What to do this weekend, August 11-13
The X-Men may be taking over the Mountain this weekend, but you've got the rest of the city to make your oyster!!!
Over the course of the summer, over 300 people in St-Michel built a 35-foot high art piece... that will be set on fire at some point on Saturday for Falla at circus HQ, La Tohu. Inspired by European festivals and Burning Man, the festivities will be accompanied by fireworks, circus performances and family activities... and it's free! Friday night and Saturday starting at 3pm.
The Lole White Tour hits up the Old Port at the Jacques Cartier pier on Saturday. All ages and levels of yoga practitioners are welcome... you just have to wear white! There are three different sessions of yoga, meditation and live music. Your ticket includes a free yoga mat and gift bag.
Electronic music fun time: Ile Soniq takes over from Osheaga at Parc Jean Drapeau on Saturday and Sunday. Tiesto and Afrojack are the big draws, but you can also see Big Gigantic, Claude Vonstroke, Robotaki and Fur Coat!
The MSO's Classical Spree is a weekend of free and paid concerts for fans of classical music. You can hear Kent Nagano conduct the family friendly Peter and the Wolf on Saturday morning. Or hear a bassoonist imitate Elvis later in the day at the MAC. It concludes Sunday with a concert of community choirs who share the stage with the MSO to perform Beethoven's ninth symphony. Tickets start at $10. And also: Fans of the musical West Side Story (like myself) can see the iconic reinvention of Romeo and Juliet screening Friday night at the Place des Arts esplanades.
Weekend Momo: the food trucks come to Laval! The people who bring you First Fridays at the Big O are taking their trucks to Espace Montmorency Saturday and Sunday. Le Cheese Truck and Lucille's Oyster Dive of NDG will be there, as will Mr Puffs, Grumman 78, and an outfit called Gaspesie Food Truck. The musical program is pretty cool, with Pierre Kwenders there on Friday, Lac St Jean rockers Projet Coyote on Saturday and DJ Poirier on Sunday.
The Roller Derby Championship takes place Saturday at Arena St Louis, with the undefeated Contrabanditas facing Racaille. It's followed up by a second game between Smash Squad (a team of unsigned players) and the Bytown Blackhearts, in from Ottawa.
The Canada 150 Train is rolling into the Old Port on Sunday, 3 to 6pm! Canada Pacific is celebrating Canada's birthday with a travelling set of trains, led by a 1958 diesel locomotive CP 1401 train. There will be 10 restored Royal CP heritage cars, all from 1916-1931. Entertainment is provided by hoop dancer Dallas Arcand and country musician Dean Brody. Kids can design their own conductor's hat!
Montreal graffiti festival Under Pressure has a busy schedule: a bunch of concerts, bboying challenges, a skate jam and 3-on-3 basketball tournament, all taking place around Ste Catherine and St Laurent.
Over at the Hudson Village Theatre, you can catch Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, which just started this week. Three performers, including Ken Connors' godson and professional clown Mike Hughes, tote luggage all over the stage to tell the tale of Phileas Fogg, a Londoner who takes on a bet to get around the world in 80 days.
And there are a few more chances to catch Shakespeare in the Park this season. Repercussion Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing, about an unlikely couple. I finally saw it last weekend, and found the tale of dating and love is surprisingly raw and fresh today. We have Beatrice and Benedict (played by Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Quincy Armorer) two avowed bachelors whose friends conspire to bring together. See it in Morin Heights, Cabot Square, Hemmingford and Greenfield Park.
Montreal's Canada Pride has just kicked off! On Sunday night, you can play Leather Gay Bingo at Cabaret Mado. It's a fundraiser for a safe space for trans kids and mental health charity The Gay Semicolon.
Oups! Burlesque celebrates classic pinups who lose their clothes.. performers include Mystic Minka, Raven Moonway and Miss Meow. Friday night at Cafe Cleopatre.
Also, I will be co-hosting the Trivia Show on Sunday, 9 am to noon. Please tune in!