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.

Clockwork Orange
A Clockwork Orange

Nuit Blanche 2016 highlights continue. Check out these culinary picks, booze events and special film screenings.


Quebec cheese grilled cheese station
Montreal en Lumière outdoor site
Ste-Catherine & Jeanne-Mance
12 p.m.-3 a.m.

Grilled cheese sandwiches and a Dairy Bar, courtesy of the dairy mafia. Very Clockwork Orange.

Mondial des cidres
150 Ste-Catherine W.
12-11 p.m.

If you’re in the Quartier des Spectacles/Place des Festivals area early-ish, sample some cider cocktails care of the SAQ, while Guinness World Record-breaking violinist Eric Speed hypes up the crowd.

La Cuvée d’Hiver
Le Salon 1861
550 Richmond
4 p.m.-2 a.m.

The winter edition of whiskey and microbrew fest la Cuvée serves up the drank with a side of food and 1950’s rock ’n’ roll party atmosphere.

Bars go afterhours in Quartier Latin!

After the city’s proposed pilot project of keeping 19 downtown bars open till 6 a.m. was rejected in 2014, nine bars on St-Denis have the go-ahead for Nuit Blanche this year: le Bistro à Jojo, le Saint-Bock, le Saint-Houblon, le Café Hookah lounge, le Patrick’s Pub, le Cinko, En Cachette, le Pub du Quartier latin and le Pub l’Île noire.


Place des Arts
175 Ste-Catherine W.
10 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Fantasia Film Festival’s ninth annual Nuit Blanche screening night will feature the super-fun, rapid-fire montage DJ XL5’s Hurly Burly Zappin’ Party, a Best of Fantasia 2015 collection and a collection culled from the festival’s Fantastique weekend du cinéma québécois.

Cinéma au Palais
281 Bernard
5:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
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Mile End restaurant Nouveau Palais hosts their annual Nuit Blanche movie night with Spectrum Productions to present films produced by teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. They’ll screen a mash-up of short films four times throughout the night, there’ll be music by resident DJs and of course plenty of food to order.

Café Cléopâtre
1230 St-Laurent, 2nd floor
7 p.m.-3 a.m.
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The SPASM festival presents eye-popping cinematic nuggets all night long, with Cleopatra’s drag queens in the house. Hard to resist an event that’s billed as “the trashiest sleepover in town!”

Film & Music: Passion Africa
Nomad Nation
129 Van Horne
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
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The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma screens Le Coeur de Madame Sabali, the film that took Grand Prix Focus honours at the festival last fall, with live commentary and anecdotes from the shoot (in Mali) by director Ryan McKenna and co-producer Becca Blackwood. After the screening, Body Meta DJs Dimitri and Nico Sé will play their signature spread of international dance music, with an accent from Africa.

Bloody Quebec
Cinémathèque Québécoise
335 de Maisonneuve E.
11 p.m.-4 a.m.

The Cinémathèque has curated a Nuit Blanche triple feature showcasing some quality homegrown horror and fantasy films: Thanatomorphose (Éric Falardeau, 2012), DYS (Maude Michaud, 2014) and Turbo Kid (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, 2015).

Screening: Fahrenheit 451
2 Ste-Catherine E., #301
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. screenings
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Print media art gallery and library Artexte will be screening François Truffaut’s 1966 film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451. ■

For the complete Nuit Blanche program click here.

Note that the metro will be open ALL NIGHT — normal prices apply. Click here for info about the STM’s special (and free) Nuit Blanche shuttle buses.