Montreal Prodigies Events: What Happened At Exposé Noir 2018

MTL Prodigies was cordially invited to a mysterious techno rave on May 19th. So what happened at Exposé Noir? It was an all-nighter packed with DJs, photography exhibition and a LOT of dancing.

Exposé Noir took place on May’s bank holiday weekend and we’re only just recovering from the techno party that went well into the early hours!

The night merged the underground rave scene with the sophistication of contemporary art. Obliterating the techno scene’s stereotype; the night felt artistic – each party-goer a part of the art.

Things kicked off at 21h…

Photo of Sven - red background, black silhouette. Sven wears black glasses and a suit

For the photography enthusiast, the event began early. We were treated to an intimate audience with Sven Marquardt. Marquardt is a charismatic, alluring photographer with an intimate connection to Berlin and its nightlife. With the aid of an English-speaking translator, Sven spoke about his art and its historical significance to Berlin.

His art depicts real Berlin: how the city’s dark history impacts the past, present and future of those who live within it.

His photos, (projected onto Fonderie Darling’s walls) were in black and white, yet colourful. The early photos from his career had a dark, aggressive theme but some surprised us: whimsical and dreamy.

His photography takes on the theme of street photography but is not ‘in the moment‘. He selects his subjects and the backdrop. However, his subjects are given freedom of expression: a key component to his art.

Just after 22hr the rave began…

Then the peace was gone. Party-goers began to pile into the warehouse space, the DJ at the front and centre: with a light show and heavy speakers that were ready to take on the music.

photo of expose noir - a DJ set can be seen with flashing purple lights and a crowd

The event’s DJs partied with the crowd – harnessing the intimate setting. As we danced alongside world-renowned artists, inhaling the smoky air, taking in the industrial backdrop – we felt we had stumbled into an underground Berlin nightclub.

The music was fierce, pumping through your chest, vibrating the soles of your feet. We danced so much that even our feet crying out for relief didn’t stop us.

If it got too much, Sven Marquardt’s art beckoned you in a side room. We ventured through black curtains and discovered a room: empty but with a platform in the centre, digital screens displaying Marquardt’s photos in a rolling slideshow.

It acted as the perfect escape from the hypnotic, techno sound. The blend of Sven’s art with the DJs’ catchy techno mixes appeared unusual but it worked. It took away the rave scene’s stigma: bringing to light its historical context and cultural importance.

The crowd themselves were a wonderful blend: individuals with their own style and reason to be there. We found it awe-inspiring and hope to see this clash of worlds at future events.

Now to recover…

If you were hardcore enough to last till 7hr, we salute you! The event lasted all night and we are VERY tired. Our feet may have been left at Fonderie Darling, but the memory was well and truly worth it. So is the throbbing headache.

Were you there? Tell us your thoughts:

Did you rave with us? We would love to hear from you – send in your photos, your stories and, if you have any other events you think we would enjoy, tell us about it! MTL Prodigies want to hear from emerging, talented Montrealers. You can contact us here.

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Find out more about the event and the artists:

Underground All-Nighter Art Exhibition Featuring International Artists and DJs

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Underground All-Nighter Art Exhibition Featuring International Artists and DJs

Win tickets to Exposé Noir in Montreal May 2018: a techno event featuring world-renowned DJs and art instalment.

Craving an underground scene with techno DJs from around the world? Head to Fondarie Darling this May and experience Exposé Noir. The event returns for another year – with an exclusive lineup, ‘mystery guest’ and art exhibition. Did we mention we have free tickets to give away?

MTL Prodigies have partnered with the team behind Exposé Noir to offer TWO TICKETS to one lucky winner! To enter, do the following:

  1. Follow MTL Prodigies on Instagram.
  2. Like our Exposé Noir giveaway post on Instagram.
  3. Comment who you’d like to go with!

Winners will be announced Friday 18th.

To find out more about the event, scroll down!

The Event Details:

Below you will find the ‘Who, What, When, Where’ (that we can reveal!) of Exposé Noir: meet the DJs, discover the art exhibition and buy your tickets.

photo of expose noir - a DJ set can be seen with flashing purple lights and a crowd


Exposé Noir is an all-night party / art exhibition / we’re not completely sure and that’s what’s so cool about it. Guests can expect an authentic, underground scene. Lucky ticket-holders will get exclusive treats throughout the evening. Cameras are prohibited.


