The BBCM Foundation is almost ready to celebrate its 25th Black & Blue Festival from October 7 to 13. The very dynamic team of event organisers is excited to celebrate this very special anniversary with thousands of people from all over the planet in a fantastic major way, with the touch of extravagance that characterizes the Black &Blue. This year’s main event, will take place at the Pierre Charbonneau Amphitheater (located in the Olympic Park at 3000 Viau Street) on Sunday, October 11, from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning, under the theme “Red Light District Montreal”, linked to Montreal’s reputation as the “queen of entertainment and nightlife” for several decades. The 2015 Black & Blue theme and shows during the main event are inspired by the burlesque, variety shows, glamour, sensuality and everything that has to do with “sexy”.
The Black & Blue main event and full schedule of events
This year’s main event will feature two major dance floors and will present a selection of great DJs from Montreal and Europe. Playing in two different rooms, they will make the participants dance the night away. Of the two rooms, the Montreal room will feature “house music classics” reminding people of the Black & Blue rich music history, while the main room will feature up-to-date house / electronic music. The DJs playing at the main event are:
Paolo Rocco & Jay London (Montreal)
Morabito (New York)
The Cube Guys (Italy)
Wally Lopez (Spain)
Mark Anthony (Montreal)
Charles Poulin (Montreal)
Robert de la Gauthier (Montreal)
Luc Raymond (Montreal)
Stephen Wallace (Montreal)
Stéfane Lippé (Montreal)
Also, the BBCM team is working on a series of performances and shows which will be presented during the 12-hour long event under the artistic direction of Stephane Barbeau, also the lighting designer of the event. Two main performances will be featured: “Burlesque-moi!” and “Flag & Dance” with burlesque performer Marie Doroftei and the BBCM dancers. The show director is Yanick Daigle. In addition, the BBCM is proud to present a very special performance with three divas: Lulu Hughes, Kim Richardson and Stéphane Moraille.
As for the other events of the Festival, the BBCM Foundation will present favourites such as the very popular Leather Ball taking place at “Bain Mathieu” (2915 Ontario East) on October 9 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with DJ Mike Cruz (New York) and Marc Paquet (Montreal), and the Bears & Friends party at Espaces des arts (9 rue Ste-Catherine East) on Saturday, October 10, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with DJs Ron Hamelin (Montreal), Phil Romano (New York) and John Lepage (San Francisco) . The full schedule of events includes also: the official Launch Cocktail at Galerie D (Oct. 7), the President’s Cocktail at the Montreal City townhall (Oct. 8), a Saturday and a Sunday Brunch at Saloon (Oct. 10-11), a Recovery Party at Bar Le Cocktail (Oct. 12) and a Closing Party at Cabaret Mado (Oct. 13). Furthermore, the participants can also attend a launch party, a pre-Leather Ball and a pre-Black & Blue at Club Aigle noir (1315 Ste-Catherine East), as well as many other events. For the full schedule of events and details: www.bbcm.org/en/black-and-blue/program.
People in town for the Black & Blue can also check out the play at Centaur Theater, a special theater production by Village Scene, and the exhibition on Vittorio’s work at Musée McCord.
To date, the BBCM has donated more than 2 million dollars and, including free products (free tickets to community groups) and services to help the community, especially the organizations providing direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and gay community groups.
Information, tickets and VIP passes
The tickets and VIP passes are on sale via the BBCM web site where you can also find all the information on this year’s festival:
Tickets for the Black & Blue main event:
Regular ticket (October 11): $100 plus applicable charges
VIP ticket (October 11): $125 plus applicable charges
The VIP passes for the Festival (includes all the official events) are $225. Tickets and VIP passes can be purchased by following this link: www.bbcm.org
The tickets can also be purchased in the following outlets:
- Chez Priape (1311 Ste-Catherine East)
- Salon Garçons sculpteurs (1335 rue Ste-Catherine East)
- Il Bolero (6846 St-Hubert)
- Sauna G.I. Joe (1166 Ste-Catherine East)
- Association sportive et communautaire Centre-Sud (2093 de la Visitation)
- Romance (723 Mt-Royal East)
- Romance (1821 Ste-Catherine West)
- Séduction (5220 Métropolitain East)
- X-Tasy (211 Ste-Catherine East)
- Romance (14 Pont-Viau, Laval)
- Romance (145 Curé-Labelle, Laval)
Black & Blue partners
The Black & Blue is organized with the financial support of Tourisme Montréal and Tourisme Québec.
The BBCM also wants to thank the following partners: Omnison, A&U Magazine, Fugues, Mygaytoronto.com, theBuzz Magazine, Pinkbanana.com, Le Château, Noize magazine, Chez Priape, Garçons sculpteurs, Funmaps, Gouverneur Hotel, Boris, Odyssey Magazine, Gay Living Magazine, Sauna G.I. Joe, Sauna Oasis, Via Rail, Lestubbies.com, Naya, Gay411.com, Bear411.com, Gayvan.com, CJLO, One Condoms, Fierté Montréal, Winter Party Festival, Collectif Carré rose, The Saint at Large, Crown & Anchor Provincetown, Testosterone, Village Scene, Musée McCord, Association sportive et communautaire Centre-Sud, Centaur Theater, Armada Montreal, Les Phénix Montréal, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and Genesis PR.