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OSM Classical Spree

About the festival

Rafael Payare’s first Classical Spree will be synonymous with discovery and daring. From the Far North to the Tierra del Fuego, this OSM summer event in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles offers an occasion to immerse yourself in some of the various languages, music and cultures that have inhabited the vast land known as the Americas for centuries. 

For this event, the OSM will welcome several high-calibre artists from both American continents: saxophonist Branford Marsalis, soprano Jeanine De Bique, trumpeter Pacho Flores, violinist James Ehnes and pianists Sergio Tiempo and Bruce Liu, among others.

The festival will celebrate a wide array of musical and literary cultures of the Americas, ranging from sacred songs in the Quechuan language, to Argentinian tango, to Yiddish literature, to Canadian concert music.

The 2022 Classical Spree will kick off under Rafael Payare’s direction at the Olympic Park’s Esplanade.

There will be a total of 24 indoor concerts as well as a host of free activities in the Quartier des spectacles.

Where is it?

It's a city festival in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

How to get there
Concert venues

  • Maison symphonique de Montréal
  • Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
  • Théâtre Maisonneuve
  • Salle Claude-Léveillée
  • Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
  • Esplanade Tranquille
  • Complexe Desjardins

What can tourists visit nearby?

  • Montreal is well known for its food and restaurants
  • Mount Royal
  • Museums: MAC Musée d’art Contemporain, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Science Centre
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory
  • Botanical Garden
  • Old Port of Montréal
  • More ideas can be found here.

Food and drink

  • Many restaurants and food trucks on site
  • Restaurant reservations are optional but recommended.
  • A variety of modular furniture and tables are available

Dress code

No particular dress code, dress comfortably 

Warm weather so wear sunscreen and bring lots of water.

Masks or face coverings optional.

Where to stay

Summer is a busy time in Montreal, it is recommended to book your accommodations in advance on either Airbnb or in a hotel.