Sarah's Weekend List, January 31-February 2

Live from Morocco, Halka brings street performances to St Michel! PHOTO: Richard Haughton
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 37th edition of outdoor snow party Fête de Neiges has a cool new activity: 16 lanes for tubing that face downtown Montreal for a very special view (if you keep your eyes open) and the Superslide lanes allow you to zoom down mega fast! Skate the 300-metre long rink, climb aboard an ice ship, check out an ice sculpting show and enjoy the acrobats of Cirque Éloize putting on a alpine-themed show! Free for kids 2 and under, $8 for 3 to 13, $12 for 14 and up. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm, weekends until February 9.

Strap on your best vintage snowsuit and penguin shuffle to the Old Port as Igloofest shivers into its third weekend. Warm up by moving your feet, and distract yourself with moving images programmed by hand-picked VJs. On Saturday, Quebec sensation Kaytranada hits the Sapporo stage, while French DJ Sentimental Rave iplays the Videotron stage. Music blares from 7:30pm 12:30am. 

While you're in Old Montreal, and likely hungry from dancing, check out Happening Gourmand. Restaurants like Maggie Oakes, Modavie, Verses and more are offering table d'hôte menus at $25, brunch at $17 and 5-à-7 drink and snack at $12. (If you eat, you get 15 per cent off Igloofest tickets!) Until February 9.

Illiterate Light performs at Bar Le Ritz Friday. NPR has described them as a band with two guys who manage to sound like a whole raft of performers onstage. Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran met while they were both working on an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, an they used to tour every summer, travelling from show to show by bicycle! 

New circus show in town: Halka is presented by a Moroccan troupe on its first visit to Canada. Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger presents 14 acrobats and musicians use everyday objects like the djefna (a metal basin), sand and a belt for trainee acrobats called the facha, to create whimsical scenes and towering human pyramids. The word halka refers to the crowd encircling street performers as they put on their show. Until February 9 at La Tohu.   

Revisit the fall of man in the hilarious and dark Stratford production of Paradise Lost. Montreal writer Erin Shields adapted John Milton's epic poem about Satan and the garden of Eden by giving it a modern spin, writing in actress Lucy Peacock as a slick, snakeskin clad temptress. Alain Goulem is pitch-perfect as Raphael, an angel who writes a play to explain the Lord to Adam and Eve. At the Centaur until February 2. 

Also at Centaur, Imago Theatre presents The Tropic of X, Caridad Svich's play about two Latinx children growing up in a poor country and yearning for an escape. Tickets are $25, but there is a pay what you can option if you so need.

Kenny Streule grew up on a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships... but he could not wait to get to the big city. Now that he is living the dream - helping to run a theatre and the Fringe Festival, he has written a new show called Malunderstood, about growing up with his strict Swiss-German grandmother. At Mainline Theatre until February 9. 

Written on Skin gets its Canadian premiere with the Opéra de Montreal. A wealthy man commissions an artist to create a book of illuminations, but does not anticipate that this work of art will upend his home life. Last show is February 2, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. 

Irish Montrealer Laura Flynn convinces improv artists to show off their other skills in Improvisers, Do Other Stuff! From hypnosis to stand-up to lip syncing, this show is less about the kind of skills you practice to perfection, and more about embracing the freeing idea that anyone can do anything. Saturday, 8pm at Ptit Impro. 

Habs alumni including Guy Carbonneau, Sergio Momesso and Stephane Richer (with coach Chris Nilan) will face off against Team Nova, Friday night at Bob Birnie Arena in Pointe-Claire to raise money for Nova West Island. Puck drops at 7pm. 

Vanquish supernatural evil while having fun with your friends  Buffy the Vampire Slayer Burlesque. Host Honey Lustre will introduce performers including Sugar Vixen, Tristan Ginger and Snatch Cummings. Friday AND Saturday, 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. 

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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