What to do this weekend in Montreal, June 14-16
Corey Hart dons his sunglasses Saturday night at the Bell Centre, with rockers Glass Tiger as opening act.
The 29th annual Montreal Fringe Festival closes this Sunday, but there are still dozens of shows to catch: a climate change riff on Macbeth, a puppet show with carrots as a metaphor for life, an outdoor safari, a magic show in someone's apartment and a show where a nude woman discusses radical vulnerability. Meanwhile, the Fringe Park (at Rachel and St Laurent) plays host to musical acts all weekend, as well as the Quebec Provincial Air Guitar Championships on Friday night and the ultra-hilarious Drag Races on Saturday afternoon. All this is happening at venues all over the Plateau - and the St Laurent Street Fair is also on!
Folk Fest sur le Canal takes over the green space at the Centennial Esplanade, along the Lachine Canal in St Henri, with a mix of folk and rock music, and family-friendly vibes. Montreal rock trio The Damn Truth headlines the Main Stage, along with an old-time square dance at the Lhasa De Sela Tent, on Friday. Catch Ashley MacIsaac and Hawksley Workman on Saturday and Old Man Luedecke, Montreal Sacred Harp Singers and Moonfruits on Sunday. Pay-what-you-can, but you can pick up a VIP day pass for $75 or $150 for the weekend.
The Francofolies kicks off Friday, with Ariane Moffat and Mononc Serge among the outdoor performers down at Quartier des spectacles. And the dazzling Petula Clark (in her 80s!) performs songs from her French-language album at Theatre Maisonneuve.
Please note: according to a note from The West Island Blues Festival, Saturday's shows have been postponed due to rain.
Check out cool vintage rides and muscle cars at the Cruising The Boardwalk Car Show in Ste Anne de Bellevue, on Saturday.
Bloomsday is celebrated around the world every June 16, the day that Leopold Bloom walks through Dublin in James Joyce's mammoth novel Ulysses. Montreal's event organizers take the opportunity to celebrate the novelist as well as Irish culture and writing. Events are all weekend, including lectures, a hidden history walk, dramatic readings of Ulysses and an opera.
The Cote St Luc Dramatic Society wraps up their stellar run of Cabaret Sunday at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium. And A Century Songbook starts Sunday at the Segal Centre. This is a remount of a new musical that celebrates 100 years of Jewish history in Montreal. I host the Sunday at the Segal's informative panel before the first show on Sunday! Stop by for free coffee and pastries before the action begins at 11am.
Do you love vintage video games, collectibles and toys, or maybe your kids do? Browse through the Nostalgie 9 salon this Sunday at Ruby Foo's Hotel.
Peruse vintage threads with a mimosa in hand at the Diving Bell Vintage Market Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon, at 3956 St Laurent.
Two music icons, one night: Poker Face meets Material Girl at the Lady Gaga X Madonna dance party, Friday, 11pm at Bar le Ritz.
Cover band favourites Cadillac Music bring to life rock 'n roll hits by the Beatles, Elvis, The Four Tops, Jame Brown and more at the Lachine Legion, Branch 85/90 on Saturday, 3015 Henri-Dunant. Tickets are $15, with a portion going to the Legion.
Continuing at the Old Port: immersive sound-and-light show Through The Echoes is at the PY1 Pyramid in the Old Port (next to the Clock Tower), and Alegria, Cirque's revamped take on its global hit. Be wowed by the acrobats, the outlandish costumes and the fire-eater. At the Big Top in Old Montreal until July 21.
C'mon Barbie, let's go party! Roxy Torpedo hosts Barbie Dream House Burlesque Saturday, 9pm at the Wiggle Room. Performers include Fairy Floss, Joy Rider and Rose de Flore.