Welcome to Montreal & Quebec City
Bienvenue! Visit the Canadian province of Québec, and explore these undeniably fascinating cities on a concert tour of Montréal and Québec City.
Begin in Montréal, Canada’s second largest city and an important center of commerce, music, visual arts, fashion, and culture. From the city’s cultural heart at the Place des Arts, home of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, to the riverside charm of Old Montréal, with its Victorian street lamps, sidewalk cafés, and street artists, Montréal pairs whimsy with sophistication. A beautiful historic venue such as the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal provides an undoubtedly ideal setting for a memorable performance.
Next, continue on to Québec City. The provincial capital of Québec, Québec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Explore the city’s cobblestone streets, and admire the historic stone walls that surround them. Québec City’s churches offer spectacular performance opportunities; whether large and imposing, like the Notre-Dame Basilica of Québec, or small and intimate, like Notre-Dame des Victoires.
Both Montréal and Québec City seamlessly blend cosmopolitan flair and Old World charm, making them ideal “European” destinations, surprisingly close to home! Enjoy a concert tour of Québec. Immerse your choir, band, or orchestra in all that Montréal and Québec City have to offer. Above all, perform in spectacular venues and share your music with local people.
Welcome to Montréal! Enjoy an introduction to the city with a guided tour of Montreal. Admire the contrast of the city’s modern, soaring skyscrapers against its well preserved historic buildings. Take in panoramic views from the summit of Mount Royal, a sprawling public park overlooking the city below. Conclude your tour in the heart of Old Montreal, Montreal’s historic city center. Situated along the St. Lawrence River, Old Montreal is best explored on foot. Its architecture, café culture, and fairytale streets give it a quaint charm unique among North American cities. Check in to your hotel and take time to relax and refresh. Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon. Tonight, a welcome dinner of local specialties is served as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
Begin your first full day in Montréal with a morning visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden, a spectacular oasis that boasts a rich collection of plant species and thematic gardens. Alternatively, choose to visit the Montreal Biodome, a former Olympic bicycle racing stadium now home to four distinct ecosystems.
This afternoon, perform a concert at one of Montréal’s stunning churches, such as the iconic Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal or the imposing St. Joseph’s Oratory.
Tonight, an evening cultural activity such as the famous Cirque du Soleil, a groundbreaking contemporary circus, can be arranged.
Depart Montréal for Québec City.
Get your first glimpse of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and savor its European feel. Perhaps ride Old Québec’s funicular railway or take a jaunt on a horse-drawn carriage.
Embark on a guided tour of Québec City. As you discover Lower Town and Upper Town, see the palatial facade of the Château Frontenac, Québec’s most recognizable landmark, and visit Battlefields Park, a verdant community space steeped in military history.
Check in to your hotel and get settled.
Later, join a local ensemble for an evening friendship concert followed by time to mingle and exchange.
To begin your day, perform a morning concert at one the city’s stunning venues such as Espace Hypérion, a pioneering performance space located in the Jesuit Chapel of Québec, or the intimate Notre-Dames des Victoires church.
This afternoon, visit one of the city’s world-class museums. Choose between the Museum of Civilization (Musée de la civilisation) or the National Museum of Fine Arts (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec).
This evening, a festive farewell dinner of classic Québecois cuisine is served to your ensemble.
Enjoy a morning visit to Montmorency Falls. Experience unparalleled views of this breathtaking waterfall as you soar beside it in a cable car.
Return home with wonderful memories of your concert tour.
Concert Tour Highlights
NOTRE-DAME BASILICA OF MONTREAL
Located in the historic district of Old Montréal, Notre-Dame Basilica was constructed in the Gothic Revival architectural style and inaugurated in 1829. It is one of Montreal's most iconic landmarks and a symbol of grandeur. Whether for tourism or worship, Notre-Dame draws visitors from all over the world and hosts visiting ensembles to perform in its magnificent Sanctuary space. Performing against the backdrop of its stunning interior, with stained glass windows, intricate wooden carvings, religious statues, and a breathtaking, deep blue ceiling adorned with tens of thousands of 24-karat gold stars, is certain to be a memorable experience.
FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS IN QUEBEC
Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.
NOTRE-DAME DES VICTOIRES
One of the oldest churches in North America, Notre-Dame des Victoires is situated on the site of Samuel de Champlain’s first outpost. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. The church has served as a filming location for several Hollywood films, most notably “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Notre-Dame des Victoire's location in the bustling Place Royale, a lively square in Québec City's Lower Town, makes it an ideal setting for a concert; tourists and locals alike are drawn into the church's open doors to become audience members. Notre-Dame des Victoires is a warm, intimate venue sure to be a highlight of any concert tour.
Espace Hypérion is one of Québec City's most groundbreaking performance venues. Located just within the city ramparts on Rue Dauphine, Espace Hypérion inhabits the Jesuit Chapel of Québec (La Chapelle des Jésuites). While the chapel has been in existence since 1820, the use of the space as a community cultural space is recent; concerts here invoke both timeworn tradition and innovative thinking. Performances at Espace Hypérion are publicized throughout the venue's extensive network of local arts patrons; they are well-attended by enthusiastic and receptive Quebecois audience members. Visiting ensembles enjoy a Mason and Hamlin concert piano and a personal concert technician at their disposal.