What to do this weekend, July 5-7
Montreal Complètement Cirque kicked off its 10th edition this week with a jam-packed schedule of free and indoor shows. Check out Bosch Dreams, a living tableau piece inspired by the work of painter Hieronymus Bosch. The winding, fantastical show presented by Les 7 Doigts de la Main includes references to Jim Morrison and Salvador Dali, a sultry seduction scene and a fabulous acrobat scene with red balloons (see above!). Jugglers par excellence come together in Spring at La Tohu. And there are free outdoor shows on St Denis and de Maisonneuve at 6:30pm and 9:30pm nightly, followed by a nearby presentation of Candide under a 'massive acrobatic arch' at Place Emilie Gamelin at 7:15pm and 10:15pm.
The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal wraps up its 40th edition on Saturday, but there are still plenty of goodies to see: Peter Frampton says farewell at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Friday at 7:30pm. Montreal jazz man Jordan Officer plays outdoors, 9:30pm Friday. Richard Reed Parry, the smiling redhead from Arcade Fire, continues his live music-projection show at the SAT, 11pm. Pink Martini helps close out the fest, 7pm on Saturday at Maison Symphonique. Don't forget to look for the stacked list of free, outdoor shows.
The 11th edition of Montreal Comic Con arrives today. The big stars include Elijah Wood, aka Frodo, and from the Harry Potter universe, Tom Felton aka Draco Malfoy and James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Wesley twins. Oh, and native Montrealer Bill Shatner will turn up on Sunday. Bill Cummings, who voiced Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and other beloved Disney characters, will meet with fans, as well . There are a ton of activities on offer: grab a photo op with your fave star, take in a panel, pick up a souvenir, join Disney Karaoke, enjoy a Burlesgeek performance and dress up for the Masquerade. Friday through Sunday at Palais des congres. Pick up a pass for one day, or the three day pass.
The first of two Weekends du Monde takes over Parc Jean Drapeau, with Tunisian, Trini, Mexican, El Salvadorean, Peruvian and Maurician culture in the spotlight. Revel in the music, dance and culinary traditions from each group, on Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 11pm. The schedule does not repeat both days, so be sure to check before you make your plans.
Pop star Kiesza, the pride of Calgary, hits the stage at Petit Campus Friday. She first broke out in 2014 with Hideaway, and has written songs with Rihanna. But she was sidelined two years ago after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident in Toronto. Now she is back, touring and making music. Fun fact: Kiesza taught herself to play guitar while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy.
The big food truck party at the Big O returns, with music and games to go with the grub: First Friday, takes over the Esplanade Sun Life, 4 to 11pm.
Italy's Parente Fireworks Group puts on One Step - Moon Dream, the first of two lunar landing-themed shows at the International des Feux Loto-Québec this season. Catch the fireworks Saturday, 10pm rain or shine.
Inspired by true stories from their audience, performers will create an improvised play about the highs and lows of romance in I Love Love. Friday and Saturday, 8:30pm at Montreal Improv.
A shoutout to my dad, Normand, who is strapping on red leather heels on Saturday morning for a good cause! Walk A Mile In Her Shoes invites participants to clip clop around the block in heels while raising money for a local shelter. His branch of Royal LePage is raising funds for women's shelter Auberge Transition. They set off from Hingston and Monkland in NDG at 11am on Saturday, and wrap it up with a barbecue. Vas-y, Papa!
And please keep you appointment with The Trivia Show on CJAD 800 this Sunday, 9am to noon. I will be co-hosting with Dan Laxer!
Big Jay Oakerson is in town for the Nasty Show and don't expect to hear much about Trump.
Dr Robert Zubrin, who does contract work for NASA, explains why Mars should be our next destination.