Here’s what’s good at Nuit Blanche 2016

The biggest one-day multidisciplinary art and party event of the year is happening this Saturday. Here are our top picks for the best events.

Pierre Kwenders (2)
Pierre Kwenders. Photo by Cindy Lopez

Nuit Blanche 2016 highlights continue. Some solid shows to check out here.


Lune Rouge
La Passe (1214 de la Montagne)
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
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Red Moon proposes a night of audiovisual experiments, featuring seven pairs of performers, including Alexandre St-Onge and Guillaume Vallée, Gambletron and Rob Feulner and Elizabeth Anka Vajagic and Charlotte Clermont.

1000 de la Gauchetière W.
5 p.m.-12 a.m.
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Skate to the sounds of Brothers and Sisters Records, who are taking over the ice at Bonaventure this year. Expect two performances by neo-krautrockers Pachyderm, a set by electro duo Voyeur and more music by DJ crew Sons of Suns. Skates will be rentable on site.

Mile Ex on Fire
Eastern Bloc
7240 Clark
8 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Mile Ex. So hot right now. Gather at Eastern Bloc for sound installations by Adam Basanta and Gambletron (the latter a radio/drone/theremin/electrical wave/dance piece that sounds pretty great) and wide-ranging musical experiences by acte, Simon Chioini, Stefan Jós and headliner Joey Anderson. This event is a co-presentation of Never Apart.

4310 St-Laurent
3 p.m.-6:30 a.m.
Free before 10 p.m./$16.40 early bird/$21.53
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Over 15 hours of art, workshops, contemporary dance and music by Montreal’s Marie Davidson, NYC’s Solpara as well as DJ Herringbone await at Infra/Rouge, presented by the Electronic Music Association of Concordia.

Sound Collage: Arthur Lipsett
820 Plaza
6820 rue Marconi
8 p.m.-3 a.m.
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See six short films from the 1960s and ’70s by Montreal filmmaker Arthur Lipsett — whose 21-87 famously inspired the concept of “the Force” in Star Wars — will get a fresh, live soundtrack by CFCF, Buffalo MRI and DJ Temple. This Mile Ex event is a co-presentation of POP Montreal and the Museum of Jewish Montreal.

Pierre Kwenders
Place des Arts, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
175 Ste-Catherine W.
11:59 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Montreal-based African music man Pierre Kwenders plays Place des Arts with a full band as of midnight and a DJ set from 3 a.m.

Montreal Loves Dilla
305 Ste-Catherine W.
11 p.m.

The 10th edition of this tribute party for late legendary Detroit producer J Dilla goes off with DJ Mad Doc, Toast Dawg, Sev Dee, DJ and DJ Manzo Ephiks, not to mention J Dilla’s sometimes-Montreal-based brother Illa J and Frank Knitty, aka the Yancey Boys.

Freak Show
2345 Jarry E.
9:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Old-school entertainment awaits at this East End circus space, promising eccentric trapeze artists, clowns and sideshow freaks and geeks, with music by Speakeasy Electro Swing.

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