What to do this weekend, June 28-30
The 40th editon of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has kicked off! Blue Rodeo brings pop-country to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Friday, 7:30pm, while enigmatic chanteuse Melody Gardot follows in the same slot on Saturday and Sunday. See jazz ingenue Nikki Yanofsky Saturday at Club Soda. Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire is in residency at the SAT, 11pm. There are free outdoor concerts aplenty, like the luminous singer Laila Biali Sunday at 6pm and the always-fun Urban Science Brass Band most days at 5pm. Got the kids? Take in a family music lesson at the Little School of Jazz inside Complexe Desjardins, with daily bilingual shows at 11am and 1:30pm. Hungry early birds should try Gospel Brunch with Imani Gospel Singers nearby at Le Balcon, Saturday at 10am and 12:30pm. Full lineup here.
The Fireworks start this weekend! International des Feux Loto-Québec Hands Fireworks presents Throwback 1985, a colourful show with the music of Madonna, Eurythmics, David Bowie, Genesis and more. Saturday at 10pm. Rain or shine!
Who is Emilia Fart? Thanks to her humourous, vulnerable videos on YouTube (dying her hair on the metro, coming out to her mother...as a ghost) and her mysterious get up (giant robes, seafoam green hair, Divine-like eye shadow), this Montrealer has racked up millions of views and followers online. She transitions to live performing with hijinks for One Night of Fart: Emilia Fart, a live show at Café Cléopatre, followed by a pizza party for VIP fans. Friday at 9pm.
Just a few months ago, kitschy NDG basement venue The Wheel Club was slated for closure. Under new ownership, the space is diversifying its programming, including comedy! The very funny Derek Seguin headlines, Saturday at 8pm.
Oh Manada! The nation's premiere all-male burlesque troupe makes a trip down the 401 from Toronto to perform a Canadiana tribute at the Wiggle Room on Saturday. Performers include James and the Giant Pasty, Wrong Note Rust, Newfound Lad, and Shagina Twain! And the acts involved a 'Tim Horton's double-double like you've never seen before' and a 'scandalous retelling of Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater.'
The annual Canada Day Parade kicks off Monday at 11am on St.Catherine street and Fort street, and finishes at Place du Canada. Check your community calendar for barbecues and fireworks!
I rank Ace Ventura and The Mask as some of Jim Carrey's finest work. Now you can experience the Canadian comic in a totally new light: through his political cartoons. Carrey has been posting visual art for awhile now online, and his trenchant critiques of Donald Trump and other political issues has been attracting a lot of attention. Now an exhibition in Montreal presents his work in a new exhibit that has just opened, This Light Never Goes Out. At the Phi Centre until September 1.
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.