Sarah's Weekend List: September 4-7

Girl visits turtle at the at the reopened and renovated Biodôme
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 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.) 

Online this weekend: The Mulan reboot is out on Disney+ today! Mulan is a young woman who takes her elderly father's place when he is drafted into battle; along the way, she'll find friends, love - and herself - as she trains to become a soldier. You need to be subscribed to Disney_, and it will cost you an extra $35 to stream the film. Cobra Kai is one of the top shows on Netflix right now, with two seasons out now, and a third set for 2021. It's a follow up to classic 1984 film The Karate Kid , only now the kids are adults and have offspring of their own. Johnny Lawrence reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo, but he also re-ups his legendary rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.  

Also line this weekend: a stellar lineup with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood performing at the Grand Ole Opry, streaming live on YouTube. Saturday, at 8pm.

Or catch live music this weekend! And Martha Wainwright's bar Ursa hosts Live Scream, an outdoor show with performers Simon Trottier with Nicolas Basque, and Erika Angell with Mili Hong. Saturday, 6pm. And rocker Mike Uzan of the Fabulous Flashbacks performs MikeFest Fourteen, his summer series , from his NDG driveway! Saturday, 1 to 3pm at 4680 Beaconsfield. 

Eager to shop? The Plateau Vintage Bazaar is back at the St Enfant Jesus Church on St Dominique, Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm. Or peruse dozens of talented, emerging artists at the What the Pop! Art Pop-Up exhibtion, with drawings, prings, fashion, jewelry, crafts and more up for grabs. Saturday at the Centre St Jax, 1439 Ste Catherine Street.

A new comedy festival continues this weekend. The Montreal Comedy Series presents live shows with distancing and hygiene measures. Ctach Punchlines at Sir William Pub in Griffintown, with comics Ben Cardilli, Leo Carke, Kyle Morin and more, Friday at 8pm. Other shows are at smaller venues like Brass Door,  Rosewood, McKibbins and McLean's. 

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. 

And at the Old Port, paddle boat rentals, the zipline and the pirate ship have been available for the past few weeks. Now they are joined by SOS Labyrinthe, with 2 kilometres of winding paths to get lost in. (New this year: a disco zone!) 

Also at the Old Port: the Montreal Science Centre hosts 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.  

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. I finally caught an episode, number 5, this past Thursday... it was a delightful, bite-sized story about a search for a missing cat. The company is mounting filmed episodes and graphic adaptations of each episode, and you can catch the first three online now. 

The Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur has been presenting recordings of original dance works themed around solitude every Sunday. Check online for the latest creation. 


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