What to do this weekend, March 8-10
Ready for food truck season? It starts early with the brand new weekend hotspot, Salada Market, which kicks off eight consecutive weekends of food trucks and music on Friday. This is set up in the old tea factory, the one with the heart sign and the vivid colours, off of the 40 near Décarie. Some of the grub on offer will come form Grumman 78 (tacos) Queen B (burritos) and Hard Fat (not sure). DJ sets start at 9pm. Access is at 5430 Cote-de-Liesse Road. There is parking on Royden Street, or you can take a shuttle from the closest from Crémazie metro. Fridays 4 to 11pm, Saturdays noon to 11pm. Admission is free, but it will cost you $5 if you arrive after 8pm.
Very cool Montreal rock band The Barr Brothers (siblings Brad and Andrew and harpist Sarah Pagé) have two shows this weekend: Friday, they play their sophomore album, Sleeping Operator at The Corona, and on Saturday you can hear their latest release, the lovely Queen of the Breakers.
Try out a new board game as games fest Montreal En Joue takes over the Centre Pierre Charbonneau. Pub Randolph is hosting games, tournaments, contests and more Friday and Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 6pm. $10 for a daily pass, free for 16 and under.
Puppets are on parade for the 14th annual Festival des casteliers, which wraps up on Sunday. There are puppet shows for kids and adults (or a combination thereof), including KĀHKĀKIW, a contemporary retelling of Cree stories and characters, like the Raven, Friday and Saturday at 4001 Berri. Or take in a free show while going for a skate at the Pavillon St Viateur, which is open for a few hours each day.
In the theatre world, I have to highlight two shows from up-and-coming female creators: in Don't Read the Comments, Sarah Segal-Lazar uses bouffon clowning and a talk show format to discuss the grey areas of consent, and Adina Katz's solo show Be A Good Girl explores a traumatic event from her own past. Until Sunday at the Segal Centre Studio. (It's also the last weekend at the Segal for pop culture whirlwind Boom X.)
If you want a bit of politics with your theatre, check out Première Neige / First Snow, a bilingual play that ruminates about family, inheritance and memory, with the backdrop of Quebec and Scottish independence. This story of a family gathering to learn who will inherit a country home frequently breaks the fourth wall, mixing in the actors' own real-life stories. Ongoing at Theatre QuatSous.
The Lakeshore Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's first collaboration, Thespis, about what happens when the gods on Mount Olympus take a one-year vacation... and gift their powers to a troupe of actors. From March 8 - March 16 at Lakeside Academy, 5050 Sherbrooke St., Lachine QC. Tickets range in price from $15-$29. For tickets, visit llo.org or call 514 804 4900. Lakeside Academy, March 8 to 16. Proceeds go towards the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation
Retro cover band Vintage Wine plays your favourites from the '50s and '60s at the Wheel Club on Saturday, 8pm. $15 admission includes a drink.
If klezmer is more your speed, listen to Jason Rosenblatt and Tevet Sela while munching on brunch at Fletcher's Café this Sunday. You can reserve your start time for Klezmer Brunch online.
Dancing on my own...get warmed up for Swedish songstress Robyn's return to Montreal next week with an evening of burlesque Saturday, 9pm at the Wiggle Room. Performers including Akynos from the Big Apple, Montreal's own Charli Deville and Daisy Sunday of Ottawa.