The (awaited!) awakening of the open-air theater in La Fontaine Park

The (awaited!) awakening of the open-air theater in Parc La Fontaine

A prototype of the Théâtre de Verdure in Parc La Fontaine, which will reopen this summer after eight years closing.

After eight years of closure, the Théâtre de Verdure, located in the heart of La Fontaine Park, will be back from June 29 until August 26 for a full summer season. The performance space will host more than thirty free shows, including those by Martha Wainwright, the Orchester Métropolitain and Jérôme 50.

Completely renovated, this large open-air theater offers 2,500 seats to attend cultural performances, from dance to music, including theater and circus. Admission is free: first come, first served!

The summer program will be launched on Wednesday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. with The grand opening night of Les Ballets Jazz Montréal. The reopening of the theater and the 50th anniversary of Ballets Jazz Montréal will be celebrated at the same time. Exceptionally, for this opening night, you must reserve your tickets (free).

The Orchester Métropolitain will take the stage of the Théâtre de Verdure on July 15 and 16 at 8:30 p.m. to blow a wind of hope with Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, one of the best-known works in the repertoire, and Symphony No. 3by Louise Farrenc, one of the rare women composers of her time to have achieved recognition from her peers in her lifetime. 

On Friday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m., the singer-songwriter- performer Martha Wainwright will be performing to introduce the public to Love Will Be Reborn, her fifth album.

Artist Jérôme 50 will offer a unique performance of HiérarchillSaturday July 23 at 8:30 p.m. Accompanied by a children's choir and special guest Marily Dorion, singer Jérôme 50 will put on an extraordinary show, punctuated by his anecdotes with unexpected endings, his tongue-in-cheek humor and his improvisations always on point.

Amazing live music, acrobatics and dances will be on display on Wednesday August 3 at 8:30 p.m. as the Kalabanté circus takes over the outdoor stage of the park La Fontaine.

Consult the complete program of the Théâtre de Verdure online.

An expected reopening

Initially inaugurated in 1956, the scenic space closed its doors in 2014 due to the advanced state of disuse of the infrastructure. The reopening was initially planned for 2020, but has been postponed twice since.

“It is thanks to arrangements sensitive to nature and heritage that we will be able to find the Théâtre de Verdure very soon, the beating heart of Parc La Fontaine. With its green, modern and lively public spaces, our theater offers a vibrant summer to the Montreal population and to visitors!” declared the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

After requesting the development of ;a redevelopment plan, the City of Montreal awarded a $1.5 million contract to a construction firm for the supply and installation of bleacher benches.

Like the big open-air theaters in the world, the place is open and accessible to everyone, at any time of day, 12 months a year, so that park users can make it their own outside of cultural events.

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