Sarah's Weekend List: November 15-17
Time Out Market Montreal has officially opened at the Eaton Centre, at 705 Ste Catherine W. It's a giant food market (or glorified cafeteria!) with 22 stops, from Burger T! to tacos from Grumman 78 to pizza from Moleskine to delicious, quirky ice cream flavours at Dalla Rose. The stalls are spin-offs from celebrate Montreal restos, like Hof Kelsten's Hof Sucrée, which is serving up delicious babka and other delights. The whole look is sleek, with wood tables, black walls and muted lighting. And I like the price points, which start around $12 for mains. A cool experience if you're trying to impress a date or an out-of-towner, or you want something classy but no one can agree on what to eat. Thirsty? There are individual bars devoted to beer, wine, cocktails and sodas. And workshops and tastings are also on tap.
The documentary film festival RIDM has kicked off with a wide selection of thought-provoking stories. On Friday, catch A Haunted Past, a portrait of a former jihadi and his three daughters who learn to live on when their mother mysteriously vanishes, or Mr Leather, a 2018 study of the second annual Mr Leather Brazil competition.
Peruse 100 works of pastel art at Les Pastellistes, a national exhibition hosted by The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada. There are daily demonstrations and guided tours, too. The vernissage is Friday, and the event runs until November 24 at Le Hangart in the Plateau.
Expozine 2019 is set to welcome 300 artists, writers and publishers and 15,000 visitors. There's a wide variety of publications on offer in English and French at the annual small press fair. Saturday and Sunday, St Arsene Church, near Jean-Talon Metro.
The free Sunday concert series continues at the Chalet Mont-Royal. A pair of virtuoso cellists will perform a selection of classical pieces with the beautiful backdrop of the chalet and the city. Sunday 3pm.
Got a favourite band? And by band, I mean a group of attractive young people clutching microphones. Girlband! Boyband! Dance Party! brings all the hits from acts like Spice Girls to Backstreet Boys, to Girlicious, Boyzone, S Club 7, One Direction and BTS. Bar le Ritz, Friday at 10pm.
A purr-fect event for cat lovers! Le Salon des Artist-o-chats expo-fair hosts over 40 vendors selling their feline-related wares, like art and accessories for cats and their owners. There's also live music (including a sing-a-long of Smelly Cat led by artist Ishana) and makeup for your human children. Saturday and Sunday, Église St Enfant Jésus de Mile End.
Burnish your collection of crystals and essential oils, get your tarot cards and horoscope interpretation, or strike a yoga pose at this blockbuster trade show: The Metaphysical & Spiritual Show of Montreal comes to the Palais des congrès, Saturday and Sunday.
The Lakeshore Players Dorval try something new: a musical! Catch Nunsense: The Musical, the story of a fundraising show staged by five nuns who survive an outbreak of botulism (Sister Julia's vichyssoise!) at the Little Sisters of Lachine nunnery. Until November 23 at Lakeside Academy.
There are not one, but two brand-new yet very different adaptations of a hellbound Greek myth: the story of Persephone, the divine goddess kidnapped by the lord of the underworld. Persephone Bound is a circus-flavoured show which delves into consent and sexual assault as themes. Here, Persephone is assaulted at a college party, and she has to turn inward to find her strength. It's a creation four years in the making, developed while #MeToo was unfolding. It opens at DB Clarke Theatre on Friday, and runs until And Mythic at the Segal Centre updates the story with a terrific musical, making it a story about kids and parents, and finding yourself. Until November 24.
Time to start shopping for presents! The Cercle de Fermières de Boucherville hosts its Expo Cadeaux this weekend, at Sainte Famille Church Parish Hall (553 St Charles Street). Pick up candles, jewelry, knits and more. Friday 7:30 to 9:30pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
The Bell Fund at the MUHC superhospital provides comfort kids for cancer patients. Support the initiative at the Cedars Symphony, with the I Medici di McGill Orchestra. Sunday, 4 pm at the the Church of St Andrew & St Paul (3415 Redpath).
Are you Leather or Lace? That is the big, burlesque question at the 5th edition of The Leather and Lace Show, Saturday night 9pm at the Wiggle Room. Talent includes: Célesta O’Lee, Marie Doroftei and Newfound Lad.
The Stewart Museum at Jean Drapeau Park gets creative with Nights, a new exhibit that brings to life unpublished stories by four Montreal writers, including Heather O'Neill. Riffing on nocturnal, these theatrical stagings incorporate over 100 artifacts from the Museum's collection, like toy soldiers and old maps. Running until March 7, but a perfect outing for a fall evening.
The Mummies are here! Learn about the world 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.