Here’s what’s good at Nuit Blanche

The best dance parties, performances, movies, exhibits, crafts, sports, food & drink at this year’s edition of Montreal’s (mostly free) all-night art bash.



The closing party for the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois film fest doubles as a second anniversary bash for Lisbon Lux Records, featuring the launch of a new record by electro-pop group le Couleur. 335 de Maisonneuve  E., 11 p.m.-3 a.m., free

The neo-gothic Christ Church Cathedral will be candle-lit for Nuit Blanche, with live performances by female choir Adleisia, a horn octet and Gregorian chanters (at midnight). There’ll also be activities for kids and hot drinks served from 1 to 1:45 a.m., but perhaps the jewel in the crown of this event (titled Let There Be Light!) is a looped screening of NFB documentary La mémoire des anges, showing archival footage from Montreal in the 1940s to 1960s. 635 Ste-Catherine W., 6 p.m.-2 a.m., free

Local MC and producer Boogat and his band perform their Spanish-language Latino-electro hip hop hybrid. Place des Arts (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier), 175 Ste-Catherine W., midnight to 1:15 a.m., free

The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma presents a “cine-concert,” screening Alejandro Jodorowsky’s twisted psychedelic classic The Holy Mountain, with 12 singers and musicians playing live music, composed and conducted by Will Eizlini. Also on the program: Klardrøm improvises over short films by Stan Brakhage, Ouananiche plays over Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s Amer and Beyond the Eraserhead, a mash-up of the David Lynch film and work by Panos Cosmatos. NOMAD Nation (129 Van Horne), 7:30 p.m.-3 a.m., free

East-End circus TOHU mounts an old-school freak show, in conjunction with Toxique Trottoir and featuring performers from Blue Mushroom Sirkus. This is their pitch: “Dance with our freaks, discover their amazing talents, test your circus skills and maybe win a prize! A journey into the heart of circuses past.” Be afraid. 2345 Jarry E., 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., free

Eastern Bloc presents les Synthées, an all-female musical line-up featuring Petra Glynt, Xarah Dion, Marie Davidson and Mathématique, “cataclysmic synthwaves and spellbinding electropop,” in tow, with MaxD’s laser lights. Bar le Ritz PDB (179 Jean-Talon W.), 11 p.m.-3 a.m., free, 18+

Digital fabrication laboratory échoFab promises a 3D Photobooth session, an immersive projection installation, DIY electronics, mulled wine and homemade donuts. 355 Peel #111, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., free