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The cabarets of Montreal

01/05/2015


Tonight, anything goes at the Frédérick Gravel Cabaret at Usine C. The Grande Salle is transformed… and it’s standing room only.


The perfect occasion to think back to Montreal’s famous cabarets, which numbered more than two hundred from the 1920s to the 1970s. The Casa Loma? The Faisan Doré? The Crystal Palace?

 

Many international performers appeared on those stages, and some of Quebec’s best-known celebrities got their start there, including Ginette Réno. But today, they are no more. The advent of television seems to have changed people’s tastes.

And yet, every Tuesday and Saturday night, the regular crowds— and the tourists—make their way to the Village to take in a show at Cabaret Mado, hosted by the famous drag queen of the same name. That’s probably because the cabaret is more than just a place— it’s a feeling, an ambience where cultural and social diversity find their home.

 

A place that reflects life here, and shows the world that Montreal is most definitely a city like no other!

 


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