What to do this weekend: Pop music, poutine and yoga poses
Pack the sunscreen and your oh-so-trendy fanny pack! Osheaga, the three-day bacchanalia of pop music, takes over at Parc Jean Drapeau. Headliners this year include The Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, the Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs, and energetic rapper Travis Scott (aka Kylie Jenner’s baby daddy). Hop around to the smaller stages to take in local stars like electrofunk stars Chromeo, rocker John Jacob Magistery and electronic duo Essaie Pas. Missed out on getting your day pass? Go to one of many, many after-parties, like amazing Montreal funk group The Brooks, Friday night 11pm at Le Ministère, or MSTRKFT at Newspeak Saturday night.
The Montreal Highland Games take over the grounds at the Douglas Hospital this Sunday. Start off early, with a 5K Caledonian Run at 9am, followed by Scottish fiddle demos, Highland dancing and bands like Mariner’s Curse and Steel City Rovers, and more. But the fun starts early on Friday at 8pm with a Wee Cèilidh at Burgundy Lion Pub.
Fulfill your cravings for fries, gravy and cheese curds at the Great Montreal Poutine Festival at the Old Port. Go high with a foie gras or duck confit poutine, or cheese it up with macaroni. Until Sunday at 10pm.
Burn off the poutine in Hudson, where a mega yoga weekend is taking place. Park Rising will feature 39 yoga, midnfulness and meditation classes and workshops taught by 20 different instructors.You can try out Paddleboard Yoga, attempt spinning class or try a cardio nature workout class. And don't forget the afterparty Saturday night at Chateau du Lac, with the Hopping Penguins playing reggae, R&B and ska tunes. Saturday and Sunday.
Montreal Pride kicks off next week, but you can start the party early with the Martin Sherman play, Gently Down the Stream. Set in London, we meet an older American pianist falling for a much younger man. The show gets its Canadian premiere at MainLine Theatre this weekend.
It's also First Friday, when the Big O plays host to dozens of food trucks and ravenous crowds. Chow down will live music delights your ears. Friday, 4 to 11pm.
Animé and manga lovers are coming together at Otakuthon for the 13th edition of the fan convention. There is the ever-popular Saturday night masquerade, where contestans strive to have the best costumes, cosplay chess, Otakuthon Idol and concerts, like Friday night's LIA, the 'Crystal Voice Songstress' who has sung many a video game and movie anthem. And don't forget the Burlesgeek show on Friday night. where dancers like Golden Thunderpants, Lulu les belles mirettes and Phaelsaphe dress up in characteristically nerdy costumes. August 3-5 at Palais des congrès.
La la la, la la la la la la la la. Bar le Ritz PDB plays host to Kylie Minogue Dance Night. Friday, 11pm.
And trivia fans! I will be co-hosting the CJAD 800 Trivia Show this Sunday, with the quixotic Dan Laxer. Sunday, 9am-noon.