What To Do This Weekend: April 21-23

  • Book of Mormon, the musical from the creators of South Park, is about a pair of newbie Mormon missionaries who get sent to evangelize in a poor town in Uganda. Elder Price is a golden boy, while his companion Elder Cunningham is a nerdy pliable guy who fudges the truth when he gets nervous. The humour is raw, scatological and potentially offensive, but it’s salaciously refreshing, skewering faith, friendship and mean guys. At Place-des-Arts until Sunday.
  • Record Store Day celebrates music and the local brick-and-mortar record stores. For the 10th edition, several Montreal shops are in on the act, offering discounts and other freebies. Aux 33 Tours on Mont Royal, which is gifting a vinyl of a live performance by Patrick Watson and Barr Brothers along with every purchase. L’Oblique will have performances by local acts like Saratoga. Participating stores are listed here, but you'll have to visit their individual sites or call to find out what they're offering.
  • Contemporary art fair Papier is also celebrating 10 years of existence. Over 300 artists are taking part in the free fair, which is at the Arsenal Gallery in Griffintown. it’s all about ‘the medium of paper and the possibilities it offers’, and there are guided tours and panel discussions to go along with the visuals.

  • The Montreal Caribbean Fashion Week is in full swing, with shows showcasing Caribbean style and trends ,along with food and wine. The home this year is Grévin Museum, the wax mannequin destination in the Eaton Centre.  

  • Indie festival Howl! brings together art and activism over several days, including a Friday night benefit at Casa del Popolo for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal. Performers include Beatrice Deer, Odaya and Tamara Sandor. There’s also a launch for the Radical Poltiics Colouring Book, Vol 2.

  • Looking to celebrate Earth Day with some wine and refined conversation? Dans ta Canopée is a conference|concert Saturday night at the Chalet du Mont-Royal. Entry is free, but you have to sign up. A botanist and architect will be lecturing, followed by live music by Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra and Tire le coyote. Hosted by the Jour de la terre Québec and part of the official cadre of the Montreal 375th party.   

  • Experience Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA with super tribute band Tommy Youngsteen on Friday night at Fairmount Theatre. And what a lineup of musicians: current and former members of Stars, The Stills, The Arkells, Sam Roberts Band and Serena Ryder Band will be playing tunes by not just the Boss, but also Tom Petty and Neil Young. 

  • Bagel Burlesque Expo returns for a sophomore season of celebrating neo-burlesque! See all your favourite Montreal dancers along with visiting professionals, like Forbsie Flare of Edmonton, Olive Von Topp of Guelph, Zilly Lilly of Toronto and Minty Newport of New York City.  They’re performing Friday night at the Theatre Plaza. The schedule also includes workshops, and a brunch-time show Sunday at Pompette Restaurant on the Main.