What to do this long weekend, May 17-19
This is an event that is so star-studded and so ambitious, you have to wonder if it's too good to be true, or the punch line in a giant Just for Laughs gag. Metro Metro brings together a who's who of rap and hip-hop stars, including megastar Cardi B, Sean Paul, Ludacris, Tyga and Snoop Dogg, as well as a raft of local acts like Sans Pression, Laurence Nerbonne and MTLord. Saturday and Sunday over two outdoors stages at the Big O.
Punk party Pouzza Fest brings together Against Me! Andrew W.K. and Montreal's The Planet Smashers along with dozens of up-and-coming acts for a variety of free and ticketed shows at the Quartier des spectacles and venues like Katacombes, Foufounes Electriques and Cafe Cleopatra.
Slightly smaller in scale, but beloved no less, spring favourite Porchfest returns with dozens of free performances of bluegrass, rock, indie and folk on the porches of Notre-Dame-de-Grace. John Jordan, who was once on with Andrew to talk about his cat's political ambitions, will play his sax with Osmosis Unlimited on Saturday, 3pm at 5711 Sherbrooke West. Alt-country act The Jimmyriggers perform at 2362 Melrose, 1pm. My brother's BFF's band Thicke Sugar takes to the stage at 4073 Hingston.
Be sure to doublecheck the site for showtimes, as Sunday has been cancelled due to rain, with shows being redistributed for Saturday and Monday. There is an opening show Saturday 11am at Girouard Park, and a closing party at St.Raymond's Community Centre, which will benefit from money raised this year for its children's music program.
Musician and historian Craig Morrison brings his Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert to Oscar Peterson Hall in NDG. This year’s theme is Legendary Music Festivals: Newport Folk, Monterey Pop and Woodstock, with music from the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Jimi Hendrix and more. Friday, 7:30 and Saturday, 2 and 7:30pm. The matinée is a kid-friendly show.
A clothes store called Marché Noir is screening all of Wes Anderson's quirky and beloved movies in chronological order, beginning with Bottle Rocket Friday afternoon and ending with the stop-motion animation gem Isle of Dogs on Sunday evening. Check out the Wes Anderson Festival at 1331 Ontario St E.
At the theatre: play-about-a-play Indecent inv
The MAI's Taking Place is a celebration of performance art by alternative and marginalized artists, on until Saturday. One interesting piece is Undress| Re-dress by Belgian artist Noemi Lakmaier, who specialize in fascinating endurance pieces (she once floated above the Sydney Opera House, suspended by 20,000 helium balloons). Here, she comes back down to earth in a room where, for three hours, a male performer will dress and undress her meticulously.
Learn more about crystals, sound healing and charkras at The Metaphysical & Spiritual Show, Saturday and Sunday at Place Bonaventure.
Fans of Japanese alt fashion will gather for the Montreal Harajuku Walk on Saturday. Put on your best goth, fairy or lolita outfit and meet at Mont Royal metro at 11:30am to walk to La Fontaine park for a picnic! Saturday, 12 to 3pm.
Is your green thumb itching to get started? Pick up herbs, a hanging basket and or some tropical plants at the Douglas Hospital Greenhouse Sale, Friday, 9am to 3pm. Cash only - money raised goes towards the Institute's mental health and addiction programs. And the Seedling Sale at Concordia's Greenhouse, up on the top floor of the Hall building, runs Friday through Sunday. Select veggies, herbs and perennials... it's also just a neat green oasis to check out.
When the King vanishes, different factions in his court vie to take control in Alegria, Cirque's revamped take on the show that was a hit around the world. Be wowed by the acrobats, the outlandish costumes and the fire-eater. At the Big Top in Old Montreal until July 21.