What to do this weekend, November 2-4

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! 

Canadian rocker Serena Ryder sweeps into town Saturday night at Corona Theatre. Local rock group We Are Monroe take over the Theatre Plaza in St Hubert Friday night, followed by a Battle of the Bands at that same venue on Saturday to raise money for local charity Ray of Light. 
 

 

With over 200 producers of booze and 13,000 people eager to taste their product, La Grande Dégustation des vins is the largest grape-and-wine gathering in Eastern Canada. The special focus this year is on pinot grigio wine and gin! Sign up for a guided speed tasting or take in a workshop. Admission is $15. Friday and Saturday at Place Bonaventure. 

 

How good a speller are you? Well, it doesn't really matter at Strip Spelling Bee. Participants get nail-bitingly hard and long words, then strip a little bit at a time to music when they fail. This is the 'Gryffindorable Edition', meaning you can pay homage to Harry Potter, school uniforms or both. Friday at MainLine Theatre.

 

Festival Zero Déchets invites you to lower your ecological footprint, while having fun! Back for a second year, there are workshops and exhibitions, plus an 'Appartement Zéro Déchets' where you can see a few waste-saving initiatives on display. Saturday at Marché Bonsecours. 

 

Indulge your fashion sense with a huge vintage sale at Eglise St Enfant Jesus in the Plateau. Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm. 

 

They say chicken soup is good for the soul, and also colds. The Jewish Museum of Montreal presents Jewish Penicillin, a workshop that delves into the therapeutic taste and smell soup. Saturday night at 7pm.  

 

And meanwhile, some much-needed soothing and support will be taking place across at synagogues across North America on Friday and Saturday. Solidarity Shabbat is reuniting Jewish people of all stripes and members of other faiths to come together in the wake of the massacre in Pittsburgh a week ago. Check out your local shul... mine, the Shaare Zedek in NDG is welcoming local political and religious leaders Saturday at 8:45am. 

 

Get to know the man responsible for the 'Man Statue' on Ile Ste Helene. Alexander Calder was a gifted sculptor, and Francophile American. He is best known for making sculptors that can move, or give the illusion of movement. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has Radical Inventor a great look at his work on now. I think it would make for a fun outing for kids, too. 

 

For months, I have come across five short words painted into the sidewalk of the Mile End: All We Have Is Now. It's not a slogan or religious statement or ad - it's the name of an immersive cinema-theatre experience that changes every show. Creator Jason Rodi (one of the founders of Moment Factory) wants his audience members to be in the moment, and so they end up participating and shaping each story. After a run in April and July, this weekend's show is being adjusted for Halloween. Friday and Saturday at 129 Van Horne, 9pm.  

 

Ever wonder what Tommy Schnurmacher is up to post-retirement? This weekend, he is helping out with a 24-hour fundraiser for the Yaldei Developmental Centre, a non-profit that helps children with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. 


Ancient Greek deities are coming down from Mount Olympus to the Wiggle Room on Saturday night. Catch the likes of Moonshine Sunshine, Cascade and Mary Lee Morbid telling tales while stripping.