Major New Jazz Event to hit the Lachine Canal this May

Corridor Culturel presents "Les Machines": a musical event celebrating the modern heritage of jazz in Montreal on the Lachine Canal.

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April 26, 2023- Read time: 3 min
Major New Jazz Event to hit the Lachine Canal this MayImage credit: @ankh_one

Local organization Corridor Culturel just announced "Les Machines", a unique musical event set to take place on the Lachine Canal from May 1 to 29.

The event, presented in partnership with Parks Canada and Le Monde Studio, creates an opportunity to showcase Montreal's cultural heritage and enhance the value of Montreal's southwestern neighbourhoods as the birthplace of jazz in Canada.

The highlight of the month-long event will be an exclusive showcase on May 14 from 2-6 pm at Hangar 1825, featuring four artists representing the diversity and up-and-coming talent of the local music scene: Gayance, MODLEE, Naïma Frank, and Olivia Khoury, who will share their perspectives on the impact of jazz and transmit this musical heritage in a contemporary and captivating way.

The event promises to be a good one, with music spilling out onto the Canal as people walk and bike by. Tickets for the event are $15 for early birds (until May 11) and $20 at the door. You can buy them in advance here.

In addition to the concert, "Les Machines" will promote the artists through four giant music boxes, one for each artist, specially created for the occasion and scattered on the Lachine Canal from May 1 to 29. These creative installations will invite the public to interact with the music and discover the artists' talents while appreciating the surrounding environment.

"Les Machines is a signature project of Corridor Culturel: the discovery of Montreal's heritage and the highlighting of local talent. We are proud to animate and enhance the Lachine Canal and to make it a place of gathering and discovery.”

– Paul Hugo Baptiste, Director of Corridor Culturel

About the organizer

Corridor Culturel is an initiative that brings together more than 18 cultural sites over 3.6 km — including numerous art galleries and museums — to promote creativity, art, heritage, and communities along a pathway through Montreal's southwest and Old Montreal. By highlighting the richness of these neighbourhoods, Corridor Culturel seeks to encourage cultural dissemination, discovery and citizen participation through one-off events and artistic installations, as well as a rich program with art exhibitions and immersive experiences. This initiative is supported by MR-63, in collaboration with PHI. Check them out on Instagram here.

About Parks Canada

Parks Canada safeguards a vast network of natural and cultural heritage locations, consisting of 171 national historic sites, 47 national parks, one national urban park, and five national marine conservation areas. The national historic sites showcase Canada's rich and diverse heritage, allowing individuals to learn about the stories, cultures, and contributions of all peoples. Parks Canada is dedicated to providing Canadians with the chance to explore the complete spectrum of our shared history, including the challenging moments of our past. The agency's administered sites aim to deliver a comprehensive and impartial portrayal of Canada's history that acknowledges varying viewpoints.

The Main is an official media partner for "Les Machines". More info to come!