The musts according to Paul Hopkins
Paul Hopkins

Artistic Director
Repercussion Theatre


Usine C

1345 avenue Lalonde

For me, Usine C is an absolutely unique place in Montréal for putting on shows. This old factory space offers two stages that are like big black boxes, perfect for staging productions full of imagination. I would also add that all the shows are particularly creative, full of zip and international in calibre. They shake you up, they’re stimulating and, in a word, they’re just about always exciting. During Montréal Complètement Cirque, in July, you absolutely must see “Propaganda,” staged by Acrobat, with two truly fantastic Australian artists.

Crédit photo: Usine C

Le Théâtre de verdure

Amphithéâtre du Parc Lafontaine

I was simply strolling with a friend in La Fontaine Park when I discovered the Théâtre de verdure in 1997, during a screening of Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush," as an orchestra performed the film's musical score. What a pleasant surprise! Ever since that day, I’ve made a point of keeping an eye on the theatre’s programming when I’m planning my summer activities. From dance and music to theatre and film, the 32 events organized this year from July 6 to August 19 promise hours of enjoyment for all.

Crédit photo: Théâtre de verdure

Saint Joseph’s Oratory

3800 Chemin Queen Mary

What an absolutely extraordinary place - in the truest sense of the word. I’m still amazed by it. This basilica is so huge that every time I stand beneath the dome and look up, it makes me dizzy. Its magnificent landscaping and its way of the cross with its sixteen stations, its enormous staircase, the miracles of Brother André, the crutches that have been abandoned there, the church's sober style, all this carries us back to another time and place, yet not so far back in Quebec's history, since the Oratory was not founded till 1904. It's no wonder it draws two million visitors a year. Also, from June 2 to December 1, a Bach Festival of organ music is held every Sunday at 3:30 pm.

Crédit photo: Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal

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