Attendees will experience a renowned DJ lineup including: Ellen Allien, Volvox, Atroxx and Syla. They will also be treated to an art exhibition by infamous photographer Sven Marquardt. ‘Mystery guest’ to be announced.

Ellen Allien

Photo of Ellen Allien, international techno DJ - a blonde woman leans on a blue, garage door wearing a bomber jacket.

Allien returns to Montreal after a long-awaited 2 years! One of the true, original faces to have emerged from Berlin’s techno scene, Allien’s gigs sell out fast. She has been producing techno dance tracks for 25 years and holds residencies at some of the hottest nightclubs in Europe.

Sven Marquardt

Photo of Sven - red background, black silhouette. Sven wears black glasses and a suit

Marquardt presents ‘Black-box’ an audio-visual photography instalment. Inspired from his work in Berghain, Sven wow’d the art world with his photography skills. With over 30 years industry experience, Sven studied at Die Deutsche Film AG and has worked alongside Rudolf Schäfer. His art is described as; “exalted dreams of pleasure and fear”. Sound provided by Marcel Dettmann.


Photo of Volvox - female DJ from Brooklyn. Volvox has an undercut, blonde haircut. She gestures with her hands, wearing a black, loose jacket

A Brooklyn babe, Volvox conquered New York with her acidic-sound and has DJ’d at parties across the world including Australia, Asia and Europe. Volvox repeatedly appears at Berghain, Panorama Bar, Boiler Room, and Resident Advisor.


“Expect nothing less than soul-crushing techno” – Atroxx is a native Montrealer with a lot of talent. His sound has a heavy-industrial vibe, paired with rhythmic melodies.


Producing music for over 10 years, Syla has worked with Cirque de Soleil and a multitude of international artists. Montreal born-and-raised, Syla’s sound is a mix of techno, house and electronic.


Photo of the Foundry Darling - an industrial building in Montreal

The event is taking place at Fondarie Darling, one of the first buildings to be given ‘industrial heritage’ status. The former-metalworks foundry is revived as a visual arts house. The industrial-style building is found in the Cité du Multimedia district of Montreal. Running the premises are Quartier Éphémère – an organization that revives abandoned buildings with contemporary art instalments.

Address: Darling Foundry, 745 Rue Ottawa, Montréal, QC H3C 1R8


Sat, 19 May 2018, 10:00 PM – Sun, 20 May 2018, 7:00 AM EDT.

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Come out of hibernation, Montreal – it’s Spring 2018 and we have a rundown of what the city is up to April & May.

Spring 2018 in Montreal is heating up with concerts, crazy sales, galas and free ice cream. Check below for our top events to attend. Don’t miss out!

Concerts & Shows


April through to May, see artists such as Bon Jovi, Harlem Globetrotters, Justin Timberlake, René Simard, Yves Pelletier, WWE and Peppa Pig Live! Check Evenco for tickets and more acts.

Le Balcon

From April 13 to May 11, get in to the fiesta spirit with a live Cuban band at Le Balcon. Ticket options include a dinner. Other events during April and May include Motown, soul and disco nights. Check their schedule for what’s on offer.

Cabane à Sucre

Photo of the inside of Sucrerie de la Montagne - rustic, wooden beams and long benches

Sucrerie de la Montagne

Sweet tooth? Sucrerie de la Montagne is open for business until May. You can expect an authentic experience: including traditional maple syrup, horse-drawn carriage rides, all-you-can-eat maple dishes and live music.

At One With Nature

Up-close photo of a butterfly. The black and white butterfly sits on an orange flowers

Butterflies Go Free

A favourite located at Montreal’s Jardin Bontanique. The annual ‘Butterflies Go Free‘ exhibition is a must. Enjoy the tropics inside the Main Exhibition Greenhouse whilst the butterflies flutter around you.


Spring 2018: Photo of a store partaking in the discount sale. Winter coats

The Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers (La Grande Braderie Mode Québécoise)

Calling all shopaholics: it’s time to fight over a pair of $20 designer jeans. Discounts range from 50% – 80% off. Participating Quebec designers usually include: Mackage, Second Denim, Noujica, Shan, Rudsak and Tokaya. The Braderie is located at Marché Bonsecours. April 12 – 15.

Food Festivals

Fête du Croissant

Who doesn’t love croissants? For the pastry lover in your life, April 28 is dedicated to croissants. Devour $1.25 croissants (regular price: $2) across Montreal at participating cafés, boulangeries and pâtisseries.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

On April 10th, walk into your local Ben & Jerry’s and get a free ice-cream! Since 1979, we’ve been gobbling free scoops. Join in with the rest of the world before it melts: find a participating store here.

