What to do this weekend, June 1-3: Tour de bike, free Bains and Bareoke
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The Go Bike Montreal Festival continues until June 3. The annual Tour la nuit is Friday evening, with the 23-kilometre ride beginning at Park and Pine, looping up to Ahuntsic then south again to end at Jeanne Mance Park, where there will be a ferris wheel, food and music. The daytime Tour de l’Île is Sunday, with 25-, 50- and 100-kilometre rides to choose from. Head here to pay and register. Kids under 12 ride for free! Don't have a bike? Take a Bixi! When you register online, you can opt in to borrow a bicycle for $2.
It's June 1st and a Friday, which means it's time to observe First Friday! Peruse dozens of food trucks as they take over the Sun Life Esplanade outside the Big O. This is the second one of the season. 4 to 11pm.
Mont Royal is closing for its big spring street sale until Monday, with 2.5 kilometres closed to cars and open to pedestrians. There will be live DJ sets at the corner of St Denis, and a fort-like construction at St Laurent for people to climb atop to view the street. At the corner of des Érables, there is a family zone, including an activity where kids can design their emojis. One special feature is a new project called Mont-Royal-les Bains: it features 100 inflatable pools, dotted with a thousand yellow floating duckies. You’re invited to dip your toes in!
The Festival TransAmériques is the best place to check out avant-garde theatre and dance. Something odd you can catch outdoors and for free is the March des taupes, or the Mole Parade. Witness giant, playful rodents interacting with the public! They will be marching from Cabaret Mado in the Gay Village at 1pm on Saturday all the way to Jardins Gamelin. This is a brainchild of French artist Philippe Quesne.
The Village au Pied-du-Courant opens Friday for its fifth season. The open-air bar and hangout spot at the foot of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge has a few new features this year, including something called a "beach library", a "citrus forest" and an "astronomy station." Hmm... makes me curious to want to check it out myself! Friday, 5pm to midnight. Entry is free. On Saturday, DJ duo Jazz Amnesty Sound System infuse the evening with jazz and gospel tunes.
The Montreal Fringe kicked off on Monday. While most of the independent theatre productions only open next week, you can catch some Off shows already (like Dance Side of the Moon, a dance solo piece inspired by Pink Floyd), or check out a special event like Montreal Fringe Slowdance Friday night or booze-soaked storytelling show Life Lessons. Both are at MainLine Theatre, the fest's headquarters.
Bareoke: pick an outfit, pick a song - and strip! Bareoke is a no-judgement, no-holds-barred monthly music event at Café Cléopatre. Participants perform karaoke while stripping off how much (or how little) clothing they'd like. Saturday night at Café Cleopatre.
Also in the theatre world: see a couple tear each other to shreds on Halloween in Michel Tremblay's Hosanna at Centaur and check out Broadway dynamo Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony, at the Segal.
Cinema goes to the dogs! Wes Anderson's latest star-studded animated oeuvre, Isle of Dogs, is about a little boy trying to rescue his exiled pooch. Cinéma du Parc has been hosting screenings that invite film fans with their dogs! This Sunday at 9pm is your last chance to check out the movie with your own canine. Before the film, they will be screening a wonderful animated short called Hedgehog's Home, by Montrealer Eva Cvijanović.
Relive the magic of the King of Pop with a burlesque homage to Michael Jackson! MC'ed by comedian Rodney Ramsey, and with dancers Frenchy Jones, Honey Lustre and Saint Stella. Saturday night at the Wiggle Room.
I will also be on your radio this weekend: tune in to Montreal Eats, our new show for cooks, foodies and bakers on Saturdays at 11am. And I'll join Dave Kaufman on the Trivia Show, Sunday 9am to noon.