Aura at the Notre-Dame Basilica

by Erich Martin

Mar 7, 2019

Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada © Sonicyan | Dreamstime

Reviews / Entertainment

If you are anything like me, the prospect of seeing a light show in a church isn’t something that will excite you based on that description alone.


Aura, put on by Moment Factory and The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, is a notably secular light and music show held in one of the most famous cathedrals in North America.


The show takes place in two unique stages. As guests arrive to the cathedral, thay are instructed to look for the projections going on around the space. This was an interesting experience, because it gave me the opportunity to interact with the space without the distraction of too many projections.


These projections accentuate artwork in the cathedral. It was cool to be able to wander and inspect on my own. After a few minutes, it was time to take my seat for the actual show.


There is no narrative or truly discernable thought line, but guests can easily pick up on the themes of seasons, creation and destruction. The show is really indescribable, but it is safe to say it is a true marvel. The cathedral comes to life in the 15-minute show, leaving viewers to guess at the intention and meaning behind the projections.


Aura has value for everyone, religious or not. The show offers an incredible way to experience an already historic landmark.


Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

110 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1T1 Canada

1 866 842 2925




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