Sarah's Weekend List, January 17-19

The best way to warm up is to dance - a lot. Igloofest kicks off the first of four weekends. PHOTO: Charles Prot
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! Submit your event to    


The Auto Show revs into town, with 500 shiny new cars for you to ogle at - including a raft of electric vehicles! At Palais des congres until January 26. 

Hip-hop duo Atmosphere bring The Wherever Tour to where? The Corona Theatre on Saturday. Opening acts: The Lioness, Nikki Jean and DJ Keezy.

Igloofest has kicked off four weekends of non-stop cold dancing in Old Port. Warm up by moving your feet, and distract yourself with moving images programmed by hand-picked VJs. Music blares from 7:30pm 12:30am. On Friday, catch Alpha 9, Gabriel and Dresden and Ilan Bluestone at the Sapporo Stage. DJs Honey Soundsystem and Regular Fantasy play the Videotron Stage on Saturday.

Lucy Peacock stars as Satan in Paradise Lost. Montreal writer Erin Shields adapted John Milton's epic poem about the Fall of Man by giving it a modern spin, writing in Peacock as a slick, snakeskin clad temptress. Opens Friday at The Centaur, until February 2. 

While we are visiting The Centaur in Old Montreal, let's mention that the Wildside Festival is into its final week. Short, sometimes strange, always shocking theatre pieces, including Sarah Segal-Lazar's devastating yet hilarious skewering of rape culture, Don't Read the Comments. Demonic possession and space pigs reunite in Hidden Mountain. Surreal fantasy Chattermarks is set during a tense military truce in the Antarctic, at the one show playing off-venue, La Chapelle. The festival's late night music series, Offside, pays homage to The Rolling Stones, Saturday at 10:45pm. Wildside runs until January 22, with various dates for different shows.  

Montreal contemporary dance festival Bouge d'ici wraps up its 10th year with with a closing cabaret, Saturday at MainLine Theatre. 

Comedians will tear each apart in the roast battle Word Fight! It's truly cathartic to watch two people savage each other for your viewing pleasure. Saturday, 7:30pm at Café Cléopatra. 

Andrew Lloyd Weber's Romantic fantasy The Phantom of the Opera will be performed entirely in French over the next few weekends as Le Fantôme de l'opéra. We open the curtains on up-and-coming opera singer Christine Dyye,, who is falling in love and keeping busy - while a mysterious force stalks her theatre. At Théâtre St Denis until January 26. 

Chick Flick Burlesque spoofs films classics like Dirty Dancing and Bring It On, with dancers like Miss Booty Jones and Butterscotch Blondie. Friday, 9pm at The Wiggle Room. 



AURA, Moment Factory's immersive multimedia show, is back! Audiences get to take in a mega light-and-music spectacle within the Notre-Dame Basilica and the light show, running for about 45 minutes - favourable for fidgety kids (and adults).  Shows on Friday and Saturday, 6 and 8pm. Shows continue Thursday-Saturday through January. 

While you're downtown, head over to the Quartier des spectacles for the 10th edition of Luminotherapie, the outdoor light installation guaranteed to crack a smile on your frozen face. This year, five playful cartoon monoliths (named (Popo, Popup Popli, Popette and Popotin) will entertain kids and adults alike - you just have to stand in front of them!  

Explore over 1,000 strange and exotic objects of curiosity at Pointe-a-Callière Museum. Into the Wonder Room explores the phenomenon cabinets of curiosities, until January 10. There is also a new show at the Old Montreal museum: The Incas, Treasures of Peru explores the mysterious civilization's ancient rituals, art and achievements. Until April 13. 

The Mummies are here! Learn about the average day of six people who lived along the Nile a long, long time ago in this ongoing new show, Exploring Ancient Lives. At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Nights, which brings to life unpublished stories about what happens when the sun goes down, by Montreal writers like Heather O'Neill. At the The Stewart Museum until March 7.   


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