Montréal, October 1, 2021 – As audiences start streaming back to performance venues, MAtv is launching the new season of LeZarts, its bilingual arts and culture magazine. Starting Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., a team of 20 volunteer reporters will present their artistic discoveries and a calendar of often off-the-beaten-track cultural events in the Greater Montréal area. Watch the trailer.
“MAtv attaches great importance to citizen involvement in its programs, and that is the source of their richness,” says Steve Desgagné, Senior Director of MAtv. “All the on-screen contributors to LeZarts have taken MAtv’s MY Volunteering training program. It’s a unique way for the public to take ownership of the airwaves.”
The pick of Montréal’s vibrant cultural scene
In its second season (and the first to include English episodes, under the LeZarts - The Arts of Montreal moniker) LeZarts will again explore Montréal’s arts and entertainment scene through the eyes of Montrealers. Each of the nine episodes (five in French and four in English) will include reports on all things artistic and a calendar segment in which two volunteer contributors suggest three cultural events to check out on the Island.
The volunteers will be coached by MAtv professionals throughout the production process, from research to interviewing and taping. The program will be as diverse as the Montréal community and cover the breadth of the cultural landscape – theatre, music, dance, film, literature, visual arts.
The English-language episodes will air on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., November 9 to 30, with repeat broadcasts on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The French episodes will air on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., October 7 to November 4, and repeat at 10:30 p.m. LeZarts will also be available on demand on illico and Helix, and for catch-up viewing on MAtv’s website.
For more details on the schedule, go to matv.ca.
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MAtv, an exclusive service for Videotron customers, serves the community by reflecting Québec’s diversity. It gives all citizens access to a vehicle of free expression and outreach that promotes public participation. MAtv carries useful, informative, educational programming focused on topics of local interest and fosters the emergence of new talent. It reflects the concerns of the community of 1.5 million households it serves across Québec. MAtv is broadcast on channel 9 (Helix and illico) and on channel 609 in HD (illico). It is also available on channel 900 (video on demand), on the Web (illico.tv) and on mobile (with the illico app). MAtv is present on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.
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