What to do this weekend, June 8-10: F1, Beer, Fringe, etc
The Grand Prix - yes, it's here! You can get a grandstand ticket for $195, or a paddock package for around $6,600. The parties are in full swing, including the weekend-long outdoor shindig at the Grand Prix Crescent Street Festival, and the fancy bash at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday night. And on Saturday: an afternoon brunch at Terrasses Bonsecours in the Old Port and a rooftop feast at Club Catch-22 (1300 St Dominique), where Kim Kardashian's BFF, Jonathan Cheban aka Foodgod, will making an appearance.
The 27th Fringe Theatre Festival is now truly in full swing across the Plateau and downtown. The Fringe Park is open for free music, concerts and cheap beer (at St Laurent and Rachel). And there are a bazillion fun and wild shows to check out, like: Clio, about a velvet clitoris puppet looking for love; Greasy, a queer, sexy take on Grease; Dance Side of the Moon, a 43-minute dance solo inspired by Pink Floyd; Lucky about a woman despondent over the pressure of being the "model minority”; Apocalipsync: Humanity is a Drag, which features Montreal drag queens duking it out when the world ends; Buyer and Cellar, which imagines what it would be like to work in Barbara Streisand’s (real-life) basement mall.>
I wrote up some show recommendations and tips here at Cult Montreal. Shows are short, tickets are cheap and I guarantee you'll have a blast!
Nearby, the Mural Festival has just began. This outdoor fest celebrates urban art with tours of the fabulous giant murals up and down the Main, along with outdoor parties and artists painting their work live. One of big artists on the roster is Montrealer Whatisadam, whose creations (like the maple sizzurp cans) are seen around the world. There's a major party, Childish Grandprixno on Sunday with a BBQ, drinks and DJs, from 3pm to 3am here.
Sample a wide variety of brews over at the 25th Mondial de la biere. There are workshops throughout, and you can sample beer from local breweries like Le Bock, Dieu de ciel and Beau's, and foreign beers (Cocoa Crimson from Norway, Pumpkin Jam from Jamaica). All weekend at the Palais de congres. Entry is free, but each coupon is $1, and a tasting requires one to two coupons.
Treat the kids to some science with the Eureka Festival down at the Old Port and Montreal Science Centre. You can get your brainwaves scanned, be served lemonade by a robot and learn about beekeeping.
Festivulve celebrates the vagina! All weekend at the Espace Cormier, there will be exhibitors, workshops and more celebrating the vulva, sex ed, fertility and femininity. There is a booth where you can get your vulva photographed and/or moulded!
Hosanna is Michel Tremblay's drama about a Halloween prank gone bad for a couple in Montreal in the 70s. It wraps up this weekend at the Centaur. And if you were hoping to see Golda's Balcony on closing weekend at the Segal - it's sold out!
For anyone who loves pets and/or wants to be a good owner! The NDG Pet Fair features groups and people from the animal rescue community. There are activities for kids, too. Monkland Community Centre, on Saturday from noon to 6pm
And for you burlesque fans: Disney after Dark brings a sexy thrill to your favourite Disney characters. Dancers include Gigi Marx, Foxy Lexxi and Lola Spark. Saturday night at the Wiggle Room.
And by the way… here comes the Sun! The giant Chihuly glass sculpture is officially back in front of the Museum of Fine Arts. It spent its winter hibernating, stored away in over 134 boxes - but now it's ready to greet you all summer on Sherbrooke Street and Bishop. Fun fact: it is made up of 1,347 rays of blown glass.
And tune into CJAD 800 for Montreal Eats, our new show about everything culinary. My co-host Shaun Starr and I will learn about why rosé is suddenly so popular, how to throw parties for celebrities and pairing beer with wine. Saturday, 11am to noon.