Sarah's Weekend List: September 11-13

Pedalos at Old Montreal.
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  


Dogs doing tricks: so fun! Superdogs is live this Sunday at the Royalmount Drive-In. 

By the way, the Royalmount Drive-In Theatre screens movies on the regular, not just live shows. You can catch Casablanca Friday at 7pm, Chicago at 9:15pm. Sonic the Hedgehog screens Saturday at 6pm, Saturday Night Fever at 9pm (raising funds for Summit School). 

Two new movies with Montreal connections in theatres Friday: horror-comedy Slaxx stars a possessed pair of designer jeans that goes on a rampage at an upscale boutique. Documentary Dave Not Coming Back is about two cave divers who find a body in the dark, deep... but when they return to rescue, both of their lives are imperiled. Both are playing at Cinema du Parc and other theatres.

The Grand PoutineFest has set up shop at the parking lot at the Centre Laval - and this time, it's drive-thru site. You will have to drive up to place and accept your order; choose from 13 poutine options from five trucks. And yes, there will be music and circus acts to help you fill the long minutes until your steamy poutine arrives. Until Sunday. 

Live theatre! Zébrina. Une pièce à conviction is a French adaptation of Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel is being performed live at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, while also streaming live to your home! It is about a librarian who goes on a Where's Waldo like journey around the world to track down a mysterious person who returns a travel guide... 113 years late. Until September 27.

The very funny Rodney Ramsey headlines at The Comedy Nestshows on Friday and Saturday.

Venture back in time at the Pointe à Calliere museum in Old Montreal. I visited last weekend, and loved the permanent show on Montreal's early days, which happened roughly on the grounds of the Museum. You can walk through North America's first collector sewer, and see The Incas, Treasures of Peru, which is on until October 4. Or Into the Wonder Room about curious collecting habits that trended in the 18th and 19th centuries (look for the albino moose!) 

Nearby at the Old Port, hit the water! There are several experiences, from the pedalos to the kid-friendly eco-boat Petit Navire  or the high-speed Jet St-Laurent or the luxurious, private cruising on the Absolü 80. The zipline and the pirate ship are also open, as well as SOS Labyrinthe, with 2 kilometres of winding paths to get lost in. (New this year: a disco zone!). Oh, and the Montreal Science Centre, where you can visit The Journey to Space. Look for the Apollo mission space helmet, and a glove used by Neil Armstrong himself while training for his moon mission.  

The Biodôme is back! The Biodôme is back! Explore different environments and the creatures that live within them at the centre, which reopened this Monday following two years of renovations. I'm looking forward to reuniting with my old friends, the penguins, but there are plenty of other animals to catch your eye. The exhibits have been refurbished, and there is an app to help guide your way. You'll want to book your timed tickets online in advance, and you can also visit the nearby Botanical Gardens and the Planetariuam. The Planetarium has a new photo exhibit that shows the planet in all its wild and natural beauty. Origins features captivating images of earth by Olivier Grunewald, blown up so you can see all the glorious details. (You can also visit virtually here.) 

The Planetarium has a new photo exhibit that shows the planet in all its wild and natural beauty. Origins features captivating images of earth by Olivier Grunewald, blown up so you can see all the glorious details. You can check it out in person, or online! A virtual visit is available here. You also have the option to check it out in virtual reality. And if the Perseid meteor shower captured your imagination, the Planetarium has several long-running immersive shows about space.   

Speaking of theatricals, Tableau d'hote Theatre presents En Pointe, a series of 10-minute episodic plays, all set in Pointe St Charles at different, secret locations. Writer and director Mathieu Murphy-Perron weaves in repeat characters, all people emerging in various states of quarantine. They reveal the location the day of by email and on social media. Masks are required, and if you can bring a chair if you need. Free, but donations are encouraged. 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a new show: Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants includes 500 paintings and works from a private collection. Escape from the everyday with lush, colourful works by Money, Seurat, Pissarro and Degas, to name just a few of the artists. And a new public art piece inspired by the Signac show is now available for viewing. Sailboats, created by Collectif Escargo, uses linear flower gardens and shimmering paint to evoke the seascape. See it on Du Musée Avenue. And take a cheap, family-friendly walking tour of the Museum's 30-item sculpture garden. Reserve your spot here. They last an hour and take place on Saturdays, 10:30am and 12:30pm, until September 27. 

The McCord Museum has a retrospective of the work of cartoonist Serge Chapleau, a talented counterpart to Aislin in franco circles. 


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