Culture: always near and dear

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The current health crisis means public places are forced to limit their capacity and reinvent their programming. However, quebec’s cultural scene has steadfastly demonstrated its ability to adapt and has remained prolific throughout it all. Here are a few cultural activities to check out in the midst of the pandemic.

When it comes to performing arts, the much-anticipated Pétrole, which was slated to debut early this fall at théâtre Jean-Duceppe, is now available as an audio recording to be paired with the book, on sale since September 22. This text, written by François Archambault, is a political thriller on climate change, and is the first piece to be produced at Duceppe’s writing residency.

Similarly, Radio-Canada produced an audio recording of Héritage, presented at théâtre Jean-Duceppe last fall. Written in the 1950s, this piece is about an African-American family from Chicago who experience discrimination on a daily basis. Still extremely relevant today, Héritage is now available via the OHdio app.

Fill up on visual arts

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s website features approximately 300 art pieces. The museum’s online collection allows visitors to discover the work of local and international artists. Take in audio, digital, and videographic pieces, as well as sculptures, photographs, and paintings: macm.org/collections.

The Musée d’Art contemporain has also resumed its onsite programming. The exhibition La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux will be presented as of October 8.

Classical music at home

Until October 28, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will be offering a series of digital concerts combining relaxation, escape, and emotions. Two prominent conductors will lead these concerts: Bernard Labadie and Susanna Mälkki. Some concerts will be available for free, while others will require a minimum donation of $10.

The OSM has also selected several pieces for its playlist entit­led Confinement symphonique, available on Spotify. Visit OSM.CA
for more details!

Discover quebec cinema at its best

Have you always dreamed of visiting the crazy universe of André Forcier or viewing Liste noire, which marked the beginnings of Jean-Marc Vallée in the world of cinema? Since 2008, the ÉléphantQuébec project has overseen the restoration and accessibility of these films, as well as many other great classics. More than 225 cinematographic pieces are available at all times on Vidéotron and Itunes.

This fall, the ONF is launching 30 or so titles online. These new additions will be joining the 400 or so titles already available for free on ONF.ca. Recent and award-winning pieces, as well as new releases, will be unveiled each week. It’s a unique opportunity to watch short and full-length documentaries, animated films, and interactive pieces. A special programming is planned for October, in celebration of International Animation Day.