Sarah's Weekend List, July 9-11
One of my favourite festivals is back! Montreal Complètement Cirque returns with a full schedule of indoor and outdoor shows. Les étoiles tomberont mines the stories of the night sky for a theatrical show held outdoors under the stars. Cirque Alphonse presents Animal, in which a gentleman-farmer is surrounded by a cacophony of barnyard creatures. And on Facebook: Les Canons du Cirque: Duels in the City pits performers against one another, in a variety of iconic Montreal locations. Fun Fun Fun Fun Fun is a one-hour long walking tour|show with multi-isciplinary artists taking the reins. And there are a lot more to check out, including daily outdoor shows on St Denis at 5:30pm. Until July 18.
Festival international Nuits d'Afrique celebrates its 35th edition with a bevy of indoor, outdoor and online shows. This weekend comes down to the indoor shows: at Club Balattou in the Plateau, see singer-songwriter Senaya meld African and Caribbean sounds on Friday, or Congolese artist Blaise Labamba lead his band through rumba and soukous on Sunday. Until July 18.
Billed as Quebec's only neo-vaudeville festival, ShazamFest presents its 15.5th edition this weekend. Held annually on an organic family farm in the Townships, this eco- and family-friendly fest includes rapper Sarahmée, folksy band Excavation & Poésie and 'neo-disco glam squad' Barry Paquin Roberge in its music lineup. The eclectic programming includes kids' fare, a bubble workshop, yoga and of course, the Canadian Redneck Beard, Moustache & Mullet Contest (with a category for fake facial hair). Sexy clown Bibi Lolo BangBang, an improv troupe and an artisan market help round it out. July 9-11.
Comics and storytellers share their worst moments in GET FXCKED. My pal, the talented comedian-musician Leighland Beckman headlines this weekend's show at the Diving Bell on Saturday, 8:30pm
The Grand PoutineFest roadshow continues, this time with a pedestrian-friendly option at Place vertu, corner of Cavendish and Cote-Vertu Boulevards. Entertainment will include a DJ, activities for kids and a performance by Cirque Eloize. Until Sunday.
POP Montreal presents singer Janette King and electronic duo Wake Island for another hybrid show in the "dans la ruelle" series. They'll perform live from the POP rooftop on Friday at 8:15pm for the audience in person and at home via Facebook Live.
The big movie release this week sees Scarlett Johansson return as Natasha Romanoff, the former spy turned Marvel hero. Pursued by dark forces and dealing with her history of the grueling program that transformed her into a deadly assassin, she takes down the bad guys with her 'sister' (Florence Pugh). Black Widow is the 24th instalment in the Marvel Comic Universe, and presents a grittier take on the superhero story. In theatres and on demand.
New in streaming: the rebooted Gossip Girl is on Crave. The original series was based on a series of novels that followed a posse of troubled, spoiled New York City rich kids through the lens of a mysterious blogger. The fashion is still wild and expensive and the drama promises to be even saucier in this updated version.
And if you are in the McMasterville-Beloeil area, get your car washed for a good cause: a "Lavothon" takes place this weekend, with proceeds going to the Mira Foundation. Get your ticket here to reserve your spot this Saturday and Sunday.