Dance, music and art: May is the month of refreshing new shows to catch!

After two years of hosting online performances, it’s time to reunite with live audiences and celebrate the arrival of spring !

This week there is an incredible line-up of shows and events to catch in and around Montreal ranging from dance, music, theatre, art and even food workshops !

Read on to learn more:

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Festival Accès Asie- 27th anniversary edition !
May 5th to the 29th , 2022

May is Asian Heritage Month in Montreal. The Festival Accès Asie is providing a golden opportunity to discover artists of Asian descent or to promote Asian arts and culture in general.

This Montréal-based arts festival is celebrating their 27th anniversary and features artists of Asian origin and that presents a variety of Asian arts, cultures and histories through a bevy of artistic disciplines including the visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media and culinary arts.

The Festival also offers cultural mediation activities, conferences and training workshops as part of its recently launched educational component..

After a wonderful opening cocktail party that was held at Montreal`s Conseil des Arts with special presentations by: Chloé Barshee – Actress, Nahka Bertrand – Storyteller, Trinh Trà My – Circus Artist and Chittakone Baccam – Artist DJ , the festival is now in its second week with a full line-up of interesting shows and events to attend :

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Duo Ventapane (Martin Karlicek on piano and Mana Shiraishi on violin)

Classical music lovers, this Thursday a superb classical music concert : 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐫, featuring the duo Ventapane (featured above) and the enchanting mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau. 🎻🎹🎶 will be held at 8 p.m. at Jeunesses Musicales Canada on the Plateau Mont-Royal.

In attendance will be composer Stewart Grant whose two part violin sonata will be part of the evening’s repertoire.

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Jeffery Stonhouse the artistic director of the Le Vivier, Martin Karlicek pianisr, Mana Shiraishi violinist, Composer Stewart Grant, mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau, Festival Access Asie chair Khosro Berahmandi ,

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** For those interested in Czech and Japanese music , Duo Ventapane will also be having their CD on sale on site.

Featuring violin and piano arrangements of four classical works from four composers including Akira Ifukube’ s enchanting Sonata for violin and piano.

Asian Horror & Cynicism – Presented at Maison de la Culture Janine-Sutto

For art lovers, the Festival Accès Asie and curator Sara Say invite you into the world of the morbid with the collective exhibition Asian Horror & Cynicism ~ an intro to a dark and macabre alternative world.

his world embraces us and draws us in to the things we avoid during the day in groups, but which entice us to satisfy our curiosity alone at night; we refuse to admit to being fascinated by horror, for fear of being judged by those around us….

Sara Say – Curator

Viviane Tran-Le – Visual artist

Xin Ting Zhou – Visual artist

Zidi Zhu – Visual artist

Exhibition is free of charge from May 7th to the 29th at Maison de la Culture Janine-Sutto

Delight your taste buds: Mongolian cuisine

Festival Accès Asie, presents a culinary mediation session on Mongolian cuisine. In this workshop, Zolzaya Bold, director of Association Mongolia Canada, will present Mongolian culture through its cuisine and food.

In-person Event May 15th 2022 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm / Doors: 1:30 pm

Restaurant OM
4382 boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC, Canada


To discover the full line-up of activities for the Festival please visit :


La Chapelle Scenes Contemporaines has established itself as the go -to theatre for new creations…that are often from fresh new faces !

This 100-seat theater situated on rue Saint Dominique, (a former place of worship,) has managed over the years to find its place, today indispensable in the microcosm of the performing arts scene in Montreal.

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La Chapelle is proud to present director Simon Portigal’s first full- length group creation in collaboration with three montreal-based performers : Justin de Luna, Louise Michel Jackson and Emile Pineault.

FRAGILE & USELESS as an iterative dance – performance, that is also a meditative piece on the social constructs of isolation, digitization, and our personal self- image.

Expect trance -like moments where bodies collide , repel and attract each other to the beats of hyped, electronic music .

BIO: Originally from Alberta, Simon Portigal is an English-speaking artist in contemporary dance and experimental choreography. Through a practice playing on the concepts of exchange, interdependence and role-playing, with this show, he gives sensual body to our collective technologies through the act of dancing together.

Presented in English
May 9 + 10 → 7 pm
May 12 + 13 → 8 pm

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