What to do this weekend, March 1-3

Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20am, she tells you about the big, quirky and off-the-beaten-path events happening in Montreal. Here is this week's list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to sarah.deshaies@bellmedia.ca



Montreal en Lumière goes out with a bang on Sunday. The fest offers up a wide array of foodie and cultural outings, including a lot of fun, free outdoor events around Place des Arts like the urban slide, maple treats and a Ferris wheel. And Saturday is Nuit blanche, the annual all-nighter that offers you a smorgasbord of activities, including museums, music, games, dance and more, usually until 1, 2 or 3am. Montreal Joue hosts games and fun at City Hall and the Bibliothèque nationale has a glow-in-the-dark dance party. Pull on your skates for free at electro DJ night at Atrium Le 1000. In Old Montreal, enjoy karaoke on ice and an illuminated tour of the neighbourhood. Full programming here... plug in your budget, location and the type of activities you are looking for, get yourself a coffee to go - and enjoy! 

The fest also hosts the SAQ's Le Mondial des Cidres at Complexe Desjardins. Sample a variety of ciders and other culinary delights. Tickets: $17 daily, or $50 for the whole weekend. Open until Sunday. 


You have several good options for theatre: Canadian comic and writer Trey Anthony's How Black Mothers Say I Love You has just opened up at The Centaur. It's the story to the story of Daphne, a woman who comes to Canada to work as a domestic, eventually bringing her children.  It's the last weekend to catch The Last Wife, a very entertaining play about Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, and all the interesting ways she changed history! Boom X covers 25 years of history and pop culture (from Nirvana to the October Crisis to the Berlin Wall and more) in just over two hours. Rick Miller goes from Woodstock to 1996 in this second part of his theatre trilogy, at the Segal. 


A young amorous prince is torn between a white swan and a black swan in Tchaikovsky's classic ballet Swan Lake, brought to life here by the Polish National Ballet with music by the orchestra of Les Grands Ballets. Until March 2 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. I brought my mother last week, and we were enchanted by the rows of elegant swans and the beautiful costuming. 


If you are fed up with the ice and snow, how about going all in as a way to feel better? The Montreal Ice Canoe Challenge takes place on the St Lawrence River on Saturday, 11:30 to 4pm. 


The easiest way to feel like you are on vacation without going anywhere? The Butterflies Go Free exhibit at the Botanical Gardens. Spot a colourful butterfly while strolling through a warm greenhouse. Opening this weekend, until the end of April. Please note tickets now have timed entry. And you have until March 11 to visit the Insectarium, which is about to close for renovations. 


Fashion is back in at at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts! A retrospective of the career of designer Thierry Mugler has just opened, with over 140 of his boundary-pushing garments, like the black buttefly outfit and a daring metal corset. 


*A whoooole new world, a dazzling place I never knewwww* Oh, hello there! Belt out your inner Aladdin or Jasmine at Disney Karaoke, hosted by Little Italy's Taverne Cobra, Friday and Saturday night.  


If you would rather sway than sing, Mixed Slowdance Night is back at MainLine Theatre. Dress fancy, fill up your dance card and get grooving. Friday, 9:30pm. 


Celebrate the art of staying open when Cadillac Music relives the best of the 50s, 60s and 70s music, at NDG's The Wheel Club. The kitschy basement haunt was threatened with closures when the longtime owner announced he wanted to retire in January, but looks like a new group has stepped in to keep this little gem alive. $15 entry includes your first drink. Friday, 8pm at 3373 Cavendish. 


Get seduced at by the likes of Crimson Duchess and Damned Damsel at Femme Fatale Burlesque, Friday 9pm at the Wiggle Room.