Winter Festival Picks

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Beethoven 250 Festival

Nov. 22 to Dec. 13

The Royal Conservatory of Music presents a series of concerts as a homage to Beethoven in late November and early December. Check the schedule, as some concerts have undergone postponements or changes. On the program: two concerts by Charles Richard-Hamelin, including one on Dec. 10 with violinist James Ehnes (co-organizer of this edition of the festival) and the New Orford String Quartet for a program including Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18 No. 3. Canadian Conservatory graduate pianist and Beethoven specialist Stewart Goodyear will perform three concerts, joining Ehnes to present the violin sonatas. See the website for the different locations.

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Feb. 15 to 29

The Royal Conservatory of Music continues its season with the 21C festival, dedicated to the most dynamic and daring talents of the classical scene. Featured on Jan. 26, 28 and 29, the quartet from San Francisco, Kronos, brings us a program from the seven Muslim countries banned from immigration to the United States – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – as well as other protest music inspired by Pete Seeger. At Koerner Hall.

Festival Classica

Dec. 11 to 20

Festival Classica, which aims to provide a unique classical music experience through lively online concerts, usually does not take place in winter, but in spring. For reasons we understand, the 2020 edition, “From Beethoven to Bowie,” scheduled for May and June, was not presented. However, the festival will offer, from Dec. 11 to 20, 2020, an “encore” edition during which some 15 concerts scheduled for the 2020 edition will be presented. This will be an occasion for the festival to launch its new content platform

Quebec Winter Carnival

Feb. 5 to 14

The Quebec Winter Carnival, which first saw the light of day in 1894 and was interrupted by the two world wars and the economic crisis of 1929, will not be deterred by the pandemic. The schedule is to be determined and health measures are expected. A masked Carnival Bonhomme? Just an idea!

International Festival of Films on Art

March 16 to 28

FIFA chose to react early to the crisis that has with us since March by presenting its latest edition online. The programming for its 39th edition will have the same treatment and will be offered across Canada. For $30, art-film lovers will be able to see the entire program. The list of films presented will be kept up to date on the FIFA website,

Quebec Cinema Rendez-vous

Feb. 24 to March 6

The 39th edition of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois will take place this year under a hybrid format depending on how the situation evolves, according to the festival’s Facebook page. The festival presents works of fiction, documentaries, animation, experimentation and student productions in French, English, Aboriginal or other languages by Quebec or Franco-Ontarian directors.


Feb. 10 to 20

On the theatre side this time, the Undercurrents festival, produced by Ottawa Fringe, highlights the best original contemporary theatrical works by local, Canadian or foreign artists since 2011. The Under Development component allows local artists or groups to work on their new projects during one year at the Arts Court and to present these works in progress as part of the festival’s Discoveries series. The lineup is yet to be determined, but the events will take place from Feb. 10 to 20.


November 12 to December 2

The 23rd Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal is taking place this year on the platform with two subscription options (access to the full program or access to one of the thematic sections). The different thematic sections present various perspectives on the current reality by granting an equal place to feature, medium and short films. More than 100 films, numerous discussions and several virtual workshops will constitute this edition. From Nov. 12 to 18, we are invited to delve deeper into history, explore nature and find its communities. From Nov. 19 to 25, the meetings seek to reflect on dystopia, on becoming oneself and on ways to challenge power. And, from Dec. 26, we are shown how to rethink privacy and survive violence.

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