What to do this weekend, April 12-14
The swings are back! 21 Balançoires has re-opened this week at the Quartier des spectacles. Green, mauve and blue swings makes music as you swing back and forth. Catch the installation on de Maisonneuve between St Urbain and Jeanne-Mance.
Need a fashion reboot? The Braderie de la mode québécoise is back with designer duds, all discounted, for its annual spring sale. Look for women's labels like Gypsy Circus, Éve Lavoie, and Stacey Zhang, plus jewelry, beauty products and yogawear. Slip into lingerie from Moodylove (underwear made from bamboo!) or bundle up with a coat for next winter! Until Sunday at Marché Bonsecours. Opens at 10am, and closes 9pm Friday and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Will you go on a blind date with Rebecca Northan? The Toronto-based performer and writer is going on her 800th Blind Date at the Centaur Theatre. What started out as a 10-minute clown piece has grown into a travelling show over the last decade. Donning a clown nose, Northan as 'Mimi' chooses a male volunteer from the audience (she usually has her pick of volunteers) then proceeds to build a show out of their interactions. There are two 'Queer Date' with Mathieu (David Benjamin Tomlinson), open to LGBTQ audience members. The show opens Friday, running until April 28. Tickets here.
Canada's first lady of R&B Liberty Silver opened for Bob Marley when she was just 14 and has performed for Barack Obama... and now you can catch her! Catch Liberty perform Saturday, 8:30pm at Schofield Hall in the Town of Mont Royal, 90 Roosevelt Avenue.
Do you have any objects from the Holocaust in your family? The Montreal Holocaust Museum is holding an object preservation pop-up for those who want to preserve or donate their items. This event is part of the Museum's upcoming expansion. At the Cavendish Mall, Sunday, 11am to 4pm.
Giselle is a sad story but one of the favourites of the ballet world: an innocent peasant girl seduced by a wealthy powerful man who seeks to conceal his true identity. However, once Giselle starts to accept her fate, she finds solace with sisters in the same position. Les Grand Ballets presents a faithful take on Giselle this weekend, which yes, means pointe shoes, white tutus and maybe a few tears. Until Sunday at Place-des-arts. (17 and under? You can get up to 40 per cent off the ticket price!)
Indie wrestling outfit Battlewar celebrates seven years in the ring with its 63rd soirée! The big battle is between Benjamin Tull and Travis Toxic, and one of the fights is a tag team challenge: Twiggy and Giant Tiger take on "Flying" Frank Milano and Beef Wellington! Sunday, 8pm at Foufounes éléctriques.
Meet felines, fellow cat lovers, or visit a 'catastic activity station' at the Montreal Cat Expo! TV host and cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy, who spoke with Andrew this week, will also be at the event at the Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday.
Need to offload old batteries, or tech like remotes, piower tools toys, game consoles? The town of Dorval is hosting its spring household recycling collection, where residents can drop off their hazardous waste materials. Saturday, 9am to 5pm, at the parking lot at Ballantyne Park.
I finally checked out The Salada Market last weekend! Thumbs up for the chill atmosphere and the neat decorations in this old tea factory off of the 40 (the one painted with bright colours and the heart sign on top). Browse through food trucks and carts (like Grumman 78, Queen B and Hard Fat) (the selection varies by week), take in a DJ set and steer your offspring to the fun kids' section. Access is at 5430 Cote-de-Liesse Road. There is parking on Royden Street, or you can take a shuttle from the closest from Crémazie metro. Fridays 4 to 11pm, Saturdays noon to 11pm. Admission is free, but it will cost you $5 if you arrive after 8pm.
Have you seen Netflix's reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch? It's much darker and sexier than the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom, and more soapy, too. Celebrate the wilder side of Sabrina with a burlesque homage! Hosted by Roxy Torpedo, this lineup includes Lily Monroe, Honey Lustre and Rose de Flore. Saturday, 8pm at the Wiggle Room.