Sarah's Weekend List, November 20-22

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  


Starting Saturday, there is a new, free activity for families downtown: Follow Santa Claus. Along Ste Catherine street, search for Christmas-related items hidden in store windows, and take part in free games like Rudolph's Mission. Several prizes are up for grabs! Also, floats from the Santa Claus Parade (now cancelled) have been set up along the route. Until December 28. And remember - it's free to park in downtown Montreal on weekends until the end of the year.

Chinatown has a tough year, but an event this weekend will try to entice visitors for distanced eats and treats. Le Marché Spectaculaire presents two spots where you can browse for locally made presents like jewelry and ceramics and pick up yakitori and drinks: outdoors at the lot at René-Lévesque and St Laurent and at boutique Fleurs et Cadeaux, at the opposite end on St Urbain. Friday to Sunday, noon to 8pm.  
After a hue and cry over the Peanuts holiday specials only airing on Apple TV+, PBS has struck a deal to air both on traditional airwaves. If you've got PBS, tune in to A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Sunday, 7:30pm. (A Charlie Brown Christmas is coming December 13.) 
Documentary film fest RIDM is sharing selections online until December 2, with a $70 pass to access all its offerings or just $15 for a theme of a dozen movies, from dystopia to finding oneself to challenging power. Francophone film fest Cinemania wraps up Sunday, with two bonus films added for the weekend: historical flick De Gaulle and Love Affairs, about romance in the French countryside.  
The cast from '90s iconic sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunited recently to share stories from its heyday, including Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro and DJ Jazzy Jeff and more. That special is now available on Crave, along with all six seasons from the original series, a fish-outta-water sitcom about a fast-talking kid from Philly who moves in with his well-off  extended family in a tony part of Los Angeles.
The Wandering Chew is hosting a virtual Jewish-Iranian cooking workshop. Learn to make gondi nokhodchi (chickpea and chicken dumplings) from LA-based writer Tannaz Sassooni. Sunday, 3pm. 
Montreal's insider music fest M for Montreal goes virtual this weekend, including a show by Mac DeMarco, the chill, indie rocker, who performs a set with friends, Friday at 7pm. 
The Barr Brothers also play a show, streaming from Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, Saturday at 8pm. 
Singer Jill Barber and her Phantom Jazz Band are staging an inventive livestream concert in her hometown of Vancouver. Using a green screen and motion capture, the musicians will appear as if they are performing at legendary, defunct Vancouver venue the Palomar Supper Club, which in its heyday welcomed the likes of Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Friday 9pm. 
Rufus Wainwright is taking fans through all nine of his studio albums, one album at a time each week. Check out this week's episode, on Want 2, Part One  Friday, 5pm.    
Geordie celebrates 40 years of making theatre for kids and their families with a jam-packed virtual show on Saturday. Geordie@40: Party Playlist will feature storytelling, music throat-singing and more, beaming from its new home, Petit Geordie in Little Italy. An online auction offers up goodies for a good cause. Saturday, 11am to 3pm. 
Though he grew up on a dairy farm outside Brome, Kenny Streule always wanted to be a city boy. In his solo show, Malunderstood, he looks back at his childhood in the country, with the watchful eye of his tough-but-loving Swiss-German mother. Stream it here.
The Segal Centre is presenting the digital version of an annual show called UnCovered: Notes from the Heart presented by Toronto's Musical Stage Company. It delves into the stories behind hit songs by BOb Dylan, Carole King, Bob Marley and more. Tune in to the virtual broadcast, Saturday at 7:30 or Sunday at 11am.  

Imago Theatre presents Eco-Anxiety, a series of four short plays, filmed at a distance, with one streaming every weekend this month. You can check out Absolutely Nothing of Any Meaning, an absurdist company by Sunny Drake, with a $5 rental until Sunday, 10pm. 

Centaur Theatre is promoting audio versions of well-known Canadian plays during two-week windows, as produced by Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. New this week: Morris Panych's 7 Stories. A man stands poised to jump from his apartment building, but he is lured into eavesdropping into the curious lives of his neighbours. Until November 26.   
Still in a post-Halloween spooky mood? Storyteller and ghost tour giver Donovan King is hosting a Friday the 13th Zoom tour of Montreal's ghastly ghouls, including the infamous Headless Mary from Griffintown! Friday, November 21 and 28 at 7pm.

Why not check out the ongoing Cité-Mémoire project in Old Montreal? It is an ongoing outdoor installation as a newly-released documentary explains its development by Cirque de soleil vets Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon and Michel Marc Bouchard. Essentially, it is a series of visual projections that cover various parts of Montreal's history, including Expo 67, Angélique and Joe Beef. All you need is to download the app so you can hear the audio narrations that accompany the different projections (and to navigate to the displays). The projections start at dusk and continue until 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday. 

If the drama of the week has left you zonked, why not dial into something serene? How about painting with Bob Ross? This week, dozens of fans got to take part in an immersive exhibition about Bob's life in Indiana, touring his studio and taking a painting workshop. Well, since you can't visit Indiana any time soon, here is a link to all of Ross' TV episodes on YouTube. Bob would have celebrated his 78th birthday last week. 

Cavalia's Illumi is a colourful escape through a 3-kilometre labyrinth, starting with spooky skeletons, meandering through pleasant forests to icy fields and a spooky town. Your drive includes a stop with food trucks at the midpoint. It's kitschy, but fun for kids and anyone who just really needs a safe adventure outside the house. In Laval off Boulevard des Souvenirs, until January 5.

Explore McGill and get a thrill with a virtual escape room compiled by the university's librarians, archivists and game developers. A mysterious poisoner is on the loose, and you have to track them down! Starting at the pathology lab, then solving puzzles (based on McGill and Montreal history) all over campus. You can play Raising Spirits with a browser. The game got a fresh update this week! For ages 12 and up.

The Royal Montreal Regiment and Le Royal 22ieme Regiment look back on the October Crisis through the eyes of soldiers deployed after the kidnapping of James Cross. This virtual exhibit is geared to students and teachers, but anyone can check out The October Crisis 1970 online.

Tiny Plateau arthouse Cinema Moderne is still releasing new content, including one Korena feature film about a woman in her 40s who has to reinvent herself after she loses her job. Check out the full list here.   

Other things you can do online that will be more enriching that scrolling endlessly through your Instagram feed...a bevy of Canadian museums are putting their offers online: Winnipeg's Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau are making their works and exhibits available online. The Calgary Zoo is also sharing their Panda Cam, where you watch their two giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, frolic for a few hours every day. 

International museums like the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the British Museum in London and the Hermitage Museum are also online. The Metropolitan Opera has a nightly stream. And visit Yayoi Kusama's mesmerizing Infinity Mirror installation. 

And if you're looking for something different visit Open Culture, a fantastic website that lists hundreds of free books, audio books, movies and online courses. The selection here is a mix of the classic, indie and the offbeat. Pick up a Jane Austen novel, watch the original A Star is Born or browse through videos of poets like Maya Angelou reading their work.


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