What to do this weekend, April 19-21
Flame-haired, super-talented singer Neko Case (from The New Pornographers) brings her act to Theatre Corona Friday.
The Ecomuseum in Sainte Anne de Bellevue puts on their yearly Easter at the Zoo, where kids and parents can learn about how animals protect and hide their eggs. Visit the porcupines, the eagles, the barn owl and more! (Plus, there will be visits, hugs and treats from the Easter Bunny, and face-painting!) Saturday and Sunday at the Ecomuseum.
Spa on a boat Bota Bota hosts their Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday, with little treasures will be hidden all over the ship and gardens. Think items from destinations like the Fine Arts Museum, Montreal Science Centre, Zoo de Granby and more! Note: for big kids 18 and up.
People have been visiting Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal this week, touched by the conflagration at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Consider visiting the Church for an Easter service, or pencil yourself in for AURA, Moment Factory's immersive multimedia show. Audiences get to take in a mega light-and-music spectacle within the Basilica (which is spectacular on its own), and the sorta-short length of the show is favourable for fidgety kids (and adults). There is a show at 6pm Easter Monday.
Saturday will see the first legal events fo 420 across Canada! I expect aficionados will gather at the Georges-Étienne Cartier monument on Parc Avenue to celebrate. Nearby, Le Checkout Boutique (on St Laurent above Pine) will host makers of local cannabis brands (think yoga and smell-proof weed pouches) and offer up snacks and drinks to consumers. Saturday, 11am to 6pm.
Two years ago, Sara Meleika wanted to make it easier for fellow performers of colour and from diverse backgrounds to gather and perform. The series she founded, Colour Outside the Lines, celebrates two years of laughter, support and outreach Friday at its home, Montreal Improv. The lineup for the special show includes local troupe, Fresh Paint, Toronto's The Tita Collective and comics from the United States. The show, Friday at 8pm, is followed by the launch of Montreal's own Black and Funny, a variety show celebrating black excellence. There are also comedy workshops on Saturday.
Will you go on a blind date with Rebecca Northan? The Toronto-based performer and writer is going on her 800th Blind Date at the Centaur Theatre. What started out as a 10-minute clown piece has grown into a travelling show over the last decade. Donning a clown nose as 'Mimi', Northan picks a male from the audience (she usually has a wide choice of volunteers) then proceeds to build a show out of their interactions. I caught the opening, and Mimi had a fruitful delightful date with Alex, a 28-year-old lawyer who totally charmed the audience. Live theatre at it purest. Until April 28. Tickets here.
The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal performs two of Mozart's greatest works, both written towards the end of his life, including no. 41 'Jupiter', and his unfinished chef d'oeuvre, Requiem. Friday, 8pm at Maison symphonique de Montreal.
If you want a break from the rain, visit the Botanical Gardens! You have until April 28 to see the annual spring show The Butterflies Go Free. (Note that there is timed entry with each ticket.)
I'm not sure everyone would approve, but the Wiggle Room celebrates Easter with burlesque interpretations of Bible stories like Samson and the Burnish Bush. Sacrelicious Burlesque stars Lou Lou La Duchesse de Riere, Honey Dynamite, Grant Canyon and more! Friday at 9pm.
And this is cool: Montreal lawyer-turned-comic Jess Salomon will be on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday! 11:35pm. Mazel tov, Jess!