What to do this weekend, Aug 10-13: Falla, Fireman's Day and Bison Burgers
The perfect activity for people who like to watch things burn: La Tohu presents The Falla, a three-day festival that features outdoor music, circus performances and - a giant wooden structure that will be set on fire this Saturday. Built by volunteers over 10 weeks, the structure is nine metres high and six metres wide! This is a tradition borrowed from Valencia, Spain.
And on the other end of things, it's Firemen's Day in Pincourt. Start the family-friendly day with the Emergency Vehicle Parade, and finish it off with a musical performance by Gregory Charles and fireworks! Saturday at Bellevue Park.
It's the last weekend of the August Ile Ste Hélène musical triptych, with electronic music party ÎleSoniq. Catch big names like Diplo, French Montana and 'Let Me Take a Selfie' wizards The Chainsmokers. And there are the wonderfully-named DJ acts like Loud Luxury, Green Velvet, Cosmic Gate, Black Tiger Sex Machine and and Ganja White Knight. Also: Bhad Bhabie, the 15-year-old Floridian who went viral as the 'Cash Me Outside Girl', and is quickly being shaped into a fight-picking rapper. Friday and Saturday at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
I'm a little sad they didn't send me any polenta or cannolis this year, but I won't forget to mention that it's Italian Week in Montreal's Little Italy. Take in a tiramisu taste test, a refreshing granita contest, catch a film inspired by the region of Tuscany, a bocce tournament and check out all the Fiats on display! There are also events in other Italian communities, like St Leonard and Rivière des Prairies.
See the stars came alive at the Perseids Meteor Shower Party at the Morgan Arboretum (McGill's MacDonald campus in Ste Anne de Bellevue) on Saturday. Bring binoculars, something to sit on and bug repellent. If it's cloudy, come by Sunday. Our fave stargazer Andrew Fazekas will be there! Free admission, 7:30-11pm.
Sports fans can treat themselves for a good cause with the WISE Hockey Festival, which has a raffle, barbecue and select sales for sports gear - with proceeds headed to West Island Community Shares. Saturday and Sunday at West Island Sports Excellence on 39 Donegani.
What is pickleball? This "game for all" is relatively easy to pick up. It requires a racket and borrows rules from tennis, volleyball and ping pong. Get onboard with this rapidly-growing sport on National Pickleball Day with the Vaudreuil-Dorion Club, who are holding a demonstration at Parc St.Jean-Baptiste Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
Montreal's Pride Festival has just started! On Saturday, check out the Queer Market, Saturday at a community centre in the Gay Village. There are two plays: The History of Sexuality, which explores the intersection of academia and kink, and X (pronounced 'ten') which looks at 10 different couples in the aftermath of lovemaking.
The Montreal First Peoples Festival is on until next Wednesday, with movies, music and visual art by Indigenous artists from all over the world. On Saturday night, check out Nikamotan MTL, which features indie, hip hop and electro musicians. Chow down on food by chef George Lenser, served in the Quartier des spectacles; on the menu: cloud berry tea, elk and garlic flower sausages and pulled bison sandwiches, and more.
The good people at Atwater Market are trying to bring the beach to the classic market with Atwater Plage. There will be 'water games', a barbecue and a lot of musical opportunities: join in on a free-for-all choir or join a tribute to the Tam Tams. All day Saturday.
Get the party started! P!nk Burlesque comes to the Wiggle Room. See host Roxy Torpedo, dancers Betty Cayenne and Lolo Merlot - and stage kitten Moonshine Sunshine. Friday, 9pm.
And trivia fans! I will be co-hosting the CJAD 800 Trivia Show this Sunday, with the delightful Dan Laxer. Sunday, 9am-noon. Tune in for knowledge and prizes! :)