What to do this weekend, August 31-September 3
Trek out to the Townships for the annual Brome Fair, the largest rural agricultural fair in Quebec. (Established in 1856!) Check out the Barn Dance on Friday night, or see the horse racing Monday afternoon… there are rides for kids, animals, food and horticultural and farm produce judging throughout the weekend!
Music and laughter meet at Mile End Ex Montreal, the Labour Day festival under the Van Horne overpass in Mile End. Music headliners include the Barr Brothers and Broken Social Scene, plus the delightful DJ Kid Koala brings the tunes, puppets and dancers for his Vinyl Vaudeville show on Saturday night. New this year is a comedy component, which is mostly a lineup of French comics, including the very funny French-Congolese-Canadian Eddy King.
Groove away with electronic music festival MEG, celebrating its 20th year. On Friday, check out Marie Gold and Clark’s Bowling Club (a group formed out of jam sessions on Clark street in Montreal three years ago) at Le Ministère. The Dome at the SAT plays host to three long nights of DJ sets… including Sunday’s lineup with, The Avener, I &G and Montrealer Laura Scavo.
Montreal Improv has been making people laugh with stories concocted out of thin air, along with some helpful suggestions from the audience. The performance space and school located on the Main is throwing a big bash, with English and French performances throughout the weekend, including a party with a throwback to some classic old shows on Saturday, and 'Super Sunday' which features up-and-coming students.
With the recent closures of arts venues like Les Bobards, Divan Orange and Laika (and the move north of Le Cagibi) on the Main, it's nice to welcome a space to St Laurent Boulevard. The Diving Bell Social Club opens Friday to the public, promising a home for music and art. Check out the 6-8pm open house on Friday, with pastries from Laurence Bakery and a artisanal wares for sale, plus a comedy show and vintage sale the rest of the weekend. Located above long-standing sports bar Champs, at 3965 St Laurent. Our CJAD 800 pal Matt Gilmour is part of the crew putting this together.
Our pal, comedian Joey Elias, is headlining at the Comedy Nest Friday and Saturday to tape his next comedy album. Please bring two non-perishable food items, for Sun Youth, and you can exchange them for a certificate for a future show at the Nest.
Looking for something (almost) free and fancy for the family? Check out the OSM Classical Spree, a sprawling collection of concerts held over several days. On Saturday, Kent Nagano and the OSM Chorus present works by Wagner and Verdi with beautiful excerpts from Aida, Tannauser and more, at Place des Arts.
Anthony in master control was away this week, and technical producer Hal Jaques was in for him. Thanks Hal! Also, Hal is in a rock band! It's called Mountain Dust and they are launching their sophomore album, Seven Storms, Saturday night at Casa del Popolo., 9pm.
Come for the soup, stay for the conversation. The 7th Vaudreuil-Soulanges SOUP Festival returns to île-Perrot. SOUP stands for Symbol of Openness and Union of People Free. Participants are greeted with free soup, and the chance to meet a stranger (and vote for your favourite soup!) There are activities for kids, and various dance performances, too. Sunday, 10am to 3pm, rain or shien at Point-duMoulin Historical Park in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot.
Chow down on Burger Week! This made-in-Montreal event is now a national event, but Participating restaurants are serving up their fanciest burgers Saturday until Friday, like the Banh Mi Burger at Clébard's in the Plateau, the Surf & Turf (shrimp tempura and beef!) at Tavern F downtown or the $27 BBQ Beef Shortrib Burger at Reuben's Deli and Steakhouse, with cholula sweet habanero mayo and a brioche bun. You can then vote for your favourite concoction.
Friday, I'm in Love: burlesque haunt The Wiggle Room pays tribute to Robert Smith and The Cure on Friday night, with headliner Lou Lou Duchesse de La Riere and Clara Develours and The Hunkaar, amongst others. And - a happy fifth birthday to our fave club! The Wiggle Room blows out the candles with a special show filled with special guests on Saturday night. Grab a cocktail!