What to do this weekend, Nov 9-11
Sunday is Remembrance Day. Consider attending your local ceremony, or come down to Place du Canada for Montreal's official event. Andrew Carter and I will be broadcasting there from 10:45 to noon - please tune in! We will have special guests, including Mayor Plante, veterans and historians to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice.
For history and military buffs, The Museum of The Royal Montreal Regiment in Westmount has an exhibit about the centenary on until Sunday. See The War is Over: The Challenge of Peace at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke West, until Sunday. And this your last chance to see the St Henri des tanneries, an exhibit showing off over 80 artifacts discovered during the construction on the Turcot. The exhibit explores the time when the neighbourhood was home to tanneries. On until Sunday at the St Henri library.
MProv Festival is the only bilingual improv festival in North America! All weekend, catch different troupes from Montreal, Canada, the US and France make fun out of thin air, like diversity-focused Colour Outside the Lines and Ménage à dieu on Friday night. I will be taking part in a show on Saturday at 8:30pm called The Armando Diaz Experience! Diaz is one of the greatest improv teachers, who also created his own namesake style of improv, co-founded Magnet Theatre and has worked with the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade. Shows are at Montreal Improv and Le Petit Impro, 3697 and 3713 St Laurent.
Get a fancy meal for a steal: MTL a table is back for a seventh season. Try a fancy restaurant for a fixed menu at set prices, ranging between $23 and $73. I dined out at Pastaga in Little Italy on Sunday for $33 plus tax, and I loved it. Some of the other choices: local food shines at Maggie Oakes in Old Montreal, French brasserie at Le Pois Penché downtown or BYOB French food at La Prunelle in the Plateau. Until Sunday. Head to MTLatable.mtl.org to search for restaurants based on price, menu and neighbourhood.
A dark and stormy night... a married pair of scientists take refuge in a cottage near their damaged nuclear plant, when a person from their past knocks on their door. Eda Holmes directs The Children, a dramatic comedy that explores climate change and responsability for future generations. With stellar actress Fiona Reid in one of the roles, the show has just opened at The Centaur. Special note: there is also a great new deal for audiences under 30, with last-minute tickets released for a low price every night at 7pm.
The Lakeshore Players are putting on The Miracle Worker, the remarkable tale of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Helen went blind and deaf at a young age, and her family was considering sending her to an asylum when Sullivan came into their lives. A real-life mother and daughter are playing Helen (12-year-old phenom Melia Cressaty) and Mrs Keller (Jennifer Martin). At Lakeside Academy until November 17.
Enjoy open-faced sandwiches, speciality marzipan cakes and pick up some holiday gifts at the annual Norwegian Christmas Sale. Friday at 5pm and Saturday at 10:30am at the Norwegian Association of Montreal, at 5065 Sherbrooke in Lachine.
Watch your step! If you happen to be in or around Ste Hyacinthe, peruse 25,000 square feet of Lego at this weekend's Brickomanie. Saturday and Sunday, at 2740 Beauparlant.
Visual artists have 20 minutes to create a masterpiece, live, in Art Battle. Competitors are angling to represent Montreal at the national battle in Toronto, and and all the works are for sale via silent auction. Friday at Bar Le Shop!
Saw Rami Malek and have 'We are the Champion' stuck in your head? Check out Queen Burlesque at the Wiggle Rom. Inspired by the music of the band, not the monarch... including dancers like Queeny Ives, Tristan Ginger and Roxy Torpedo.
And the House of Laureen holds their monthly drag show with The Art of Flirting Saturday night at Cafe Cleo, with Ananconda LaSabrosa and Bibi Lolo Bangbang.