What to do this weekend, May 31-June 2
How about we stop worrying and learn to love the Tour de l'Ìle and Tour la Nuit? Every year, the two cycling events provoke teeth-gnashing from Montrealers who need to get around - and I'm sympathetic, having lived around the corner from the starting and finishing line for four years. But this year, I'm going to embrace it and give either the Friday nightime ride or early Sunday morning ride a go! Friday's ride starts at 8:15pm from Parc and Mont-Royal, and loops 21 kilometres around the Plateau, Rosemont, HoMa and downtown. On Sunday, there are different routes at 25, 50, 65 and 100 kilometre options. There are activities, snacks and rides at Jeanne-Mance Park.
Beloved family entertainers Sharon and Bram bring their 40th anniversary and farewell tour to Théatre Maisonneuve, Sunday at 11:30am. (Please note everyone needs a ticket, even babes, and the minimum suggested age is 3!)
British rockers The Cult plays MTelus on Saturday.
The Festival TransAmériques continues with a collection of edgy dance and theatre pieces until June 4. Something you can see for free is Innervision, a brand-new dance show outdoors at Place des Festival. Described as a "doomsday ballet", it features 60 dancers following live instructions from director/conductor Marc Messier. Wearing sleek black uniforms, the dancers coalesce around several tables, with a rock in hand, throughout the 37-minute show. Catch it Friday and Saturday, at 9pm and 10pm. And check out the ping pong-themed afterparty Friday at 10pm at the FTA's QG (at UQAM).
The FTA's little sister, OFFTA, also continues with an eclectic lineup: Sunrise Commitment is a dance show set for just after 4am - exactly one hour before sunrise. Aylmer-raised choreographer Erin Hill decided to spend a whole year rising with the sun and created this dance, as well as a book, O, from her reflections. The show is Saturday and Sunday, at a secret location revealed when you purchase your ticket.
The Montreal Fringe Festival kicked off this week! Dozens and dozens of theatre shows open up next week, but there are some off venue shows and special events this weekend: on Friday night, check out The Curated Cat Video Show and Crowd Karaoke at MainLine Theatre, plus storytelling series Confabulation (theme: summertime!) at the same venue on Saturday.
The Old Port kicks off its summer season this weekend with a 2 for 1 deal on a plethora of activities, from ziplining, to Segway rides, massages, IMAX movies, the lemonade and more!
Les Jardins Gamelin officially opened this week. The outdoor plaza at Berri-UQAM metro station has a snack bar, an urban agriculture station and plenty of red Adirondack chairs to lounge in. Check out the schedule for family-friendly workshops, yoga and meditation sessions as well as music and circus shows to come throughout the summer.
Visit the decadence and depravity of Berlin, 1931: the Cote Saint Luc Dramatic Society presents the classic musical Cabaret until June 16, with four shows this weekend, at Harold Greenspon Auditorium.
Phasers, set to strip: The Wiggle Room presents Star Trek Burlesque 2 on Saturday, 9pm. Performers include Maximum Capacity and Bianca Boom Boom.