Cultural Life

Montréal’s downtown is very animated, particularly in the summertime with a variety of festivals, and cultural and social events.

Cirque du Soleil

Every summer, Cirque du Soleil comes back to Old Montreal to reconnect with its roots. Setting up its big top on the Old Port docks to premiere a new show before it goes on world tour.


Impact de Montreal


Professional soccer club playing in the newly created United States Soccer Federation Second Division, the Montreal Impact is the USL 2009 champion and three-time championship winner.

Tam-Tams Mont-Royal Park

One of the most original musical events in Montréal, this free music celebration takes place on Sundays, near the monument to Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier and in Mount Royal Park's surrounding green spaces: a colorful gathering of drummers, dancers, vendors and their admiring audiences. For twenty years, Montrealers and visitors have come to play music and dance, or just watch and listen.


Les FrancoFolies de Montreal


Thousands of artists, musicians, renowned singers, rising stars and promising talent from a dozen countries meet each summer to celebrate the diversity and rhythms of French music from around the world. Traffic comes to a halt for the occasion, and hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers invade Montreal's downtown streets to take in around 175 free shows over 10 days on seven specially-designed outdoor stages, with programming that delivers sensational creations and surprise collaborations. The grand closing show will be taking on Saturday June 18th, the day before the IRNOP 2011 welcoming cocktail.

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec

During the Montreal International Fireworks Competition, pyrotechnicians from nine countries display their daring talent to compete for the coveted honors: gold, silver and bronze Jupiter awards. Localised on Sainte-Hélène Island, the show starts at 10:00 pm and can be viewed from the Old Port of Montreal area.


Club Main


No need to travel halfway round the world to soak up that holiday atmosphere. It’s all right here! It’s the perfect time to stroll around, laze in the sun or underneath a palm tree and enjoy some beach sports, volleyball and golf. And why not take in some performances, party under the stars in the evening, or browse in the incredible open-air market with goods and services on offer from more than 300 merchants? (Saint-Laurent Boulevard will be closed from Sherbrooke Street to Mont-Royal Avenue.)

First Peoples Festival

Many events highlighting the Amerindian and Inuit cultures will include films and videos festival, exhibitions of visual arts, concerts and literary activities.


Festival Saint-Ambroise Fringe Montreal


The Fringe is an international festival of theatre, dance and music. The 19th edition features over 100 artists from Montréal, Canada, and around the world, presenting unique creations and breaking down barriers.

Events just after IRNOP 2011

Those wishing to extend their stay after IRNOP will be able to participate in the Quebec National Day celebrations on Friday the 24th and to the world-famous Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival is typically attended by over two million people who are attracted by the electric atmosphere, the diversity of shows and by the city itself. Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held on cordoned-off streets while others are on terraced parks. Typically there are well over 500 concerts offered during the span of 10 days, from noon to midnight, about 350 of which are outdoors and free to the public. The main festival site is a 10-minute walk from the conference site.