What to do this weekend, Nov 30 - Dec 2


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! 

It's holiday market season! Pick up a thoughtful gift made locally at one of them: 

  • Visit the Souk @ SAT until Sunday for higher-end gifts, including silvery earrings from Studio confiture from LLY Atelier, confiture and goodies from Les Minettes, standout lighting from Studio Botte. There are also homewares and stuff for kids. 
  • The Nutcracker Market has jewelry, tasty treats, beauty products and toys for kids for sale, at the ground floor of Palais de congres until December 9. (Monies raised ensure disadvantaged and sick kids get to see the ballet, and attend workshops.) 
  • Atwater Markets brings back its chic Christmas market for four weekends, beginning Friday: check out the boreal forest, the Gourmand Cauldron outdoor resto, events for kids and film screenings. 
  • The sometimes neglected space on Prince Arthur in the Plateau returns with its cheeky open-air market, inviting you to interact with its 'Vilain Sapin Chatouilleux'. This high-tech Christmas tree giggles and writhes when you try to tickle it! 
  • Hanukkah starts Sunday evening! Just in time, the hip Jewish Museum of Montreal hosts a Hanukkah Marketwith locally-made menorahs, candles, dreidels, cards and more goodies. The in-house Fletchers Cafe will be serving latkes and warm drinks. Sunday, December 2 and 9. While you're there, hit up their latest art exhibit, Zei Gezunt


Wrestlers duke it out at Battle War: Thomas Dubois vs. "Mr. VIP", and Mitch Thompson vs. "The Beast King" Franky TM! Grudge Match: "Flying" Frank Milano vs. Twiggy! Sunday night at Foufounes electriques. 


LGBT film fest Image + Nation wraps up its 31st year ... see Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde post-prison in The Happy Prince or Matt Smith as celebrated photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.


Relive the fourth chapter of the Harry Potter universe, The Goblet of Fire, with a full symphony orchestra playing Patrick Doyle's score alongside a high-def screening. Friday and Saturday at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place-des-Arts.


Newbie, inclusive storytelling series Colour Outside the Lines continues to cut its teeth with a show on 'New beginnings'. Turn over a new leaf this Saturday night at Le P'tit Impro (Montreal Improv). 


Theatre roundup: Montreal-raised writer Oren Safdie took a scary high school experience (someone threatened to shoot him dead on the first day of grade 11) and turned it in to a sinister comedy of errors for a quartet of high school students in new play Gratitude. I wrote about the show here, which is on until Sunday at MainLine Theatre. And at the Segal, A Doll's House Part 2 imagines a Western canon classic, 15 years later: what would it look like when a housewife who deserted her family returns one day? And for the kiddoes: Puppet Karaoke teaches kids about puppetry, then brings them together to put on a musical number. Animated by puppeteer and educator Jesse Stong Saturday at 10:30am at the Centaur. For true theatre geeks, check out Infinitheatre's The Pipeline: staged readings of cutting edge new works by top performers, including a story about a man seeking happiness in ex pat Montrealer's Alex Poch Goldin, who win the first-place Kevin Prize, recently renamed for dearly departed producer Kevin Tierney. 

Indulge your reverence for David Bowie with Life on Mars?, a covers-night devoted to his work, Local acts like Cape Cartel, November and Clara Jones will put their spin on Bowie's classics. (CJAD 800's very own reporter Matt Gilmour joins one of the covers!) Saturday night at The Diving Bell Social Club on the Main. And yes... you're invited to dress up as your fave Bowie persona. 

Go on a wide-ranging trip back in time with Dance Party 2000, when DJs Thomas Leblanc + David Rancourt dance you down memory lane with everything from Britney, Sugar Ray, Dr Dre, to the Postal Service, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire - and more. Saturday at Bar le Ritz, 11:30pm. 


If Harrison Ford and Sean Young weren't sexy enough for you in the sci-fi classic that pitted Rick Deckard against human-like replicants, then Blade Runner Burlesque is the ticket for you! Joy Rider, Snatch Adams and the visiting Fenix Caprice and Lilith Lemons hit the stage Friday night at The Wiggle Room.