What to do this weekend in Montreal, September 14-16
Put on your red nose and clown shoes for the 3rd annual Montreal Clown Festival. The plucky young event in Canada's clowning capital presents a variety of double bills and workshops - and a gala/party on Saturday night! You can catch one of my favourite shows of all time, Beaver Dreams, partnered with hilarious new clown troupe called Les Dancing Queens, Friday at 8:30pm. A soporific clown takes the stage in Snooze, and a Chilean clown creates a world with puppts in Rosa and Lucho. Until Sunday at MainLine Theatre.
Don’t like any of our bridges? Build your own! Saturday at the Quartier des spectacles, Montrealers are replicating the Jacques-Cartier Bridge as a giant cardboard structure. Then on Sunday, it will be destroyed at 4pm. You’re invited to join in by building and|or pulling it down... and take a cardboard souvenir with you. All the components donated by Cascades for this interestin event, which is part of the Escales Improbables series.
The Stop Motion Film Festival celebrates the slow art of making a movie with screenings and kid-friendly workshops at its 10th edition. See the world premiere of Bone Mother, an 8 minute and 25 second movie that took five years to make! To make it, Montrealers and co-directors Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé used 3-D printing and hand-painted models to tell a tale of Vlad the Impaler and the Baba Yaga. There are free Discovery screenings on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. Friday through Sunday at the de Seve Theatre at Concordia University.
Cinema Politica celebrates its ‘feisty fifteen’ anniversary tonight. The celebrated doc series devoted to thoughtful movies is throwing a birthday party with Noh-Wave prog collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, amongst other guests like Alanis Obomsawin. Friday night, Agora Hydro Quebec de l’UQAM.
And if you still haven't gotten your fix of cinema, check out a screening of experimental Hungarian short films at La Lumiere Collective. Paranoid poetry, abstract cinema and old family photos are some of the elements that will cross the screen. Artists Péter Lichter and Bori Máté are in town from Budapest at this event on Saturday night.
NDG musician and community activist Paul Cargnello brings together the likes of Creature and Caracol in a big, free outdoor concert. The best part? The show's purpose is to present a united front against racism. MTL vs Racisme is Saturday, 5 to 8pm at NDG Park.
Pass the ribs! Le Grand Ribfest 2018 hosts 'ribbers' from barbecue meccas like Texas, Alabama and Tennessee at an unbridled outdoor event, with a DJ, family zone and selection of local beers as its side orders. Until Sunday, at the Old Port.
While we are at the dinner table, the YUL EAT Festival is back for a fifth year after a few adjustments to its menu. The food fest hosted by Evenko has shifted to offering more food workshops with a great stable of chefs, and has a new home at the SAT. Hope on one of three Parcours Gourmand, with 30 food tastings paired with wine and spirits. Or take in a culinary demo - learn to make edible food with Kimberly Lallouz or pair truffles with caviar with a chef Stéphanie Audet from vegan/veggie resto LOV, or make a griot sandwich with Paul Harry Toussaint of Haitian locale Agrikol.
I'm in the mood for some sexy, Euro-centric pop music.... so thank goodness Balkan Dance Party is this weekend. This fundraiser will feature tunes from Greek laïko-pop and Bulgarian chalga, as well as video projections. Money raised goes towards a former luxury hotel in Greece that houses refugees and prison reform in Bulgaria. Friday, 10:30pm at Bar le Ritz PDB.
And it's your last weekend to check out Picasso at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts! From Africa to the Americas looks at the Spanish artist's relationship with these works, and delves into the 'decolonization of the colonial gaze.' 150,000 visitors have already winded their way through this show, and you have until Sunday to add yourself to the headcount.
Also, it's Singles Night at the Alouettes' final Friday night match. Attendees can don a bracelet in shades of green (ready to mingle!), red (taken) or yellow (it's complicated). If you're not looking for love at Molson Stadium, no sweat - bracelets are optional. The team hosts the BC Lions. Tickets here. (For the record, I once invited a piano tuner to a date to an Als game. He declined.)
My friend, the dancer and producer Miss Meow, celebrates her birthday each year with a burlesque tribute to Postmodern Jukebox (if you're saying 'Who?' please head here). Her 4th annual bash includes out-of-town talent like The Foxy Lexxi of Quebec City,
Kitty Kin-Evil and Kopy Katt of Ottawa and Lucky Minx from Toronto. Saturday night at the Wiggle Room. (Note: pre-sale tickets are sold out.)