What to do this weekend, August 16-18
KISS blows into town at the Bell Centre on Friday, for the final leg of their End of the Road Tour. Catch opener David Garibaldi, who creates live, music-inspired paintings right in front of your eyes.
Grab your finest white gear and make sure to stretch: the Lolë White Tour pulls into Parc Jean Drapeau for the athleisure brand's mass yoga session. There's also warm-up and performance by pianist Alexandra Stréliski and a sunset meditation. Vegan and vegetarian food will be on hand, and kids can take part in the Yogimini session. Saturday, 4pm.
The 13th Montreal Pride Festival heads into its final weekend with a slew of glossy and enlightening events, culminating with the annual Pride Parade on Sunday. It starts at 1pm at René-Lévesque and Metcalfe and heads east to Alexandre-de-Sève. Two divas come to Parc des Faubourgs for free shows: comic Margaret Cho performs Friday, 8pm, and Ciara hits the stage 8pm, Saturday. Other highlights: groove at the Queer Slowdance, hear terrifying dating stories in Tinder Tales Live, storytelling at Confabulation Pride, and a gory play about a woman confronted by a former love in Lesbian Speed Date from Hell. Or take a guided tour of the Gay Village's history, starting at Place Émilie-Gamelin.
Italian Week hits weekend two with a well-rounded calendar in Little Italy. Lick your lips at the bombolone dessert competition, Sunday at 2pm, take in a fashion show, Saturday at 10pm or enjoy opera outdoors when 1892's Pagliacci is performed Sunday at 9pm. And the classic Fiats will be on display Friday through Sunday.
And there are not one but two Ribfests: ribbers from the American South descend upon the Old Port for Le Grand Ribfest. The likes of Billy Bones BBQ, Hawgs Gone Wild and Bone Daddy's BBQ and more will entice you to vote for them for the Public's Choice award. Until Sunday, 10am to 11pm.
And in Pierrefonds, Montreal Ribfest offers up live music and a kids zone to complement food from six professional ribbers. Money raised goes towards the Big Brothers and Big Sisters West Island. At 13665 Boul de Pierrefonds, Friday though Sunday.
Did Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood make you nostalgic for Quentin Tarantino? See his classic Pulp Fiction, winner of the 1994 Palme d'or, when it closes out the Film Noir sur le Canal summer series. Two hitmen with a tendency to philosophize are just two of the quirky characters in this highly-stylized classic. At 6:30pm, the band Grindhouse Collective plays covers of iconic tracks from Tarantino movies. Film and Tarantino scholar Helen Faradji then delivers remarks, followed by the film around 8:15pm at sundown. Sunday, St. Patrick's Square. Free.
Did you know there are giant chessboards on Ste Catherine and St Urbain? Strike up a game, everyday from noon to 8pm.
Summer Blackout Feis is an Irish dance event run by an academy. It's 'back to basics' Irish dancing, with live music, a barbecue, raffle and half-half draw. Free. Saturday, 8am at John Abbott College. Thanks to Linda for sending that in!
The first-ever Monarch of Canadian burlesque will be crowned this weekend in Montreal! Imperial Burlesque Canada is a new competition, open to all genders and styles of burlesque. Semi-finals are taking place Friday in Toronto and Quebec City, and the finalists will speed over to Montreal for Saturday night's finale at the National Theatre, where contestants and also their judges will perform! Sugar Vixen and Diamond Minx were pre-selected as finalists, and judges are Célesta O'Lee and Tristan Ginger of Montreal, The Foxy Lexxi of Quebec City, Lola Frost of Vancouver and BonBon Bombay, formerly of Montreal and now in Toronto.
Kelsey Bressler, technologist and founder of @ShowYoDiq