What to do this weekend, March 15-17
St Patrick's Day Festivities are in full swing!
The 10th Annual Hudson Parade starts 1pm on Saturday, at St Charles and Main. And the 196th Montreal parade (18 floats, 18 bands and lots of green beer) returns to Ste Catherine street, starting at noon at the corner of de Fort. It will then head east to Metcalfe and Place du Canada. I will wave at you from the CJAD 800 - CTV float!
If you're looking to pad your St Patrick's Day Weekend, check out the U2 homage at Saturday night at Le P'tit Grenouille Bar on the Main. There will be 10-litre 'pools' of green beer available for purchase. And Crobar on Crescent hosts The Blackberrys, a heavy metal cover band for Irish rockers, The Cranberries. Sunday at 4pm after the parade... and as the organizers put it, leave your gold at home! Free entry.
After 80 performances around the world, the Ballets Jazz de Montreal wrap up their tribute to Leonard Cohen by bringing Dance Me home. The show incarnates the iconic Montrealer's songs and ideas with a sensuous and humorous touch. Until March 23 at Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts. Can't make it in person? They will beam the show into movie theatres around the province on March 24.
Speaking of Cohen, another Quebec artist has had his life's work put to movement. Serge Fiori, vocalist-guitarist of prog-rock group Harmonium, was in attendance at Cirque Eloize's premiere of Seul, Ensemble earlier this week. Expect Eloize's usual dazzling acrobatics (whispy dancers floating down from the ceiling,pole dancing, a man gyrating while wearing a giant rabbit head) with dreamy landscapes, disco visuals and a delicate re-imagining of Fiori's rock music and themes of isolation and celebration. Until March 30 at Théâtre St Denis.
Première Neige / First Snow is a bilingual play that ruminates about family, inheritance and memory, with the backdrop of Quebec and Scottish independence. This story of a family gathering to learn who will inherit a country home frequently breaks the fourth wall, mixing in the actors' own real-life stories. Ongoing at Theatre QuatSous.
The Lakeshore Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan's first collaboration, Thespis, about what happens when the gods on Mount Olympus take a one-year vacation... and gift their powers to a troupe of actors. From March 8 - March 16 at Lakeside Academy, 5050 Sherbrooke St., Lachine QC. Tickets range in price from $15-$29. For tickets, visit llo.org or call 514 804 4900. Lakeside Academy, March 8 to 16. Proceeds go towards the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation
The triumph and anguish of Mario Kart was part of the soundtrack of my childhood. The popular pop-music outfit Orchestre à vents des musiques de films brings the thumping score from the video game franchise to life! Friday at Salle Marguerite-Bourgeoys in Ahuntsic, followed by a Saturday night concert of suspenseful, iconic music from the James Bond films.
Show off your Clark Kent or Superman in Alter Ego: A Purim Party at the Museum of Jewish Montreal. As the holiday of Purim features hidden identities and secrets, the Mile End Chavurah is hosting a party that invites you to shed your mask and reveal your inner self. Munch on hamantaschen cookies while dancing to a DJ set and listening to a reinvented Megillah. Saturday, 8pm at the Museum of Jewish Montreal.
Ready for food truck season? It's starting early with a brand new weekend event, The Salada Market.The old tea factory off of the 40 (the one painted with bright colours and the heart sign on top) opens for week two on Friday. There will be Grumman 78 (tacos) Queen B (burritos) and Hard Fat (not sure), amongst others. DJ sets start at 9pm. Access is at 5430 Cote-de-Liesse Road. There is parking on Royden Street, or you can take a shuttle from the closest from Crémazie metro. Fridays 4 to 11pm, Saturdays noon to 11pm. Admission is free, but it will cost you $5 if you arrive after 8pm.
Strip to rock, soul and funk with Rock 'n Roll Babeland IV: The Groove. The roster feature four out-of-town beauties: Aria Delanoche (Chicago), Kitty Kin-Evil (Ottawa), Kage Wolf (Toronto) and Ginger Avenue (Vancouver). Friday 9pm at The Wiggle Room.