Digital technology, a pop-up theatre and the inimitable improvisation of Canadian superstar, Gregory Charles, headline the action at the 2015 edition of Montreal’s Vintage Experience. The bilingual event, scheduled for two weekends in May, is situated within a stone’s throw of the Casino de Montreal and features nightly shows tailored to audience specifications. As a highlight of the Montreal theatre season, the show attracted sell out audiences in 2013 – and is due to wow audiences in New York next!
Irresistibly Interactive Entertainment
Billed ‘irresistibly interactive’, the festival of sound begins at the ticket office where paying patrons are asked pointed questions to reveal their musical predilections – from their vintage movie songs, preferred decade of music and musical era– to their individual song title of all time! This information is quickly analysed and becomes the foundation of an individual show, ensuring that each extravaganza is not only a one-of-a-kind experience – but organically meets audience expectations!
Audience participation flows freely throughout the night, with twitter, tweets and twits the ultimate deciders of a line-up that can range from the gravelly sounds of Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, the foot tapping, hand clapping platinum hits of The Beatles, The Mamas and the Papas and the Rolling Stones, to the iconic tunes of Michael Jackson, Adele and Elton John! A melange of melodies is always on the cards, with the maestro of music easily adapting the songs in his repertoire.
In addition to an ever-changing song and dance routine, ticket holders can swill down single malts, Yukon Jacks and sauvignon blancs and dine divinely in an ambience that is more Parisian night club than take-down entertainment zone. Event packages include pre-show wining and dining at an affordable price. Close proximity to the dazzling edifice that is the Casino de Montreal provides the perfect opportunity to prolong the evening with the full gamut of black tie gaming!
Gregory Charles - The Platinum Star of the Show
It’s not only tunes that’ll get the audience bopping… With an intoxicating French-Canadian Caribbean gene pool, Gregory Charles has the innate ability to entertain on the world’s stage. Formal training at the Ecole de Musique Wilfrid-Pelletier was the precursor to a glittering career that has spanned many decades and culminated in superstardom. The precociously talented entertainer is not only a singer, songwriter and musician but an accomplished comedian, dancer and television and radio host. Audiences can safely anticipate a cerebral and polished experience further enhanced by an energetic choir – effortlessly orchestrated by the man himself.
Charles’ intrinsic knowledge of all the genres of music and his masterful direction of his on-stage peers creates an alluring evening out that is quite simply spectacular! The born and bred Québécois has enjoyed memorable career highlights that include double platinum for his ‘I Think of You’ album and a record run of 43 shows of his maiden interactive – Black & White – at Montreal’s Bell Centre, a run that collectively attracted more than 700,000 baying fans!
Le Qube – The Venue
Notwithstanding a classic line-up cherry picked from the seventies through to the nineties, the take-down theatre is modern, minimalistic and mobile. The flexible events space, dubbed Le Qube – a play on the words Quebec and Cube – accompanies the star on his whirl-wind tours and guarantees prime locations in the likes of Montreal and New York. Automated retractable seating, awesome lighting effects, surround sound audio and digital projection facilities easily transform the ‘not-so vintage’ venue into hot and heaving concert space!
Central & Easily Accessible
The centrally located Le Qube is readily accessible by public transport, as the 777 bus transports passengers from the Jean-Drapeau Metro station to the casino. In addition, there are dedicated shuttles that offer round trips to the casino precinct from areas outside the island of Montreal.
Vintage Experience Event Information
- Dates: May 14, 15, 16, 28, 29, 30
- Ticket prices: Regular - $78.84 or Dinner Show $120 per person
- Time: 8.00 pm
- Duration: approximately 3 hours
- Venue: Le Qube, next to Casino de Montreal
- Address: 1 Avenue du Casino
- Age Restriction: 18 years +
Everyone is invited to enjoy the two-week fest that is set to be yet another show-stopper. Ticket prices are fair if you consider what is on the menu and you will undoubtedly get every cent’s worth. Purchase your tickets now and get in line to wine, dine and be entertained with the Vintage Experience this May.