Montréalers love a good party and New Year’s Eve is an evening when the whole city celebrates. Whether you want to listen to jazz, dance the night away, watch a cabaret, listen to some poetry or dress up, this city has a venue for you. Here are some suggestions to help you decide where to party! There’s plenty more to choose from, so use this list as inspiration to get out an party Montréal style!
Skate into a New Year
Head down to the Old Port in Vieux Montréal on Saturday for the TELUS Fire on Ice fireworks display and the Port’s Grand Bal du Nouvel An. There will be Quebec traditional music by Bernadette and whole port is lit up with displays firework artists and on Dec 31 the them will be a tribute to the 400th birthday of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, one of the founders of Montral. Rent skates at the Bonsecour Basin skating rink and be on the pond while the pyro-musical lights up the holiday sky. From 5pm to 9pm, kids can skate alongside their favorite life-size cartoon characters. No fee.
Dance away 2011
There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to dance clubs in Montreal. Almost every club is going to have some kind of party going on – you just have to decide what kind of music you want to listen to for the New Year. Stéréo Nightclub is a favorite for its internationally renowned sound system with a shock absorbent dance floor. It’s embracing the New Year with a “In Gold We Trust” event. D-Formation and ESP will be spinning their gold hits so throw on your gold jewellery, clothing and accessories. Free champagne upon entry, and the first 100 tickets are only $50 when purchased online at the club’s website. Winnies on Crescent Street will be hosting DJ, Sandy Duperval, one of Montreal’s favorite DJs who will spinning house and her own mixes. Your $75 ticket (purchased online or at the door) includes all-night access to an open bar from 9pm until 3am plus entry into Karina`s Club Lounge, featuring DJ Danny Boy. The kitchen will be open until 11pm and the bar until 3 am. Go Hollywood at the Jello Martini Lounge for their Glitz and Glamour Party where partygoers dress up as their favorite 1950s stars. There will be live R&B/soul music courtesy of Dessy Di Lauro and her orchestra starting at 11pm. Advance tickets are $30, or $45 at the door.
Vintage sounds at a vintage venue
Theatre Rialto has enlisted hometown rock hero Michel Pagliaro (hits like Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy, Rainshowers) to join forces with the Beatles tribute band REPLAY The Beatles. It promises to be an evening of fantastic performances. Afterwards DJ Harold will be supplying danceable music. Your $100 ticket also gets you canapés and champagne all night, and the first 300 tickets will be awarded reserved table seating.
Naughty but nice
Cirque de Boudoir presents a Carnavalesque New Year’s Fete. This club hosts themed parties year round and to bring in 2012, they’re holding a Venetian Carnaval Theme Party. Put on your Venetian mask, don any outlandishly creative outfit (burlesque/baroque/Victorian/medieval period styles, jesters, circus, freak show) and join the party at Bain Mathieu (2915 Ontario East). Expect the best in Electro/Techno/Minimal/House with DJs and performance pieces by Bella Obscure, Mimi Cherry, Bunnygut and host The Richard. $85 get up an open bar and tasty treats, $50 get you non-alcholic drinks all night. Party starts at 9 pm and goes until 3 am.
Get home safe!
Wherever you decide to party, be sure not to drink and drive. Montreal has the amazing Operation Nez Rouge programwhere a team of volunteers pick you up and drive you in your own vehicle to the destination of your choice, for free. Of course, donations are welcome. Contact them at (514) 256-2510. You can also call a cab (5140-273-6331/514-637-4444, 514-931-6666, 514-252-1313) or take public transit which stays open all night. Have a fun New Year’s Eve but get home safe and sound.
Joyeux Nouvel An/Happy New Year!