Expos & Galas

Montreal’s Toycon

Have a little (or large) one who loves toys? Join in the fun at Montreal’s Toycon. Local and international toy companies to attend; demonstrating their latest toys to try and family favourites. A great family day!

Galas / Fundraisers 

Help raise awareness, donate, dine and socialize at a Foundation Gala. There’s an extensive list by Montreal Gazette detailing all the events you can attend. From early March till mid September.

Literary Delights

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Attracting writers from all over the world, this festival offers a multitude of activities catering to adults and children. Check their website for more information.

Film Festivals

Poster for Vues D'Afrique festival.

Festival Vues d’Afrique

Culture, fine dining, exclusive screenings and exhibitions are to be found at the Festival Vues d’Afrique. The festival is renowned as the most prestigious of its kind in North America. Attend and immerse yourself in African and Caribbean culture.


Montreal Medieval Fair

Step back in time at Montreal’s Medieval Fair. The fair includes acrobatics, battle competitions, vendors, music and much more. Plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Street Festivals

Aires Libres

The Société de Développement Commercial du Village partners with Ville-Marie Borough for it’s 10th street festival, Aires Libres. Opening in May and continuing till late September, expect a lot of fun. St Catherine Street Est. turns into a pedestrian-only street boasting 50 terraces, a floating bridge and photo exhibitions. May – September.

Music Festivals

Piknic Electronik Montreal - photo of the crowd in the park and a lit-up stage

Piknic Électronik 

The ultimate electronic music festival, Piknic Électronik, returns for its 15th edition. Starting in late May, visit Parc Jean-Drapeau every Sunday for epic DJ sets.


Queens of Egypts

An exhibition opening in early April, Pointe-à-Callière museum presents ‘Queens Of Egypt‘. The exhibition highlights wives, mothers and daughters of Egyptian Pharos dating back 3,500 years ago.

Montreal Museum’s Day 2018

Montreal Museum’s Day welcomes its 32nd year this Spring 2018. Museums across the city will open their doors with free admission for a single day in the year. Most of the museums partaking in the event are yet to be announced.

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Montreal’s Nuit Blanche 2018: What Happened And Tips For Next Year

Nuit Blanche; one of the biggest night’s In Montreal’s calendar, was illuminated with DJs, art exhibitions, food joints and fairground rides.

Photo of the Quebec Maple Ferris Wheel at Montreal en Lumiere and Nuit Blanche in 2018

The Nuit Blanche scene: shoulder-rubbing-crowds, booming music, food trucks, neon lights and lots of fun. The event is always a hit due to the unlimited, free activities. This year was no disappointment.

The festival lures you in with the variety on offer. Attendees included families, students, adults and party-goers.

It was a bustling experience; somewhat overwhelming. Intoxicating aromas of smoked sausage around the fire pits, people singing, dancing and neon lights. The festival consumes you fast if you aren’t prepared.

That’s why I’m sharing my experience with you guys in the hope that next year, you can enjoy it with the same intensity that the night throws at you.

Surviving Nuit Blanche

Hold on tight – it’s a long night. Be sure to make a plan before you arrive – unless you have a clear idea of what you want to do, the festival can chew you up.

Check out their programmed themes for a quick, tailored evening. There are 3 themes: a family night, an artistic evening and a mix-it-up option for those who love it all!

Getting Around

Map It Out

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE also provide a digital map of the festival, outlining where you can find each activity. Take note: out-and-about this map can be confusing. It’s not responsive – meaning on mobile devices it’s complicated to read.

digital map of Nuit Blanche 2018

Pro tip: my advice would be to do your research before you go – note down the addresses. The website also has a cool feature called ‘My Festival’ where you can cherry pick events you want to attend and keep them saved. You can find this feature along the menu of the index.

The good news is you can’t go wrong heading to the heart of it all on 400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1L4. This is where you will find fire pits (cook your own sausages!), cool little igloos hosted by SAQ and a family fun zone.

It is packed full of activities and acts as the hub of the nightlife.

Take Public Transport

Each year, the STM offer a 24hr service on the metro, buses and shuttles. Getting about is simpler than ever!

Pro tip: I recommend taking the Metro – as a lot of the sights can be found along a 4 mile walk in Montreal’s Underground City. If you have will and a hunger for art – this is ideal for you.

