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.



Café Cléopâtre is the site of the SPASM film festival’s screening of short and trashy horror and comedy films, with Cleo’s drag queens performing live between screenings. 1230 St-Laurent 2nd floor, 7 p.m.-3 a.m., $5

The Cinémathèque québécoise celebrates the early work of one of Canada’s top directors with Cronenberg PQ, a program of the three films Cronenberg shot in Montreal: Shivers, Rabid and Scanners (in that order). While you’re on the premises, check out the Cinégrafismo movie poster exhibition and Laurent Gascon mural. 335 de Maisonneuve E., 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m., free

The Fantasia Film Festival presents three programs of short films, namely DJ XL5’s Helluva Zappin’ Party, the Best of Fantasia 2014 and a selection of Fantastique weekend du cinéma québécois’s 2014 edition. Place des Arts (175 Ste-Catherine W.), midnight to 4 a.m., free

Cinéma au Palais presents a program of new films and videos by filmmakers including Katia M Briand, Frederic Lavoie and Vincent Lafrance. Our DJ Seez (aka Cult MTL writer Mike Sallot) spinning between screenings. 281 Bernard W., 5:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., free

For those interested in film sound art, the RIDM documentary film fest has organized a workshop with pro Foley artists, plus a screening of the short film Hacked Circuit , a documentary about Foley art. Place Bonaventure (800 de la Gauchetière W.), 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., free


Montreal Creative is an expo event at ARTVstudio, ongoing till April 18. The details of its Nuit Blanche programming (curated in collaboration with MASSIVART) are vague, but they’re promising a “festive and dazzling atmosphere,” live music, DJ SevDee and appearances by Ubisoft and Jus Dose . 1600 St-Urbain,7 p.m.-3 a.m., free

The MURAL festival leads a tour of the sick murals that went up on buildings on lower St-Laurent as part of last summer’s festival. Starts with a free drink, music and meet ‘n’ greet with the artists at Station 16. 3523 St.-Laurent, tours with 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight, free

Fresh Paint Gallery hosts a special edition of Art Attack, featuring four artists creating a cadavre exquis, plus live music by the HighonBeat collective. The gallery’s permanent exhibition and our bar will be in full effect, too. 221 Ste.Catherine E., 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., free

Tap in to Spanish & Hispanic culture at the Club Espagnol de Québec’s Noche de Luna, presenting a pair of DJs mixing electronic and Latin sounds, and two visual artists exhibiting works and painting live. 4388 St-Laurent, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., $5

Mile End art gallery & oddity boutique Monastiraki promises shadow projections by Mere Phantoms in the window, large-scale watercolours by Laura Madera and their annual collage party. 5478 St-Laurent, 8 p.m. to midnight, free

Atelier Circulaire presents a vinyl-scratching workshop in their new studio space, but not the kind of scratching DJs and turntablists do. No, this is artful etching on vinyl records, and a demonstration of intaglio printmaking. Participants can take their work home. 5445 de Gaspé #517, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., free

L’Atelier d’Oanh promotes recycling with their jewellery-making workshop, where they’ll be instructing participants how to transform puzzle-pieces, Legos, buttons and other objects into decorate accessories. 410 Villeray, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., $3 (reservation required)