Montreal’s arts scene set to shine with C2-MTL partners

Montreal, May 9 2013

Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Cirque du Soleil, L’Opéra de Montréal, Festival TransAmériques and a rare union of Osheaga Festival Musique & Arts, Igloofest and M For Montreal will put Montreal’s world-renowned arts scene at the forefront of this year’s C2-MTL as Artistic Partners of the international conference on creativity and commerce, which runs from May 21 to 23, 2013.

These powerhouses of Montreal’s cultural life will wow conference goers and invited guests with unforgettable performances by top local artists over the course of C2-MTL’s three days and nights.


L’Opéra de Montréal will help get C2-MTL off on a distinctly Montreal note with a conference opening moment featuring soprano Raphael Paquette. The short, powerful production will blend solo voice and digital media into a dazzling expression of creativity à la Montréal.
Thursday, May 23, at 9:15 p.m.

L’Opéra de Montréal will stage a solo, three minute performance by the wonderfully flamboyant Chantale Nurse.
Thursday, May 23, at 9:15 p.m.


Cirque du Soleil will leave its otherworldly mark on the 2013 edition of C2-MTL with an inaugural moment dreamed up just for the occasion. Featuring 47 performers, including 25 young dancers from L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, the original production will get an extra dose of dazzle from fashion legend and C2-MTL speaker Diane von Furstenberg, who will outfit 16 performers in designs inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s iconic globetrotting productions.
Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m.


Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presents Musique Risquée DJs Vincent Lemieux and Akufen spinning NuJazz and other styles all night in the Hangar. FIJM is also curating live music on the outdoor Plaza with sets by jazz/folk/blues duo Shlomo and Julie, the Django-flavoured music of Hotclubdemarue and a gypsy band “battle” between Gypsy Kumbia and Roma Carnival.
Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 11 p.m.


Le Festival TransAmériques presents a dramatic moment taken from Ginette Laurin’s new modern dance work, Khaos. Inspired by the Arab Spring and all its international echoes, Khaos is a call to action that evokes the tensions, hopes, and fears of our times.
Thursday, May 23, at 2:40 p.m.


C2-MTL’s closing night will feature a rare grouping of the three of Montreal’s biggest and best music festivals: M for Montreal, Osheaga Festival Musique & Arts, and Igloofest. From 10:30 p.m. til 3 a.m., the Intel Forum will be transformed into a futuristic dance club pulsing to the grooves of select Montreal artists.


M For Montréal presents the haunting indie folk of Half Moon Run in the C2-MTL Forum. With more than 28,000 people from all four corners of the globe liking them on Facebook and recent shows opening for musical soul-mates Mumford & Sons under their belt, this Montreal band is clearly doing something right.
Thursday, May 23, at 10:35 p.m.


Osheaga Festival Musique & Arts presents Kid Koala. Everyone in Montreal knows Kid Koala, who arrived on the local turntablist scene in 1996 and rose to international fame as a Ninja Tune artist renowned for his trademark mix of pro scratching and quirky samples. Since releasing his latest album 12-bit blues last year, Kid Koala has been touring it as the Vinyl Vaudeville Show, complete with giant robots and puppets.
Thursday, May 23, from 11:40 p.m. to 12:50 a.m.


Igloofest presents Montreal’s king of electro / techno, Tiga. A legend of Montreal’s dance music scene and founder of Turbo Recordings, Tiga took the UK and Europe by storm in 2001 with his version of hometown hero Corey Hart’s 80s hit “Sunglasses at Night.” Tiga has since remixed tunes for Depeche Mode, LCD Soundsystem, Chilly Gonzales, Fischerspooner, Dannii Minogue, Scissor Sisters and Soulwax, among many others.
Thursday, May 23, from 12:50 to 3 a.m.


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About C2-MTL
C2-MTL is a not-for-profit organization that re-imagines the concept of the annual international conference to better explore the relationship between commerce and creativity, and its potential to redefine business. Every year, this three-day event brings together leading innovators from every industry for an immersive experience that challenges the left brain as much as the right. Conferences given by renowned speakers, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, conceptual spaces, festive evenings, collaborative workshops, as well as a creativity Boot Camp take place within an innovative village designed exclusively for C2-MTL.