Since moving to Montreal, I’ve developed a new tradition. Montreal is a cultural capital (if not THE cultural capital of Canada) and it has an unparalleled arts scene. So, at the close of every winter I walk through Place des Arts, go to the catalogue box and pick up the new programs for the coming season. I love the design of Opéra de Montréal but the program for Les Grands Ballet is always breath taking. Even if you never saw a show you could collect these little lovelies (which I sort of already do). In the last season I was able to make it the Opéra de Montréal’s Gala and production of Samson and Delilah (of course a favourite of mine). The Gala cemented my burgeoning love for Puccini, so now I’m ecstatic that next season will include a production of Madame Butterfly!

I’ve never had the pleasure of taking in any of the productions of Danse! Danse! but they are hosting an unorthodox interpretation of Swan Lake, by the South African choreographer Dada Masilo, playing in January. It seems too unique to miss! It will be awhile before September though and there are so many festivals tucked in to one Montreal summer. I'll do my best to get to the most interesting ones... Any suggestions?