay, 280 Notre-Dame St. East – (514) 861-3708 ext. 221
9. CreativeMornings, Cabaret Nocturne
A night dedicated to creativity in a warm CreativeMornings vibe, which includes free coffee and finger food. The scene also features a slew of videos from around the world, live performances from former speakers and community members, creativity workshops and a surprise event for those who last until sunrise.
11 p.m. – Skinjackin
11:30 p.m. – Lulu the Clown and her acolytes
Midnight – Ghostly Hounds and burlesque dancers
00:30 a.m. – Sophie Caron gives you control
1 a.m. – Ocean vs Mountain
1:30 a.m. – Production Quitte ou Double
2 a.m. – Jonathan Belisle, interactive tale
2:30 a.m. – Burlesque dance with The Foxes Unmasked
3 a.m. – Musical medley with Mélissa Racicot
Saturday, February 27, 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, 3900 St. Denis St. – (514) 282-3900
10. Impro Rocambolesque
Rocambolesque serves up theatrical improvisation with a unique flavour in a variety of presentations. Whether it’s a competition, a match, a comedic performance or improvisation, magical moments are guaranteed for all. Furthermore, this year they’ve added costumes and accessories to the mix! Don’t miss it!
Saturday, February 27, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Union Française, 429 Viger Ave. East – (514) 845-5195
Free / 18 +