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Montréal Space for Life presents at the Insectarium Musical Siestas and Musical Stopovers

In collaboration with Les Escales Improbables de Montréal
Montréal, June 16, 2014 - 

This summer, as part of its “Hurry Up and Slow Down” programming, Space for Life offers, in collaboration with Les Escales Improbables de Montréal, a relaxing and poetic experience in the gardens of the Montréal Insectarium. Every Saturday afternoon beginning June 21 and throughout the summer, Musical Siestas: Listen and Lounge with Insects will showcase dragonflies, ladybugs and butterflies. In August, Les Escales Sonores, a Musical Stopover will offer musical alcoves with soundscapes to visualize the invisible. For Les Escales Improbables director Sylvie Teste, “art sheds new light on nature, intimate and open at the same time, as if we were in a large living room, far away from our daily cares and worries.”

With these two programs, the Insectarium and Les Escales Improbables invite you to come and do nothing: enjoy slow and relaxing moments, where you can look, listen and hear with your antennae fully extended.

Musical Siestas: Listen and Lounge with Insects
Every Saturday from JUNE 21 to AUGUST 30, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Every Saturday afternoon, it’s time to take a break in the beautiful Insectarium garden with a Musical Siesta, where you can admire the season’s loveliest insects and discover a rich program of events by Antoine Bédard, composed of eclectic music performed by musicians amid the spectators. Relax in a lawn chair or lie on the grass, admire the insects of the season and get away from the agitation of the outside world to connect to the peacefulness of nature, while discovering emerging and established artists (singers/songwriters, electronica, jazz, world music, etc.) performing intimate versions of their work.

21Dragonflies: Stunningly beautiful iridescent insects

Tristan MalavoyVoice and guitar

Thanya lyerVoice, piano, cello, bass

Trio Huu BacPiano, bass, erhu, quena, dan bau

28Fireflies: Luminous nighttime insects

Zachary GrayVoice, computer, guitar

ForêtVoice and guitar

Martin Tétreault

5Ladybugs, champions of organic pest control

Roger Tellier-CraigSynthesizer

Ludo PinVoice and guitar

thisquietarmy Guitar and effects

12The Silvery Blue, a pearly butterfly with distinctive spots

Olivier Girouard


Zachary GrayVoice, computer, guitar

19The Painted Lady, a stunningly beautiful butterfly

Navet ConfitVoice, acoustic guitar, beatbox, tape loops

Catherine LeducGuitar, voice, keyboards, bass, drums

Roger Tellier-CraigSynthesizer

26The air ballet of a brightly coloured dragonfly

Thanya lyerVoice, piano, cello, bass

Catherine MajorVoice, keyboard

Alexis O'HaraVoice and effects

2The harmless crane fly that looks like a huge mosquito

Émilie ProulxGuitar, voice, percussions, etc.

Josianne Paradis – Voice and piano

Philippe BVoice and guitar

9The bumblebee, cousin of the honeybee

Joëlle Saint-PierreVibraphone, piano, guitar

Navet ConfitVoice, acoustic guitar, beatbox, tape loops

10 000 Horses Voice, synthesizer, ukulele

16The red milkweed beetle, whose colour is a warning to predators

Josianne ParadisVoice and piano

Olivier Alary

Tristan MalavoyVoice and guitar

23The cabbage butterfly, a gracious white butterfly that nasturtiums can keep away from cabbage

thisquietarmy Guitar and effects

Émilie ProulxGuitar, voice, percussion, etc.

Martin Tétreault

30The monarch butterfly, a great migrator and king of Québec’s butterflies

Éveline Grégoire-RousseauVoice and harp

Nathalie Cora

Pierre-Yves Martel


* Instruments may change depending on the artists’ performance.

Les Escales Sonores, a musical stopover

Throughout the month of August, Les Escales Sonores gives you the chance to explore four environments where sonic art, design and nature envelop visitors as they go from one alcove to another. Their design, created especially to blend into nature, lets visitors immerse themselves completely as they take a little break.

This France-Québec co-production brings together four composers: Alexis Bellavance and Christian Calon from France, with the participation of visual artist Phil Allard; and Hervé Birolini and Philippe Le Goff from France, in collaboration with the École supérieure des arts et du design de Reims.

About Montréal Space for Life

Space for Life comprises the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium on one site. These four prestigious city institutions are Canada’s largest nature science complex. Together, they have launched a daring, creative urban movement to rethink the ties between human beings and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

About Escales Improbables de Montréal

Les Escales Improbables de Montréal, led by musician and musicologist Sylvie Teste, have developed and shared a multidisciplinary, creative and social concept of art in the lives of residents since 2004. Over the years, Musical Siestas and Musical Stopovers have delighted a number of audiences by poeticizing human beings’ relationship with urban living.

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Contact our team

Karine Jalbert
Communications Coordinator
514 872-1453
Mélanie Viau
Escales Improbables
514 572-3044

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