Sad fact: unlike the many events, these services are not free!


If you are coming from outside Montreal and taking the car – there are plenty of parking options available. Parking in Montreal can be tedious and expensive. Especially when a festival is happening.

Pro tip: we parked at Metropolitan Parking Inc: 1801 Av McGill Collège, Montréal QC H3A 3P3, Canada which is less than a 10 minute walk from the festival centre. It’s also one of the cheapest, underground parking options: just $8!

Family Fun

Nuit Blanche photo: a small boy enjoying the festival
Wibo Nacino

One of the features that stood out was the Family Fun Zone. As a parent myself, I understand how complicated it can be to get the balance between entertaining your kids and not breaking the bank. Fortunately, most of the activities your little ones can enjoy here are free.

Seek out the following: RBC Sports Zone, Milk Urban Slide, CBC/Radio Canada Olympic Zone and Quebec Maple Ferris Wheel.

For The Foodies

It is a well-known fact that the Montreal food scene is hot, hot hot! And for the foodie in your life, Nuit Blanche provides. What kind of foodie are you? For the sophisticated one – make a reservation at one of the many restaurants partaking in the festival. Or go casual and grab some fast-food.

Food trucks are scattered all around – catering to your foodie needs: poutine, beavertails and the Food Network to name a few.

A heads up: food trucks are popular. Prepare to queue for at least 20 minutes. Choose your truck wisely!

If queuing is not for you, may I recommend attending a food event instead. These activities usually require a reservation and often charge around $50 for tickets.

Your food choices range from culinary tours, to fine dining, a la carte menus and food tastings. Check out what restaurants you can try out here (click on the ‘Fine Dining’ menu option.)

Get Arty


Montreal’s art scene always draws me in. Whether a festival is on or not, you can wander old Montreal’s many art galleries and soak up some artistic inspiration. Fortunately, at Nuit Blanche, artists showcase their work till 2am for FREE.

We wandered the Belgo Building (which is just a few minutes outside of the main area). Spanning 4 floors with long corridors; enter the doors to artistic expression. The event is unassuming; you feel like you’re wandering through your old school late at night.

There was choice aplenty for the artistic types; with art galleries taking part all over the complex. Refer back to the digital map to locate where they were.


In downtown Montreal, you are spoilt for choice with hotels. Select hoteliers opened their doors to weary explorers. I would recommend booking a hotel if you plan to enjoy the festivities over the weekend. You will need a comfy bed to crash after all the walking that comes with Nuit Blanche.

Some of the hotels even indulged guests in a la carte menus!

For the risky types: ever wanted to stay in 5 star accommodation at a seriously reduced price? Check out Montreal en Lumiere’s ‘Mystery Hotel’ package. You don’t know where you’re staying until after booking!

You can find who took part in the festivities here.

The Music Scene

ferris wheel at nuit blanche

Montreal has an impressive music scene – it goes alongside our partying nature! As you approach the Open Site, you can hear distant booms of subwoofers. And as the lights guide you, so does the sound of a diverse musical line-up.

The music mash-up consisted of hip-hop,  a Metro station with music, choirs, pop artists and concerts. You can see the full line-up here. Know what you fancy listening to though – it’s quite the list!

For The Movie Buff

If you want to get away from the crowds, the noise and the chaos, the festival also hosted late-night movie screenings. One of the showings, (which really stood out, due to the event’s name) was Total Crap: a montage of some of the worst cinematic moments in history. And for as little as $5, there was SPASM – a series of short films with a side of drag queens.

For a more serious movie night there was Cinéma au Palais: a series of short films made by young adults and teenagers depicting what it is like to live with autism.

Alternate Activities

If you haven’t guessed by now, the festival offers a magnitude of activities. There were dance contests, improvisations, readings and writing workshops, an Ice Dance Show, Inflatable water course and late-night Yoga.

Last But Not Least

If you’re planning to attend next year, (and hopefully you are after reading this), it’s most important that you soak up all that the festival has to offer. Montreal is a vibrant, cultural, expressive city that parties hard till the early hours – especially during Nuit Blanche!

The greatest part of the festival is how it caters to all personalities and all types of groups. So, in that sense, this is one of the optimum times to visit. Just be sure to wrap up warm because our little part of the world can get VERY cold!

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Did you attend Nuit Blanche this March 3rd – 4th 2018? What did you enjoy most, what should we mention? Leave a comment below.