What to do this weekend, October 4-6
A summer tradition comes to a close at the last First Friday of the season. Feast on food trucks like Chez Tomio, Mignon Churros and Gaspésie.. and raise a glass to Roger Taillibert, the architect of the Big O. He passed away in Paris at the age of 93 Thursday. First Friday is at the Sun Life Esplanade outside the Big O on Friday, 4 to 11pm.
Worship at the altar of circus at Tabarnak. A send-up and celebration of Quebec life and the church, Tabarnak references baptisms, knitting, hockey and incense in this busy but beautiful show. The family-oriented Cirque Alphonse has toured this spectacle around the world for the last two yaers, and it brings it home until October 12 at La Tohu.
Borrowing a page from the popular TedX talks, WildX is a day of lectures that explore what you can do to help the environment, from rewilding to sound healing, at Concordia's DB Clarke Theatre on Saturday.
Learn about the moon! The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Montreal Centre hosts a lecture by Emilie Lafleche, Honours Planetary Science student at McGill University. If weather allows, you will be able to stargaze with with telescopes after the talk on the field outside. Saturday, 8pm at the Morgan Arboretum Conservation Centre and Bellevue Observatory.
The other Fab Four from Liverpool, electronic pop music group Ladytron, visit the SAT on Friday, 9:30pm.
Actress and writer Dipti Mehta performs the story a young woman growing up in a brothel in her one-woman show, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan. At the MAI until Sunday.
The eccentric arts festival Phenomena begins Saturday with a giant parade on St Laurent between Laurier and the Van Horne viaduct. Puppets, stiltwalkers and Roller Derby players will be in the parade - and you can, too! Check out the Facebook event page to find out what colour-coded group you can join. Saturday, 1pm.
MainLine Theatre hits repeat on four successful shows during their Encore series. See clown Ms Bea Haven teach sex ed, the improvised cinema Make it a Musical, the educational Touche pas a mes cheveux and Uma Gahd's solo drag show. Until Saturday at MainLine.
Get your brew on at Montreal's first-ever Tea Festival. Your $15 tickets gets you access to tastings and workshops that explain the merits of teas like matcha and yerba mate. Saturday, 9am to 5pm at Marché Bonsecours.
Pick up some pre-loved threads for fall at the Plateau Vintage Bazaar. Saturday, 10am to 5:30pm at Église St-Enfant-Jesus.
See Lon Chaney in the classic 1923 film Hunchback of Notre-Dame, complemented by live music in an old Gothic church! Piano, organ and string and brass instruments round out the show as Quasimodo protects Esmeralda from evil forces. Friday and Saturday at the Westmount United Church.
Regina Lampert's husband is found dead by the side of the train tracks. Stranded in Paris with few resources, a handsome man comes to her aide. On the run from a murderer, Audrey Hepburn and Carey Grant shine in the excellent 1963 comedy thriller Charade. Catch it at Concordia's de Seve cinema, in 35mm with French subtitles and commentary by Montreal critic Justine Smith. Tickets are only $8, $6 for students. Sunday, 6:30pm.
The Douglas Hospital Auxiliary is holding their Garage and Book Sale this weekend: pick up treasures and help improve the quality of life for patients at the hospital! Friday and Saturday, 9am to 3pm at 6875 Lasalle Boulevard.
John Adam Memorial School in Delson is holding a colour run and walk to raise money for the school on Saturday. There will be a barbecue and a 50|50 raffle. Good luck!
Hop in the time machine to a more relaxed time at Divine Danny D's Old-Fashioned Burlesque. Performers include Galadriel Caresse, Bree Donolo and The Night Nurse. Two shows at the Wiggle Room, Friday and Saturday at 9pm!
The Mummies are here! Learn about the world of six people who lived along the Nile a long, long time ago in this new show, Exploring Ancient Lives, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It opens Saturday.
Montreal playwright Vittorio Rossi's The Chain follows the Testas, an immigrant Italian family dealing with rivalry, land disputes and bad business decisions. It starts Friday at McGill's Moyse Hall, now extended until October 12.
Shorter days are a reminder that summer is winding down, but an earlier sunset means that the lanterns will illuminate The Gardens of Light! The 27th edition will feature three parts: the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations gardens. At the Botanical Gardens until Halloween. Note that tickets have timed entry.
Be moved by a collection of the most powerful press photos of the past year at the annual World Press Photo Exhibition at Marché Bonsecours.