What to do this weekend, July 26-28: Margaret Trudeau, fireworks
The finale of the Loto-Quebec Fireworks Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Casino de Montréal with a playlist of 25 songs by Quebec artists. Gregory Charles helped put together the playlist and will be performing live during the show. Saturday, 10pm rain or shine.
Two festivals, three days: Heavy Montreal and 77 Montreal share Parc Jean Drapeau this weekend. Friday features Punk fest 77, with Bad Religion, Young Party and Gutter Demons, and Mute on the bill. Heavy Montreal is Saturday and Sunday, including Slayer's final show in Quebec, as well as Cancer Bats, Star Wars cover band Galactic Empire, Dirty Honey and more.
The Just for Laughs Festival heads into its finale weekend with a cavalcade of galas and shows. Margaret Trudeau: Certain Woman of an Age, while a work-in-progress, is a heartfelt and genuine one-woman show about the former flower child's marriage to the much older Prime Minister of Canada, motherhood, flirting with the Rolling Stones and battling bipolar disorder and depression. With talented playwright Alix Sobler and director Kimberly Senior on her side, Trudeau weaves a funny and sometimes dark tale that drips with juicy gossip and leaves you thinking about resiliency - and perennials. Friday and Saturday, 9:30pm at Gesu Theatre. And Shaun Majumder, who stopped by to chat with Andrew Carter, brings his wit and biting social commentary with his HATE show, Saturday at Cinquième Salle. The galas continue, with Wanda Sykes, Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj hosting on Friday. And did you know there are a lot of free outdoor shows at the fest? Head to the Bell stage to see Montreal comic Daniel Carin and Chris Sandiford, Friday at 9pm, and adorable sketch duo Employees of the Year, Sunday at 9pm.
Did you celebrate Christmas in July this week? The cheesy not-a-holiday gets a home down at the Lachine Canal by the Berge des coursies (near Farine Five Roses) when Noel des campeurs sets up an outdoor party with urban camping, a Tiki bar and workshops like "forest survival', dancing and more. Friday through Sunday, and it's free.
What's better than skipping the heat by watching a weird movie in a cool, dark theatre? Fantasia Film Festival continues with a program of wild, weird sci-fi and fantasty flicks. Friday is the international premiere of Tone-Deaf, about a rootless millenial who takes a weekend Airbnb getaway owned by an angry senior - who has a penchant for murder. Director Ted Kotcheff will be present at the screening of the classic Montreal film Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Actress Micheline Lanctôt will also be there. Sunday at 5pm. Director Ted Kotcheff will be present at the screening of his Montreal classic, Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Actress Micheline Lanctôt will also be there. Sunday at 5pm.
Backstreet's back - and stripping! A week after the classic boy band played the Bell Centre, a burlesque homage to the Backstreet Boys takes over the Wiggle Room, Friday at 9pm. Guys and gals performing include Queeny Ives, Snatch Cummings and Marcus Territory of Toronto.