Off-Festival Bach, ‘Off Bach’, was launched in 2019. Based in a 3000 square foot space in downtown Montreal, this new initiative was developed with the intention of creating a unique, contemporary and welcoming environment in which to make classical music accessible to a wide audience.

Open from 11am – 6pm daily for a three-week period during the Montreal Bach Festival 2019, Off Bach acted as a hub where the public could come to enjoy free recitals and open rehearsals, purchase tickets and merchandise, or simply to have a coffee or a glass of wine and chat. All events at Off-Bach are free of charge. During the festival period Off Bach also serves as the administration’s office space, making it a multi-faceted hub where audiences can not only enjoy free programming, but get to know the festival’s team and volunteers.

The first year of Off Bach was a brilliant success and was met with great enthusiasm; both the space and the recitals were full each day, with more than 1000 people attending Off Bach in its debut season.


Concerts Off-Bach 2019
A series of 6 recitals of 45 minutes
Françoise Davoine, presenter

Noveber 20, 5 p.m.
Guillaume Martineau, piano

November 21, 5 p.m.
Philippe Prud’homme, piano

November 24, 5 p.m.
Sylvain Bergeron, luth

November 25, 5 p.m.
Quatuor Claudel-Canimex

November 26, 5 p.m.
Anna Saradjian, piano

November 29, 5 p.m.
Stéphane Lévesque, bassoon
Denis Bluteau, flute
Theodore Baskin,oboe


Performances 2019

November 22, 4 p.m.
Serhiy Salov, piano

November 23, 3 p.m.

November 24, 12:30 p.m.
Mélisande McNabney

November 26, 12:30 p.m.
Johannes Pramsohler

November 27, 12 p.m.
P.-A. Tremblay

November 27, 3 p.m.
Léon Berben

November 27, 4 p.m.
Jean Rondeau

November 29, 12:30 p.m.
Aaron Pilsan

November 30, 12:30 p.m.
Maurice Steger / Diego Ares

December 1st, 2 p.m.
Quatuor Cobalt

December 1st, 3 p.m.
P.A. Tremblay, S. Poirier

December 1st, 4 p.m.
Christian-Pierre La Marca
December 2, 4 p.m.
Quatuor Agora

December 4, 12:30 p.m.
Bruno Delepelaire

December 4, 3:30 p.m.
Luc Beauséjour

December 5, 12:30 p.m.
Stéphane Tétreault


Talks 2019
Talks with festival artists

November 27, 11 am
Andrea Marcon, conductor

December 3, 4 p.m.
Reinhard Goebel : The Bach family - 5 generation of composers
Talk in English
Public rehearsal 2019

December 3 – 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Orchestra of the Festival
Reinhard Goebel, conductor
Off-Festival Bach is made possible by a generous gift from the Hesse Foundation, Jacques Desnoyers et Perseus Capital Inc.