What to do this weekend, March 22-24
Maple syrup in the city: Wellington Stree in Verdun hosts its ninth annual Cabane Panache et Bois Rond. 'The biggest urban lumberjack party' will have food, tir, square dancing and woodcutting. Verdun eateries like Blackstrap BBQ (maple pulled pork sandwich), La Bêtise Verdun (General Tao Poutine with caramelized bacon) and Sweet Lee's (maple sugar pie) will serve up maple snacks at $3 or $5 a pop. And there's live music from acts like Bleu Jeans Bleu, Vilain Pingouin, Random Recipe and Les Filles du Roy throughout. Until Sunday on Wellington Street in Verdun, at de l'Église metro.
Leonard Cohen, like you've never experienced before.The Montreal icon approved Dance Me, a contemporary dance spin on this music, before he passed away. There are sensuous pas de deux, typewriters, floating lips and busy city streets to be seen here. Les Ballets jazz de Montréal have performed the show dozens of times around the world, and they are back in Montreal to wrap up the run with three more shows this weekend. If you can't catch it at Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des arts, head to a cinema! On Sunday, theatregoers around Quebec can see the show as it was filmed a week ago - and at a fraction of the cost. Full list of participating cinemas here.
The easiest way to feel like you are on vacation without going anywhere? The Butterflies Go Free exhibit at the Montreal Insectarium. Spot a colourful butterfly while strolling through a warm greenhouse. Opening this weekend until the end of April. Please note tickets now have timed entry.
Ready for food truck season? It's starting early with a brand new feature, 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 weekend three. Some of the grub on offer will come form Grumman 78 (tacos) Queen B (burritos) and Hard Fat (not sure). 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.
For theatre fans:
A woman who shoplifts for sport and need is nabbed with some steaks up her dress by an overzealous security guard in The Shoplifters, which opens at The Centaur on Friday. Writer Morris Panych researched actual shoplifters while exploring ideas around fighting the man, one steak at a time.
Six girlfriends in their 20s get together for pizza and beer and good venting session in Clean Slate. They are all going through a process of tidying up, but some are gearing up for more...permanent changes. Until March 30 at La Chapelle.
Revolution They Wrote is a feminist short works theatre and performance art festival. There are two programs of four short pieces that are performed nightly at 8pm, until Sunday at MainLine Theatre.
Time travel to the '80s when Rock of Ages stops by on its 10th anniversary tour. A small-town girl and a boy from Detroit seek stardom and love in a grimy, sexy part of Los Angeles in this jukebox musical that includes hits from Def Leppard, Journey, Styx and Poison. Friday, Salle Wilfrid Pelleter at Place des arts.
Are you a fan of Dragons' Den or Shark Tank? Check out a sketch comedy take on it with Rats Nest... aspiring entrepreneurs pitching to high-flying, moneyed 'Rats'. Saturday 9:45pm, at Theatre Ste Catherine
Vintage Wine relives rock 'n roll and pop from the '50s and '60s. 3015 Henri-Dunant in Lachine, Saturday at 7:30. $15.
It’s Divine Danny D’s Old-Fashioned Burlesque, a night that harkens back to on older age of jazz music, the speakeasy, vaudevillian shenanigans and the silver-throated crooner. Mademoiselle M, Damned Damsel and Jessica Rae. Saturday at the Wiggle Room.