What to do this weekend, September 20-22
Miss Lauryn Hill performs at Place Bell, Saturday.
The mighty Ladyfest presents comedy, storytelling and all-around zaniness from women and non-binary performers. Take in Friday's Showcase or Stand-up Story Slam, Saturday night's dance party or local musical improv group the Jazz Ands on Sunday. Until Monday at Montreal Improv, Blue Dog and Theatre Ste Catherine.
Montreal's Slow Motion Film Festival celebrates a decade as the world's first fest devoted to this style of animation. Take a class or view a film in competition. Until Sunday at Concordia University.
Sip a beer or some kombucha from the top of Montreal at the Café Suspendu. I finally checked out the open-air bar at the Belvedere last weekend, and it's a lovely addition to the popular lookout. The open-air café is open for just a few more weekends, Thursday through Sunday. Head online to check out for the menu and activity schedule.
Celebrate the late Leonard Cohen's birthday, when Canada Post unveils three stamps in homage to the troubadour. On, Saturday they are throwing a bagels and birthday cake party downtown, 1974 Ste Catherine St W, 10am-2pm.
Clowns, they are not just for emotional support! The 4th annual Montreal Clown Festival presents a variety of shows at MainLine Theatre, including a production inspired by Tiffany Trump, to an adaptation of Macbeth set as a barbecue, a show about living under constant construction (relatable) and an Anishinaabe collective presenting a show about water For the first time, there is also a family-oriented show on Saturday afternoon: Just Enough is a puppet and clown show inspired by the classic Yiddish book about a grandfather who makes a little boy a coat from just a button. And one of the funniest men I've ever seen, Philippe Thibaudeau, presents a new show called Bruit. And I am moderating a panel on Clown community and resilience, Saturday at 4pm. Please join us! Until Sunday.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will transform into a giant Pokemon training and battle zone. Hunt rare creatures and make new friends at the Pokemon GO Safari Zone, until Sunday.
The Montreal branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada presents their Annual Keynote Townsend Lecture: delve into the secrets of the Universe as Dr. Nathalie Ouellette delivers a presentation on the James Webb Space Telescope, in the Penfield Building of John Abbott College in room P-204. Saturday 8pm. Part of John Abbott's Homecoming weekend.
Experience Mordecai Richler's iconic coming-of-age story The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz with a Mile End walking tour and screening of the film, hosted by Cinéma Moderne. Growing up poor in the Plateau, Duddy wheels and deals his way to one goal: owning land. The tour is Sunday at 5pm, followed by the film at 6:45pm. Actress Micheline Lanctôt and Sharon Wilensky of the diner featured in the film.
Speaking of Wilensky's, documentary Chewdaism (
starring the YidLife Crisis menschen) is screening at Cinéma du Parc. An overview of Montreal's Jewish history but ostensibly a tasty look at smoked meat, bagels and salade cuite. The YidLife team, coincidentally, has just shared the thoughtful and topical first episode of their new season... it features cheese bagels, Cote St Luc and hate symbols.
Taking place on Monday night (so we're slipping it in) is comedian Joel Chasnoff, at the Adath Synagogue, 223 Harrow Crescent in Hampstead, 8pm. Tickets and info at JoelChasnoff.com
McGill's First Peoples' House 19th Annual Pow Wow is open to all, features traditional dancing, drumming, and singing... including throat singing, a Maori Haka demonstration as well as student groups and artisan vendors. Friday, 11am to 4pm.
Get your prayer in on at Church with Uma Ghad! The drag star does standup, reads from her 'Good Book' and tells stories about devotion and obsession, with the help of a slew of guests. Friday, 8pm at Bar Le Cocktail in the Village.
Montreal musical acts like Double Denim, Cape Cartel, Fruit Snack and Votre Dame pay homage to the godfather of grunge at Harvest Moon: Neil Young Cover Night, Saturday, 8:30pm, at The Diving Bell Club.
DJs like Prince Paris, Poirier and Miss Shelton turn La Ronde into a giant dance floor at Friday's Nuit blanche de La Ronde. From 9pm to 5am, ticketholders 18 and up have (nearly) free reign of the park, with DJs providing the musical backdrop.
The Quebec Family History Society holds its Official Grand Opening of their Heritage Centre. The Society is the largest English language genealogical society in Quebec, and members and visitors have access to over 20 billion genealogical records relating to Quebec, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and numerous other countries around the world. This takes place at the historic Simon Fraser House at 153 Sainte-Anne in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Sunda
y, 1 to 4 pm.
The Suburban newspaper holds its first-ever Street Hockey Tournament, raising money for Youth, West Island Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Laval’s Maison de Soins Palliative. See the Laval Rocket will be there, grab food and take part in an auction. At Laval’s Centropolis, Sunday, 10 am until 4 pm.
It's a movie weekend at the Wiggle Room, with Quentin Tarantino-inspired burlesque on Friday at 9pm. Music by the Grindhouse Collective, and performers include Kaylie Kreatrix, Jolie Lolita and Black Mamba. Saturday night is Labyrinth burlesque, a tribute to the David Bowie classic.
And don't forget these ongoing events...
The Pianist of Willesden Lane is the true story of Lisa, a teenager sent by her parents from Nazi-occupied Vienna to safety in London. Through loss and trauma, her passion for piano proves to be a lifeline. Her daughter, Mona Golabek, shares Lisa's story in the first person in this remarkable and touching solo show, at the Segal until September 29.
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.
Camille: au delà du visuel is a fascinating theatre and dance piece that you are not supposed to see. Director Audrey-Anne Bouchard, who has peripheral vision, designed this show to bring the full theatre experience to people living with visual impairments by using our remaining senses. If you have any form of sight, you will be blindfolded. All six audience members are guided through the world of Pierre, who has been ghosted by his childhood friend' Camille. A tender and enchanting experience like no other, at the MAI until September 22.
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.