What to do this weekend, August 9-11: ileSoniq, La Falla, Classical Spree

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 sarah.deshaies@bellmedia.ca


After Osheaga comes electronic dance music party ìleSoniq. Headliners include Marshmello, Alesso, Kaskade and Bad Bunny, with some lovely-named acts like: Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Relax Josh, Whipped Cream and Blunts & Blondes. Friday and Saturday, at Parc Jean-Drapeau.   

For the 15th year, La Falla de Saint-Michel will celebrate summer with music, circus performances, activities for families, and a Spanish tradition: the burning of a 9-metre high wooden structure. Musicians like Random Recipe and Queen Ka will also perform. At La Tohu in St Michel, from Friday to Sunday, and Saturday at 9pm is when the wooden structure will be set on a fire.

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 8th summertime Classical Spree on Sunday. Check out the Montreal Video Game Orchestra play a free show at noon Friday or Saturday at 1pm, at Complexe Desjardins, or take a percussion workshop or bhangra dance lesson at 7pm outside on Ste Catherine Street. Ticketed events are very affordable, ranging from $10 to $45 tickets: see Kent Nagano conduct Bartok, Ravel and Mussogorsky's Night on Bald Mountain, or the Canadian Brass Band.


Montreal First Peoples Festival brings movies, music and food to Quartier des spectacles. this weekned. Check out Nikamotan MTL - Niko on Friday at 9pm, a returning showcase of talented young musicians, including Lido Pimienta, a Finnish folk duo, percussionists Young Feathers Singers and to Pierre Kwenders. 


Montreal's Italian Week kicks off this weekend! Take in a musical, La Dolce Vita en Exil, about the journey from Italy to Canada as an immigrant, or take a tour of of the works of Florentine-Montrealer artist Guido Nincheri, There will also be satellite events of the ever-popular Fiat Exhibition, hitting the road to NDG and Montreal North this wekend. 


Love cars? About 100 vintage and muscle cars will be on display at a shop in Montreal North, RA Mecanique at 9988 Avenue de Rome. 10am to 6pm. There will be gelato, coffee (and maybe pizza) available. 


The 5th edition of the Montreal Poutinefest offers over 40 different poutine varities, including vegan options, down at the Jacques-Cartier pier at the Old Port. Until August 14, 11:30am to 11pm. 


Sam Roberts Band plays a free show at Place St Bernard, in Mont Tremblant on Saturday, 8:30pm.  


Film Noir sur le Canal presents a Quebec feature film for the first time! Roche Papier Ciseaux features three men, all connected by the Chinese mafia, who meet during an eclipse. In French with with English subtitles. Sunday at 8:30pm,St. Patrick's Square, at the corner of Wellington and St. Patrick streets. Arrive early, because at 7:15, there will be a music intro by trumpeter Bertrand Margelido followed by a film lecture.


Last weekend to catch Shakespeare in the Park! In Measure for Measure, this season's Shakespeare in the Park, the people in charge of Vienna want to crack down on the city's vice. But when a young man is sentenced to death for hooking up with his girlfriend, his poor sister receives a difficult proposition. Shakespeare's exploration of morality, vice and hidden identities is a tight and fun show. This weekend, catch the show at Morin-Heights on Friday, and Westmount to close on Saturday and Sunday. 


Pull on your red ruby slippers and head down the yellow brick road to The Wizard of Oz burlesque! Performers include April May June, Bibi Lolo Bangbang and The Lady Josephine. Saturday, 9pm at the Wiggle Room. 


Montreal's nerdy burlesque group, Burlesgeek, presents an homage to animated cartoons with Animatease! All your favourite 2D and 3DD favourites, as interpreted by the likes of Zilly Lilly, Miss Enchanté and Sucre à la creme.  Saturday at Petit Campus.  


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