Word from the General and Artistic Director

Since its beginnings in 2011, Festival Classica has grown steadily. In just eight years, it has carved out an enviable position among the major classical music events. Today, it ranks among the top emerging cultural organizations, thanks to the quality of its programming and its leadership.

Festival Classica has presented approximately 325 concerts attended by close to 320,000 festivalgoers. It has engaged the services of more than 750 musicians, another 1,300 orchestral musicians and about 230 professional painters. In addition, the event has seen the participation of 2,200 choristers and showcased more than 3,200 up-and-coming artists! Festival Classica has made a name for itself in Canada, the United States, Europe and even as far away as Australia, thanks to exciting productions and radio broadcasts produced here and aired internationally.

Fall concert tour

In collaboration with L’Harmonie des saisons, in 2018, for the second year in a row, Festival Classica embarks on a fall concert tour in the cities of Saint-Lambert, Granby, Saint-Constant and Boucherville, with a presentation of Mozart’s Requiem. The soloists, choral ensemble and orchestra of period instruments will be under the direction of Eric Milnes. Immerse yourself in this timeless work by Mozart!

The 2019 edition: From Berlioz to the Bee Gees

I invite you to take part in the grand celebration of music that will be the 9th edition of Festival Classica, entitled From Berlioz to the Bee Gees, taking place in Saint-Lambert and in various cities on both the South Shore and the island of Montreal, where we will be presenting several satellite concerts. Festival Classica runs from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, June 16, 2019.

In 2019, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) along with the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and cellist Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880). It will also be just shy of 150 years since the birth of composer Albert Roussel (1869-1937).

Come together in the heart of music!

Marc Boucher
General and Artistic Director

Unsung heroes

The creation of an event such as Festival Classica is an exciting endeavour, but it is not without its share of challenges. Good fortune has brought together the group of remarkable and passionate individuals who make up Festival Classica’s board of directors. Working devotedly behind the scenes with the Festival’s founder, Marc Boucher, these unsung heroes ensure the event’s success and are richly deserving of recognition. On behalf of all the music lovers who will enjoy the fruit of their work, we thank all the members of the board of directors, the finance committee, and the production team.

A word from the president

Music takes to the streets and fills people’s hearts!

While firmly anchored in reality, Festival Classica continues to inspire us to dream, with an ninth season of shared good times with friends and scores of new discoveries. The largest urban festival dedicated to classical music in Canada returns in 2019 for its annual celebration in Saint-Lambert. Satellite concerts will also be presented in several cities on the South Shore and on the island of Montreal.

In early summer, these cities will welcome thousands of festivalgoers, who will enjoy concerts on both indoor and outdoor stages.

With the Festival’s always exciting and daring, yet highly accessible, programming, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Hear a favourite work set to innovative classical orchestration, get ready to be wowed by the new generation of up-and-coming musical talent, or give a listen to classical music styles you’ve never heard before, with the assurance that each performance you attend will be of the highest quality.

We look forward to seeing you all from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, June 16, 2019.

In closing, on behalf of myself and all my colleagues on the board of directors, I would like to thank the Festival’s management team, all our volunteers and, of course, our donors, without whose support we could not live this dream.

Philippe Brunet
President of Festival Classica’s board of directors

Festival Classica’s board of directors - 2018


Philippe Brunet

President, Gestion PJBD Inc. - Foreign Exchange Risk Management


Nicolas Beylich

President, N2M Conseil Inc.


Jeanne Desgroseilliers




Bruno Ménard

IGA Louise Ménard

Bruno Bougie

Portfolio Manager,
RBC Dominion Securities

Joséphine Brodeur

Third Chair
Accredited mediator

Alain Dugal


Jacques Girard

Executive coach
President, Association des diplômés de l'Université de Montréal

Willem Hanskamp

Senior Vice-President, Chief Investment Officer, Heward Investment Management Inc.

Emmanuelle Héroux

Director Programming

Centre Phi

Sylvain Langlois

Consultant communication marketing, Pine média inc.

Yvon Lessard


Jacques Marchand

Chairman of the
LCI Education network

John Rooke

Real Estate Broker,

Immeubles Stuart inc.

Manon Seery


General Manager

Caisse Charles-LeMoyne

Philippe Turp

Executive Vice president,

Virtual Integrated Technologies

Become a Festival Classica volunteer!

Festival Classica is an urban festival dedicated to classical music in the broad sense, including the classical music of other cultures. Our mission is to create a public space that fosters encounters between classical music, artists, and the population.

We’re looking for individuals interested in generously sharing their time to contribute to the success of Festival Classica.

The Festival boasts an exceptional team of more than 100 volunteers. It’s these people who are in large part responsible for its ever-growing success.

We truly believe that our volunteers are the heart of the Festival. Are you dynamic, proactive, courteous and responsible? Join our team and give yourself and our 50,000 festivalgoers an unforgettable emotional experience!


Festival Classica team

Marc Boucher

General Director and Artistic Director

Pierre-André Derome

Graphic Designer

Nadine Gauthier

Volunteer Coordinator and Manager


Marie-Josée Dubé

Communications Director

Nathalie Houde

Administrative Director

Martin Duchesneau

Production Manager

Keren Penney


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Thanks to all our partners



Public partners

Exclusive concert presenters


Medias partners

Partenaires concours voyage

Official transporter

Thanks to our donators

Friends of the Festival

Alain Dugal

Alain Myette

Caisse Desjardins d'Anjou-Tétreaultville

Caisse Desjardins de l'Éducation

Caisse Desjardins de Terrebonne

Caisse Desjardins des Grands boulevards de Laval

Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal

Caisse Desjardins du Secteur industriel de Montréal

Caisse Populaire Desjardins Canadienne Italienne

Daniel Turp

Desjardins Groupe d'assurances générales

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Ivan Greenstein

Pierre-Yves Châtillon

Circle of music lovers

Antoine Chagnon

Desjardins Assurances

Desjardins Sécurité financière

Excavation CivilPro Inc

Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Fidelity Investments Canada

Fondation Sandra et Alain Bouchard

Fondation Sibylla Hesse

Jacques Marchand

Katalin Zador


Marc Boucher

Russell Investments Canada

Senvest Capital Inc

Willem Hanskamp

Yvon Lessard

Zeller Family Foundation

public Partners