What to do this weekend, May 24-26
Peruse 500 beers from 90 different brewers at The Mondiale de la biere. There are beers from local breweries like Harricanna, McAuslan, O Quai des Brasseurs (try the Ptite floride) and Beau's (I'd like to sample The Grumpiest of all Time). Full list of drinks and snacks here. The festival is at Windsor Station this year, Friday and Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Admission is free, and you purchase your drink coupons.
The Fabulous Festival TransAmériques has kicked off with nearly two dozen dance and music shows. This weekend, check out Fantasia, a Polish play where the six actors onstage don't have a script...instead they follow suggestions shouted out by the director in order to reveal everyday but moving moments. Friday to Sunday at the Centaur. And the FTA's eclectic little sister, the OFFTA, features cutting-edge performance pieces, including Montrealer Dayna McLeod's Intimate Karaoke, Live at Uterine Concert Hall. Here, the artist explores vulnerability by hooking up a stethoscope from a karaoke machine to her vaginal canal. While audience members belt out their favourite song in another room, McLeod and spectators in the next one over will use headphones to hear the songs emanating from her body. A very brave, and fun, way to explore music! At Monument-National Saturday and Sunday.
Montreal Museums Day means free entry into dozens of houses of learning, and lots of fantastic programming for the family (hello, giant puppet at Pointe a Callière!). You can pick one of my faves, like the McCord (intriguing Haida art show) or the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Thierry Mugler's fierce fashion). Or visit a lesser-known spot, like the Museum of Sound, the history museum in Dorval, Montreal Holocaust Museum or the Museum at St Joseph's Oratory. Check out the list and a map here. Four free shuttle bus lines will help you get from one spot to the next, or you can hop on a bicycle: Bixis are free on the last Sunday of every month!
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will also have a sidewalk sale...pick up deeply discounted jewelry, posters, stationery and home decor items from the museum boutique and bookstore, Saturday and Sunday.
This week marks the 50th anniversary since John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their Bed-in for Peace at Suite 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Tours of the room itself on Saturday are unfortunately sold out, but you can still check out a spate of activities, including a free photo exhibit in the hotel lobby, which recounts the event through the eyes of Gerry Deiter, the only photojournalist to be present for the whole event.
The Montreal Comic Arts Festival explores the art of illustration with workshops, screenings and meet and greets with artists like Michel Rabagliati, SETH, Yoann and Élise Gravel. Check out the Drawn Concert on Saturday at 8pm, as two artists will sketch a pianist as they perform. Until Sunday at L'Espace La Fontaine (at Park Lafontaine.)
King Princess, aka American pop singer Mikaela Straus, is in town. Born and raised in Brooklyn, her great-great-grandparents were Macy's owners Isidor and Ida Straus, who both perished on the Titanic. Straus was offered her first record deal at the age of 11 - and she turned it down! But her career is now in full swing... so catch her at Corona Theatre on Friday.
Prom is a pricey experience for many teens. For the second year in a row, the NDG Community Council is hosting a Notre Prom de Grace, a prom dress giveaway, along with Eco-Quartier and St Raymond's Community Centre. Teens are invited to shop for dresses and accessories, get makeup and hair tutorials - along with free alterations. Sunday, 11am to 4pm at 5694 Notre Dame de Grace Ave, suite 204. Do you have dresses, shoes and accessories you would like to donate? There is still time! More info here.
The Anarchist Book Fair returns with books, pamphlets and workshops on a variety of political topics, anarchism Saturday and Sunday at the Georges-Vanier Cultural Centre, near Lionel-Groulx metro.
The Coro Vivo Montreal Choir will take you on a musical voyage with a concert at Valois United Church in Pointe-Claire. Saturday, 7:30pm.
When the King vanishes, different factions in his court vie to take control in Alegria, Cirque's revamped take on the show that was a hit around the world. Be wowed by the acrobats, the outlandish costumes and the fire-eater. At the Big Top in Old Montreal until July 21.